Las Vegas: more than a gambling mecca

October 1, 2006
Julia Talsma

Staying at one of the hotel resorts provides easy access to Las Vegas night life.

What to see

Downtown Las Vegas has seen a transformation in recent years with people flocking to see the Fremont Street Experience. Recently, the 175,000-square-foot pedestrian area has been updated, showcasing a new video-display system. This $16.5 million technological marvel is a four-block-long canopy named "Viva Vision." It is one of the largest LED screens in the world. Viva Vision shows are free and can be seen every hour starting at dusk.

Downtown Third Street is another hot spot for Las Vegas visitors. This dining and entertainment district features some new and different venues. New York's Hogs & Heifers sports bartenders wearing halter tops and leather pants and carrying megaphones. Triple George Grill has a more relaxing atmosphere where customers can lounge in oversized leather chairs, listen to a live pianist, and smoke cigars. Celebrity Nightclub patrons can listen to live music and Sidebar customers can enjoy classic cocktails. Beauty Bar, located on Fremont Street, offers a manicure with your favorite beverage.

Spectacular entertainment

In August, R&B singer Toni Braxton opened her show, "Toni Braxton: Revealed," at the Flamingo Las Vegas. This six-time Grammy award winner is scheduled to perform 5 days per week through March 2007.