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Nevada has long welcomed starry-eyed couples - drunk, sober, or freshly divorced - into its wedding chapels. Witness a wedding at the historic Little White Wedding Chapel, once home to the 1950s nuptials that kicked off Frank Sinatra and Mia Farrow's doomed romance, as well and Paul Newman's and Joanne Woodward's famously lasting one. If you are lucky, you will hear "Elvis" serenade the bride and groom.

After a night of 21st Century clubbing on the Strip, the most bewitching Vegas nightcap can be found inside the Fireside Lounge. Imagine a neon den of Swinging Sixties-era cool, where couples cozy next to the bubbling fire pit and strangers trade sultry glances over their Mai Tais. Groups should head to a booth and order a Scorpion, a giant fishbowl of a cocktail served with multiple straws. If you find it is 5 am and your craving for waffles has just hit, you are in luck: the Fireside just happens to be inside the strip's most outrageously fun 24-hour diner, The Peppermill.

Before you say farewell to Sin City, pick up a piece of Vegas history to bring home -- say, an ashtray from the legendary Sands Hotel -- from downtown's Main Street Antiques. Pssst... you might want to nab a shot glass or a matchbook from the 1950s-era, Moroccan-themed Sahara Hotel and Casino. To the dismay of vintage lovers everywhere, it closed May 2011.

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