A July 2000 trip
to Las Vegas by Muchmor
Quote: My top ten of things to do in Vegas.
Probably the easiest highlight to tackle is simply to wander down the Strip at night and look at all the hotels in their glory.
Try to visit as many hotels as possible, they are attractions in their own right.
Attraction | "Aladdin"
Member Rating 2 out of 5 on July 28, 2003
Aladdin Hotel Casino
3667 Las Vegas Boulevard South
Las Vegas, Nevada 89109
Breakfast: 8–10.30am. We had several breakfasts here and paid $12 each. Although this was more than some of the other places it was convenient and had excellent choices. You could basically wander from counter to counter choosing anything from the huge range of foods. They had bacon, sausages, hash browns, fried potatoes, pancakes, eggs made to order, muffins, cakes, fruit, the list goes on and on. You have to remember to ask you server for toast when you fist sit down as it seems to take a while for them to bring it to you. If you forget to ask straight away you may have finished your breakfast before you get it. Obviously the cost also includes fruit juices, tea, coffee etc. At weekends it is called Brunch and served between 8.30am – 2.30pm and costs approx $16.
Dinner: 4–9.30pm. The food for dinner ($20) is separated into areas of the world i.e. Asian, American, Mexican, Italian etc. There was a separate area for desserts. You can either choose to be boring and stick to one type of food or go mad and have some of each. It gives you a chance to be a big kid and have things you wouldn’t normally have a chance to combine. The choices of each type were huge. The Italian section had lots of different pizzas, pasta dishes, garlic bread etc. Other options included various meats carved off the bone, seafood such as crabs, salmon etc. There really is an endless list. I would imagine that even the fussiest of eaters, including kids would find something here to please. The desserts are amazing, my only complaint is that you will have eaten so much you wont be able to eat dessert.
Lunch is served between 11am–2.30pm and costs $14.
Overall I would say the choice and quality of the food was unbeatable, even for Vegas standards where buffets are king. My only gripe would be the service, which although adequate, was sometimes very slow. We were often left with no drinks and had to flag staff down to get refills. This is very poor by US standards but seemed to reflect the overall attitude of staff at the Aladdin.
Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 12, 2003
Spice Market Buffet
3667 Las Vegas Blvd S
Las Vegas, Nevada 89109
Restaurant | "Rainforset Cafe"
Member Rating 3 out of 5 on July 28, 2003
3799 Las Vegas Blvd South
Las Vegas, Nevada 89109
Attraction | "The Desert Passage"
Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 28, 2003
Desert Passage at the Aladdin
3663 Las Vegas Blvd South
Las Vegas, Nevada 89019
You can do one of two things. You can just wander around the site, into the gift shops, café, museum and across the actual dam for free, or you can go on the tour. We chose the tour, after all, we had come all the way from the UK and would probably never come baker here again.
There are several types of ticket, some including photo, some hard had souvenir, some both, all include the tour. You should know, that whichever ticket price you pay, you will get exactly the same tour.
The tour starts off in the theatre where you can see a narrated slide show on the history of the dam. This is very interesting and gives lots of facts and figures as well as some amusing information. You have to remember that this was built back in the 1930’s where they didn’t have all the fancy machinery we have now and took nearly five years to complete. Boulder City nearby was built solely to accommodate the 3-5 thousand workers and their families. People came from all over the USA to work on the dam as the work was guaranteed and paid very well as it was essentially very dangerous. Around 100 people died during it’s construction, although we were assured none were buried in the cement.
After the film show we were then greeted by a guide and led to a lift shaft and taken 500 feet down to the generators. You have to walk along underground tunnels, which worryingly almost constantly seep water. You then come to the huge generators, which actually generate the power, there are some on the Nevada side and more on the Arizona side. (The dam is built directly on the state line).
After the generators you are left to your own devices to visit the exhibits, which include pictures and narrations etc. You can then go to the Overlook from which you have great views of the dam, the Colorado River and Lake Mead.
Along the actual road way you can wander the length of the dam and cross the state line. There are still many things to see including the Winged Figures of the Republic, huge bronze statues and built as a symbol of man’s achievements. They are quite stunning. The café is a welcome retreat, get an ice cream and sit by the window overlooking the dam & Lake Mead.
We visited in July and the temperature was 116 degrees, so take a hat, sun cream etc. Definitely worth a visit if you are in the area.
Member Rating 5 out of 5 on August 12, 2003
US Highway 93 at the Nevada-Arizona border
Las Vegas, Nevada 89101
Attraction | "Penn & Teller Show"
As I booked several months in advance we had really good seats on the second row at the end of the middle section. We arrived about an hour early as the doors opened and a bald man was playing the piano with a very hairy man on a double bass. On the stage were two boxes, one Perspex and the other wood, the pianist invited the audience to come up on stage to examine the boxes as they would be included in the show. Steady streams of people did just that – it was very funny watching people examining boxes and having their photos taken with a box!
Once Penn & Teller actually got on stage their first act involved the boxes – basically Teller was handcuffed, put inside the Perspex box, which was put inside the wooden box. They then told you how other magicians would do the act with screens round etc so no one knew how he got out, but they did it in the open. I will not give away how, other than to say it was very clever and hilarious.
Their whole act was fantastic, some tricks of the trade being given away, but still keeping the magic and mystery there. For one trick they picked people out of the audience – I got picked out along with two others. It was basically a card trick, but as usual with them it was a card trick with a difference. Again I won’t give anything away other than to say, I was on the stage for the whole time and had no idea how it was done.
They did the famous catch a bullet in your mouth trick, which again they included members of the audience who knew bullets and guns. In our case it was a policeman and a guy from the army. It was very clever and loud.
To sum up the show I would say that it was very clever, very entertaining and very funny. I would recommend it definitely.
Penn & Teller Show
Rio All-Suites Casino Resort
Las Vegas, Nevada 89103
Attraction | "Forum Shops"
The shops are set in a Roman theme with Roman gods looking down on you whilst you shop, lots of fountains and statues, etc.
Some of the statues come to life at certain times to give entertaining shows and the room is made to look like sky, which changes from day to sunset to night as you walk along.
There are lots of different shops and restaurants to visit and all in all is one of the best shopping areas in Vegas.
Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 7, 2004
The Forum Shops at Caesars Palace
3500 Las Vegas Boulevard South
Las Vegas, Nevada 89109