Ride$, Las Vegas
Don't pay $7 for the Stratosphere view......... unless you're doing the RIDES!!
Unique Suggestions: The rides at the top of the Stratosphere are comparable in price to most stuff Vegas (Eiffel Tower, etc.). If you're a thrill seeker, though, there is nothing more white knuckling than some of those rides at the top of the Stratosphere. If you're gonna pay $7 just for the view (a total Tourist Trap), pay $10 or $15 more and ride the rides. You'll gamble that same money away in 10 minutes & won't have nearly the amount of fun.
You can't trust a single taxi driver...if he hasn't cheated on you, he must be sick in bed..arrogant, lier, ready to take advantage of any customer.
Make sure they dive you to your destination over 'the strip'..if they protest, don't hesitate and call their supervisor. The phone number should be visible inside of the cab...and, I repeat:"don't let this scum intimidate you!"
Located 40 miles from Vegas in the middle of the desert is a small casino and a rollercoaster. This rollercoaster is advertised as being for thrillseekers, given its length and height. However, for the $5-10 price and its location, it is definately a scam to get people out there and waste their gas.
Unique Suggestions: You had better not be planning to go back to Vegas afterwards.
Fun Alternatives: Adventure dome, if you insist on rides!
$10-20 to take a short ride on a man made river through the casino is hardly romantic or like Venice to me. Not when you can see people walking around and children screaming as you try and hear your rower sing.
Unique Suggestions: Take a picture to fool your family.
Fun Alternatives: For romance go to the free fountain show at night in front of the Bellagio. The fountains are beautiful and the music is romanic and relaxing.
A good rollercoaster, but not worth the $10 to ride it. You are better off going to the Adventure Dome at the Circus Circus a little more.
Unique Suggestions: Go on it at night.
Fun Alternatives: Sahara rollercoaster is cheaper and the Circus Circus adventure dome is a better deal with many other rides to choose from.
It's up to you to decide if it's worth $7 for a view up the strip. The lines can be awful to wait through, and security often feels like you're back at the airport, so don't try to visit in a time crunch. Rides at the top are additional costs.
Unique Suggestions: Go at night when the strip is lit up. It's a much more boring view in the day.
The Eiffel Tower experience takes you 50 stories up this replica of the Paris landmark to a view of Vegas. The cost is around $15, which is pretty standard for any of the Vegas tourist attractions which require a fee.
Unique Suggestions: It is a cool replica of the Eiffel Tower in France, but paying money to go to the top seems like a waste of valuable Vegas dollars. Granted its 450 feet up and is probably a memorable view if you're not afraid of heights, but again, there are better ways to spend you $$$ when in Vegas.
Fun Alternatives: Walk across the street and see the Bellagio fountains again. Seriously, I think touring the inside of these hotels is a lot more fun than doing the touristy rides and attractions. Hotel Paris has a replica of a Paris street complete with sidewalk cafes and striking architecture. I found that to be far more interesting.
And of course, there's always the video poker machines in the casino.
The Venetian is a beautiful hotel and I love the waterway that runs through it, but paying $15 to ride from one end of the canal to the other and back on board a gondola when you can walk the length of the waterway for free seems like a waste of money to me. Still, lots of people seem to enjoy it.
Although the hotel looks awesome, almost everything is overpriced--especially the roller coaster!
Unique Suggestions: Walk through and around the outside. Go to the Big Apple Bar to enjoy the free entertainment. If you're hungry, go to Chin Chin (see Restaurants).
Fun Alternatives: Roller Coaster--go to Stateline. It's bigger and cheaper to ride!