me again, its about that time where I spend too much on the internatat work planning my trip!
so i will be spending some time in vegas and would love some more information.
- is it best to spend time there mid-week or weekend. I know its cheaper during the week, but does it effect how many people are out partying at clubs, or the shows at casino's etc.
- can anyone suggest any unique, awesome, decently prices, casino's to stay at that have clubs, theatres, rides, buffets, etc. I want to find a real cool one thats heaps different.
- anyone know of some cool activities to do in Vegas that dont involve gambling
- any places that are a must to check out in vegas??
I'm sure that Mike (Vegas expert) will reply to your post with a lot more detail, so I'll just put a little bit on here.
One of the things in my opinion is a must do/see in Vegas is going to the top of the Eiffel Tour replica after dark and watching the amazing water display go off out the front of the Bellagio. It is good to see at ground level as well, but I thought better from the top of the Eiffel Tower lookout. That water show is so brilliant. Another thing that I found really good was the seeing the Fremont Experience when it goes off during the evening time (I still think it was a waste of a way to spend 2 Billion dollars though).
A trip to the Grand Canyon is also a pretty good experience that is worth doing when in Vegas.
I'll let someone else fill in the other details.
[ Edit: Edited on Jan 31, 2007, at 10:54 PM by aharrold45 ]
I agree with aharrold45 - Mike will (most likely) make a stop in this thread, if he's not off traveling himself (or can pull himself away from the golf course).
We spent only 4 days in Vegas, for a convention, so didn't get away to see lots of things... Our accommodations were at Bali's, but there is a walkway between Bali and Paris that is pretty cool. It's designed like a Parisian cobblestone street, with shops, a bakery and a very good cafe that has a (mock) ourdoor seating area. We ate there every morning and the food was terrific as was the atmosphere. There was a buffet one or two spaces away also - though we didn't try it, others in our group enjoyed it.
If you are looking for casinos with rides, not afraid of heights and have a strong stomach - this one may be perfect!
I will try to help you with your trip to Vegas. i will send you more detail in a PM.
You didn't mention what month you will be visiting Las Vegas.
The rates are always higher during the US spring (March-April) and fall months (Sept-mid Nov), when convention business is going on. Also, rates are always higher on weekends than weekdays because of the heavy influx of tourists driving from California.
1. Check the Las Vegas Visitors and Convention site convention calendar and see if there are any major conventions in town during your visit (they'll list expected visitor count and hotels they're booking)
2. Check a few consolidator sites like travelworm.com, vegas.com and don't forget travelzoo.com (my favorite) to overall gauge the market for rooms. Also, the hotels will offer direct booking on their websites, you can compare prices there.
3. As far as hotel-casinos go, everyone has their preferences. I like Luxor, directly across from McCarren airport. It has a popular club, "Ra" and a very good buffet service. Convenient to all transportation services and Strip shuttles. If you stay here, ask for a tower room, they're larger than the pyramid rooms.
4. Must see - Hoover Dam, one of the engineering wonders of the world.
Do take the inside tour. You will be awestruck.
Enjoy your trip.
I've been considering going to vegas, but thought I might get a bit bored of gambling after a while (yes it is possible to get bored of it!), so have been checking out some of the other things to do whilst there. I found a good guide at http://www.vacationsgroup.co.uk/subregiondetail.aspx?qs=r_e_california_a_srid_e_46977
Sounds like it would be worth hiring a car alex, visiting the hoover dam and the grand canyon. Will definitly need air con!
I think I'll treat my girlfriend to a few vegas shows as well