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Pauline Frommer's Las Vegas
Synopses & Reviews
"Full of good tips andsuggestions."
"Packed with information onhow to eat and sleep withoutdepleting your bank account."
Are You Ready to Travel Smart?
If you'd like to get the most out of your dollar and your trip, this is the guide for you. I put a fresh spin on budget travel, showing you how to see the best for less and how to see it in a more authentic way—the way the locals do.
I offer an outside-the-box approach to accommodations in Sin City, with insider advice on how to save on hotels, and on alternative options such as home and vacation rentals. You can get a three-bedroom condo for as little as $110 a night.
Or how about enjoying one of the overstuffed sandwiches at Capriotti's for just $7, so you can splurge on famed chef Thomas Keller's classic Steak Frites or mussels at Bouchon?
Let me show you the "other" Las Vegas—the one only insiders know about. Meet a showgirl and tour the sets of one of the costliest productions in town, or visit a dealer training school and learn all the tricks. These are only a few of the great ways to get closer to the culture of Las Vegas. Read on for more!
Happy Travels, Pauline Frommer
Pulls back the curtain on Vegas and shows readers how they can meet a showgirl and tour the sets of one of the costliest productions in town
Tells readers how to get inside a dealer training school and learn all the tricks
Gives the low-down on how to get to be a dolphin trainer for a day
Tells couples how to have the high-glamour, low-cost Vegas wedding of their dreams
Winner of Best Guidebook for 2006 from the North American Travel Journalists Association ("Pauline Frommer's New York City")
Spend less, see more. This is the philosophy behind Pauline Frommer’s guides. Written by travel expert Pauline Frommer (who is also the daughter of Arthur Frommer), and her team of hand-picked writers, these guides show how to truly experience a culture, meet locals, and save money along the way.
• Industry secrets on how to find the best hotel rooms
• Details on alternative accommodations, great neighborhood restaurants, and cool, offbeat finds
• Packed with personality and opinions
About the Author
Pauline Frommer started traveling before she could speak, seeing the world at a young age with her guidebook writing parents, Arthur Frommer and Hope Arthur. She went into the "family biz" over a decade ago, serving as the first editor of Frommers.com and then the travel section of MSNBC.com. Her articles have appeared in numerous publications including Budget Travel, the Dallas Morning News, Marie Claire, and Nick Jr. Magazine. Online, she writes a weekly column for MSNBC.com called "The 24-Hour Layover." The first book she authored, Pauline Frommer’s New York is currently in bookstores; she also contributed a chapter on traveling with babies to the book The Experts Guide to Babies. In 1999, she was awarded a Lowell Thomas Medal from the Society of American Travel Writer’s for her magazine work. She currently appears every Wednesday night on CNN’s Pipeline, to discuss the latest travel trends. On Sunday afternoons she can be heard on radio, co-hosting The Travel Show, which is now carried by over 100 stations nationwide (to listen to podcasts go to www.wor710.com). Pauline is married to physical therapist Mahlon Stewart and is the mother of two very well-traveled daughters, Beatrix (age 4) and Veronica (age 8).
Kate Silver intended to live in Vegas for just a year, but she took to Sin City like a dauber-wielding Bingo buff. She has spent seven years getting to know and often love the city, paying special interest to the offbeat people who call Las Vegas "home." An award-winning journalist and editor at Las Vegas Life magazine, she extols the eccentricities and intricacies of the city. Her adventurous nature and writing experience were assets when she was invited to pen four chapters in this book (on gambling, nightlife, shopping and side trips), in which the R and D required visits to swingers clubs, slot tournaments, and a “top secret” government base. While at Las Vegas Weekly newspaper, Silver won awards from the Nevada Press Association for Outstanding Journalist in 2003 and Journalist of Merit in 2001. Her writing has also appeared in Playboy and People, among other publications.
Table of Contents
A Note From Pauline.
1 Losing It in Las Vegas.
Sights You’ve Gotta See, Things You’ve Gotta Do.
The Finest Museums.
Dining for All Tastes.
The Finest “Other” Experiences.
2 Lay of the Land.
The Vegas Grid.
Avoiding Traffic Jams.
Renting a Car.
Using the Monorail.
The Deuce, Cat & Max.
Enjoying Free Transportation.
3 Accommodations, Both Standard & Not.
Renting a Home or Condo of Your Own.
Hotel & B&B Stays.
Choosing the Right Hotel.
South Strip Hotels.
Center Strip Hotels.
Hotels on the North Strip.
Hotels East of the Strip.
Hotels West of the Strip.
One Choice South of the Strip.
4 Eating Better for Less.
So How Can Diners Save Money & Still Have a Quality Meal?
Center Strip Restaurants.
North Strip Restaurants.
Restaurants East of the Strip.
Restaurants West of the Strip.
5 Remarkable Sights & Attractions.
Making the Most of Your Time.
Las Vegas’ Iconic Attraction: The Strip.
Top Ten Individual Attractions.
Museums & Attractions for Visitors with Special Interests.
Sports & Recreation.
6 Say "I Do" To Vegas.
Planning the Big Day.
Choosing the Chapel.
7 The Other Las Vegas.
How They Learn.
How Vegas Residents Work.
How Vegas Residents Play.
Two Unusual Tours.
8 It’s Showtime.
Getting Discounted Tickets
Choosing Which Shows to See.
Diva Las Vegas.
Five Top-Notch Comics.
The Top Disappointments.
Five Daytime Shows of Varying Interest.
Glitz, Glamour & Eyelash Glue: The Production Shows.
The Five Cirque du Soleil Shows.
Transplanted Broadway Shows.
Impersonator (Tribute) Shows (or Performers Who Wish They Were Someone Else).
Erotica (Strippers, Both Male & Female).
9 Bars, Clubs & Other Nighttime Diversions.
Clubs & “Ultralounges”.
Bars of All Types.
Free (or Cheap) Music Venues.
Concerts, Boxing Matches & Other Big Ticket Items.
Strip Clubs for Women.
Luck of the Draw.
Slot Club Cards.
11 Vegas Shopping (Such As It Is).
Malls on the Strip.
Oldies but Goodies.
Vegas Specialty Stores.
12 Get Out of Town.
Hoover Dam & Boulder City.
Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area.
Spring Mountain Ranch.
Bonnie Springs Old Nevada.
Valley of Fire.
The Extraterrestrial Highway.
Amargosa Opera House.
The Grand Canyon.
13 The Essentials of Planning.
When to Visit?
Entry Requirements for Non-American Citizens.
Customs Regulations for International Visitors.
Finding a Good Airfare to Las Vegas.
Travel Insurance—Do You Need It?
Traveling from Las Vegas to Other Parts of the United States.
How Do I Get to (& from) the Airport?
Let Me Count the Ways.
Health & Safety.
Specialized Travel Resources.
Recommended Books & Films.
What Our Readers Are Saying