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Best Buy airport kiosks: Rip off or godsend?

Best Buy airport kiosks: Rip off or godsend? Sep 19th, 2011 at 10:00AM: America-sized vending machines are the new big things at the nation's airports, giant robots that help you pick out the last second headphones or digital camera that you forgot to bring on the road. If they're anything like the airport Burger King, however, then consumers should be concerned about the markup. Like the restaurant, it's always possible that airport retailers can inflate...

Caesar's Palace plans new luxury tower

Caesar's Palace plans new luxury tower Sep 15th, 2011 at 3:00PM: Las Vegas' famed Caesars Palace yesterday announced opening dates for the Octavius Tower, a 668-room hotel tower including 60 suites and six luxury villas. On sale today for stays beginning January 2, 2012, the resort's sixth tower will offer a "resort within a resort" experience with a private entrance, separate hotel lobby and direct access to the Garden of the Gods pool oasis and gardens. Rooms...

BikeFest: Another way to do Las Vegas

BikeFest: Another way to do Las Vegas Sep 6th, 2011 at 9:00AM: Just when you thought Las Vegas wasn't crazy enough ... BikeFest roars into Las Vegas on September 30th, bringing events including wet t-shirt contests and the World's Strongest Biker competition to The Strip. More than 30,000 bikers will roar into town during this three-day annual event. Highlights of the fest include the eighth annual Artistry in Iron competition featuring some of the world's...

Five days, five diamonds at The Venetian and The Palazzo Las Vegas

Five days, five diamonds at The Venetian and The Palazzo Las Vegas Aug 15th, 2011 at 11:30AM: We're not normally ones to report on PR stunts, but when the prizes are diamonds ... well, we can't resist. Las Vegas' The Venetian and The Palazzo are celebrating the honor of being named AAA Five Diamond resorts with a five-day scavenger hunt taking place this week. Each day, guests and visitors will search and win prizes, hoping to ultimately find one of the diamond pendants hidden each day...

Fourth of July travel deals from Viator

Fourth of July travel deals from Viator Jun 27th, 2011 at 12:15PM: Sometimes the best things come to those who wait. If you're looking for some last minute Independence Day deals, our pals at Viator have pulled together a list of Fourth of July bargains to help travelers get the most out of their three-day weekend. From New York to Oahu, below are some suggestions that will have you seeing red, white and blue without spending a whole lot of green. New York:...

Las Vegas has a "Cougarlicious" slot machine ... no, really.

May 23rd, 2011 at 9:00AM: We're not kidding when we say that some casinos will do anything for attention - we spotted this great article on a "Cougarlicious" slot machine found at Las Vegas' Mandalay Bay over on VegasChatter and couldn't resist sharing. Play to the tune of "Too Sexy" for the keys to motel room number 69 (subtle, hmm?) and a chance to win kisses from Nate the Bait, ostensibly your young hottie du...

American Airlines flight makes emergency landing in Las Vegas

American Airlines flight makes emergency landing in Las Vegas May 6th, 2011 at 5:30PM: An American Airlines Boeing 757 was forced to make an emergency landing at Las Vegas' McCarran International Airport earlier today after pilots detected smoke in the cockpit. AA Flight 431 was traveling from Miami to San Francisco, and was over Utah, when the crew diverted from their course to make the landing. They touched down at 11:10 AM Pacific time and were met by emergency crews who...

Five great upcoming food and wine festivals

Five great upcoming food and wine festivals Apr 5th, 2011 at 12:00PM: Food and travel often go hand in hand - after all, the best meals are often found away from home, and some of the best memories can be made over a meal. Want to really get away for a gourmet feast? Check out these five great upcoming food and wine festivals. Pebble Beach Food & Wine This grand tasting is held from April 28th – May 1st and includes 200 wineries plus 25 chefs,...

Coolest international gambling destinations

Coolest international gambling destinations Mar 25th, 2011 at 10:00AM: As a connoisseur of risk, I have seen my fair share of glory and agony within the walls of lady luck. In Latin America, the casinos feel seedy and desperate, and a shower always seems to be good idea after leaving these smoky dens. Singapore casinos feel simple and clean, as though an army of robots lurks just beyond the curtain, meticulously tending to the unseen cogs that keep the...

Photo of the day - Stormtroopers in Las Vegas

Photo of the day - Stormtroopers in Las Vegas Mar 24th, 2011 at 5:00PM: Have you ever walked down the street and seen something amazing and cursed yourself for not having a camera? Lucky for us, Flickr user mciccone640 had his camera and shot today's Photo of the Day of couple of robots stormtroopers* in Las Vegas. I wonder if there was a convention in town or if the guys were just wearing costumes for luck in the casinos. Perhaps a theme wedding? Hope they had a...

The Vegas Box - what happens in Vegas can finally stay in Vegas

The Vegas Box - what happens in Vegas can finally stay in Vegas Mar 21st, 2011 at 5:30PM: If you are a regular visitor to Las Vegas, you'll probably have a list of items you pack, unpack and repack every time you visit. The Vegas Box is a new product designed to store those products and keep them in safe storage at a local climate controlled facility. The process is simple - you sign up for $99 and will get your Vegas Box delivered to your hotel. Then, when you are ready to leave,...

Russia plans Las Vegas clone in Siberia

Russia plans Las Vegas clone in Siberia Mar 10th, 2011 at 1:30PM: Siberia is known for many things. Long train rides that cover almost 6000 miles, massive tigers that hunt wild boar in snowy enclaves, and a lake whose depths reach deeper than any other lake in the world. Oh and cold. Wintry, unrelenting, freezing cold weather drapes Siberia in snow and below freezing temperatures for roughly half of the year. It is a place so remote and foreboding that if you...

Nobu to open hotel in Las Vegas

Nobu to open hotel in Las Vegas Mar 10th, 2011 at 11:00AM: When it comes to sushi on this side of the Pacific, few American-based restaurants can compete with the likes of Nobu. Capitalizing on this celebritydom, chef Nobu Matsuhisa has recently announced plans to open up his first Nobu-branded boutique hotel in Vegas. With 26 restaurants on five continents - three of which have been awarded highly-coveted Michelin stars - you'd think that Nobu and his...

Trump Las Vegas hotel offers a "paws massage package" for you and your pooch

Trump Las Vegas hotel offers a Mar 7th, 2011 at 10:30AM: Sure, traveling with your pet is nothing new - but what about heading to the spa with your favorite four-legged friends? Trump Las Vegas, one of the first Las Vegas hotels to welcome pets, is now offering a guests a Paws Massage Package, which includes a 30-minute rubdown for guests and a 30-minute massage for your pooch. The $150 package is performed in the comfort of your own suite. ...

Las Vegas to get a London Eye-like Ferris wheel & amusement park

Las Vegas to get a London Eye-like Ferris wheel & amusement park Mar 6th, 2011 at 10:00AM: In an effort to boost Las Vegas' family appeal, Clark County commissioners have approved plans to build a new amusement park on the Las Vegas Strip. Located at the former site of the Cloud Nine Balloon near Mandalay Bay, the 9-acre attraction will include shops, restaurants, and several roller coasters. The new amusement park's biggest draw will likely be a massive $100 million dollar...

Around the World in 80 Hours (of Travel TV): Part 2

Around the World in 80 Hours (of Travel TV): Part 2 Feb 22nd, 2011 at 10:00AM: Where does the Travel Channel take us? Rolf Potts embarks on a one-week gonzo experiment to find out JACKASS COMMENTATORS AND DUBIOUSLY RANKED DESTINATIONS Day 2, Hour 17: 9:04 am. The first Travel Channel show of the day has already begun by the time I wake up and turn on the TV. As the picture tube slowly comes into view I can hear some jackass droning on about the gentle...

Around the World in 80 Hours (of Travel TV): Part 1

Around the World in 80 Hours (of Travel TV): Part 1 Feb 21st, 2011 at 10:00AM: PRELUDE Day 5, Hour 77: 9:53 pm. Twenty-three hotel floors above the gritty neon splendor of downtown Las Vegas, I am nearing the end of a bewildering travel experiment: For the past five days, I have been watching the Travel Channel for the entirety of my waking hours, without ever changing the station or (save a few key occasions) leaving my hotel room. My goal has been to create...

Famed Golden Nugget plans to reopen hotel-casino in Atlantic City

Famed Golden Nugget plans to reopen hotel-casino in Atlantic City Feb 14th, 2011 at 2:00PM: The hotel-casino that hosted everyone from the Rat Pack to Liberace in Las Vegas plans to return to Atlantic City with a bigger, better, and more modern debut. Landry's, Inc., the parent company to the Golden Nugget Las Vegas, announced plans to buy the Trump Marina Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City. The purchase is currently pending regulatory approvals, but Landry is already planning the...

Valentine's Day tribute: Sex museums around the world

Valentine's Day tribute: Sex museums around the world Feb 14th, 2011 at 10:30AM: Ah, Valentine's Day. It's a loaded holiday, one with high expectations. This year, though, I got into the spirit of things: I decided to rustle up a list of the world's great sex museums. Even if you can't pay a visit, their websites are informative and loaded with photos of exhibits. And best of all? You can indulge all by yourself, no relationship needed. Erotic Heritage Museum, Las Vegas...

Top 10 travel spots in the United States

Top 10 travel spots in the United States Jan 17th, 2011 at 1:30PM: So, Orbitz noted when we like to travel ... but where do we go? The top 10 destinations in the country were mostly predictable, with big tourist-magnet cities dominating the list. There were a few surprises, according to the information supplied by Orbitz: Boston, for example, didn't make the list, after having ranked ninth in 2009. Los Angeles, fifth in 2009, also fell off in 2010. New Orleans...

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