Las Vegas Anyone?

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Las Vegas is known as: the fun city, sin city; by the phrase “what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas” and where the best entertainment in the West is found.

It’s relaxing to take a break from one’s ordinary life and drive to Vegas. There, the hotels are actually the main attractions. You will find restaurants, theaters, casinos, nightclubs, shopping malls and more.

A walk along the Strip is like visiting the world! Venetian canals, volcanoes, art galleries, circuses, Luxor, MGM Grand and so many mind-blowing locations.

Downtown, you will find smaller hotels with excellent value, casinos, food of all kinds, nightclubs and much more. You decide if you and your budget can afford the posh and plush of the great hotels or the more affordable hotels and motels. It’s all in Vegas!

The ladies will enjoy the wonderful shopping opportunities including the factory outlets. Shuttle busses run from the Strip to the state line stores for deep discounts on high label merchandise. Also there are the Las Vegas Premium Outlets and the Las Vegas Outlet Center.

Some of the great hotels are themed, as are some of the shopping malls. Shop the canals of Venice, the streets of Rome and the markets of Morocco or pretend you are on Rodeo Drive as opera-singing gondoliers drift by.

Caesars Palace has expanded the ancient Roman streets of the Forum Shops with more than 160 stores and 13 restaurants positioned among fountains and statues.

The Fashion Show Mall is among the largest shopping centers featuring catwalks and daily fashion parades from seven of the department stores, including Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue, Nordstrom and others.

At the Venetian you can walk along the cobblestone walkways and ride in an authentic Italian gondola to visit the Grand Canal shops.

The Mandalay Palace offers world-class designers and restaurants, plus a good place for some wine tasting.

There is no shortage of hotels in this city, many with themes. The next time I venture into Vegas I plan to stay at the Wynn. I have read so much good about the property I want to give it a try.

The attractions are many:

• Visit the Eiffel Tower and Arc de Triomphe at the Paris Hotel

• You can see the Statue of Liberty and try a Coney Island-style roller coaster at New York-New York

• The Flamingo Hotel volcano features some 300 birds and tropical foliage

• The Lake of Dreams is at the Wynn, with a 140-foot mountain covered with 1,500 trees, waterfall and three-acre lake

• You can get face-to-face with the sharks at the Shark Reef at the Mandalay Bay

• Catch the classic car collection at the Imperial Palace

• At the Bellagio the fountains are the attraction. This free display of music, water and lights takes place every 30 minutes until 7 p.m. and then continues every 15 minutes in the evenings — the $40 million fountain shoots jets of water 240 feet into the air

What’s playing in Vegas? Mamma Mia at the Mandalay, Stomp Out Loud at Planet Hollywood, Blue Man Group and Phantom in the Venetian. You’ll find Jersey Boys playing at Palazzo; Chippendales — The Show is at Rio All-Suite Hotel; Jubilee at Ballys; and Caesars Palace features the hottest ticket in town: Bette Midler on various dates, plus Elton John on other dates.

Star of the Desert Arena has various country stars all during October and November and Circus Circus provides free circus acts.

Fitzgerald’s Events Center Showroom showcases the best country tribute artists and the Flamingo Showroom features Donny & Marie Osmond. The Hilton Theatre presents Barry Manilow and the MGM Grand has Wayne Newton on many dates in October and November.

Other hot shows are: V the Ultimate Variety Show, Zumanity, Another Side of Cirque du Soleil, the great magic of Nathan Burton and, don’t forget, the zany Penn & Teller.

I have only mentioned a few of the entertainers available in the next two months, plus all the great stage shows.

Las Vegas is truly the entertainment capital of America and perhaps the world.

If you’re into poker, visit Bobby’s Room at the Bellagio. Craps is popular with many at Casino Royale and Hotel and offers 100 times odds. Slots are popular at Harrah’s Las Vegas, featuring penny and up machines.

Dancing? Try Jet at Mirage. It’s all about a thumping beat and plenty of space to do your stuff. There are DJs spinning three musical styles in three rooms. It’s easy to find your groove.

The most expensive drink is the Ménage a Trois at Tryst. What do you get? A mix of Hennessy Elipse cognac, Crystal Rose Champagne and Grand Marnier with a 24-karat gold diamond-studded straw. It only costs $3,000 at the Wynn’s swanky club Tryst.

May your luck be good; may you have a ball of fun, get some sun and come home rich!

Before you go, visit the Web site www.visitlasvegas.com It will link you to just about all the information you need to have a good time.

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