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05-31-07, 03:26 PM
tongiht i am departing with my girlfriend to vegas for a weekend trip. i am looking forward to it, ive never been there before. im flying stand by though, so i may not make it until tomorrow. any suggestions as to what to see?
i am not rich btw hahaha, so cost must be adequate.
Just walk the strip at night and catch the shows in front of the different places. Pirate fight at Treasure Bay. Flaming Volcano eruption at Mirage. Walk the Forum Shops at Caesars. Make sure to see the dancing water at Bellagio. Very cool. The Imperial Palace has a cool car collection and I was able to get into that free either with a coupon or a sob story to the elevator operator.
Any of the Cirque du Soleil shows are awesome, but pricey. Seen Mystere and O!
05-31-07, 03:58 PM
I agree with what's already been mentioned, plus I'd suggest taking part of an afternoon to go to "old town" Vegas, Fremont Street. Some of the more nostalgic Vegas icons are down there, and they've changed part of Fremont Street into sort of an outdoor plaza. There's a covering over a couple of blocks, and every hour (I believe? May be more frequent) there is a pretty amazing light show. Plus, if funds are a concern, gambling is less expensive there than on the strip.
Vegas baby! Vegas!
double down on 11.
Water, bring lots and lots of water, the air is really dry there. Here's a tip since its about 110 degrees there, take a cotton shirt, soak it in water, wring dry, and put it on, it'll keep you cool for about half an hour.
I went there for 4 days last month and it was awesome. We stayed at the monte carlo and spent about 3-4 hrs a day by the pool catching sun, if you're only there for a weekend, I suggest you skip that. The water show at the bellagio's much better at night. If you can, splurge a little and go out to a nice dinner at Olives at the bellagio (it's on the right side of the hotel complex). You'll need relatively nice clothes and a reservation but if you're willing to wait when you get there, you can get outdoor balcony seating right next to the water show.
Treasure island is cool but make sure you check with the locals about wind conditions first. If winds blow over 20mph or something, they cancel the show for the night (wasting you valuable waiting time). The volcano at the mirage is cool, if you really want a show, go around to the back of the volcano where the entrance to the hotel is, it puts you almost right next to the flames when they go off and you will get TOASTED!
Venice and paris is pretty cool on the inside, I'd go out of my way just to see it. The gondola rides are a rip though. The other hotels are ok, a lot of shopping but not really showy like venice and paris. New york new york is ok on the inside since I already live here but if you've never been, check it out. They have a pretty fun and tame roller coaster if you want to get your gf on it. The best time to go is late at night at like 11pm when there's no line and it's cool. You can make multiple trips on it by either buying an unlimited ride pass or going through the express line and telling them you're doing a reride. My gf and I did that one night and it was awesome.
Food wise, the buffet at cesar's palace is a joke, the best value's at the monte carlo. If you like sea food, the paris buffet is pretty good too.
Take a cab down to the stratosphere tower, they have 3 really nice rides on top at like 900ft, including one that shoots you up to something like 1100ft with 4G's of force, the view from up there is worth the trip. There's no line and very few people on the ride and it's easy to sneak a camera pass the operator to take with you onto the ride. Just make sure you hold on tight and snap a few shots when you get up there.
blackjack is your best bet for gambling, it's the card game with the best odds for players. Craps has players odds too, but it's a more complicated game. Whatever you do stay away from the one armed bandits and the roulette wheels...
I also suggest getting out of Vegas and hitting Lake Mead and Valley of Fire National Park. But again, I need to reiterate... double down on 11.
05-31-07, 07:21 PM
vegas is hot, when i went the bus broke down in death valley, it was over 120 degrees, when we got to the hotel it was the driest 119 degree heat you could imagine. At night it gets to normal temperatures. jsharr as hit the nail on the head with his places to go. (I hate that expression but used it anyways)
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