Bellagio home base for NTTC national meeting

THE BELLAGIO will be home to the National Tank Truck Carriers national meeting May 10-12 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Among the attractions featured at the hotel is a collection of Monet's paintings on loan from the Boston Museum of Fine Arts.

The Bellagio gallery is open from 9 am to 9 pm daily. Among the works are Camille Monet and a Child in the Artist's Garden in Argenteuil (1875) and Grainstack (1891).

Also on view are two works from Monet's series of paintings of Rouen Cathedral — Rouen Cathedral Facade and Tour d'Albane (morning effect) (1894) and Rouen Cathedral, Facade (1894).

Two masterpieces from the artist's famous garden at Giverny are on display — Water Lilies (1905) and The Water Lily Pond (1900).

Other attractions at the hotel are fountains and light displays set to opera, classical, and whimsical music. The fountains stand in a eight-acre lake and rise to more than 1,000 feet.

Near the hotel lobby are the conservatory and botanical gardens with a kaleidoscope of blooming exotic plants and flowers that highlight each season.

The hotel has six outdoor pools, four spas, and a 1,000-square-foot shopping area filled with boutiques.

Entertainment at the hotel includes the Cirque du Soleil-O that pays homage to the theatre — street performance to operas. The show is performed nightly at 7:30 pm and 10:30 pm, Wednesday through Sunday.

When NTTC attendees venture away from the hotel, they will find performances by Gladys Knight and Celine Dion.

There also are plenty of shows that feature the music of the Las Vegas famous from the past, such as Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Elvis Presley, and Liberace — just to name a few.

When thoughts turn to food, the urge can be satisfied among Las Vegas' five-star restaurants located at the hotels and in other locations.

For those interested in night clubs and gaming, Las Vegas continues its long-time reputation in those areas.

If golf is a favorite activity, Las Vegas supplies 60 courses, some public, some private. Maybe this is the time to work on that slice — if so, there are plenty of golf instructors for instruction.

OK — so it's wanderlust. The Grand Canyon is waiting about 300 miles from Las Vegas. Sightseeing air tours are available for half day, full day, or overnight. Or, maybe experiencing Death Valley is on the trip list. Tours are available for the 135 miles that lead to the lowest spot in North America.

More information about activities in Las Vegas are available from the hotel concierge.

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