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Mar 19th, 2013, 01:19 PM
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First Timers to Vegas going for 2 nights with some questions

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we are in our 50's going to Zion and Bryce for 3 nights and then coming to Vegas for 2. We like to gamble a little but are not big drinkers, have traveled to Europe and many other places in the US but never made here till now.


any 'musts' that we should make sure we do? - thinking of going to Hoover dam for a day trip but wondered if that would be a hassle (we will have spent 3 nights in national parks before vegas)


also what about hotels? should we spend the $600 for 2 nights for the bellagio or venetion? or just about $300 for 2 nights at Paris or NY,NY. - should we make sure we get a strip view for our hotel room?


any great places to eat/see? don't like to get ripped off but like to enjoy.


thanks.
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Mar 19th, 2013, 01:45 PM
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It's been a few years, but when we went in the middle of the week, we got a suite at the Venetian for $99 a nite.

It was our first trip also . . we went to a couple of performances and strolled around the place
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Mar 19th, 2013, 03:29 PM
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Given the choice of Paris at half the price of Bellagio, I would pick Paris (whose location I prefer to NY, NY). Bally’s is o.k. too, if the price is right. We do not like anything about Planet Hollywood.

It is nice to have a view of The Strip, but a view of the mountains is good too.

We like to take a day trip when we are in Las Vegas for two nights. Our favorite is to Valley of Fire—a really beautiful and State Park. However, since this is your first visit, you may want to spend the day checking out the various hotels and casinos.

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Mar 19th, 2013, 04:13 PM
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Location mid-strip is most important. Paris, Bellagio, Mirage, Venetian, even Treasure Island are better locations than NYNY. Check out this site: smartervegas.com for promo codes for hotels and shows. We really enjoy the Cirque du Soleil shows. A friend saw Terry Fator and said he was terrific.
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Mar 19th, 2013, 04:14 PM
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Closer than the Valley of Fire is Red Rock Canyon park - only about 20 minutes from the Strip.

If you can get a room at Paris with a view of the Bellagio fountains, great, or keep googling and see what special deals are offered. It changes all the time.

One of our favorite Cirque shows is O at the Bellagio - and La Reve at Wynn's is a similiar production.

The most spectacular set is Phanthom of the Opera at the Venetian.

There are also some good/bargain afternoon shows. Check out the websites ahead of time, the local tourist mags when you arrive and the Tix 4 Less kiosks along the strip.
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Mar 19th, 2013, 04:17 PM
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And my wife likes to play the penny/nickel slots - and if you are at a primo resort such as Wynn - you can order complimentary champagne/drinks while "gaming" and their house champagne was fairly decent.
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Mar 19th, 2013, 04:35 PM
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Coming back from Zion, get off I-15 at exit 95 and drive through Valley of Fire State park. When leaving the park, head south and east to the lake shore road on the west side of Lake Meade. You will hit US 93 about 3 miles west of Hoover Dam.
Go down to see Hoover Dam driving across the dam to one of the free parking lots on the Arizona side. You can also now walk on the walkway on the new bridge high above the dam.
You can save a lot on lodging by staying at the Hacienda Casino which you will pass on the way to the dam on US 93.
I also like the Fiesta casino in Henderson. The Fiesta upgraded me to a suite when I had reserved online in the morning. We had a suite for less than $100 for the night.
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Mar 19th, 2013, 08:09 PM
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We (non-drinkers, non-gamblers) went to Vegas on a whim to see some shows, but otherwise our goal was to spend as little money as we could. We stayed at the far end of the Strip in a modest hotel. (How much time are you going to spend in the room when you aren't sleeping?) Yes, we had to walk a lot, but it gave us a chance to see everything (and lots of interesting people!) It also was a great way to get our exercise without going to the gym! BTW, we were in our early 50's.
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Mar 19th, 2013, 08:24 PM
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We thought Bally's had a great location, the hotel was nice, our room was large with a beautiful bathroom, and it was quite reasonably priced.

We loved the Hoover dam and hiking the Red Rock Canyons. The Atomic testing Museum was interesting, and seeing the classic cars at the Imperial was fun.
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Mar 19th, 2013, 08:25 PM
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It you haven't had the good fortune to look at the Bellagio fountains dancing outside of your room - or viewed them from your room - tres mal.
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Mar 22nd, 2013, 11:01 AM
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rethinking the itinerary a bit and may cut the national parks to 2 nights and stay 3 nights in vegas

Also have booked the platinum which is non-casino, suite hotel off strip by 1.5 blocks...but rethinking the hotel choice too...may just stay on the strip in a full casino hotel

but would welcome comments.
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Mar 22nd, 2013, 01:08 PM
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<<>>

Bad idea. (But then, 1 day in Vegas every 10 years is enough for me).
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Mar 22nd, 2013, 01:48 PM
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I agree with sf7307.
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Mar 22nd, 2013, 02:21 PM
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I prefer two nights in Las Vegas.

Distances in Las Vegas are extremely deceptive. You say you booked a hotel 11/2
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Mar 22nd, 2013, 02:29 PM
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I prefer two nights in Las Vegas.

Also, distances in Las Vegas are extremely deceptive. You say you booked a hotel 1.5 blocks from The Strip, but the actual distance is 1/2 mile. From that corner of Las Vegas Boulevard, it is a one-mile walk to New York, New York. It all adds up. Even if you stay in a hotel on The Strip it can be a surprisingly long walk from your room to Las Vegas Boulevard.

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Mar 22nd, 2013, 03:20 PM
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Stay on The Strip,it is the reason people go to Vegas. The Paris, Ballys, Bellagio area is the most interesting.
Everyone I take to visit the dam is amazed. About half a mile before you reach the dam there a parking lot on your right with a path up to the bridge.
The bridge experience is first rate, over eight hundred feet above the river with spectacular views, but not for the acrophobic.
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Mar 22nd, 2013, 04:29 PM
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For location Paris Hotel/Casino is more central than Bellagio which I find to be too far down the south end of the strip for easy walking to other hotels. if you are going in the hotter months location will save you getting too hot and tired while sightseeing. Hoover Dam is punishing in the heat of the summer, almost unbearable really, I think it is all that concrete.
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Mar 22nd, 2013, 05:05 PM
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Bellagio is across the street from the Paris.
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Mar 23rd, 2013, 07:34 AM
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Hoover Dam blew me away, but The Valley of Fire was more astonishing--I want to go back there.

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Mar 23rd, 2013, 10:08 AM
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Do they still do an under-belly tour at Hoover Dam? I've been to the dam twice, and took the tour once, about 15 years ago (or more) and it was incredible. You really just cannot believe the enormity. I've also been the the Aswan Dam and it didn't even "register" compared to Hoover Dam.
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