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    Default Vegas bound need suggestions...

    Going to Vegas this weekend for a 4 night trip.
    Will be my wife's first time out there, i've been once but it has probably been close to 10 years ago. Would love your suggestions on things to do, places to eat, ways to save some money, etc...

    We are staying at the Luxor, got a great group rate through my company.
    I actually have to do a training conference for one of the days, so my wife will be by herself that day, so any ideas for how she could spend her day would be greatly appreciated.

    We currently have tickets to see Jersey Boys at Paris Paris for one of the nights.
    Also will plan to eat at the Wicked Spoon @ the Cosmo for dinner one night, I heard it was a very good buffet.
    We also will carve out time to go up and down the strip to see all the free sight seeing attractions (Treasure Island, Belliago Fountains, etc..)
    Will probably visit the Neon Boneyard museum one afternoon.


    Questions:
    Is it better to prebook tickets to shows online? Or is it better to find one of those street vendor stands the day of the show in order to get the best prices?

    Do the Casinos still comp drinks for slot players, 10 years ago I was able to get pretty much whatever beer or basic drink I wanted (ie a rum and coke). Could you order Margaritas or White Russians and still get them comp'd?

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    Default Re: Vegas bound need suggestions...

    Vegas has been discussed many times on this forum. There's a lot of good advice if you dig up those threads. Here's a link to a search I did for threads with "Vegas" in the title.

    http://www.pacersdigest.com/search.php?searchid=59116

    In my opinion the perfect spot to stay on the strip is right in the center. Once we stayed at the Stratosphere and there is literally nothing else there and you have to walk past blocks and blocks of empty lots and closed down casinos to get to the good stuff. Luxor is at the opposite end of the strip from Stratosphere, but there is more to do by that. You will still need to take one of the busses or a cab if you want to get to Ceasars or Paris. That would be a long walk. Someone else will have to speak to the drinks comp situation because I literally gambled like $15 the last time I went in '12.
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    No clue about the slots, but I know if you play a table they'll comp drinks until you're out of money.

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    No clue about the slots, but I know if you play a table they'll comp drinks until you're out of money.
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    My random Vegas advice...

    1. If you're not getting drinks comped at a table or whatever, then buy one of the those hugely ridiculous yard drinks (if you're at Luxor, you won't go 5 feet without running into one). It's, like, $25, but unless you're at a bachelor party, it will be a cost-saving alcohol investment for the afternoon. Unless you're really a huge beer connoisseur and would never be caught dead with something fruity/sweet in your hands.

    2. Good thing about the Luxor is that it's a stop on the monorail system that links Mandalay Bay-Luxor-Camelot. If you're going to hit the strip, jump on the monorail and take it to Camelot, save yourself some walking.

    3. You can't go to Vegas and NOT do a buffet, even if you're like me and you eat, like, 2 things at a buffet. I like the buffet at The Bellagio, because king crab legs. But almost any resort should have them, and they should be pretty nice.

    4. Vegas cab rates are overinflated, IMO. The airport isn't far from the strip at all, but a cab ride to your hotel can be surprisingly pricey. Those rideshare/AirTran buses are usually less than $10 one-way, and if you're looking to save some money for the tables, you can find an easy $20 saved there.

    5. Too late for this, but Vegas is one of the few places where I think investing in a really nice hotel room is worth it. When you crash in Vegas, you CRASH. If you're going to go into coma-sleep (or throw up a lot, for that matter), you don't want to be doing it in some craphole. Plus there's nothing quite like the view of the strip (or even the mountains, really) from a suite.

    6. Hit some rooftop bars, even off the strip like Ghostbar in The Palms. They're usually overcrowded and full of knobs who scrape together a year's pay for bottle service, but it really is kind of a magical moment to have some beers with your friends out on a rooftop deck in Vegas.

    7. Walk the whole strip. You will sweat doing so, but it's worth the walk just to see the weirdness of Vegas. Granted, Old Vegas is way weirder, but you still see a lot of weird things that will serve as good story fodder just from walking the modern Strip. (Which isn't just walking down a sidewalk, btw, there are stairs involved ... LOTS of stairs!)

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    Try to get to the 'Old Vegas' area. Freemont Street. Binions, Lucky Lady -- the older casinos. Just a different atmosphere and vibe from the strip.

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    Going to Vegas this weekend for a 4 night trip.
    Will be my wife's first time out there, i've been once but it has probably been close to 10 years ago.
    The good news? The statute of limitations has probably expired from anything you did on your last trip!


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    There are discounted tickets you can by the day of a show. http://www.tix4tonight.com/ there are 5 or six locations on the strip.

    Ka at MGM is fantastic. Absenthe has has a fun atmosphere at Ceasers. If you have never seen Blue man group , go. And get a 32 ounce rum and coke in a sports bottle while your at it:-)

    Gordon Ramsay's BURGR(in Planet Hollywood) IS 15$ a burger but very good. There's good food everywhere in Vegas.
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