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What should I not miss seeing or doing in Las Vegas?


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#1 Nawtheasta

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Posted 03 August 2010 - 06:44 PM

I am going to Las Vegas later this month with the family. Any tips or advise?
Here is where I am right now.

Work too hard for my money to enjoy losing but still might do a little roulette.

Going to be myself, my wife, Adult son and teenage son.

Have been before and kind of enjoy the spectacle of it all.

Bought a discount book for 2 for1 buffets and some shows.

Want to check out Mt. Charleston, Red Rock canyon.

Want to visit the PAWN stars shop

Any other suggestions??

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Posted 04 August 2010 - 01:28 AM

We drove down to the Boulder dam. That was in 2000, they gave tours inside then, I don't think they do anymore. We didn't take the tour, wish now we had, but had a good time. There was a company gave helicopter rides for about $40 then.

Also took a tour of a candy factory. Saw the signs for it as we were driving south out of town on the way to the dam. Tour lasted about 5 minutes.. :thumbsup: But it was free..
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Posted 04 August 2010 - 01:38 PM

I'd love to visit that pawn shop and give the guys a hard time and share some laughs. I love that show.

I would definitely take a helicopter tour if it could be afforded, if not a plane tour would likely be cheaper.

I'd go to the needle tower to enjoy the views and brave the rides up there.

There is the free Atlantis Water Show at Caesars Hotel and Casino, along with their 50,000-gallon salt water aquarium.

The Bellagio Fountains would be neat to see also.

The canyon sounds good too.

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Posted 04 August 2010 - 02:07 PM

Never been but Steel Pulse is playing Mandalay Beach end of the month. I would be there if I could.

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Posted 04 August 2010 - 05:32 PM

Thanks for the suggestions my BP friends.
We are staying across from Caesar’s at the Imperial Place so we will check out the aquarium. I think my wife is going to take an all day Hollywood tour with my youngest. It’s a bit pricey so Grand Canyon by air will probably need to wait till another trip.
Thought about driving to the Grand canyon but Mileage is shown as 277. Bit far for a round trip in a day. Might take a bus tour to it. $85. per person. Not too bad but it will take up a day.
The stratosphere is worth visiting for the view, especially at night. Personally I will skip the rides. My computer is capable of terrifying me adequately with malware :thumbsup:
Freemont street downtown is also very cool and you can get a good steak dinner very reasonably
Took the Hoover dam tour inside in 01. Very impressive. Had some boring mills down inside that they use to maintain the turbines. I think that have been there since the dam was built. I remember them saying that the dam leaks or seeps 10 K gallons a day. But that this was not seen as a problem.
The band Steel Pulse will be there after we return. My son may have liked to go.
Anyway , thanks very much for the suggestions. Any other ideas will be welcome
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Edited by Nawtheasta, 04 August 2010 - 05:33 PM.


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Posted 04 August 2010 - 06:49 PM

I bet your son would like those rides though.

Also don't miss a Gondola Ride at the Venetian. Looks beautiful from what I've seen on tv.

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Posted 05 August 2010 - 02:36 AM

We stayed at the Stratosphere when we went. Didn't go up to the rides, they wanted $6 (I think) just to take the elevator up there. We did eat in the steak house there, that was good food. I'd recommend them for a steak dinner. :thumbsup:
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Posted 05 August 2010 - 02:49 PM

Jersey Boys is a show at The Palazzo you cannot miss if you're into musicals.
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Posted 27 August 2010 - 08:03 PM

Vegas Trip update
Returned from Las Vegas earlier this week. Thought I would post a follow-up to my request for suggestions.
The Strip is a high energy place. It is very busy with lots of people having a good time giving their money to the casinos. Interesting just to walk around. There is no such thing as last call. Casinos just don’t stop. Ever. Coming from the east coast I would wake up around 4:30 and go next door to McD’s for coffee and to use the free WiFi. Working girls in evening dresses could be seen returning from room visits. Saw a fellow seemingly doing a two step with his shadow. Another was angrily cursing a side walk star that honored a Mexican booking agent.
Later in the day the sidewalk would be lined with persons of questionable immigration status trying to give each passerby cards advertising room visits by young ladies.
To help with the heat many spots were lined with spray misters to cool down those walking by. The Vegas strip is spectacle but like Pro wrestling sometimes it is fun to watch.
Went up to Mt Charleston for lunch one day. About 30 miles outside the city Nice drive through the desert . Got a chance to see Joshua trees up close. Nasty sharp points on their foliage.
Lodge at 6200 ‘ was nice. A bit pricey but food was exceptional. Altitude was high enough to bother my older son and I could also feel some effects from it. Cooler then the city though. Day Temp. in the city was around 105 and very windy.
Visited the ‘Pawn Stars” shop. TV guys were not there. The big security guard was there along with the 45 on his hip. Took a picture with him and my wife. Bought autographed shot glasses signed by “The Old Man” and Chumlee. Shop seems much smaller then on TV. Pretty dingy place really. Carpet was filthy and display cases look like they were picked up at an auction somewhere. Pretty cool though. Exactly like you would picture a big city pawn shop to be.
Other things seen and recommended
Spring Mountain Ranch State Park
Originally a cattle ranch. Owned by Howard Hughes company for a couple of years back in the 60’s. You could put the ranch house and pastures anywhere in the east and it would not look out of place. Surrounded by desert but the spring allows them to have lush pastures.
Red Rock Canyon
Thirteen mile scenic drive over federal land. Well worth the $7.00
Nevada Southern Railroad
If you like trains this is a short and not too expensive scenic ride on an old train. About 4 ˝ miles. Tried to drive to Hoover Dam after this but traffic was backed up for 6 miles approaching the dam so we didn’t bother. We have been there before. It is worth a visit if you have not seen it.
Time Share Presentation
I know a lot of people have no interest in this. We did not buy what was offered. But the incentive to attend a 2 hour presentation netted us $150 cash on an Amex card and $75 in dining vouchers. The one we attended was offered by worldmark. The incentives we received seemed higher then what others were given. I think you need to politely make them work to convince you to listen to the sales presentation.
All in all our Vegas trip was fun but tiring
This is getting kind of long and I do not want to be a bore. If anyone has questions please let me know
Best Regards Nawtheasta

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Posted 27 August 2010 - 10:30 PM

If you enjoy hiking, I remember that the area around Las Vegas has a lot of beautiful desert state and national parks. Good activity if you want to get out of the Strip area. Be sure to bring lots of water though.
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Posted 28 August 2010 - 05:44 PM

That's weird that none of the guys were at the shop. Seems like at least one would be there.

Did you try any of my recommendations above, and if so how were they?

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Posted 29 August 2010 - 01:11 AM

Hi TimYh & M332
Hiking would have been great but heat was too oppressive this time of year for me. I did find a fossil bearing rock in the stones covering the parking area of a pull off in Red Rock canyon. Nothing extraordinary. Just small clam or sand dollar type creatures. I think that whole area is ancient sea bed.
We talked about the aquarium at Caesars before we left. To be honest it was such a busy week we just did not think of it again. We did go to Caesars for Breakfast one morning. Very good but too costly.
Tuesday we did the time share thing then Texas Station casino for the lunch buffet. ( Very good food, I bet the buffet was 200’ long) hit the Pawn Stars place on the way back to the strip.
I heard that the owners are there earlier in the day. We were there in the late afternoon. They guys there said it was usually busier. I guess we hit it during a slow point as there were only 8- 10 other customers there at the time. So we would have something to talk about we took the $150.00 AMEX card from the time share visit and bought my wife a gold ring. A bit tacky but oh so cool.
My wife and son did the stratosphere as you suggested M332. She did the Big Shot. ( Vertical ride on very top). Older son did the X- Scream (teeter totter). Neither wanted to try the Insanity or the Sky Jump.
Saw the Bellagio fountains from on top of the Eiffel Tower at Paris. ˝ scale of the real one.
One of the perks they offered from the time share visit was a helicopter ride over the strip. Took the cash instead. Grand Canyon will have to wait for another time.
Just so much to do you can just burn through a week. Put almost 300 miles on the rental car.
Best Regards
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Posted 29 August 2010 - 05:16 PM

Sounds like a good place to take a two week vacation, or come back for another week.




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