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Thursday, March 25, 2010

As you drive into town and get greeted by the famous Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas sign, be prepared for a week of sensory overload. New York may be the city that never sleeps but Las Vegas is the town that never rests. People are always on the go because there is so much to do! 

                Most visitors to Sin City come to gamble in the world's best casinos, enjoy world-class shopping and party all night in the trendy nightclubs.  But Las Vegas has so much more to offer...

Live Entertainment

                Las Vegas offers a level of entertainment second to none.  Top comedians, singers and magicians headline at all the major casinos and free shows such as circus acts, opera singing and robotic shows are always taking place on and off the strip.

                The most popular shows are put on by Cirque du Soliel, a unique circus troop from Canada started by two street performers in 1984.  Elaborate theatres are constructed in many of the major casinos to host such productions as Love (based on the Music of the Beatles), Zumanity (an adult-themed show) and O (a show performed in water).

Unique Experiences

                The Las Vegas Strip is a culmination of cultures from around the world.  Not only can you ride to the top of the Eiffel Tower at the Paris Hotel, you can also take a gondola ride through the Grand Canal at the Venetian or take an inclinator to the top floor of the Luxor  pyramid. 

                Next you can head over to Mandalay Bay and drink a cocktail from an ice glass in the Minus 5 Ice Lounge before doing a little indoor skydiving in the air tunnel at Vegas Indoor Skydiving.  If that isn't excitement enough, you can end the day at the top of the Stratosphere where you can experience the three highest thrill rides in the world!

Day Trips

                If you need to get away from the pool parties, slot machines and those pesky card pushers on the strip trying to sell you a moment of pleasure with a beautiful woman, take a day trip.

                Plenty of tour companies offer Hoover Dam tours.  The guides will take you across the top of the dam and tell you the history of this amazing feat of engineering and regale you with stories about the men who died building it. 

                Hoover Dam was constructed between 1931 and 1936 during the Great Depression to provide water for the surrounding areas and powers for parts of Nevada, California and Arizona. The dam contains enough concrete to build a five-foot wide walkway from the North Pole to the South Pole.

The tour then takes you to Lake Mead, the largest man made lake in the United States created as a result of the dam.   And your day ends with a stop in Boulder City, the town built to house the dam workers and one of the few places in Nevada where gambling is illegal.

For those with money to burn, take a helicopter tour of the Grand Canyon, one of the world’s most popular natural attractions.  I took one to celebrate my 40th birthday and I have to say, it was exhilarating to say the least. 

Helicopter tours often end with an aerial view of the Las Vegas Strip – a perfect way to end your visit to the decadent adult playground called Las Vegas.

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