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Old 12-15-2008, 08:07 PM   #1
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Over Christmas week, I'm going to vegas! I've never been there, I have no idea what I want to see. All I know is that it's on my list for 'places to go before I die' and 'places to go before I'm 50'.
What should I do when I'm there? What should I not miss, because I don't know if I'll ever go back there again. Any suggestions? ~Bliss
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Old 12-15-2008, 08:17 PM   #2
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I don't know how long you'll be there or where you are staying but rent a car and see as much as you can. I know a lot of people think that the hotels and casino are "next door" to each other and they are, but next door means a 1/4 mile away. Those properties are enormous and you'll spend a lot of time walking.
There are some terrific shows and restuarants on the Strip. DON'T venture off the Strip if you're walking around. The Strip is a 3 1/2 mile stretch of road named Las Vegas Blvd. If you gamble, and you should at least give it a shot, you never know, then you'll have plenty of chances to do just that. If you want to take a little side trip, go see Hoover Dam. It's awesome!

For some good shows see: The MacKing Comedy show at Harrah's[/U]. He's a comedian and magician and hilariously funny as well as very talented in the magic department. Afternoon show.

Phantom of the Opera, this is a must see. I've seen it 3 times and can't get enough. Night show.

Any of the Cirque du Soliel shows - KA, O, or MYSTERE
Very interesting and highly entertaining.

Blue Man Group - loud, high energy and very unusual show. Usually sold out.

The Jersey Boys - undoubtedly one of the best shows on the Strip. Well worth the price. At the Palazzo next to the Venetian.

Menopause the Musical - Inexpensive, hilarious and a lot of fun. At the Hilton.

Be sure to see the Bellagio Hotel. While you're there, ask someone to direct you to the chocolate fountain, 27 feet high and incredilble. Also see the Conservatory in the Bellagio. At Christmas they do a fabulous display. The outdoor fountain at the Bellagio is set to put on a show that will surprise you. The show runs often at night.

You won't want to miss the Volcano at the Mirage. Go inside and see the lobby.

Those are just a few, suggestions, there are many more, but go to Google and type in Las Vegas entertainment for other shows, prices and venues.

BTW, the weather is cold so bring a jacket.
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Old 12-15-2008, 08:24 PM   #3
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Over Christmas week, I'm going to vegas! I've never been there, I have no idea what I want to see. All I know is that it's on my list for 'places to go before I die' and 'places to go before I'm 50'.
What should I do when I'm there? What should I not miss, because I don't know if I'll ever go back there again. Any suggestions? ~Bliss
Aside from some great restaurants and an occasional show worth seeing, there ain't no "there" there, unless you're into gambling big time. A lot of high-end shops if you have the money and the interest (e.g., $10,000 suits), some of the hotels are worth a quick look. I go there frequently on business, and I get in and out ASAP. I suggest you go to Hawaii instead, or maybe San Francisco or San Diego.
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Old 12-15-2008, 10:03 PM   #4
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Aside from some great restaurants and an occasional show worth seeing, there ain't no "there" there, unless you're into gambling big time. A lot of high-end shops if you have the money and the interest (e.g., $10,000 suits), some of the hotels are worth a quick look. I go there frequently on business, and I get in and out ASAP. I suggest you go to Hawaii instead, or maybe San Francisco or San Diego.
Aside froom the fact that Las Vegas has long been considered the most exciting city in the world, there are more 4 star restaurants and 4 star chefs than any city in the world, the shows are first class and there are probably just short of 100 show venues, the hotels spend billions outdoing each other, and the electricity in Vegas is something you'll never forget, I guess you're right. There is nothing there.
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Old 12-15-2008, 11:30 PM   #5
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Don't miss Fremont Street. There is a huge screen arched over the street and they do some awesome light shows on it. I don't know how to describe it but we had a really good time there. I concur about Mac King. Awesome show! I think Bally's still has the sterotypical show girl shows. We didn't make any of them since we ran out of time. There is a chocolate factory where you can tour and it also had a wonderful garden out side you can walk through that shows off native plants. At Christmas, the cacti are all strung with lights. There will be alot of Christmas decorations to ooh and ahh at as well. The Mirage has Siegfrid and Roys animals in a zoo like park. Treasure Island has a pirate show that we enjoyed. We stayed at the MGM and they have a CBS studio there. I got to screen a new sitcom. I thought it was pretty lame. Imagine my suprise when they actually aired it! It didn't last but maybe 2 or 3 episodes. Guess they wanted to get some money out of it anyway. Daytime won't be too bad but it will get chilly at night. Be prepared to walk! There are transportation opportunities but we didnn't waste our money. I would like to go back and see some of the things we missed. Maybe some day.
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Old 12-15-2008, 11:55 PM   #6
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Have a wonderful trip!

I agree with Jabbur, go to Fremont. It's just a short bus ride from the strip. FUN and pretty too. There are live bands and lots of people to watch! FUN!!!
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Old 12-16-2008, 12:57 AM   #7
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Concur with Jabbur and Pdswife-Fremont street is a blast! We've been visiting LV for going on 20 years, and not only do we visit Fremont St we stay there as well!!

Everything is much cheaper downtown, and unlike the Strip, the hotels/casinos are right next door to each other! There are fabulous things to see up on LV blvd, but take a cab and make a day of it, and then return downtown in the evening and let your hair down!

Binions Ranch Steakhouse has excellent food, and the view from the 26th floor is breathtaking! All that at about 1/3rd the price of an equivelant restaraunt on the strip.

If you like bars with...err,,,uhh... "ambience" take the 2 block walk down to Hogs & Heiffers saloon-its like "Coyote Ugly" without adult supervision!

There is no way you can possibly see everything LV has to offer. Generally there are copies of "Whats On" and like minded magazines in the room, listing everything from entertainment to dining and yes even gambling! If you've never been, your gonna love it!!

I spent 10 days there in October, going back for four more days in April (My birthday, my nephew & I-it isn't going to be pretty!) and then the whole family will be going out in August. I love that town!!
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Old 12-16-2008, 07:49 AM   #8
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I'm going with a friend and staying at a condo with a kitchen for 6 days. It's located near the MGM. I've checked out the deuce and plan to go to fremont street at least a few days/nights. What is the best time of day to be on fremont street?
I enjoy walking, so I'll hopefully get 7-10 miles in a day to see the strip hotels.
I would love to see some shows, but the prices are steep. Maybe I'll find a deal and catch one or two once I get there. DramaQueen-thank you for highlighting all the shows that you think are great, that gives me more options than I would have considered otherwise.
There is so much to see, I'm just not sure whether I should start walking at first light or at dusk, that would change everything.
I'm bringing a coat, it was 7 degrees here today, and I see that it's been near freezing at night in vegas.
I like gambling a lot, but, I have too much common sense than to spend all my money that way. I'll be bringing a little for each day to spend in the slot machines, who knows, I might win something?
I'm going to want to find a grocery store too and I haven't been able to google one close to the condo. I'm planning on a couple dinners out, no definate plans yet, I'll keep Binions Ranch Steakhouse in mind, thanks for the suggestion.
Jabbur, pdswife, smoke king, DramaQueen, thanks for all the ideas!
Scotch...what's there to say. I'm planning to enjoy as much of vegas as I can, and it looks like there is more there than can be seen in 6 days.
I'm bringing my camera too, can't wait to go! ~Bliss
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Old 12-16-2008, 09:21 AM   #9
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Yes some of the shows are expensive but you may find ones you'll enjoy that you can afford. We got to see Bill Engvall (Here's your sign) and the tickets were only $35 apiece. Blue Man group was $100 each and Cirque du Solei was around the same. There are lounges with "free" shows where all you need is to buy a drink. We did several of those. Saw a fairly good Elvis impersonator that way.
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I can't believe I forgot all about mentioning Fremont Street. It is definitely worth seeing. Don't walk there, it too long and the neighborhood surrounding Fremont is dangerous. Fremont Street itself is very safe. Take a cab or rent a car, but be sure to see it either way. The best time to see Fremont is at night. All of the action happens then. There is an overhead laser show that is fascinating and the lights at night are awesome. During the day it's just Fremont Street.
The period between Thanksgiving and Christmas is normally slow so you may be able to get very good prices on shows on the Strip. Check it out before you leave home. If you call the hotels you have to ASK about discount prices. They don't volunteer the information.

The chocolate factory is Ethel M's. They have a huge cactus garden and during the Christmas season the garden is filled with lights. It's gorgeous and the plants are really interesting. Again, you'll have to cab, bus or drive it.
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