Access Vegas Insider Vibe – December 13, 2000

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This Issue: Free Las Vegas Stuff

Curious about a show, restaurant, or other Las Vegas attraction that looks fun? Let us review it for you first! Suggestions are always welcome at:

Rental Cars – Don’t pay top dollar! Enter the dates of your visit and compare prices from virtually every major rental car agency (most US cities). Book the lowest price company or your regular agency. Save the hassle and some money – Car Rental Savings Search. Few regret renting a car. Free shuttles and city bus rides can be slow and smelly. Taxis can cost what a rental car costs. Your vacation time is valuable — make the most out of it!

LAS VEGAS NEWS – of interest to tourists:

BYE BYE 2000 – Vegas style! The plans have been laid out for New Year’s Eve. $500,000 worth of fireworks are going to be shot off from the tops of 14 hotels stretching from Mandalay Bay to The Stratosphere in a 10 minute spectacular like nothing else the town has ever seen! Full story at

As we go to press, the following strip and downtown hotels still have rooms under $200 a night. Rates listed available at (Sat. night arrival generally not allowed):

Riviera – $149.95
Terribles Casino (1 mile east of Ballys) – $189.95
Vacation Village – $189.95
Imperial Palace – $195.95
San Remo – $195.95
Golden Nugget – $195.95

Above New Year’s weekend rates at

SHOWGIRLS – Are they a dying breed? The longtime Las Vegas symbol is actually featured in far fewer shows than the past with the prevalence of variety and “name act” shows. Full story and photos at

WILD WILD WEST – Untamed Nevada with its amazing scenic wonders is closer than you think, with many incredible natural areas sitting less than 2 hours from Las Vegas. If you enjoy natures beauty, or got clobbered at the casino your first day, take a day and enjoy the views. Full story at Don’t have a car? We have tours to most of these sights at

LIVE CAMS! – More Las Vegas live web cameras are going online all the time now. SmartConnect.Net lets you view the Las Vegas Strip live at

SOUTHWEST AIR – has added 15 new flights to Las Vegas, making it their second most served destination. Included in those 15 flights is a new nonstop from Birmingham, AL here to LAS. We appreciate the hard work of Southwest Air and the many airlines that bring you to your favorite fun destination! Full story at and our year-end poll asks which airline you use when you fly to Las Vegas. Take the poll at

BULL RIDING – The PCRA returns to the MGM Grand Garden June 14-16 with the finale of the Wrangler ProRodeo Tour. Tickets are available at (702) 474-4000 and MGM discount rooms available at (MGM link). To our rodeo fans, we apologize for our lack of info on National Finals Rodeo the past few weeks. It conincided with our two-week hiatus.

VALET PARKING – If you have ever wondered what life is like for that person you have never met before that you hand your keys to, the R-J did an interesting profile on valet parkers at

$25 HOTEL REBATE — you pick the hotel! Our partners at Hotel Reservations Network are giving you $25 back on any 2+ night stay in Las Vegas or any major city they reserve. Claiming your cash is simple:

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WINNERS! – Thanks to our friends at for sponsoring recent contests. The Vegas video winners are Cindy Tomasi of Italy and Marianne Modie of Parma, OH and the 2001 Vegas Calendar winners are Darrell Peplow of Moline, IL and Jean Smith of Huntington Beach, CA



RESTAURANT REVIEWS – Recent reviews appearing in the media:

* Mask – (Rio) –
* Palm (Forum Shops) –
* WB Stage 16 ((Venetian) –

2001 ZAGAT SURVEY – of America’s Top Restaurants lists the he top five local restaurants in terms of food rankings:

1. Andre’s French Restaurant (Monte Carlo)
2. Michael’s (Barbary Coast)
3. Steak House (Circus Circus)
4. Emeril’s New Orleans Fish House (MGM Grand)
5. Drai’s (Barbary Coast)

Full story at


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

CONCERT ANNOUNCEMENTS: Billy Joel / Elton John coming to the MGM February 17, 2000. Info at

SHOW REVIEWS – Recent reviews appearing in the media:

* Midnight Fantasy –

SHOWS AND HEADLINER – listings available at
CONCERT – listings available anytime at

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

Thursday – 56/40 Partly Cloudy
Friday – 60/35 Partly Cloudy
Saturday – 68/38 Mostly Sunny
Sunday – 69/36 Mostly Sunny
Monday – 67/35 Mostly Sunny

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FEATURE STORY: Free Las Vegas Stuff

Free – is always a good price and sidewalk attractions such as the Mirage’s exploding volcano, the Excalibur’s animatronic battle pitting Merlin the Magician against a dragon, and Treasure Island’s live action pirate battle draw thousands of tourists daily. Read about these and other free things to do and see in Las Vegas at

Bottoms Up – This afternoon show at the Flamingo Hilton lists at $12.95 but coupons for free admission for two are found in just about every tourist magazine in town. They only ask that you buy the one drink minimum ($5.95 – take the show coupon to the ticket office, where you pay for the drink in advance). These are the free magazines that you may find in your hotel room, near the front desk, etc. If you can’t find any, just ask the front desk where free tourist magazines are. Bottoms Up claims to be in it’s 40’th year (probably in some incarnation) and that is about how old the jokes and gags are. It is the only afternoon topless revue in town, and a bit on the raunchy side, but the price is right.

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Cheap Stuff – Longtime Las Vegas aficionados Matt Weatherford and Mark Sinclair search out all that is cheap in Las Vegas ($1 blackjack, rooms for under $50, $2.95 chicken dinners) and were recently profiled at Their Big Empire website features extensive info on what if free and cheap in Las Vegas at




Calendar winner Cindy Tomasi from Italy wrote:

>I can’t wait to get the calendar!! Thank you so much in advance!!
>We’ve been in Vegas for one week in September andáI gotta say that after
>reading so many issues of your newsletter, we knew all the best places to
>go, prices, etc. … so that was a great help and thanks to you we had a great
>time in Vegas again!! Your newsletter gives THE BEST info on Las Vegas, so
>keep up the good work!!
>Merry Christmas and Happy 2001!!

Thanks for the kind words and glad to hear you had fun, especially since you fly halfway around the world to visit Las Vegas!

Long time readers like yourself know that one of the big reasons I started this newsletter is because every time I am on the Strip or Fremont Street I overhear tourists wondering if they should go here or there, or saying that they heard a [show / tour / restaurant] was good (probably due to some advertisement) when in reality it is a waste of time. Your vacation time here is valuable, and we enjoy helping you make the most of it!

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Your input is welcome. Write us a “letter to the editor” at While space doesn’t permit publishing every letter, we do certainly read them all and they help shape our content. Please include your name if you wish to have it published (stating your city is optional). Also, guest article submissions are welcome with full credit to you, your website, etc., if accepted.

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

ONLINE POLL – If you fly, which airline do you usually fly to Las Vegas? Let’s hear your opinions at — results will be published first week of 2001!

Results from last weeks poll “What is your favorite day trip from Las Vegas?”

Never left the Strip or Downtown 17%
Hoover Dam 19%
Lake Mead (boating, etc.) 38%
Valley of Fire 21%
Primm, Jean, Mesquite 1%
Red Rock Canyon 1%
Laughlin 0%

Don’t forget to check out our new, improved tours page with photos and great Las Vegas area tours at


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December 13, 2000 ISSN: 1529-2770