las vegasAt Safety 2013, you can be in three different places – two different countries – at once: Las Vegas, New York and Paris. Las Vegas, of course, is the city playing host to the American Society of Safety Engineers’ (ASSE) annual convention that takes place June 22-28.

New York and Paris won’t actually be in Vegas, but they’ll appear to be. You can gaze at the impressive New York City skyline from the New York-New York Hotel/Casino (the Strip at Tropicana). And if you’ve always wanted to see the Eiffel Tower, you can see the Las Vegas version of it in front of the Paris Hotel & Casino. As is typical of Las Vegas, that Eiffel Tower may even be more brightly lighted than the original.

If, like thousands of EHS professionals, you’re planning on attending Safety 2013 you may want to set aside an extra day or two to enjoy some non-convention activities.

For instance, check out the Hoover Dam, officially named one of “America’s Seven Modern Civil Engineering Wonders” by the American Society of Civil Engineers. A breathtaking and stylish monument to American ingenuity and determination and a cautionary tale for anyone concerned with occupational safety, the dam transformed the American west – at a high cost to many of the thousands of workers who braved dangerous conditions to construct it. Hoover Dam is 30 miles southeast of Las Vegas.

When you tire of the neon casino lights, grab some sunlight during a paddlewheel cruise on the clean blue waters of Lake Mead. The lake is only minutes from Las Vegas.

The Harley-Davidson Café offers hearty food and the opportunity to enjoy thousands of items of HD memorabilia on display while you eat it. Custom motorcycles owned by Elvis, Billy Joel Ann-Margaret are joined by a replica of the “Captain America” bike -- seen in the movie, Easy Rider -- which is available for souvenir pictures.  

After dessert, if you’re in the mood for a quickie wedding or a vowel renewal, you can get that done at the café’s Chopper Chapel.

The best view of the city is said to be from the top of the Stratosphere, a 1,149 foot tall tower. Another not-to-be-missed item: a light show downtown known as the Fremont Street Experience.

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