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48 Hours on the Las Vegas Strip

The Facts

The Delta Dream Vacations Las Vegas package (800/872-7786) starts at $218 for two, but can cost as much as $1,280, depending on hotel choice, departure city, and days of travel. The trip described here—traveling midweek from New York and staying at Treasure Island—cost $819 for two at press time, though prices change weekly. Here's what you get:

Round-trip airfare for two from anywhere in the United States. (Few of these flights are nonstop, and many arrive in the middle of the night—not that Vegas will mind.)

Two nights' lodging (choose from the Mirage, Treasure Island, or 14 other hotels).

Discount vouchers for scenic airline tours of the Grand Canyon, Bryce Canyon, and Monument Valley.

Discounts on tickets for Andrew Lloyd Webber's "Starlight Express" at the Las Vegas Hilton.

An Alamo rental car for your first 24 hours in town.


  • An early-morning massage at the Treasure Island Salon and Spa— you'll need one with this manic schedule.
  • Visiting Bugsy, the most adorable member of the Mirage Dolphin Habitat's family of bottlenoses.
  • Seeing Liberace's desk at the Liberace Museum—"reputed to have been among the possessions of Czar Nicholas II."
  • Viewing the 300 cacti and desert-plant species at the Cactus Garden of the Ethel M. Chocolates factory.
  • Getting Debbie Reynolds to personalize your program after her show.
  • Ogling the $1 million in cash displayed at Binion's Horseshoe.
  • Watching the statues in the fountain at the Forum Shops at Caesars move and talk (every hour on the hour).
  • Trying the Hard Rock Hotel's Rainforest Slots. They benefit (you guessed it) the rain forest.
  • Playing "big six" at the Golden Nugget: fast, easy, cheap.
  • Taking a barge tour of the "Nile" at the Luxor—its dark passageways will soothe you after the punishingly hot Strip.


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