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I have spent a couple of short vacations in Las Vegas, touring the area during the day, having dinner and people watching in the evening. I have never encountered a requirement to gamble. What you will face is an extremely sophisticated system for encouraging gambling, and encouraging losing more money than you intend. You will not get from your room to a ...


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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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Nevada criminal law is that minors may not: Loiter, or be permitted to loiter, in or about any room or premises wherein any licensed game, race book, sports pool or pari-mutuel wagering is operated or conducted. As the Caesar's chain puts it: Minors are not allowed to stand next to slot machines or table games, but they may walk through the casino. ...


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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 t-shirt and jeans, feeling under-dressed until I saw the tourists in their t-shirt 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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There is no obligation to gamble and the audit/reconciliation of guests would be a nightmare if there were. Gamble as little as you want or nothing at all. High rollers on "comps" may have different arrangements but these are worked out in advance. As a standard guest you have nothing to worry about.


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It's more likely the former. The casino's own policy can of course be more cautious than legally required; they could even have a policy requiring them to card everyone if they wanted to. The general principle is "better safe than sorry": If they card someone of legal age, there are essentially no consequences, but if they fail to card someone who is ...


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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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I was not in Las Vegas in itself, but in Reno a long time ago which is also a gambling city. Hotels are, as you already indicated, very cheap. While you have absolutely no obligation to gamble and you will not be even bothered if you are not interested, gambling cities and hotels have a strong commitment that you should gamble and increase the recklessness ...


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You will find it difficult to reserve a hotel room in Las Vegas if you are 18–21, and it is next to impossible to reserve a room in your own name if you are under 18 anywhere in the U.S. Vegas.com, the site operated by the tourism bureau, is not comprehensive, but includes minimum age requirements and seems to be reasonably reliable. The only hotel it lists ...


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Here is a link to a good site that compares costs and times of different modes of travel between different places. It doesn't always know about every single special offer, but it's very good at giving a general view of pricing and time. As you can see, in your case (and not considering dates) You can fly for around $200 taking 8 hours You can take train ...


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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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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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Once he exits Customs, he'll simply need to take an elevator upstairs to Level 2 and either recheck his bags at Frontier's ticketing counter, or proceed directly to the security checkpoint if he has no bags to check. All of these steps will occur within Terminal 3. Once he has passed through the security checkpoint, straight ahead he'll see some escalators ...


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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 too short, but it is ...


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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 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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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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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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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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Judging by Google maps (and street view) it looks feasible during the day, though there appear to be no sidewalks in the section between the terminal building and Paradise road. You would not be the first, if you see this view. That said, it does not look like a very pleasant walk and might not be wise after dark. The 108 bus will bypass the part without ...


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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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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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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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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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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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Having managed hotels for Hilton I can honestly tell you it varies depending on a number of factors including the room type (Kings, Doubles, Suites), day of the week, how booked the hotel is, as well as events that may or may not be going on. Hotels with good management will know in advance when all the big events are so they have the higher rates set over a ...


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There is a cascading "better-safe-than-sorry" effect. The law was originally 18-year-olds were too immature to play (or drink or whatever) But there are immature 20-year-olds too, so better-safe-than-sorry, the law was changed to 21. The corporations told their managers to ID anyone who looked under 21. But there are 20-year-olds who look 22, so better-...


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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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"Incidentals" are the subject heading under which hotels typically put everything other than the basic rate plus taxes you're paying for your room. Depending on your rate and the location, this might include in-room phone calls, orders from the TV/on demand Entertainment system, room service, the mini-bar and any dining at the hotel and charging it to your ...


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