Milestone Birthdays: 21 in Vegas

Party until dawn in Sin City 

Let loose and stay up til 5 a.m. Because soon condo fees, babies or a demanding job may slow you down. Which is what makes Las Vegas the perfect match. Not for the chance to roll the dice at a craps table or photo bomb Elvis impersonators, but for its over-the-top and high-stakes fun that keep the real world of responsibilities at bay.  At least for one night.

What To Do

Vegas deals in entertainment. Round-the-clock entertainment. Starting out with DJ day pool parties that pump up the volume. Choose a long-standing locale, such as Rehab at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, or try something new, like Drai’s Beach Club on the rooftop of The Cromwell hotel. Then there are the nightclubs: the three-level Hakkasan at MGM Grand Hotel, or LiFE and The Sayers Club at the new SLS Las Vegas. Or, for a day of something different, wander the Downtown Container Park, anchored by a sculpture of a flame-blowing praying mantis.  

Where To Eat

While there’s a high concentration of celebrity chef restaurants in Vegas, Brooklyn Bowl mixes it up right for the birthday night. Located in the new LINQ open-air entertainment district, it combines bar, concert venue, bourbon shakes, French-bread pizza eats and, yes, 32 lanes of bowling for a memorable night out.

Where To Stay

The Cosmopolitan exudes 20-something appeal, from the rotating art videos in its lobby to its multi-level The Chandelier bar and Marquee dayclub/nightclub. Add to that a great roster of restaurants, retail shops (including a rare edition sneaker store) and ultra cool modern-luxe decor in the rooms. 

Getting There: WestJet flies to Las Vegas 81 times a week from 11 Canadian cities.