Hints and Tips for Your
Las Vegas Getaway

A Las Vegas Getaway is an escape to a 24-hour playground; this city is a giant Disney World for adults. There is so much to see and do, you could not possibly squeeze all of it into a two to four day visit. Glamorous shows, shopping, dining and, of course, casinos are just the beginning of the attractions this city offers.

We'll give you some hints and tips to help you plan your activities, so that you can make most of your Las Vegas Getaway. As you plan your trip, be sure you pack efficiently with these tips geared especially for women at Fashion After 50.

Perhaps one of your first stops should be the Las Vegas Convention and Visitor Authority's visitor center. It's where you can get free maps and select from hundreds of brochures for attractions in Las Vegas and the surrounding area. While there, you can even check your email - for free. The visitor center is next door to the Las Vegas Convention Center, 3150 Paradise Road. Open daily 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Chances are you'll be staying in a hotel somewhere on or near the famed Las Vegas Strip, the official name of which is Las Vegas Boulevard South. It's a four-mile stretch, lined with the biggest, most luxurious casino-hotels imaginable.

Going from south to north, these are the hotels on the west side of the road: Mandalay Bay • Luxor • Excalibur • New York-New York • Monte Carlo • Bellagio • Caesars Palace • The Mirage • Treasure Island • New Frontier • Stardust • Circus Circus • Stratosphere.

On the east side you have: Tropicana • MGM Grand • Aladdin • Paris • Bally's • Barbary Coast • Flamingo • Imperial Palace • Harrah's • Casino Royale • The Venetian • Wynn • Riviera • Sahara.

click here for a map of the Las Vegas Strip and surrounding area

Most everyone visiting Las Vegas wants to see at least one of the big production shows. The most popular headliner and production shows tend to sell out fast, it is advisable to book well in advance. You can see a list of all current attractions and order tickets at BestofVegas.com. If you're not hung up on having to see one particular attraction, you might be able to get admission to one of the top shows at half price. For details visit www.tickets2nite.com.

See short video clips of some of the most popular Las Vegas Shows: Blue Man Group * Bette Midler * Elton John * Ka -Cirque du Soleil and O -Cirque du Soleil

If shopping is your passion and you want to make it part of your Las Vegas Getaway, the The Forum Shops at Caesar's, Grand Canal Shoppes at The Venetian and Desert Passage at The Aladdin, are not to be missed. You may not be able to afford to actually buy much in these luxurious shopping havens, but just strolling and window-shopping in such elegant surroundings is an experience you won't soon forget. For an overview of what awaits, click on Best Las Vegas Shopping Malls.

There is an endless choice of places to eat, everything from fast food outlets to the most sophisticated restaurants. But what Las Vegas is really famous for are its buffets. Once you've been to one of the better buffets on the Strip, you'll know that the reputation is justified. If, on your Las Vegas Getaway, you can only fit in one breakfast, lunch or dinner buffet, read the reviews at Best Las Vegas Buffets, it might help you choose the buffet spread that's exactly right for you.

It is possible but not likely to be on a Las Vegas Getaway, walk through the casinos and not try a little gambling. If you look at it as entertainment and set a limit on how much you are prepared to risk, the activity can be fun and not threaten your financial health. Big wins are possible -- but it helps if you know what you’re doing. Take a free Crash Course in Gambling and you might just beat the odds. And here is more how-to-win information for the most popular casino games: slots, blackjack, roulette, craps.

Good Luck and have a great time on your Las Vegas Getaway!

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