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    Vegas!?!?!

    Hey, guys/gals!

    Within the next 6 months or so I plan on taking a trip to Vegas.

    I have some friends who have been, but I'd like some more opinions on everything from hotels, to stuff to do (besides the obvious).

    Thanks for any advice in advance!

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    Never been there but they say it is different than anywhere else.

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    I've never been there, but one thing I've heard from people is don't get too far off the strip. Vegas as a city has been struggling big time and the areas off the strip aren't very nice from what I hear.
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    There's golfing.
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    I wanted to see Elton John there but my mom said no.

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    I've been and had a great time. It was so long ago, though, everything has changed since I was there so wouldn't be of any help to you. Have fun!!
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    I love Vegas. I usually stay on the strip. The hotels are relatively affordable due to them knowing they will get your money eventually anyway. I have the amt of money I want to donate to their economy and normally stick to it. Of course some of the entertainment is fantastic but can be expensive so you have to choose. Also usually have to plan ahead on the entertainment because they are normally sold out ahead of time. Have fun be safe and may you be prosperous, lol.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lstname89 View Post
    Hey, guys/gals!

    Within the next 6 months or so I plan on taking a trip to Vegas.

    I have some friends who have been, but I'd like some more opinions on everything from hotels, to stuff to do (besides the obvious).

    Thanks for any advice in advance!
    LAS VEGAS in this time is very hot .

    there are alot of cheap good hotels in LAS Vegas, but the Hotel that I usually go to is "The Orleans" (it's good enough for me since I don't stay in the hotel long, only for sleeping at night .

    Las Vegas Hotel Reservations | OrleansCasino.com
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    I haven't been to Vegas in years but there isn't always something to do and The Orleans had a really good buffet the last time I was there.
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    Quote Originally Posted by allamericangirl8 View Post
    I wanted to see Elton John there but my mom said no.
    That's interesting that you like Elton! You always manage to blow my mind with your musical tastes (in a good way)!
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    Thanks for the advice guys.

    I'm really only in the "beginning" stages of planning all of this out. I agree about not spending a ton on the room, just for the simple fact that I NEVER sleep, and when I do, I could care less about how fancy my surroundings are. As long as the room is CLEAN, and the bed is comfy, I'll be just fine.

    Matt and I love people watching, and sight seeing, so we're easy to please. We're bringing another couple to share expenses, but they will probably end up doing their own thing when we're there.

    This will be my first vacation out of my home state WITHOUT my parents, pretty excited. I'm usually a "pack the car, and head to the lake for some camping and fishing" type guy, so this is a HUGE change for me. My parents offered to pay my way for a beach vacation with friends after I graduated high school, but I turned them down, because I hate being labeled as the "rich kid who's parents pay for everything". I only do things that I can afford, and I'm quite proud that I have enough saved to go!
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    Will you have a car or are you flying in? Because you may prefer to stay on the strip if you don't have a car.

    Vegas Attractions and On and off Strip Attractions at LasVegas.com

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    Quote Originally Posted by opry051008 View Post
    Will you have a car or are you flying in?
    Well I do have a car, but I'm 95% sure we're going to fly.

    I would have to drive all the way through Kansas, and it's probably one of the most boring places to drive (SOOOOO FLAAATTTTT)!

    I've been on Expedia, and they seem to have some decent deals if you book your flight and hotel together. I'll probably go that route.

    Are there any restaurant recommendations? I hear it's expensive eating out there.. I would like to eat at someplace decent at least once while I'm there, as it would be a nice "couple" thing to do on vacation.

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    Haha, it's about a 3 hour flight, versus a 24 hour, 1400 mile drive...

    I do believe I'm flying! I mean I'm all for road trips, but throw Kansas into the mix along with 24 hours of driving, and I'll be one cranky guy by the time we get out there!

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    Well if you book flight and hotel they usually book you a hotel on the strip so you won't have to worry about a car or having to take the hotel shuttle to get to the strip. But make sure to check the hotel websites directly because they sometimes have some great deals.

    I don't eat at the nice restaurants so I'm not able to give you recommendations. We usually buy the 6 buffets for 24 hours deal at the beginning of the trip so after that we don't want to see food for the rest of the trip. lol.

    Make sure you go downtown to Fremont Street where they have the free light show. It's pretty cool. They also have a zip line set up down there.

    If there's a popular show you want to see you might want to book in advance because those shows may sell out. If it doesn't matter what show you see, you can wait till you get there and then go to the Discount ticket booth on the day you want to go to a show and buy what's available.

    You mentioned you would go within the next 6 months so you should know that if you go in late September or later on you won't be able to swim because the pools aren't heater and it can get pretty cool in the night. But in July and especially August, it's sooooo hot that when you're walking the strip you're basically breathing in gas fumes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by opry051008 View Post
    Well if you book flight and hotel they usually book you a hotel on the strip so you won't have to worry about a car or having to take the hotel shuttle to get to the strip. But make sure to check the hotel websites directly because they sometimes have some great deals.

    I don't eat at the nice restaurants so I'm not able to give you recommendations. We usually buy the 6 buffets for 24 hours deal at the beginning of the trip so after that we don't want to see food for the rest of the trip. lol.

    Make sure you go downtown to Fremont Street where they have the free light show. It's pretty cool. They also have a zip line set up down there.

    If there's a popular show you want to see you might want to book in advance because those shows may sell out. If it doesn't matter what show you see, you can wait till you get there and then go to the Discount ticket booth on the day you want to go to a show and buy what's available.

    You mentioned you would go within the next 6 months so you should know that if you go in late September or later on you won't be able to swim because the pools aren't heater and it can get pretty cool in the night. But in July and especially August, it's sooooo hot that when you're walking the strip you're basically breathing in gas fumes.
    So what month you do suggest?

    Should I just wait until next spring?

    Lol, I'm by no means a "fancy" person when it comes to restaurants, I just thought it would be a nice change from what I'm used to.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lstname89 View Post
    That's interesting that you like Elton! You always manage to blow my mind with your musical tastes (in a good way)!
    Advice: if you see Elton freaking John is playing in Vegas, you GO and you spend every penny you have on him. That man is a bottomless pit of talent. I would pay all the money I have saved up to see him just do, like, Someone Saved My Life Tonight, even if I was 500 feet away.

    Also, have fun in Vegas! But not too much fun. You at least wanna know your Lstname when you get back.
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    Sweet! Vegas is a fun place to visit. Lot's of touristy stuff, but there is so much to do for free. And I don't gamble, so I don't spend much beyond hotel and food.

    I have family that lives in North Vegas, so I've been to the strip many times (was actually there last weekend). I've gone the last 2 years with friends and stayed on the strip. It's great for convenience if that's where you you'll spend most of your time, because you can walk (you will walk A LOT) and take the tram around. We stayed at the Monte Carlo, and we got a pretty good deal (I believe it was under $100/night). There are certainly more economical options as well. But what I like about Monte Carlo is that it's a super nice and clean, but not overcrowded, and is in an excellent central location. The free tram is accessible right from the hotel and that takes you down the side of the strip to NYNY, the Luxor, or in the other direction Aria/City Center, the Bellagio and Caesar's Palace. There's also the Las Vegas Monorail that runs on the other side of the strip, but it's not free.

    Overall, my thoughts:
    • Explore the hotels. There is so much to see (all for free!), and the design of the hotels pay homage to different areas around the world.
    • NYNY has food shops designed to be like the village in NYC. I love New York, so this one is fun to be in. There's also a roller coaster there.
    • The Luxor (pyramid) has elevators that go diagonally. I've always wanted to ride those. Also some cool Egyptian decor and monument reproductions.
    • The Bellagio has an awesome water show synchronized to music, and runs several times an hour. Especially fun to watch at night. It's in front of the hotel (free!)
    • Caesar's Palace has a nice shopping plaza/corridor (from designer to the Gap). The ceiling's are painted like sky. It's like you're walked outside at night at dusk.
    • The Venetian has the same outside sky painted inside, and gondola rides in the river going through it.
    • MGM Grand has lions, the CSI experience and KA (the only cirque de soliel show I've seen so far—it was AWESOME!)
    • It's a bit far, but the Stratosphere is fun to go up to the observation deck and see the strip from above. There are some crazy rides up there too.
    • Another vote for Fremont Street. The light show is cool and the zip line is fun to watch (I'm gonna have to do that next time!) The men's restroom at the Californian has a piece of the Berlin wall behind the urinals.
    • If you like Pawn Stars, their shop is open to the public, it's just down the road from the Stratosphere (Gold and Silver Pawn)
    • Chinatown is nearby the strip as well, and has some cheap shopping, really good fresh boba, and good eating. I went to an awesome restaurant called Monta, it's a Japanese noodle house. It's quaint, but the noodles are freshly made and are delicious.
    • Near the strip is a seafood place called Hot n Juicy. They bring you whatever shellfish you order in a bag, you don a bib and go to town. Fun place to eat awesome food.
    • Having traveled around Vegas a fair amount, I'd have to say not all areas are rough. I'm from a small town, and larger cities aren't my favorite all the time, but I felt pretty safe in Vegas. Outside Fremont street can feel a little sketchy. We usually avoid MLK Blvd and that general area. Not that you'd have much reason to go here, but the Northern rim of Vegas is a very nice suburbia with several locals casinos, and lots of restaurants/normal town things.

    Sorry if that's a lot of info, hopefully some of it is useful. Oh, and as far as timing, the hottest months are July and August, and fizzles out from there. I went in September and the weather was warm but not crazy hot. The year before I had gone for Thanksgiving and it was cold (probably low 40s), but hot a few weeks later when I went back with friends in December. Strange. Fall and Spring would probably be your best bets for moderate temperatures, just check the weather leading up to your trip and you'll be fine. And obviously no matter where you are, just be aware of your surroundings, be safe and have fun!

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