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I need tips on Las Vegas

Mayfield, KY(Zone 7b)

I am going to Las Vegas in the fall. This will be my first trip. Does anyone have any tips or suggestions they would like to share. I would appreciate it. Thanks!!

Pleasureville, KY(Zone 6a)

Janet, when you go, rent a car and go to Red Rock Canyon, outside of Las Vegas, it is spectacular.

Mayfield, KY(Zone 7b)

I will sure think about that. Thanks!

Pleasureville, KY(Zone 6a)

There are a lot of museums in Vegas, can't recall right now some of them, but Google, Vegas attractions. D-mail Carat, she lives there, and would probably have some good suggestions.

Mayfield, KY(Zone 7b)

I will D-mail Carat. I hope she doesn't mind. I had noticed the museums. Will check that out also. Thanks!

Pueblo, CO(Zone 5b)

Hello Janet! Vegas is so much fun. I absolutely love it. I've been more times than I can count and I still yet never get bored! There are so many fun things to see & do.

Where are you staying? This strip is the happening place to be. Even if you're not much of a gambler (I'm not!) there is so much fun. You can pretty much spend your entire vacation in one intersection and still not see everything!

Of the free things to see & do, here's my suggestions:

* The Dancing Fountains at Bellagio.....they run every 15 minutes or so. They are particuarly spectacular at night. And check them out every once in awhile, because there are several different shows to several different songs.

* The Pirate show at Treasure Island. You have to show up early for this one because it fills up fast. I think the shows are about every hour.

* The volcano at the Mirage. This was the first big outdoor show in Las Vegas and it's still worth checking up on.

* The Forum Shops at Caesars Palace. Indoor shopping at it's finest.

* There's a free slot pull at Tropicana. You can win tickets to Folley's, tickets to a magician, or some novelty stuff like decks of cards. Worth a stop if you're in the area. We've won magic show tickets twice and it's a decent show.

My favorites of the not so free stuff would include:

* Mystere by Cirque de Soleil at the Treasure Island. This show is expensive. We saw it in 2001 and it was about $88 I think. But it was an amazing, unbelievable performance. Just breathtaking.

* The Tournament of Kings dinner/show at Excalibur. It's a cool jousting tournament with dinner served 'a la Renaissance' style. Food wasn't amazing, but the entertainment was tons of fun.

* The roller coaster at New York New York is a must if you're into roller coasters.

As far as buffets go, my favorites include the Mirage, Rio, and Mandalay Bay. Mandalay's was particularly great. Prime rib, lamb, turkey, shrimp, crab legs...you name it...all you can eat. For about $18.

I could go on and on. If you want anymore suggestions about anything in particular, feel free to d-mail me. I've been there and done that Vegas style many times! :-D Have tons of fun!!!!

Mayfield, KY(Zone 7b)

Thanks for all the info. I really do appreciate it. I am not a gambler either so I hope to be shopping and seeing shows. Thank you again!!! I will probably D mail you closer to the time of the trip in November.

Santa Ana, CA(Zone 9b)

Save up your appetite and have a meal at the Flamingo --
Paradise Garden Buffet
Brunch: Monday - Friday, 7 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. $10.95
Dinner: Monday - Friday, 4:30 p.m. - 10 p.m. $15.95
Saturday - Sunday, 4:30 p.m. - 10 p.m. $17.95
Champagne brunch: Saturday - Sunday, 7 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. $12.95

"Our buffet room overlooks our tropical gardens, waterfalls and wildlife habitat"

It really does -- and a different kind of wildlife than LV is known for! They seat you in order as tables become available, but try to wrangle one near the floor-to-ceiling windows looking out on the birds. It's possible tipping the host/ess-sitter *ahead of time* might get him or her to steer you to a table nearer the glass... as they walk you in, NOT at the counter where others (and the manager) might see it. Great fun and ALL YOU CAN EAT! You can also walk through the Habitat (I think there are signs with identification of the species in there...) -- maybe after you eat if you didn't see enough from your table.

My SIL and I did some fun (fairly cheap) shopping at a place, I think it was associated with NewYorkNewYork (i.e. many of large and new hotels/resorts/casinos actually have sorta-like malls, of independently (?) run shops and bistros). I'll try to find out if she remembers better than me where it was. There were racks and racks of costume jewelry, plus hats/boas/etc -- might be just what you need for holiday shopping!

I'll get back to you if she is any help!

Any of the Cirque du Soleil shows are recommended! Esp. if you have never seen any! Yes, they are expensive, but if you can possibly scrape it together -- you're better off seeing one Cirque show and then just wandering the Strip or even watching TV in the room the other nights, than spending the same amount on two or three other [lesser!] shows! JMHO.

I think there are, like, five or so at different casinos now: Mystere, O, Ka, Zumanity (for adults only), and at least one other one I just saw the billboards for... and can't remember. Google "Cirque" and "Las Vegas" -- you will also find the prices and what nights the theatres are "dark", to plan your schedule around!


Mayfield, KY(Zone 7b)

Thank you!! Thank you!! We are staying at the Flamingo and are leaving Sunday so this was perfect timing. Thank you again for taking the time to write all this.

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