Travel Weeklys Las Vegas E-letter: March 15, 2005

INSANITY-THE RIDE opened March 10 at the Stratosphere Casino Hotel and Tower. The attraction, which dangles riders and spins them over the edge of the towers outdoor observation deck, is the fourth and final major thrill ride attraction to be built at the top of the 1,149-foot-tall structure. It, along with the Stratospheres Big Shot, High Roller and X Scream, rank as the worlds four highest thrill rides. Several ticket packages are available, including a combination tower admission and Insanity-The Ride pass for $15. Rerides will cost $4 each. For details on the ride, click on www.insanityride.com.

THE ATOMIC TESTING MUSEUM, which opened last month, focuses on the work done at the Nevada Test Site, which served as the countrys principal North American nuclear weapons testing facility from 1951 to 1992. Designed to be interactive, the 8,000-square-foot, permanent-exhibit hall features touch screens, motion-sensitive plasma TV presentations and audio interviews with former workers from the test site as well as pieces of the Berlin Wall and the World Trade Center and artifacts on loan from personal collections, the Smithsonian Institution and the Lawrence Livermore Laboratory. Adjacent to the museum, which also has a 2,000-square-foot, temporary-exhibit hall, a museum store and a history walk, are the Nuclear Testing Archives, a collection of more than 310,000 documents related to radioactive fallout from U.S. testing of nuclear devices. Located just off the Strip on East Flamingo Road, the museum is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays and from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Sundays. Admission is $10 per person, with discounts available for senior citizens, students and military personnel with proper identification. For more information, call (702) 794-5161 or visit www.atomictestingmuseum.org.

ATA VACATIONS Linger Longer Sale features savings of up to $150 per couple on Las Vegas bookings made by March 25 for travel April 11 through June 30. Sample prices with air from Indianapolis start at $309, which includes a four-night stay at Circus Circus Hotel & Casino. The promotional code LINGER05 must be entered at the time of booking to receive the savings. Reservations can be made at www.vaxvacationaccess.com, the VAX VacationAccess technology via Amadeus AgentNet, Sabre Vacations and Vacation.com AgentNet or via www.atavacations.com.

THROUGH MARCH 31, clients who book an air-inclusive NWA WorldVacations Las Vegas package for travel through Sept. 9 can save $50 on plans ranging in price from $799 to $1,398 or $125 on packages priced at $1,399 or more. An additional $25 savings is available when booking an option such as golf, spa services or a car rental. For more information, visit www.nwaworldvacationsagent.com.

FORBIDDEN VEGAS, performed at the Westin Theatre at the Westin Casuarina Hotel & Spa at 8 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays, will add a second show at 5 p.m. March 26, the Saturday before Easter. In addition, the show and the Westin Casuarina have teamed up to offer a 40 for 40 gaming promotion through April 2. Open to new and current Westin Casuarina Players Club members, the deal gives $40 in free slot play to those who purchase a Forbidden Vegas show ticket for $39.95 plus tax through the Westin Theatre box office.

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