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Favorite thing: This is especially true of the hotels. What may seem like a short walk from one hotel to the next is actually much longer. Also, the Vegas Strip may be only a couple of blocks long, but remember most of the hotels are huge and each block is rather long. Don't be surprised if it takes you more than a few minutes to walk over to the next hotel, especially if its hot outside and the street is filled with tourists doing the Vegas shuffle (see transportation)
Always ask for a line pass from VIP services (slot club counter) at your favourite casino if you plan on eating there. The pass allows you to walk to the front of the line at the buffet, and you will be immediately passed through. Anyone can get one if you possess a players card (be confident, be polite) they're free, and you feel like a king when you use it. Ignore the grumblings from the people in line, if they joined VT, then they would also have inside knowledge. BEST TIP EVER, TRUST ME.
Fondest memory: The food.
Here's a tip. When you are driving to Las Vegas, make sure to use the valet parking. It is much easier than looking for a parking space at a parking lot. Most of the parking lots are located too far away and the walk is such a waste of time if you didn't have a lot of days spent in Las Vegas. If you valet park, all you have to do is to give your keys to the attendants and they park your car for you. And when you needed your car, they go get your car for you. And, the best part, it only cost you - maybe $5.00 for a tip!
This tip was given to us by my father-in-law who lives in Henderson. He told us that it is best to use the valet parking and save us a lot of pain...
Fondest memory: Watching the Cirque de Soleil with my family
Don’t know if anyone ever looks at the material that most hotels provide, especially those glamour magazine. Well, those magazines are usually a great source of information of some really neat night spots, sightseeing spots, or really cool restaurants. I like to sit while having my morning cup of coffee and browse thru the literature. Once something caught my eye, we went down to the business center to get more info or find the location. We ended up finding about some really neat things to see and do in Vegas. So, take the time and browse the literature in the hotel rooms.
The Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce has a new address in Town Square.
6671 Las Vegas Blvd. South
Las Vegas Nevada 89119
Chamber of Commerce
Those walkways across the Strip are feet savers and timesavers! And they are building more all the time.
Also take advantage of escalators, elevators, people movers every chance you get. It's importand to conserve energy whenever possible because you will be expending plenty of it.
The Las Vegas Talk forum!!
The best possible advice I can give to anyone going to Las Vegas is to visit my favorite and the busiest LV forum on the Internet.
I've been a member since way back when I was planning my first trip, and while its come a long way technologically, some of the same people are still there. In fact I attended a LVTalk meet at Luxor the last time I was in town, and met one woman I'd been in touch with for years.
There are literally hundred of questions asked and answered per week about every facet of Las Vegas by both locals and fanatics. Whenever I've been planning a trip to LV you could find me on the forum daily.
Oh, the address is www.lasvegastalk.com
Another excellent Internet site is www.lvol.com (Las Vegas On Line) It has reviews of all the hotels and shows.
Be SURE to see the following:
PIRATE SHOW at the TREASURE ISLAND
The "Sirens of TI" will made its world premiere on the Las Vegas Strip Saturday, October 25 2003. to an invited guest audience at Treasure Island in Las Vegas. The modern update of the long running pirate battle will feature a clash between a group of beautiful, tempting Sirens and a band of renegade pirates.
In the hands of Emmy-Award winning Director/Choreographer Kenny Ortega, the new show will feature a fresh new storyline and star the alluring and enticing "Sirens of TI" -- part muse, part temptress, part pirate. These stunning and talented women were found in a nationwide coast-to- coast search that began in Las Vegas and ended in Orlando this past summer. Award-winning record producer and songwriter Emilio Estefan scored the new production.
Fountains of BELLAGIO -- Experience the most ambitious, commanding water feature ever conceived! Bellagio's world-famous fountains will speak to your heart with opera, classical and whimsical music while flirting with your playful nature through their carefully choreographed movements. You'll be swept away by this breathtaking union of water, music and light
VOLCANO at the MIRAGE
Every fifteen minutes from 7:00 p.m. to midnight, the earth shakes and flames shoot into the night sky spewing smoke and fire 100 feet above the waters below, transforming a tranquil waterfall into spectacular streams of molten lava.
The volcano at The Mirage has been a Las Vegas signature attraction since the resort opened in 1989, mesmerizing spectators with it thunderous, fiery display. The volcano, situated on three water-covered acres, is 54 feet high and circulates 119,000 gallons of water per minute.
There are these very cool kiosks in all the casinos - ok, maybe they are common place in your lives, but I had never seen anything quite like them before. They have 3 uses - an ATM, Ticket Redemption and Bill Breaking.
The ticket redemption option is used to cash in any winnings you may have on the slot machines - when you press the take your winnings button a ticket spits out from the slot machine and you can convert it to cash at this magic money machine.
Fondest memory: The ATM part means you can withdraw lots of money to gamble away, but when the machine gives you a couple of large notes you are in luck - this is where the bill breaking function comes in. You can put a large note into the machine and it will give you smaller notes. And you can tell it what combination of notes you would like. You can even put smaller notes in there (say a $5) and it will give you 5 x $1, which are perfect for a quick flutter on the slot machines or the endless tipping.
In a couple of the large hotels we visited we noticed some handy internet kiosks whose main purpose seemed to be as a flight check-in and boarding pass printing facility. What a great idea.
You can use cash (min $5) or your credit card to access the internet via the kiosk, choosing up front how much time you want (and this can be increased during your session). Once you have paid, the machine opens up to a page with a list of airlines and links to their check-in pages.
Be aware that if you do want to print off your boarding passes this will cost you an additional $1 per page, so is not included in the basic internet charge.
Fondest memory: We used the kiosk to check-in for two separate flights and found it easy to use (apart from an unusual mouse) and the speed was fast. You can also use the kiosk for regular internet browsing.
~ 15-20% tip for food or drink
~ Bellman- $1-$2 per bag
~ Dealers and Slot Attendants- I personally play $5 BlackJack and tip $1 for each 21 I get
~ Showrooms- A tip of $5-$20 (depending on venue and show) should fetch good seating.
~ Taxi Drivers- $1-$2 per passenger
~ Valet- $2 is standard
~ Maids- $2 per day
when i go to vegas i usually only have about 3 days there. most people who hit sin city hit it on the weekends. is it possible to see all of vegas in 3 days? no way! can u come pretty close to seeing all of vegas, u bet!
the key is being well rested before u arrive in the city that never sleeps, cause u arent going to get much rest if u plan to see all u can see.
on your first day there, u have to do a run though, or what i like to call "the test drive" . (this is for people not familiar with vegas, i usually always have someone with me who has never been there so i have to show them how its done)... so your first day, or first night, u hit every casino possible. i ussually start from the south side at mandalay bay. weave your way north up the strip, basicly just doing a walk through of the casinos, getting a good idea of what they have, and where things are. u are going to have the urge to stop and gamble, or sit at the bar, but u must be strong, thats for day two. day one is all about "familiarization". if u do stop to gamble, 15 minutes tops. u have to stay focused!
ok, once u done the walk through, day two is when u go back to those hotels that u liked and u spend some quality time in them, gambling, eating, shoping, taking pictures... whatever floats your boat.
day three is basicly trying ti fit in everything else u forgot to see, or trying to hit big with your last buck.
if u come back from vegas well rested, well then u are doing it all wrong. have fun and party hard!
Fondest memory: what happens in vegas, stays in vegas =P
Definitely pay the $7 for 24 hours.
The Deuce is the bus which runs along the Strip.
From one end to the other - The Luxor down to Old Vegas!
Many stops along the way!
Buy tickets at the stops or when you board!
Double deckers buses (enclosed) - take pictures through the big windows up front on top ;)
More seating up top!
Last year when we came here, I booked our tickets for the Mystere Show of the Cirque du Soleil at the Treasure Island Hotel. The cost was only $85 per person at that time. And we had good seating! My family enjoyed the show so much that we wanted to see another show ot the Cirque du Soleil.
So, this time that we went to Las Vegas again, we didn't really had the plan of watching the original Cirque Du Soleil at Bellagio Hotel. But since we had so much time on our hand, my children and I went back to Bellagio Hotel and chance if we could buy our tickets.
We went at Bellagio Hotel at 6 pm because the show starts at 7:30 pm. The show is already booked. So, we tried the next show which was at 10:30 pm and that show is also sold out!
My children were kind of disappointed so we just walked around the block and at the strip until it was about time for us to go back to Henderson.
Make sure to book the shows ahead of time because you will save a lot of money. The tickets at that time was already $110 per person. Even if we were willing to pay that much, the show was already sold out!
Fondest memory: Each time we come to Las Vegas, we see different kinds of shows. But this time, we didn't because we lack planning...But, still we had fun going to visit the Conservatory at the Bellagio Hotel and saw the Chuihully's glass artworks.
Instead of truing to find restrooms along the Strip you can freely use any of the toilets in any of the hotels along the Strip and you aren't expected to spend money in the casino or restaurants to use the facilities.
Fondest memory: Restrooms are beautifully decorated and are there for anybody to use.
Restrooms are usually well marked by signs in most casinos.
A VTer asked in the Forum if a Tuesday night in June would be nice in Vegas --- less people? but less fun?
It may be a little warm on that Tuesday night in June but it will still be loaded with fun in the city that never sleeps. Being a weekday, there are better hotel deals, still lots of people but much less than during the weekend!
However, major concerts are usually on Saturdays as you can see on the list of Vegas concerts at http://www.wedoitallvegas.com/Las-Vegas-Concerts.asp
And yes, there's even a website that is solely dedicated on what to do in Vegas on Tuesday nights! Visit http://www.bachelorvegas.com/options/tuesdays.html
But basically, every day of the week in Vegas has something to offer --- there is reason why it has become one of the top tourist destinations!
Fondest memory: Seeing Vegas for the first time at night time when I was I teenager...amazing lights in the middle of the desert