|My two cents on Vegas! on Jun 02, 2012 @ 01:42 am|
I love Las Vegas and have been there several times so let's see what I can tell you.
The strip is the place to be. It doesn't really matter where on the strip (or just off it) you happen to be, as everything is accessible. You can walk (note that the hotels are all huge and it gives an optical illusion that things are closer than they appear) or you can jump in a taxi (which can get pricey, especially when there is traffic) or you can take the bus. Last time I was there there were two buses that went up and down the strip, and then some. One of the two was more of an express bus. They sell tickets at most stops for one trip, or for 24-hours, or multi-days. I would recommend using the bus. It was very helpful, especially to get to the outlet mall for some shopping. :)
Every one of the hotels on the strip has shopping and restaurants and of course opportunities to gamble. In that way they are all pretty much the same. The decor and the theme however differs significantly. I love the Bellagio hotel, and actually stayed there once, but it is a little pricey. Even if you don't stay there, you must check out the fountain. I am sure you have seen pictures or video, but it is something to behold in person, and extra lovely at night. You should also go inside and check out the lobby, and the garden. If you have some extra cash, check out the availability of Cirque's O. I have seen a bunch of Cirque performances, and O remains my favourite!
The Venetian hotel is also a cool one to visit as it is like being in Venice. I wouldn't splurge on the gondola ride, but it is pretty neat to see. The ceilings inside the shopping/eating area are painted to look like you are outside. Fun!
On the strip there are a couple of places to buy discounted tickets to shows. Check those out, early! You might be able to score a couple of tickets to some great ones. I would also recommend seeing some of the cheaper comedy or variety acts. They are certainly cheezy, but can be lots of fun too. If you are looking for clubs, I can't be of much help there, but most taxi drivers from the airport try to hook you up with access passes, so don't be afraid to make conversation and ask for suggestions.
Two fun places to shop on the strip are M&M;World, which has three or four floors of M&M;products (as you glide up the escalator, be sure to check out the artwork) and the Coca-Cola store. The Coca-Cola store has a tasting bar on the second level where you can sample products sold around the world. Some are delicious while others are, shall we say, an acquired taste.
Since you are going in July, you will definitely want some R&R;time. Be sure to take sunscreen when you lie by the pool. The heat can get intense! Most things are open at night, so take advantage of the desert climate and don't overdo it during the day.
If you have time, I would recommend a day trip to the Grand Canyon. I did one of those bus tours, and actually found a Groupon type deal so I saved a bit of money. The Grand Canyon is one of those things you need to see in person. It is absolutely spectacular. I understand however if you cannot make the time on this trip. It took me three or four trips to Vegas until I got to see the Canyon. Of course, your other option is to take a helicopter tour. They are significantly more expensive, but you save lots of time in the coming and going.
In regards to food, there are so many good restaurants to choose from. It will be hard to go wrong! If you have a sweet tooth, I would suggest hitting up the Paris for the crepes, the Venetian for the gelatto, and of course the Sugar Factory both to eat and to shop.
No matter what you do, you will have a fantastic time, and it will be over in the blink of an eye. You will join the masses in loving the city and planning a return.
|thank you on Jun 02, 2012 @ 11:25 pm|
Thank you, this is great information!
|I DO! on Jun 03, 2012 @ 08:50 pm|
Totally get married in the drive thru chapel, by Elvis - in the back of a pink convertible! haha.
|I wanna go again!!! on Jun 04, 2012 @ 08:14 pm|
We seen the blue an group I loved it!! Our first stay we stayed at treasure island it was really clean and inexpensive (however my third trip I stayed there again and didn't find it as great as the first time) they have an absolutely delicious Mexican restaurant in that hotel. We stayed at encore by Wynn the second trip and it was very beautiful. I really wanted to go to the coyote ugly bar to dance on the bar but when we got there it was a very small bar and filled with guys just staring at the bar so I decided not to. We did some gambling but not a lot. We seen O by cirque de soliet it was a great show, we also did the price is right it was great to do once but a little boring as we were not chosen. We also went to the older side of Vegas the old strip I do not remember the name of it but it was neat to see. We also went out to the dry lakes for a photo shoot my first trip, second trip was more shows and let loose, third was an all girls shopping trip we went to the outlet stores and a mall off the strip.
You'll enjoy yourself, the only thing I haven't done yet that I'd love to is enjoys the pools, the first time when I had a perfect figure we were so busy and I don't think they were opened. And then the other two were post babies so I didn't want to hang out by the pool.
|Vegas on Jun 28, 2012 @ 11:11 am|
I love vegas and have been a few times, so much to see that you can't possibly do it all at once.
I recommend the gardens at the Bellagio, they change the display regularly and it's beautiful. Also, Madame Tussads at the Venetian, Freemont street, which is the old strip, a cab ride will cost you around $15-$20 there, and everything there is super cheap including the drinks. Oh be prepared to pay allot for things on the strip, drinks are typically $16 (depending on what you order). M&M;'s world is a neat shop near the MGM grand hotel, Wet Republic is a daytime pool club in the MGM. I would make sure you take the time to wander into as many of the hotels on the strip as possible, they all have shops, restaurants, casinos, clubs, but they also all have unique themes and some really cool things to do.
I definitely recommend a Cirque show if you have the extra cash and time, as for food, If you want a great steak go to Craftsteak in the MGM, its pricey but so worth every bite, also for a cheaper steak option I recommend Ellis Island For $10 you can't go wrong. For Mexican take the time to go to the Palms hotel & resort off the strip, and go to Gardunos, It is the best Mexican I have ever had.Also, while at the Palms check out GhostBar and moon, you pay one cover for all there clubs, and the Views from these clubs are amazing.
If clubbing is your thing I also recommend Marquee in the cosmopolitan, XS in Encore, and Tao in the Venetian.
|clubs on Jun 28, 2012 @ 01:13 pm|
a side note for clubs, typically if you walk around the strip and go into the different hotels during the day you will find that many have people giving out passes for women to get in free or for women to drink free until midnight, usually strictly for vodka drinks, but definitely a money saver.
|Woohoo! on Feb 09, 2013 @ 09:55 am|
I'm actually planning a trip to Vegas this year, too! I can't wait. I'm sooo excited. :)
|Love Vegas ! on Mar 06, 2013 @ 03:16 pm|
I love LV! There's always soo much to do there. I highly recommend any of the Cirque du Soleil shows (my favourite is "O", the water one, and Ka, the martial arts one) but i've seen just about all of them and they're amazing! There's so many great restaurants there also, so depending on what kind of cuisine you like you're sure to find something you love. Definitely splurge one night on a "nice" dinner, totally worth it.
The shopping is fantastic too, if you get a chance go to the "designer outlet malls", it's a 10min cab ride and you go to a huge outdoor shopping complex with amazing stores and so many great deals!
If you get a chance go to the stratosphere too. Also, the stratosphere is about the only place in vegas with Clamato juice if you (like me) will be craving a ceasar!
|MyVegas App on May 12, 2013 @ 11:42 pm|
There is a game app on Facebook called MyVegas - it's free to join and you can win free prizes (all Vegas related). Everything from free drinks, show tickets to free hotel rooms (not motels - but the bigger hotels like MGM, Luxor, etc). It's fairly easy to get points and coins - I don't recommend purchasing coins (defeats the purpose of winning FREE things)...I've been playing for a short while and racked up enough points for a free room in various hotels and several other prizes. There are group pages with more info all over facebook, as well...thought I'd just share for anyone planning to visit Vegas - why not if you can save a bunch of money, right?? Here's the link to the game:
|Restaurant to check out... on May 13, 2013 @ 12:21 am|