Las Vegas Journals

LAS

A June 2002 trip to Las Vegas by panda2

Quote: It was hot, I was sweating and tired. But here's my journal about Las Vegas.

LAS

Overview

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Las Vegas was built in the dessert solely to attract people and separate them from their money. Go to the Bellagio and try their buffet and watch their water fountain show in the evening. Take a day trip to visit the Grand Canyon or Boulder City to see the Hoover Dam. Quick Tips: Get a Misty Mate for each person to help keep cooler during the hot summer. A water sprayer with a fine mist will do, too.  Best Way To Get Around: It seems like you have to drive to the area you want to be, or in our case, to the Las Vegas Str...Read More

Bellagio Buffet

Restaurant

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At the Bellagio Buffet, you queue up to pay and then queue up again to be seated. We were seated after 30 minutes of waiting, but it looked like the queues could have been a lot longer, because there were areas roped off for lines of people. The place has a nice elegance to it in spite of all the noise from people, plates, and silverware.We arrived for their Saturday Champagne Brunch, the second most expensive buffet because it included the champagne. The freshly squeezed orange juice was excellent. The food was very good in general, but I was quite disappointed with their version of fried rice. I had some wonderful roast leg of lamb (rare, of course)...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 15, 2003

Bellagio Buffet
3600 Las Vegas Blvd S
Las Vegas, Nevada 89109
(702) 650-9459

Florida Cafe Cuban Restaurant

Restaurant | "Florida Café Cuban Restaurant"

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I saw billboards and an advertisement on the Internet for the Florida Café Cuban Restaurant, which piqued my curiosity. We found the restaurant, but finding the place to pull off the road to park took a few rounds around the area. You need to just pull right into a motel parking lot adjacent to the restaurant and park in the back.Once we parked, we walked in, were seated, and then placed our order. The quantities of food are huge. I ordered a shake or drink made from a fruit that I didn't recognize, but it tasted very good.I wanted to taste some sweet f...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on May 8, 2003

Florida Cafe Cuban Restaurant
1401 Las Vegas Blvd S
Las Vegas, Nevada 89104
702/385-3013

Las Vegas Outlet Center (Belz)

Attraction | "Grocery Outlet"

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Grocery Outlet has locations in the western US and Hawaii. Its focus is to buy merchants' oversupplies, goods about to expire, or inventories of business that didn't sell or went under for cut-rate prices, and resell them to customers. The inventory constantly changes. The bread prices here are good, and everything they sell is guaranteed. Any purchase you're not pleased with, you can return for a refund.

Open Mon to Sat 8am-8pm, Sun 9am-8pm.

Telephone: (510) 465-5649.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on May 13, 2003

Las Vegas Outlet Center (Belz)
7400 Las Vegas Blvd S
Las Vegas, Nevada 89123
+1 702 896 5599

Bellagio Fountains

Attraction | "Fountains of Bellagio"

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The fountains of Bellagio are a must-see attraction; it's their breathtaking water show with a choreographed mix of water, music, and light movement. It's very popular and becomes very crowded.

Showtimes:

Mondays-Fridays 3-7pm, every 1/2 hour; 7pm-midnight, every 15 minutes

Saturdays-Sundays noon-7pm, every 1/2 hour; 7pm-midnight, every 15 minutes.


The Fountains of Bellagio Music has 46 show tracks.

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on May 31, 2003

Bellagio Fountains
3600 Las Vegas Blvd South
Las Vegas, Nevada
(702) 693-7111

Hoover Dam

Attraction

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Hoover Dam is near Boulder City, located 30 miles southeast of Las Vegas on US Highway 93. From Las Vegas, go southeast on I-515, turn into US-93, and continue until you reach the dam. The Hoover Dam is a great building achievement for its time. Built during the Depression era when work was scarce, selected workers were paid $4 a day for their labor, completing in under five years.We went in June on a very hot summer day. This is one of the must-see attractions in the US. After parking, we queued up to pay the admission, then entered a theater for a brief overview orientation of the f...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on September 20, 2004

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

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The Fremont Street Experience The light show is bedazzling at first, but after a while I got tired of looking up; in the end, it was just another gimmick. The sound quality was okay, not great. The Fremont Street Experience was lacking something and not such a fulfilling experience. It was near where I was staying, so it wasn't so much effort to come see this. I wouldn't say this is a must-see attraction.There's a strategy to revitalize the area by attracting more shoppers and tourists into the once-thriving old downtown, now past its prime and showing its age. It's five bloc...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on October 27, 2004

Fremont Street Experience
Westernmost 5 Blocks Of Fremont
Las Vegas, Nevada 89101
(702) 678 5777

Las Vegas Lounge

Attraction

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Las Vegas Lounge is a 24-hour bar with transsexual dancing entertainment at 10pm. The place's looks had seen better nights. It wasn't very crowded, with just a few transsexuals mingling. Action can be had easily. Drink prices were decent. Public parking available. There are several other entertainment places in the run-down complex.

Phone: (702) 737-9350

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on November 1, 2004

Las Vegas Lounge
900 East Karen Ave
Las Vegas, Nevada 89109
+1 702 737 9350

Monte Carlo Resort and Casino

Attraction | "Monte Carlo Resort & Casino - Pools"

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The Monte Carlo Resort & Casino, their pools with 21,000 square feet for entertaining. The pools are very clean and not over-chlorinated. There are three pools: a regular pool, a wave pool, a "Lazy River," along with a hot tub, which was clean and not overly hot. The service was good. Kids in the hot tub are allowed but didn't get too strict when a father brought his little girl in with him for a while.The regular pool with 1,900 square feet was good, but plain compared to the other two pools.The Lazy River have tubes if you want to float around you can relax, get some sun o...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 10, 2006

Monte Carlo Resort and Casino
3770 Las Vegas Boulevard South
Las Vegas, Nevada 89109

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LAS - Las Vegas McCarran International Airport has two terminals and four concourses, with international arrivals in Terminal 2. Terminal 1 is the larger of the two terminals, with four sets of gates: A1-24, B1-24, C1-24, and D1-43.

Ground transportation includes shuttle, bus, and taxi. Routes 108 and 109 come through the airport. Car rental companies are Alamo, Avis, Budget, Dollar, Enterprise, Hertz, Payless Car Rental, Sav-mor, and Thrifty.