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For the spectacular shows that take place in Las Vegas year 'round, go to the events section of our site. You will find giant entertainers like Wayne Newton, Clint Black, Tim Conway and his buddy Harvey Korman on the roster. Tina Turner performs at MGM on November 18, and funny man Sinbad is at the Hilton November 2 through 4.

Extravagantly produced stage performances have such pulling power, some last for years, like the creative performance by the cast of Cirque du Soleil, playing at the Bellagio. The show's unusual choreography is mesmerizing. I was hypnotized the entire time and it's one show I wouldn't mind seeing again. Do go if you have a chance.

Not all the shows are played at the giant showrooms with seating for a thousand. The more intimate rooms also have big name performers as guests. These lounge shows cost more, but the audience gets a chance to get a closer look at the star.

Most of the shows offer reservations for tickets. You'll find the phone numbers to the showrooms on the events page.

For visitors who come to Las Vegas for more than just the entertainment, there are several museums to explore. The Las Vegas Natural History Museum displays include wildlife from the present and the past. It's located on 900 Las Vegas Blvd. N. Telephone (702) 384-3466. An art gallery, a children's museum are also located in town and the Lost City Museum Archaeology in located in nearby Overton. Telephone (702) 397-2193.

Resorts also have museums on the grounds, such as the Tomb and Museum of King Tut at the Luxor. Telephone (702) 262-4000 or (800) 288-1000. You can also find the Treasures of Mandalay Bay at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino. Telephone (702) 632-7777 or (877) 632-7000.

You can arrange a tour to surrounding attractions from every hotel or at home if it's not included in your package; tours to places like the Grand Canyon, Lake Mead, Hoover Dam and Death Valley. We have been to all the above and I can promise you a rewarding adventure at all these destinations. Grand Canyon is truly one of the wonders of the world, Lake Mead is truly scenic, Hoover Dam is truly amazing and Death Valley is truly out of this world. Stories on Death Valley and Lake Mead are listed under tales.

Golf resorts in desert landscapes, car racing, championship boxing, water sports and fishing in nearby Lake Mead attract many visitors to Las Vegas, but you can bet that the biggest and the best attraction in Las Vegas is gambling, referred to as gaming. And there are more games than just blackjack and the slot machines in town. If you want to try games like baccarat, craps and Texas Holdem, how to's are usually found on the in-house channel of the tv in your room.

Books have been written on how to win at gambling. Some say blackjack is a game where the money lasts the longest and you have the best odds. Some say it's at the live poker tables where the players play against each other and the house only gets an ante. I say it's pure luck if you win or lose. Slot machines are computerized to spit out so much money randomly and if you're lucky to be standing in front of the machine when it does, good for you. Blackjack depends on the draw of the cards. If you get 21 you're going to beat the dealer. Sports bars offer betting on everything from dog races to baseball games, and if you follow the horse, dog or team, maybe you're ahead of the game. My advice is to play with what you're prepared to lose, spread it over the days you plan to stay, stop to eat, take a hike, explore, see a show between gambling periods. And have fun.

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