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This page I wrote for my old rv website RVforSaleGuide.com before developing the Vanabode as the best travel vehicle for cheap easy long term road trips. People still like big rv's despite the much greater cost and trouble to operate, so here's what I know about them.

Las Vegas RV and Vanabode Living

Las Vegas information on travel, clubs, shows. Las Vegas, Nevada - the most exciting city in the world. We will be here for about 4 months total then head to Florida for Christmas, family and friends. A typical day is watching a Las Vegas show, going to movies, attending concerts, and checking out the amusements on the strip.

Las Vegas still has lots of free fun as usual, though they are harder to find. Kids can spend all day for $15 each in the air-conditioned Circus Circus Adventure Dome amusement park. The Bellagio dinner buffet at $25 a head is still worth it - try finding unlimited portions of 30" long King Crab legs sliced and shelled for you anywhere else. You pull the giant hot dog sized strips of pure white meat out, roll it up, dip the tennis ball sized portion into the warm drawn butter and blast off to heaven. I have eaten in hundreds of upscale restaurants all over the US - and these are still, along with the Aladdin buffet with Dungeness crab, the most delicious meals I have ever eaten. For those wanting to travel to or live in exciting cities like Las Vegas you simply need a copy of Vanabode - happily camp, travel and live forever on $20 a day. This manual for life includes living comfortably in large metropolitan cities as well as hitting big rugged national parks.

Las Vegas

Las Vegas RV vacation pictures. Las Vegas is probably the most exciting city in the world. The best way to live or travel here is by Vanabode - happily camp travel and live forever on $20 a day. Lots of free fun as usual, kids spent all day for $15 each in the Circus Circus Adventure Dome amusement park. Bellagio dinner buffet at $25 a head is still worth it - try finding unlimited portions of 20" long King Crab legs sliced and shelled for you anywhere else. You pull the giant hot dog sized strips of pure white meat out, roll it up, dip the tennis ball sized portion into the warm drawn butter and blast off to heaven. I have eaten in hundreds of upscale restaurants all over the US - and these are still, along with the Aladdin buffet with Dungeness crab, the most delicious meals I have ever eaten. Things have changed a little over the past 10 years besides the addition of new casinos. 1) added over 10 world class, $25 cover, upscale movie star level night clubs, 2) addition of 5 million dollar condo developments (Real estate prices have doubled in 5 years) 3) most casino shows have gotten more risqué (happens in poor economic conditions) making Las Vegas less kid friendly than ever - even the billboards and ads in the local papers are rated R.

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Above: Picture taken inside the Venetian Mall. The boys are standing on a bridge where gondolas float under.

The Venetian Hotel and Casino shopping mall is spectacular inside. You can take a gondola ride, see live models posing, or just enjoy being inside under the sky. For nostalgic, retired classic and neon signs visit the Las Vegas Graveyard.

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Above: Picture of us inside Caesars Palace Forum Shops. Throughout the mall there are a few marble water fountains with large detailed statues around them.

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Above: Picture of gorilla outside of Circus Circus. The kids like this place the best because of the arcade games.

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Above: Picture taken at the Venetian of Josh, Michael and Ben. This is where Madame Tussaud's Was Museum is located.

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Above: Picture of Bellagio fountains in motion. The construction is of the beginning phase of the beautiful City Center

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Above: Picture of Ben standing in front of a yellow Ferrari that is available to rent. In the background is the historic La Concha Motel which now resides at the Neon Museum.

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Above: Picture of Josh posing next to his dream ride, a red Ferrari in Las Vegas.

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Above: Picture of the Caesars Palace Forum Shops animatronics show. The show draws a crowd several times each day. Las Vegas is packed full of things to do. From shopping, roller coaster rides, arcades, free outside shows, Las Vegas shows, the activities are endless for all ages.

Some other Las Vegas restaurants we enjoyed include Hash House a Go Go, Sahara Buffet, Bellagio Buffet, Cheesecake Factory, Rio Buffet, McCormick & Schmick's, Outback Steakhouse, Paris Le Village Buffet, Royal Persis, The Grand Lux Cafe, Rainbow Bar and Grill, Mimis Cafe, McMullans Irish Pub, Paymons Mediterranean, Ruth's Chris Steak House, Cozymels, Bahama Breeze, Marie Callenders, Peppermill, Hank's Fine Steaks and Martinis at Green Valley Ranch Resort Casino, Shalimar Fine Indian Cuisine, The Original Pancake House, Draft House, Wild Wild West, Metro Pizza, Lotus of Siam, Koji Sushi Bar and Chinese Restaurant, Pamplemousse Las Vegas, Burger Bar, all-you-can-eat BBQ at the Salt Lick at Red Rock Resort Casino, Landry's, Paradise Cafe, Planet Hollywood, The Steakhouse at Circus Circus, MGM Buffet, Gandhi, Chipotle, El Pollo Loco...

Above: Picture of Jason and Kelly celebrating Kelly's 39th birthday at Simon Kitchen and Bar inside the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. Delicious Sea Bass (like on Napoleon Dynamite), Curry chicken, superb crab cake, blue cheese bread, followed by Cotton Candy Cloud and chocolate delight paired with a vanilla shake.

Things have changed a little over the past 10 years besides the addition of new casinos. 1) added over 10 world class, $25 cover, upscale movie star level night clubs, 2) addition of 5 million dollar condos - real estate prices have doubled in 4 years, 3) most casino shows have gotten more risqué making Las Vegas less kid friendly than ever - even the billboards and ads in the local papers are rated PG-13, 4) free stuff is harder to come by, town is becoming more full featured and less about gambling.

Joke: Catholic churches - This may come as a surprise to those of you not living in Las Vegas, but there are more Catholic churches there than casinos. Not surprisingly, some worshippers at Sunday services will give casino chips rather than cash when the basket is passed. Since they get chips from so many different casinos, the churches have devised a method to collect the offerings. The churches send all their collected chips to a nearby Franciscan Monastery for sorting and then the chips are taken to the casinos of origin and cashed in. This is done by the chip monks.

Two of our favorite places not too far from Las Vegas are Mount Charleston which is 30 degrees cooler year round, and Laughlin which sits on the Colorado River.

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