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Beat The Heat Of Summer: VEGAS.com Shows You How to Stay Cool Or Be Cool in Vegas

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - Summer 2002. VEGAS.com, the official Vegas travel site, will help any traveler stay cool while enjoying Vegas indoors and out. Advice below includes the "coolest" pools in Vegas and the "coolest" bars. VEGAS.com contains detailed information, 93 virtual tours, tips and advice as well as travel bookings for the entire strip and beyond.

Imagine summer in Vegas. The temperature is 115 degrees and you're wearing a favorite sundress or shorts. You're walking down the Strip or Fremont Street when you decide to enter a casino and partake in a cool, refreshing beverage. Prepare to freeze! You'd think there would be a happy medium, but for some reason, casinos tend to keep the thermostat at what feels like a shocking 60 degrees. So you can either (A) have a light jacket with you to put on, or (B) grab your drink in a to-go container and get back out in the what-you-once-believed-to-be-sweltering heat.

Coolest Pools in Vegas
Mandalay Bay. The premier pool area in Vegas, Mandalay Bay's seems to be more of a water park. Covering 11 acres, the tropical park features three exotic pools, water gardens with lush foliage, waterfalls, fountains, a sandy beach, lazy river, and of course, the wave pool, where waves can reach six feet high.

Hard Rock. The Hard Rock's pool comes as close as you'll get to a desert paradise. In addition to three swim-up blackjack tables and the Beach Bar & Grill. Staggered levels throughout the pool area allow guests to seek out their own private spots. Plentiful palm trees, a babbling brook, waterfall and sandy beaches add to the secluded feel, making you feel you're in a hidden oasis.

Tropicana. With its winding paths, peaceful waterfalls and beautiful landscaping, the Tropicana's pool area is one of the most peaceful and picturesque, spots in town. The dining areas are all well-shaded and Jacuzzis are all set back from the main pools. The grounds are perfectly manicured. The adults-only lagoon pool (or "party pool"), swim-up blackjack table (with adjoining bar) and overlooking chapel give it that Vegas feel.

Caesars Palace. The pool at Caesars Palace is one of the most beautiful in Vegas. The center pool is set off by columns and sculptures and accompanied by fountains on either side. And certainly, Roman indulgence has its place here - the Venus pool allows European-style topless bathing; however, it is restricted to this pool only. With its tiered approach, sunbathers are able to sit back from the pool and relax, as rows and rows of them do. The Garden of the Gods area is available for special functions.

Monte Carlo. Most people think of Mandalay Bay's first, but the Monte Carlo's wave pool was the first in Vegas. While the waves, at three-feet, reach only half that of Mandalay Bay's, it's the most popular spot at the pool - most bathers just sit there soaking up the rays. The relaxing lazy river is also a great way to cool off and the kiddie pool is just adorable with its child-sized beach chairs and ankle-deep wading pool. The foliage interspersed throughout offers visitors equal parts shade and sunshine. And the beach shop, drink cart and snack bar provide anything you could possibly need.

Vegas' Coolest Bars
V Bar. A definite choice for nightlife enthusiasts desiring a hip scene with exotic libations and top DJ's spinning late into the night. V Bar offers a unique venue with urbane sophistication and sultry appeal. Sleek lines, double-sided leather chaise lounges and subdued lighting sets the tone for this upscale lounge wrapped in opaque glass walls.

Jack's Velvet Lounge. The tall walls give you the feeling that you are on the set of a Hollywood movie. The room offers no color; as everything is white with wood beams exposed on the walls. The rustic unfinished look matches the oversized couches that appear to have white throw sheets covering them. The couches are a great place to relax. There is one bar and plenty of cocktail waitresses to serve up your drinks. The airy outdoor patio provides a room with a view as you stare at the Mirage across the street. On any given night there's a good ratio of guys to gals. There is a mixture of deep and progressive house music that's just loud enough to enjoy, but enables you to talk as well. Don't miss the Velvet Lounge.

Coyote Ugly. The Southern-style saloon, based on the legendary New York City bar and film of the same name, has wooden floors and walls, and wooden bars with no chairs or barstools. Coyote Ugly's trademark is the sexy female bartenders who get up on the bar and dance, sing and encourage patrons to drink more alcohol. Surprisingly, you will find a pretty even mix of men and women. The men come to ogle the "Coyotes" and the women come to let loose and dance. Women are encouraged to get up on the bar and cavort with the bartenders. Sorry, men aren't allowed on the bar. Women are also encouraged to leave their undergarments behind for the "Bra Wall of Fame." Any attire goes at Coyote Ugly. In fact, it might not be a bad idea to dress down because the bartenders occasionally take it upon themselves to spray the crowd with water.

Sky Lounge. The Sky Lounge is all but hidden on the 19th floor of Polo Towers. There are several reasons to seek it out, but two above all. First and foremost, there's a breathtaking, close-quarters view of the MGM, Monte Carlo, Aladdin, Bellagio and New York-New York casinos. You can watch as chartered helicopter tour flights take off and land across the street, follow the New York-New York's Manhattan Express roller coaster as it streaks through its run and enjoy the Bellagio's famous fountains from a terrific vantage point. Second, The bartender, three-decade Vegas veteran Wayne Bauer. He pours every drink by hand -- he seldom, if ever, uses the "gun" for anything but soda -- and embodies everything you'd expect of a Vegas bartender. Small wonder that there's a plaque over the bar that declares the Sky Lounge "Wayne's World." We just live in it.

About www.VEGAS.com
VEGAS.com is the most comprehensive website for the most entertaining city in the world: Vegas. Ranked as the world's No. 1 city travel site by comScore Media Metrix, and one of the world's top 50 travel sites by Alexa, VEGAS.com features nearly all of the city's hotels, shows, restaurants, tours and golf courses in one place. Book online at www.vegas.com or espanol.vegas.com, call 1-800-851-1703 or 1-888-719-4040 in Spanish, or visit one of more than a dozen retail locations at major hotels including the MGM Grand, Mandalay Bay, Paris, Bally's, the Palms and the Stardust. VEGAS.com is the key to finding, planning and reserving at spas, restaurants, entertainment and strip clubs, casinos, attractions nightclubs and events and provides up-to-date and extensive information that enables visitors to effectively plan their entire trip. Located in Henderson, Nevada, VEGAS.com was launched in 1998 and is owned by the Greenspun Family, who has significant interests in the media, communication, real estate and gaming industries. In addition, the family is partners with Cox Communications of Las Vegas and Landmark Communications in a 24-hour local, all-news cable channel.

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