There's more to Las Vegas than gambling. Click ahead for entertainmentthat makes you feel good about dodging slot machines and smoke-filled casinos.
This was one of my best friends at the Mirage Hotel. The dolphins live in poolswithin Siegfried & Roy's Secret Garden and Dolphin Habitat. Hang around longenough to watch "play time" with the dolphins. The dolphin tanksinclude subterranean viewing rooms.
Clickhere to go to the Mirage Hotel web site.
Instead of fighting the bustle of the city, you can watch it from your hotel room.Here's the view as day slips into night.
After the sun goes down, take in a show at one of the big hotels.Try to attend a show once every night or two you are there.
Start planning your trip with a visit tothe official web site of the las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authorityclick here - lvcva.com.
Just north of Las Vegas is Area 51, the UFO siting spot. This is thefamed "black mailbox" (black refers to secret government activities, not thecolor of the box).
The real secret of Area 51: no aliens, but the government tests new weapons there.The facilities include a nine mile landing strip.
This is the marker for the little town of Rachel. This town is famous among UFO researchers.In Rachel is a cafe, now known as the Little A'Le'Inn.They sell alien souvenirs and the food is good. Most popular are thealien burger and alien veggie burger.
Area 51 is difficult to find and it's a long drive (150 miles north of Las Vegas), so the best way to do itis to signup for a guided tour. Pick up this brochure from your hotel lobby or go to their web site:AdventurePhotoTours.com
Here's a rough map of how to reach Area 51.
Map is from Maps.Yahoo.com; photo of warning signs is a postcard, distributed by CustomSouvenir and Novelty, Las Vegas, NV. All other photos by Nori J. Muster, 2005.
Las Vegas offers a good variety of organic food for vegetarians. One of the best isRainbows End, an old-time health food store with a sit down restaurant inside.Be sure to pickup natural sunblock, organic fresh fruit, and snacks to eatback at the hotel.
If you'restaying on the Strip, take I-15 north a few exists to Sahara Avenue, go east about a mileand you will see Rainbows End on the left. Large parking lot behind the store.
Other good bets: Just west of the city is a warehouse size Whole FoodsMarket that offers numerous food bars and indoor/outdoor seating. The city also offers aSunflower Market, two Trader Joes, and a Wild Oats Market. The addresses and directions arelisted atHappyCow.net.
Once you get to know the streets in Las Vegas, you will see that all journeys beginwith I-15.
Just twenty-five miles outside Las Vegas is Lake Las Vegas Resort. It's a Europeanvillage set in a golden desert landscape. The village consists of theMonteLago Village Resort and the Ritz-Carlton. These are condo hotel complexes, whereinvestors buy the units and the company rents them out to travelers.
The Hyatt also has a beautiful resort hotel in Lake Las Vegas, just on the other side of thegolf course. The Hyatt looks like Morocco with beautiful views of the lake.
During your stay at Lake Las Vegas Resort, drive down to Lake Mead and Boulder City for morefun in the desert.