The Las Vegas Most People Know

Las Vegas Best-kept Secrets

  • Hotel 32
    Tell someone your staying at Hotel 32 and very few will know what your talking about. The Hotel 32 named because it occupies the top 32nd floor of the Monte Carlo casino resort hotel. It has just 50 rooms, suites, and apartment-like lofts. All of these offer many of the same bells and whistles as the more opulent 5-Star hotel-within-hotel-properties, such as complimentary roundtrip airport transfers in a strech limo, at a fraction of the price.Sky lofts during slow times can sometimes start around $170 and is high times start as low as $400 per night.

  • Swim with Sharks
    Mandalay Bay's aquarium, Shark Reef, allows Scuba certified guests to get in the tank and swin with actual sharks

  • The Mirage Offers a Dolphin Trainer
    for the Day Program and Dolphin Yoga

  • Las Vegas Motor Speedway
    Lets you take the wheel of a 606 HP Nascar Stock car or a $265,000 Lamborghini. Or drive shotgun with an instructor from the Richard Petty Driving Experience

  • Red Rock Muscle Driving Experience
    You can drive three American classic muscle cars (Dodge Challenger, Corvette, or Shelby GT500), on the open road through 30 miles of pavement

  • A Master Sommelier's Wine Classroom
    Bellagio offers a 90-minute "Master Sommeller Classroom Seminar" every third wed of every month. The seminar explores eight wines from their record 17 Sommeliers

  • Golf Like A Pro
    Get golf lessions from Tiger Woods swing coach, Butch Harmon (The World's Top Golf Teacher), at Butch Harmon School of Golf at the Rio Secco Golf Club

  • The Canyon Blaster
    Ride the world's only indoor double-loop, double-corkscrew roller coaster at the Adventuredome at Circus Circus

  • Play Kiss Monster Mini Golf
    18 holes of indoor glow-in-the-dark mini golf with a tribute to KISS
    4503 Paradaise Road (Across from the Hard Rock Hotel)

  • Slotzilla
    An $11 million attraction opening Summer 2013, on the Fremont Street Experince. The experience will be an 11-story, 120 foot high slot-machined theme takeoff platform with two levels. Riders are shot out of Shotzilla at 35 MPH and soar 1700 feet across the entire length of the Fremont Street Experience

  • Quirky Museums

    The Mob Museum

    Discovery Children's Museum - Across from the Smith Center

    National Atomic Testing Museum

    The Neon Museum


Royal Flush

Going Bust in Las Vegas

Las Vegas was built on the dream of striking it rich; A fantasy weekend or week get away in which anything goes and "What Happens inVegas, Stays in Vegas". But beneath the glitz and glamour of the bright lights is a much darker world that I came to know as "The Unseen Las Vegas"
I used to visit Las Vegas one-twice a year starting in 1993. It was booming with new contruction in housing and casinos. Property values were going higher and higher.
Loved to gamble and casinos were usually giving three night free rooms, free play, and other comps.



Another Royal Flush - One of about thirty I hit in Las Vegas



So finally I decide to buy a home and move from Ohio to live in Las Vegas.
From Oct 2008 to March 30, 2012, I lived in Las Vegas. The 1st year was fun, I saw and went to four new casino openings: Aliante, Encore, M Resort, and Cosmopolitan. New nightclubs and restaurants were opening. Then the housing bubble burst , jobs were hard to come był and casinos were no longer giving comps out like they used. My new house that I bought for $270,000 had fallen to $160,000 and I was luck to be able to do a short sale. Now that house is worth around $130,000. After selling the house, I downsized and moved to an apartment complex off Flamingo road and cut way back on gambling. My last year in Las Vegas I lived in a housing complex surrounded by many other low cost housing complexes where most locals now live.
I was surrounded by three casinos: Rio, Palms, and Gold Coast.



4 Aces with a Kicker




Welcome To Las Vegas
Las Vegas Local Guide to the city that never sleeps! Comprehensive information about landmarks, arts, nightlife, dining, entertainment, hotels, shopping, and more for your trip to Las Vegas!
  Places to Eat
places to eat in las vegas
The best 25 restaurants in Las Vegas may be as good as the best 25 in any city in the world!.... Las Vegas Cheap Eats
  Dive Bars
Dive bars in Las Vegas
Sun City's Hidden Gems - the ones that offer the best drink specials, the most creative theme nights, or the best local bands that one one ever heard of.
   Places to Stay:
Bellagio Las Vegas On The Strip
The 4 mile stretch of Las Vegas Boulevard, known as the Las Vegas Strip, contains many of the largest hotels, casinos, and resort properties in the world.
The famous "Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas" sign is located in the median just south of Russell Road
Golden Nugget Las Vegas Downtown Las Vegas
Off Las Vegas Boulevard on Fremont Steet, is the heart of old Las Vegas, known as Downtown Las Vegas. Away from the crowds of the Las Vegas Strip, this is a whole other side - This is Old Style Vintage Vegas with high tech wonderment and live entertainment known as the "Fremont Street Experience.
Hard Rock Las Vegas Off The Strip (Strip Area)
Properties that are not on the 4 mile stretch of the Las Vegas Strip, but are located in the "Strip Area", include Las Vegas Hilton, Hard Rock Hotel Casino, The Rio, The Palms, Terribles's Casino, Westin Casuarima Las Vegas Hotel, Hooters, The Stratosphere, and The Orleans.
M Resort Las Vegas Local Gems
If you love the Strip, but want to find some neat hidden local places.
   Must See When in Las Vegas
Red Rock
Only 16 miles west of Las Vegas, drive the 13-mile scenic drive through blazing red rock formations. Just 5 miles further south is Bonnie Springs Old Nevada, with a vivid replica of an old Western town complete with gun fights and hangings.
Hoover Dam
One of the world's seventh engineering wonders
Lake Mead
Located off U.S. 93, four miles southeast of Boulder City, with 1.5 million acres, Lake Mead is the largest man made body of water in the United States. Home to bighorn sheep, mule deer, coyotes, kit foxes, bobcats, ringtail cats and a host of bird species.
VALLEY OF FIRE STATE PARK
Over 26,000 acres of beautiful sand stone mark the existence of an early Indian civilization in this desert park. Located just 50 miles northeast of Las Vegas
Mt.Charleston/Lee Canyon
A cool oasis in dry southern Nevada with beautiful forests, picnic facilities, a hotel, hiking trails, camping area, and lodge.Located only 35 miles northwest of Las Vegas off Highway 95.
Death Valley
For the really adventurous, one of the most rugged, brutal, and beautiful desert spots is only a few hours from Las Vegas. Located about 145 miles west of Las Vegas. Take US Highway 95 north to Lathrop Wells and turn at the Death Valley junction.
Primm, Nevada
Located just 35 miles South of Las Vegas on I-15 at the California/ Nevada Stateline. Great resort destination that features three casino properties - Buffalo Bills, Whiskey Pete's and Primm Valley
A Close Encounter With AREA 51
Take the drive from Las Vegas to the "E.T. Highway". this is about 90 miles north of Las Vegas, to the secret military facility that contains a large air base that the government will not discuss.
Sandy Valley Ranch
Your Western Adventure - 45 minutes and 100 years from Las Vegas.
The Grand Canyon
Fly over the magnificent Grand Canyon via Helicopter, or take a bus tour on Grand Canyon Tours.
 New Happenings:
Project Ling
$550 million development from Caesars Entertainment, Proect will include a 550-foot obervation wheel and a restaurant-entertainment district linking the Imperial Palace and the Flamingo resorts. To make way for the project: O'Sheas was closed on April 30, 2012; Imperial Palace will be rebranded/renovated; Flamingo to be updated. Project is expected to be completed by Summer 2013
New Happenings
Sky Vue Las Vegas
First of city's two projected observation wheels. South and across from Mandalay Bay, is scheduled to open July 2013
New Happenings
Splash Canyon
Under contruction will be the city's first water park since Wet-n-Wild showdown several years ago. Scheduled opening Memorial Day 2013.

*** New Years Eve 2013/2014 ***

New Happenings 
SLS Las Vegas
Sahara will be remodeled and renamed SLS Las Vegas. Expected to open 2014.
New Happenings
Vegas Touch
Tony Hsieh's new $350 million startup to rebuild downtown Las Vegas.
New Happenings
Symphony Park Center
A harmonious blend of developments that create the first modern-day city neighborhood in Las Vegas

Your Local Guide to Las Vegas

 Adventuredome
 Area Businesses
 Art & Culture
 Atomic Testing Museum
 Baccarat
 Bachelor/Bachelorette
 Bauman Rare Books
 Bellagio Conservatory
 Brllagio Gallery of Art
 Bird Viewing
 Celebrity Viewing
 Cheap Vegas
 Chinatown
 City Center
 Cleopatra's Barge
 Condos for Sale
 CSI: The Experience
 Dinner In The Sky
 Dive Bars
 Eiffel Tower Experience
 Escorts
 Exotics Racing
 Facts & Stats
 FAQ
 First Friday
 Fountains of Bellagio
 Foreclosures
 Free Things To Do
 Free Shuttles
 Fremont Experience



The Unseen Las Vegas

The Start of Trouble for me in Las Vegas
On Feb 3, 2012 somehow I got bacteria in my blood and eventually spread to my bones. Left Las Vegas on March 30, 2012; On April 13, 2012 I had a six-hour operation to fuse my spine. That was the result of that bacteria that spread to my bones in Las Vegas. Still recovering.


The Homeless
With fewer than 1,000 beds inshelters, many of the homeless have taken into the tunnels underneath Las Vegas. Hundreds, maybe even a thousand, homeless people escape the desert heat and the pressures of the world.
The city's homeless population has grown from nearly 12,000 two years ago to nearly 14,000 today.
Around where I lived, the homeless would be contantly in our dumpsters digging for cans, etc. So they are now walking around spreading diseases.

The Pigeon Problem
Remember staying at the MGM and going to the pool to enjoy some sun, but was quickly forced to leave the pool area because of the huge pigeon population that had taken over the entire pool area. There were more pigeons then guests.
And the problem of pigeons extends far beyond the MGM and the strip. Pigeon droppings contain acids that can eat through the tiles on your roof. Also present are Salmonella and the fungus that causes histoplas.

Legionnaires Disease
Bacteria that causes Legionnaires disease was found in water samples at the Luxor hotel casino on 1/30/2012. A guest died of the form of pneumonia.
The new case comes as the MGM is already facing a lawsuit from guests who said they were infected with Legionnaires at the Aria Resort & Complex. They were exposed from June 21 to July 4, 2011.

Metro Police - A troubled & Violent Police Force
Department of Justice program to examine Las vegasMetro Police use of force - While I was in Las Vegas many reports of how the Metro police used excessive force: Many lawsuits were settled out of court: That didn't even touch the surface of what really when on : Many, many tickets given through the city. People were taken to jail for minor tickets (reason why: They got $200/per day from the state for every day you spent in jail); many people were beaten for no reason because of this violent force.

Nevada's Triple Economic Whammy
As of Feb 4, 2012, Nevada leads the nation in unemplyment, foreclosure filings, and share of homes worth less than the mortgages on them.

Las Vegas-Style Casinos in Miami, FL
Vegas mogul Steve Wynn and Las Vegas Sands Corp have been on a two-year crusade to bring resort-style casinos and convention space to Miami, FL.
Steve Wynn is in negotiations with New England's Patriots Owner, Robert Kraft, to build a $1 billion casino adjacacent to Gillette Stadium.
Las Vegas Sands Corp and Penn National Gaming Inc. are also believed to be among gambling companies looking to develop Massachusetts casinos.

Travel and Leisure ranked Nevada seventh on list of "America's Dirtiest Cities" (pigeons, cock roaches, litter, air pollution, tap water).

Las Vegas ranked #3 on a list of the 25 most dangerous U.S. spring break destinations.

Nevada's Housing Prices - May 8, 2012

Men's Health magazine gave Las Vegas a D grade and ranked Las Vegas 77th on most active and least active cities in America (#1 is most active; #100 is least active).

According to Brookings Institution & London School of Economics, Las Vegas' economic performanic is the fifth worst among 150 metropolitan areas around the world.

Poor quality of health care & Educational system, High forclosure rates, falling property values, high unemployment, high cost of car insurance and high cost to register a vehicle

Earthquake Risk - 8 Fault Lines under Las Vegas.

High Winds and extremely hot most of the time.

Lung Problems that comes from the many smokers in Las Vegas and the high winds that push dust all over.

The broken down locals that can't seem to ever win and and live from day-to-day and month-to-month.

The prostitues and drug dealers who spread diseses via drugs and sexually transmitted disease.

The gangs who are secretly hiding but well known to the Metro Police.

The Very Transient people who makes it hard to meet many new people.

Closed Nightclubs
Blush of Wynn - The first upscale club to open on the strip. Closed September 2011
Jet at Mirage - Opened in 2005, closed May 2011
Studio 54 at MGM - Closed February 4, 2012
Playboy Club at Palms
Eva Longoria's nightclub inside the City Center Complex closed July 2011

Troubled Casinos and/or Projects
Fountainbeau
- $2 billion casino that was 70% completed when contruction was halted
M Rsort - Newly open and only lasted about a year. Went bankrupt and acquired by Penn National Gaming
O'Sheas - Closed April 30, 2011 to make way for The Ling
The Harmon Hotel at City Center - Was scheduled to open late 2010, but probably never will. MGM wants to demolish
Las Vegas Hilton - Losing money and not paying its bills
Hooters - Trying to avoid a fixed forclosure.

Sahara - Closed May 16, 2011

 

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 Shopping:

From high-end to outlet stores, a guide to shopping areas, hidden gems, and where to shop Las Vegas Cheap
 Las Vegas Shopping

 
 After Hours:

Nightclubs:
Las Vegas offers some of the hottest nightclubs and afterhours joints in the world.
Strip Clubs:
Take a look inside some of the best Las Vegas Strip clubs and see some of the hottest strippers.
Escorts
Whether it's a private encounter, a bachelor party, or you want someone to accompany around Las Vegas.
Brothels
Prostitution is NOT LEGAL in Las Vegas or anywhere in Clark or Washoe counties, but Legal brothels still exist in the State of Nevada
Swingers Clubs
The Las Vegas Experience for open minded adults... Find out where the properties are.
Activities & Sightseeing:

Things to do on the Strip:
Walking North to Center Strip:
Starting at the Stratosphere and Walking North to Circus-Circus, Treasure Island, and ending at the Venetian

Stratosphere
Big Shot, Insanity, X Scream
Circus Circus
Adventuredome - Circus acts performed on the midway above the casino.
Treasure Island
Sirens of TI - (Free outdoor Pirate Show)
The Venetian
Blue Man Group| Phantom of the Opera|Jersey Boys||Gondola Ride|| Madame Tussaud's Wax Museum

Center Strip heading South to Paris:
Starting at the Mirage, and walking South to Caesars, heading up Flamingo to thr Rio, and back on the Strip at the Bellagio, and ending at the Paris

The Mirage
Erupting Volcano|| The Secret Garden| White Tiger Habitat|| Tropical Rain Forest|| Live Dolphin Display|| Terry Factor|| Love (The Beatles)||JET Nightclub|| B.B. Kings Blues Club
Imperial Palace
Auto Collection ||
Caesars Palace
Cleopatra's Barge||PURE Nightclub|| Shadow Bar||
Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino
Show in the Sky
Bellagio
Fountains of Bellagio|| Bellagio Conservatory|| Gallery of Fine Art||
Paris Las Vegas
Eiffel Tower Experience that features a spectacular view of the Las Vegas valley

Continue South to Mandalay Bay:
Starting at the Mirage, and walking South to Caesars, heading up Flamingo to thr Rio, and back on the Strip at the Bellagio, and ending at the Paris

New York-New York
The Roller Coaster|| Coney Island Emporium
Gameworks||
Excalibur
Tournament of Kings Dinner Show
MGM Grand
Lion Habitat|| CSI: The Experience|| Grand Adventure Theme Park||Tabu Ultra Lounge||
Mandalay Bay
Shark Reef Aquarium||The House of Blues||Disney's The Lion King||

Near the Strip:
Gun Store
Fremont Experience
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