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  • Series: Frommer's Color Complete
  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Frommers; 7 edition (November 29, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1118027450
  • ISBN-13: 978-1118027455
  • Product Dimensions: 0.7 x 5.5 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #854,886 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

  • Hundreds of color photos

  • Easy-to-read maps throughout

  • Exact prices, directions, opening hours,and other practical information

  • Candid reviews of hotels and restaurants,plus sights, shopping, and nightlife

  • Itineraries, walking tours, and trip-planning ideas

  • Insider tips from local expert authors

About the Author

Rick Garman began visiting Las Vegas as soon as he was not barred from doing so by pesky things like laws. He started writing about the city in 1997 when he and his best friend Mary Herczog were invited to write Frommer’s Las Vegas. He went on to create Vegas4Visitors.com, one of the most respected Las Vegas travel resources on the Web and has appeared in various outlets as a self-proclaimed Vegas expert, although most of that expertise has been gained sitting at a slot machine with a glazed look in his eye while mumbling incoherently to himself. When not gambling away his life savings, Rick lives in Los Angeles and works in the entertainment industry.

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Frommer's does a good job on Las Vegas information.
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This book comes in a very convenient travel size but is packed with just about everything you need to know about VEGAS.
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I would highly recommend this book to anyone traveling to Vegas this year.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By The Bee Bee TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on May 13, 2012
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Frommer's travel guides went into a period of malaise during which the effort put into producing their annual updates seemed more laborioius than a labor of love. But in the past few years, things are changing for the better - and the Frommer's Color Complete series is an excellent reboot of what had been a tired franchise.

Frommer's Las Vegas 2012 packs so much useful information into a $19.99 package that it would take ages before you consumed everything. Fortunately for those of us who like to browse through a book like this, the information is extremely well organized, and the "user experience", as it were, is just about flawless. Just flipping through a few random pages brings you inside info on how to get cheap show tickets, how to avoid crowds (really!), and which hotels are worth the extra expense (hint: it's not Bellagio).

So whether you're looking for sin or salvation in Las Vegas, set aside a little of your stake for Frommer's Las Vegas 2012 and start your trip with a sure bet.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Book 'Em Danno on May 21, 2012
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The market is flooded with tons of travel books. Frommer's travel books have been around for a long time and have a solidified brand in the travel market but these days a travel book has extreme competition with technology. Let's face it, a travel book costs money whereas internet information is free. Travel books become outdated quickly whereas internet information is up to the minute.

I think most travel books are purchased because the area is one that you visit regularly or you'll be visiting for a long period of time and want to get the most out of your experience. So if you go to Las Vegas on the regular this may be book for you. Here are my pros and cons:

Pros:

*Gives you quick "Best Of" experiences such as "Best Shopping", "Best Places to Eat", "Best Things to See and Do". I like having quick lists like this just for that simple fact, it's quick.

*There's a section for things to do if you're visiting 4 days, 3 days, and so on. This is useful because Las Vegas has so much to get into that it's nice to have suggestions of what to do within a certain time period.

Cons:

*Well, this may sound crazy to say about a book but is common among travel books - TOO MUCH INFORMATION! That's the problem with travel books. The decision of what information should be included and what should be left out is always risky because it's so subjective to the reader.

*There's not a pull out map. You have to go to each separate area of the Strip to see its accompanying map. This takes a lot of page turning instead of being able to use one map.

*Surprisingly, not enough pictures for my taste. The few pictures that are shown seem dated even though this is a 2012 edition.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By J. E. Nelson VINE VOICE on May 17, 2012
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I love Las Vegas. I do not do any serious gambling anymore, so why do I love it so? Las Vegas is one of the few places in the world where you have a myriad of entertainment possibilities within an area of only a few miles. I am not talking about only shows, I am also referring to food, architecture, scenery, glamour, nightlife (however you define it, it is there), and awe inspiring feats of Engineering and artistry. However, the problem is that if you ask someone a simple question such as where is a good place to eat, and you will get 412 different answers. If you are not a frequent visitor, then many of the answers will not make sense to you anyway.

This is where Frommer's Las Vegas 2012 comes into play. The Frommer's guide helps sort out the fast paced, whirlwind city that is Las Vegas. The book provides a ton of information that is easy to reference quickly on the fly. The book is a bit bulky to carry, but could fit into a full sized woman's purse or easily slip into a shopping bag.

The book contains 12 chapters, split into various subjects. The first three chapters I thought were OK. Chapter 1 is a pretty decent "Best of" guide to Las Vegas, covering pretty much any subject you can imagine from casinos to side trips. This is a good guide for someone who doesn't have the time to read the entire book but wants to pick out a few things to do while they are there. Chapter 2 is the history of Las Vegas, which I have to admit I skipped over. Chapter 3 touches on suggested itineraries which covers 4 general topics (two being a guys getaway and a girls getaway). I'm sure some people will find that information useful, but I kind of like blazing my own path.

Chapters 4 and 5 are where I think where this book becomes valuable.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Cheryl Stout TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on June 3, 2012
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I've only been to Las Vegas once, about three years ago. My husband and I met my brother and sister-in-law to celebrate my brother's 50th birthday. I wish we'd had Frommers earlier edition for that trip.

My husband and I were newbies to Vegas. My brother and S-I-L go 4-5 times a year. We had a good time but stayed a few days longer than them and that is where a book such as this would have helped plan our days (and nights).

The Frommers 2012 Las Vegas edition is very comprehensive. I have used their guidebooks before for other trips and have always been more than satisfied.

The section on hotel accommodations is nice but don't a lot of people book package deals that include airfare? I can see this section being useful if you were driving through or had a cut-rate airfare. My brother had our rooms comped (some benefits to being frequent gamblers).

The food section would have been immensely helpful to us, especially as in-depth as it is. There were lots of hints on eating great but saving money.

The maps were nice but I would have liked to see a pull-out map that combined all the areas.

I would have loved to have seen the Erotic Heritage Museum (not kidding) or the Atomic Testing Museum. I was very surprised that the Auto Collection at the Imperial Palace isn't mentioned. The tickets aren't expensive and there are coupons to get in free all over the web. My husband and I love old cars and it was a great collection.

I was also surprised, as popular as the History Channel television show "Pawn Stars" is that the Gold and Silver Pawn Shop wasn't mentioned. CSI was.

It would have been nice to get more information on the ticket clearinghouses and how they work.
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