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Some possibly very helpful links and ideas for fun, food, shows, outdoor activities and more..
I am not responsible if you have issues with things listed here...I don't get kickbacks or anything for these links...I did it for you! :-) to make your life easier!

Restaurant searches
a listing of popular las vegas restaurants


google search Las Vegas Steak

The Steakhouse @ Circus Circus $$$-$$$$ locals fave for 30 years + an old school steakhouse

S W steakhouse @ Wynn $$$$

Charlie Palmer Steak @ The Four Seasons, attached to Mandalay Bay $$$$-$$$$$

Smith and Wollesnkys (next to MGM)

Top of the World Restaurant Stratosphere

Steakhouses just off the strip

Gold Coast Casino CORTEX ROOM
least expensive steak near the strip $$
King Crab $28 ~ Filet Mignon $30
all the Side dishes are only $5

Lawry's Prime Rib, Las Vegas, off Flamingo rd $$$

Micro Breweries 

Gordon Biersch Micro Brewery / Restaurant, on Paradise Rd $$

Ellis Island Casino (behind Ballys) DINING link
the BBQ restaurant $ opens @ 4pm 
and is the best deal in Vegas
Microbrews!!!! brewed onsite
$10 - $13 for 1/2 of a bbq chicken, (or 1/2 a rib rack)
2 corn on the cobs, coleslaw, baked beans...texas toast
$14 gets you 1/2 chicken and a half rack ribs...YUM! super fast service there...but MESSSY so not good for wedding day! lol eat it with your hands
a locals favorite for 20+ years
sign up for players club card to get the cheapest prices...(PCC)

the Ellis Island Cafe $ has steak specials for like $8

Triple 7 @ Main Street Casino 
(miscro brewery downtown Vegas)

Chicago Brewing Co 
inside of Four Queens hotel Fremont Street



D B Brasserie @ Venetian ~ website
~ (menu with prices)

Paris Eiffel tower Restaurant website
great views of Bellagio fountains $$$ 

Bardot Brasserie @ Aria Chef Michael Mina website

Hugos Cellar Downtown Fremont Street
(an Old School Vegas experience)

Lounges ~ Drink ~ booze ~ nibbles
with KILLER VIEWS!!!!!!!!!!

Skyfall Lounge Delano (attached to Mandalay Bay)
some of the best views of the strip

@ Mandalay Bay  a cool place plus kiler views!



Redrock Canyon
BLM ran recreation area, red sandstone cliffs and vistas, the BLM charges a small fee for entry...bring hiking shoes and water, munchies, sunscreen, hat etc
take Charleston Blvd from the strip / I-15 hwy area...west for about 14 miles to get to RedRock Canyon and the visitors loop road 
or take Blue Diamond Road west also about 14 miles
BLM website for RedRock

RedRock Canyon Interpretive Assoc website


MANDALAY BAY restaurants

ARIA restaurants

BELLAGIO Restaurants

WYNN restaurants

CAESARS restaurants

COSMOPOLITAN restaurants

PARIS hotel restaurants

VENETIAN hotel restaurants


Neon Museum / neon  boneyard
the Neon Museum charges about $20 per person for a regular walking tour (bring your camera) 
to do a professional photo shoot there they charge $200 for a 1/2  hour (north gallery)

click their CALENDAR 
for list of upcoming bands and entertainment
sometimes they have B level bands has-been bands playing FREE  Fridays and Saturdays are best!

FREMONT EAST (Pub crawl!)
loads of low priced pubs and kitchey hipster bars
nighlife and live music local bands
= $3 to $6 for drinks

Container Park (shopping)
a Shopping plaza made from shipping containers!

Misc other sites / Shows / 
Half Price Show Tickets etc
Check the Sunrise and sunset times, dusk tc for any location any time of te year! 
Handy for photography and weddings

Half Price show tickets Las Vegas


Maggiano's Little Italy
Las Vegas location website / info

a newly popular spot is Carmines
Caesars forum shops (italian) 

LUPO by Wolfgang Puck @ Mandalay Bay

Buca Di Beppo @ Excalibur
Italian family style dining

Battista's Hole in the wall
(italian family style dining) just off the strip 1/2 a block next to Ballys behind flamingo hotel on flamingo rd ($29-$40 per plate)



Eldorado Canyon Tours Horse / Heli / Kayak

Nelsons Landing great pics here

Techatticup Mine / Tour and old western ghost town buildings.....a fun and interesting place to visit, see some old 1800s buildings, old cars and trucks from the 30s and 40s, rent a canoe or kayak, tour the mine....great for pictures! Fun for kids and adults..about 45 miles and minutes from Las Vegas near Boulder City
Bing images pictures of Old Eldorado Mining Town

Ghostowns.coms version of 
Eldorado Canyon & Nelsons Landing

GOOGLE MAP directions to Nelson/Mine!

Hoover Dam
US Dept of the Interior / Hoover Dam website

Lake Mead National Recreation Area

Valley of Fire State Park pictures of Valley of Fire
Hiking, photo ops, climbing, petroglyphs, buy fireworks at the indian store, scenic vistas, picnic, about 75 miles north of Las Vegas strip off  I-15 highway north

Mount Charleston...11,900 foot tall mountain, pine trees, squrrels, hummingbirds, deer and more...hiking, a couple restaurants and lodges, trails etc...45 minutes from the Strip. FRESH AIR! and cool summer temps
Google MAP directions to Mount Charleston

GREAT SHOWS that I have personally seen and can say YES they are great!

"O" Cirque Du Soliel @ Bellagio (water show)

Beatles "LOVE"  @ Mirage
(Beatles music, Cirque Du Soliel)

Blue Man Group @ Monte Carlo Casino Las Vegas

KA  @ MGM Grand (circque du soliel )

Penn & Teller @ RIO

Mystere @ Treasure Island TI  (circque du soliel )

there are ALOT of restaurants...alot....million choices....
mebbe some of these links will help you
depends how much you want to spend and
what kind of food you prefer...
what atmosphere you want etc....

everything from buffets of course, Italian restaurant, 
5 star steak houses, sushi bars, crab and seafood places....tapas, indian food, 
french restaurants, ones with killer views, 
outdoor eateries along the strip....

the Town Square Mall is on the south side of 
Vegas closer to your hotel, has lots of nice restaurants
Town Square Mall on LV Blvd Restaurants
(south of theWelcome to LasVegas sign) BRIO is one of the more popular italian restaurants there

Cheap Eats -  GOOD FOOD - why go broke eating on the strip eat a little bit off the strip and save!!!! 

Orleans Casino - Prime Rib Loft ($15-20) / Buffet / Cafe   2 Blocks WEST of the strip, on tropicana cross the I-15 freeway on trop west to Orleans about 1 1/2 miles from strip

Gold Coast Casino - Cortez Room (steaks Prime Rib $15-35) -

also there's a TGI fridays / Buffet etc one block west of the strip over the I-15 freeway...on Flamingo across from the RIO 1 mile from strip

Another idea for a low priced recepetion is make reservations at a
Casino BUFFET for 10 to 80 people etc...
it's a cheap alternative to a reception hall or fancy restaurant, buffet prices in Vegas range from $10 to $40 per person
great for a mixed crowd (vegetarians and carnivores alike)

Firefly Tapas Restaurant
they also do wedding catering and banquets, near the Vegas strip on Paradise Rd between 
Tropicana rd and Flamingo rd

This is where vegasphotoman lives PAHRUMP NV 

also home to
Art Bell radio personality (founded coast to coast am) paranormal radio show and author, 
Art is my next door neighbor...50 feet away
the D.C. Madame (Heidi Fliess
Reba Macintyre has a ranch here
Road manager for Van Halen has a ranch here
Ronald Wayne third co-founder of Apple Computer, lives here
Ted Binion (rip) was murdered over his silver cache here in Pahrump, this is where he lived as well.
Michael Jackson (rip) had an estate ranch here with his 3 kids for several years until he died

Sanders Family Winery
located in Pahrump NV 55 miles from the Las Vegas strip via I-160 (blue diamond rd on south end of Vegas near silverton casino)
Free wine tasting, food and winery tours, weddings and receptions as well, corporate of only 2 NV winery's, inexpensive especially when compared tp Napa or Temecula Calif winerys

as written by the NY Times full story here
"PAHRUMP, Nev. — On rare occasions, when a brave — or foolish — local official here proposes banning firearms from government buildings or meetings, he is met with howls of protests by sidearm-wearing residents who pack public hearings. Shocked tourists on the way to Death Valley periodically call the local sheriff’s office to report someone wearing a pistol in plain view. That is their right, they are told. "

Nye County NV
"Unincorporated ... to be sure — where many folks have little need for much government, whether manifested by permits, stop signs, gun regulations or anything that would threaten Pahrump’s brothels. That goes for surrounding Nye County as well, which is more than twice the size of New Jersey but is home to only 44,000 residents, mostly in Pahrump."

"This is the heart of Ron Paul country, the one county in Nevada that the 76-year-old congressman from Texas carried in the 2008 Republican caucuses, and a place that wears its libertarianism proudly. "

Many times you will walk ito Walmart or Home Depot in Pahrump and a resident will be carrying a pisol or sidearm open carry...many also have concealed carry permits and DO carry often... it is our RIGHT.... that being said crime rates in Pahrump are extremely low...:-) and yes you can buy a gun or guns with just your Nye county drivers license and a FBI/ATF background check

the Heart of freedom in America is Pahrump NV,  wild west...
oh yeah...
Pahrump Valley Winery

Visit Pahrump Valley Winery
for a free wine tasting, steak dinners and gourmet food...great prices...56 miles from the Las Vegas strip, take I-15 south to Blue Diamond exit, take blue diamond rd / highway 160 for 55 miles to the corner of Homestead road, make a right go 2 blocks to Winery. They also host weddings, receptions and groups
NV winery (grapes gown in NV wine made at this location) $12 on up for bottles of award winning wine...
Symphony's Restaurant @ the P.V. winery
Open for Lunch and Dinner $12 on up steak dinners are like $25-$35 very reasonable!

Lake Mead, Hoover Dam
Paddlewheel boat tour
A large paddlewheel boat that takes passengers on a mellow tour of the lake on the way to a vista view of Hoover dam... a smooth ride, beer and sodas etc Dinner tours available, about a 1 1/2 hour ride $25 adults $13 children

Lake Mead Boat Rentals &
Jet-ski Rentals 
$50 per hour for a pontoon boat, $300 full day
 $400 full day for ski boat
$250 1/2 day jetski $400 full day jetski
call ahead and arrive early, 1rst come 1rst serve on rentals

SKIWI rentals
(tow the skis to lake behind YOUR car)

Drive to the grand canyon 
National Park service Grand Canyon website
4 1/2 hours each way 7200 ft elevation bring a jacket and your pass by hoover dam on the way...scenic and fun a MUST DO for some
Shoot a real machine gun
THE GUN STORE@ Trop and Eastern
Shoot a SAW assualt weapon / Thompson Sub Machine Gun etc
Hemenway Harbor @ Lake Mead
feed 100s of carp and stripers bread crumbs and see a flurry of fish....check out the boats....lake and a boat or jetski too
Snakes that may be found in the Mojave Desert
Chances are you WONT ever see a snake...I've only seen 3 in 25 years! and I hike alot, off road, and live on acreage...while clearing brush piles recently I seen one.
Mojave Desert Snake List and pics
Pink Jeep Tours
for groups, corporate groups, families, tours of RedRock Canyon, Eldorado Canyon, Grand Canyon
Hoover Dam, Valley of Fire etc...
they also cater to weddings
about $90 to $250 per person depending on tour 
Nevada Day trips
US forest service Hiking in NV Info Links etc
Spring Mountains National Recreation Area website listing the campgrounds and info for Mount Charleston website
Houseboat Rentals on Lake Mead
50 to 75 footers for rent.....
bring beer, sodas, food and your pals!
Go Horsback riding at RedRock Canyon
about $70-$139 per person packages...1 hour -2 hours
Take a Helicopter to the 
West rim of the Grand Canyon
3-4 hours roundtrip  about $400 per person
Drive to the South Rim of the Grand Canyon 
a 4-5  hour drive each way..
spend the night in Flagstaff AZ 
click for google map showing route
Visit Death Valley (best not to go in summer!)
ZION National Park Utah...only 2 1/2 hour drive
spectacular scenery and good summer or winter!