Las Vegas Journals

My Las Vegas Top Ten

A July 2000 trip to Las Vegas by Muchmor

Aladdin Hotel Casino Photo, Las Vegas, Nevada More Photos
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My Las Vegas Top Ten

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Paris Hotel Photo, Las Vegas, Nevada
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Where do you start with highlights in Las Vegas? Race for Atlantis is a must do at Ceasar’s Palace, Star Trek - The Experience is another not to miss. For sheer wonder, go to Freemont Street at night and see the spectacular light show. Go on a helicopter ride over the city at night. Probably the easiest highlight to tackle is simply to wander down the Strip at night and look at all the hotels in their glory. Quick Tips: Drink plenty of water while walking about, it is very hot in Vegas and you dehydrate very quickly. Try to visit as many hotels as possible, they are attractions in their own right. Best Way To Get Around: Walking is the best way of getting around, althou...Read More

Aladdin Hotel Casino

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Attraction | "Aladdin"

Aladdin Hotel Casino Photo, Las Vegas, Nevada
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We stayed at the Aladdin for three nights at the start of or trip and right from the beginning it was not all we hoped for. First of all you have to get from the car park to reception which is a half-mile walk through the shopping mall Desert Passage. We took the option of a pedicab - recommended. We arrived after a 10 hour flight, 2 hours at the airport/car rental for what we hoped would be a quick check in and a relaxing shower and nap. However, what we got was a 70 minute check in queue. The whole of the lobby was basically divided in to two areas, those in the never ending zig zag queue – normally attributed to Disney World and those waiting impatiently at the back with luggage (including...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on July 28, 2003

Aladdin Hotel Casino
3667 Las Vegas Boulevard South
Las Vegas, Nevada 89109

Spice Market Buffet

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The Spice Market Buffet is located in the Aladdin Hotel and opens for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. As we were stating at the Aladdin we had our breakfasts and a couple of evening meals here. You enter the restaurant via the casino (no surprises there) and go down an escalator, and pay on entry. You are then escorted to a table and told to help yourself. 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 ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 12, 2003

Spice Market Buffet
3667 Las Vegas Blvd S
Las Vegas, Nevada 89109
(702) 785-5555

Rainforest Cafe

Restaurant | "Rainforset Cafe"

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This restaurant is located in the MGM hotel & casino. If you have ever visited a Rainforest Café before you will know the drill. Tables surrounded by trees, animated animals, fountains and giant aquariums. Every so often there is a thunderstorm which aggravates all the "animals" and they start shrieking and moving around. This can be quite amusing if someone near the elephant has no idea it is about to throw its trunk in the air! The food is usually pretty good and you get plenty of it. I had the Planet Earth pasta which was very tasty and my husband had the chicken Caesar salad, which he too enjoyed. As I mentioned you do get large helpings – especially if you are British and used to...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on July 28, 2003

Rainforest Cafe
3799 Las Vegas Blvd South
Las Vegas, Nevada 89109
(702) 891-8580

Desert Passage at the Aladdin

Attraction | "The Desert Passage"

Desert Passage at the Aladdin Photo, Las Vegas, Nevada
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The Desert Passage is a shopping mall which adjoins the Aladdin hotel. It forms a large circle of shops, restaurants with spurs off and is themed throughout as a North African market place. There are appox 150 shops, about 10 restaurants and even has a nightclub and theatre. It is approximately a mile long and pedicabs are available if you don’t feel like walking. (Men & women who have carriages on the back of their bikes ferry you around for the price of a tip.) The ceiling is a sky mural, so you think you are outside (well, sort of), there are elephants coming out of the walls, ships "sailing" down the corridors and cobbled floors. One section of the mall has an area ca...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 28, 2003

Desert Passage at the Aladdin
3663 Las Vegas Blvd South
Las Vegas, Nevada 89019
(888) 800-8284

Hoover Dam

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Attraction

Hoover Dam Photo, Las Vegas, Nevada
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We went to see the Hoover Dam on the second day of our holiday. We drove from Vegas and it was a very easy and straightforward drive. Parking was pretty easy as there was a large multi story car park just before the dam itself. We arrived early so there were plenty of spaces, but when we left the car park was near full, so it pays to get there early. 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 h...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on August 12, 2003

Hoover Dam
US Highway 93 at the Nevada-Arizona border
Las Vegas, Nevada 89101

Penn & Teller Show

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Attraction | "Penn & Teller Show"

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When I booked our holiday, I realised that we would be in Vegas on our wedding anniversary so looked for a show we could go to see. We didn’t like the idea of animals being used in magic shows etc so that ruled out quite a few and we couldn’t really afford some of the bigger shows such as Celine Dion, so we decided on Penn & Teller at the Rio Hotel & Casino. 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 audienc...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on August 12, 2003

Penn & Teller Show
Rio All-Suites Casino Resort
Las Vegas, Nevada 89103
(702) 252-7777

The Forum Shops at Caesars Palace

Attraction | "Forum Shops"

The Forum Shops at Caesars Palace Photo, Las Vegas, Nevada
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Whilst in Vegas you have to visit Caesar's Palace Hotel. Apart from the usual attractions within the hotel, including Race for Atlantis, they have a great shopping arcade called The 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
(702) 893-4800

Top Ten Las Vegas

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Eiffle Tower Photo, Las Vegas, Nevada
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This is an amazing place. It fluctuates from very tacky, very OTT, to totally amazing. Each hotel here is huge, most have a different theme, and each is amazing in its own way. You need to visit each of the hotels in Vegas--they're attractions in their own right. It is incredibly hot here--110 degrees when we went in June--and it's quite an oppressive heat which makes you feel very tired, very quickly. We found we needed to keep popping into hotels just to get a blast of air conditioning. We also found that we needed to carry a drink around with us as we got extremely thirsty (water is best). There are so many hotels and attractions here that it would be impossible to inclu...Read More