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    FREE - Tour the Ethel M Chocolate Factory

    by TravellerMel Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Ethel M Chocolate Factory Tour
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    The Ethel M Chocolate Factory and Botanical Cactus Garden are open daily from 8:30 am to 6:00 pm. Admission is FREE, tours are self-guided, and you get a FREE sample at the end of the tour.

    After the tour, you can walk off the calories by stepping over to the Cactus Garden, which is also FREE. In its 2.5 acres, you'll discover an arid landscape rich with over 350 species of cactus, succulents and desert plants from the Southwest and other deserts of the world. During the December holidays, the Cactus Garden also has a beautiful display of lights.

    Only 15 minutes from the "Strip", on the way to Hoover Dam. Their website gives great directions and an easy-to-follow map.

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    Art in Vegas! Who would have thought!

    by rexvaughan Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Who would have guessed that we would see a fine exhibit of Rubens paintings in Vegas? However, the Guggenheim Hermitage Museum in the Venetian Hotel is in partnership with the Hermitage in St. Petersburg and the New York Guggenheim and presents a series of works from these two institutions. When we visited they had a small but excellent selection of about 50 works from the Hermitage’s collection of Flemish baroque paintings and decorative arts with Rubens as the featured artist. It is well worth the admission of $19.50 (Seniors $15.00, Students $12.50 and children 6-12 $9.50). Hours are 9:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. daily.

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    Great Art at The Venetian!

    by shrimp56 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Following Bellagio with its art gallery, The Venetian has an outpost of New York's Guggenheim Museum. [In collaboration with St. Petersburg's famous Hermitage] This is actually very appropriate as there is also a branch in the REAL Venice. Shows vary. There are discounts for seniors and local residents, although it is free if you are staying at The Venetian.

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    Liberace Museum

    by Christlike Updated Apr 4, 2011

    I have visited this museum once before the remolding and once after. I must say that the newly remolded museum is 3 times the size of the original. I don't understand this, nor have I ever heard of something like this happening, but the museum didn't build onto their already existing museum, but built another one in the small shopping center it resides in; go figure. Liberace passed away in 1987. Liberace has won two Emmy awards, six golden albums, "two" stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. He has even played at Carnegie Hall. Here are some highlights in the museum:

    ~ 1788 Broadwood piano (one of the oldest in existence)
    ~ A French Pleyel piano owned by Chopin (which is the most expensive)
    ~ A Chickering piano once owned by George Gershwin.
    ~ A piano made out of toothpicks
    ~ And 9 other pianos
    ~ The world's largest Austrian rhinestone, totaling 115,000 carats, worth $50,000, weighing 50 pounds!
    ~ A Rolls Royce covered in tiny mirrors
    ~ A "pink" Volks Royce
    ~ A black diamond mink (lined in more then 40,000 "2-and-a-half" karat Austrian rhinestones, each sewn by hand
    ~ A coat covered with sea shells and pearls, weighing 200 pounds

    The museum is located at: 1775 E. Tropicana Ave., at Spencer. It is 2.5 miles away from Las Vegas Blvd. Here is the following admission prices:

    Adults: $12.50
    Seniors (65+) & Students: $8.50
    Children under 5: Free
    Note: There is a buy-1-get-1-free coupon in the Entertainment Book

    The hours of operation are as follows:

    Mon. - Sat. (10am - 5pm)
    Sunday (12pm - 4pm)
    Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's Day
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    Tornado Tubes~

    by Yaqui Written Jan 3, 2011

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    Another neat attribute to this trendy City Center shopping mall called the Crystals. It was created by WET Design (the company responsible for the Bellagio Fountains and The Volcano at Mirage), more scultpures that are tube with these swirling tornado's in them. You can actually walk around them and touch them. Kids and adults alike enjoyed them.

    Hours of operation: Sunday - Thursday, 10 a.m. - 11 p.m.; Friday - Saturday, 10 a.m. - midnight.

    Crystals
    At CityCenter
    3720 S. Las Vegas Blvd.
    Las Vegas, NV 89109
    (702) 590-9299
    (866) 754-2489

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    Ethel M's Chocolate Factory

    by riorich55 Updated Jun 19, 2009

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    The Chocolate Factory Tour

    It's actually so far the beaten path in Las Vegas that it truly isn't in Las Vegas, but in the Las Vegas suburb of Henderson. However, if I put this tip in Henderson, where it truly belongs nobody will find it. So here goes.

    The Chocolate Factory is really nothing, but a quick trip where you can see one conveyer belt of chocolate through a glass window. You can talk to a lady about chocolate who is on the other side of a short walkway going past the window and you'll be entertained by the chocolate signs which I have in the Chocolate Signs travelogue. Once you finish with the short walk through tour you come into the (surprise, surprise) gift shop where you do get a free sample and then can purchase any number of chocolates or have a hot chocolate drink.

    We were there shortly after it opened before we headed to the airport for our trip back home to Chicago and we had the place all to ourselves before the bus invasion occurred which I'll talk about in the Cactus Garden tip.

    The tour is FREE.

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    Las Vegas Fort Marker No. 40

    by Yaqui Updated Jan 3, 2009

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    Daughters of Utah Pioneers
    Erected Sept 18, 1939
    It reads: In 1855 President Brigham Young appointed a company of men under the leadership of William Bringhurst to establish a colony at Las Vegas. The company left Salt Lake May 10 and arrived at Las Vegas June 14, 1855 and camped near this site. William Bringhurst was appointed President, WM.S. Convert, and Ira S. Miles counselors. Sunday June 17, they built a bowery and held their first religious services. The next day they began to build the fort, 150 square feet, 14 feet high, 2 feet wide at the base, and 1 foot at the top.

    Desert Holly Camp, Las Vegas, Nevada.

    500 E. Washington Ave
    Las Vegas, NV 89101

    Las Vegas Boulevard and Washington St
    Old Las Vegas Mormon State Historic Park

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    First Las Vegas Post Office No. 170

    by Yaqui Updated Jan 3, 2009

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    Daughters of Utah Pioneers
    Erected 1951
    It reads: John Steele, one of the original LDS missionaries, secured a mail grant for Las Vegas mission. The documents to establish the post office, and appointing William Bringhurst postmaster, were brought from Salt Lake City by Benjamin H. Hulse January 10, 1856. This office was continued until the mission was abandoned in 1857. Mr. Steele acted as postmaster under President Bringhurst.

    Clark County, Nevada.

    500 E. Washington Ave
    Las Vegas, NV 89101

    Las Vegas Boulevard and Washington St

    Old Las Vegas Mormon State Historic Park

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    The Las Vegas Mormon Fort L.D.S Marker

    by Yaqui Updated Jan 3, 2009

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    It reads: A Midpoint Way Station on the Mormon Road. In April 1855, Brigham Young, President of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter day Saints, called thirty men to leave their families and possessions in the recently settled towns of Utah to serve a mission at the Las Vegas Springs. The verdant meadows watered by the springs had been seasonally inhabited by the Paiute Indians for centuries. The water and the meadows made Las Vegas an important stop on the Spanish Trail (called the Mormon Road after 1848).

    President Young directed this group of newly called missionaries to become self-sufficient, to provide a place of rest and security for travelers between California and Salt Lake City, and to teach the Indians the gospel of Jesus Christ. In the heat of the summer, in June 1855, the missionaries arrived at this site. The mission, intended to be permanent, was the first Anglo-American settlement in Las Vegas Valley.

    By summer’s end their irrigated gardens were producing fresh vegetables and grains. A new fort was under construction, and a spirit of cooperation and mutual learning was being established with the native inhabitants. They also discovered a deposit of lead ore in the nearby mountains. More missionaries were sent to smelt the complex ore in large quantities, but the attempt was unsuccessful. 23 February 1857 Church leaders sent word to the settlement that the mission was to be disbanded. These early pioneers returned to Utah but left a legacy of faith, devotion, and service shown by their willingness to settle in this hostile environment.

    Erected on 1997 by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. John Steele

    500 E. Washington Ave
    Las Vegas, NV 89101

    Located in front of the Visitor Center on Las Vegas Boulevard and Washington St

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    Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art

    by rexvaughan Written Aug 7, 2006

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    Can you find things besides gambling to do in Vegas? You can bet on it. The Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art has exhibits from world class artists. When we were there they had an Impressionist collection from the Museum of Fine Arts Boston which was small but excellent. They recently opened an exhibit of Ansel Adams photographs as well as other personal items. The Gallery is in the Bellagio Hotel and is a great change of pace from the usual glitz, glamor and noise of Vegas.

    The gallery is open 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. daily, including weekends and holidays. Admission is $15 for adults, $12 for seniors and students. Audio tours are available in English, French, Japanese and Spanish.

    3600 S. Las Vegas Blvd., inside the Bellagio Hotel right on the Strip.

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    Meet Ethel.....

    by raevnzno Written Aug 6, 2005
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    Ethel M's Chocolate factory. A self guided walk through where you can get an idea of how your favorite chocolates are made. The gift shop has tons of stuff you'll want to bring back home, and they ship.....
    There is also a beautiful cactus garden to meander through. If your here during the holiday season, it' s decorated with tons of lights.

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    LAS VEGAS IS ALSO A HOMETOWN TO MANY

    by zuriga Updated Mar 28, 2005

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    There is a real city of Las Vegas where people work and live. It's surrounded by low mountains and has many golf courses and good shopping. I was lucky to see this side of LV while being given a tour by a good friend who lives there year round.

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    Lost City Museum and Ruins

    by goingsolo Written Dec 12, 2004

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    Lost City Museum

    The town of Overton is located about 15 miles north of Valley of the Fire State Park. Here you will find the Lost City Museum and Ruins. The museum has artifacts of the Anasazi culture who lived in the area. The ruins are a portion of the ancient civilization which was uncovered during World War Two.

    For more information on the Lost City Museum, see my Overton page.

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    Liberace museum - glitz, glamour and kitch

    by jessicadf Written Oct 13, 2004

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    Last trip, I was on business with my mother. She insisted that we find the Liberace Museum. At the time, it was in a strip mall, occupying two shop spaces, and you had to exit one to get in to the other. I just read another VT tip that said they've recently remodeled -- we'll have to check it out on our next visit.

    This place is truly weird. I mean, it's sweet, but it's kinda weird too. As was Liberace... ya know?

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    Liberace Museum

    by jag17 Updated Oct 9, 2004

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    The Liberace Museum has had a complete face lift recently. A museum filled with cars, candelabra's, piano's, jewelry, and the 6,000sf costume gallery. Also the home to a 50-pound rhinestone. It is definitely worth a visit, if just to check out the flamboyant costumes and life that was "Liberace". A rotating display of his costumes filled with furs, sequins, feathers, and beads.

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