four day las vegas

Old Apr 12th, 2017, 06:41 PM
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Hi,

I don't expect many responses because I don't travel much. I certainly don't travel enough to post trip reports and give recommendations. I can't even make recommendations in Napa where I live; I can't afford most of the new prices.
In short: I have to attend a one day continuing education class in Las Vegas on Sat, June 10, from 8 AM to 5 PM at Trump Hotel. I plan to fly from Oakland, CA, to Las Vegas on Friday and return either Sat night, Sunday, or Monday. My roommate may or may not come with me. If he doesn't, then I'll likely leave Sat evening. If he does come, where would any of you recommend staying and what might we do? We prefer outdoors, aren't into Disney nor Vegas prices, and I am flummoxed. We also prefer low key hotels/motels, but I have to be at Trump Hotel Sat at 8 AM. I don't know, do Lyft or Uber exist in Las Vegas? Do I need to rent a car?
Any help is much appreciated. Thank you from CynR
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Old Apr 13th, 2017, 02:32 AM
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I would rent a car and drive up to Bryce for a night or two where it should be cooler than Vegas and also beautiful.
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Old Apr 13th, 2017, 06:01 AM
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You do not need to rent a car unless you want to explore beyond Las Vegas. Both Uber and Lyft operate in LV.

You're going to be disappointed in prices at hotels, which tend to double on weekends. Friday and Saturday are the most expensive nights of the week, though there are several off-Strip hotels that may be more to your liking and would be significantly cheaper.
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Old Apr 13th, 2017, 06:42 AM
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One of my favorites is the Fiesta in Henderson. Make the reservation ASAP. Go to see Hoover Dam and maybe Valley of Fire SP.
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We stayed a Bally, which was very inexpensive.
Liked touring the Hoover Dam, history museum in Henderson, hiking in Red Rock Canyon.
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Thanks to all of you. I am seriously dreading the trip as I come from a town suddenly beholden to nothing but tourists. Napa wasn't this way when I moved here, but now it's a rip-roaring tourist destination, hotels rising as I type and suddenly we have replaced Italian family restaurants with Japanese "destination" type restaurants with prix fixe $300/plate places. Hotel rooms can be $400+. I don't like it at all.
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I would suggest looking into the Red Rock area. It's close enough to the Strip that you can taxi in for a fair price, but also kind of away from everything. The drinks are also waaaaaay cheaper at the main casino over there. I had a conference there two years ago. You pay $7 at the Red Rock for a drink that would cost you $20 on The Strip.
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Have you checked out the prices on www.vegas.com and www.lasvegas.com? They often have deals, you can put in your dates and see what pops up.

I wouldn't stay at Red Rock. It's a lovely property,and the Mexican restaurant there has delicious margaritas (and food), but the taxi to the strip would not be cheap. Probably better staying relatively close to the Strip so you can either walk or a cab/Uber won't be too much.

This is a very interesting place to visit, not far from the Strip:

https://www.springspreserve.org/index.html

Lots of it is outdoors, then there is also the Nevada State Museum.
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