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One night in Las Vegas for non-gamblers


By SusanHegarty
Joined: Feb 15, 2008
Posts: 1

Posted on: November 05, 2008 at 5:31PM

Ah, Vegas, baby! There's so much to see and do even if you're not a gambler. Here what I recommend for those not interested in losing coin in the one-armed bandits. First, purchase a day-long $5 double-decker bus ticket and hop on and off all day long. It'll be the best $5 you'll spend and it's cheaper than re-soling your shoe leather. Start your evening watching the free shows in front of Treasure Island and the Bellagio hotels. The "Sirens of TI" is best viewed from the ramp in front and you can lean on the rail while you wait for the show to start. A sign suggests you pay attention to your belongings and be cautious for pickpockets. The dancing waters set to music at the Bellagio can be seen far and wide but get there early for a nonobstructed view. Dinner reservations are suggested for Joe's Seafood, inside Caesar's Palace. Save this restaurant for that special occasion. It takes just minuttes to drop a couple of hundred dollars at the casinos, but at Joe's, you'll enjoy a relaxing couple of hours savoring stone crab and a delicate wine for the same money. Hop back on the double-decker bus and head north to Fremont Street for a free light show extravaganza. There are lots of shops under the canopy to entertain you while you wait for the next top-of-the-hour light show or if you want to stay for the next, which is set to different music.We jammed to "We are the Champions." On your way back to the strip on the bus, stop by the Stratosphere, which looks similar to the Seattle Space Needle. Ride the three amusement rides atop if you dare or simply tell the hostess you'd like an elevator ride to the rotating restaurant for dessert. As you dine, you'll get a panoramic view of the city of lights below. Although the lounge above doesn't rotate, you can enjoy a static view and live jazz music beginning at 8 p.m. For a nightcap or the post-midnight munchies, drop by the Peppermill diner and lounge, a favorite of the Rat Pack back in the days. Celebs still drop in. The meatball soup is outstanding. The ice cream drinks in the lounge are delicious, especially when enjoyed around the intimate fireplace that has flames surrounded by water. Beautiful! As for accommodations, we spent two nights in a fully furnished suite at the Hilton Grand Vacation Club for $99. The tour was short and we took full advantage of the pool and airport shuttle service. I could tell you more, but what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas! Enjoy! report a problem

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