Las Vegas Journals

Las Vegas -- Forget the gambling!

A November 2003 trip to Las Vegas by Sergey

Valley of Fire State Park Photo, Overton, Nevada More Photos
Quote: Sure, Vegas is a gambler's paradise, but there's so much out there beyond the casinos. If you're in town for a convention or a vacation, don't waste your time gambling. Go and explore!

Westin Casuarina Hotel and Spa Las Vegas

Hotel | "Westin Casuarina"

Finally, a Starwood hotel in Vegas! The casino won't impress you much and the rooms are nothing special, but the Heavenly Bed will be a welcome comfort after a long day. Nice views of the strip and high-speed internet access enhance your experience.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 15, 2004

Westin Casuarina Hotel and Spa Las Vegas
160 East Flamingo
Las Vegas, Nevada 89109
(702) 836-9775

If you're a die-hard Celine Dion fan, this show is a must. She's got an awesome voice and there's a great selection of songs. I was quite disappointed that the hit "A New Day" is not in the show, despite the show's title. Is it worth the price, though? Well, you'll have to make that call.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on May 15, 2004

Celine Dion - A New Day
3570 Las Vegas Blvd South
Las Vegas, Nevada

Danny Gans (The Performance)

Attraction | "Danny Gans"

Ok, so this guy gets on stage and does snippets from songs by a whole bunch of people, while trying to look and sound like them. The show is sold out quite often, but then the theater is rather small. People in the audience scream out, "We love you Danny," but if my ticket wasn't free, I would've asked for my money back.

Member Rating 1 out of 5 on May 15, 2004

Danny Gans (The Performance)
Mirage Hotel Casino
Las Vegas, Nevada 89109
(702) 791-7111

Valley of Fire State Park Photo, Overton, Nevada
Only about an hour or so driving from the strip, this park is an absolute must! Don't waste your time in the casinos, but grab your camera, pack a lunch with lots of water, and spend a day outdoors. You'll see some of the most out-of-this-world landscapes in the strangest colors. Drive around, hike, or camp. Spend the day here! You won't regret it.

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on May 15, 2004

Valley of Fire State Park
P.O. Box 515
Overton, Nevada 89040
(702) 397-2088