You'll never fall into the tourist traps when you travel with
Frommer's. It's like having a friend show you around, taking you to the
places locals like best. Our expert authors have already gone
everywhere you might go—they've done the legwork for you, and they're
not afraid to tell it like it is, saving you time and money. No other
series offers candid reviews of so many hotels and restaurants in all
price ranges. Every Frommer's
is up-to-date, with exact prices for everything, dozens of color maps,
and exciting coverage of sports, shopping, and nightlife. You'd be lost
Completely updated every year (unlike most of the competition),
Frommer's Las Vegas features lavish full-color photos of the spectacle
that awaits you. This is simply the most frank, funny, outrageous guide
you can buy—and it's much more up-to-date and indepth than its
Our author is completely on top of the latest developments in this
fast-changing destination, and she'll make sure that you never miss a
minute of the fun. She'll give you an irreverent take on all the
with all their attractions. She's also scouted out the very best
restaurant choices in this up-and-coming dining scene, and honestly
reviews all the casinos, shows, clubs, shopping arcades, and golf
courses in town. Frommer's Las Vegas also includes a 16-page full-color
About the Author
Mary Herczog lives in
and works in the film industry. She is the author of Frommer's
and Las Vegas for Dummies, and has contributed to Frommer's Los Angeles.
Excerpted from Frommer's 2001 Las Vegas (Frommer's Las Vegas, 2001) by
Mary Herczog. Copyright © 2000. Reprinted by permission. All rights
Frommer’s Favorite Las Vegas Experiences
A Stroll on the Strip After Dark. You haven’t really seen Las Vegas
until you’ve seen it at night. This neon wonderland is the world’s
greatest sound-and-light show. Begin at the
and work your way down past the incredible New York--New York. If your
strength holds out, you will end at Circus Circus, where live acrobat
acts take place overhead while you gamble. Make plenty of stops en
route to take in the ship battle at Treasure Island, see the Mirage
volcano erupt, and, most of all, marvel at the choreographed
ballet at Bellagio.
Casino-Hopping on the Strip. The interior of each lavish new
hotel-casino is more outrageous and giggle-inducing than the last. Just
when you think they can’t possibly top themselves, they do. From
to ancient Egypt, from a rain forest to a pirate’s lair, from King Arthur’s castle to New
City, it is still all, totally, completely, and uniquely Las Vegas. See
chapters 5 and 8 for our reviews. An Evening in Glitter Gulch. Set
aside an evening to tour the Downtown
and take in the overhead light show of the Fremont Street Experience.
Unlike the lengthy and exhausting Strip, you can hit 17 casinos in
about 5 minutes. See chapters 5 and 7.
Buffets. They may no longer be the very best of bargains, as the
cheaper ones do not provide the quality of the more pricey ones, but
there is something about the endless mounds of food that just screams
“Vegas” to us. We’ve covered the best in chapter 6..
A Creative Adventures Tour. Char Cruze of Creative Adventures ([tel]
702/361-5565) provides personalized tours unlike anything offered by a
commercial tour company, full of riveting stories and incredible facts
about both natural and artificial local wonders. See “Organized Tours”
in chapter 7.
The Liberace Museum. It’s not the Smithsonian, but then again, the Smithsonian doesn’t have rhinestones like these. Only in
. See chapter 7.
The Dolphins at the Mirage. Actually, a most un-Vegas experience. Zone
out as you watch these gorgeous mammals frolic in their cool blue pool.
If you are really lucky, they’ll play ball with you. See chapter 7.
The Penny Slots at the Gold Spike. Where even the most budget-conscious traveler can gamble for hours. See chapter 8.
The Grand Canal Shops at the Venetian and the Shopping Forum at Caesars
Palace. Take what Napoléon called “the greatest drawing room in
Europe,” replicate it, and add shops, and you’ve got the Venetian
shopping experience--it’s St. Mark’s Square, complete with canals and
gondolas. Then there is Caesars’ arcade, replicating an ancient Roman
streetscape, with classical piazzas and opulent fountains. Don’t miss
the scary Audio-Animatronic statues as they come to glorious, cheesy
life. See chapter 9.
Cirque du Soleil’s O and Mystére. You haven’t really seen Cirque du
Soleil until you’ve seen it in a showroom equipped with
state-of-the-art sound-and-lighting systems, and a seemingly infinite
budget for sets, costumes, and high-tech special effects. It’s an
enchantment. See chapter 10.
Your Favorite Headliners. As soon as you arrive in town, pick up a show
guide and see who’s playing during your stay. For the top showrooms,
see chapter 10.
Finding the Worst Lounge Shows. Some feel this is the ultimate Vegas
experience and dedicate many an evening to it. Be sure to watch out for
Cook E. Jarr and the Crumbs. See chapter 10. --This text refers to the