Travel Weeklys Las Vegas E-letter: January 17, 2006

A BANYAN TREE that served as a Palm Beach, Fla., landmark for more than 100 years will become the centerpiece of several shows this year at the Bellagios Conservatory & Botanical Gardens. The tree, which had been slated to be destroyed after it was diagnosed with a fatal fungus, was spared after Audra Danzak, Bellagios executive director of horticulture, learned of its fate and subsequently created a display for it. During the Chinese New Year exhibit, which will run through Feb. 25, visitors to the conservatory will be able to walk through the tree, whose trunk at the base measures 40 feet in diameter. The tree also can be seen from March 5 through May 13 during the Spring Celebration, from May 21 through Sept. 9 during the Summer Garden Party and from Sept .17 through Nov. 25 at the Harvest Show.

THE STRATOSPHERE Casino Hotel and Towers Top of the World Lounge is sporting a new look -- as well as a new name -- these days. Romance at Top of the World has been completely remodeled, right down to a new glass-topped bar accented by fiber optics. The nightspot features 12 VIP sections with views of either the Strip or surrounding areas, bottle service and upscale, pricey drinks like the signature Top of the World Martini (Hennessy Paradis, Grand Marnier and Ultimat CV vodka) priced at $100 each. The lounge, located on level 107 of the Stratosphere Tower, is open daily from 4 p.m. to 2 a.m.

CELINE DION is in and Madonna is out -- at least at the Imperial Palace Hotel & Casinos Legends in Concert celebrity tribute show. The production, in its 23rd year at the property, also includes performances by impersonators of Prince, Shania Twain, Aretha Franklin, the Rolling Stones and Elvis Presley. Performances start at 7:30 p.m. and 10 p.m. nightly except Sunday, and tickets prices range from $24.95 for children 12 and under to $59.95. Dinner-and-show packages also are available. For reservations, call (888) 777-7664 or (702) 794-3261; for more information, visit

JUST IN TIME for Valentines Day, Paris-Las Vegas this month debuts the Eiffel Tower Marriage Proposal package. Priced from $25 to $600, the plan includes a variety of options to say I love you, including long-stem roses, champagne, photography and the use of a semi-private area of the Eiffel Tower. Those seeking the ultimate marriage proposal can opt for the private use of the entire Eiffel Tower, which starts at $2,500. For details on weddings at Paris-Las Vegas, visit


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