*** on a real-life hunk of the actual Berlin Wall! No, Really! In the main men's bathroom at the Main Street Casino- 200 N Main St. you can see a true chunk of world history and then make a political statement by relieving yourself on it since the urinals are mounted right on the wall. Sort of reminded me of the Madonna Inn near San Luis Obispo in Ca. as one of those truly sublime urinatory experiences.(AP Photo/Laura Rauch)
FAO Schwartz ~ Okay, I know this is a NYC landmark, but there's one in the Forum Shops at Caesar's Palace. They have toys. Lots and lots of toys. Like every kind of toy you can imagine and this tunnel of stuffed monkeys with velcro hands...a kid's paradise.
(The hat and glasses were a dare, by no means my normal attire!)
OTHER HOTEL'S POOLS. So your hotel's pool sucks. Then go to another one! Most places will not just allow you to saunter on in to their pool, so find a friendly face who's going in that direction and ask if you can join them when entering the pool gate. -check out Mandalay Bay, The Mirage, Bellagio
What is it, and is it illegal? You know those guys who stand on Las Vegas Boulevard trying to hand out fliers for strip clubs and escort services? They're canvassers. After much fighting with the city council, the canvassers appear to have won the right to pass out information. Even though most people complain that the fliers cause litter and the canvassers get in the way of pedestrians, we've noticed that if you just keep walking, they aren't aggressive at all. Of course, you could always take a brochure; we just won't take responsibility for anything that happens after that.
It sounds odd, but all women must check out the bathroom off the casino floor at the Paris hotel! A dozen or so painted pedestal sinks, painted moldings on the walls, turn-of-the-century prints, and private stalls. The most gorgeous bathroom you'll ever see!
there is this great big arcade called gameworks wich is hidden under the m@m and coc-o-cola factory tourist deal. well when u are walking down that street u will see a sign and some stairs leading down to it. it has every game known to man so be ready for a good time (good for adults and kids)
If I could recommend one non-touristy place for a quiet drink it would be the Peppermill restaurant and lounge across from the Stardust. The lounge is dark, there are a few fireplaces that make the atmosphere relaxing and romantic if you're there with someone special. They also serve a great breakfast.
You can even get up close and personal with the showgirls! It's even suppose to bring you good luck if you rub the statues derrieres. I heard on the travel channel that this is a sculpture of a billboard that was forced to be taken down (the billboard was forced down, not the sculpture).
Want to gamble cheap and see some 'colorful' Las Vegans...... Go to the Western, you might want to do it in the daylight hours, Dollar Black Jack, A few blocks off the Freemont Experience, I would post a picture but I was afraid to take my camera near the place. try this site for more info
Comdex used to be the biggest convention held in Las Vegas but these days it's probably the Western Cowboy Rodeo Show that draws the most visitors to town.
This is a picture from Comdex'93. I was working at the Sun Microsystems's booth. We had an early version of a Virtual Reality demo that attracted long lines, so it was a tough booth duty assignment, having to stand all day and give the same pitch.
The Gun Store on Tropicana. This is a place where you can go and shoot fully automatic weapons. I have shot almost every submachine gun in their inventory. If you have a hankerin' to go 'Rock n Roll' with a gun, this is the place. It is not all that expensive either. You are basicly paying retail for the ammo and shooting the gun for free. I usually spend about $100.00 when I go here and shoot four clips of full auto and two clips of handgun 9mm or .45 caliber.
2900 East Tropicana (702) 454-1110
We saw a show in the afternoon at the Flamingo. It was called 'Bottoms Up'. We chose it for a few reasons. We had a coupon to see the show for only $7 and that included a free drink. The show was in the afternoon so we could see it and a dinner show later. We also felt that seeing a show with dancing showgirls and music was a Las Vegas tradition. This show we saw was very funny. The music was a little out of date but it is the longest running show in Vegas. The beautiful girl dancers in costume were amazing. If you are offended to see topless dancers don't go to this show. I could not take photos during the show so I took a picture of the showgirls signing autographs after it was over.
It does not cost any thing to take her photo while you are in Las Vegas. There are many things to do for free. We watched the fountains in front of the Bellagio. We went to watch the ships at Treasure Island in the afternoon. We saw the lions at the MGM Grand. There was a great bird show at the Tropicana with parrots and an Andean condor. The information desk of our hotel gave us a listing of the free shows and when they each started. We used that to plan our day. We went up and down the strip from one show to the next. Between shows we gambled and saw the sights.
At the Tropicana we got free tickets for a museum there about gambling. We went in and saw big cases full of poker chips. At first it was not very interesting then we found some monitors playing videos from Las Vegas history. One Video was about the disaster that happened when a hotel was on fire. Another was about bomb threats. There was even a video about the old time gangsters who helped Las Vegas become the city it is today. That portion of the museum was quite interesting.
...The Strip is ever changing. People tell me 'Oh, I've been there.' If you've not been in two years, you've not seen the Strip today. There was the Sands, now there isn't. It is worth it to go once every year or two just to see 'what's new.'