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Travel Tips To Las Vegas -- Any Tips?

Mon Nov 07, 2005 10:53 am

Hey all:

Well.. I'm breaking my habit of going to Mexico every year, in favour of several trips in and around the US.

First stop is going to be Vegas. Now, i'm more going for the whole 'vegas experience', versus gambling, so I'm looking for some tips, namely:

1) Best hotel to stay at that won't cost a fortune, yet you get the 'hotel strip' experience

2) IS it easily accessable to walk in and around Vegas?

3) Can anyone recommend any good day-tours, etc and prices?

4) Where are the best spotting spots for the airport, and do you get hasselled at all?

Any tips would be great!

Thanks folks!

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RE: Travel Tips To Las Vegas -- Any Tips?

Mon Nov 07, 2005 11:12 am

Do a search, Las Vegas comes up a lot.

There are so many hotel choices and lots of good deals, I stayed at the Westin, a little off the strip & a nice hotel.

If you stay on the strip, very easy to get around, you can walk, & there is the tram.

For spotting tips, do a search, but there are a couple of Vegas members on the web.

Lots of good shows to catch in Vegas, my favorite is Blue Man Group...
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RE: Travel Tips To Las Vegas -- Any Tips?

Mon Nov 07, 2005 11:23 am

Quoting Lnglive1011yyz (Thread starter):
1) Best hotel to stay at that won't cost a fortune, yet you get the 'hotel strip' experience

what type of strip 'experience' are you wanting?

I have the money to stay at the Bellagio or any other of those hosh posh places but I thoroughly enjoyed staying up in the neighborhood of the Stardust/Riviera/Sahara/Westward Ho/Circus Circus etc. for the sake of the 'experience' there.

I guess if you want the middle of the strip I would recommend the Imperial Palace (based on recommendation) or the Excalibur or Tropicana (based on recommendation).


Lesser priced day trips & tours include Grand Canyon or Hoover Dam.
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RE: Travel Tips To Las Vegas -- Any Tips?

Mon Nov 07, 2005 11:25 am

IN the immortal words of the late, great Warren Zevon

........bring lawyers, guns and money!

Well....if you want to stay somewhere nice but not too pricey then try Monte Carlo. Fairly nice but did not kill my pocketbook.

You could also try Treasure Island, Bally's or Paris. They are all ok.

If you get a deal try for Mandalay Bay. Very nice and incredible pool.

All these hotels are on the main section of the current strip, but you can get everywhere on the new monorails.


Oh, the best locales for spotting would be at the MGM because you can get an airport view on one of the lower levels and get excellent camera angles. I also got decent shots from Paris. You have to ask for a room on the airport side.

Take the air tour to the Grand Canyon. Go to Hoover Dam (rent a classic car to do it). Ride one of the roller coasters. Make sure you go see a show. I liked Penn & Teller immensely, and the wife loved Manilow. You could go see the Blue Man Group or one of the Cirque's. Evidently Danny Gans is a tremendous entertainer and no one leaves his show unentertained...I'm not sure what he does, but all the guys on the strip say he should be seen. Oh, and make sure that in addition to a big show you go see one of the comics. I've been to George Wallace and he's funny as hell, but any one of them who has a show on the strip is at the top of his or her game.

You can't possibly do it all on one trip unless you have a couple of months, but plan ahead.
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RE: Travel Tips To Las Vegas -- Any Tips?

Mon Nov 07, 2005 11:34 am

Quoting Lnglive1011yyz (Thread starter):
1) Best hotel to stay at that won't cost a fortune, yet you get the 'hotel strip' experience

I stay at the Monte Carlo. Great hotel for the price and great location.

Quoting Lnglive1011yyz (Thread starter):
2) IS it easily accessable to walk in and around Vegas?

Yes, though if you want to go downtown or other places you will need to grab a cab and they are expensive.

Quoting Lnglive1011yyz (Thread starter):
3) Can anyone recommend any good day-tours, etc and prices?

I don't do those, sorry. I have my car so I drive all over the place.

Quoting Lnglive1011yyz (Thread starter):
4) Where are the best spotting spots for the airport, and do you get hasselled at all?

Most spots are good. Sunset viewing area is a favorite, move around on Sunset you can get great shots. If they are using 19R I love to shoot in front of the Jack in the Box on LVB. The garage may not be good since they are working on 19L/1R. If you are there after the holidays drop me a line. I will shoot with you!  biggrin 
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RE: Travel Tips To Las Vegas -- Any Tips?

Mon Nov 07, 2005 11:40 am

The best tip....

what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas.
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RE: Travel Tips To Las Vegas -- Any Tips?

Mon Nov 07, 2005 12:02 pm

Quoting DL021 (Reply 3):
Evidently Danny Gans is a tremendous entertainer and no one leaves his show unentertained...I'm not sure what he does, but all the guys on the strip say he should be seen.

Gans' show is dark until February, as he recently underwent shoulder surgery.

Quoting DL021 (Reply 3):
Go to Hoover Dam (rent a classic car to do it). Ride one of the roller coasters.

Get there as early as possible. I got there early enough to catch the first tour of the day (9am) and by the time I left, the traffic was beginning to back up about a mile from the dam. Everyone has to pass a traffic checkpoint as well.

The only roller coasters I recommend are the Canyon Blaster @ Adventure Dome (Circus Circus) and Manhattan Express @ NYNY. Speed the Ride @ the Sahara is a ripoff, and the High Roller @ Stratosphere is not that great either. But going to the observation deck @ Stratosphere is highly recommended (when I go back next year, I'm planning to go there at night.).

I'm going back next year and intend to do things I didn't do the last time I was there. Definitely going to do the Grand Canyon air tour and see Penn and Teller.
 
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RE: Travel Tips To Las Vegas -- Any Tips?

Mon Nov 07, 2005 12:11 pm

Quoting Lnglive1011yyz (Thread starter):
Best hotel to stay at that won't cost a fortune, yet you get the 'hotel strip' experience

I've been twice.....lower end hotels on the strip...Holiday Inn and Imperial Palace. Both were fine as i only slept there.

Quoting Lnglive1011yyz (Thread starter):
IS it easily accessable to walk in and around Vegas?

Yes for walking....had a few too many....cabs are ok

Quoting Lnglive1011yyz (Thread starter):
Can anyone recommend any good day-tours, etc and prices?

Did The Dam tour(interesting). THe best was go horseback riding in the desert/mountains. Half day trip was great. Our tour guide i swear was born on a horse. Can't remember the prices. Do the Cirque shows i love them. I have yet to see the one at the MGM.  Sad

Quoting Lnglive1011yyz (Thread starter):
Where are the best spotting spots for the airport, and do you get hasselled at all?

Dunno, was with wife both times.  Wink

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RE: Travel Tips To Las Vegas -- Any Tips?

Mon Nov 07, 2005 4:55 pm

Quoting Lnglive1011yyz (Thread starter):
1) Best hotel to stay at that won't cost a fortune, yet you get the 'hotel strip' experience

2) IS it easily accessable to walk in and around Vegas?

3) Can anyone recommend any good day-tours, etc and prices?

4) Where are the best spotting spots for the airport, and do you get hasselled at all?

1. If you're not going to be taking advantage of the hotel itself then I'd say it doesn't really make a difference. The MGM is always a good bet though.

2. It's easy to walk around on the strip...but thats it. I remember I decided to walk about 1km to In-n-out burger from the MGM and had a very....interesting...experience.

3. Day tours...hmm, perhaps the grand canyon?

4. Not sure about spotting, but there isn't that much action at LAS anyway. You'll mostly be spotting Ted 320s, HP buses, WN 777-3HRERs, that sort of thing. VS has a daily 744 from Gatwick, I think JL has a daily 744 and does PR still send the 340?
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RE: Travel Tips To Las Vegas -- Any Tips?

Mon Nov 07, 2005 7:00 pm

Other less-expensive hotels on the strip are Excalibur and Luxor.

The only real tip I can provide is to go during the work week if at all possible. Just as an example.. New York-New York is $159 on Wednesday, March 8th and $299 on Saturday, March 11th.
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RE: Travel Tips To Las Vegas -- Any Tips?

Mon Nov 07, 2005 8:43 pm

If you have your choice of dates, I would definitely explore going on a Sunday thru Thursday, since rates are quite a bit lower than Fri/Sat. That being said, there's something about being in Vegas with the crowds of people all around......

I work with a girl who swears by airline/hotel packages (e.g. Southwest Vacations), but since my trips all seem to be last minute "afterthoughts," i've never tried them.

I'll put my two cents in for the Fremont Street Experience in Downtown. Lots of older casinos along a pedestrian only mall covered with a canopy that has a sound and light show projected on it every hour (i believe). Nice to get away from the Strip for awhile if nothing else.
 
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RE: Travel Tips To Las Vegas -- Any Tips?

Tue Nov 08, 2005 12:03 am

I stayed at the Tropicana in July. I wasn't that impressed with it, it was kind of old looking.

The San Remo is due for a refurbishment early next year and will become the first Hooters Hotel.

Both these overlook the Biz Hangars. The Luxor is good for airport views.

Walking on the strip is the best way to get around. Too much traffic to drive easily.

Don't go in mid-summer. That was my biggest mistake. 108 degrees sat in the car on Sunset wasn't very conducive to good spotting!
 
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RE: Travel Tips To Las Vegas -- Any Tips?

Tue Nov 08, 2005 12:27 am

The only problem with Mandalay Bay and Luxor is that they are so far South on the Strip. My wife and I had a great time at the HOTEL at Mandalay this summer but it was truly a pain every time we decided to go off campus.
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