Access Vegas Insider Vibe – November 27, 2002

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This Issue: Air Play Free Tropicana Show

Also In This Issue – November 27, 2002: Newkirk’s Notes, Las Vegas Tourist News, Mt. Charleston Tour, Badlands Golf Course

Shows | Headliners | Tours | Dining | Golf | Rental Cars | Airfare | Packages


Newkirk’s Notes – comments on Las Vegas from AccessVegas.Com publisher Ted Newkirk:

Hello from Las Vegas! Thanksgiving (U.S.) is upon us and I am delighted to have my family in town but if you can’t be with family, Las Vegas is a great place to be. Cooler fall weather is here, but the action continues to be hot indoors.

Las Vegas News: Of Interest To Tourists

Hawaii Resident Wins $4.3 million – People keep leaving Las Vegas millionaires! A Honolulu woman has become Las Vegas’ newest millionaire hitting a $4,334,923 jackpot at the Fremont Hotel & Casino. According to witnesses, the woman who was playing a 25-cent denomination reel was celebrating her birthday. Click for full story.

Thanksgiving – is this week in the United States. Many gather with family and friends … and then head off to Las Vegas for a four day weekend. Others just head here for the holiday. If headed here and worried about getting a traditional Thanksgiving dinner, don’t fret. Almost every hotel restaurant from the buffet and coffee shops to the fine dining rooms serve up a traditional seasonal feast.

New Year’s Eve – is going to be huge again this year. Confirmed. Eight minutes of fireworks from the top to bottom of The Strip! Local KLAS TV has an online video story about this year’s events. Not sure if it is worth it? Don’t know what it is like, how to get a good room (they are going fast), and what inside tips to make it the most fun night of your life? We are veterans of this “party of a lifetime” and have have the entire scoop plus tons of photos and streaming video at New Year’s Eve Las Vegas.

NFR – National Finals Rodeo hits town again this year from December 6-15. If you are country, like country music, or even just like to wear a cowboy hat, this is your time of year to be in town. The lounge bands are kicked out of town for country acts, and it is hard to spot anyone not in country garb. Plus, you can’t miss the famous Cowboy Christmas Gift Show.

You don’t need to have rodeo tickets to come enjoy Las Vegas country-style. Plenty pack the town just for the atmosphere. Almost every hotel shows the rodeo on the big screens and has bourbon and Coors Light specials. We’ll be out at various events filming and photographing for everyone who can’t make it. More next week.

2002 Billboard Music Awards – Ever wanted to go to a big awards show? Many of today’s best musicians and entertainers will present and perform during The 2002 Billboard Music Awards. The show will broadcast live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena Monday, Dec. 9 at 5 p.m. Scheduled performances may include Avril Lavigne, Creed, Faith Hill, Justin Timberlake, Nelly and the St. Lunatics, Kelly Clarkson and Puddle of Mud. Scheduled presenters at this year’s event may include JC Chasez, Justin Guarini from the American Idol television series, LL Cool J, Master P and Lil’ Romeo, Nick Carter and Snoop Dogg. Tickets and details – click here.

Palms “Skin” Lounge Screensaver – The second in our series of Las Vegas screensavers and computer wallpaper is available and (as always) at no charge. If it is getting cold where you live, warm up with images of the infamous Palms Resort pool lounge from last summer. Head to our photo gallery and click on the Palms Pool Lounge link under Screensavers/Wallpaper.

NHL Hockey Wednesday Viewing Parties – Visits by the Miller Girls and 99ó Miller Genuine Drafts at the Sports Bar (no cover charge) starting at 5 p.m., make the parties both “hot” and “cool,” as fans also get chances to win great weekly give-aways from Pepsi, Miller Beer and the Imperial Palace Hotel & Casino. Enter your name for fantastic end-of-the-season prizes, then relax in the Sports Lounge and enjoy all the hard-hitting NHL action on big screen TVs. More details – click here.

Calendar For Charity – Now is the time to get a 2003 Las Vegas calendar and help a good cause. These are the same high quality Las Vegas calendars you find in hotels and gift shops at or below the gift shop price with all proceeds going to charity. See the beautiful photos and purchase info atá 2003 Las Vegas Calendar.

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Grand Canyon, Hoover Dam, Scenic Southwest Tours – by plane, bus, or even helicopter! You’ve seen the glossy ads in the tourist brochures. You’ve thought about it. You come all the way to Las Vegas — why not see one of the some of the most famous landmarks in the world! Don’t by tricked by web sites & magazines that offer discount tours. Taxes, park fees, permits can almost double the price. Our prices are inclusive – no hidden charges! Best Las Vegas Tours

Featured Review: Air Play Free Tropicana Show

People always want to know about the free attractions here in Las Vegas, and The Tropicana just added a great new free show. “Air Play” is actually performed on a stage in the middle of the casino, surrounded by slot machines, under the famed Tiffany glass ceiling.Air Play features music, dancing, acrobats, high flying performers and other specialty acts that are all worth a look. Franco Deliz and Chariday Sullivan LaFontaine host the show. Deliz has film and other acting credits while LaFontaine has appeared in Midnight Fantasy (Luxor) and two seasons as an Atlanta Hawks dancer.

Click Here To Read The Rest Of This Review

Featured Tour: Mount Charleston Tour

Mount Charleston Tour – Mt. Charleston is extraordinary any time of year, with each season unveiling its own unique grandeur. This exciting tour takes you through the Toiyabe National Forest, into a majestic alpine setting. Views of the jagged, towering cliffs, encompassed by the fir, spruce and aspen trees make this landscape simply gorgeous.

Additional Tours Including Hoover Dam, Grand Canyon, City, Scenic, National Parks, and Adventure

Featured Golf Course: Badlands Golf Club

Badlands Golf Club – Badlands Golf Club is the epitome of a target desert golf course set amid the natural desert habitat. With four sets of tees to choose from, the golf course offers an exciting challenge to the casual golfer as well as the experienced player. Designed by Johnny Miller with consultation from Chi Chi Rodriguez, the course features spectacular terrain and breathtaking views.

Additional Las Vegas Golf Courses and Golf Vacations

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November 27, 2002 ISSN: 1529-2770

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Access Vegas Insider Vibe – December 6, 2000

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This Issue: Hoover Dam

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LAS VEGAS NEWS – of interest to tourists:

TERRIBLES HOTEL & CASINO – has just opened at Paradise and Flamingo (about a mile from Bellagio). It is the site of the former Continental, but bears no resemblance to that dive. The hotel has been completely renovated and transformed into an Italian Tuscany-style resort. Story at and we have hotel info and rates at (Terribles Hotel link).

LAS VEGAS BOWL – UNLV and Arkansas both won games at the end of the season to become bowl eligible, and will meet up on Dec. 21 here in Las Vegas. The game will be televised on ESPN but rooms that week are running under $40 at some Strip hotels for those that want to see it live. Stories at and , rooms at , and tickets at

BILLBOARD MUSIC AWARDS – hit the MGM last night. Full story at and a list of winners at Britney Spears didn’t make a lot of friends at Gordon Biersch, failing to leave a tip on a comped meal. Story on that at

MEAL DEALS – The day of the 99 cent buffet is long gone, but Las Vegas still has a few great meal deals around. The catch? Many of them are off the menu. Every few months, we mention the Hard Rock’s complete steak and shrimp dinner for $5.95 (available in the coffee shop). The R-J notes a number of others at Print that article out and bring it on your next trip!

GOLD POINT GHOST TOWN – If you really want to explore the “wild west,” this one is for you. Multi-jackpot winner (some people have all the luck)! Herb Robbins used some of the cash to buy the ghost town of Gold Point, NV. He has spruced the place up just a little, and if you are willing to take the 3 hour drive north of Las Vegas, you can get bed and breakfast and take yourself back in time a bit. Story at , photos at , and info and reservations at

GUGGENHEIM – Two of the most prestigious names in the art world, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation and the State Hermitage Museum of Russia, announced plans for an ambitious project in Las Vegas, including a seven-story museum. Full story at

MONORAIL – The Strip monorail project is on track, and will run from the MGM to The Sahara. Interestingly enough, it turns east in the Vicinity of The Venetian, missing much of the upper Strip. Story and map at

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Note: We have been remodeling! Our tours site at is now divided by types of tours (Grand Canyon, Hoover Dam, National Parks, Scenic Tours) with photos, tour descriptions, and more. We have added headliner information to the Shows page at

RESTAURANT REVIEWS – Recent reviews appearing in the media:

* Olives (Bellagio) –


SHOWS – See which shows are playing during your stay and book reservations EVEN if the tickets aren’t on sale yet. Let ShowVegas takes care of all your needs directly online! Search by dates at

EFX – Changes are afloat. Rick Springfield takes over the lead roll from Tommy Tune in two months, and plans to take the show in more of an energetic rock direction. Full story at

AT THE COPA – is no more. The show has sold well, but rumors of conflict between producer (and star) David Cassidy and costar Sheena Easton have been in the air almost from day one. Full story at

GUNS ‘N ROSES – are playing Las Vegas New Year’s Eve at the House of Blues. Full story and ticket info at Although I was a marginal fan of the group, I won’t be shelling out the $150 – $250 for a band who’s singer has a habit of wrecking shows with his tantrums.

SHOW REVIEWS – Recent reviews appearing in the media:

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CONCERTS and HEADLINERS – Our listing is available online anytime at

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LAS VEGAS WEATHER – This 5 day forecast is courtesy of Weather.Com:

Thursday – 64/42 Mostly Cloudy
Friday – 64/41 Partly Cloudy
Saturday – 62/37 Scattered Showers
Sunday – 56/30 Scattered Showers

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hoover-dam.jpg (17845 bytes)Hoover Dam has often been referred to as the Eighth Wonder of the World. If you have flown in from the east or the south, you might have seen it from the air, but nothing can compare to seeing it up close and in person.

Built between 1931 – 1935 to harness the flow of the Colorado River, Hoover Dam is primarily responsible for storing the water used by people and agriculture in the desert southwest including Arizona, California, and Nevada. California is entitled to 4,400,000 acre-feet, Arizona 2,800,000 acre-feet, and Nevada, 300,000 acre-feet a year from the river, and the dam stores it for constant release regardless of season. Sitting only 30 miles from the Strip, it is also a top tourist attraction for Las Vegas visitors.

Visiting the dam is a unique experience! With US 93 running across it, you are completely free to roam on the top of the dam. The view over the edge 550+ feet in the air and down Black Canyon on the Colorado River is worth the trip all by itself. For a $4 admission, the visitor’s center contains quite a bit of historical and interesting photos and exhibits. There is also a self-guided tour which you can print out online at

However, the real fun are the two tours offered. The shorter tour is fine for most. Taking 30 minutes, you go down into the dam and view the generators and are taken at to the base of the dam, where you can peer down the canyon and up toward the top of the towering structure. However, if you have a sense of adventure or are more interested in the technical inner workings, the one hour Hard Hat tours is a must.

You descend into the side of the dam in an elevator cut through the volcanic rock, and after a short walk through a pure rock tunnel, emerge in the generator room. Unlike the short tour, you are taken via another elevator to the floor of the generating area where you stand next to the huge encased turbines.

You also are taken down below the generating area where you stand just above one of the pipes feeding water through the giant electrical turbines, and can actually see the shaft of the turbine rotating. From there it is outside, for the same magnificent view of the canyon and up at the dam that you enjoy with the shorter tour. You are also taken into tunnels where you can see the huge pipes that were buried in the walls of the canyon.

A real highlight of this trip is touring the inside of the dam itself, which is lined with two miles of tunnels that serve both for drainage (all dams have a minor amount of seepage inside) and inspection. When looking down over the edge of the dam (and especially looking up from the bottom), you might notice a few vents on the side of the dam. Guess what — on the hard hat tour you can actually walk to the vent and peer out at the canyon from the inner center of the dam. Truly amazing.

The tours is not for the claustrophobic, especially the hard hat tour where you take 10 separate elevator rides with 20 people to each elevator car, and also walk the interior tunnels of the dam which are around 5 feet wide and 7 feet tall.

The visitor center is open from 8:00 AM to 5:45 PM. Tours start at 8:30 AM and run the remainder of the day. Parking on the Nevada side (in the garage) is $3.00. Parking on the Arizona side is free. The Traditional tour is $8 for adults, $7 for seniors, and $2 for kids 7 – 16. The Hard Hat tour is $25 and includes a hard hat which you get to keep.

For those without transportation, we offer Hoover Dam tours at If you have drove to town or are renting a car, the dam is easy to find. Head south on The Strip to I-215. Go east on I-215 for about 10 miles until the freeway ends at a set of stoplights. Continue straight about 1/2 mile (I-215 turns into Lake Mead Dr.) to the junction with US 93/95 and head south. Stay on US 93 for the next 20 miles or so (through and past Boulder City). US 93 crosses the dam so once on US 93, you can’t get lost.

An alternate, more scenic route is to skip turning off to US 93/95 and stay on Lake Mead drive. Just stay on it (there will only be one fork in the road: veer right) — it is named Lake Mead Drive for a reason! This route is about 10 miles longer but skirts the lake with some great views before returning to US 93 just a couple miles from the dam. There is a toll station collecting $5 per car on this route.

IMPORTANT: Hoover Dam is a very popular attraction and US 93 also carries thousands of cars each day as the main road southeast out of Las Vegas. Plus, the dam is at a lower elevation than Las Vegas, resulting in temperatures that can be 10 degrees hotter than in the city. This can be brutal late spring to early fall. Also, the tours are usually the least crowded and most available early in the day. Hit the road early. Grab a cheap buffet breakfast at the Railroad Pass Casino (on your left just after crossing the railroad tracks as you head out of town on US 93/95) and get there early to beat the crowds and the heat.

Grand Canyon, Hoover Dam, Scenic Southwest Tours – by plane, bus, or even helicopter! You’ve seen the glossy ads in the tourist brochures. You’ve thought about it. You come all the way to Las Vegas — why not see one of the some of the most famous landmarks in the world! Don’t by tricked by web sites & magazines that offer discount tours. Taxes, park fees, permits can almost double the price. Our prices are inclusive – no hidden charges! Best Las Vegas Tours


Mike and Nancy P. wrote:

>Based on your review, we had booked tickets for Jerry Lewis through
>the service listed in your newsletter.á We paid a little extra and got
>2nd row center seats.á Jerry puts on a truly spectacular show.á I
>can’t believe how he can go on for 2 hours, and still close with
>energy.á Sitting up close is definitely worth the few dollars extra to
>pick up his facial expressions.á I was amazed that the Friday night
>show (Nov 17) was not sold out.á Everyone should see this show.
>We stopped by the Aladdin and were not impressed.á My wife thought it
>was gaudy and tacky.á And they still have 100 trailers out back loaded
>with more stuff to put inside.
>We also went to Mandalay Bay and thought that was nice.á Any comments
>on how the rooms there compare to the Venetian?
>Thanks for the newsletter, it’s great.

Thanks for the kind words. Everybody continues to note that the service fee is a small price for guaranteed tickets before you arrive. You can always punch in the dates of your visit at and see which shows and headliners are playing and how much the tickets are.

I am in my mid-30’s and went to see Jerry Lewis to review the show and see a living legend, but not expecting much. Boy was I wrong! For those who missed my Jerry Lewis review a few months ago, it is archived at

I’ve only seen the Venetian rooms (very impressive true suites). Readers, have you stayed at both Mandalay and Venetian? Give us a room comparison at

Alyce Templeton wrote:

>I, along with a small group of friends recently returned from a week
>long visit to Las Vegas – my first visit – what a great experience.
>It is truly an amazing town to explore and it offers some great side
>trips out of town which we took advantage of, namely the West Rim of
>the Grand Canyon and a Hoover Dam tour.á I have been receiving your
>Vegas e-mail column for about 4 months now and from the feedback I
>have been reading – was a bit skeptical about using any taxi service
>when in town.á However, I must say the few times we used a taxi to
>save time, our experience was nothing but good.á Drivers were very
>friendly and helpful (although one had the driving skills of a New
>York City Cabbie – he was polite also).á I asked one taxi driver why
>he thought they had such a negative reputation and he responded by
>saying he has found that either a driver is very good or very bad –
>not much middle ground.á I guess we were very lucky!á Hope to return
>in a few years to see all the new additions and changes in the works
>for this interesting town.á Thanks for this great newsletter which
>helps me to remember a very memorable vacation!

We are glad you had a great time! Unfortunately, it is feast or famine with the taxi drivers. The cab companies, like many other businesses, are having trouble finding and keeping good help. If you are at all geographically inclined, it never hurts to buy a Las Vegas city map so you can have a clue whether they are taking you the best route. If you ever have a dispute or feel that you got ripped off by a cab driver, get the name of the company and the cab number from the side of the cab and call the Taxicab Authority at (702) 486-6532

>We visiting Vegas in January.á My husband was in a car crash in March of
>this year and broke both ankles.á He still has trouble walking very
>far, so we need a way to get around on the strip and downtown.á Any
>information will help. has quite a bit of info, and if you can’t find the answers there you can email their webmaster at

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All contents copyright MM Ted Newkirk. All Rights Reserved.
December 6, 2000 ISSN: 1529-2770