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Bryan M. Wolfe
| August 8, 2011
The Best Apps When Traveling To Las Vegas
There’s no place quite like Las Vegas with its neon signs, fantastic nightlife and of course, numerous 24/7 casinos. For those making a trip to Sin City, we recommend the following apps for the iPhone/iPod touch and iPad. Vegas Mate The best Vegas app by far is this one from the Vegas Media Group. Priced at $1.99, this universal app includes all the latest information on the gambling capital of the U.S. This includes information and reviews on Hotels, Restaurants, and Activities plus a fantastic selection of photos. Vegas Mate also includes customized trip templates, many that are free, such as the Wine Bar Pub Crawl, the Gastronomical Golf Getaway, and the Midweek Party Animal. Those that cost money are $.99 as part of in-app purchases. You can also use the app to find the best rates based on arrival and department dates. Also, Vegas Mate includes a nice selection of maps by satellite, street or casino and links to current news and weather. Best of all, as events change in Vegas, so does the app. When updates are released, they are handled directly in the app. In other words, when an update is available, you'll be able to do so without ever leaving the app. Viva Las Vegas, Baby! Another universal app, Las Vegas, Baby!, arranges everything alphabetically, offering reviews on everything from the Absinthe burlesque show at Caesar’s Palace to Sin City’s most risqué Cirque de Soleil show, Zumanity. Each list includes hours of operations, prices, website listing and telephone number. Like Vegas Mate, here you’ll also get a nice assortment of photos. Hotel Apps You don't actually have to spend a dime to learn more about Las Vegas. Many of the city's top hotels have Many Las Vegas hotels also have their own iPhone apps, including Wynn, Luxor, Caesars Place, Palms, New York,-New York, MGM Grand, Mandalay Bay and The Bellagio. Aria, one of Vegas’s newest resorts and casino, also offers a free universal app. Finally, perhaps the best place to find all things Vegas is to shop for e-books using iBooks, Amazon’s Kindle, or Barnes & Noble’s Nook apps. Our favorites are the Unofficial Guide To Las Vegas 2011, The Sordid Las Vegas, and Fool Me Once.