Subject: Re: Las Vegas
A pleasant way to spend a day out of town is to drive out Charleston Blvd. to Red Rock Canyon. There's a 13-mile scenic drive throught the canyon. Then continue south to the Spring Mountain Ranch state park. The ranch was the home of Vera Krupp, widow of the German industrialist, and later some Hollywood types. It's a wonderful house, and the volunteers who give guided tours are excellent.

To check out what a lot of people think of various shows, check out the ratings at http://www.lvol.com.

Jubilee at Bally's gets high marks, and it's reasonably priced. If you haven't seen Cirque du Soliel and don't mind the high prices, you can't go wrong with either of their shows (one at Treasure Island, one at Bellagio).

lvol.com also has restaurant and buffet ratings, but a better source for dining advice, I think, is the Zagat guide (http://www.zagat.com).

The one buffet that I would rate as a don't miss is the buffet at the Bellagio. Lunch is $12 and dinner is $20, and either meal is worth it. It's a clear step up from any other Vegas buffet.

John Garrett Riverside, CA