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    Booked Our Room: Las Vegas Next Week

    So I just booked our room to Las Vegas for next week, my friend Abby is flying into CA Wed night and we'll be driving from the airport and making our way to Las Vegas. She comes in about 8pm so perhaps we'll be in Vegas around 12am???? (I'm really hoping sooner)
    I know I will def need to drink lots of caffeine to stay up and alert while driving.

    *Question*
    I've only been to Las Vegas once, so does anyone have any recommendations of places to go, places to see? Two other friends may join us out there, not sure yet, still waiting on work schedules.

    Any recommendations would be great, thank you.

    a trip repot may follow after our return

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    Re: Booked Our Room: Las Vegas Next Week

    You must, MUST, go to STACK (which is a bar/restaurant at the Mirage). And when you go to stack, you need to order a cucumber martini and the hot rocks appetizer.

    If you're going to get in on buffet action, IMHO, Cravings at the Mirage is #1. The food is consistently delish and the atmosphere is great. Hell, had my wedding rehearsal dinner there!

    The Bar at Times Square in New York, New York is loads of fun...on weekends. But go there once you've had a few drinks so you're ready to sing along with the group.

    If you are club people at all, Tao at the Venitian is absolutely breathtaking. And doing hookah on the strip at Avo (I think that's the name...) at the Palazzo is quite fun and relaxing.

    The frozen beverages of Fat Tuesday's are always a fun idea. There's a station at the MGM Grand and Planet Hollywood (and I believe there's one more but can't remember...).

    For regular food, the Grand Luxe Cafe at the Venetian and Palazzo is freakin' good. It's a part of the Cheesecake Factory brand and the menu is just simply satisfying.

    The Forum at Caesar's Palace is such a cool shopping area. Lots of fun stores to browse through and lots of fun people watching.

    Oh, and if you want other fun shopping, be sure to hit the outlets at Primm. A little dingy, but they've got Burberry, Coach, Williams Sonoma, and other places to spend your winnings.

    If you happen to be driving around Henderson near Sunset Station, you need to go to Layers Bakery. Off the beaten tourist path, but with the most delicious cakes ever!

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    Re: Booked Our Room: Las Vegas Next Week

    Wow, MissChristine! Thank you so much for all that helpful information! Looks like we'll be making a visits to a few of those mentioned places above. Sounds like so much fun We're planning on seeing a show or two while we're there. We know its going to be hot, but we'll suck it up and enjoy our time spent there.

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    Re: Booked Our Room: Las Vegas Next Week

    To echo one of MissChristine's recommendations.........

    Dueling Pianos at The Bar at Times Square, NY NY

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    Re: Booked Our Room: Las Vegas Next Week

    I'm by no means a Vegas local, but do go a few times a year (hell, got married there!) so I've got a decent idea of fun things to do.

    Oohh, and don't forget to go see the Lions at the MGM and the flamingos at the Flamingo. I know there's a shark tank at Mandalay Bay, but I think you have to pay for admission.

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    Re: Booked Our Room: Las Vegas Next Week

    If you feel up to it, the rides on top of the Stratosphere are great for a quick pee-yer-pants moment. I HIGHly recommend them. (Pun completely intended.)

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    Re: Booked Our Room: Las Vegas Next Week

    I'm a nerd, and neither gamble nor drink when I'm in Vegas. But I still find plenty to do. Try the Springs Preserve, the Pinball Hall of Fame, the Bellagio Conservatory/Fountains, the Liberace Museum, Ethel M Chocolate Factory, Raising Cain's Chicken Fingers, The Atomic Museum, Mandalay Bay Shark Reef Aquarium, Shopping at Ceasars/Mandalay Place/Miricle Mile/Fashion Show Mall (with an actual runway fashion show!), MGM Lion Habitat, Mirage Volcano, Rio Show in the Sky (not for young children, they really play up the sex angle), or the Flamnigo Wildlife Habitat. And many of those things are free (though not all).

    If you're up for thrills, Speed: The Ride at Sahara is very good, as well as Stratosphere. Adventuredome is better than you would expect, but the crowds can make it fairly miserable.

    Many of the above can actually be done very quickly, as they are not terribly involved. Of course, just casio hopping and seeing all the gaudy sensory overload is always fun.

    Things I do NOT recommend: The TI Pirate Show, or the Roller Coaster at NY, NY. Awful!

    And the best insider tip I have ever recieved: if you have a small party (best with 3 or less), you can go directly to the bar area at the Bellagio Buffet, seat yourself down, and begin eating without needing to get in line. There are about 10 seats available at the bar, and they are open to anyone who walks up to them--no waiting in line! Yeah, you're at the bar, and not a table, but it often saves you anywhere from 30-90 minutes! And the best plus: since you're at the bar already, you get your drinks really fast! I've done this numerous times, and it's so easy! It works for both lunch and dinner!
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    Re: Booked Our Room: Las Vegas Next Week

    Quote Originally Posted by MissChristine View Post
    I'm by no means a Vegas local, but do go a few times a year (hell, got married there!) so I've got a decent idea of fun things to do.

    Oohh, and don't forget to go see the Lions at the MGM and the flamingos at the Flamingo. I know there's a shark tank at Mandalay Bay, but I think you have to pay for admission.
    MGM is something I am really looking forward to. We did a walk through last year, but I'd like to go again.

    Quote Originally Posted by Pizzapants View Post
    If you feel up to it, the rides on top of the Stratosphere are great for a quick pee-yer-pants moment. I HIGHly recommend them. (Pun completely intended.)
    Ugh.. You have no idea how bad I want to ride those rides on the Stratosphere!!!! One of my friends in the group isnt a fan of any rides whatsoever, so most likely I will not leave her alone. Bummed about that, Last year I took her to Disneyland and she wouldnt go on much.

    Quote Originally Posted by JesterMn View Post
    I'm a nerd, and neither gamble nor drink when I'm in Vegas. But I still find plenty to do. Try the Springs Preserve, the Pinball Hall of Fame, the Bellagio Conservatory/Fountains, the Liberace Museum, Ethel M Chocolate Factory, Raising Cain's Chicken Fingers, The Atomic Museum, Mandalay Bay Shark Reef Aquarium, Shopping at Ceasars/Mandalay Place/Miricle Mile/Fashion Show Mall (with an actual runway fashion show!), MGM Lion Habitat, Mirage Volcano, Rio Show in the Sky (not for young children, they really play up the sex angle), or the Flamnigo Wildlife Habitat. And many of those things are free (though not all).

    If you're up for thrills, Speed: The Ride at Sahara is very good, as well as Stratosphere. Adventuredome is better than you would expect, but the crowds can make it fairly miserable.

    Many of the above can actually be done very quickly, as they are not terribly involved. Of course, just casio hopping and seeing all the gaudy sensory overload is always fun.

    Things I do NOT recommend: The TI Pirate Show, or the Roller Coaster at NY, NY. Awful!

    And the best insider tip I have ever recieved: if you have a small party (best with 3 or less), you can go directly to the bar area at the Bellagio Buffet, seat yourself down, and begin eating without needing to get in line. There are about 10 seats available at the bar, and they are open to anyone who walks up to them--no waiting in line! Yeah, you're at the bar, and not a table, but it often saves you anywhere from 30-90 minutes! And the best plus: since you're at the bar already, you get your drinks really fast! I've done this numerous times, and it's so easy! It works for both lunch and dinner!
    Awesome, thank you. Really NY NY is awful? I am looking for some shows online. A comedy show is a must for me. Then it depends on what the others would like. And plenty of Buffets! Mmmmmmmmmmm. Our party is going to be about 3 to 4. Small which is good for us. I'm excited, but Im certainly not looking forward to the heat out there.

    Thanks everyone for all your helpful input. I really appreciate it.

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    Re: Booked Our Room: Las Vegas Next Week

    ^The Bellagio Buffet tip can be tricky with 4, since there are only 10 seats available at the bar. But it wouldn't hurt to go up and check, or just wait there until they become open. The bartenders there are very friendly & helpful.

    NY NY the hotel is fine... but the Roller Coaster there is awful. And I'm a roller coaster lover. It's been nicknamed "The Spinal Manipulator" and seemingly has square wheels. If you don't believe me, there is a video and report from 2005 about 2/3 of the way down the page here at Theme Park Review. And as far as I've heard, it hasn't gotten any better since.

    And with the massive air conditioning in the casinos, the heat won't be too much of a problem. I'm going in August myself, and I'm sure it'll be worse!
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    Re: Booked Our Room: Las Vegas Next Week

    two buffets step out as a leader of the pack in my mind... The Wynn buffet for dinner, the desert room alone is amazing. and Bellagio for Brunch on Saturday and sunday. Also really amazing new restruant at Encore called switch. In terms of clubs if your into it. I find the new christian Audiger club at Treasure Island fun but not to overbearing. I also like Studio 54 at MGM its big enough that your not packed in like sardines. Also Lavo at the Palazzo is new and good ultra lounge hang out.

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    Re: Booked Our Room: Las Vegas Next Week

    I would have to disagree with the NY NY roller coaster as being "awful"... I find it pretty good, and I love roller coasters. I will say the price to ride it just once is awful though.

    As for shows... you can never go wrong with the entertainment value of a Cirque de Soleil show. Check out "O" or if you like the Beatles "Love" at the Mirage is just awesome. Both shows are pretty pricey though.

    Buffets... if you want one really bad, there are plenty of bad ones for you. Even the better ones i.e. Rio, Bellagio are pricey and really not that good in quality. Save yourself some time and get a quality meal.

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    Vegas! SO we were just there for the 4th of July weekend and we tackled a lot of things, so here are my suggestions.

    At the Venetian - go to Madame Tussard's was museum - it is interactive and it is an absolute blast. you can print coupons up online.

    The Bellagio - has a beautiful botanical garden area (free)

    The Luxor - The Titanic exhibit is PHENOMENAL! But while in line for the tickets they have books on the counter with coupons for the museum mentioned above and a buy one get one free for the ride to the top of the Eifel tower at Paris..... you can probably get these books anywhere but thats where we found ours.

    I also enjoyed the Secret Garden at the Mirage, but it was so hot the animals were snoozing....

    M & M Store is really cool to see too, its next to MGM...

    otherwise you can walk and see so many things.....

    I went online to all the hotels to see what they offered =D

    Hope you have a great time because we sure did!!!!

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    Re: Booked Our Room: Las Vegas Next Week

    Don't know much about Vegas, but I don't think that I would miss taking a ride on the Monorail. I rode the first generation, and I remember it being a herkey jerkey imitation of the MarkV. That was a long time ago.

    I guess we won't get a trip report, after all, what happens in Vegas...
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    Re: Booked Our Room: Las Vegas Next Week

    On Friday nights the Mandalay Bay usually does a movie night in their wave pool, they usually show pretty good movies and it's just a two drink minimum for the cost.

    Caesars has a replica of the Statue of David if you go wandering back towards their convention area, it's cut from the same quarry as the real statue of David, its amazing to see in person. The statues at the forum also do some fun shows and they have a spiral escalator, I'm sure these are around in other places in the world but I have only seen one there, made me kind of dizzy but it was cool.

    Nine Fine Irishmen in the NY NY is pretty cool they actually had all of the wood work shipped over from Ireland and if you go at night they have great entertainment with some great music. One of the wall has some busts that remind me of the haunted mansion, little things help when you have Disneyland withdrawl. Great story about the piano bar there one of the first few nights they were open someone sat down at the piano and started playing, and singing, it was Billy Joel, he just decided to show up and play he wasn't booked or anything. He stayed for a few hours and was amazing. I'm not a fan of the coaster there either though, far too bumpy for a metal coaster.

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    Re: Booked Our Room: Las Vegas Next Week

    Quote Originally Posted by Jetlife View Post
    Don't know much about Vegas, but I don't think that I would miss taking a ride on the Monorail. I rode the first generation, and I remember it being a herkey jerkey imitation of the MarkV. That was a long time ago.

    I guess we won't get a trip report, after all, what happens in Vegas...
    Have fun.
    If you want to try out the monorail for free right down the way from the ticket area at MGM is a CBS Studio space if you watch a pilot for a new show and review it they give you some tickets, otherwise I think it's about $10.

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