Las Vegas Journals

Out on the Razzle in Las Vegas

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A June 2001 trip to Las Vegas by Temagami

Quote: With a mission to pack as much fun as possible into 5 days, a friend and I explored Las Vegas for the first time.

Out on the Razzle in Las Vegas

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Overview

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For pure, indulgent fun there are few destinations that offer the rich variety of things to see and do that Las Vegas does! It's a treat for all of the senses. From the constant symphony of slot machine songs, to the dazzling flashes of multi-colored lights, to the smells and tastes of thousands of culinary delights, there is never a dull moment in this town. A friend of mine and I ventured to Las Vegas for five days of self-indulgence, knowing not much more than "Whatever happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas". Thankfully, the city is forgiving to the uninitiated - there are plenty of people willing to help you decide where to dine, shop, gamble, and be entertained. However, the flip side to ...Read More

Bally's Las Vegas

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Hotel | "Bally's"

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We didn't choose Bally's per se, the accommodations were part of a package deal that we arranged. We chose the package based soley on price and the central location of Bally's on the Strip. We had a spacious room with two queen sized beds, a couch, TV, dresser, end tables - the usual hotel amenities. The room was clean and well decorated, if not somewhat dated. Bally's is one of the older hotels on the strip and with new hotels going up and renovations happening everywhere, the rooms weren't the latest and greatest that Vegas had to offer at the time of our trip.Like most hotels in Vegas, Bally's is a large property. Pay close attention to your surroundings because if you're inclined t...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on July 8, 2007

Bally's Las Vegas
3645 Las Vegas Blvd
Las Vegas, Nevada 89109
(702) 967-4111

Bellagio Buffet

Restaurant | "Buffet at Bellagio"

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The buffet at the Bellagio boasts more exotic, higher end selections. It had a wide variety of culinary styles to offer from Asian to Italian - all of which were hot and relatively tasty. The selection of desserts was more impressive than their entrées.

If you're a seafood lover, you could certainly get your fill having plate after plate of crab legs. That being said, the seating was a little cramped and our dirty dishes weren't removed from the table very efficiently.

Although we had heard great things about this Buffet, and we had a pretty good experience, I would rather try somewhere else next time instead of coming back to the buffet at Bellagio.

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on July 8, 2007

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

Paradise Garden Buffet

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Restaurant | "Flamingo Hotel - Paradise Garden Buffet"

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My friend and I visited the Flamingo's Paradise Garden Buffet for breakfast/brunch at the recommendation of a friend and we were so impressed that we started every day of our trip there, fueling up for each day's adventures.For about $15.95 the buffet offers a huge selection of delicious cuisine. For breakfast you can expect all of the regular breakfast fare, including a variety of styles of egg, pancakes, waffles, french toast, home fries, bacon, ham, etc. They also have healthier, lighter choices including a wide variety of fruits, garden salads, bagels, lox, cold pastas, and the like. There were two chefs preparing eggs to order. If you prefer whites only, a particular style of egg,...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 8, 2007

Paradise Garden Buffet
Flamingo Hotel
Las Vegas, Nevada 89109
(702) 733-3333

Grand Canyon National Park

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Attraction | "Grand Canyon"

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The Grand Canyon is a 6 hour road trip from the Las Vegas Strip. We elected to take the historic Route 66 to get to this natural wonder. Unfortunately though, there were no kicks on Route 66. It only added travel time to an already long journey. My recommendation would be to take the faster highway instead and spend more time at the Canyon. Once at the Grand Canyon it took awhile to find parking and get ourselves oriented. It was, however, well worth the travel time and parking hassles. The view was spectacular and we were fortunate to be there on a comfortable, clear day.I would strongly recommend purchasing the special panoramic style disposable cameras to capture the sights. It's ha...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 8, 2007

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

Hoover Dam

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Attraction

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We made the relatively short road trip from the Las Vegas Strip to the Hoover Dam at the Nevada-Arizona border on a sunny, warm, summer day. We arrived mid-afternoon and elected for the "Hard Hat" tour for $25. It was preferable for us because you got to see more of the inner-workings of the dam and received a souvenir hard hat to take home with you. The tour was quite long and well worth the entrance fee. Our knowledgeable tour guide left no question unanswered as he lead us up, down and all around the Dam, constantly reminding us to have a swig of water so as not to dehydrate. He was also patient, letting us stop and take pictures. Viewing the almost 730 vertical feet of concrete was...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 8, 2007

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

Lake Mead Helicopter Tour

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Attraction

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On the drive home from the Hoover Dam my friend and I happened upon a small helicopter tour company that was offering 20 minute rides over Lake Mead. It didn't take us long to figure out that the $40-$50 ticket would be worth much more than 20 minutes or less in front of a slot machine so we opted to take a ride. We arrived there late in the afternoon and there was another gentleman waiting to take a ride as well. The tour operator wanted to wait awhile to see if more people would show up, and after 10-15 minutes decided he'd kept us waiting long enough and prepared us for the ride. I'm sure they try to fill the helicopter to capacity for each run so be prepared for wait times unless you're in...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 8, 2007

Lake Mead Helicopter Tour

Lake Mead, Nevada

Mandalay Bay Shark Reef Aquarium

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Attraction | "Shark Reef at Mandalay Bay"

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"1 Year, 1 Million Visitors - None Eaten... Yet" is what our ticket to the Shark Reef at Mandalay Bay boasted. Four years later, I'm sure a few million more have visited this attraction - hopefully all without having a bite taken out of them.My friend and I took the monorail to Mandalay Bay for the sole purpose of visiting the Shark Reef. Once in the hotel, the Reef is tucked away in a far corner that takes quite a while to walk to. Upon arriving, there was a queue to get in, but finally we paid our $15 or so and were given our wands for the auditory commentary of the exhibits. The aquarium exhibits weren't extraordinary - in fact they were a bit dull. After having visited the aquarium...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on July 8, 2007

Mandalay Bay Shark Reef Aquarium
3950 Las Vegas Blvd. South
Las Vegas, Nevada 89119
(702) 632-7777

Star Trek: The Experience

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Attraction | "Star Trek - The Experience"

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Although I was dragged to this attraction by a die-hard Trek fan, I must admit is was a fun afternoon excursion. The Star Trek Experience was a total-immersion experience into the world that Gene Roddenberry created in the '60s. At the time of our visit, there was only one ride at Star Trek: The Experience, and this was the Klingon Encounter. Upon entering the site you are wound through a path filled on either side by Star Trek memorabilia from both the movies and the various television series. From there, you are beamed aboard the bridge of the Enterprise. There is some interaction with crew members and then you are taken on a shuttle ride. Those with heart conditions or other health ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on July 8, 2007

Star Trek: The Experience
Las Vegas Hilton 3000 Paradise Road
Las Vegas, Nevada 89109
(888) 462-6535