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#47of100TeamMC
04-28-2009, 11:44 AM
My wife and I are heading to Fabulous Las Vegas NV next Thursday to Monday (May 7th-11th) for our Anniversary. I have never been, and my wife has been there once over 10yrs ago. I was wondering if I could get some pointers for the trip from you who have been.

We are staying at the Venetian. We are not gamblers. If I have a quarter in my pocket there is about a 5% chance I will choose to waste it in a slot machine. We are thinking about renting a Goldwing and driving to Lake Mead one day and maybe taking the Hoover dam tour. We would like to see a show or 2. Maybe "Le Reve" at the Wynn?

Any recommendatioins would be helpful, Is there a day that would be better for heading to lake mead, Maybe Friday vs. the weekend? Good restaurants that won't break the budget? Any discount show ticket booths for "Day-of" show tickets?

Anything else a guy should know?
Thanks in Advance.

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CantRepeat
04-28-2009, 11:50 AM
Use the monorail system to get around, buy a weekend pass for cheap. The water fountain show and the Bellagio hotel is awesome and free. The lights on Fremont are kind of cool. There are street performers down there two(downtown). Don't go to the Ruth's Chris Steak House in Vegas, it blows!

There is a comedy show at Harriah's - The Improv, very cool show for dirt cheap. http://www.harrahs.com/EventsDetail.do?locationCode=LAS&detailName=the-improv-detail&eventTitle=The%20Improv

Don't be so put off by gambling. The best time is right after breakfast at the $1.00 blackjack table. Take out 20 bucks and ask the dealer to have some fun. My wife never played cards until the last time we went. Bet small and just have fun.

#47of100TeamMC
04-28-2009, 03:06 PM
Thanks, the Improv looks cool!

Anybody ever done a Helicopter Tour of the Grand Canyon?
http://www.bundubashers.com/images/Grand%20Canyon%20helicopter%20tours%2024.jpg
www.choppercharter.com

mtajpa
04-28-2009, 08:08 PM
Weekends are very crowded especially in the afternoon. Friday would be your best bet for the Hoover Dam trip you'll also get to see the construction in progress of the Hoover Dam Bypass Bridge. It is pretty amazing. Hope you enjoy your trip.

h2oskifreak
04-29-2009, 02:17 AM
The Comedy Stop at the Tropicana is an old school comedy room and has 3 comedians per performance. Cheap and a classic. Usually there is a buy get one free coupon in the "Whats On" magazine in your hotel room. If your into cars there is a pretty good collection at the Imperial Palace. KA Cirque de sole at the MGM is pretty good and so is "O" at Balagio. Get on Vegas.com and see if anyone is in town you want to see. If so, buy your tickets ahead of time and direct from the venue. The sites (web) mark up the tickets and they arn't any better seats. Check seating charts and know what you are buying. Have fun and good luck with the trip.

wakeX2wake
04-29-2009, 02:30 AM
go see the cirque du soleil "O" show... for me... it was worth the flight out and easily twice the ticket price... you will not be disappointed... it plays at the Bellagio nightly... the more expensive tickets are worth it... i'd get lower level close to the middle... easily my favorite part of the trip... i've seen 4 cirque shows and "O" is the best one i've seen

also the forum shops at the caesars palace are cool to check out...

if you like sowestern type spicy food... i would highly highly recommend eating at the mesa grill at caesars... it's bobby flay's restaurant and his good friend is the chef there... its a little pricey at 60-80 per steak and served al la carte but VERY good...

enjoy the trip...

ProStar200
04-29-2009, 02:51 AM
Vegas is Vegas, everything is good. Gambling or not. The sites, the tours, the shows. Gambling is gambling, whether at your local Casino or in Vegas. The only difference is that you are in the home of Gambling. The history is what it is all about.

#47of100TeamMC
04-29-2009, 10:12 AM
Weekends are very crowded especially in the afternoon. Friday would be your best bet for the Hoover Dam trip you'll also get to see the construction in progress of the Hoover Dam Bypass Bridge. It is pretty amazing. Hope you enjoy your trip.

Yeah, I'm torn...

Drive to Hoover Dam...
http://www.lasplash.com/uploads/1/corvette_convertible_3_004_001.jpg

Or fly over...
http://ourweddingandstuff.com/images/Grand%20Canyon%20Helicopter_01.jpg

One costs about twice as much as the other... But, still cheaper than hitting the tables and more fun.

damaged442
04-29-2009, 10:37 AM
We hit Top of the World in the Stratosphere. The food was very good and the view was amazing. The restaurant rotates and it takes a little over an hour to go all the way around. The wife and I thought it was pretty cool. We did the gondola ride at the Venetian which was cool for 10 bucks. We saw Ka at MGM, which was their Cirque show. Wanted to see O, but ran out of time. There are good shows everywhere. Some are big money, others aren't. The day we left, I could have seen Flogging Molly for $25. Harley Davidson Cafe was overrated IMO. We also ate at Rao's in Caesars which was good. Paid $12 for a Samuel Smith's IPA, but I think it was the only good beer in Vegas. Note: Everything looks like it's walking distance...it's farther than you think. From Caesars to MGM was at least 20 minutes and we weren't walking slowly. Like people said, check out who's playing where online and what you might like to do, and try to come up with a rough itinerary. It helps. I'll try to think of other stuff I'd recommend. Have fun!!

sizzler
04-29-2009, 10:41 AM
Thanks, the Improv looks cool!

Anybody ever done a Helicopter Tour of the Grand Canyon?
http://www.bundubashers.com/images/Grand%20Canyon%20helicopter%20tours%2024.jpg
www.choppercharter.com

yeah...we did the chopper tour...went with MAVERICK TOURS...flew over the dam out to the canyon,landed at the base and had a champagne breakfast(sparkiling wine and muffins)....fantastic views and awesome scenery.....came back over redrock desert(i think thats the name)....and then flew down the strip.......was most memorable....

also....go to MIX at the top of THEHOTEL at Mandalay bay......stunning views of the strip and the waitresses.....both were jaw-dropping......

#47of100TeamMC
04-29-2009, 11:35 AM
We hit Top of the World in the Stratosphere. The food was very good and the view was amazing. The restaurant rotates and it takes a little over an hour to go all the way around. The wife and I thought it was pretty cool. We did the gondola ride at the Venetian which was cool for 10 bucks. We saw Ka at MGM, which was their Cirque show. Wanted to see O, but ran out of time. There are good shows everywhere. Some are big money, others aren't. The day we left, I could have seen Flogging Molly for $25. Harley Davidson Cafe was overrated IMO. We also ate at Rao's in Caesars which was good. Paid $12 for a Samuel Smith's IPA, but I think it was the only good beer in Vegas. Note: Everything looks like it's walking distance...it's farther than you think. From Caesars to MGM was at least 20 minutes and we weren't walking slowly. Like people said, check out who's playing where online and what you might like to do, and try to come up with a rough itinerary. It helps. I'll try to think of other stuff I'd recommend. Have fun!!

Hey Thanks! Great ideas here! I've got a running list of things to check into. I also ordered a Garmin GPS off Amazon to take along... I've thought about one for quite some time now, and thought it would come in handy when wandering around wondering where stuff is.

Thanks,
Looking forward to this trip!

#47of100TeamMC
04-29-2009, 11:36 AM
yeah...we did the chopper tour...went with MAVERICK TOURS...flew over the dam out to the canyon,landed at the base and had a champagne breakfast(sparkiling wine and muffins)....fantastic views and awesome scenery.....came back over redrock desert(i think thats the name)....and then flew down the strip.......was most memorable....

also....go to MIX at the top of THEHOTEL at Mandalay bay......stunning views of the strip and the waitresses.....both were jaw-dropping......

Thanks Sizz, There seems to be endless companies that offer chopper tours... I would go with a recommendation any day. I'm checking into Maverick Tours.

Thanks!

h2oskifreak
04-29-2009, 04:44 PM
The rest at Stratophhere is called "Top of the World". It is cool, I have been a bunch. It's a little pricy, but the menu can be viewed on line to see if it within your range. My G.F. thought it was the best atmosphere she had ever seen in a rest. and she's no rookie. Impressing her was worth the effort and price. You go through security before going up the elevator so leave the hand gun at the room if you have a concealed permit.

TX.X-30 fan
04-29-2009, 08:04 PM
Top of the world is a nice dinner spot, there are much better but with the view and all its very fun. The rest of the place is a dump unless you enjoy video poker they seem to specialize in that. If your a coaster fan you can find a few good ones on the strip and they always seem to help me clear the fog. Good food and I mean world class can be found all over at the big hotels so I would say if your not a gambling guy definitely check out what vegas has to offer culinarily speaking.

That last part sounded gey as Pram. :D:D

TX.X-30 fan
04-29-2009, 08:05 PM
Listen to Sizzler about the cocktail wait staff.

h2oskifreak
04-29-2009, 09:14 PM
Top of the world is a nice dinner spot, there are much better but with the view and all its very fun. The rest of the place is a dump unless you enjoy video poker they seem to specialize in that. If your a coaster fan you can find a few good ones on the strip and they always seem to help me clear the fog. Good food and I mean world class can be found all over at the big hotels so I would say if your not a gambling guy definitely check out what vegas has to offer culinarily speaking.

That last part sounded gey as Pram. :D:D

Yes, I was surprised that the balance of the place had seemed to go down hill. The food is good, not the best, but very good.. It's all about the view. If you go, make res for 30 min. prior to dark and you will see the city in the light and as the lights come on. I agree, food possibilities are endless and so is the amount of $ you can spend on the top shelf places.

barefoot
04-29-2009, 09:49 PM
I all ways like the dueling piano bar in New York, New York. Good thing to do at night there's always a good song to sing along to.

BTW, how you doing?

brucemac
04-29-2009, 11:48 PM
I all ways like the dueling piano bar in New York, New York. Good thing to do at night there's always a good song to sing along to.

BTW, how you doing?


yeah and the coaster!

vegashomeexpert
05-04-2009, 11:52 AM
We are really struggling here although you wouldn't know it by the crowds. They are parctically giving stuff away on the stip. Get your show tickets at one of the discount outlets (there are 3 I think). I am sure you can get 50% of just about anything you want to see. Even living here, everytime I go to the strip my jaw drops and I just go: WOW! Have fun!

h2oskifreak
05-05-2009, 12:17 AM
We are really struggling here although you wouldn't know it by the crowds. They are parctically giving stuff away on the stip. Get your show tickets at one of the discount outlets (there are 3 I think). I am sure you can get 50% of just about anything you want to see. Even living here, everytime I go to the strip my jaw drops and I just go: WOW! Have fun!
I think by your user name your in the R.E. business. So am I, and I was thinking your market was done taking a beating. I saw a statistic from a pretty reliable P.M.I. company that said L.V. market is projected to go down by another 30%+/-. Could that be true? I thought it was really low and off by 50% allready. What are your feelings. I want to buy a place for a second home and was considering L.V. because of future value. Any thoughts? I won't be able to do anything for at least 6-12 months because I have 1 more lg. pmt to make to an ex. but input is always appreciated.

SuperBee731
05-06-2009, 12:07 AM
I all ways like the dueling piano bar in New York, New York. Good thing to do at night there's always a good song to sing along to.

BTW, how you doing?

It's a good Piano Bar? Going the first week of June with a bunch of family and friends. Also going back mid July for my wedding anniversary.

TallRedRider
05-06-2009, 02:00 AM
If you don't do a cirque du soleil show your life will be less complete. La Reve was sort of the bottomfeeder of their shows for me, but was still great. 'O' is incredible! Mystere is my favorite for sure.

Blue man group is probably a bit overpriced, but you have to see it once, very cool.

Glad Celine is done, I fell asleep during the concert.

SuperBee731
05-06-2009, 08:55 AM
If you don't do a cirque du soleil show your life will be less complete. La Reve was sort of the bottomfeeder of their shows for me, but was still great. 'O' is incredible! Mystere is my favorite for sure.

Blue man group is probably a bit overpriced, but you have to see it once, very cool.

Glad Celine is done, I fell asleep during the concert.

Red thanks for updating me on the speaker cans. Anyway I didn't care for Blue Man group either and while I am not a Celine Dion fan at all, I actually enjoyed the show. I liked O and cirque du soleil but for me those are must sees but I would never see them again.

Prostar in Michigain
05-07-2009, 07:11 PM
Best movie line ever

Hello im your dam tour guide Arnie
Please dont wander off the dam tour
and please take all the dam pictures you want
now..is there any dam questions?

Eddie
Ya where can i get some damn bait

sorry i felt i needed to share that have a great time in vegas!

vegashomeexpert
05-18-2009, 11:51 AM
I think by your user name your in the R.E. business. So am I, and I was thinking your market was done taking a beating. I saw a statistic from a pretty reliable P.M.I. company that said L.V. market is projected to go down by another 30%+/-. Could that be true? I thought it was really low and off by 50% allready. What are your feelings. I want to buy a place for a second home and was considering L.V. because of future value. Any thoughts? I won't be able to do anything for at least 6-12 months because I have 1 more lg. pmt to make to an ex. but input is always appreciated.

Yes, I am a realtor. We are still getting slammed but I don't see how it can go down another 30%. All of the foreclosures are getting multiple offers and selling over list. However, appraisals are a big issue. I got an appraisal back on a 3700 sf home built in '06, immaculate, in a guard gated golf course community (not on the course) that we accepted a contract for $300k. The last sold, same model, closed 60 days ago for $330k, and the appraisal for mine came it at $275 Friday. The appraisors are adjusting -5% to -10% per month. How long can that go on? I don't think we can go down another 30%. We have got to be near the bottom, but it is going to be a long bottom.

jdl xstar
06-25-2009, 03:46 PM
Just booked a trip to Vegas during last weekend in July. Guys weekend so it should be fun. Staying at Mandalay Bay. First time in Vegas for me. I have a feeling I'll REALLY like it. :banana:

SkiDog
06-25-2009, 04:12 PM
Just booked a trip to Vegas during last weekend in July. Guys weekend so it should be fun. Staying at Mandalay Bay. First time in Vegas for me. I have a feeling I'll REALLY like it. :banana:

Remember, we wants pics!

jdl xstar
06-25-2009, 04:22 PM
I'll PM anything that can't be posted on a "family" site.

Tomsinamerica
06-25-2009, 04:27 PM
I just booked my flight for the 9th through to the 13th. I have a buddy from England coming to stay for 3 weeks. He's never stepped foot in a casino so I decided that he'll need a break from learning to wakeboard for a while so we're hitting up vegas!

With my penchant for gambling I'm either going to be able to pay off my car or I'll have to sell my boat... ;-)

jdl xstar
06-25-2009, 04:35 PM
Nice! Where are you staying? I'll have to set a firm betting limit or I'll get myself in trouble. This reminds me, i need to learn how to play craps. I usually only do blackjack but figure I should broaden my horizens.

Tomsinamerica
06-25-2009, 05:02 PM
I've no idea where i'm staying yet. I'm a last minute kinda guy.

Part of me is thinking I should get somewhere nice and do vegas in style... the other part of me is thinking that any time i do actually spend in the room will be in a drunken blur so i won't be able to appreciate it at all!

Decisions decisions...

Muttley
06-25-2009, 06:03 PM
It's a good Piano Bar? Going the first week of June with a bunch of family and friends. Also going back mid July for my wedding anniversary.

Be there by 6:30 to beat the cover charge. The place fills up REALLY FAST!! And it ROCKS!!

Actually, any night life in Vegas rocks.

Recommended:
Dinner at The Harley Cafe, Drinks at sunset on the balcony of The Mix in The Hotel, Cirque Du Soliel "O", piano bar at NYNY, The lava show at Mirage... Wander through the Belagio, the market at Harrah's and the outdoor stage, I enjoyed Blue Man, but the wife was iffy. $5 blackjack at Bill's.

Hints: Early shows. By the time the late show get out all the night spots are full. Bill's was selling Coronas for $3 when we we there and I heard they were GIVING them away when my bud went 2 weeks later! They say the slots pay better on Fremont Street.

Over rated:
Sirens of TI at Treasure Island. Pure Cheeze. The MGM lions. Although Margaritaville has it's charm (Excellent Margauritas!), you'll get pretty sick of that %$#@ song every 20 minutes.

Muttley
06-25-2009, 06:06 PM
I've no idea where i'm staying yet. I'm a last minute kinda guy.

Part of me is thinking I should get somewhere nice and do vegas in style... the other part of me is thinking that any time i do actually spend in the room will be in a drunken blur so i won't be able to appreciate it at all!

Decisions decisions...

Harrah's wasn't bad. Nice and central. Not as nice as Treasure Island, but you just sleep in it, right? The Imperial Palace was a bit of a dump.

The Rio is really nice, but away from the strip.