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    Cool Bars:
    I like The Voodoo Lounge (at the Rio) and the Star Trek bar.

    Amusement Park stuff:
    Many of the casinos have rides and attractions. I've only checked out the Luxor, but the Stratosphere roller coaster is supposed to be great.

    Free Shows/Novelties:
    The free show outside of Treasure Island is truly spectacular, and the Bellagio water fountain thing is way cool too. The indoor mall at the Aladin has a "sky" with its own "weather" (it rains periodically).

    Cheap food:
    Although Vegas has many new upscale resturants, they still have affordable buffets (some better than others). Plus, while gambling, drinks are free.

    Eco/Desert stuff:
    I haven't done any of this, but there are plenty of opportunities to get outside of the city and go rock climbing, hiking, river rafting, explore the Grand Canyon, etc.

    Plus, gambling ain't all bad. Last time I won $1500 on slots.

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      ..from someone who lives and works IN Las Vegas -

      Dining - There is likely no better collection of dining anywhere. Really. You want inexpensive buffets, go for it. But if you want some of the finest dining around, there are literally scores of restaurants that fit the bill. Chef's like Lagasse, Trotter, Puck, English and many many more have restaurants here, and you could go months without repeating a great restaurant and a phenomenal experience.

      Entertainment - Some of the best entertainment in one place this side of the Great White Way. Forget the Sigfried and Roy cliches. You've got headliners, concerts, Broadway musicals and more. "Avenue Q" will be opening here around Labor Day. Blue Man Group is a staple. "We Will Rock You" is a hoot. Not into those? There's headliners like Manilow, Celine Dion, and Elton John. The multiple Cirque du Soleil shows are all amazing. And venues like the Beach at Mandalay Bay offer a unique way to see a concert (walk in, you're handed a beach towel, and you sit in white sand to watch the concert, or wade into waist deep water 15 feet from the stage).

      Convention facilities - Chicago is probably the only real competition here (Have attended many shows in both cities), but the ancillary facilities are probably better here. The facility in Chicago (McCormick Place) is nice, but there is very little near to it. It's a 15-minute cab ride back to the heart of town. Here, with the new monorail (it seems most kinks have now been worked out) you can spend three bucks to get from one end of the strip to the other.

      Lodging - The Riviera might be the hotel of choice for the convention, but if you want upgraded accomodations, they're all easily available. Across the street is Circus Circus for budget minded folks. Also nearby is the Stardust, another more budget conscious hotel. Looking for swank? The brand new Wynn Las Vegas is five minutes drive. (or a 15-20 minute walk away). Across from the Wynn? Treasure Island, Venetian, and 1 block further, Mirage. Your choice. And that's really just a start.

      Local Environment - Those who want to paint the town with a sleazy, morally bankrupt and sin-infested town are simply gullible and easily persuaded by marketing hype. Head off the strip 5-10 minutes, and you have typical suburban neighborhoods, with working families. The marketing machine is powerful out here, and the current spin is to say that "what happens here stays here". Great marketing for "Sin City", but not close to the Las Vegas that's here for residents. The neighborhood I live in is a beautiful suburban neighborhood on the west side of town, with beautiful views of not only the Strip, but Red Rock Canyon (a great place to hike, take nature photography, enjoy the outdoors). And in case you want to really knock the casinos (I work for one), keep in mind that the largest tax paying industry in Nevada is the gaming industry, and we have no income tax. They pay a pretty good share of the annual budget for Nevada (unlike many  tribal casinos that have tax exemptions and special deals unavailable to most other industries and groups, but I digress).

      Bottom line - If you don't like to gamble, come eat. If you don't like to eat, go see a show. Don't like shows? Go hiking, horseback riding, water skiing, fishing, all within 1 hour of the Strip. Most folks don't know about these other acivities because they fall for the hype.

      Don't paint LV with the "evil" brush until you've actually been here, and experienced Las Vegas the city, not the resort.

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      by lsoderman on Thu Jun 02, 2005 at 01:54:17 PM PDT

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