Las Vegas Journals

Las Vegas in December

A December 2005 trip to Las Vegas by schinamama

Quote: Well, I thought I was in for a warm treat visiting Vegas in December and getting away from the cold of Pennsylvania, but who would know that I was going to bring the cold with me. It went down to 36 degrees at night.

Las Vegas in December

Overview

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Don't let the weather stop you from going any time of the year. This is a mecca that is alive 24/7 and caters to almost any need you have. Just get up and go. Everyone should see Vegas at least once, and this was my second trip.Of course, you have to see the Bellagio water show and the inside of the hotel. The garden had the holiday display, and you have to see Dale Chiulys' blown-glass sculptures. Treasure Island was under construction, so if you are going soon, be careful where you walk or you will be sidetracked through the hotel big time. New York New York is a small disappointment, except for the delicious deli, and of course, unless you want to go on the roller coaster. Go to the Rio f...Read More

Venetian Resort Hotel Casino

Hotel | "Venetian"

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We stayed at the oh-so-beautiful Venetian hotel for $149 a night, pre-paid. You get a bathroom that's a room unto itself, with a sunken tub, separate shower, and the toilet in a separate room. Then the bed is on one level, and you step down into a little living room area. There are two TVs. So if you have kids, that's a great feature. The Venetian is the largest hotel in Vegas and the world, so they say. There are shops on two levels. And of course, they have the gondolas there. If you like the Italian scene, you either have to stay there or visit. Italian provincial furniture to die or kill you. The Venetian is known for its Canyon Ranch Spa. They have a fitness gym, restaurant, and spa. So...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 3, 2006

Venetian Resort Hotel Casino
3355 Las Vegas Blvd. South
Las Vegas, Nevada 89109
(702) 414-1000

Canaletto

Restaurant

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We had dinner at Canaletto's the first night, and the food was very, very good. If you get a table on the patio you are actually in the courtyard and get to see all the people strolling or the performers. We sat inside along the canal and heard the singers in the boats. I had the polenta appetizer--bits of rectangular polenta with different toppings that were to-die-for. The sea bass entree was wonderful, and the three different pasta dishes were excellent. The bread disappeared in a minute, and we had seconds. I must say that I can't remember what dessert was, so it did not leave a lasting impression.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 3, 2006

Canaletto
Venetian Hotel Casino - 3355 Las Vegas Blvd South
Las Vegas, Nevada 89109
(702) 733-0070

Grand Canyon National Park

Attraction | "Grand Canyon From Las Vegas"

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The GRAND CANYON. Talk about money, and talk about big. This was it. If you are going to be all the way out in this part of the country and never going to be there again, go for it. Since we were in Las Vegas, we were picked up from our hotel. We took a bus to the airport, a plane to the Canyon, then took a helicopter down into the canyon, then took a boat down the Canyon River, then did the reverse and had lunch on an Indian Reservation, and then finally got back to our hotel. The whole thing took about 5 hours. Now, here's what I want to tell you: you can get a deal for this. Yes, you can. Talk to the people at Scenic Airlines or Papillion Helicopter. It should cost you about $285 t...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on January 3, 2006

Grand Canyon National Park
P.o. Box 129
Grand Canyon, Arizona 86023
(928) 638-7888

Shows in Las Vegas

Story/Tip

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We saw the Blue Man Group show. It was a great show, but yeah, it's expensive, big time. But what isn't expensive that is good? They are entertaining and fun. But the theater was not full. I was surprised. The next night we saw KA, one of Cirque Du Soleil's productions. It was an amazing show, as this was the one with their moving stages. The effect was awesome, but I have to tell you that if I had to recommend one of the shows, I'd say go see "O", the one with the water. Both cost another fortune. But if you want to see something that is out of the ordinary, these are the type of shows to go to; they are not the Ringling Brothers type of circus. I repeat, if you are going to spend ...Read More