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findingnine
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?
mmbcross
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.
starlagurl
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.
kitkatgo
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!
polydemic
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.
jeremystravels
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.
findingnine
QUOTE(jeremystravels @ Mar 13 2009, 06:47 PM) *
they do give Jager Bombs at the slot machines if you ask.

Giddy uppa!
smalltowntravel
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.
big_red_truck
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
findingnine
What kind of Climbing?
sianeth
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!
jeremystravels
Just give me the Bellagio fountains and I am happy... hence my picture.
big_red_truck
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???
exploreamerica
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!!!!!
What's not to love??
starlagurl
Are there any nice spas there?

Also, I heard that a good day trip would be the surrounding desert and the Grand Canyon, yes?
skylab
Forget the gambling.. I'd just party my entire time there. lol
jeremystravels
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.
kitkatgo
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.
starlagurl
Mmmmm spas.... thanks for the tips. I think this calls for a new topic...
travelmonster
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.
big_red_truck
Yeah its very easy to take a day trip to the surrounding desert. Red Rock Canyon and Death Valley are the two I know off the top of my head
darrenstravels
I've been there on two separate occasions, both times with just my partner (that's two separate partners). It was a lot of fun, we got up to lots of hi jinks but I think it would be far, far better with a load of your mates. Which is good since my friend is getting married there.

For me though, the best thing about Vegas is its location - so many cool things to see and do a few hours out of the city.
starlagurl
Just found a list of the cheapest deals in Vegas, some are really surprising: http://www.lasvegasadvisor.com/topten.cfm

1. Room Rates - Golden Gate et al. - - $19 and up

2. Steak Dinner - Ellis Island - 24 hours - $6.95

3. Shrimp Cocktail - Golden Gate - 11 am-2 am - 99

4. Buffet - M Resort - Daily - $8.95-$25.95

5. Prime Rib - South Point - 24 hours - $12.95

6. Fontana Bar - Bellagio - Daily - $6

7. Lunch Comp - Crown & Anchor - Daily - $20 Buy-in

8. Show Discounts - Cirque du Soleil - Daily - Five Shows

9. Beer - Casino Royale - Daily - $1

10. Steak & Eggs - Arizona Charlie's Decatur - Daily - $3.99
kathryn77
QUOTE(sianeth @ Mar 14 2009, 08:22 PM) *

Yeah, I've been there... all these flash hotels and I stayed in the Motel 6 biggrin.gif



Hee hee - I stayed in "Sin City Hostel"

It was alright for a night, but it was close to downtown, and I wasn't impressed when a trucker kerb crawled me trying to 'pick me up' as I walked to the bus stop! Filthy man!! (I decided it wasn't really the best place for a girl on their own quite quickly!)
jeremystravels
QUOTE(starlagurl @ Jun 10 2009, 01:50 PM) *

Just found a list of the cheapest deals in Vegas, some are really surprising: http://www.lasvegasadvisor.com/topten.cfm

1. Room Rates - Golden Gate et al. - - $19 and up
2. Steak Dinner - Ellis Island - 24 hours - $6.95
3. Shrimp Cocktail - Golden Gate - 11 am-2 am - 99
4. Buffet - M Resort - Daily - $8.95-$25.95
5. Prime Rib - South Point - 24 hours - $12.95
6. Fontana Bar - Bellagio - Daily - $6
7. Lunch Comp - Crown & Anchor - Daily - $20 Buy-in
8. Show Discounts - Cirque du Soleil - Daily - Five Shows
9. Beer - Casino Royale - Daily - $1
10. Steak & Eggs - Arizona Charlie's Decatur - Daily - $3.99


Most of these sound absolutely disgusting minus the cirque du soleil discounts!! Hard Rock Cafe has a $7.77 gamblers special meal that includes steak and sides, its not advertised so you have to ask. As for on strip hotels the Imperial Palace has the best location and price [$40 on weeknights, $100 on weekends]. With Cirque I'd definitely check ahead of time, they sell out pretty easily, and right now have great discounts on weeknight shows for the summer
starlagurl
Oh, I guess you've tried some of the meals then? Which ones?
jeremystravels
QUOTE(starlagurl @ Jun 11 2009, 08:31 AM) *

Oh, I guess you've tried some of the meals then? Which ones?


I only ate at the midnight breakfast special at the Imperial Palace where it was like a steak, eggs, hashbrowns, and toast for a few bucks ($4 maybe?). Most of those places that have some cheap restaurant way in the back are ok, but I am partial to the buffets at lunch time instead [about twice as much but the food is top notch]. The spice market buffet at Planet Hollywood, the French buffet at Paris, and the World Market buffet at the Rio are all pretty good and pretty reasonable [$14 at lunch time I think]. The only difference between dinner time is they add crab legs and a bit more seafood and charge $8-$10 more. That is the best deal I think you can get.

The one problem with some of those deals is those places are so far removed from the strip that it is entirely not worth it to seek out just for a cheap meal. With the exception of Fremont St which is easily reachable from the Duece there is not much outside the main strip that I have tried to do. Well, there is In and Out Burger but you need a car/taxi to do that, sigh.

Also if you go to Mon Ami Gabi at Paris right at 4 when they open for the dinner crowd you can get a seat outside looking over the Bellagio fountains pretty easy
starlagurl
Ahhh, I see... definitely not worth the extra gas and cab fare to save a few bucks...

But getting off the strip would be an adventure in itself, no?
starlagurl
I just came across the 10 things to do if you want to get arrested in Vegas

1. Swim in a fountain
2. Tell dumb jokes to the TSA when you're on your way back
3. Use the iPhone card counter app
4. Play VIP and flee
5. Play Three Card Monte on the street
6. Cheating with dealers
7. Drinking and driving
8. Go back into a casino after getting kicked out
9. Prostitution
10. Fighting with a bouncer

From: http://www.vegaschatter.com/story/2009/6/2...rested_In_Vegas
kathryn77
QUOTE(starlagurl @ Jun 30 2009, 09:35 PM) *

I just came across the 10 things to do if you want to get arrested in Vegas

1. Swim in a fountain



Ha ha ha. My imagination is running riot right now!!!
ashleyrenee
Me and about 8 of my closet friends all went to vegas for our 21st birthdays it was amazing to be able to walk down the strip at night and even in the day. You feel like a celebrity there. Everyone is super friendly (mostly because they want you to buy stuff from them)

The clubs are so much fun if that is what you are interested in. My favorite was Prive which was in out hotel, Planet Hollywood. Most hotels require you to dress somewhat formal. Some are even black suit and tie attire.

One of my favorite things to see was the Bellagio show at midnight. It was beautiful very enchanting. I didn't gamble once but I quickly discovered that if you sit at the machines and make it look like you are gambling you get free drinks from the casino... small tip if you are tight on money

ashleyrenee
i actually did number 10. fighting with a bouncer but I didn't get arrested. He didn't believe that my ID really was me, so I suggest that you're ID picture is really up to date. I was not using a fake ID and was not let in to one of the clubs... hence the argument with the bouncer.
kathryn77
QUOTE(ashleyrenee @ Jul 10 2009, 12:11 AM) *

i actually did number 10. fighting with a bouncer but I didn't get arrested. He didn't believe that my ID really was me, so I suggest that you're ID picture is really up to date. I was not using a fake ID and was not let in to one of the clubs... hence the argument with the bouncer.



Good tip Ashley! BTW, I think you PM'd me while I was in Thailand - just got back, I'll reply properly over the w/e.

Slightly on your topic, but off this topic thread, I know someone who tried to use her friends ID to get in a club in London. She is white, her friend is black - she didn't get in. (lol)
starlagurl
Ashley is a little bit feisty! What club was the fight at?
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