|Posted: 1/19/2014 8:33:10 PM|Spending a few days in Vegas next month with DH. We are touring the Grand Canyon and seeing a Cirque show for sure. I'd love suggestions for good places for dinner and also some good places for lunch.
Any other must sees?
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|Posted: 1/19/2014 10:26:06 PM|Play the table games.
How many days is "a few"? The Grand Canyon will take all of one day. The Cirque show will take part of a night.
Go down to Fremont if you haven't been there and enjoy gambling. It is old and relaxed and fun.
How much do you want to spend on food? Do you have a preference for a certain type? Here is a recent thread I posted where people talked about food... where to eat in Vegas
ETA: When DH and I went in 2012, he was at a conference so I spent two and a half days just wandering the Strip with no real plan. I saw more of it on that trip than I did in the two times I have gone since. I enjoyed walking around the casinos even if I wasn't playing. I rode the monorail to different casinos searching for Dr. Pepper the first day.
If you haven't been and aren't expecting to go back soon, do the typical touristy stuff. See the volcano (I'm not a fan, but you should see), watch the fountains (I love these), take the gondola if it interests you, go up to the Eifle tower, ride the roller coasters. Honestly anything you think you want to do, do it. The view from the top of the Stratosphere is cool. None of these are MUST SEES, but part of the Vegas experience for most.
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|Posted: 1/19/2014 10:27:31 PM|
There's nothing to do there.
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|Posted: 1/19/2014 10:53:55 PM|The top of the Strasophere is a must see. I have been there several times and the view is incredible. I can see the house I grew up in from there.
I don't know if you've ever been here but Hoover Dam is cool. The new expansion bridge they opened a couple of years ago is crazy. I am deathly afraid of heights but I walked to the middle of it to shoot the dam.
Red Rock is beautiful. Walking the Strip is cool. Fremont is crazy! Lots of drunks but the people watching is incredible. The Vegas sign is at the south end of the Strip near Russell Rd. That's a must. There's a shopping center not too far from there called Town Square. It's all outdoor and very nice. Juicy Couture, Sephora, Apple, MAC, Old Navy, B & BW, H & M, etc. Plus, lots of dining.
The buffets are nice but you definitely get what you pay for. The higher price one's are worth it, IMO. There's a diner about 5 miles west of the strip called The Black Bear Diner (Tropicana & Jones) that is great. Awesome food. Ridiculously inexpensive!
The fountains at Bellagio. Mirage is a beautiful hotel. Still one of my faves.
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|Posted: 1/19/2014 11:27:24 PM|
Valley of Fire is gorgeous, Loved it.
I don't think you will have a hard time finding stuff to do.
Go to the half price ticket booth and see what shows are going, those are daily last minute tickets.
Also, check groupon and living social, they always have tons of deals on renting fancy cars, salons, gun ranges, etc.
Theres a "everything you need in case of a zombie apocalypse" store
Museum for Nuclear bombs was cool, don't pay extra to do the area 51 - totally cheesy and dumb
The Tropicana has a cool interactive museum for the Mob and the beginnings of Las Vegas, that was really cool and had lots of info. ( I did a groupon for that, worth it)
I think the problem you are going to have once you get there is you wont have enough time to do everything you want.
Free shows to catch - Bellagio fountains of course, and the Mirage volcano is one of my favs.
Mirage also has a neat animal sanctuary there - white tigers and such, though sometimes sad to see them in such small cages.
Big aquarium and shark reef at Mandalay bay
Roller COaster at NYNY
Hopefully that gives you a good starting point! We go there about once a year or 2
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|Posted: 1/19/2014 11:46:03 PM|
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|Posted: 1/20/2014 1:05:09 AM|I like the Springs Preserve natural and local history museum/habitat/educational center. But nobody ever seems to be looking for that sort of thing in Las Vegas.
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|Posted: 1/20/2014 1:15:56 AM|
SO and I found Serendipity 3 in front of Caesar's Palace. We ate breakfast there twice in the few days we were there. Huge portions so we split our meals and good too! Fun atmosphere!
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|Posted: 1/20/2014 2:27:05 AM|We went to visit a friend there last summer. She took us to Fremont Street. Much less crowded than the strip and lots of photo ops and street art when we went.
|Posted: 1/20/2014 6:45:36 AM|
Dh and I are like a pp, we just wander up and down the strip and go through the casinos. We usually buy tickets for one big show while we are there and they go to the 1/2 off ticket place on the other days to see if there is something we want to see and if so, we will buy tickets. That usually takes up a portion of the morning.
Our favorite meal there was at Mesa.
|Posted: 1/20/2014 8:16:12 AM|
I second Red Rock. Actually it is the only place I will go and stay in Vegas anymore (been 4 times prior where we stayed on the strip).
I am probably more fuddy-duddy than most. But my life experiences have led me to believe that while it can be fun, there is also a side to Vegas that I hate supporting. I can no longer block out the negative sides of it (sex, gambling and alcohol addictions). While many have no negative issues with it, I've been personally affected by all three within immediate family. So it just makes it harder, kwim?
I suspect I could handle about 1 day/early evening on the strip and hitting all the major landmarks.
|Posted: 1/20/2014 8:28:43 AM|
I know you said you're already planning a Cirque show, but maybe consider adding Absinthe at Caesar's to your list as well. That show was the absolute highlight of our trip to Vegas a year ago.