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Las Vegas Trip

Sun Jun 15, 2003 3:26 pm

Hey guys taking a trip to vegas next month with the woman any suggestions on what not to miss and some nice places to hang out.
 
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RE: Las Vegas Trip

Sun Jun 15, 2003 3:30 pm

I've always favored the Luxor- great buffet, and right next to McCarran. Stay in the towers though, not the pyramid- always manage to hit my head on the slanted wall. Make sure you go see some shows- the enchanted dinner or whatever at Caesar's Palace is great- the best magic in Vegas for an evening- all underground in a place with great architecture!

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RE: Las Vegas Trip

Tue Jun 17, 2003 4:41 am

Alo, you have to ride the Manhattan Express at the New York, New York casino. Its a bit much(10dollars) but its worth it to ride a coaster on the strip.

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RE: Las Vegas Trip

Tue Jun 17, 2003 5:09 am

When I was there I took the oportunity to do my PPL Bi-annual check out of McCarran. Flying over the Strip is awesome, especially if your doing it yourself.

Take a flying lesson, it's much better than going on a pleasure trip.
 
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RE: Las Vegas Trip

Tue Jun 17, 2003 5:17 am

be sure to visit the Venetian. Their version of St Marks Square is top-notch. Take your girl to the bridge and tell her that legend has any couple that kisses in that spot will be together forever (which is true for the original, not sure if Vegas has the same magic).

Emeril's restaurant, Delmonico Steakhouse, which is also in the Venetian, is kick-ass.
 
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RE: Las Vegas Trip

Tue Jun 17, 2003 10:09 am

I recommend the "Big Shot" free-fall ride on top of the Stratosphere...its quite a unique ride in the sense you are already 1100 ft. above the ground and get shot up another 170 ft...well worth it...skip the "High Roller" roller coaster though...its completely lame...

If your renting a car, an interesting side trip is down to Primm, Nevada, about 35 minutes south of LAS on the California border...its a tourist trap/casino/hypercoaster stuck in the middle of nowheres along I-10...also quite unique...

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RE: Las Vegas Trip

Tue Jun 17, 2003 10:16 am

The funniest thing I remember about Las Vegas was the rows of slot machines that started when I was 15 feet out of the plane's gate at LAS.

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RE: Las Vegas Trip

Tue Jun 17, 2003 10:20 am

The Bellagio is easily my favorite hotel/casino on The Strip, and the buffet is the best in Vegas, hands down.

If you're looking for good payouts on the machines (as well as low-minimum table games), stick with the Aladdin or the low-end Circus Circus properties like...well, Circus Circus and Excalibur.


And O'Shea's (sandwiched between the Flamingo and Imperial Palace) is a good place to just hang out, gamble on low stakes tables, and watch the world go by.
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RE: Las Vegas Trip

Tue Jun 17, 2003 11:47 am

EA CO AS, did you STAY in Bellagio? I was considering staying there, but many of my colleagues around me age (27-32) said that it had an older crowd. Was that your experience?

Saintsman, you can just apply to get a flight lesson there? I just might do it if its that easy.

DId anyone go into Ghost Bar? I hear it has a clear floor?


So far , we plan to see Blue Man Group and my fiancee wants to see Cirque de Soleil.


Any other nice things to see on the strip?



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RE: Las Vegas Trip

Tue Jun 17, 2003 12:37 pm

EA CO AS, did you STAY in Bellagio?

Yeah. It's a really nice place, although some of my friends have said they'd rather stay at a place like Bally's, Stardust, Flamingo, etc...and save their money for the tables.

Personally, I'd recommend staying at Bellagio at least once to see if you think it lives up to the hype. I didn't notice a very old crowd, but I did notice a VERY well-to-do crowd.

The funniest part was when my friend Shandi was approached by a couple who asked, "So..hey, are you working tonight?" They thought she was a hooker!

Of course we all tried to play it off as a compliment, saying only the highest-class call girls work the Bellagio....  Big grin
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RE: Las Vegas Trip

Tue Jun 17, 2003 4:09 pm

Mirrodie,

I just looked up the yellow pages and found a flying school. All these companies will do an introductory lesson so you shouldn't have a problem.

If you haven't done anything like it before, taking your turn in a C172 with the big boys either side of you waiting to take off is also something you won't forget.
 
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RE: Las Vegas Trip

Wed Jun 18, 2003 7:38 am

I second riding the Big Shot at the Strat. It's scary as hell, but thrilling! My favorite thing to do in Vegas is to rent a boat or jet ski at Lake Mead. I am not 100% sure that they are still allowing personal craft on the lake, with the drought and national park regulations, but if they are, it's the best. You can zoom over and almost up to Hoover Dam and then just explore the rest of the lake to your heart's content. Lots of little coves for privacy! You might try a search for Lake Mead Marina and see if they are still renting. Have fun!

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RE: Las Vegas Trip

Wed Jun 18, 2003 10:38 am

Roo...they absolutely are allowing watercraft back on Lake Mead this year. Went out with our jetski and boat this past sunday, and had a great time!

 
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RE: Las Vegas Trip

Wed Jun 18, 2003 11:41 am

Saintsman, what an excellent idea! can you suggest the school you used?
The only bad thing is that I couldn't take her along though, right?

Excellent information!
For those that stayed in Luxor (pyramid or towers) or Mandalay,
which gave better views?

Also, how nice were they to stay in?

Lastly, my fiancee wants to know,....who has the best pools? She heard that you can use other hotels pools? I don;t get her pool fetish, but...




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RE: Las Vegas Trip

Wed Jun 18, 2003 12:03 pm

Mirrodie- as far as sharing pools goes, some hotels will allow you to use their partner's pool (Luxor and Excalibur)- I'm not sure if it's on a regular basis, because when we got to, the Luxor's pool was undergoing maintenance.

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RE: Las Vegas Trip

Wed Jun 18, 2003 12:06 pm

If she's into art, the Bellagio and Venetian have some decent galleries.

There's so much to do in Vegas anyway. If you can't find anything to do then you must be dead.
 
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RE: Las Vegas Trip

Wed Jun 18, 2003 4:01 pm

Mirrodie,

Its been a few years since I was there and a quick search on the net looks like the company I flew with no longer teaches. However I'm sure they will all be good whichever one you choose. I found my receipt - it was $120 well spent.

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