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Las Vegas has a wonderful (and inexpensive) sinless side. The costs of running it are subsidized by the gambling industry. You can wander around looking at beautiful buildings and imitations of the Eiffel Tower, pieces of Venice, a circular escalator, amazing fountains, a fake volcano with nighttime "eruptions", and so on. All free visit wildlife from ...


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For the general area, there's no dress code - you even see people wandering through in their swimming gear after they've been in the pool! I've been in wearing tshirt and jeans, feeling underdressed until I saw the tourists in their tshirt and shorts with flip-flops. However, you may wish to consider what else you want to do in Vegas, and dress ...


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Here's a list of shows in Vegas. Since it has "adult shows" as a separate category, most of the others should be OK for you. I can personally recommend Cirque du Soleil - While some of the costumes can be skimpy, I don't think it would be considered objectionable on religious grounds except by the most ardent fundamentalists. The Blue Man Group should be ...


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Vegas is a dry heat--while this is often scorned by those who don't understand the difference it means that your body can do a much better job of cooling itself than you might expect. Your body sweats, it very quickly evaporates and you are nowhere near as aware of the heat as you would think. As others have said, bring plenty to drink--although since you ...


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Sounds like you just want a list of more 21+ (not child type of guides) travel guides. I'm 27 and I understand what you're getting into. I've been to Vegas a lot for conventions (photography more specifically). Last time i was there was '09. Vegas grows so fast. There are already new hotels sprouting when I was there, like Aria (newest hotel / condo / loft / ...


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The town has been founded by the church of Jesus-Christ of latter day saints. You can visit their temples there. They'll certainly tell you how not to sin in Sin City.


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I am bit confused because you say "visiting las vegas" and "we don't want it to be to much of a tourist thing". Las Vegas is a tourist thing. If you want to get drunk then visit the Hooters opposite the MGM. You find a lot of people handling out flyers for strip clubs on the main street (The Strip), and there is a place where you rent a ferrari or lambo ...


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You may want to look into buying clothing specifically marketed as keeping you cool. I regularly ride my bike 15 km in 30 C heat. In a white cotton tshirt, sweat runs down my arms and I have trouble gripping the handlebars. In a long sleeved "performance " shirt I feel much cooler (even in a dark blue one) and sweat far less. I also drink less water in those ...


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I have a few suggestions for you: Go to the BlizzCon 2011 in Anaheim, only 60 km away from LA. There you can take a look at Diablo 3 and you could use collect some fancy gifts from Blizzard. Go to the Atomic Testing Museum. I was never there, but a friend of mine really recommends it. And according to the homepage it sounds quite interesting. I don't know ...


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The Penn & Teller magic show is awesome, as are many other shows. Penn & Teller is generally free of gratuitous flesh and they have a strong libertarian philosophical bent they weave into the show. Vegas also has a number of places where you can go and rent really large guns, like fully automatic things and even I think grenade launchers, and shoot ...


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I'm resident in Canada and occasionally travel to Dubai to visit my parents. I am in Dubai right now and it was 44 degrees Celsius this afternoon. Note that I am used to wearing shorts even when it is lower than 0 Celsius while in Canada. Here is what I have for you: Clothing Absolutely avoid long sleeved clothing Wear shorts instead of jeans or other ...


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Not a problem! For the sheer visual spectacle,a walk down the strip from end to end is an amazing experience. Many of the themed hotels have shows of sorts outside - Treasure Island has a pirate battle every hour, Mirage has an erupting volcano, and the dancing fountains at the Bellagio are world famous! Each of the big hotels has amazing dining and ...


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A list of things to see would make your question offtopic, so I'll tell you how Vegas works and let you make your own list. First, Vegas is the most internet aware destination I have ever visited. Everything you need to know is on the web. Second, tons of stuff is free, offered in the hope that you'll gamble at the casino that offers it. Third, the ...


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Generally there is no strict dress code on the casino floors (within reason), so Jeans and T-Shirt would be just fine. There is a blog entry on the subject from Las Vegas Direct and also on TripAdvisor. There is also a somewhat decent FAQ regarding age restrictions. If you get into an exclusive area where stakes are rather large you might be required to ...


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We are Vegas locals, and love hiking. If you are going to hike in the hills, take tons of fluids. More than you think. Only because running out, cuts the fun short. Consider a hike in Mt Charleston. 20-30 degrees F cooler than downtown. Also consider hiking in Red Rock Ice Box Canyon (hint, hint -- the name). We like to trail run in the evening, after ...


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The Hoover Dam is nearby, there's also fairly expensive helicopter rides over the city.


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In addition to the casino rounds, food, Grand Canyon day trip and other entertainment, don't miss out on the Cirque Du Soleil shows in Vegas. Expensive, but if you are making a 'once-in-a-lifetime' trip, you can't afford to miss these. I would recommend O at the Bellagio and/or Ka at MGM


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Been there! It is a really nice exhibition; but i would have expected a bit more to see. It's not scary at all, more exiting and entertaining in a '1950's amazement' kind of way. You wont see any "death and destruction" there, the worst thing is probably the Declassified U.S. Nuclear Test Film #55. I think the science part falls a bit to short; but it is ...


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As you've probably already discovered, the normal place to visit the Grand Canyon when coming from Las Vegas is the "South Rim", which is about 4 1/2 hours drive (each way!) from Vegas. Although the Grand Canyon (and the Grand Canyon National Park) does extend almost 100 miles further west of the "South Rim", there are no suitable roads that allow access to ...


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From Kate's first link: International marriage information: Couples from outside the United States can be married in Las Vegas. Most countries will want a certified copy of your marriage certificate and an Apostille from the Nevada Secretary of State. The marriage certificate costs $10 and the Apostille costs $20. The Nevada Secretary of State can send the ...


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While I think Kate's answer is probably as good as you are going to get, I use a very different technique: I walk everywhere - the Strip is only a few miles long so it is easy to walk from one end to the other. I generally see where I am at a particular time, then google for what is on soon in that location. There is so much to see that this generally ...


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Don't think you can walk at your normal pace when it's much hotter than you're used to. Take it easy and allow longer than you think it'll take to walk anywhere. Force yourself to walk more slowly any time you catch yourself going quickly.


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Booking.com has "District" as one of the filter criteria on the left hand side of your search result. When searching for hotels in Vegas, "Las Vegas Strip" shows up as a district. Selecting that seems to* reduce the results to exactly what you are looking for. * At a glance all the hotels seem to be on the strip, but Booking.com's definition of the Strip ...


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Some of these might be out of date, but the asylum.com has this list of top ten cigar bars in Las Vegas from 2010: Carmine's Little Italy Sport & Cigar Lounge Havana Club Cigar Lounge Andre's Monte Carlo Casa Fuente Fontana Bar Rhumbar Nine Fine Irishmen Baccarat Bar VooDoo Steak & Lounge Dino's Lounge


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Speaking as someone with similar interests as yourself: 1) Best geek thing to do in Vegas: learn to count cards at blackjack, play poker, or other forms of advantage play. Very few gamblers believe there is anything to learn about gambling, and so it's possible for geeks to learn how to maximize their gambling experience. Poker is the easiest game to become ...


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There are a lot of big shows here. Beware that some are topless and others are usually topless but with some covered performances. Depending on your interests Red Rock Canyon and Valley of Fire might be interesting. I found the Hoover Dam tour interesting.


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Hydrate and cover your head, yes. Lightweight clothing, yes within reason but not gossamer see-through stuff. Colour is less of a big deal than you might expect but all else being equal you'll be a bit warmer in darker clothing, so avoid it. karancan already mentions sunscreen. I find that sunburn is orders of magnitude more uncomfortable than just missing ...


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At the very least, you can drive around it, and walk over it. Along the top of the dam is a walkway, spanning the width of the river it holds back. The views are pretty great, and you get a sense of size and scale. Look over the edge down the front of the dam - it's bigger than you can fathom. It's also possible to walk around and up a bit of the bank on ...


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Generally speaking (although there may well be exceptional circumstances) this is not done practice. Some car rental firms may allow you to partially pay in cash at the end of the rental period, if no damage has been done to the vehicle, but this is not the preferred method of payment. A credit/debit card is required, for the purposes of any damage incurred, ...


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There does appear to be an issue with renting hotel rooms if you are 18-21. Hotels are allowed discretion, so you can get turned away and have no recourse. However this page indicates some alternate ways of getting accommodation. Some hotels will be OK, and Youth Hostels and Bed and Breakfasts are more likely to be accepting. It's best to phone in advance to ...



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