The 15 Coolest Things Coming To Us Cities In 2017

Las Vegas, Nevada

Pro sports finally get into bed with Sin City.

America;s biggest city without major pro sports finally gets its team when the NHL’s Las Vegas Golden Knights begin play at the T-Mobile Arena in Paradise next fall. And, sure, an expansion hockey team isn’t necessarily a first-rate tourism driver, but the arrival of pro sports signals Vegas’ arrival as more than just a city for people to go and make bad decisions. It’s now a place where you can make bad decisions and try to explain icing to your buddies.

Beyond hockey, Vegas is just planning to Vegas the hell out 2017. Look for the Backstreet Boys to begin a residency at Planet Hollywood and for a new Magic Mike all-male revue to start its Vegas run at the Hard Rock (naturally). The Wynn is outfitting each of its 4,478 rooms with an Amazon Echo, the world’s first hotel in the world with voice-activation features in every room.

If you actually want to do something active in Vegas, the slopes nearby at Lee Canyon are probably the city’s most underrated attraction, and a ski vacation to Vegas can be cheaper and infinitely more fun than other resort towns. Or, in the summer, hit the comically rambunctious XPark Vegas, a 16-acre theme park that’ll include bungee jumping, zip lines, speedboat racing, ATV obstacle courses, and dirt-bike tracks.