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Welcome to Las Vegas!

Welcome to Las Vegas!

Over 41 million visitors explored Las Vegas in 2014–in fact the city welcomed its 40th million visitor on Sunday, December 14, 2014.

And while I haven’t visited a million times, this spring I made my seventh trip to Las Vegas, and it likely won’t be my last. I’m not even a gambler (although I did win $32 on a penny machine this trip!), so the lure of Las Vegas is more the bright lights and things to do. Here’s my list of Las Vegas deals.

10. Dinner Show – Tournament of Kings at Excalibur.  Sit down to a medieval feast and cheer for your favorite knights in armor at your choice of two nightly shows.  Whether you like to be entertained by men clad in steel or striped down to their breeches, the pomp and excitement of this middle ages joust with galloping horses is just a ticket away. (Disclosure: I received two free tickets, but some of my group paid full price and felt the cost was still a great deal.)

Las Vegas Strip at night.

Las Vegas Strip at night.

9. Cheapest Beer and Food Courts.  There was a time when food and drinks were inexpensive everywhere in Las Vegas, but those days seem to be long gone. Our first stroll down the strip had us parched enough to give up and pay $8 a beer (which converted to about $10.40 a beer in Canadian dollars). Luckily, we did get far enough on our second walk to get to Casino Royale where Michelob Ultra beer had been $.99 on my last trip and still was this time. It also has a reasonably priced food court and is right next to McDonalds (beside Harrahs).

8. Car Show – at Linq. You might not expect to find 250 vintage vehicles stored on the fifth floor of a Las Vegas hotel, but that’s exactly what you’ll find at the Linq car show. From rare auto models, to cars owned by famous folks, each of the cars has a story to tell. While I usually check in to see what’s new (cars are bought and sold, so the display changes all the time), this time just the guys headed over for the morning (while the ladies went shopping). And since we printed free admission tickets from the Web before we left, it was indeed one of the best show deals.

Excalibur Hotel

You won’t find clocks in Las Vegas as a general rule, but this one at Excalibur is part of the fairy tale