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Las Vegas

Las Vegas is the largest city in the U.S. state of Nevada. Nicknamed the Entertainment Capital of the World, it is situated in the Mojave Desert of Southern Nevada. The city features many mega-hotel/casino complexes decorated with lavish care and attention to detail creating a fantasy-like environment. The casinos often have names and themes that evoke romance, mystery, and exotic destinations.

Climate
Las Vegas has an arid climate with sunny, dry, and extremely hot summers. For summer, daytime highs are typically in the 100s (F) and up to or > 110 (F), with low humidity. This helps temperatures feel not as hot as they otherwise would at these levels, but never-the-less, it is still hot! Nighttime lows are usually in the high 80s. Winter is much cooler with daytime highs generally in the 50s (F), and nighttime lows in the 40s or 30s (F). Snow is rare in Las Vegas, although every few years apart the metro area may see some snowfall. The mountains surrounding Las Vegas are capped with snowfall in the winter season. Some of the best months to visit Las Vegas are March, April, May, October, and November. Temperatures are not too hot or too chilly at those times, although a good time can really be had at any time in Las Vegas.

Understand
History

Compared with other cities in the western U.S., Las Vegas (literally, "the springs" in Spanish) is a relatively recent arrival. It was founded in 1905, and for many years it was merely a small settlement in the middle of the desert. However, several pivotal events would come together in less than twenty years that would help Las Vegas grow into what it is today:

The construction of Hoover Dam in 1928 brought thousands of workers to the area. What is now known as Boulder City was established for the workers. Nevada legalized gambling in 1931, and downtown Las Vegas became an entertainment center for the dam workers, with casinos and speakeasies. Business became so good that it surpassed Reno as the gambling capital of the world in less than 10 years. During the same period in the 1930s, Los
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Angeles was also growing rapidly from a small town into a global center for the entertainment, aerospace, and defense industries; but because gambling was strictly banned in California at the time, Southern California workers began traveling to Las Vegas to enjoy gambling there. In 1941, the luxurious El Rancho Vegas resort opened on what would later become the Las Vegas Strip. Benjamin "Bugsy" Siegel later opened the Flamingo Hotel in 1946. The opening of these two resorts started a building boom and established a tradition of one-upmanship (with each new hotel/casino trying to outdo its predecessors) that continues today; it also initiated a long tradition of organized crime involvement in Nevada's gambling industry. By the 1990s, the enactment and enforcement of the federal Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (the RICO Act) as well as investments by established corporations and the installment of professional management virtually eliminated any remaining organized crime involvement.
Geography

The city is laid out as follows: Main Street as well as the numbered streets run north-south, starting with Main Street in the west. The bus station is on Main Street. Downtown has several hotel-casinos, as well as the "Fremont Street Experience", a pedestrian mall lined with casinos, near the western end of Fremont Street. A couple miles south of downtown starts the "Strip" (Las Vegas Boulevard South), a north-south street lined with large casino-hotels, shopping malls, and other attractions.

The northern end of the Strip is marked by the tall Stratosphere tower. The Regional Transportation Commission runs buses up and down the Strip that connect the Strip resorts to downtown. The Las Vegas monorail and the convention center sit just east of the Strip, and the University of Nevada at Las Vegas (UNLV) is located slightly more east of the Strip on Maryland Parkway. The airport is at the southern end of the Strip. Importantly, the City of Las Vegas only controls the Strip as far south as Sahara Avenue. All of the Strip south of Sahara, is located in the unincorporated townships of Paradise and Enterprise, which are both governed directly by Clark County. These unincorporated townships, however, use the name "Las Vegas" for postal purposes. Both the city and the unincorporated county areas share a single law enforcement agency, the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department. Incorporated cities such as Henderson and North Las Vegas have their own police departments.

Get around
By foot

If traveling along the Strip, walking is a reasonable option as the hotel-casinos are close to each other. In most cases, hotels are connected to each other either by bridge or underground or in the case of Excalibur, Luxor, and Mandalay Bay, by a complimentary rail shuttle. Be aware that during the summer, the oppressive heat during the daylight hours may make walking a very uncomfortable activity.

By bus

Buses can be an inexpensive and convenient option, especially if just traveling up-and-down the Strip, or toand-from downtown. A bus ride is a good way to recuperate during those hot summer months after a long and tiring walk on the Strip since the buses are air-conditioned. The Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada (RTC), +1 702 228-7433, operates 49 bus routes throughout the valley. Most routes operate 5:30 a.m.-1:30 a.m. daily, but some routes operate 24 hours per day. The standard single-ride fare is $2.00 for adults and $1.00 for kids and seniors for all standard routes, which RTC calls "residential routes." If purchasing a child or senior fare, be prepared to show some form of picture ID to prove age to the driver.
Taxi

One of the easiest ways to get around is by taxi. It is relatively cheap to go from hotel to hotel, but be aware that since traffic is often so congested on the strip, taking a taxi often isn't much faster than walking. Many taxis will cut off the strip to use a parallel road--this is often faster but can double your taxi fare. The taxi driver is required to use the meter and to take the shortest route to your destination. There is a surcharge for rides originating at the airport, but not for extra passengers. Taxi lines (queues) are typically found at the front of hotels. You would be unwise to attempt to hail one on the street, especially on the Strip, as it is illegal for a taxi to stop traffic to pick up or drop off a passenger. The best way to hail a taxi outside of a cabstand is to use the following method: if you are wanting to go north on the Strip, stand on the east side about 20 feet before a turn off. The taxi you want to wave over will have the yellow lights off. Standing like this allows the taxi to turn off the road and pick you up. It is customary to tip the hotel taxi dispatcher $1 and tip the taxi driver 15% of the meter, and about $1 per piece of luggage. If you are traveling with a large group, consider hiring a limousine, as you will often forgo a wait and the price per person may even be lower than that using a taxicab. Limousines usually queue in front of the taxicab line and can be approached directly.
By car

Driving Las Vegas Boulevard (the "Strip"), especially on weekends, is an exercise in frustration. Due to extremely severe gridlock at all hours, you could easily spend an hour (or more) sitting in traffic on the Strip just to travel a couple of miles. The Strip's most critically congested section is the 1.7-mile-long portion between Spring Mountain Road/Sands Avenue to the north and Tropicana Avenue to the south, which happens to be where almost all of the major hotel-casinos are located.
Rental cars

If you mostly plan to hang around one casino and your time in Vegas is short, you might want to forego a rental car altogether and just take taxis or the Strip buses. On the other hand, taxi fares and bus passes add up quickly, and with car rental so cheap, anyone staying a few days or longer would be better suited with the flexibility of a car. Some of the best sights (e.g., Hoover Dam) are located just outside of Las Vegas and require that you drive to those destinations. If you need to or might go farther (e.g., out of state), ensure your rental agreement allows it as well as sharing of driving duties. The base rental price for a car at McCarran International Airport is quite competitive with other major cities. Unfortunately, agencies at the airport must levy very large fees (e.g., for airport improvements) and taxes on those base prices. These can increase the modest weekly cost of a compact or intermediate size car by nearly 60 percent.

See

Botanical Gardens @ Bellagio, Inside of the casino there is a tremendous flower garden, with displays changed every month or two. Eli Roth's Goretorium, 3717 S Las Vegas Blvd, 702 463-6770 (info@goretorium.com), [28]. 5:00pm 12:00am Sunday-Thursday, 5:00pm - 1:00am FridaySaturday. Horror-movie director Eli Roth has upped the ante, splashing a movie-size budget of $10 million on Goretorium, a Las Vegas year-round haunted house in the theme of his graphically violent Hostel and Cabin Fever hits. @29.95, $50.00 VIP, $20.00 Locals & Military. Erotic Heritage Museum, 3275 Industrial Rd, +1 702 369-6442,. Museum dedicated to the sexual revolution. Flamingo Garden, 3555 Las Vegas Blvd S,. A 15-acre garden with Flamingos and other exotic birds, as well as koi and turtles. Fountain Show @ Bellagio, The Fountains of the Bellagio perform a magnificent display (set to music) every 15 minutes in the evenings and also every hour on Saturday and Sunday afternoons. Show times can vary on public holidays. Fremont Street Experience - Viva Vision, +1 702 678-5600,. dusk to mid night. A pedestrian mall just outside the downtown casinos. Multimedia shows are displayed on a giant canopy over the street nightly. Free. Gallery of Fine Art @ Bellagio, A fine-art gallery. Not free. Las Vegas Chinatown Plaza, (about 1 mile west of Treasure Island, Take a westbound CAT Route 203 bus from the intersection of Las Vegas Boulevard and Spring Mountain Road between TI and the Fashion Show Mall),. A place to experience Asian culture. Madame Tussauds Wax Museum, 377 S Las Vegas Blvd, 702 862-7800, Madame Tussauds Las Vegas is a one-of-a-kind special events venue in which more than 100 of the world's hottest celebrities, politicians, athletes and legends are in attendance. Featuring seven highly themed rooms ranging from a Hollywood party with guests including Justin Timberlake, Britney Spears, and Eva Longoria to an exciting sports arena with interactive experiences featuring Shaquille O'Neal and Tiger Woods.

Looking south along the Strip from the Venetian casino-hotel

Bellagio's fountains

Fremont street experience

Flamingo birds in the tropical garden of Flamingo

Mob Attraction @ Tropicana, 3801 S Las Vegas Blvd, 702 739-2662,. 10:00am - 8:00pm Monday-Saturday. Mob Attraction Las Vegas is a one-of-a kind entertainment experience that immerses visitors into the world of the mob. It takes guests on a fun, exciting, interactive journey through the world of organized crime. Inside you become a part of the story and go face-to-face with the mob. The attraction also features an extensive collection, artifacts, memorabilia, photos and videos. $33.00 General Admission, $30.00 Seniors (60 and over), $18.00 Children (6-12 years), Free Children (5 & younger), $18.00 Locals, $30.00 Military. The Mob Museum. 10:00am-7:00pm: Sunday-Thursday, 10:00am-8:00pm: Friday-Saturday. Located in the heart of downtown Las Vegas, The Mob Museum showcases both sides of the notorious battle between organized crime and law enforcement. With high-tech theater presentations, iconic one-of-a-kind artifacts, and interactive exhibits, you can finally discover the whole truth and nothing but the truth. $19.95 General Admission, $15.95 Seniors (65+), Military, Law Enforcement, Teachers, $13.95 Children (5-17 years) & Students (18-23 years). The Neon Museum Las Vegas, 821 N Las Vegas Blvd, +1 702 387-6366, An outdoor lot loaded with huge signs that once twinkled in front of the Silver Slipper, Stardust, and El Cortez. See the giant horeshoe made of thousands of gold-colored light bulbs! $15. Shark Reef Aquarium @ Mandalay Bay, The highlight is walking through a transparent tunnel with sharks, sea turtle, fish on all sides. $16. Southern Nevada Zoological-Botanical Park, Southern Nevada Zoological-Botanical Park has over 150 species of animals and plants. World's Largest Golden Nugget @ Golden Nugget Hotel. The world's largest gold nugget is on display in the back of the casino. about 100m behind reception where you can also hold it The Tank @ Golden Nugget Hotel. a $30 million complex complete with a shark tank, a 3-story waterslide and seven private cabanas. $20. Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition @ Luxor, 3900 S Las Vegas Blvd,. 10:00am-10:00pm. The 25,000-square-foot exhibit features numerous items from the Titanic, including luggage, the ship's whistles, floor tiles from the first-class smoking room, a window frame from the Verandah Cafe and an unopened bottle of champagne with a 1900 vintage. In addition, the exhibit features a piece of Titanics hull, a full-scale re-creation of the Grand Staircase as well as a newly expanded outer Promenade Deck, complete with the frigid temperatures felt on that fateful April night. $32.00 General Admission, $30.00 Seniors (65 and over), $24.00 Children (4-12 years), Free Children (3 & younger), $29.00 Locals (with valid id). Toilets @ Main Street Station. The urinals in the men's room are mounted on a piece of the Berlin Wall. If you're female, ask an employee to let you see it. U.S. Route 95 At Night. This route climbs gradually northwest of Las Vegas so that the Strip's neon lights remain visible for a remarkably long distance, appearing as a luminous cloud from the furthest point. Volcano @ The Mirage, Eruptions begin at 6:00 p.m. and run every hour on the hour until 11:00 p.m. (nightly). The volcano in front of the casino erupts in a terrific light show.

Do

Ride a Gondola @ The Venetian Hotel. Includes a visit to St. Mark's Square. $15 for 4 minutes. Indoor Skydiving @ Vegas Indoor Skydiving, 200 Convention Center Dr, +1 877-545-8093,. 10am-8pm. Fly your body in a vertical wind tunnel. No experience necessary, all training and equipment provided. Safe for all ages. $85. Shoot an Automatic Weapon @ The Gun Store, 2900 E Tropicana Ave, +1 702 454-1110, 9AM-6:30PM daily. Photo ID required. International travelers welcome. Walk-ins are welcome but reservations are recommended. Packages including transportation, Glocks, Beretta, AK-47, M249 SAW, Thompson, Barrett 50 Caliber and M2HB. Coupons and monthly specials available online. $49 - $999.

Play Pinball Games @ The Pinball Hall of Fame, 1610 E. Tropicana Ave. Old-style machines and newest ones from Stern are there, all in very good condition. Definitely worth a look. From $0.25 per game. Kayak Trips from Kayak Las Vegas, 1647A Nevada Highway, Boulder City, +1 702 2935026,. Paddle the Colorado River from the base of Hoover Dam to Willow Beach Arizona, hike to hot springs from the river. Paddle to island beaches for a swim at Lake Mead. Helicopter Tours From Fly Maverick, 6075 S Las Vegas Blvd, +1 888 261-4414, Helicopter tours that will take you deep into the awe-inspiring Grand Canyon or soaring above the neon lights and mega resorts of the Las Vegas Strip, as well as helicopter tours that include rafting down the Colorado River. $114-599. The Hunt Las Vegas, (Las Vegas Blvd & Flamingo), +1 702 751-4868, Limo Scavenger Hunt throughout the City of Las Vegas. Thrills and visits to the cities Hotspots, both on the Strip and Downtown are included in The Hunt. 50+. Stripper 101, 3663 Las Vegas Blvd South, (702)260-7200, Learn sexy dance moves from real Las Vegas strippers and at the end of the class receive your own Stripper diploma! Stripper 101 is perfect for bachelorette parties or just a fun night out with the girls.For ladies aged 18 and over. Advanced scheduling required. Tickets and packages available. From $39.99. Exotics Racing School, After a training session, get behind the wheel of a Ferrari F430 F1 or other race car and go up to 130mph with an instructor in the passenger seat. From $249 depending on the car and number of laps. Sun Buggy & ATV Fun Rentals, 6925 Speedway Blvd Bldg #C106 (I-15 N to the Las Vegas Motor Speedway. 3rd Right behind Shelby's corner cafe), +1 702 644-2855,. 7AM-7PM daily. Chase, tour, or explore on an ATV, UTV, or Dune Buggy at the Vegas Dunes, Valley Of Fire, or Amargosa. The Largest Off Road Adventure Firm in Las Vegas has been featured on over 30 TV shows internationally. Vegas Horseback Tours, 2470 Chandler Ave Ste 11, +1 888 584-9059,. Daily. Horseback Tours include a Sunset Dinner, Lunch or Breakfast horseback ride, an authentic cowboy meal and a visit to cowboy town and petting zoo. Free hotel pick-up. $109-139.
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The natural attractions of Las Vegas. Red Rock Canyon.

Red Rock Canyon, on the western edge of the Las Vegas city limits, Features hundreds of traditional/gear and sport routes. Climbing is possible year-round, though Spring and Fall tend to be most comfortable. There are a couple of guide books that detail the routes. Though the area does not receive much precipitation, it is worth remembering that if the sandstone becomes wet (from rain or snow) it becomes brittle and you'd be wise to avoid it for at least two day before checking if it dried out. There is also a scenic drive through Red Rock Canyon, which will take you about 30 minutes to complete, though there are opportunities to park up and get out of the car. Entry is $7 per car unless you have a National Park pass.

Strip Gun Club, 2233 Las Vegas Blvd. South ((Sahara and Las Vegas Boulevard)), 702-777GUNS. 10am to 8pm. This 4500 sq ft range located on the Strip at Sahara & Las Vegas blvd, offers rentals of automatics, rifles, handguns and shotguns. Packages start at $99 for the Deuces Wild Free which includes a t-shirt, 1 rifle/1pistol 1 target, eye and ear protection and can run as high as the let yourself go wild package; The Buffet $1,999 which includes eleven guns, free tee, free hat, two targets, eye and ear protection.

Rides

The Roller Coaster @ New York New York Hotel, 3790 S Las Vegas Blvd. 11:00am - 11:00pm Sunday-Thursday, 10:30am - Midnight Friday & Saturday. The Roller Coaster will lift you up 203 feet, drop you down 144 feet and leave your pulse trying to catch up to 67 mph. Simulating a jet fighter's barrel roll, you'll turn 180, hang 86 feet in the air, take the famous "heartline" twist and dive. Individual Tickets: $14.00; Scream Pass: $25.00 (includes: all day ride pass, $2.00 off 5x7 photo); Family Fun Flight for Four: $60.oo (Includes Four individual ride tickets and 2 5x7 close up photos). Rides @ The Stratosphere Hotel, 2000 S Las Vegas Blvd,. There are 3 intense rides on the top of the tallest hotel on the strip: Big Shot - Shoots passengers straight up 160 feet at 45 mph (over 4 Gs) until they are 1,081 feet above the Strip. XScream - A giant teeter-totter that propels you 27 feet over the edge of the Tower, 866 feet above the ground. Insanity, the Ride - A massive mechanical arm extends 64 feet over the edge of the Tower and spins you at a force of 3 Gs for a truly mind-bending experience. For the people who do not like rides but still want to do something at the top, there are shops and a great view. Tower Admission: $18.00 Adult, $10.00 Groups/Parties over 20; Rides: $15.00 each, $34.00 Tower Admission + All Day Unlimited Rides, $33.00 Tower Admission + 3 Rides, $28.00 Tower Admission + 2 Rides, $23.00 Tower Admission +1 ride, additional $10.00 Express Pass.

Stratosphere Tower in the night

SkyJump @ The Stratosphere Hotel, 2000 S Las Vegas Blvd,. 10:00am 1:00am Sunday Thursday, 10:00am 2:00am FridaySaturday. SkyJump is a controlled free fall, similar to a vertical zip line. The launching pad is located on the 108th floor, 855 feet above the Las Vegas Strip. Jumpers are harnessed in and attached to a cable that is connected to a descender machine. Guide wires keep the skyjumper on course and on target. Just before reaching the rapidly approaching ground, the skyjumper is slowed down for a controlled and safe landing. $109.99 Per Jump, $119.99 Jump/Photos, $139.99 Jump/Wristcam Video/Photos. The Adventuredome Theme Park @ Circus Circus, 2880 S Las Vegas Blvd, 702 794-3939,. 11:00am - 6:00pm Monday-Thursday, 10:00am to 12:00am Friday-Saturday, 10:00am - 9:00pm Sunday. America's 2nd largest indoor theme park with 25 rides and attractions for all ages. $16.95 Day pass (under 48 inches tall), $27.95 Day Pass (over 48 inches tall), Premium Rides - $8.00 each : FX Theatre featuring SpongeBob SquarePants and Dora the Explorer, Disk'O (Spinning Ride), Canyon Blaster (Roller Coaster), Rim Runner (Water chute Ride), Sling Shot (Tower Ride), Chaos (Spinning & Tilting Ride), Inverter (360 Counter-Rotation Ride), SimEx Extreme Ride Theater, Happy Feet: Mumble's Wild Ride, Lazer Blast (Laser Tag Adventure); Large Rides - $5.00 each: Canyon Cars (Bumper Cars), Sand Pirate (Swinging Ship); Junior Rides $5.00 each: Frog Hopper (Jr. Tower Ride), Miner Mike (Jr. Roller Coaster), Thunderbirds (Jr. Plane Ride); Family Rides $5.00 each: B.C. Bus (Bus Ride), Circus Carousel (Merry-Go-Round), Drifters (Ferris Wheel), Road Runner (Mini-Himalaya Ride).

Concerts & Special Events Shows Free shows


World-Class Circus Acts @ Circus Circus Masquerade Show in the Sky @ Rio, I Lost My M in Vegas @ M&M World,

Cirque du Soleil shows Las Vegas hosts 7 very popular Cirque du Soleil shows. To secure the best seats, reservations well in advance is recommended. In order of opening date, the shows are;

Mystre @ Treasure Island 'O' @ Bellagio Zumanity @ New York-New York K @ MGM Grand Love @ Mirage Criss Angel Believe @ Luxor Zarkana @ Aria

Production/Variety shows Reserve your tickets well in advance for the best available seating. The most popular shows are sold out on the weekends.

V - The Ultimate Variety Show @ V Theater at Miracle Mile Shops Planet Hollywood, Vegas! The Show @ Saxe Theater at Miracle Mile Shops Planet Hollywood Absinthe @ Caesars Palace The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas @ Plaza Hotel & Casino
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Blue Man Group @ The Monte Carlo Evil Dead: The Musical 4D @ V Theater - Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood Recycled Percussion @ The Quad Hotel & Casino Frankie Moreno @ Stratosphere Grand Ole Vegas Revue @ Plaza Hotel & Casino Jabbawockeez @ Luxor Jersey Boys @ Le Theatre Des Arts - Paris Hotel & Casino Le Rve @ Wynn Las Vegas Marriage Can Be Murder @ The D Las Vegas Menopause - The Musical @ Luxor Hotel & Casino Nunsense @ Shimmer Cabaret LVH The Phat Pack @ Plaza Hotel & Casino Rock Of Ages @ Rock of Ages Theater at The Venetian Tony 'N' Tina's Wedding @ Windows at Bally's Hotel & Casino Tournament of Kings @ Excalibur Hotel & Casino

Headliner shows Celine Dion @ Caesars Palace Colosseum Rod Stewart @ Caesars Palace Colosseum Shania Twain - Still The One @ Caesars Palace Colosseum Soul2Soul: Tim McGraw & Faith Hill @ The Venetian Comedy shows There are always different comedians coming to Las Vegas. Some comedians that have recently performed in Las Vegas include Robin Williams, Howie Mandel, and Carrot Top. Always a great way to get a laugh and end the night.

Big Al's Comedy Club @ The Orleans Hotel & Casino Anthony Cools presents Strip Comedy @ Palms Resort & Casino Brad Garrett's Comedy Club @ MGM Grand Hotel & Casino Carrot Top @ Atrium Theater - Luxor Hotel & Casino Comedy After Dark starring Anthony Padilla @ LVH (Las Vegas Hotel) Comedy Pet Theater @ V Theater - Planet Hollywood Defending The Caveman @ Harrah's Hotel & Casino Eddie Griffin @ King's Room - Rio All Suites George Wallace @ The Flamingo Guidos of Comedy @ Royal House Lounge at Royal Resort The Improv @ Harrah's Hotel & Casino Jeff Civillico - Comedy In Action @ The Quad (formerly The Imperial Palace) The Joe Show @ Tuscany Suites & Casino Laugh Factory @ The Tropicana Hotel & Casino Las Vegas Live Comedy Club Louie Anderson - Big Baby Boomer @ Palace Station Hotel & Casino The Riviera Comedy Club @ The Riviera Hotel & Casino Sammy Shores's Legends of Comedy @ Wolf Theater at Clarion Hotel & Casino Sin City Comedy Show @ Sin City Theater at Theater Planet Hollywood Vinnie Favorito @ Bugsy's Cabaret - Flamingo Hotel & Casino Wolf's Den Comedy @ Wolf Theater at Clarion Hotel & Casino

Impressionist/Impersonation shows Terry Fator @ Mirage


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Jimmy Stewart & Friends starring Rich Little @ the LVH Gordie Brown @ Golden Nugget Hotel & Casino

Tribute shows The Australian Bee Gees Show: A Tribute to The Bee Gees @ The Excalibur Hotel & Casino, Barbra and Frank: The Concert That Never Was @ Boulevard Theater B - A TRIBUTE to The Beatles @ Saxe Theater inside Miracle Mile Shops Brian Hoffman's Remembering Red - A Tribute To Red Skelton @ The Westin Las Vegas Hotel & Casino Country Superstars @ V2 Theater inside Miracle Mile Shops Dancing Queen @ New York - New York Hotel & Casino Frank Marino's Divas Las Vegas @ The Quad The King starring Trent Carlini @ LVH Legends in Concert @ Harrah's Hotel & Casino MJ Live @ Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino Hitzville The Show Motown Revue @ V Theater inside Miracle Mile Shops Purple Reign: The Prince Tribute Show @ Hooters Hotel & Casino The Rat Pack Is Back @ Crown Theater - Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino Sandy Hackett's Rat Pack Show @ The LVH Shades of Sinatra @ The Clarion VEGAS! the Show @ Saxe Theater inside Miracle Mile Shops Magic shows Amazing Johnathon @ Windows at Ballys David Copperfield @ MGM Grand ILLUSIONS starring Jan Rouven @ Starlite Theatre - Riviera Hotel & Casino Mac King Comedy Magic Show @ Harrah's The Mentalist @ V Theater at Miracle Mile Shops Planet Hollywood Mike Hammer Comedy Magic @ Four Queens Hotel & Casino Nathan Burton Comedy Magic @ Saxe Theater at Miracle Mile Shops Planet Hollywood Penn and Teller @ Rio Seth Grabel Variety Magic @ Wolf Theater - Clarion Hotel & Casino Tommy Wind: Music, Magic, and More @ Boulevard Theater Adult shows Topless female dancers Bite @ Stratosphere Crazy Girls @ Riviera Crazy Horse Paris @ MGM Grand Fantasy @ Luxor Jubilee! @ Bally's Peepshow! @ Planet Hollywood Shades of Temptation @ New York - New York X Burlesque @ Flamingo Zumanity @ New York - New York, Topless male dancers Chippendales @ Rio American Storm. Thunder from Down Under @ Excalibur

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Gamble

If you win... Chances are that, if you win it big in Las Vegas and you are not a U.S. citizen your winnings will be subject to a 30% withholding tax from the IRS. That $10,000 slot winning can dwindle quite quickly if that is taken off the top. Not to worry though you can reclaim your gambling winnings tax through a 1042-S form. You should get this from the casino so dont lose it...it is your starting ticket to getting your gambling winnings back. Opportunities to gamble are found in most places in the Las Vegas metro area, even at McCarran Airport and small supermarkets.
Age restrictions

It is state law that all gamblers must be at least 21 years of age. Even if you are at least 21 years old, you are required to bring to the casino a valid ID that shows your current age or complete date of birth (e.g. driver's licence, passport) as proof of your age. Photocopies of valid IDs are usually not considered valid. Inhouse security makes rounds of inspections to check compliance. If you are under-age or without a valid ID to prove your age and found in the gambling premises, hotel staff will ask you to leave, and could ask the metro police to issue you a citation. Moreover, under-age gamblers cannot collect any jackpot; such bets are void and the casino will at best return your wager before asking you to leave the premises. There is a curfew for anyone under the age of 18 and metro police regularly transport violators to a juvenile center.
The odds

It is beneficial to understand the rules, strategies, and odds of each game before you arrive. The games with the lowest house advantage if you know how to play are craps (dice) with full odds and blackjack; however, tables where a 21-blackjack pays only 6:5 or even-money instead of the traditional 3:2 give the house a big advantage, and should be avoided. Games in which the casino has the best house advantage include slot machines, roulette, and some craps bets (hardways and propositions). If a game is unfamiliar to you, just ask the dealer for advice on how to play. If you are playing during the daytime at a table that is not crowded, most dealers will be happy to explain the game to you, and even slow down the dealing.
Pre-paid gambling cards

To facilitate gambling in machine-based games, you can use a pre-paid card to make wagers and collect winnings. Obtain one of these from the counter, insert the card into the gambling machine you choose to play and the machine will deduct your wagers as well as add your winnings to it. You can go to another cash dispensing machine to redeem your winnings as well as reload the value.
ATMs

Most casinos offer ATMs and over-the-counter cash facilities, but beware about the charges set by your bank and the machine operator or establishment. ATMs in casinos may charge exorbitant fees for withdrawals.
Comps

One reason to gamble, aside from the hope of winning money, is that by doing so, you could receive complimentary ("comp") rooms, meals, and even airfare depending on your play. Most casinos issue free "player cards." It is generally to your advantage to show or insert your player card every time you play a table game or slot machine. At the end of your trip, you can ask the hotel if you are eligible for any comps, you might be pleasantly surprised. And if you arrive at the casino prepared to lay out $1,000 or more, don't
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be bashful; ask the pit boss to be "rated" for comps before or while you begin playing. Separate from comps, many hotels offer discount packages for travelers who book a Sunday-Thursday night arrival. Most of these packages offer gambling coupons or a matching play -- see the Sleep section for details.
Poker

Texas Hold'em, 7-card stud, and Omaha can be found at almost all Las Vegas poker rooms. However, not all casinos have a poker room, so call the casino or ask a gaming floor attendant. Casinos with non-smoking poker rooms include Wynn, Bellagio, The Palms, Mandalay Bay, MGM Grand, and Mirage. During June and July, the World Series of Poker (WSOP) is held in Las Vegas. If you are interested in poker, this is a must see and all top poker players are present. And if you are a skilled player, you can play the sidegames taking place during the WSOP.

Buy
Sales tax

The combined state and local sales tax in all of Clark County (meaning the entire Las Vegas metro area) is 8.10%. Only groceries and prescription drugs are exempt. Like most U.S. states, Nevada has not implemented a tax refund mechanism for international travelers. The only retailers that can sell tax-free items to international travelers are the duty free shops at McCarran International Airport.
Basics

Most hotel/casino resort complexes in Las Vegas have a gift shop open 24/7 that offers basic traveler supplies and sundries. Hotel gift shops are outrageously expensive and should be avoided except for emergencies. If you are planning to not rent a car and to simply go up and down the Strip on foot or bus, the pharmacies are your best bet for basic supplies. They are all open 24/7 and accustomed to dealing with tourists from all over the world. Like most U.S. pharmacies, they carry a very large variety of products besides pharmaceuticals and dietary supplements, including snacks, soft drinks, bottled water, cosmetics, toiletries, hats, sunscreen, maps, postcards, and so on. CVS/pharmacy has two branches on the Strip, one located on South Strip between CityCenter and Monte Carlo, and the other located on North Strip between Circus Circus and Sahara Avenue. Walgreens has one branch on Central Strip at Palazzo and another on South Strip in front of Planet Hollywood. There are also multiple 7-Eleven convenience stores open 24/7 throughout the Strip, as well as several am/pm convenience stores. However, convenience stores tend to have higher prices than the pharmacies and their product selection is not as broad. Importantly, there are no major supermarkets on the Las Vegas Strip near the resorts. The closest one that sits on Las Vegas Boulevard is the Whole Foods Market at Town Square (see below). Other than that, one has to travel as far west as Valley View Boulevard or as far east as Maryland Parkway to find supermarkets such as Vons, Albertsons, Food4Less, and Smith's.

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Shopping malls

There are a handful of shopping malls that are not affiliated with casinos:

Fashion Show Mall and Town Square outdoor mall

Many of the larger casinos include high-end shopping areas with designer stores, including:

Forum Shops, Grand Canal Shoppes and Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood

Outlet malls Las Vegas is a hub for factory outlet malls. The two largest and most prestigious are the Las Vegas Premium Outlets centers. Both are owned by the Premium Outlets chain, which is part of Simon Property Group. The southern one was originally independently developed by another company as Las Vegas Outlet Center and is still described by that name in older travel guidebooks. Both share many of the same tenants. The northern one features a few designer brands not found in its southern sibling, like Armani Exchange, Burberry, Dolce & Gabbana, Elie Tahari, Kate Spade, Salvatore Ferragamo, St. John, Tory Burch, and Tumi, while the southern one features a Saks Fifth Avenue Off 5th store.

Las Vegas Premium Outlets North and Las Vegas Premium Outlets - South

Stay safe
Given the city's lure of easy money and "Sin City" reputation, Las Vegas naturally attracts a lot of unsavory characters, as evidenced by its rather high violent crime rate: 647.0 offenses per 100,000 inhabitants in calendar year 2011 (according to the FBI's Crime in the United States report). This is substantially higher than big cities like Los Angeles and New York, where the comparable numbers were 405.4 and 406.0 in 2011. Naturally, the crimes that drive Vegas's numbers so high are robbery and aggravated assault. Be vigilant and do not leave any valuables visible in your car. If you are lucky enough to win a large jackpot, you can ask the casino to hold your winnings in its safe or to pay you with a check so that you are not walking out the door with a large amount of cash. If you insist on receiving all your winnings in cash, all casinos have security personnel available to escort you to your car or room upon request. Like most large tourism destinations, the Strip has its share of pickpockets and purse snatchers, so keep your wallet in a front pocket or keep a tight hold on your purse. Major casinos are generally very safe. Casinos take security very seriously and have cameras recording almost every square inch of their property, as well as uniformed and plainclothes security personnel patrolling at all times. Make sure your hotel door is closed safely at night and use the deadbolt if one is provided. If there is knocking on the door at night, don't open it unless you are sure of the good intentions of the persons that knocked. They might just be drunk, but there could be more serious trouble. Remain calm and call security when necessary. Numerous people along Las Vegas Boulevard will attempt to hand you fliers advertising adult entertainment or prostitution services. Simply ignore them and they won't harm you, although they are profoundly annoying. Others will try to give you cards for free entry and/or drinks in the various clubs scattered throughout the Strip hotels. They usually work in groups, and if you accept cards from them, they will demand a tip.
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