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Your First Time in Las Vegas

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Las Vegas is known world-wide for one five-mile stretch of road, the Strip. On your first visit to Las Vegas, you'll want to see its erupting volcanoes, pirate battles, and elaborately designed hotel casinos. Walking is the easiest way to see the sights inside and outside the hotels. Regular bus service is available along the Strip from Downtown to the southern portion of Las Vegas Boulevard (the Strip's official name), and the Las Vegas Monorail will give you traffic-free transportation just off the Strip. Beyond the non-stop activity of the Strip, you'll find quirky museums, the historic Hoover Dam, and spectacular desert scenery. To see the sights away from the Las Vegas Strip, you'll need to rent a car. No matter where you are in Las Vegas, you can gamble. Check into the player's club cards at any casino to find out what kind of discounts and special deals come with membership. . --Photo by Brett Mathews-- read more about Your First Time in Las Vegas

Fountains at Bellagio

Fountains at Bellagio

  • 3600 Las Vegas Boulevard South
  • Bellagio Hotel Casino
  • tel:+1 702 693 7111
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  • Las Vegas, 89109

The Bellagio's Fountains sound like a simple concept: shooting jets of water timed to music. But what sounds simple is actually a complex choreography of technology, sound, and water. Designed by WET Design, an international company that specializes in elaborate water displays, the Bellagio's Fountains are spread over the nine-acre lake in front of the Bellagio. Over 1,200 nozzles and 4,500 lights work together to shoot water 400+ feet in the air—but that's not all the fountains do. They sway, they dance, and they wow the crowds that gather to watch them.

Shows start in the afternoon, but the best time to see the fountains is at night. The combination of music and the illuminated dancing water is enchanting. Many people have already seen the fountains on television shows or in movies (most famously, the George Clooney remake of "Ocean's 11"). Romantic, spectacular, and iconic, the Bellagio's Fountains are a free Las Vegas attraction that's appropriate for anyone of any age.

An underground well supplies most of the water for the fountains. Prior to the Bellagio, the Dunes and its golf course were located here—thus, the well, which watered the golf course. The Dunes was imploded to make way for the Bellagio.
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XS

XS

  • 3121 Las Vegas Blvd
  • At Encore Las Vegas
  • tel:(702)770-0097
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  • Las Vegas, 89109

Inspired by the sexy curves of the human body, XS brings passion and elegance back to Las Vegas. With a pool at the center, European bottle service, private cabanas, and the signature "Ono" cocktail, Encore is pretty sure you've never seen anything like it. The dress code is strictly enforced. No hats, oversized jeans, or athletic wear. Cover charge may apply. read more about XS

El Cortez Hotel Casino

El Cortez Hotel Casino

  • 600 East Fremont Street
  • tel:+1 702 385 5207 / +1 800 634 6703
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  • Las Vegas, 89101
Bellagio

Bellagio

  • 3600 South Las Vegas Boulevard
  • tel:+1 702 693 7111 / +1 888 987 6667
  • Visit website
  • Las Vegas, 89109

The Bellagio Las Vegas is the epitome of luxurious casinos world-wide. The world class casino, offering slots, table games and wagering in the Race and Sports Book, is the top flight gaming experience of Las Vegas. Home of the World Poker Tour, the casino even offers daily No Limit Hold'em Poker Tournaments. The Spa at Bellagio is among of the finest in the world. Add a bevy of five-star restaurants, sophisticated nightlife, the romantic theatrical "O" by Cirque du Soliel, the Botanical Garden with its seasonal theme and the Gallery of fine Art and you'll never want to leave. But to see the world famous Fountains of Bellagio, you'll have to at least venture out at least once. read more about Bellagio

Bouchon

Bouchon

  • 3355 Las Vegas Blvd. S
  • In The Venetian
  • tel:702/414-6200
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  • Las Vegas, 89109
Tao Nightclub

Tao Nightclub

  • 3355 Las Vegas Boulevard
  • The Venetian
  • tel:+1 702 388 8338
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  • Las Vegas, 89109

Managing Partners of the Tao Nightclub, Jason Strauss and Noah Tepperberg of New York City's Marquee fame, ensure that nightlife reigns supreme at Tao Nightclub. The 10,000 square-foot venue plays host to weekly events attended by the masses and celebrities alike, including Rihanna, Madonna, Bono, Christina Aguilera, Demi Moore & Ashton Kutcher and many more. read more about Tao Nightclub

The Arts Factory

The Arts Factory

  • 101-109 E. Charleston Blvd
  • tel:702/676-1111
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  • Las Vegas, 89101
Sirens of TI at the Treasure Island

Sirens of TI at the Treasure Island

  • 3300 Las Vegas Boulevard South
  • tel:(800) 288-7206
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  • Las Vegas, 89109

The ships in front of the Treasure Island do more than add ambiance to this pirate-themed hotel. Every night, weather permitting, the ships battle it out on a regular basis. On one side, the sexy, scantily-clad Sirens do their best to lure the Pirates onto their ship. On the other side, the pirates do their best to resist--but who can resist all that slinky dancing? Cannons explode, flames shoot out, and at the end, one of the ships goes down into the not-so-deep depths. The show's plot and all that sexy dancing might be too much for kids, although they'll still like the explosions. The area in front of the TI fills up quickly before this free show, so stake out your spot early. After the show, the crowd is ushered back into the casino. If you're planning on walking down the Strip, you'll have to take another exit to get back outside.
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Rosemary's Restaurant

Rosemary's Restaurant

ghostbar

ghostbar

  • 4321 West Flamingo Road
  • The Palms Casino Resort
  • tel:+1 702 942 6832
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  • Las Vegas, 89103
The Atomic Testing Museum

The Atomic Testing Museum

  • 755 E. Flamingo Rd
  • tel:702/794-5151
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  • Las Vegas, 89109
Volcano At The Mirage

Volcano At The Mirage

  • 3400 Las Vegas Blvd S
  • The Mirage
  • tel:702.791.7111
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  • Las Vegas, 89109

In 1989, the Mirage ushered in a new era of free, curb-side shows with its volcano. Today, the volcano is still wowing crowds with hourly eruptions that shoot fireballs into the sky and pour "lava" over the sides into the lagoon below. Music accompanies the eruptions since the volcano's redesign. If you're standing close enough to the volcano on the hotel side, you'll feel the heat from the eruption. It's debatable where to stand to get the best view, but wherever you wind up, you'll be sure to see the show. read more about Volcano At The Mirage

Blush Boutique Nightclub

Blush Boutique Nightclub

  • 3131 Las Vegas Boulevard South
  • tel:(702) 770-3633
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  • Las Vegas, 89109

Blush's owner describes this intimate club as a boutique nightclub. The outside patio is particularly popular, even in cooler months--heaters take the chill out of the air. Customers can stop by for a drink, or drop in later in the night, when Blush transforms into a dance club. The lighted onyx dance floor is a unique feature of the club. Located at the up-scale Wynn, Blush draws a variety of well-heeled customers and is known to attract a slightly older crowd. Cover charge is $30. And of course, bottle service is available.

Liberace Museum

Liberace Museum

  • 1775 E. Tropicana Ave
  • At Spencer St
  • tel:702/798-5595
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  • Las Vegas, 89119
"O" (Bellagio)

"O" (Bellagio)

  • 3600 S Las Vegas Blvd
  • tel:+1 888 488 7111 / +1 702 693 7722
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  • Las Vegas, 89109
Angel Park Golf Club

Angel Park Golf Club

  • 100 S. Rampart Blvd
  • btw. Summerlin Pkwy. and Alta St.; 20 min. NW of the Strip
  • tel:888/629-3929
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  • Las Vegas, 89145
Neon Museum & Boneyard

Neon Museum & Boneyard

  • 821 Las Vegas Boulevard
  • tel:+1 702 387 6366
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  • Las Vegas, 89101

What happens to the signs when old casinos are torn down to make room for new resorts? They go to the Neon Museum! In The Neon Museum's Bone Yard you'll see Binion's Horseshoe, the famous Silver Slipper, signs from the Golden Nugget and the Sahara. These works of art are both classic pieces of Las Vegas history and visual reminders of times past. Eventually, the Neon Museum will open a permanent exhibit on the Las Vegas Strip in the rescued and historic La Concha Motel lobby, designed by internationally famous architect Paul Revere Williams.

Tours at the Boneyard are by advance appointment only; admission is $15.00 per person. Photography at the Boneyard is restricted to photos for personal use only. Several neon signs are on display at the Fremont Street Experience, and there is no charge to see those signs and no restrictions on photography.
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Stratosphere Tower

Stratosphere Tower

  • 2000 Las Vegas Boulevard South
  • Stratosphere Hotel
  • tel:+1 702 380 7777 / +1 800 998 6937
  • Visit website
  • Las Vegas, 89104

The Stratosphere is America's tallest observation tower (1,149 feet) and one of the tallest structures west of the Mississippi River. At the very top, the daring get their adrenaline going on one of the thrill rides: The Big Shot, which shoots its riders into the air; the X-Scream, a teeter-totter that dangles you over the side; the Insanity, which spins you over a thousand feet of thin air; and the Sky Jump, where you can free-fall your way to the bottom.

You don't have to be a thrill seeker to visit the top of the Stratosphere. A rotating restaurant, the Top of the World Restaurant, takes advantage of the view to offer a memorable meal. You'll also find bars and lounges here.

Tickets to the top of the Stratosphere are $16. An indoor and outdoor observation deck are available. The Stratosphere's wedding chapel also offers services at the top.
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Mirage Cravings Buffet

Mirage Cravings Buffet

  • 3400 Las Vegas Blvd. S
  • In The Mirage
  • tel:702/791-7111
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  • Las Vegas, 89109
Gondola Rides at the Venetian

Gondola Rides at the Venetian

  • 3355 Las Vegas Boulevard South
  • Venetian Hotel
  • tel:+1 702 414 4500
  • Visit website
  • Las Vegas, 89109

The Grand Canal Shoppes at the Venetian Hotel Casino are a Vegas-ized version of Old Venice. St. Mark's Square is filled with swanky restaurants like Wolfgang Puck's Postrio or upscale Italian food at Canaletto. Upscale retailers like Dooney & Bourke, Kenneth Cole, and Banana Republic fill the village-like mall. Here you'll find "Streetmosphere," the Venetian's term for the wandering, costumed street performers who sing and imitate statues. But without canals and singing gondoliers, Venice would be incomplete.

The Las Vegas Venice's canals travel through the Grand Canal Shoppes and emerge outside in front of the Venetian. Two rides are offered: one inside, one outside (outside dependent upon the weather). Rides are $16 for adults, and be sure to look your best for your photo opportunity (extra for pictures at the end of the ride). Rides last 10 to 15 minutes.

Inside the Grand Canal Shoppes, you can watch the gondolas to get an idea of what the ride is like. Stop at the area next to the Taqueria Canonita (or go inside the restaurant and ask for a table "outside" on the patio, overlooking the canal) and you'll have a great view of the gondoliers singing to their passengers before they turn around to head to the dock.

A special wedding gondola is available for wedding ceremonies. Old Venice inspires romance, and the Venetian Las Vegas hasn't missed this. It's the perfect Las Vegas resort for the Las Vegas production of "Phantom of the Opera," an abridged version of the original production.
 
A gondola ride may be romantic, but it's also fun for families. Rides are free for children under two. The Grand Canal is fun for kids, especially the "Streetmosphere." Whatever your age, the faux architecture, ever-changing sky, and charming little bridges across the canals are fun to look at.
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Border Grill

Border Grill

  • 3950 Las Vegas Blvd. S
  • In Mandalay Bay
  • tel:702/632-7403
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  • Las Vegas, 89115
Fremont Street Experience

Fremont Street Experience

  • Fremont Street
  • Fremont St. (between Main St. and Las Vegas Blvd.), Downtown
  • tel:+1 702 229 6551
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  • Las Vegas, 89101
Golden Steer Steakhouse

Golden Steer Steakhouse

  • 308 West Sahara
  • tel:702 384 4470
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  • Las Vegas, 89102
Red Rock Canyon Scenic Byway

Red Rock Canyon Scenic Byway

  • Off Nevada State Route 159
  • tel:702-515-5000
  • Visit website
  • Las Vegas, 89124

Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area has one paved road through its protected lands. The Red Rock "Loop," as locals refer to it, is a 13-mile, one-way scenic drive that weaves past the spectacular rock formations in Red Rock Canyon. The road itself is great fun to drive--if you like winding, curvy, slightly hilly roads with no guardrails. The Loop is a favorite photo-shoot backdrop for car clubs of all kinds, precisely because it's a such an enjoyable drive. This is a one-way road, but in its former life, this road was two-lanes. Drivers who like to take it slow should move to the right and let the faster cars pass.

The first pull-outs on the Loop overlook the Calico Hills. These overlooks are crowded with tourists, hikers, photographers, and rock climbers. Take a good look at the Calico Hills and you're likely to find several climbers clinging to its vertical rock walls.

Sandstone Quarry is another popular stop along the Scenic Drive. Its name signifies exactly what it formerly was, and visitors who want to stretch their legs but not go for a hike will find this a good stop, but there are no picnic tables here.

High Point Overlook has a roomy parking lot and coin-operated binoculars. You can see the southwestern tip of the Las Vegas Valley from here, along with an expansive view of Red Rock's cliffs. If you can catch a full moon rising over the Calico Hills, it makes a great picture from this spot.

Further down the road, drivers will find picnic tables at Willow Springs, close to the Children's Discovery Trail and the Lost Creek Trail. (Experienced 4WD drivers may want to try Rocky Gap Road, which goes over the mountains here. Check on road conditions before attempting this drive).

Photographers adore the Red Rock Scenic Loop, and if you're in this group, plan on pulling over often. Red Rock's scenery appears frequently in movies, and it's also a favorite spot for weddings, romantic drives and picnics.

Visitors who don't want to hike or climb can still enjoy a drive along the Loop, which ends back at State Route 159. The Red Rock Overlook sits just off SR159, and it has covered picnic tables. Drivers can pull in here for a panoramic view of Red Rock Canyon, and there's no entrance fee. A short trail climbs a hill just east of the parking lot, and several benches give people the chance to stop and rest, or simply to stop and enjoy the view.

The Red Rock Canyon Scenic Loop is open from daylight to dark; hours change according to the seasons. Admission is $7 per vehicle.
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