Vegas is to gambling what Vatican City is to Catholicism. But just like Vatican City gets its fair share of non-Catholic visitors, Las Vegas, too, can be a fun playground for the traveler with little interest in the slots and table games.
Mandalay Bay: Stay in the affordable Lap of Luxury
After staying at other venues in and around Las Vegas, the Mandalay Bay is indeed the best hotel around. Make it your home base. It used to be one of the most expensive properties around, but management is working hard to usher in the recession-weary traveler. Room rates vary, but it is possible to get a nice accommodation for $80 a night with a complimentary buffet meal tossed in. Promotions change, so be sure to check in with the hotel often.
Shark Reef Aquarium at the Mandalay Bay
Some 2,000 animals share a number of exhibits. This is not your typical aquarium, of course. Children between five and 12 enter for $12, while adults over 12 pay $18. Truly fearless souls pay $650 to SCUBA dive into the 1.3 million gallon exhibit known as the "Shipwreck." Swimming with you are 30 sharks. All others enjoy the exhibits from the safety of the observation area that mimics a sinking temple. It is the kind of experience you will remember for a long time to come.
Satisfy that inner Car Guy (or Gal)
Ride up to the fifth floor of the Imperial Palace's parking structure. Usually the admission is $8.95 for …