Making a no-risk visit to Las Vegas LTC


December 23, 1990|By New York Times News Service

Q: Besides casinos, what are the sights in Las Vegas, Nev.?

A: Perhaps the most popular attraction that doesn't involve gambling is the Hoover Dam, about 30 minutes south of Las Vegas.

Tours start at 9 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. and are given every day except Christmas; admission is $1. The dam has formed Lake Mead, where fishing and boating are available. Lake Mead National Recreation Area: (702) 293-8367. Red Rock Canyon, 15 miles west of the city, has sandstone formations in the desert.

At the Guinness World of Records Museum, aside from life-size models of the world's tallest man and the world's smallest woman, and so on, there is a display devoted to the history and attractions of Las Vegas. The museum is open Sundays to Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m., 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. Admission is $4.95. The museum is located at 2780 Las Vegas Boulevard South; telephone is (702) 792-3766.

At the University of Nevada at Las Vegas, the Margorie Barrick Museum of Natural History displays Indian artifacts and plants and animals of the Mojave Desert. It is open Mondays to Fridays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free; call (702) 739-3381.

The Nevada State Museum and Historical Society -- 700 Twin Lakes Drive; (702) 486-5205 -- emphasizes southwestern subjects and artists; displays feature the history of Las Vegas and the flora and fauna of the desert. The museum is open daily from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and admission is $1.

The Imperial Palace Auto Collection includes about 200 antique cars. It is open daily from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m., and admission is $6.95. On the fifth floor of the parking garage of the Imperial Palace Hotel, 3535 Las Vegas Boulevard South; (702) 731-3311.

The Liberace Museum -- 1775 E. Tropicana Ave.; (702) 798-5595 -- contains pianos, cars, costumes and jewelry owned by the late entertainer. It is open Mondays to Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Sundays. The minimum donation is $6.50.

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