Additionally, my wife has some specific
dietary needs. Las Vegas may not be what you
first think of when it comes to health food,
but we were delighted to discover in our
research that there would be a national
organic grocery store just minutes down the
Strip from our hotel, as well as several vegetarian and raw-food restaurants nearby.
Entertainment. As far as I’m concerned, you could just say “Cirque du Soleil”
and stop there. The small troupe from
Quebec has grown into an entertainment
behemoth in Las Vegas, with several permanent shows at specially created hotel theaters
up and down the Strip.
Not everyone in the group shared my
affinity for Cirque, but that was no matter—
the options are so widespread that each person was able to find something appealing.
For the art lovers, there was an Andy
Warhol exhibit and a presentation of Richard
MacDonald’s fantastic sculptures. In downtown Las Vegas, the Smith Center for the
Performing Arts offered performances by the
Las Vegas Philharmonic and the Nevada
Ballet, as well as touring attractions. There
were Broadway-caliber productions, big-name entertainment and more.
Some of us dared to view the “Bodies”
exhibit, which displayed the human form in
minute detail. My nephews showed their
capacities for late-night endurance by hitting
a Tiësto DJ show and dancing the night away.
Young kids are more than happy to spend the
day at any one of the gazillion (that’s one
gazillion) hotel pools or visit the M&M candy
store, the Discovery Children’s Museum, Wet
’n’ Wild amusement park and plenty more.
Had we more time, we would have
visited the new Mob
Museum, which has gar-
nered rave reviews, as well as
the Neon Museum Las Vegas,
where visitors get to see classic
neon signage from a bygone
era up close.
Outdoors, it’s hard to
overlook Hoover Dam or the
spectacular Mike O’Callaghan–
Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge.
Other activities include horse-
back riding, golf, hiking, bik-
ing, ziplining, waterskiing and
Did we do it all? Of course not. Will we
go back? Well, we just missed the opening of
the High Roller ferris wheel, set to open in
early 2014. And, there’s always Mom’s 85th …
Oh, and by the way, Mom declared it “the
best birthday ever.” C
The Costco Connection
Costco Travel offers a variety of Las Vegas
packages featuring popular hotels on the
Strip and beyond. Go to Costco.com and
click “Travel,” or call 1-877-849-2730.
The birthday girl, Caroline (far right), and a
good friend, Ruth. Below, clockwise from
bottom left: Mom, grandson Cameron, son
Tod, grandson Turner, daughter Carey.
VIVA MOM’S VEGAS
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