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5 things free to do in Vegas

– If you’ve got the money, Las Vegas has a million ways for you to spend it and that’s before you even hit the casino floor. Here’s a sampling of the best Las Vegas has to offer without spending a dime.

“Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas” sign. Located at the gateway to town and dating to 1959, the sign is set in the median of Las Vegas Boulevard.

Bellagio Fountains. The Bellagio resort offers majestic dancing fountains that emerge from the vast man-made lake in front of the hotel.

Neon history. A trip to the Neon Boneyard, which features more than 150 donated and rescued signs dating to the 1930s, will cost you and requires an appointment. But you can see a handful of those signs for free on a stroll through the outdoor Downtown Gallery on Fremont Street.

Hoover Dam. While a guided tour will cost you, there’s still plenty to see for free at the site about 45 minutes from the Strip.

Big Elvis. Head over to Harrah’s casino on the Strip where Pete Vallee – aka Big Elvis – presides over a piano bar from an oversized, bejeweled throne. Big Elvis’ 40-minute sets, scheduled three times an afternoon every weekday except Wednesday, include everything from the rock of his early years to gospel.

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