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findingnine
post Mar 13 2009, 02:45 AM
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Seems like the Most likely destination, but always seem to put it off.

Who's made a special trip there?

Was it worth it?

Did you leave your secrets there?


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post Mar 13 2009, 08:25 AM
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I've cashed in on the Las Vegas bargain airfares and used it as a jump-off point for the Grand Canyon, northern Arizona and other western national parks. As long as you don't squander your money in the casinos, it's a damn inexpensive destination too.

No secrets I'm afraid. Sorry.


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post Mar 13 2009, 08:52 AM
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My mom and dad went with their friends.
They stayed at the "Hooters" hotel...yeah... I don' t know if they created any secrets...

I'm not too enthusiastic about Vegas, but I guess I would stop for a night if I was driving through.


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post Mar 13 2009, 12:05 PM
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Oh, gosh, VEGAS...

I have to say, I LOVE the tag line, "What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas" --it's brilliant!

I've been there several times, mainly because my husband has had to go for business. But do I really LIKE Vegas? Not really. I don't care to gamble. I have to have money put in my hand and someone push me down in a seat to get me to gamble. Of course, then it's kinda fun, but I only spend whatever money I started with, 'cause it's just not worth putting more and more $$ in those machines.

I'm too old now to be a big partier, and I get pissed off when everyone else keeps me awake 'til 4 am (stay at Mandalay Bay if you want to experience that). So that leaves shows and restaurants.

Last time we had to go out that way (what? a month ago?) I specifically picked a place to stay in Lake Las Vegas...away from the strip, and not a one-armed bandit in sight!

BUT, all that said, it is a fun place, and you should experience it at least once!


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post Mar 13 2009, 04:13 PM
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I also avoided the gambling when I was there, finding so much else to see & do. So I found it a very inexpensive vacation. As for secrets, I'm getting too old to do anything scandelous.


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post Mar 13 2009, 05:47 PM
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QUOTE(findingnine @ Mar 13 2009, 03:45 AM) *

Seems like the Most likely destination, but always seem to put it off.

Who's made a special trip there?

Was it worth it?

Did you leave your secrets there?


Yes, Yes, and Yes. devil.png

My secret is the Imperial Palace. Unless you can find any specials that make one of the top hotels crazy cheap (there are some really good ones floating around right now) you can get rooms at the Imperial Palace for $50 a night on weeknights and about $100 a night on weekends which, for a hotel on the main strip, is very cheap. That's about the only good thing for the hotel compared to what the others offer. Well, that, they do give Jager Bombs at the slot machines if you ask.


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post Mar 13 2009, 05:54 PM
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QUOTE(jeremystravels @ Mar 13 2009, 06:47 PM) *
they do give Jager Bombs at the slot machines if you ask.

Giddy uppa!


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post Mar 13 2009, 06:06 PM
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Took grown sons (25ish) to Vegas over Thanksgiving holidays a year ago. Had a lovely stay at the Mirage and found it an inexpensive vacation. Many places to walk and see, nickel slots make the money last, and care free atmosphere made it enjoyable for all of us.
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post Mar 14 2009, 09:01 AM
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I went to go visit a buddy of mine there last year. We spent a total of about an hour in the casino...then the rest of the time was spent going out to Red Rock Canyon and climbing, going to the firing range and renting a bunch of different guns to try, and walking around the strip. Here's a link if you're interested


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post Mar 14 2009, 11:25 AM
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What kind of Climbing?


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post Mar 14 2009, 02:22 PM
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Yeah, I've been there... all these flash hotels and I stayed in the Motel 6 biggrin.gif

I think I was a little too young to appreciate it tbh, but still, it does have to be seen to be believed!
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post Mar 14 2009, 03:36 PM
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Just give me the Bellagio fountains and I am happy... hence my picture.


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post Mar 15 2009, 09:21 AM
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QUOTE(findingnine @ Mar 14 2009, 12:25 PM) *

What kind of Climbing?


I don't know exactly what you'd call it, it wasn't vertical rock climbing like in one of the pictures of the link on my previous post. We were going up 45 and 60deg angles going up as far as we wanted. It was way more than hiking, but not true rock climbing IMO.

@Jeremy
Yeah, the Bellagio's fountains were impressive. Though I also got to see the guy in the little motorboat trolling around the lagoon picking up trash! How do you get a job like that???


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I love Vegas! It ranks only 2nd to Key West as places I've visited the most. It is fun for anyone and with that variety every time you go can be a different experience.
Vegas can be thrilling without ever seeing a gaming room or drinking with its amazing hotels and pools, restaurants and on the Strip alone you can go on roller coasters, view tigers and an aquarium. As an adult, there is so much trouble to have from unique bar after unique bar to all kinds of shows.
On our honeymoon we stayed at Mandalay Bay and we never had to leave. It has a ton of pools and a manmade beach with waves in the swimming pool! The place had so many bars such a Russian bar with the bar made from ice, a rum bar and a tequila bar. There are also endless delicious restaurants. This hotel has its own aquarium. And the spa was the best one I have ever been too. All of this was just inside of the hotel!!
I love eating at the Nine, seeing a Cirque Doleil or Penn and Teller show.
And the poker tables!!!!!
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post Mar 16 2009, 09:01 AM
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Are there any nice spas there?

Also, I heard that a good day trip would be the surrounding desert and the Grand Canyon, yes?


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Forget the gambling.. I'd just party my entire time there. lol


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post Mar 16 2009, 09:26 AM
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QUOTE(starlagurl @ Mar 16 2009, 10:01 AM) *

Are there any nice spas there?

Also, I heard that a good day trip would be the surrounding desert and the Grand Canyon, yes?



I am sure there are tons of nice spas, but all probably really expensive given the price of everything else. The Grand Canyon is a decent drive from what i've seen, about 300 miles, I think it would almost require a night there to do it proper especially if you want to hike it at all. Red Rock Canyon is supposed to be really good for hiking and is a bit closer that can be done in a single day out from Vegas.


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QUOTE(starlagurl @ Mar 16 2009, 07:01 AM) *

Are there any nice spas there?

Also, I heard that a good day trip would be the surrounding desert and the Grand Canyon, yes?


Spas? Did someone say spas? biggrin.gif

The Venetian has the Canyon Ranch Spa which is one of the best I've been to--it's my favorite actually. There is also an adjacent cafe with delicious, HEALTHY food (that's where I eat instead of calling for room service). The menu tells you how many calories, carbs, if its vegetarian, etc. For the spa, you have to buy a day pass, but you can use the facility (gym stuff and all that) AND take all kinds of great classes. Then if you want to do spa treatments, those are fantastic as well.

And I do believe there are plenty of excursions you can take from Vegas as well...hiking tours, rafting tours, heli tours, etc out to the desert and Grand Canyon.


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post Mar 16 2009, 12:02 PM
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Mmmmm spas.... thanks for the tips. I think this calls for a new topic...


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QUOTE(starlagurl @ Mar 16 2009, 02:01 PM) *

Are there any nice spas there?

Also, I heard that a good day trip would be the surrounding desert and the Grand Canyon, yes?



Yep, me and John got married in Las Vegas and the next day we took a flight to the grand canyon - it took an hour to get there.


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