Just remember, keep things in perspective while you're in
Vegas and all will be okay.)
any major city, you won't be able to tackle everything there
is to do in one visit, but here are a few suggestions to
make you feel like you've tried.
that you use the amusement park approach. Highlight your
to-do list with a few items that you feel you would especially
enjoy. Start with these choices and make the most of each,
marking things off your list as you go. If you don't get
to them all, don't worry, Vegas is not going anywhere and
you'll more than likely be back. On your next trip you will
probably find something has changed - it always does. (Maybe
next time you can even bring your family. Las Vegas is certainly
making the transition from a seedy town of vices to that
of a family entertainment Mecca).
just in case you find yourself sitting on your hotel bed,
travel guides in hand, staring at a blank sheet of paper,
I have come up with a must-do list for you.
one evening with a walk down the strip, starting at Mandalay
Bay, and head toward the Stratosphere. Take time to gawk
at the artistry of lights (you won't be the only one, I
promise). Once you make it to the Stratosphere, proceed
to the top of the tower, and take a minute to gaze at the
strip from this angle (but keep in mind that we are on a
schedule). I highly recommend the rides at the top of the
tower as a gut check and a reminder that you are in fact
Hoover Dam comes in second on our list. It's another must-see,
as it is the Eighth Wonder of the World. Go for the tour,
which will give you the whole ball of wax. You'll even get
a lesson on electricity. Just how much power is needed to
light Vegas 24 hours a day?
gallivanting the streets of Vegas, keep a sharp eye out
for detail. Don't miss the manhole covers in New York, New
York, the neon lights in McDonalds, and the statues that
come to life at the Forum Shops in Caesar's Palace. If that's
not enough to dazzle you, two huge pirate ships wage battle
with one another in the waters outside Treasure Island every
night - one of them even sinks.
won't blow your cash on food in Vegas. There are a ton of
$1.99 breakfast specials along the strip, complete with
eggs, bacon, toast, juice and coffee. Lunch and dinner specials
also abound. Look for hotels that offer steak and lobster
dinners, usually around $7-$9. Fresh greens and a baked
potato usually accompany each dinner.
in mind that if you're gambling consistently in one hotel,
you may be offered "comps" that include free meals
and even free nights' accommodations. However, don't get
too carried away playing for these so-called comps. You'll
end up losing out in the long run.
out the microbrewery in the back of Monte Carlo for great
food and great beer. I recommend the "High Roller Red."
There are also several theme restaurants to try, including
The Hard Rock Cafe and The Harley Davidson Cafe. If these
places are too touristy or overplayed for you, just pick
up a T-shirt to keep as a Vegas souvenir, if you have any
money left. And, instead, eat at one of Vegas's two Ruth's
Chris Steakhouses - one serves lunch and dinner, the other
serves dinner and a late-night snack.
on our list is downtown Vegas. Downtown is old school and
"Crime Storyish" (go Dennis Farina)! For high
rollers and double diamonds, there's the Golden Nugget,
which also serves dark English ale on tap. Binions offers
a great breakfast in the basement and a wonderful dinner
on the top floor. And for those low on the cash, Binions
dangles a million dollars in a display case by the front
door. Don't forget to go to the nightly "neckache"
light show that is offered downtown each evening. It is
worth the hour and the ache!
is offering a Vegas museum that is worth a look. The newest
hotel, Bellagio, offers a collection of world-class art.
Don't be surprised if you run into a few Hollywood celebs.
The city is filled with them. Celebrity sightings are most
common at The Hard Rock Hotel, Caesar's Palace and the Mirage.
Any given week you travel, you can get tickets to various
concerts - from Jimmy Buffett to Winona Judd. Other show
favorites include illusionists Siegfried and Roy, known
for their white tigers, and comedians Penn and Teller, who
make fun of the illusionists. Tickets usually run around
$40-$100 per person.
list-topper is golf - if this is your cup of tea, of course.
Vegas has golf covered. I recommend the Badlands, where
most locals play, however, there are many other fantastic
courses. Look for vacation packages that include rounds
of golf in addition to a couple nights' accommodations.
enjoy dancing, trying to dance or just watching people who
can dance, Vegas offers RA at the Luxor and Studio 54 at
New York, New York. The Beach and The Drink are clubs located
adjacent to the strip, amongst others.
truly has something for everyone. Instead of sitting in
your room, flanked by those guide books, just take a walk
down the strip. Vegas appeals to international travelers
and to conventioneers alike. Much like New York, it's always
alive and happening.