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 pcdoctor2
Joined: 8/31/2010
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Hey Everyone:

This mainly goes out to those who have been to or live in Las Vegas, Nevada. I will be there from February 21 through the 25th. We will be staying at the Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino. We will be doing some gambling here and there, but also plan to explore different parts of the city, maybe visit some tourist attractions and find some very nice places to eat at as well. For anyone who knows the city well, what are some of your recommendations? Please note that we are on a tight budget so we don't have a lot of money to spend either.
 motown cowgirl
Joined: 6/30/2010
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Going to Las Vegas, Nevada Soon
Posted: 2/13/2011 6:07:24 AM
i don't live in vegas but i've been out there a bunch of times.

there is almost no way to get a bad meal in vegas unless you insist on going to mcdonald's. great food is cheap and plentiful in vegas, especially at the hotel where you'll be staying.

nearby, there is red rocks state park. a little farther away is hoover dam and death valley. all 3 are great places to see. or drive out to rhyolite. take a camera. (very cool ghost town).

i tend to avoid the shows because they don't appeal to me much, personally, and they're expensive . however if you have some money to spend on a show, an evening at the Rio watching Penn & Teller in action is WELL WORTH the money (about $90 a ticket when i was there last year).
 Red Fish GF
Joined: 12/3/2009
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Going to Las Vegas, Nevada Soon
Posted: 2/13/2011 8:26:09 AM
I recently took a short vacation in Vegas with my boyfriend. The one place we made sure to visit was the pawn shop from the TV show Pawn Stars. We also entered a shopping mall and discovered they had indoor boat rides like Venice and the ceiling was painted to look like the sky. It was neat to see and cost no money unless you choose to take a boat ride. We really liked the breakfast food at a little place called EGG and I off the strip. It was inexpensive and the service was fast. We didn't gamble even once,lol but it was fun to walk down the strip and see the many impersonators and other sites.

Have fun!!
 AintNoDeal
Joined: 2/3/2010
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Going to Las Vegas, Nevada Soon
Posted: 2/15/2011 10:58:21 PM
You will be in the center of the strip and it's always interesting to just watch PEOPLE.

There are many things to do that are FREE in Vegas, but be prepared to WALK. Be prepared to wait in some lines, and be prepared to face some crowds, especially walking along "the strip" at night.

Time will pass quickly, and all the walking will catch up with you, so please understand that wherever you go, take care of business, because it's unlikely you'll have time to get back there.

I will disagree with the previous posters in saying that food is not cheap in Vegas. It's standard in the fast food and diner/sports bars, but Vegas has a lot of premium restaurants in the resort/casinos, and the prices in those joints will give you pause. Also it's fairly standard to have to wait for service, because even on slow days, popular places get packed - so lunch and dinner can take a little longer than you expect. Roll with it and just look at the decor in the restaurant while you wait.

You have a few days, so you should get downtown to Fremont Street to visit some of the older casinos like the Gold Nugget, Glitter Gulch, 4 Queens and Binions (which still has $1 million in cash on display). The night time light show is worth the trip downtown. On Fridays and Saturdays, there are free bands playing on the mall, too. Also all the super-cheap souveniers are there.

Each super-resort casino is a marvel in itself and would take a full day to walk around and see all the storefronts and machines -- it can be hard to make a choice on where to go. They all have luxury malls, so you won't want for places to shop or ways to over-spend.

Save some wear on your feet and go to places that are close:
- City Center (right across the street) - new, upscale,
- Bellagio's
- Caesar's Palace
- Paris, Las Vegas
- The Venetian
- The Wynn

If you can, get down to the Fashion Mall across the street from the Wynn. Every hour they have a free Fashion Show on the runway at the back of the mall -- I do mean the BAAAAAAACK of the mall. The runways rises up from the floor and they do a good 15-minute show features garments from some store.

Also still worth a visit are New York, New York, the M&Ms store/Hard Rock Cafe, and the MGM Grand (yes, they have the lions, not far from the entrance, but they're not always out walking around).

Premium shows in Vegas are basically $100/person, but you can watch other act for $50 or so, like the recreation of the Rat Pack or local magic shows. Check the numerous discount ticket booths that are on the strip -- you can save some $$, but again, you will be waiting in line for those discount tickets, and go 4 hours ahead of time so you can clean up and get to the show.

Every large casino has a free lounge with a DJ and dance floor that heats up around 10pm, so if you don't want to pay a $50 cover charge to get into Studio 54, just look for the free lounge in the casino. If you like live music, walk about 1/2 mile south to the Hawaiian Marketplace in front of the Polo Towers. You'll recognize it from all the straw carts of t-shirts and the karaoke bar belting out tunes. Go the back, and there's a live band playing at night. Or...walk over to the Flamingo and the Margaritaville bar. Threre's a similar place just outside The Monte Carlo, right on the street - an open bar/band atmosphere.

Vegas is 24/7, baby....there's always something going on.
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