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Planning a short break to Las Vegas? Check out Travel Library's recommended Top 10 Things To Do in Las Vegas. It's a perfect companion for weekend city breaks to Las Vegas. Once you've been you can add your own tips and suggestions to help other visitors.

Caesar’s Palace

Who has not heard of Caesar’s Palace, home of the smoothies, stamping ground of the big time rollers, and ultimate gambling Mecca. With an annual net revenue of $4.5 billion, there must be something they are doing right, and it is your choice to spend your entire break playing at the different tables, or check out some of the other attractions of Las Vegas and its environs.

For information contact Caesars Entertainment, Inc., 3930 Howard Hughes Parkway, Las Vegas, Nevada 89109-0943, phone 702.699.5000, fax 702.699.5288

For more information visit - www.caesars.com

Red Rock Canyon

If you have spent enough time at the blackjack tables, and feel the need for a few lungful’s of fresh air, drive out to Red Rock Canyon, less than an hour from Las Vegas. The dramatic geological features of this area reveal the effects of a two of the earth’s crustal plates colliding with unimaginable force about 65 million years ago. Red Rock Canyon is a good place for climbing or hiking, and has picnic sites, where you can enjoy a break while gazing over views of wooded canyons and great stretches of the desert.

Go to www.desertusa.com/redrock/index.html for information.

Bonnie Springs Ranch

Half and hour drive from glittering Las Vegas, Old Nevada still lives. With tumbleweeds, stagecoaches, and saloons, Bonnie Springs Old Nevada is the epitome of John Wayne country. There are great attractions here for children as well, with a petting zoo, miniature train, and cowboys and cowgirls galore.

For a look at all it offers take a trip to 1 Gunfighter Lane, Blue Diamond, Nevada 89004, by following Charleston Blvd West for 25 miles, 6 miles past the Red Rock Visitor Center. Or go to www.bonniesprings.com/

CCSN Planetarium

Located in the Community College of Southern Nevada, 3200 E. Cheyenne Avenue, North Las Vegas, NV 89030-4296, the live feature “Sky Watch” shows celestial happenings in the night sky.

For more information go to www.ccsn.nevada.edu/planetarium/

Liberace Museum

Located at 1775 East Tropicana Avenue (at Spencer), Las Vegas, Nevada 89119-6529. The absolute extravagance and lavish overindulgence of this brilliant entertainer glitters and shines in a dazzling display of cars, costumes, and piano’s that Liberace used in his shows.

Take a preview of his museum by going to www.liberace.com/museum.cfm

Cirque Du Soleil

The brilliant colours and dreamlike quality of Cirque Du Soleil’s ‘Mystere’ is presented at Treasure Island Hotel and Casino. For a show like no other, and featuring an international cast of acrobats, dancers, musicians and singers, and of course, that clown, the production has been awarded the "Las Vegas' Best Production Show" eight times.

To see more about this and other avant garde productions by Cirque du Soleil in Las Vegas go to www.lasvegas-nv.com/cirque-du-soleil.htm

Mirage Hotel Las Vegas Dolphin Habitat

Located at the Mirage Hotel, 3400 S. Las Vegas Blvd., Las Vegas, NV 89109, the Dolphin Habitat is where a family of Atlantic bottlenose dolphins live in a 2.5-million-gallon replication of their natural environment, and exhibit their natural behaviour. The habitat is also a site for scientific research and offer educational programs for students.

For a preview of this and other attraction at the Mirage Hotel, go to www.themirage.com/pages/frameset_noflash.asp

The Desperado

Located at 31900 S. Las Vegas Blvd., Primm, NV 89019-9119, and currently the highest roller coaster in North America, with a stomach-churning 225-foot drop, the Desperado is a thrill-packed ride that takes you to the edge of sanity as it barrels along its twisting, climbing, diving, 6,000 feet of track at speeds of about 80 mph.

For more information go to www.vegas.com/attractions/outside_lasvegas/desperado.html?f=m0at&t=outvegas

Dancing Fountain at the Bellagio

Located at Bellagio Hotel, 3600 S. Las Vegas Blvd., Las Vegas, NV 89109, these world famous fountains dance to music that is as magical as is their display. The breathtaking spectacle of water, music and light can be seen from Monday to Friday, 3.00 p.m. – 7.00 p.m, and Saturday & Sunday, 12.00 p.m. – 7.00 p.m.

For more information email guestservices@bellagiolasvegas.com, or go to www.bellagio.com/pages/frameset_noflash.asp to see what other attractions this magnificent hotel has to offer.

Professional Bull Riders World Finals

Every year cowboys convene in Las Vegas in October to decide just who is the champion of champions at riding bulls. The two weeks of the championships also include golf tournaments, a fashion show, live entertainment, and a host of other events.

For more information phone 719 471 3008, fax 719 471 4712,

email admin@pbrnow.com, or go to www.pbrnow.com

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Midway at Excalibur - Children

The Midway at Excalibur Hotel Las Vegas is a great stop if you have kids. Called the Fantasy Faire, you can play classic and new carnival games for tickets and then redeem for prizes. An hour or two is just about right for this attraction and there's a food court with McDonald's and Pizza Hut for inexpensive dining. I prefer Excalibur's arcade to Circus Circus because it's a little less crowded and the layout makes it easier to watch your kids!

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