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Old 10-03-2006, 12:03 PM   #1
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Tell me about your Las Vegas experience

Anyone been there recently? I'm thinking about surprising DH with a weekend trip there for his Christmas Present.
I've never flown and have no desire (terrified) ... but I know he'd have a blast there so I'll suck it up and fly for him.

Anyway, tell me about your experience and what you'd do over again and not do over again......any tips would be great too.

Also, how do I go about setting this all up? I want to find like a packaged deal with airfare, hotel and maybe some meals included. A legitamite site would be great.

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Old 10-03-2006, 12:21 PM   #2
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What a good wife to brave flying for her hubby!

I was just there for the first time in April for a wedding.

If you are close to Indy, I know Southwest flies there non-stop (they have package deals too, look on their website)

Las Vegas is a big overwhelming, the strip is just very long and crowded. My hubby described it as Disney Land for grownups. On the plus side, there are LOTS of good places to eat (including buffets!).
The hotels I liked based on my browsing around their lobbies:
The Wynn
Paris Paris
Caesars Palace
The Venetian

I also liked the topography of the area. We rented a car and drove to Hoover dam and through the Valley of Fire, its very cool there.
I was only there 4 days but we are considering another long w/end out there to enjoy the restaurants and shows. My husband wants to see the Cirque du Soleil's Beatles LOVE show.

Another site to get you started is www.tripadvisor.com, these are candid reviews of hotels/resorts and best places to stay and things to do. Just type in Las Vegas in your search.
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Old 10-03-2006, 12:30 PM   #3
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FUN!!!!

We always pick a cheaper hotel ( Circus Circus) not at all fancy but... you're never in the room anyway so why pay the high prices??

We book through Alaska airlines vacation packages. Good prices and helpful people.

HAVE A GREAT TIME!!!
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Old 10-03-2006, 12:39 PM   #4
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Thanks so much guys! I'll go check out the sites.....I am near Indianapolis.

Toots was there anything that you wished you'd of done or seen or anything you wouldn't redo?
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lol... you could always take your hubby to THE GIRLS OF GLITTLE GULCH.
Just kidding there sizz.

Hit the big casinos just walking through them is fun.
Walking down the strip is an adventure in itself.

What kinds of things do you guys like to do??
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Old 10-03-2006, 01:03 PM   #6
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Thanks so much guys! I'll go check out the sites.....I am near Indianapolis.

Toots was there anything that you wished you'd of done or seen or anything you wouldn't redo?
I wish I could have eaten at more of the good restaurants. SERIOUSLY. There are many celebrity/chef restaurants there - good eats!
I am not much of a gambler. We did one day/night of casinos and the rest of the time we explored all the hotels and shops on the strip. We didnt have time for any shows, next time I would like to see some shows.
You'll have fun people watching there....
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We're not big gamblers.........we'll just probably spend one night doing that. We're more for the food, shows, shopping, etc....
I'm just afraid that we'll miss out on something that Vegas is famous for and we'll be sorry we didn't experience it.
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Make sure you go to the old part of Vegas too it's just a short bus ride away.

It's pretty neat... great outdoor light show.

OH, and PM Z he'll have some great hints for you.
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Old 10-03-2006, 02:01 PM   #9
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Sizz, we drive out there every 2-3 months. We really have a blast each time we go. You really need to search out your hotel fares. We usually get comped rooms (that's why we go so often), but on occassion, we'll bring relatives and search a place for them. Don't decide on your exact day/hotel till you've looked at them all. Nearly every hotel has down times and you can get a $200 room for $79 on the right day.
Stay where there is a lot to do without needing to drive. We like most of the ones in the nicer district.
Mandalay Bay is nice
Luxor is fun
Excalibur is a bit too cheapy, imo
MGM is okay, but nothing to write home about
New York, New York - excellent customer service, and the best irish food at "Nine Fine Irishmen"
Paris - cute!
Caesar's is nice, but so big you may get lost (!)
Flamingo's not bad, but has the best pool
Mirage used to be great but have plummeted downhill fast
Treasure Island, same as Mirage
Wynn is gorgeous, but pricey
Bellagio, again, very nice
Venitian is another nice one
Aladdin is currently under construction (turning into the Planet Hollywood soon) but it is still open.

Shopping:
Wynn is nice, but not that much (although there is a ferrari dealership inside)
Aladdin's Dessert Passage is good shopping
Caesars Forum is huge for shopping

Best Buffet: Wynn, hands down. Go no further. And, if you get there (on a weekday) at 3pm, you'll pay for lunch prices and then they start to put dinner out at 3:30.

Also, The Z lives in Vegas. He can help you out too, I'm sure!
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Old 10-03-2006, 02:06 PM   #10
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Sizz, I posted a response, but it did not post. Food and hotels are inexpensive... so I wouldn't look for a package deal. Look for affordable air fare and a rental car, since you're not driving - or stay on the strip w/i walking distance.

I would spend the $ on a good hotel -- unless you don't plan on staying in the room much. Go to Frommers to get the lowdown on restaurants, hotels, etc. Bring warm clothing, as it's cold in the desert at night.

New Years Eve was one of my best experiences in Vegas. Downside - almost everything was booked solid - and took a hotel I was not happy with. Vegas is one of my fave getaways - and too much to list here. Shopping - well I'm in L.A. - and the prices are exceedingly high for touristy clothing. Browse if you like. Check out the helicopter ride.

Don't overpack and bring fancy clothing (as I did the first time). The dress is cas in the casinos and for site-seers. Bring a good outfit or two if you have a s****y plan.
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