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1. Posted by Jim Colyer (Budding Member 24 posts) 10y

I mean to take my 21 year old son to Las Vegas in 2005. Any ideas about what to do? I know there are new hotels since I was last there in 1993.

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2. Posted by JM559 (Budding Member 11 posts) 10y

hi Jim,
My advice is to stay in a hotel on the South side of the strip, MGM, Mandalan Bay, Boardwalk, Tropicana, etc. The North Side is nice (if you want to save a little money), but most of the action is on the south side and well worth the extra 30 a day (in hotel). Also, the earlier you book, the cheaper everything will be; flight, hotel, shows, etc.
Good luck!

Jason, NYC

3. Posted by eathan (Budding Member 2 posts) 10y

I just got back from my 4th trip to Vegas a few days ago. I posted my trip here: las vegas

This was a fun trip, but the time before, where we stayed a couple nights at Mandalay Bay, then rented a car and drove up to Zion for a couple nights, then back for the last few at the Luxor was the best! You almost need a vacation from Las Vegas midway through your trip. Plus you can leave town on the most expensive hotel nights... ;)

Red Rock Canyon and the Valley of fire are also worth day trips out of the city.

Good luck!

4. Posted by Peter (Admin 5522 posts) 10y

We were in Vegas earlier this year. The city wore thin pretty quick - we were quite sick of all the craziness after a day or two, although the level of tackiness is enough to entertain for a while ;) Free drinks at the 5c slot machines aren't bad either

I'll second Eathan on Red Rock Canyon though. We only did the brief driving circuit, stopping at lookouts, but there seemed to be some good walks that would be worthwhile if you have the time. Beautiful place!

Peter

5. Posted by eathan (Budding Member 2 posts) 10y

The walks at Red Rock are pretty nice, but I think Valley of Fire was the best of the close in trips we did. The sun hiiting the rocks at a low angle is just beautiful! There's little traffic and a lot to see, including plenty of short walks. We even saw a sidewinder rattlesnake warming itself on the road as we drove out in the dark - nice place.

We did Zion once as a day trip as well, but it's MUCH better with some time to enjoy it, especially if you're stuck driving... :P

We visited Lake Meade once as well, but I think it'd be much nicer with our kayak.