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VegasTripping (minus the tripping part...)

By Chuckmonster on Sunday, 24th July 2005 2:55pm
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When most people think of Las Vegas, they picture racing lights, the endless roar of slot machines and scantily clad showgirls parading on the stage of some extravagant production that costs $80 a head.

Yes, Vegas has all of those things. But for those of us traveling with families or on a limited budget, high stakes gambling and expensive dinner shows might not be the best items to opt for when planning a short four to eight day vacation with a family of four (and with all the members not being 21 years or older).

A choice of hotel and casino is one of the major decisions to make. Considering location, you might want to stay at a hotel on the outskirts of the center of Las Vegas, known as the "strip," such as the Luxor, where my family and I stayed for six days. This would allow easy access to the major highways outside the city for travel to such rural attractions such as the Hoover Dam, Bryce Canyon, Bonnie Shores, Red Rock Canyon and the Valley of Fire, all a short ride from the strip.

Each major hotel and casino had its own unique theme. The Luxor Las Vegas had the theme of Ancient Egypt, and is shaped like a pyramid with a giant sphinx as a gate. Housing 4,000 rooms, the scale of this hotel is truly enormous. Along this theme, you could pay to see such attractions within the hotel such as the King Tut Museum and the Imax Theater Presentation of"In Search of the Obelisk," a movie that is fun for kids, where your seats move in the dark according to the action on the screen. There was also a most impressive arcade. The Luxor, as well as some of the other hotels, also housed a chapel for those Vegas weddings we hear so much about.

[ Vegas for families is soooo '90's - Ed ]



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