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On our way south to join the snowbirds in Arizona, we made a one week stop in Las Vegas to gorge ourselves on buffets, lose a little at blackjack, and bask in the bright lights. We decided to avoid the Strip altogether and concentrate on seeing more of the old time “classic” Las Vegas. This meant going to the smaller local casinos and visiting the museum of one of Vegas’ consummate showmen.… Liberace. (Sherry enjoyed the elaborate costumes ... Danny declared it a Shrine to Bad Taste.)

To facilitate our vision of a classic Vegas visit, we stayed at Las Vegas International RV Resort, a clean and well run RV park located on the southeast side of town ... a great location away from heavy traffic and airport noise.

Fremont Street is located in the heart of downtown and personifies classic Vegas with its old time casinos, neon lights, and signs that promise loose slots and topless girls. (Or was it the other way around?) The pedestrian friendly mall is abuzz with activity and tourists. Multiple bands play rock and roll or country music while street vendors hawk their wares.

Amidst all this energy, the casinos suddenly shut off their lights and a psychedelic light show known as the Fremont Experience assaults your senses.

We love neon signs ... so we hightailed it down to the section of Fremont Street that displays some excellent examples provided by the Neon Museum ... a non-profit group dedicated to preserving these cultural artifacts.

What's a trip to Vegas without a visit to the buffet table ... or several visits? We found ourselves going to Sunset Station three times in one week to belly up to their buffet table and sample some pretty good food. It didn't take long for us to narrow down the many choices to the beef brisket ... again and again and again. Go for lunch ... the selection is the same as dinner ... and cost just $15.00 for the two of us.

Oh .. by the way ... here's a little time saver for you ... the beef brisket is located on the far left.


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