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Las Vegas

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Las Vegas is a mystical, dazzling, glitzy sea of neon lights beckoning visitors with luxuriousaccommodations, unbelievable shows, exquisite restaurants, world-class gambling anddecadence on a grandiose scale.

It is ancient Rome, romantic Paris, exotic Egypt, exciting New York City and the Canals of Veniceall rolled into one fabulous vacation destination.

With millions of people having Las Vegas in their sites every year, it is not difficult to see why ithas earned the title of Entertainment Capital of the World.

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Grand CanyonPretty much everybody has heard of the GrandCanyon! The stunning landscape with its impressivesize is a sight that should no...GamblingThere is no doubt that the main attraction in LasVegas is gambling. There is a level of gambling forevery visitor, whether e...Hoover DamHoover Dam, once known as Boulder Dam, is aconcrete arch-gravity dam on the border betweenArizona and Nevada. Named after Pr...Fountains of BellagioThe Bellagio Fountains - a choreographed dance ofwater and light, set to 29 different operas, country orpop musical selectio...Death ValleyDeath Valley is a hot, low and dry desert valley withinthe Mojave desert, east of the Sierra Mountains. Itholds the record f...

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THE CITY

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Shortly after gambling was legalized in Nevada in 1931 and construction of the rst hotel/casinos had begun, whocould have known that it was the beginning of thephenomenon known simply as Vegas—a glamorous,fantasy oasis in the middle of the desert?

There is much more to Las Vegas than gambling, eating and shopping. It is a vibrant, fast growing and progressivecity that attracts some of the largest conventions andbusiness meetings in the world. Each year, over 50,000people relocate permanently to this city thanks to theabundance of jobs, low taxes, healthy climate and beautifulsurroundings. With 320 days of sunshine annually, LasVegas can also boast of some of the best golng facilitiesin the country.

Beyond the famous ve-mile Las Vegas Strip, there is also the historic and exciting Fremont Street, home of theoriginal casinos that started the Vegas craze back in the1930s. Millions of tourists come to see the FreemontExperience—an incredible and breathtaking light andsound show presented on a domed structure coveringseveral blocks in the downtown area.

Las Vegas is a growing city: every year bigger and more spectacular hotels and casinos are being designed andbuilt to amaze and entertain people from all over theworld.

DO & SEE

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It is impossible to see and do everything that Las Vegas has to oer in one trip, which is what keeps visitorsreturning over and over again. The choices can beoverwhelming. Good planning is the key to any greatvacation, but that is especially the case here.

Grand Canyon

Pretty much everybody has heard of the Grand Canyon! The stunning landscape with its impressive size is a sightthat should not be missed if you are anywhere near it. Thenational park consists of 277 miles (446 km) of theColorado River and the erosional eects it has had on thesurrounding landscape.

The Grand Canyon is 18 miles (29 km) wide, and a mile (1,6 km) deep. It is possible to hike 9 miles (14,5 km)down the Bright Angel Trail all the way to the bottom.

Phone: +1 928 638 7888 Visitor InformationInternet: www.nps.gov/grca/More Info: The Grand Canyon lies 250 miles from Las Vegas. There are several companies that oer day trips and dierent tours out there. If youhave a car and want to drive there yourself, you take highway 93 southto Interstate 40 east to highway 64. Count on approximately 4,5 hoursto get there.

Gambling

There is no doubt that the main attraction in Las Vegas is gambling. There is a level of gambling for every visitor,whether experienced or a rst-timer. If you are new togaming, most casinos oer free lessons, usually in the

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morning hours on table games such as Blackjack, Crapsand Roulette. The new penny slots are probably the mostpopular with the recreational gambler because of thebonus games within the games. The jackpots are, ofcourse, not nearly as large as dollar slots, but the gamesare fun and entertaining, and there is money to be won.The 21-year age limit for all gambling is strictly enforced.

Hoover Dam

Hoover Dam, once known as Boulder Dam, is a concrete arch-gravity dam on the border between Arizona andNevada. Named after President Herbert Hoover anddedicated by President Franklin Roosevelt, the HooverDam is visited by nearly one million people each year.

Hoover Dam is a national historic landmark and the highest concrete dam in the Western Hemisphere, morethan 725 feet (220 m) above the Colorado River. It has 17generators that produce four billion kilowatts of electricitya year, which makes it one of the country’s largesthydroelectric power facilities.

Opening hours: Visitors center open daily (except Thanksgiving and Christmas), from 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. (Last ticket sold at 5 p.m.)Internet: www.usbr.gov/lc/hooverdamMore Info: Hoover Dam is located about 30 miles (40 km) south of Las Vegas.

Fountains of Bellagio

The Bellagio Fountains - a choreographed dance of water and light, set to 29 dierent operas, country or popmusical selections is presented at the quarter-mile lake infront of the Hotel Bellagio. Each show is dierent and lastsve to 10 minutes, with the water blasted hundreds offeet into the sky. Shows take place every 30 minutes from3 p.m. to 8 p.m. and every 15 minutes from 8 p.m. tomidnight. The best time to see the fountains is at nightand to stand on the street side of the lake. Crowds willstart to gather about ve minutes before each show so getthere a little early to get an unobstructed view.

Address: 3600 Las Vegas Blvd South

Phone: +1 702 693 7111Internet: www.bellagio.comMore Info: Center Strip

Death Valley

Death Valley is a hot, low and dry desert valley within the Mojave desert, east of the Sierra Mountains. It holds therecord for the hottest July temperature ever recorded atFurnace Creek. On July 10, 1913, temperatures reached astunning 134 °F (56.7 °C).

Death Valley has an area of about 3,000 square miles (7.800 km²) and is located near the border of Californiaand Nevada.

Address: Inyo County, CaliforniaInternet: www.nps.gov/deva/More Info: You can enhance your experience of Death Valley by joining a ranger guided tour or program. Find out more about historic mining sites,shadowy canyons and sun-drenched salt ats.

Fremont Street Experience

The Fremont Street Experience is a highly successful attempt to draw the millions of visitors to Las Vegas backto the downtown area. A domed-canopy 90 feet (27,5meters) above the street was constructed along ve cityblocks lined with some of the oldest casinos in Las Vegas.Every evening from sundown to midnight, the canopybecomes a giant screen showing high resolution imagesaccompanied by concert-quality sound. At the top of eachhour, visitors pour into the streets, looking skyward inanticipation of one of the six dierent shows lasting six tonine minutes.

Address: 425 Fremont StreetPhone: +1 702 678 5777Internet: www.vegasexperience.comMore Info: Downtown

Volcano at the Mirage

Every 30 minutes from 7 p.m. to midnight, the tranquil waterfalls in front of the Mirage are transformed into anerupting volcano, beginning with thunderous explosionsand followed with bright orange ames leaping into the

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night sky and molten lava streaming through thethree-acre lagoon area. The heat can be felt by on-lookersstanding across the wide Las Vegas Boulevard.

Address: 3400 S. Las Vegas BlvdPhone: +1 702 791 7111Internet: www.mirage.com

Fall of Atlantis Fountain Show at CaesarsPalace

On the hour, between 10 a.m. and 11 p.m. (midnight on weekends), the Fall of Atlantis Fountain Show is presentedin the Forum Shops next to the Cheesecake Factory. Theshow involves the mythical King Atlas, sibling greed, a20-foot winged beast, re, oods and best of all, gianttalking statues.

Address: 3570 S. Las Vegas Blvd.Phone: +1 702 731 7110Internet: www.vegas.com

Red Rock Canyon

Red Rock Canyon State Park oers scenic desert clis thatreach up to 3,000 feet (914 meters), spectacular rockformations and abundant wildlife, including hawks,squirrels and lizards. Recreational activities available hereare camping, sightseeing, hiking and more.

Opening hours: Scenic Drive - The scenic loop is open every day of the year with times changing slightly according to the season: Nov - Feb - 6am to 5 pm, March - 6am to 7pm, Apr - Sep - 6am to 8pm, Oct - 6am to7pmPhone: +1 702 515 5350Internet: www.redrockcanyonlv.orgMore Info: Red Rock Canyon is located 15 miles (24 km) west of Las Vegas, along State Highway 14 in Kern County.

Lion Habitat at MGM Grand

At the MGM Grand, visitors can walk in a protective glass tunnel through a 5,000 square foot jungle showcasecomplete with waterfalls and stand nose-to-nose withmajestic lions. Be sure to bring your camera.

Address: 3799 S. Las Vegas BlvdPhone: +1 702 891 7777

Internet: www.mgmgrand.com

Valley of Fire

Valley of Fire State Park is Nevada’s oldest and largest state park, dedicated in 1935. The valley is named afterthe red sandstone formations that were formed from greatshifting sand dunes during the age of dinosaurs. The areaboasts petried wood and a 3000-year-old Indianpetroglyph as well as brilliant formations of erodedsandstone and sand dunes dating back 150 million years.

Opening hours: The park is open all year.Internet: parks.nv.gov/vf.htmMore Info: Valley of Fire, 50 miles (80 km) northeast of Las Vegas via Interstate 15, has an elevation between 2.000–2.600 feet (610–790 m).The park entry passes through the Moapa Indian Reservation.

Secret Garden of Siegfried and Roy and TheDolphin Habitat

Enter the Secret Garden, a tropical sanctuary for some of the most exotic and rare creatures in the world. Siegfriedand Roy, famous for their magic shows, are deeplycommitted to saving these animals from extinctionthrough research and education. In addition to the RoyalWhite tigers, there are spotted leopards, white lions, blackpanthers and an Asian elephant. Atlantic BottlenosedDolphins live in a 2.5 million gallon water habitat includingan articial coral reef.

Address: 3400 S. Las Vegas BlvdPhone: +1 702 791 7111Internet: www.mirage.com/attractionsMore Info: The Mirage

Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition

Witness one of the most compelling stories of our time through the precious treasures left by those aboard theTitanic on her fateful maiden voyage. The exhibit will takeyou to the Titanic’s resting place in the depths of theNorth Atlantic Ocean.

Address: 3900 S. Las Vegas Blvd.Internet: www.luxor.comMore Info: Near the intersection of Tropicana Avenue and the Las Vegas

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Strip, inside the Luxor.

"O" Cirque du Soleil

"O" is performed by Cirque du Soleil, the internationally-renowned cast of world-class acrobats,synchronized swimmers and divers. Performed at theBellagio.

Address: 3600 S. Las Vegas Blvd.Internet: www.bellagiolasvegas.com

EATING

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Next to gambling, the most engaging activity in Las Vegasis eating. Every type and style of food known to man canbe found here. From ve-star restaurants to take-outs,there is no shortage of dining experiences. Allhotels/casinos, on and o the strip, have multiplerestaurants and cafés, oering something for every tasteand budget. National chains such as The OutbackSteakhouse, McDonalds, Denny’s, Pizza Hut, Krispy KremeDonuts, Burger King, Subway, and Hard Rock Café arerepresented in Vegas. Every hotel also has at least onerestaurant that is open 24 hours oering “MidnightSpecials." One thing to surely not miss: In-N-Out Burger.

Delmonico Steakhouse

Delmonico is an all-American Steakhouse with a Creole inuence (New Orleans Style). Impeccable service,impressive presentation and elegant surroundings cometogether in this upscale restaurant. Beef, chicken, pork andseafood are on the menu, but possibly the best part ofdinner is dessert, especially the pecan pie with vanilla

bean ice cream and caramel sauce. Reservations arehighly recommended.

Address: 3355 S. Las Vegas BlvdPhone: +1 702 414 1992Internet: www.venetian.com

Wolfgang Puck Bar & Grill

Whether it is pizza from the wood-red oven or grilled salmon with capellini pasta, you will enjoy this playful butelegant eatery. It is California-inspired cuisine combinedwith a contemporary bar-and-grill menu with a twist.

Address: 3299 Las Vegas Blvd. SouthPhone: +1 702 891 3000Internet: www.wolfgangpuck.com

Carnival World Buffet

Travel the world at the largest buet in Las Vegas. Choicesare divided into “stations”, such as Dim Sum, Italian,Mexican, Mongolian grill, seafood, sushi and Japanese,Asian and American. The centerpiece is the dessert stationwith 70 varieties of pies, cakes and pastries.

Address: 3700 W. Flamingo RoadPhone: +1 702 777 7777Internet: www.harrahs.com

The Buffet at Treasure Island

Best features are the six avors of crème brulee, and self-serve coee, cappuccino, cae latte and espresso.

Address: 3300 S. Las Vegas Blvd.Phone: +1 702 894 7111Internet: www.treasureisland.com

Eiffel Tower Restaurant

Perched high above the Las Vegas Strip is one of the mostintimate and romantic restaurants in Las Vegas. Guestsare transported in a glass elevator to the restaurant on the11th oor of the Paris Hotel/Casino with a spectacularpanoramic view of the glittering lights, not to mention aglorious view of the Bellagio Fountain Show below.

Address: 3655 S. Las Vegas Blvd.

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Phone: +1 702 948 6937Internet: www.eieltowerrestaurant.com

Top of the World Restaurant

Dinner at sunset from high atop the Stratosphere Hotel is a must-do once-in-a-lifetime experience. The restaurantactually rotates 360 degrees every hour providingunmatched views of Las Vegas. A good menu choice is thethree-course Chateaubriand for Two, including soup orsalad, center-cut certied Angus beef tenderloin withvegetables and the Chocolate Stratosphere for dessert.

Address: 2000 S. Las Vegas BlvdPhone: +1 702 380 7711Internet: www.stratospherehotel.com

Quick Bites

When you are in a hurry or just tired of the buets and pricey restaurants, many hotels/casinos have food courtsoering an array of selections.

Radio City Pizza

This popular downtown pizza eatery oers gourmet pizza. Order a whole pie or by the slice. Plenty of seating,including an outdoor patio, make this a great place to relaxwith friends and enjoy a slice of pizza, a drink or, even, oneof the restaurants delicious cannolis. Gluten-free optionsare also available.

Address: 508 East Fremont StreetPhone: +1 702 982 5055Internet: www.radiocitypizza.com

Nora's Italian Cuisine

Nora's has been hailed the best Italian restaurant as well as the best co*cktail bar in Las Vegas by local publications.Be sure to bring your appetite since Nora's serves largeportions of its unique dishes like crazy alfredo, which isfettucine alfredo piled with chicken, sausage, shrimp,mushrooms, bell peppers, sun-dried tomatoes andjalapenos. Reservations are recommended if you don'twant to wait.

Address: 6020 W. Flamingo Road, Suite 10

Phone: +1 702 873 8990

KoMex Fusion Express

This small, family-owned restaurant has generated some big buzz with their Mexican, Chinese, Korean andAmerican-inspired meals. Abiding by their own rules offusion cuisine, they have created dishes like FusionBulgogi Nachos–nachos topped with meat, mozzarellacheese, pico de gallo, jalapenos and Korean hot sauce.Portion sizes are generous, and prices are aordable.

Address: 622 N. Decatur BoulevardPhone: +1 702 646 1612Internet: www.komexexpress.com

Del Frisco's Double Eagle Steak House

This swanky, upscale steak house has locations in 10 of America's bustling metropolitan cities, each designed toreect the character of the city it calls home. Its LasVegas location is situated just minutes from the Las VegasStrip and features eight private dining rooms as well aslive music each night, outdoor seating and complimentaryvalet.

Address: 3925 Paradise RoadPhone: +1 702 796 0063Internet: www.delfriscos.com

Mon Ami Gabi

Dine and enjoy a view of Bellagio fountains at this French bistro. Serves breakfast, lunch and dinner as well asbrunch on weekends.

Address: 3655 Las Vegas Blvd. SouthPhone: +1 702 944 4224Internet: www.monamigabi.com

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CAFES

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Sunrise Coffee Co.

"All organic, all good". Sunrise Coee Co. is a popular independent café with great reviews and free WiFi. Theyserve roasted organic coee, organic teas and tasty veganand vegetarian food.

Address: 3130 E Sunset RdPhone: +1 702 433 3304Internet: www.sunrisecoeelv.com

Bellagio

If you need a quick bite, you can nd a lot of cafés inside the Bellagio Casino. If you feel for something cold, try theItalian ice cream or a smoothie in Gelato Café. If you arelooking for freshly brewed coee, you will nd it in Palio. AtPalio Pronto, it’s possible to have homemade chocolates.

Address: 3600 S Las Vegas BlvdInternet: www.bellagio.com/restaurants/quick-eats.aspx

JJ’s Boulangerie

This bakery produces baguettes for all the restaurants at Paris Las Vegas. You can order freshly-made sandwiches,salads, soups and, of course, straight-from-the-ovenpastries and baked goods.

Address: 3655 Las Vegas Blvd SOpening hours: 7am - 12amPhone: +1 702 946 7000Internet: www.parislasvegas.com

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The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf

This is an early bird café that opens up before all the otherplaces in the mall. They have all the treats necessary foran outstanding coee experience.

Address: 4550 S Maryland PkwyPhone: +1 702 944 5029Internet: www.coeebeanlv.com

Sambalatte

Sambalatte Torrefazione is an exclusive coee lounge and espresso venue in Las Vegas that takes pride in theircoee. The baked goods are so good you’re gonna want totake them home.

Address: 750 S. Rampart BlvdPhone: +1 702 272 2333Internet: www.sambalatte.comMore Info: Sambalatte is in Boca Park in Summerlin

BARS & NIGHTLIFE

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Vegas is literally the City that Never Sleeps. It is said that the Las Vegas Strip is a continuous bar. It is not unusual tosee people strolling the Strip, especially at night, carryingan alcoholic beverage. Every hotel/casino oers superbentertainment, oor shows, bars and nightclubs. Liveentertainment is everywhere. Here are a few that are just acut above the ordinary:

Cleopatra’s Barge

This place really rocks—literally. The setting is an ornate

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replica of a Roman barge on the Nile, that gently rocks in ashallow pool. This oating lounge, in the main casino atCaesars Palace, features both DJ and live music and isopen until 4 a.m. There is no cover charge, only atwo-drink minimum.

Address: 3570 S. Las Vegas BlvdInternet: www.caesarspalace.com

Studio 54

A 1970s pop culture inspired nightclub, fashioned after thelegendary Studio 54 in New York City that hasstate-of-the-art sound, light and video systems. Livedancers, acrobats, and bungee jumpers entertain guestson four dance oors and bars. The club’s motto is "this isyour life - star in it".

Address: 3799 S. Las Vegas BlvdInternet: www.studio54lv.com

Christian Audigier The Nightclub

Christian Audigier is known worldwide in the fashion industry for his lines as Ed Hardy and Smet. His rock &roll, glam-inspired designs can be found throughout TheNightclub with elements such as roses, skulls and crystals.The club also oers an outside patio with a view of theStrip.

Address: 3300 Las Vegas Blvd SInternet: www.audigierlv.com

HAZE

Haze Nightclub is a spectacular 25,500 square-foot venuewith top notch DJs, interactive projection screens, suedewalls and an over all luxurious entertainment concept.

Address: 3730 S. Las Vegas, Blvd.Opening hours: Thu, Fri & Sat: 10:30pm – 4amPhone: +1 702 693 8300Internet: www.lightgroup.comMore Info: Aria Hotel and Casino City Center

Voodoo Lounge

The Voodoo is located on the 52nd Floor of the Rio and

oers open-air rooftop dancing and live music. It isdescribed as crowded, romantic and trendy. Themeddrinks include the Witch Doctor and VooDoo Doll.

Address: 3700 W. Flamingo Road

SHOPPING

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Shopping in Las Vegas is almost as popular as gambling, and that is evidenced by the sheer number of stores readyto indulge your every fantasy. All major hotel/casinoshave a shopping area in their establishment, but there area few that stand out as premier shopping meccas. It issaid that if you can’t buy it here, you can’t buy it anywhere.

The Forum Shops

With 160 shops and boutiques and 13 new restaurants, the recently completed addition to the Forum Shops atCaesars Palace places it among the largest shoppingcomplexes in the world. Premium stores include HarryWinston, Abercrombie & Fitch, Hugo Boss, Christian Dior,Faberge, Gucci, Victoria’s Secret and FAO Schwarz. Strollthe streets of old Rome while searching for that specialitem.

Address: 3570 S. Las Vegas BlvdInternet: www.forumshops.com

The Miracle Mile

With 170 stores, 15 restaurants and a prime center Strip location, the Miracle Mile Shops oer a variety of shopping,dining and entertainment possibilities. Be sure not to missthe live rainstorm at Merchants’ Harbor, featuring thunder,

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lightning and pouring rain which happens every set houron Monday-Thursday and every set half-hourFriday-Sunday.

Address: 3663 Las Vegas BlvdOpening hours: Sun–Thurs: 10am–11pm, Fri & Sat: 10am–12midnight. Open 365 days per year. Restaurant and nightclub hours vary.Internet: www.miraclemileshopslv.com

Grand Canal Shoppes

Immerse yourself in old-world Venice - stroll the cobblestone walkway along St. Mark’s Square with itssky-dome and hear the beautiful sound of the violin.Indulge yourself in this elegant atmosphere and in theuniqueness of this shopping experience. Sephora, BananaRepublic, II Prato, Mikinoto, Dooney and Bourke, bebe,Venetzia and Lior are only a few of the shops along theGrand Canal.

Address: 3377 S. Las Vegas Blvd.Phone: +1 702 414 4500Internet: www.thegrandcanalshoppes.com

Fashion Show

The Fashion Show is a two-million-square-foot (185.806 square meters) shopping center featuring upscaledepartment stores, such as Saks, Macy’s, Dillards,Nordstrom, Bloomingdale’s and Neiman Marcus along with200 small boutiques and chain stores. Fashion shows arepresented every hour beginning at 1:30 p.m. There is afood court and plenty of resting areas for tired shoppers.

Address: 3200 S. Las Vegas Blvd.Internet: www.thefashionshow.com

Las Vegas Premium Outlets

Travelers looking for bargains on top brands will want to check out Las Vegas Premium Outlets. Here, you will ndover 150 outlet stores, including Armani Exchange, BrooksBrothers, Burberry, DKNY, Juicy Couture, Nike, andMichael Kors. There are also places to grab a bite to eat.Located just minutes north of the Strip, the mall is easilyaccessible by car, bus or taxi.

Address: 875 South Grand Central ParkwayPhone: +1 702 474 7500Internet: www.premiumoutlets.com

Crystals at CityCenter

Featuring 500,000 square-feet of retail and dining options,this shopping center is the world's largest to receiveLEED Gold certication from the United States GreenBuilding Council. Luxury shops at Crystals include JimmyChoo, Donna Karan, Prada, Christian Dior, Versace andStella McCartney. Crystals also features art galleries andis dotted with aesthetic elements like a 70-foot-tall treehouse.

Address: 3720 Las Vegas Blvd. SouthPhone: +1 702 590 9299Internet: www.crystalsatcitycenter.com

Masquerade Village

Located at Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino just o the Strip, Masquerade Village hosts a variety of shops sellingclothing, souvenirs, jewelry, and artwork, among otherthings.

Address: 3700 W. Flamingo RoadPhone: +1 702 777-7777Internet: www.riolasvegas.com

Town Square Las Vegas

Shopping, dining and entertainment abound in this open-air center that features pedestrian-friendly street andwalkways. Twenty-two buildings feature popular shopsand restaurants as well as an 18-screen movie theater.Other Town Square attractions include Town Park, achildren's park and special events. Kids can also take aride on the Town Square train.

Address: 6605 Las Vegas BlvdPhone: +1 702 269 5000Internet: www.mytownsquarelasvegas.com

Castle Walk Shops

Located at Excalibur Resort and Casino, this set of shops and kiosks is set up to mimic the look and feel of a

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medieval bazaar. Find a variety of merchandise as well asfood, entertainment and games.

Address: 3850 Las Vegas Blvd.Phone: +1 702 597 7777Internet: www.excalibur.com

The Shoppes at the Palazzo

Find not only some of the biggest names in fashion, such as Diane von Furstenberg, Barney's New York, andChristian Louboutin, but also restaurants owned bycelebrity chefs like Wolfgang Puck, Emeril Legasse, andJose Mendin.

Address: 3325 Las Vegas Blvd.Phone: +1 702 414 4500Internet: wwww.theshoppesatthepalazzo.com

Esplanades at Wynn and Encore

Find fashion from Alexander McQueen, Hermès, Chanel, and Nicholas Kirkwood among others in the shops foundalong this broad avenue connecting Encore Las Vegaswith Wynn Las Vegas. Also found here are the classyBotero restaurant as well as Nevada's only authorizedFerrari dealership.

Address: 3121 S. Las Vegas Blvd.Phone: +1 702 770 3463Internet: www.wynnlasvegas.com

The Shoppes at Mandalay Place

Shoppers looking for something unique will nd what their looking for in the boutique shops of Mandalay Bay.Located on the sky bridge between Mandalay Bay andLuxor, this 40-shop venue oers popular retailers likeUrban Outtters among one-of-a-kind stores. MandalayPlace is also home to several eateries as well as thenation's rst GUINNESS store.

Address: 3950 Las Vegas Blvd. S.Phone: +1 702 632 7777Internet: www.mandalaybay.com

SLEEPING

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With over 142,000 hotel rooms in the Las Vegas area, choosing the right one could be a challenge. Using a mapof the Strip, decide where you might want to spend mostof your time, and then choose a hotel accordingly. Sundaythrough Thursday nights are the least expensive. All hotelsoer specials that will greatly reduce the rates and alsooer free buets or food credit. Remember, they arecompeting for your business. Check the hotel websites forspecials.

Luxor Resort and Casino

This Egyptian-themed resort is home to the relaxing Oasis Spa, nine exceptional restaurants and cafés, theadventurous Pharaoh’s Pavilion and more than 120,000square feet of exciting gaming action.

Address: 3900 Las Vegas Boulevard SouthPhone: +1 877 386 4658Internet: www.luxor.com

Caesars Palace

Old Roman style is the theme of Caesars Palace, with its t-for-an-emperor suites and marble bathrooms. Therooms are spacious and many include a large whirlpooltub and dressing room. The Garden of the Gods Pool Oasisincludes four Roman-style swimming pools whereEuropean-style, topless sunbathing is permitted at theVenice Pool. Main attractions are the Shops at the Forumand the Fall of Atlantis Fountain Show.

Address: 3570 S. Las Vegas Blvd

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Phone: +1 702 731 7110Internet: www.caesarspalace.com

MGM Grand Hotel & Casino

The MGM Grand is reminiscent of Hollywood’s Golden Ageand, like Hollywood, is larger than life with the famousMGM Lion standing guard at the front entrance. With its5,000 plus rooms, it ranks as the largest hotel in theworld. From Studio 54 to the Hollywood-style studiobungalows, it's classic Hollywood art deco. Mainattractions are the Cirque Du Soleil show KA, and the lionhabitat.

Address: 3799 S. Las Vegas Blvd.Phone: +1 702 891 7777Internet: www.mgmgrand.com

Harrah’s

New Orleans Carnaval dominates both the exterior and interior of Harrah’s. It is colorful and casual. The rooms areadequate and comfortable. Main attractions: The Voice ofLas Vegas, Singer Clint Homes, the outdoor CarnavalCourt with live entertainment and bar.

Address: 3475 S. Las Vegas Blvd.Phone: +1 702 369 5000Internet: www.harrahs.com

Circus-Circus

As the name implies, Circus-Circus is just that. One of the older hotels on the Strip, it is a favorite for families withchildren because the hotel caters to the younger set.Above the main casino oor is a Big-Top atmosphere, withmidway games and free circus acts. Attached to the hotelis the Adventuredome, a large theme park with thrillingrides and an arcade. Circus-Circus oers the only RV Park(Recreational Vehicles - Camping trailers) on the LasVegas Strip.

Address: 2880 S. Las Vegas Blvd.Phone: +1 702 734 0410Internet: www.circuscircus.com

The Stratosphere

The Stratosphere Tower stands 1,149 feet (350 meters) above the city and is the tallest freestanding observationtower in the United States. It has three separate Towers,each oering dierent accommodations. Rooms arespacious, well-equipped and have contemporary accentsin rich earth tones. Imagine being on top of theStratosphere, 100 stories above the ground and riding aroller coaster thrill ride or two.

Address: 2000 S. Las Vegas Blvd.Phone: +1 702 380 7777Internet: www.stratospherehotel.com

Fitzgeralds Hotel and Casino

Fitzgeralds is a 34-story hotel in the heart of Fremont Street, downtown Las Vegas. The luck of the Irish prevailshere. It has 638 rooms and suites. Being right on FremontStreet is exciting and enables you to visit all the casinoswithout having to walk great distances.

Address: 301 Fremont St.Phone: +1 702 388 2400Internet: www.tzgeraldslasvegas.com

El Cortez Hotel and Casino

This old-style Las Vegas casino and hotel is located in what was originally downtown Las Vegas two blocks fromFremont Street and two miles from what is the bustlingcity center of today. It includes a steakhouse, café,breakfast buet and lounge bar.

Address: 600 Fremont StPhone: +1 702 385 5200Internet: www.elcortezhotelcasino.com

Bellagio

The Bellagio has been described as opulent, awesome, magical, gracious, classy and a visual masterpiece. It issimply one of the most beautiful hotels on the Las VegasStrip—beginning at the Lobby entrance and itstwo-thousand hand-blown multicoloured glass owers thatadorn the ceiling and continuing into the Mediterranean

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style pools and gardens. Major attractions are theFountains of Bellagio and the Conservatory and BotanicalGardens.

Address: 3600 S. Las Vegas BlvdPhone: +1 702 693 7111Internet: www.bellagio.com

ESSENTIAL INFORMATION

Photo: Mathieu Lebreton

Airport

Las Vegas is served by one airport, McCarran International.Over 100,000 people pass through this facility each day.

Numerous Airport Shuttles are available 24 hours a day. Round trip to and from any hotel on the strip is $12 perperson or $6.50 one way. O-strip is slightly higher.Shuttles can take up to 40 minutes to get you to yourhotel.

Average costs of a taxi from the airport to any hotel on theStrip is $12. Time from the airport to any Strip hotel is 15minutes, depending on trac.

Rental cars are available beginning at $25 per day not including insurance. Most hotels oer free parking.

Phone: +1 1 702 261 5211Internet: www.mccarran.com

Time Zone

Las Vegas is in the Pacic time zone, and all times are reected in Pacic time.

Walking

Walkways are always packed, day or night on the Las Vegas Strip. The streets are well-lit and there are manyelevated crossovers making it safe and easy to traversethe busy Las Vegas Blvd.

The Strip is divided into three sections. If you want to visit another casino in the same area, walking is certainly anoption. However, if you wish to navigate from the SouthStrip to the North Strip, you will need to take a taxi, privatecar or bus.

The Monorail

Launched July 2004, the Monorail operates from 7 a.m. to2 a.m. daily, with stations at Sahara’s, Las Vegas Hilton,Harrah's/Imperial Palace, Bally’s, Paris and the MGMGrand. Tickets can be purchased at the stations 1 ride $5.Unlimited, one day pass $12.

Internet: www.lvmonorail.com

Taxi

Taxi is one of the most used modes of transportation in Las Vegas. Every hotel and casino will have a taxi stand atthe front door. Five passengers ride for the same price asone. Meter will start at $2.70 and add $1.80 for each mile.There is also a small charge for waiting time.

Citizens Area Transit (CAT) Bus

The Deuce—new double decker buses capable of carrying60 passengers—travel back and forth along the LasVegas Strip.

A Deuce 24 hour all-access pass is $7. A one-way ride is $3.

Post Office

There are two full-service post oces on the Strip, one at

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3100 Industrial behind Circus-Circus and at the ForumShops at Caesar’s Palace.

Dentists

Southern Nevada Dental Society. Call +1 702 733 8700, then select option #2.

Pharmacy

CVS Pharmacy is located between MGM Grand and Planet Hollywood.

Address: 3758 S. Las Vegas BlvdPhone: +1 702 262 9028

Telephone

Country Code: +1

Area Code 702

Electricity

110 to 120 volts AC (60 cycles). Europeans use 220 volts,and will need a 110 volt transformer and a 2 at prongplug adapter. (Most hotels provide hair dryers and irons).

Things to do outside Las Vegas

There are over 100 dierent tours oered by a variety of tour companies in Las Vegas including sightseeing to theHoover Dam, Grand Canyon, Lake Mead and the ColoradoRiver, Red Rock and the Valley of Fire and Mt. Charleston.These tours last from 2 to 10 hours, and can be by van,bus, airplane, boat or helicopter. For complete listings anddetailed descriptions go to: www.vegas.com/tours. Be sureto book tours from a reputable company, not fromsomeone selling tours on the street.

One of the most exciting tours is the Grand Canyon Sunset Tour. Leave by helicopter, making a low-level ightover the Hoover Dam and Lake Mead and land at theGrand Canyon for a Champagne picnic at sunset beforeyou return over the lights of the Las Vegas Strip.Approximate cost $450 per person.

If you have a car, it is an easy drive from the Las Vegas Strip to the Hoover Dam and Lake Mead (51 km/31 miles)Mt. Charleston (64 km/40 miles) Red Rock CanyonNational Conservation Area (24 km/15 miles ) and theValley of Fire (85 km/53 miles).

Internet: www.vegas.com/tours

What to pack

Except for a special evening of dinner and dancing, visitorsto Las Vegas dress very casually. Be sure to bringcomfortable shoes. Ladies, don’t carry a large purse, it willonly get in the way when you are gambling. Bring a ”fannypack” to carry identication, credit cards and money. Don’tforget the swimming suits. Always carry properidentication with you, especially when gambling.

Getting the best deal

All hotels oer special rates on their websites. Many also oer two-for-one shows and free buets.

Player’s Cards

Every casino will oer a Player's Card. Cards are free and ittakes about 5 minutes to complete a short application.You will need a drivers’ license or another form ofidentication.

Every time you play a slot machine, insert the card into the appropriate slot and it will track the amount of play.The longer you play, the more credits you will receive. Youcan also get credit on your card for table games. Simplyhand the card to the Dealer, and they will add creditsdepending on the amount you play.

These credits accumulate and can be used for small gifts, free meals and even free nights. Some cards covermultiple casinos and you can use it at any venue listed onthe card. Even if you are only playing penny slots, thesecredits add up. Don’t worry if you lose your card– all theinformation is in their computers, and they will gladly issueyou a new card at no charge.

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Arriving at the hotel

Even though most hotel websites state that check-in is at 3 p.m., you can generally check in at any time, as long asrooms are available. There are many ights arriving in themorning and early afternoon, and the hotels try their bestto accommodate their guests.

In the event the hotel is crowded and rooms have not beencleaned from the previous night, they will hold yourluggage in a secure room (for a small fee) until your roomis ready, leaving you free to explore the hotel and casino.Credit cards are widely accepted: Visa, MasterCard,American express, Discover, Diner's Club, EnRoute,EuroCard and JCB.

Buying half-price show tickets

Tickets Tonight is located at the giant Coca Cola Bottle onthe Las Vegas Strip, next to MGM Grand and across fromNew York and sells same-day show tickets for half price.Open from noon to 9 p.m., they accept credit cards orcash, and all purchases must be made in person–notelephone orders are accepted. The chances of nding theheadlining performers, such as Bette Midler or Elton Johnare not very good, but there are many terric shows thatmay be available.

Warnings/Tourist Traps

p*rnography Peddlers: As you walk along the Strip, there are people who will try to hand you cards or tacky leaets.Do not accept anything from them, just keep walking.

Time Share Sales: Outside casinos on the Strip, there will be nicely-dressed men or women with one mission–to gettourists to give up a half day of their vacation to listen to atime share sales pitch. They will oer free show tickets ordinner tickets. Their rst question is always “How long willyou be in Vegas?” A good response is to say that you areleaving in just a few hours, and they immediately leave youalone.

Tipping

Restaurant: 15 - 20 %

Help with Luggage: $1, $2 per bag

Concierge Service: $5

Taxi Driver: 15 %

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