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Las Vegas: Things to do and see

Thursday, December 29, 2005

Helicopter flight

First off, Ben took a Papillon Grand Canyon Helicopters Vegas Neon Light tour.

Their 12-minute "round-the-world" flight in a jet-helicopter takes in the New York-New York skyline, Bellagio's fantastic fountains, the Eiffel Tower of Paris, Venice's St Mark's Square, the Pyramid of Luxor, the Roman Empire of Caesar, the towering 350-metre Stratosphere and back over the Downtown Glitter Gulch where it all began.

Limousine ride

Natalie and Jules decided to take a limousine along the world's most famous five kilometres of bitumen. It's hard to imagine that there's a wedding every five minutes and a jackpot goes off every five seconds in such a small area. The town is packed with limousines, some as long as buses, most complete with telephone, cocktail bar, plasma screen television, all shuttling people between hotels and casinos.

They took a Limo Ride and Line Slide package. You drive to your choice of club in style and slide right past the queues, straight inside for a night of fun.

The company has many tours and the limo ride and club entry incorporates the two most popular requests. They ensure high-quality customer satisfaction — if they aren't sure of what goes on in a club, they won't host their customers there.

Big boys' toys

David, Ben and Jules decided to check out some of the less obvious attractions in Las Vegas.

David headed to Royal Links Golf Course, one of 60 courses in Las Vegas. Its 18 holes were inspired by legendary holes of 11 courses where the British Open has been played. They were selected for how well they represent the spirit of golf in its birthplace.

Tiger Woods went around the par 72 course in 67 in 2001 and that record still stands.

Amenities include an excellent pro shop and golf shop stocked with good brands of clothing and the English-style Stymie's Pub.

Ben decided to head to the Sahara Hotel and Casino to check out their 400-seat NASCAR Café. It's not just for your dining pleasure — it exudes excitement. Giant projection television screens feature NASCAR races, the latest news and authentic merchandise. There are 20 authentic NASCAR stock cars, the Carzilla Bar, the world's largest stock car and a rollercoaster which reaches 110km/hr.

The Pit Pass Arcade has the latest racing and other video games and fully-stocked redemption centre.

Jules went for something really different. He visited America's first vertical wind tunnel where you can break the bonds of gravity and body fly.

First you see a training video, then ask some questions before being suited up. Many sport skydivers, competition teams and military units use this as a training resource. No experience is necessary — they will teach you all you need to know to body fly!

Wynn Steve Wynn is the king of Las Vegas. He arrived with a vision in 1967 when the town was becoming seedy. He wanted a place that was not just for gamblers, but could be enjoyed by families and those wanting other sorts of entertainment.

He opened The Mirage in 1989 and that was the beginning of the city's renaissance. A 16-metre volcano and coral reef complete with bottlenose dolphins got imaginations going. In 1998 he opened the Bellagio, a grand homage to Italy.

In 2000, he sold all his casinos and reinvented himself with The Wynn Vegas. It cost $US2.7 billion and covers three square kilometres. The towering 50-storey building is a copper-coloured wedge on 88 hectares of the northern end of the Strip. It has 2700 rooms, 18 restaurants, two theatres, an artificial mountain and lake, 1960 poker machines, an 18-hole golf course, two ballrooms, enormous spa and fitness centre, topiary gardens and museum with priceless works of art from the Wynn personal collection. There are 31 boutiques, five pools, two wedding chapels and a Ferrari and Maserati dealership.

There are two fantastic shows to be seen in the property's magnificent theatres. Avenue Q is a Tony Award winner about making it in New York. Le Rêve, in the domed theatre, is an aquatic spectacular with no seat more than 12 metres from the action.


Natalie checks out the pools — not an easy thing to do, as every hotel has multiple pools, each trying to outdo the other. Her number one choice was Bugsy Siegel's original pool at The Flamingo. It's oval-shaped and surrounded by tropical gardens. Three other pools have been added since the hotel opened.

Nat's second choice was Skins, the pool at The Palms. Pool by day and club by night, the lavender-shaded area has private cabanas with hammocks, water lounges, areas of sand and grass, two bars, massage tables and outdoor blackjack tables!

All pools have food and drink service and are frequented by hoards of tanned people who appear to not indulge in too much of either.


Nevada in the US.


Papillon Grand Canyon Helicopters Vegas Neon Light tour is around $120 per person. limousine, dinner, VIP nightclub entry and drinks costs about $265 per person. Limousine and VIP nightclub access, excluding drinks, is around $105 per person.
Royal Links Golf Club starts at around $165 per person for 18 holes.
NASCAR Café day passes are about $20.
Flyaway Indoor Skydiving is around $85 for a single flight.
Wynn Las Vegas rooms start at around $400 a night.

Please note that the prices listed are valid at the time of filming.

More information

Papillon Grand Canyon Helicopters
3900 Paradise Road, Suite 151
Las Vegas NV 89109
Ph: 0011 1 702 731 3311
Fax: 0011 1 702 736 6342
Ph: 0011 1 877 862 3847

Royal Links Golf Club
5995 East Vegas Valley
Las Vegas NV 89142
Ph: 0011 1 888 777 7917

Sahara Hotel and Casino
Las Vegas Boulevard South
Las Vegas NV 89109
Ph: 0011 1 702 279 4345

Flyaway Indoor Skydiving
200 Convention Centre Drive
Las Vegas NV
Ph: 0011 1 877 545 8093

Wynn Las Vegas
3131 Las Vegas Boulevard South
Las Vegas NV 89109
Ph: 0011 1 702 770 7000

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