Best bets from your local chairmen

By: Michael Thomas, MD, and Michael Bradford, MD

By Michael Thomas, MD, and Michael Bradford, MD

Your time in Las Vegas is winding down. But there’s still plenty of time to take advantage of these “best bets” for dining, sightseeing, shows, and show-stoppers. Enjoy fabulous Las Vegas!

Sights not to miss

Valley of Fire State Park—Nevada’s oldest and largest state park. Bring your camera and take your holiday card photo against the colorful rock formations! About 55 miles from the Strip.

Mt. Charleston—Famous for its hiking trails, skiing, and snowboarding; call to check conditions. This is a good place to remember if you return to Las Vegas in the summer because Mt. Charleston is always cooler than the Las Vegas valley. About 45 minutes from the Strip.

The roller coaster at New York, New York

Places to eat

For something exotic, try Lotus of Siam (Thai food; 953 E. Sahara Ave.), Habib’s Persian Cuisine (4750 W. Sahara), Ali Baba (come for the dancing as well as the food on Friday and Saturday; 8826 S. Eastern Ave.), or Top of the World (the Stratosphere’s revolving restaurant 800’ above the Strip with magnificent views; schedule your table before sunset and watch Las Vegas come to light; call (702) 380-7711.)

Family fun

The Circus Circus Adventuredome features rides and amusements. At New York, New York, ride the roller coaster (fee and height restrictions). Siegfried & Roy’s Secret Garden and Dolphin Habitat at the Mirage will bring you face to face with white lions, white tigers, and Atlantic bottlenose dolphins. For some old-fashioned fun, try bowling at the Red Rock Casino, the Orleans Casino, or the Rio Casino.

What the locals know

  • For one-stop shopping, the Forum Shops at Caesar’s Palace range from mid-price to high-end. For name-brand shopping discounts, try Las Vegas Premium Outlets at 875 S. Grand Central Parkway.
  • Valet parking is free just about everywhere, but tips are de rigueur.
  • It’s a desert, so drink plenty of water to keep hydrated.
  • Gambling is entertainment. Pick a game that’s fun for you, set a limit, and walk away amused.