Favorite thing: On my recent trip to Las Vegas which I played a fair bit of poker I found a poker app for my phone(Iphone) and I think its available on Android too.. Its called Vegas Poker Now and I used it every day and would highly recomend it if your traveling to Vegas to play poker(especially if you play tournaments and like getting around different poker rooms). It list all the poker rooms and times of the each tournament and you can search tournaments by time,buy in, and type of game.. I will always have this on my phone for when I travel to Vegas..
Las Vegas is a fantastic place. Try to see as much of it as possible. For $7 you can get a 24 hour pass for the bus. This comes in handy when you explore and end up at the end of the strip.
It will get you back to your starting point pretty quickly (as long as isn't Friday or Saturday night). We stayed at the Bellagio, which we thought was the most beautiful place we've ever been. Then we dicovered the Venetian and Ceasars Palace. All equally beautiful.
However, if you want to have cocktails witout spending $15 a drink, I recommend Bills Casino and Saloon. The Bartender is the best, friendliest and most helpful guy in town. His name is Bubba (really). His Barback is Jose. You have to try their Bloody Ceasar.
Fondest memory: Cirque de Soliel "Love"
The hotels have become the town's true calling card. What's great is you don't have to stay in one of the big fancy hotels to enjoy them. Since they are casinos they are happy to have you come in and possibly gamble, eat, or shop. Paris is one star attraction but the Bellagio is particularly amazing and you can spend quite a bit of time there and not spend a penny, or you could spend your life's savings. That's your call.
Fondest memory: Huddled up due to cold is a common camping experience and after spending the last sixty nights in a tent, it would be understandable that I was having a hard time coming to terms with the fact that what I clutched to me for warmth was not a sleeping bag but sheets and covers. Yes, I was in a bed.
My wife slept soundly beside me and seemed to have no such problems, just pure content. Not that she hadn't loved most of the last sixty days, camping around the US Southwest. She knew well that in years to come, it would prove to be perhaps the greatest summer of her life. But sometimes, you just need some creature comfort and even if that comes in the form of a Motel 6 rather than the Bellagio, it is no less satisfying. In fact, I would chance to say that after camping in a tent for sixty days, our room felt even more luxurious to us than those spending the night in one of Vegas' more renowned hotels, assuming they had not been doing the same.
The two previous nights had found us first waking up in a frozen tent and then falling asleep in sweltering heat. Such are the extremes of the desert, especially when altitude becomes a factor. Driving into Vegas was like a dream. Not that either my wife or I gamble, or particularly ever wanted to come to Sin City, but after all the incredible natural sights we had spent the last two months experiencing, only a city so lavish and outrageous as Las Vegas could compare. It is an extreme city, befitting the extremes of its desert surrounding. But the dream was of a room as much as anything else. Oh, and maybe a few huge meals to help put on a couple of the pounds we had lost hiking, backpacking, and generally running ourselves into the ground trying to capture as much as possible in the best photographic light. There were a lot of all too early mornings when even staying in a sleeping bag would have been a luxury so Las Vegas was going to be a reward of sorts. We were going to get a room! (concluded below in Fondest Memory)
The toughest thing about not having a room for so long was getting out of the room once we got in there. Showers without sandals, walking around barefoot, laying in bed with the remote in hand: these were simple pleasures that you can only truly appreciate after not having them for some time. The funny thing is, we don't even watch TV when home but now it seemed like the greatest invention of all time.
But there was a great big city out there to see and luckily we had arranged to meet a good VT friend at the Vegas version of the famed Hofbrau Haus. My wife is German, I love German food and beer, and coincidentally we had met this very person at the real one in Munich a few years earlier. Perfect comes to mind. After a few big beers, some equally big meals, and some excited talk about the National Parks that the three of us love, it was time for Ernst to head back to California. He had been in the southwest for a shorter trip showing his parents around but he had to get back to work.
We walked around town on our own for maybe 45 minutes but as nice as it all looked, we knew where we wanted to be: back in that motel room, in that bed. The remote? We weren't figuring to need that. It had been 60 long nights without a room and watching TV was just not part of our plan.
We found that in Vegas drinks could be expensive in various locations, the most we paid for to pints of draught beer was $30 about £20 . We did find a small back street bar where a bottle of beer was $ 1.50 the locals were friendly and the female bar staff charming!
It was behind the Flamingo hotel on a corner about 2 blocks down (less than 5mins walk from the strip).
Next door is an Italian restaurant called Battista 's which was pretty good cost about $30 per head includes all the red or white wine you can drink for free!
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The hotels located at the northern part of the Strip are cheaper than those located at the South of the Strip...
When booking your hotel, make sure to check the location of your hotel because it does make a lot of difference. If you are just pinching $10.00-$20.00 per day, you might as well book at the center of the strip because this will eliminate much of your transportation expense.
The old hotels are located in the northern part of the Strip. However, these hotels are very cheap and the food are also inexpensive. The bus fare going to the Northern Strip is $2.00...
Make sure to book at a hotel where the location is at the center of the Las Vegas Strip. This will save you time, effort and money because most of the nice free shows and nice hotels are located at the middle of the Strip. This will also save you from taking the cab or taking the bus.
Fondest memory: We love just walking around the strip watching the free shows starting at the Fountain Show of the Bellagio Hotel, the Pirates at the Treasure Island, the volcanic eruption at the Mirage, the fights of the Atlantis at the Caesar's Palace, the magician's tricks at The V's at the Alladin Hotel, the children's game shows at the Circus' Circus...
It is way cheaper to buy a two-day pass than buying bus tickets each time. It saves you a lot of money...
Fondest memory: We enjoyed watching shows in Las Vegas. We have watched the Cirque du Soleil, the Fab Four, the Burlesque (not with kids though), ...Watching concerts in Las Vegas is fun...Just make sure to reserve early to get the best seats and best deal!
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.
When you are going to Las Vegas, make sure to book your hotels ahead of time. When you show up at the hotel without reservation, the hotel costs are much higher.
When you are driving to Las Vegas, it is better to check on the websites and compare prices. Then have a reservation because you will save almost 40 percent of the costs. This happen to my sister and my siblings. They drove to Las Vegas and I told them to book ahead of time, but they didn't listen. The prices at Excalibur and Circus Circus for a double bed room was only $55.00. By the time they arrived in Las Vegas that day, the costs jumped to $99.00 per night.
They could have save a lot of money and that would have taken cared of their meals for that night!
Make sure to do your research. Most hotels right now are cutting of their prices because of the economy.
The Venetian Hotel are offering $179.00 per night of their presidential suites - which would have cost $1,000 per night...The room has a jacuzzi and has all the amenities inside. Moreover, the Venetial Hotel is also offering meal coupons! This will save the traveller a lot of money on the cost of meals...
Fondest memory: We love watching the free shows in Las Vegas. We have been here so many times but we don't get tired just walking around the strip at night. More so, every year, there are new hotels and shopping malls being built. This year, there is the M Hotel and the Trump Tower!
We had so much fun exploring new hotels in Las Vegas...
Also, there is a new landmark built just recently. So, now, there is the Las Vegas landmark built in front of the Strip and they also had built parking spaces in the middle of the road where you can park your car and can go take pictures as remembrance of Las Vegas...
One thing I love about Vegas is that its the only place where the hotels themselves are the attractions. I also love that the hotels aren't just generic looking places to shower and sleep, they have themes, some even house wild animals and nightclubs! I love that at one moment I could be shopping in New York and then half an hour later be dining in Paris or riding a Venetian gondola.
A friend who looked at my holiday photos said that Las Vegas looks like a toy town, indeed it does, Las Vegas is a playground whether you're a gambler or not. Sure, you can have a flutter but there's plenty to be seen and done other than gamble all your hard earned cash away...
Fondest memory: When in Vegas we thought it would be fun to buy $1 poker chips from each hotel casino to keep as a souvenir. Some hotels will just sell you the chip at the top of the pile, some will know what you are doing and try to find you a chip thats not too grubby. One lady at the Luxor actually got a baby wipe out and cleaned the chips for us!
I am very fond of cactus and cannot help taking picture of this one. It must be common to some but to me every piece of this plant is unique. I always wanted to have collection of cactus especially those that are flowery with bright, very bright colours.
I just did not have the chance to collect too many varieties but I am happy enough to see cactus of different types in a once a desert Las Vegas. I guess on my next visit, I have to find out if I can do find some more of it.
Taken outside my hotel at Best Western McCarran Inn Hotel in Paradise Road, Las Vegas, Nevada.
I have been to Vegas on the weekend and I have also went during the week, I will tell you the weekend is not worth it ! you have enough problems during the week getting dinner reservations , the weekend is allot more money just to wait ....also there are plenty of people there during the week / yes do not go on the weekend you are right !!!
Fondest memory: There is always somthing to do in Vegas , from the strip to renting motorcyles ( the best ride you ever had ) to Helicopter rides through the grand cannon .
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
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.
From the moment I arrived, I felt totally at ease with the thought that I could escape the strip...more
Amazing hotel! Everything about our stay was excellent. Our room was gorgeous, service was...more
This hotel has some of the best rooms I have ever stayed in. We upgraded our room and the room was...more