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The best hotels in Vegas for: Bargain hunters

The best hotels in Vegas for: Bargain hunters

It’s time again to return to our series about finding the best hotels in Vegas for various types of visitors. This week’s topic strikes a personal chord with me because I like to make the most of my money whenever I travel. I’m not ashamed to admit it. I’m a…

Sinfully good gift ideas from Vegas

’Tis the season to be feisty, fiery and fiendish! By Renée LiButti Vegas.com Been naughty or nice this year? It doesn’t matter in Sin City. Everyone is devilish here. So when it comes to holiday gift giving, bequeath a bit of that misbehaving spirit to your nearest and dearest. Inspired…

Collective Soul

The Nevada State Museum is reborn at the Springs Preserve By Renée LiButti (All photos by Ryan Shewchuk) Vegas.com Park the DeLorean. Unhand the remote control. Step out of the phone booth. You won’t need any of the clever contraptions from “Back to the Future,” “Click” or “Bill & Ted’s…

Five Hip Hotels in Vegas

Looking for a unique, chic and fun hotel to stay at in Las Vegas? We’ve got you covered! Here are five resorts that feature sleek architecture, luxury amenities, first-rate service and one-of-a-kind personalities. The Cosmopolitan The Cosmopolitan is the newest resort in Vegas – as well as the trendiest. It’s…

On a roll

Cycling event returns to the streets of Las Vegas By Renée LiButti VEGAS.com The recent arrival of fall means Las Vegas’ oppressive heat is waning. So it’s no coincidence that the city’s biggest bike ride is taking place this weekend. The fourth annual Viva Bike Vegas gets into gear Oct.…

A Melting Pot of Cultures

Travel around the world without leaving Las Vegas By Renée LiButti Vegas.com Like the all-you-can-eat extravaganza that is a Las Vegas buffet, the city itself  is filled with a smorgasbord of cultural offerings. Wander the ever-busy Strip and its outlying areas and you’ll discover pubs, bistros and beer halls that…

Going Against the Flow

Vegas’ hidden coffeehouses are brewing much more than just a cuppa By Renée LiButti VEGAS.com So you’re in Las Vegas and need a java boost – especially after a late-night on the town gambling, clubbing or seeing a show. Where should you go to get it? While chain coffee stores…

In focus with theatre7

Art house brings new life to Las Vegas for local filmmakers and indie film fans By Renée LiButti Vegas.com Multiplex cinemas boasting as many as 18 screens are scattered across the Las Vegas valley, typically in casinos and shopping centers. Although easy to find, they all offer the same bland…

Back to the Future

The family-built El Cortez celebrates 70 years in Las Vegas By Renée LiButti Vegas.com The El Cortez in downtown Las Vegas has a proud past and a more promising future. With 70 years under its belt, the resort exudes historic eminence. But that’s not what sets the El Cortez apart…

Mac King: Catch of the Strip

Las Vegas is hooked on the comedy magician By Renée LiButti Vegas.com It isn’t a grand-style illusionist with high-tech props, a designer tuxedo and a ferocious animal who astounds audiences each afternoon at Harrah’s. It’s Mac King…with a suitcase of everyday stuff, an old-fashioned plaid suit and a goldfish. And…

The Fast and the Furious

By Renée LiButti VEGAS.com Las Vegas boasts an array of one-of-a-kind contraptions devised to scare visitors senseless. They range from a roller coaster that can accelerate from 0 to 45 mph in only two seconds to the world’s highest teeter-totter – it’s situated atop Stratosphere Tower. There are also rides…

A Dam Good Hike

For history’s sake, take the route less traveled by   By Renée LiButti VEGAS.com Planning a visit to Hoover Dam? Well, of course you are! Each year more than five million people check out the awe-inspiring concrete behemoth that is a testament to man’s engineering abilities. Most of them will…

Five things to do in the Vegas vicinity for spring

Don’t you just love spring? Unfortunately, in Las Vegas, this blissfully beautiful season tends to be short-lived.  When the cold weather recedes, the mercury begins a relentless upward march – not as brutal as General Sherman’s to Columbia, S.C., for Sin City won’t be set ablaze…but by May you’ll find your…

Sussing out the buses

Riding The Deuce and SDX offers the best and worst of Las Vegas   By Renée LiButti Vegas.com I’ve lived in Las Vegas most of my life. And I’ve never taken a bus. Having had a car ever since I could drive, there was never any reason to. Plus, locals…

Raise a pint at a real Irish pub in Vegas

By Renée LiButti VEGAS.com Pubs are not new to Las Vegas. They’re a growing cultural phenomenon here. There are at least 18 Irish-themed pubs in and around the city – one even debuted earlier this month. Why are they so popular? Simply put, pubs offer a friendly and exuberant atmosphere…

Right on cue

Best Billiards takes a shot at becoming Vegas’ most progressive pool hall   By Renée LiButti Vegas.com What do you get when you cross a state-of-the-art pool hall with an Italian café and an art studio? Answer: Best Billiards. This unconventional new establishment opened five months ago on the northeast…

Wigging Out in Las Vegas

Welcome to the city of fabulous stage hair By Renée LiButtiVEGAS.com The wigs you see onstage in Las Vegas have no equal in the world of theater. Some are like works of art, while others are the results of ongoing experiments in mane technology. Long or cropped, gleaming or streaming,…

Wandering Stars

Las Vegas’ strolling entertainers – catch them where you can By Renée LiButti Vegas.com While a great deal of entertainment takes place in Las Vegas’ showrooms and lounges, there are some performers who bring their acts right to you. Magicians, clowns, singers, mimes, impersonators, mermaids and leprechauns – the city…