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    This time next week, my wife and I should be arriving in Las Vegas for our belated honeymoon and we have absolutely no plans. She has never been and I've only been once on a one day trip with my parents when I was about 11 during our Los Angeles vacation, and all I remember is the huge Circus Circus arcade.

    I was wondering if anyone that is familiar with Vegas has any suggestions on what to see or do, and what popular stuff that may be overrated and not worth the time. I plan to dedicate only one evening to the casino(s) and I'll probably end up cutting that short if I'm not up five-hundy by midnight. Every other day/night until our return the following Monday is wide open.

    I figure we'll stumble into plenty to do, but any help is appreciated.

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    Bunny Ranch?

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    If you're walking down the "strip" with your new wife, and somebody claps their hands together and tries to hand you something, don't take it.

    If you do take it, don't show the picture to your new wife.

    If you do show the picture to your new wife, don't suggest to her to call the number to inquire about pricing and services.

    Unless of course you're into that. In that case, nevermind....
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    there's a helicopter ride over the strip... if ur into clubbing go to pure at ceasars or rumjungle at mandalay bay... walking down the strip is always nice. water show at the bellagio, the volcano by sahara and the pirate show at treasure island. hit the Palms for sure! Rain is the bomb!

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    One night for casinos? ONE NIGHT FOR CASINOS??! ARE YOU MAD???
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    Actually, I think we've talked about Vegas before. Try a search.
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    If you can catch a show, I recommend "O" which plays at the Bellagio. It's performed by Cirque Du Soleil. It's basically a circus on water. Very interesting and entertaining and never a dull moment EVER. Some of the stunts they do are damn risky so you'll always be on edge!

    It's a little pricey but well worth it believe me. They go on a dark date from Aug 22-30th which means when you get there you'll have 3 days to see them before they take a break. There's also the Blue Man Group too, but from everybody I know who's seen both, O is better by far!


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    If you can catch a show, I recommend "O" which plays at the Bellagio. It's performed by Cirque Du Soleil. It's basically a circus on water. Very interesting and entertaining and never a dull moment EVER. Some of the stunts they do are damn risky so you'll always be on edge!

    It's a little pricey but well worth it believe me. They go on a dark date from Aug 22-30th which means when you get there you'll have 3 days to see them before they take a break. There's also the Blue Man Group too, but from everybody I know who's seen both, O is better by far!


    I was gonna recommend Cirque Du Soleil. I've seen them twice. Once at Disney World and once in Las Vegas. They are an awesome show to watch.

    Also Blue Man Group is pretty fun to attend. I was lucky to get front row center tickets for it. The tickets were CHEAP! I remember it was like close 35 bucks for them.


    I HIGHLY recommend watching the Bellagio Fountains that are in front of the Bellagio Hotel. I only got to watch them twice, because of the wind. These fountains are awesome and they play like ever 15 minutes or something like that.


    One last thing, go through each hotel! All of them are freakin amazing and worth the trip of just looking at. There are a couple of malls to walk around to, as well. There are millions of the things to do in Vegas. In your hotel, there should be a spa and salon. GO TO IT!
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    One last thing, go through each hotel! All of them are freakin amazing and worth the trip of just looking at. There are a couple of malls to walk around to, as well. There are millions of the things to do in Vegas. In your hotel, there should be a spa and salon. GO TO IT!
    This is a must. We have gone 3 times and have seen all of the big hotels except Ceasers. Don't forget to spend a night downtown and see the Freemont Street Experience. The older, smaller casinos down there are old school and it is easy to get around. Just don't go past the small mall built at the opposite end of the Plaza. It can get scary down there. Visit the coffee shop in the Horseshoe next to the slots. The food is good and cheap. If Mel still works there he is a great guy to talk to. the Players Club offers cheap roulete and blackjack if you are cheap like me.

    A trip to Hoover Dam is very neat too. We went on a tour which means we didn't have to drive. Have fun!

    Oh yea, make sure you put money on teams to win the Super Bowl and NBA finals while you are there as well. One time I went i had the chance to play the field against Tiger Woods in a tournament at great odds and didn't do it. He ended up losing.

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    If you're walking down the "strip" with your new wife, and somebody claps their hands together and tries to hand you something, don't take it.

    If you do take it, don't show the picture to your new wife.

    If you do show the picture to your new wife, don't suggest to her to call the number to inquire about pricing and services.

    Unless of course you're into that. In that case, nevermind....
    HAH!!!

    Wow, that's funny...because that became such a big deal on my trip to Vegas. I was probably 17 at the time, and my younger brother would have been around 15 years old. Just think...a 15 year old boy being handed these cards on every corner. Needless to say, by the end of the week I think he had a stack of those cards numbering around 70-80. He brought them back home and showed them to his friends..."Hey, look what I got!"

    Anyway, I really enjoyed my time in Vegas. I'm planning to go there with some friends once we've all turned 21.

    My favourite part of the trip was our tour of the Grand Canyon. We booked a helicopter tour, and it was breathtaking. My first time on a helicopter as well...it was real exciting.

    I also enjoyed the Blue Man Group performance. Those guys put on an awesome concert, and they really have a unique sound to them. I ended up buying a CD afterwards because I enjoyed things so much. Not only is the music great, but it's a real interactive concert that keeps you laughing and involved.

    I also got to say that the rollercoaster ride on top of New York, New York is unbelievable. Being on top of that building is high enough...but travelling at high speeds, doing loopty-loops over the main strip at that height is just crazy! There is no way to describe the feeling. Yes, the coaster ride is expensive, but it is definitely the best one there (in my opinion). It's a long ride (near 5 minutes I believe), and just one of the most memorable rollercoasters (for me at least).

    But to sum things up, I think you could have just plopped me in front of one of the many buffets for the week (preferably the Luxor buffet), and I would have been quite happy. My parents were thrilled with my brother and I for getting our money's worth at dinner time. I think we surprised the waitress/drink lady too!

    You Americans sure know how to eat!!!

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    Another cool thing about Las Vegas is that it is soooo easy to get beer.

    For some reason everyone in Las Vegas thought I was atleast 23 years old. I was 17 when I went last year. I took advantage of that! I was a gamblin fool!

    God, Vegas is soo much fun. I'm was 17 and had a blast. I'm scared to see what these basketballin fools are gonna do.
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    Another cool thing about Las Vegas is that it is soooo easy to get beer.

    For some reason everyone in Las Vegas thought I was atleast 23 years old. I was 17 when I went last year. I took advantage of that! I was a gamblin fool!

    God, Vegas is soo much fun. I'm was 17 and had a blast. I'm scared to see what these basketballin fools are gonna do.
    Similar experience as well. I actually did a lot of gambling while I was there (on slots and video poker, mind you...stayed low key) - but I was only 17 at the time as well.

    Oh, and this rather "scantly-dressed" woman came up to me while on the main strip making friendly chit-chat. Then, when she asked how old I was she replied "****...I thought you were at least 21-22?!"

    Oh...I can't wait to get back to Vegas.

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    Actually, I think we've talked about Vegas before. Try a search.
    Vegas?? Did someone say VEGAS!!??

    I've been jonesing bad. This is the first year I haven't been in the past five years. I'm hoping to go for our anniversary in November.

    SooOOOoo, dannyboy, hitting Vegas for essentially the first time, eh? I go several times a year, so if you have any questions, just post 'em, and/or send me a private message.

    Let me start off with one thing for you to do that's a great couple's thing: See the fountains in front of Bellagio. Sacto is so right. Have you seen the recent Ocean's 11? At the end where they stand in front of fountains with this great music playing? That's it. Make sure you do it at night and stand right in front of the fountains, not right across the street. Corny as it sounds, it will move you.

    Okay, that being said, one thing to do is make a little tour of the casinos. Just spend a day doing walkthroughs. Start at one location on the strip and kinda work your way up. (BTW, where are you staying?) Key hotels you simply must walk through: Venetian (walk through the canal shoppes, then take a gondola ride), Ceasar's (just take in evrything), Bellagio (You MUST go by the front lobby and see the botanical gardens. Every season they make these huge scenes made entirely of flowers.) are all close to each other and are higher end hotels. Take some time to stop and watch people play at the casinos. You'll see some big oney people playing. Now the other high end hotel I haven't seen yet, cause it was just built is the Wynn. It's nice to hit those places to see trour opulence. Then you can check out the other hotel/casinos.

    You said you were down by Circus Circus? Don't do it again! That area is getting pretty rundown and a couple of those casino/hotels are being eyed for demolition. The only reason I go down there is to visit "Slots O' Fun", which has ONE DOLLAR craps. It's a fun way to pass some time and it's great way to learn craps, if you don't know how to play.

    Now continuing your tour, New York, New York has a casino and restaurants made to look like a New York city block. Nice place to walk through. Paris is another nice one to walk through, name explains it all.

    I could go on forever about the different hotels, places to eat, places to party. And trust me, you'll spend more than one night at the casinos gambling. It'll just sorta happen. You'll see people having fun on your way somewhere, you'll buy in, then presto, you've been there for 2-3 hours.

    Let me know what kind of music you like, food, etc, and I can give you some pointers on where to go. Some people only care about getting food cheap as possible, so places like the Rio seafood buffett or the Bellagio Buffet aren't a consideration. Some folks like rap, but not techno music, so clubs like ICE may not appeal to them. I don't know how old you are. but clubs like Rain, at the Palms, has an extremely young crowd.

    Certain clubs play certain kinds of music and have different crowds and vibes, so if you can give me some direction on what kind of music/atmosphere, I can help ya out.

    (Just as an FYI, I've stayed at MGM, Aladdin, Flamingo, Imperial Palace, Casino Royale, Barbary Coast, the Palms, Mandalay Bay and the Venetian, if you want to know about the rooms and/or pools.)

    Actually, if I have some time tommorow, I'll write you out a little list of my fav places and why.
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    Are you a nature lover? There's some cool stuff within striking distance. If you have a rental car, you should absolutely take a day and see Zion National Park (right up I-15). If you can't spare that kind of time, there's Red Rock National Park just 20-30 minutes off the Strip. It's got world-class rock climbing.

    My favorite show is Blue Man Group. And Mystere is almost as good O, but it's a lot cheaper. I've always thought the Fremont Street Experience was overrated, but that's just me. And even if you don't want to spring for the (really expensive) tour, you should absolutely go to Hoover Dam just to look off the side.

    Best way to do the South Strip in one evening is this: Park at Alladin, walk the Desert Passage, watch the Bellagio fountains from the street, walk to the other side of the fountains and watch again, see the conservatory in the Bellagio, walk through the Bellagio to the Ceasar's Palace, walk through the Forum Shops, walk through FAO Shwartz and get pictures taken on the horse, then get dessert at the Cheesecake Factory. You can do that whole route without running into porn pushers. The Venetian's cool as well, but it's surrounded by pushers unless you drive in the back and park there.

    The Wynn just opened, and it's fabulous. There's a great ice cream shop where you can sit out under the waterfall and eat. They've also got an absolutely awesome art gallary in-house, and the Wynn Gallery is connected. Plus you can walk across the street to the Simon's best mall.

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    Man, these are great suggestions! I'll try to get to as many as we can, although the Bunny Ranch may be a bit awkward.

    For our hotel accommodations, we ended up choosing the Statosphere over Imperial Palace, only because the package we chose offered a nonstop flight out of Houston, whereas the other package had a 3 hour lay over in Utah both ways. I'm not very picky about hotels but I don't care for sitting in airports.

    Also, I have been informed about accepting things from people on the street. I tend to not accept stuff from strangers anyway; I guess that's just how I was raised.

    As far as spending lots of time in the casinos, I'm all for it. But my wife isn't really into gambling (which pretty much means I'm not really into gambling). I know she would go to the casino with me repeatedly if I asked her to, but each time she does will mean I have to go somewhere she really wants to go, such as a Celine Dion show.

    I do plan to put some money on several teams to win championships, namely the Pacers, Astros, Longhorns, and maybe on the Texans to make the playoffs, and hope for 1 out of 4. My wife will also probably want to put money the Rockets.

    Btw, we are both in our mid 20s and we listen to pretty much any type of music, but mostly rap, r&b, and jazz.

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    As far as spending lots of time in the casinos, I'm all for it. But my wife isn't really into gambling (which pretty much means I'm not really into gambling). I know she would go to the casino with me repeatedly if I asked her to, but each time she does will mean I have to go somewhere she really wants to go, such as a Celine Dion show.
    I gotta repeat... take a day and go see Zion National Park. Your hotel can give directions, but it's just straight up I-15. It's the coolest set of canyons in America. I like it better than the Grand Canyon.

    I had forgotten it, but you can also do the North Rim of the Grand Canyon as a very easy day trip.

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    if ur staying at the stratosphere, make sure to eat dinner one evening at the Top of the World restaurant....its pretty spendy, but a great experience with great food....i would think the wife would really enjoy....its very , very romantic...

    the rio has a nice show that they do of an evening in the casino...

    make sure to visit the canal shops in the venetian....as well as the forum shops at caesars....the forum shops have a nice little short free show that is done regarding zeus, the gods, etc...

    i, too, am not sure how u could go to vegas and only spend one nite gambling, but hey....im anxious to hear if u actually pull that off...let me know...

    for sheer gambling, the mandalay is the best in my opinion....the high ceilings make for an incredible feel....they also have a fantastic sports book...though ive never been impressed with the overall attitude of those working at the mandalay....

    for attitude, the venetian is tough to beat....ive always thought the bellagio is a bit overrated, though the fountains, as mentioned, are a must...the gambling environment isnt bad at the bellagio, but i prefer the mandalay....

    im sure someone has mentioned the mirage as a great hotel to walk thru....im assuming they still have the white tigers....

    the bellagio also has a scenic gardens thats worth a look...

    make sure u check out the pool at the mandalay....hell, for that matter, make sure u check out most of the pools

    mandalay also has a cool aquarium show....

    like some others, i could go on and on....and im much more into the gambling than most, but theres still so much to see, u cant help urself....

    see if u can get a peak at one of the rooms at the venetian....once u see it....u wont stay anywhere else the next time..

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    I just got back from Vegas a in May. Spent a week out there for work.

    One suggestion: TAKE VERY COMFORTABLE WALKING SHOES. OH, and you might want to take a couple pair....you will walk ALOT in vegas. Everything looks so close, but its not as close as you think.


    You will get lost in the casino's, they are just huge.

    I stayed at Ceasar's in the new tower in one of the suites. VERY nice hotel. Definitely check out the venitian, bellagio, ceasaer's, MGM, hell see as many as you can.

    Treasure Island has a neat little public show that lasts about 15 minutes outside in front of the hotel. I would recommend checking that out one night. When they shoot the fireworks off in front of the hotel at the end of the show, its an amazing visual.

    Someone already mentioned it, but take in a few of the fountain shows at Bellagio. Each show is different, and done to different music. Also, there is a REALLY cool chocolate fountain in the back of the bellagio you should check out. Cool sight, especially for those chocolate craving women.....

    Spend some time just walking around the Casino floors in like Ceasars, or Bellagio or Venitian, or at least one of the nicer casino's and watch some of the tables. Its interesting just to watch peoples behaviors around the tables.

    Cheap way to get up and down the strip? Take the monorail. It runs from one end to the other and its only a couple bucks versus the cabs. The cabs will cost you around $10 or more depending on time of day and traffic to egt from one end to the other.

    Here are some pictures I took while out there.

    http://pg.photos.yahoo.com/ph/gyrons...mite/my_photos

    The one thing I didn't get to do because I ran out of time(I was out there for work) was get down to the old strip and see all the lights and such down there.

    I can't wait to go back!

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    I also forgot to mention that there is a McDonald's in front of the Marage Hotel!

    Very worth the money and time!
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    One thing that I noticed from Gyron's pics is that the Bellagio Fountains always produce just great pictures. I took a couple with my cell phone and they turned out absolutely beautiful! If I knew how to post pictures, I would put them on here.
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    One thing. Make sure you've got a good pair of walking shoes. Last time I went I had new shoes that weren't broken in, and the first night I got a major blister that I struggled with all week.
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    As far as spending lots of time in the casinos, I'm all for it. But my wife isn't really into gambling (which pretty much means I'm not really into gambling). I know she would go to the casino with me repeatedly if I asked her to, but each time she does will mean I have to go somewhere she really wants to go, such as a Celine Dion show.
    You're going to have to bite the bullet and do at least one thing she wants. After that just tell her if she wins enough money for the tickets then you can go.

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    This time next week, my wife and I should be arriving in Las Vegas for our belated honeymoon and we have absolutely no plans. She has never been and I've only been once on a one day trip with my parents when I was about 11 during our Los Angeles vacation, and all I remember is the huge Circus Circus arcade.

    I was wondering if anyone that is familiar with Vegas has any suggestions on what to see or do, and what popular stuff that may be overrated and not worth the time. I plan to dedicate only one evening to the casino(s) and I'll probably end up cutting that short if I'm not up five-hundy by midnight. Every other day/night until our return the following Monday is wide open.

    I figure we'll stumble into plenty to do, but any help is appreciated.
    one other thing....if u go up 500 the first nite...

    quit...

    dont gamble anymore....of course im assuming ur not gonna be gambling around 100 a hand/roll etc....

    if u dont quit....u will lose it all and then some....that i promise u...

    in fact....id bet u ...

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    You can also find some laid back table games that are just as relaxing as sitting in a bar, except with free drinks.

    My wife were in Tahoe skiing a while ago and found a 50 cent roulette table. You lose your money slow enough that you can sit and gamble and enjoy the free beer.
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    Very nice photos. I hope to get some similar shots myself.

    Going to see the canyons sounds pretty cool, too.

    As far as being up 500 the 1st night, I was just throwing in a "Swingers" quote. I do, or I did have a good streak of going to casinos without losing money. I have been to several casinos through out Louisiana and one in some hotel in LA, and have won money almost everytime, breakin even a couple of times. I have developed a system that seems to work. The only casino that got the best of me was on a cruise ship last year. I'll found out soon enough if I'm ready for the big time.

    If I did happen to win big the first night, I certainly would not want to press my luck.

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