New Unofficial Guide Gives Las Vegas Top Rating For Entertainment Quality and Value

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Number One Best Selling Las Vegas Guidebook Explores Beyond the Casino

The Unofficial Guide to Las Vegas 2014

To many, Las Vegas is a giant vacuum designed to suck cash from visitors’ pockets. According to most experts, however, limiting the Vegas experience to the casino is to miss most of what makes the city the “Entertainment Capital of the World.”

“Gambling is just the tip of the iceberg in Las Vegas, but it’s all many people see,” says Bob Sehlinger, author of The Unofficial Guide to Las Vegas. Specifically, “Las Vegas has some of the most diversified stage entertainment to be found, not to mention a restaurant lineup that rivals that of any city in America,” Sehlinger explains. Add to that a stunning array of shopping venues selling everything from Ferraris to vintage slot machines.

The Unofficial Guide to Las Vegas, totally revised for 2014, supplements its comprehensive profiles of every hotel and casino with the most current information on Las Vegas’ ever-evolving nightlife and entertainment scene.

“On any given day in Las Vegas, a visitor can select from dozens of presentations, ranging from major production spectaculars to celebrity headliners, from comedy clubs to live music in lounges,” Sehlinger explains in the guide. “There is no other place where you can buy so much top-quality entertainment for so little money.”

When one looks at Vegas as an entertainment capital, the variety of options becomes dizzying. In his guide, Sehlinger identifies no fewer than 13 different types of shows visitors might encounter, including everything from archetypal Ziegfeld Follies–style extravaganzas to celebrity headliners to hypnosis shows to magic acts to Elvis impersonators, and everything in between.

Rivaling the breadth of available options is Sehlinger’s methodical approach to categorizing, reviewing, and ranking shows based on potential visitors’ interests. Sehlinger doesn’t just stop at the big headliners, though: Even the oft-overlooked acts get reviewed here. And with an entire section devoted to “how to save big bucks on show tickets,” the entertainment landscape that is Las Vegas comes into affordable focus.

For anyone planning a Las Vegas vacation, The Unofficial Guide illuminates the seven-eighths of the Vegas iceberg that most people—visitors and locals alike—tend to miss.

To get the planning started, here’s Sehlinger’s list of must-see, continuously running shows in Las Vegas:

  •     Absinthe, Caesars Palace
  •     Blue Man Group, Monte Carlo
  •     Carlos Santana, Mandalay Bay
  •     Celine Dion, Caesars Palace
  •     Cirque du Soleil’s “O,” Bellagio
  •     Cirque du Soleil’s KÀ, MGM Grand
  •     Cirque du Soleil’s LOVE, Mirage
  •     Cirque du Soleil’s Michael Jackson ONE, Mandalay Bay
  •     Cirque du Soleil’s Mystère, Treasure Island
  •     Cirque du Soleil’s Zarkana, Aria
  •     Cirque du Soleil’s Zumanity, New York–New York
  •     David Copperfield, MGM Grand
  •     Frankie Moreno, Stratosphere
  •     Gordie Brown, Golden Nugget
  •     Jersey Boys, Paris Las Vegas
  •     Jubilee!, Bally’s
  •     Le Rêve, Wynn Las Vegas
  •     Million Dollar Quartet, Harrah’s
  •     Penn & Teller, Rio
  •     Recycled Percussion, The Quad
  •     Rock of Ages, Venetian
  •     Rod Stewart, Caesars Palace
  •     Terry Fator, Mirage
  •     Vegas! The Show, Miracle Mile Shops    

Not into the nightlife and club scene? The Unofficial Guide to Las Vegas offers comprehensive coverage of driving tours and outdoor activities such as hiking, biking, skiing, and river-running, as well as other attractions like the Mob Museum and the Hoover Dam. Also included is coverage of Las Vegas’ many shopping opportunities, from one-of-a-kind shops to themed malls like the Forum Shops at Caesars, the Grand Canal Shoppes at The Venetian, and the Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood.

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