Thursday, February 21, 2008

Shopping Las Vegas

Las Vegas offers visitors to the city one of the premier shopping venues in the world. Unfortunately for bargain hunters you won't necessarily find good prices in the beautiful and extravagant casino shops. However you will find some of the best window shopping in the world at places like Caesar's Forum Shops, Venetian Grand Canal Shops, and the huge Fashion Show Mall across from the Wynn Las Vegas.

Here is a small sample of places to shop in Las Vegas:
Las Vegas Outlet Center
Forum Shops At Ceasars
Grand Canal Shopping
Las Vegas Premium Outlets
Boulevard Mall
Fashion Show Mall
Meadows Mall
Fantastic Indoor Swapmeet Inc
Mirage Shops

For a lot more shopping venues in Las Vegas, see Las Vegas Shopping Google listings right HERE

Ballys Las Vegas with Paris Hotel's Eiffel Tower in background

Ballys Casino sits at what might be the most strategic spot along the Las Vegas Strip. There is a Monorail stop here as well as a pedestrian bridge over Las Vegas Boulevard. To the South is Paris Las Vegas with it's half size Eiffel Tower, across the street is Caesar's Palace and the Bellagio, and to the north is the Flamingo.

Ballys is at the intersection of Flamingo and the strip - one of the busiest areas in the city and pretty much rocking 24/7/365.

Jubilee, the big show at Ballys is considered an excellent show in the tradition of the old Las Vegas showgirl extravaganzas.

Las Vegas Strip Map

If you are heading to Las Vegas for the first time, or even if you know the place well, it's always a good idea to familiarize yourself with the Las Vegas Strip. My favorite map is from the Monorail and is a PDF file here

The Las Vegas Strip is almost always called "The Strip" in Las Vegas and refers to the stretch of Las Vegas Boulevard that is about 4 miles long. Mandalay Bay is the large resort at the south end of the strip, and the Stratosphere is at the North end. Note that the monorail route is from the MGM to the Sahara and you'll need to walk a fair distance to get to these two venues. Also note that the monorail does NOT follow the strip even though it serves strip destinations. The monorail rides from Hilton and Convention Center which are on Paradise, and then "behind" most of the Casinos. Always expect to walk a long way in Las Vegas unless you stay at the same casino, take Taxis, or spend your time downtown in the Fremont Street Experience area were the size of the casinos is much smaller and you can easily walk to several in a short time.

Retire in Las Vegas

Thinking of retiring in Las Vegas? With an excellent climate, low taxes, good community services, an excellent university, and reasonable home prices Las Vegas is home to many retirees.

Before retiring to any city you'll want to consider an extended vacation in the area. Communities take some time to understand and often the tourist view is not the same as a resident's view of the community.

For a review of Retirement Communities throughout the USA check out

Check out some of these retirement options:

Ardiente - Aventura Series Active Adult Neighborhood
Las Vegas, NV 89081
Centex Homes

Ardiente Ceilo Series Active Adult Neighborhood
Las Vegas, NV 89081
Centex Homes

Mariposa Place
Las Vegas, NV 89148
KB Home

Sierra Ranch - Hillcrest
North Las Vegas, NV 89031
KB Home

Solera at Anthem
Henderson, NV 89052
Del Webb

Solera at Stallion Mountain
Las Vegas, NV 89122
Del Webb

Sun City Aliante
North Las Vegas, NV 89084
Del Webb

Sun City Anthem
Henderson, NV 89052
Del Webb

Sun City Mesquite
Mesquite, NV 89034
Del Webb

The Villas at Solera
Henderson, NV 89044
Del Webb