What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas, so they say. But the knowledge and insight you'll gain at the 15th Annual National Workers' Compensation and Disability Conference & Expo is what you'll be bringing back home with you next year, along with memories of the surreal glory that is Las Vegas. Treasure Island boasts a full-on sea battle featuring sultry sirens; Merlin battles a dragon at Excalibur; New York-New York's hotel buildings are 48-story replicas of famous Manhattan skyscrapers with a roller coaster that twists amongst them; Paris has its own half-size Eiffel Tower and Arc de Triomphe. It's all part of the magic. Here's a preview of some of the other sights you might take in while you're in town for next year's conference.
THE VOLCANO AT THE MIRAGE
In front of the Mirage Hotel & Casino, you will find a peaceful dormant-looking volcano. But after 6 p.m. each evening, this volcano--more than 54 feet tall--blows its top in a show-stopping eruption. The lava flows freely down the sides of the volcano into pools of water and fire, surrounded by gorgeous waterfalls and tropical floral life. It continues to erupt every 15 minutes until midnight.
THE LIBERACE MUSEUM
The Liberace Museum contains a priceless collection of his spectacular costumes, including his diamond-buttoned tuxedo, his white llama fur coat with 16-foot train and one of his notorious hot-pants outfits. There are also 18 of his 39 pianos, including Chopin's Pleyel, Gershwin's Chickering Baby Grand and two mirrored Baldwin Grands. Pride of the collection is one of the many cars on display--his much-treasured mirrored Rolls-Royce.
THE DANCING FOUNTAINS AT THE BELLAGIO
Located in front of the Bellagio along the Strip, more than 1,000 fountains dance to the works of Frank Sinatra and others as music and light perform together with choreographed water jetting higher than 220 feet into the sky. Best easy-access viewing is from the sidewalk directly in front. The best spots, the public-area balconies on the ground floor of the hotel, are often closed off for private functions. Performances begin weekdays at 3 p.m. and weekends at noon and continue every half-hour until 6 p.m., and then every 15 minutes until midnight.
January 1, 2006
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