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    Ok, I'm making my first trip to Vegas soon so what should I do?

    Will be there probably anywhere from 5-8 days.


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    Paging Scott H. Paging Scott H. Please report to the Vegas trip thread.
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    Never been their myself.

    I've heard the hotel rooms are really inexpensive as they make their money on gambling. So if you go to stay in a nice hotel and either not gamble or just very sparingly and you can stay there pretty cheaply

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    Well, helloooOOOooooo....

    I am embarrassed/proud to say I'll be taking trip number 23? 24? to Vegas this fall. Where ya staying, Peck? And what month are you going? I can steer ya starting from there.

    (Everyone should go to Vegas at least once in their life. It really is a once in a lifetime experience. And believe it or not, I'm not a big gambler. I just like the food, wow factor and parties and being away from Indy.)
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    Looks like right now it will be the first week of November.

    Harrahs is giving us 5 nights free at any one of their resorts, I think they have 7 differant ones so any suggestion would be great.


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    Its a bit silly, but one of the best things I've ever done in vegas was the Med evil Times thing at Excalibur. Its stadium seating and you can get a small fryer chicken to eat, and get to cheer for your sections knight, and boo and talk smack to the other knights as the pass by, and its highly entertaining for a dinner, and you come away thinking you got your money's worth, which is really hard to accomplish in Vegas. Plus its hard not to have a good time seeing has how you probably been drinking the entire day.

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    8 days is a long time to be in Vegas, you'll probably get bored or run out of money after 4.

    But if you can swing it, look into renting one of those exotic sports cars and take a day trip out to the Hoover Dam. That way you can see where they filmed such famous moves as "fools rush in" and "Transformers"

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    Here's Harrah's hotels:

    http://lasvegas.caesars.com/

    If asked of anywhere to stay in Vegas, I think a significant number, if not a majority of people would say if money were no object, then stay at Caesars. Especially first timers. Considering you can stay there for free, sounds like a no brainer. Centrally located, very good restaurants and shops, great gambling floor and sports book. Not necessarily the best of everything, but everything they have to offer is in the upper tier.

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    Make sure you see a couple shows if you can. I saw Cirque du Soliel's Ka at MGM and Phantom of the Opera at the Venetian...both were fantastic.

    And I just went around to all the hotels and just looked at the structures...some were great. The themed hotels are the better ones...Caesar's and Venetian were the best. Paris, NY NY, MGM were all good.
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    Caesar's IS really nice. Also I've heard the new Planet Hollywood Tower Suites are nice. Might check those out.

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    Five days in certainly enough unless you plan on leaving town to do some sight seeing. Make sure you go downtown to see the Freemont Street Experience.

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    Make sure you go downtown to see the Freemont Street Experience.
    Agreed.

    Be sure to spend some time in 'Old Vegas'. A lot more intimate than the newer mega-casinos.

    Rent a car for a day or 2. Go to the Dam, head west into the desert, wander north around Area 51 (and DO pay attention to the signs if you get close). Try to get a convertible. Nothing like cruising the strip at night in a flip-top.

    And check into the shows at the smaller venues. Lots of times, you can see good talent for 'reasonable' prices.

    Enjoy.

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    My main recommendation is to have breakfast at the Bellagio at least once. They have great Belgian waffles.

    Also, check out the dam while you're in the area; it's amazing.

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    If they REALLY are letting you stay at any Harrah's property, you DO want to stay at Ceasar's. The newest tower, and the one you want to stay in the the Augustus Tower. Ask you can get as high up as possible and if they might have a partial view of the Bellagio fountains or the strip. Augustus tower has the best views.

    Palace tower is also nice, but not as new as Augustus. Roman and Centurion towers are the oldest. Avoid them. Forum is aight, but nowhere near as nice and convenient as Palace and Augustus.

    If you do stay at Ceasar's, make sure you visit the Forum Shops. It's a long retail area off the casino that has a bunch of restaurants and shops. While you're there, though, check out the free Fall of Atlantis show. I find it entertaining and it doesn't cost a dime, then you can check out the fishies.

    And if you stay at Ceasar's do NOT eat at their buffet, unless you like Golden Corral type food. Despite being such a posh place, their buffet has always sucked.

    Suaveness idea of taking a tour of as many hotels as you can just to admire their construction is a great idea. Some good ones to see: Paris, NYNY, Venetian, Wynn. Planet Hollywood is worth a run through just to see the presentation.

    While at Venetian you may want to check out Madam Tussaud's wax museum. Freaky.

    I would also follow grace's reccomendation to see Fremont Street. Make sure you do it at night. Downtown is the old, down and dirty Vegas. I love it.

    If you're going to splurge on a meal, imawhat's recocomendation of the Bellagio buffet is a great one. It's of the the top three premiere buffets in town.

    Just my advice, but I wouldn't go to the Dam or outside the hotel area on a first trip, unless it really intrigues you. I usually tell people to save something like that for a second trip, unless you don't think you'll ever go again. I think you can better absorb the strip that way.

    You probably already know about it, but you must watch the Bellagio fountains. At night. If it doesn't touch you, you have a heart of stone.

    IF you have a car and are adventurous, there are a bunch of rides on top of the Stratosphere that are out of control. Just being up that high is an experience.

    I never go to shows, so I can't tell you about them, but the people who go seem to LOVE them. I hear a LOT of hype about the Beatle's revolution show at the Mirage. If you don't mind being spontanous, there are these places who sell half price tickets to shows the day of.

    Well, that's just a few stuff.
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    I'M GOING TO VEGAS NEXT WEEK! WOOT!

    I think of all the places in Vegas, the classiest place is the Wynn (note: saying anything is vegas is classy is an oxymoron) Yes the servers wear short skirts and all, but they are at least wearing something that doesn't look like underwear or a tropical bird. It's just a dress. Finally.

    My #1 thing to do in Vegas (other than dress nice, eat well, gamble a little, drink great scotch, and smoke a good cigar, in that order) was to go to Gilley's for bikini bull riding and mud wrestling. You literally couldn't see that anywhere else on the planet. I took two of my ultra-feminist liberal friends there once (under tremendous protest) and they had the greatest time EVER. They couldn't fight how fun it was.

    For all of Vegas' abject misogyny, the Gilley's experience was quite empowering. Those women were riding and fighting to WIN.

    Sadly, they tore the New Frontier down a few years ago, and Gilley's is no more.
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    For all of Vegas' abject misogyny, the Gilley's experience was quite empowering. Those women were riding and fighting to WIN.

    Sadly, they tore the New Frontier down a few years ago, and Gilley's is no more.
    I would certainly agree that while in Vegas you need to go see or do something you would never have the opportunity do or see else where. If I went a second time I would probably spend less time gambling and more time getting out there and living it up.

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    I would certainly agree that while in Vegas you need to go see or do something you would never have the opportunity do or see else where. If I went a second time I would probably spend less time gambling and more time getting out there and living it up.

    That is my biggest thing about Vegas. Do things you can't/wouldn't do at home!! Make it memorable.

    And along those lines, I gotta tell ya my pet peeve, Peck.

    I HATE when people go to Vegas and eat at McDonalds/Panda Express/Chain Restaurant You Have At Home. WHY in the freaking world would you travel across the country to eat something you can get on the way home from work. Drives me insane!

    Stop and try a Pink's hotdog at Planet Hollywood.

    Grab a burger at Stripburger (One of my favs)

    Get a gourmet sandwhich at 'wichcraft

    Grab a couple of gourmet cupcakes at the Cupcakery

    Years ago, I took a group of about 5 guys and a girl to Vegas. They were in their twenties, so I know age is a factor, but every meal was pizza at the food court or a McDonald's hamburger. I was like, "'Are you kidding me?"

    LA, I missed out on Gilley's. I meant to go with my wife, one trip and we got sidetracked the nite we were going to go.

    Then I went to vegas with a group of guys and two of them turned into "'that guy." They got kicked out of Mirage AND Casino Royale within 1/2 hour of each other. It was funny and spectacular and annoying. By the time we got the party regrouped enough to see the bikini wrestling, the line was crazy busy to get in and we just couldn't hang just to get packed in.

    Always hated that I didn't make it into Gilley's. Now Gilley's is back at T.I., but it's not the same. I liked how scary and dirty and old school the Frontier was.
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    In the 4 times I've been out to Vegas, we'd usually have a nice Buffet Breakfast, maybe McDonald's or something light for lunch, and then go big with Dinner.

    I still say the Burger I had in July 2005 at the Hard Rock Cafe (The one off-strip by the casino, not the new one in front of Monte Carlo) was the greatest Cheeseburger I've ever had. Better than any In-N-Out I've had out there.

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    Looks like right now it will be the first week of November.

    Harrahs is giving us 5 nights free at any one of their resorts, I think they have 7 differant ones so any suggestion would be great.
    Harrah's owns several different casinos/hotels on the main strip...Caesars Palace, Paris, Harrah's ( itself ), Bally's and probably another that I forget.

    Do you have the option to actually choose any one of them?

    Also, are you going by yourself or with family ( with wife, kids, either or none )?

    You can mostly go to buffets that cost anywhere between $15 to $40. Heck, you can easily have a 5 star dinner where it costs you $150 a person. What you do usually boils down to what you like to do and how much you want to spend.

    As you can tell, I ( much like Skaut_ech ) go about 1 to 3 times a year with my wife and kids. In fact, the weekend before Thanksgiving...I'm going with my wife with the kids staying over at Grandma's.
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    Make sure you see a couple shows if you can. I saw Cirque du Soliel's Ka at MGM and Phantom of the Opera at the Venetian...both were fantastic.

    And I just went around to all the hotels and just looked at the structures...some were great. The themed hotels are the better ones...Caesar's and Venetian were the best. Paris, NY NY, MGM were all good.
    +1 with Ka at MGM.....if you can only go to one of the shows....GO TO THAT ONE. By far...one of the best Cirque Du Soleil shows that I have seen. Most of the Cirque Du Soleil shows ( with the exception of the adult-themed Zumanity ) have a minimal age requirement of 5 years old. The only show that doesn't is Mystere at Treasure Island. There are other Broadway style shows like Lion King along with the Blue Man Group. Heck, if you're old enough...you can go see Donnie and Marie.
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    My main recommendation is to have breakfast at the Bellagio at least once. They have great Belgian waffles.

    Also, check out the dam while you're in the area; it's amazing.
    I'd also suggest the buffet at Wynn, Paris and Rio ( they have 2 ). IMHO....Bellagio and Wynn are the best but most expensive ( I think about $35-40 per person for dinner FRI to SAT ) with Rio having a very large variety of slightly above average buffet.
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    And if you stay at Ceasar's do NOT eat at their buffet, unless you like Golden Corral type food. Despite being such a posh place, their buffet has always sucked.
    You couldn't tell me this the last time I went to Vegas?

    I went with my wife there...thought it would be good and high end since it was at Caesar's Palace. Turned out to be a very small buffet that was pricey.
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    Just got back after two days there. Spent $180 on hotel (MGM Grand) $100 (roughly) on drinks, $400 on food (yes, two days only) and nothing else.

    I decided that I was only willing to lose $1000 gambling (Set a limit and hold to it). I swung wildly from $600 up to $700 down and at 3:30am yesterday morning I changed out my chips to $150 worth of "quarters" ($25 chips). I quickly turned that into $600 at the roulette table, which put me at dead even. I stood up and thanked my lucky stars that I played for hours and didn't lose anything.

    Slept for a few hours, got breakfast and went to the pool for a few hours. About an hour before we were supposed to leave, I got a wild hair and returned to the roulette tables and went on a TEAR! Gained $900 in less than an hour, and drove away.

    What does all that mean? Free trip to Vegas including gas! YEAH!
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    Roulette's the only game I play. I miss Vegas!

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