Why You Should Choose Las Vegas As Your Next Vacation Spot

October 11, 2013 by  
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Las Vegas (otherwise known as “sin city” to some) is not the same place it was ten years ago. Today Las Vegas has many things that vacationing families will find attractive such as sites to see, plays, musicals, concerts, sport tournaments and much more.

One of the many things to check out in Las Vegas would be Circus Circus. They have a big indoor circus for littler children. Treasure Island, another great attraction, has a really cool pirate show that is addicting to watch over and over.

The Stratosphere Tower is another awesome site to see. Atop the tower there are some cool things to do, such as reverse bungee jumping or riding the world’s highest roller coaster. For those of you that are not familiar with reverse bungee jumping it is definitely unique; you get shot up into the air 160 feet at 45 miles per hour and then come zooming back down at high speeds.

Las Vegas usually has affordable lodging in good locations close to the Strip.

Appreciate a good meal? Try dinners at Emeril’s! The food is delicious and is a one-time experience for most. For music lovers they also have the Liberace museum which pays tribute to one of the greatest musicians to ever live.

Las Vegas is in the middle of the desert, so the temperature in summer often breaks 100 degrees. While in the area you might even want to check out the desert.

Make sure you keep hydrated and cool. After all it would not be a good vacation if you came down with heat stroke!

When the temperature gets too hot do not forget to try the pools or spas at some of the finest hotels around. The pool at the Mirage hotel is supposed to be one of the finest around – do not hesitate to jump in for some great fun!

Las Vegas A Wondrous Playland, Part 1

July 10, 2013 by  
Filed under Destinations

Las Vegas is a wondrous playland that is often overshadowed by the reputation of seedy gamblers and an excessive indulgence regarding forbidden actions and experiences. In actuality, Las Vegas is a city that caters to anyone and everyone interested in exploring a non-stop explosion of bright lights and high energy. This is a city that never seems to sleep as Elvis impersonators flash and glitter at every twist and turn.

The city serves as a 24-hour playground, where business keep odd hours to entertain and satisfy the masses. At any given time, you may find fitness centers, spas, video stores, supermarkets, bars, nightclubs open to accommodate the night owls still stirring during the wee hours after dark. When it comes to convenience, Las Vegas definitely knows how to show its guests a good time.

To enjoy the thrill of winning thousands of dollars at a Craps table to taking your time at a slot machine, the Las Vegas casinos are mainly situated on the Strip or Downtown section of town. Shuttle buses and other modes of transportation are available to usher you to your next destination, although walking from one point to another is not unheard of. Before hitting the casinos, be aware that it is a dog-eat-dog world and knowing how to play, as well as bet, will most certainly come in handy.

While the attractions and main sights of the city are enough to seal the deal, it is the hotels that also create a one-stop shop and arena of pleasure. Usually, most of the accommodations about town offer easy access to a casino, but not everyone is tempted by the lure of Jackpots and hitting Blackjack. For this reason, accompanying an entertaining stay in the city is a wide-range of extravagant themed resorts (such as the Aladdin to the Hard Rock Hotel) that pleases the likes of the mother of three to the anxious businessman to the budget traveler.

The nightlife is bustling with excitement, which can be enjoyed before or after you settle at one of the numerous all-you-can-eat buffets, filled with steak, shrimp, and other delicious cuisine. While the city is filled with enough to keep a visitor quite busy, there are also many interesting side trips to explore, including the nearby Death Valley, Grand Canyon and Hoover Dam attractions.

Las Vegas Vacation Fun Stuff, Did You Know

July 7, 2013 by  
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Las Vegas Vacation Fun Stuff, Did You Know?

Fun stuff to amaze your friends on your flight

DID YOU KNOW?

The word “casino” originally meant “a public hall for music and dancing”. By the second half of the 19th century, the term essentially meant a collection of gaming or gambling rooms. The classic example of a casino, and one of the world’s best known, is “The Casino” at Monte Carlo, which opened in 1861.

In Las Vegas The Arizona Club was the first resort to open in Vegas March 31, 1906.

Las Vegas was incorporated into a city in June, 1911.

The first flight into Las Vegas was by two Blythe, California newspaper men on May 10, 1920.

Gambling Sandwich? Who invented what we refer to as a “sandwich”? So common we don’t ever think that an English gambler, “The Earl of Sandwich” asked for meat between his bread so he wouldn’t have to stop gambling merely to eat his lunch!…True!

Gambling: What a phenomenon! Ever wonder where all this gambling stuff got started?

The first accounts of gambling were in 2300 B.C. in China

Gambling was very popular in ancient Greece, even though it was “illegal”.

Who were the first real “Tough Guys” to bet on? (Clue; Rome) Yep, Gladiators.

Dice: Who used dice first? Craps? Who thought that one up? The Egyptians. They carved dice from the anklebones of antelope to roll. Hence, “Roll them Bones”! The Egyptians wagered on a game originally called “atep” a game of guessing the number of upheld fingers.
( I wonder if this is also the origin of the now so common middle finger salute? Ed.)

Playing Cards are believed to have been invented in China and/or India sometime around 900 A.D. The Chinese are thought to have originated card games when they began shuffling paper money (another Chinese invention) into various denominations and combinations.

Baccarat is the principal of card games in the United Kingdom and most of Europe.

Blackjack is a fixture in all American Casinos.

Golf is believed to have started in Scotland (records show 1400 A.D.) but a stained glass window from 1340 A.D. shows a duffer throwing his club in the Loch! I guess the first golfer/gambler was a sore loser then, like today! {Ed.}

Ever wonder who the heck those “Kings” are on your deck of cards?

King of Spades – King David
King of Hearts – Charlemagne
King of Clubs – Alexander the Great
King of Diamonds – Julius Caesar

In doing my research to satisfy my curiosity I thought there might be others wondering about some of these hard to find answers. And at the same time enjoy a chuckle at this form of Las Vegas Entertainment.

You may feel free to reprint this article for use on your flight or on other websites. But you must leave this link intact.

Good Food For Less Money In Vegas

May 11, 2013 by  
Filed under Traveling tips

It is well known that a holiday in Vegas is all about food, drink and gambling all day and all night. Excitement in the fast lane in the casino or on the roller coaster but not necessarily at the dinner tables.

No longer is the casinos considered the only entertainment and income of Las Vegas. Slowly this bright city is changing its image to proof to its people and visitors that the commitment is there to offer world-class entertainment and excitement. It goes without saying that some of the dining in Las Vegas is out of this world especially in the casino areas but so unfortunately is the price. The tables are being filled with people wanting to experience a wonderful time and somehow by good reviews and hard work the restaurants reap success.

This city of bright lights and empty promises is quickly becoming a city that offers world-class entertainment and excitement to its residents and its visitors. Las Vegas has some of the best dining on the planet. Many of the wonderful dining experiences are associated with the casinos of the area but they would not be as successful as they are if there was not a reason to keep the tables full. Diners don’t tend to dine if the food isn’t good and a for a restaurant a bad review will travel around the world three times before ten good reviews will make it once. This means that the world-class fine dining restaurants really must earn their stripes in order to bring in the business required in order to stay in business.

One of the places where a person or a family can eat less expensively is at Arizona Charlie’s Boulder Sourdough Cafe. Highly recommended are the 14-ounce Porterhouse steak for $7.99 which includes soup or salad, potato or rice, veggies and rolls. Spaghetti and meatballs are $6.49 and Chicken Penn Primavera or fried chicken is $6.99.
Good meals and easy on the pocket.

Be on the look out for coupons around town offering two for the price of one meal ticket
There are also places offering discount on entrance purchases. Off course once off the saving will not be that great but, over several days, for a couple of people, you can even see an extra show or gamble some on your food budget.

It is true that the less expensive food is not served as elegantly as its pricy encounters but the quality is much the same even sometimes, in my opinion, more superior. A lot of the cheaper places to eat actually have for superior flavor to many of the more expensive dining experiences and it’s just nice to get away from buffet food once in a while.

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