I had a nice time in Las Vegas in late February (21st to the 28th). The resort, Tahiti Village, was very nice, and I saw a lot. Also came away with some suggestions. Perhaps you can benefit from these random thoughts.
1. Take along 1st class stamps. You’re bound to find larger post cards, especially in the resorts. Those require 1st class postage. Perhaps your resort has some on hand to sell (mine was out on that particular day). If that’s the case, and you can’t wait until they restock, you’re forced to go searching. The post office is somewhere on the east side of town, so I headed to the Strip for an alternative.
One hotel, whose name escapes me, sells stamps through a small vending-like machine. They charge $2 for two stamps. Now, I realize that I shouldn’t quibble about prices while in Vegas, but I found that intolerable. I needed five stamps, so I moved on.
Last month I decided to take a vacation. My goal was to escape to someplace warm in the United States. I eventually settled on Las Vegas, mostly because I scored a great deal on a resort. Because this was essentially my first trip to Las Vegas, planning for it has been an experience. I’d like to share with you what I’ve learned so far.
This column is by no means comprehensive. It recaps what I have accomplished so far. By design, it’s aimed at newbies like me.
What to see in Las Vegas
Where do you begin? Good question. A lot depends on how much time you have and your budget. I should mention that my focus is on the Strip and points close by. I enjoy walking, and hoped to do most of my sightseeing by foot. More on that in a bit.
If you like stage shows and music, Branson, Mo., should be on your itinerary. With hundreds of shows and concerts to choose from, you’re bound to find several great programs. Genres cover the gamut: oldies, jazz, pop, country/western and contemporary. Some of the major bands and names that play Branson regularly include Neil Sedaka, Oak Ridge Boys, Rick Springfield and The Statler Brothers.
Branson has offered fine entertainment for more than 30 years. Mel Tillis, Ray Stevens, Glen Campbell and Bobby Vinton, among others, have opened their own theaters. The community is known by some as the “music capital of the world.” But there’s more to Branson than the fine shows.
What to do in Palm Springs
With more than 350 days of sunshine each year, Palm Springs, Calif., lives up to its claim to “fun in the sun year round.” Although the city is known as a playground for Hollywood celebrities, the area where Palm Springs was founded offers a rich cultural history.
This part of California, at the base of the San Jacinto Mountains, is the ancestral home of the Agua Caliente band of Cahuilla Indians. The city has done a nice job of preserving the atmosphere and culture of the native peoples.
Palm Spring offers a wealth of contemporary activities for you to enjoy as well. The late Sono Bono, who served as mayor of Palm Springs for four years, was instrumental in starting the Palm Springs International Film Festival. The city also claims to be the center of Desert Modernism. Melding sleek lines into the natural backdrop on the Coachella Valley, this style evokes elegance and informality, while accounting for the desert’s intense climate.