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Anyone been to Las Vegas?

Discussion in 'Personal' started by senlady, Mar 14, 2016.

  1. senlady

    senlady Senior commenter

    Give me your top tip for a fabulous time! Please.

    What was your absolute must do to make the vacation? or one complete don't miss it opportunity?

    Many thanks! :D
     
  2. blazer

    blazer Star commenter

    To be honest we didn't like the place at all. We had 2 nights there as part of a fly drive package about 15 years back. We had our kids with us (18 and 11) and that really put a crimp on where we could go and what we could do. I can recall there being lots of Hookers on the streets.

    If you have a car take a trip up to Death valley.

    So I can recommend getting out of Vegas and taking a light aircraft ride out to the Grand Canyon (they do helicopter tours as well). We used King Airline who I believe are still in business. It was a great trip.

    We have Route 66 planned for next year and the recommended tour included a stay in Vegas. The travel agent was surprise when we said we didn't want to spend any time there. We are going to do Roswell instead.
     
  3. paulevans1990

    paulevans1990 New commenter

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  4. paulevans1990

    paulevans1990 New commenter

    And yes it's a shady place obviously
     
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  5. rouxx

    rouxx Lead commenter

    I didn't like Vegas - but if you haven't been, then it is a must see (ONCE).
    If you are there longer both Bryce Canyon and Zion National Park are (I think) closer than the Grand Canyon and well worth going to - the National Parks in the US are amazing.
     
  6. rouxx

    rouxx Lead commenter

    For a shorter day out - Hoover Dam - it was fascinating, but maybe not to everyone's taste.
     
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  7. jacob

    jacob Lead commenter

    Route 66 is allegedly very overrated, with lots of run down places (alternative highways get more traffic) and it isn't even a fun road to drive.
     
  8. senlady

    senlady Senior commenter

    right, now we've got a few negative responses out of the way :rolleyes: I nearly wrote 'positive comments only' but thought it was kind of obvious from the rest of my post :rolleyes::oops:

    We have car hire and will be driving to the South Rim in Grand Canyon National Park and we will certainly be visiting the Hoover Dam :D

    We have booked a couple of shows as well.

    We are well aware of the Las Vegas clichés and image but are very excited to be visiting and have planned our trip for a while as it is a must go place (in our opinion).

    Hookers, on the streets :eek: well shock horror, much like any city or town then! o_O

    I was really wondering if there were any particular restaurants or bars or a museum etc that anyone might recommend.

    Thanks :)
     
  9. aspensquiver_2

    aspensquiver_2 Senior commenter

    This is going to be negative but I can't help that. Las Vegas is my idea of holiday hell. It's artificial and might as well be on the moon for all the authenticity it has.
     
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  10. aspensquiver_2

    aspensquiver_2 Senior commenter

    Hookers - as some have referred to them - well, you get hookers sitting in windows in Amsterdam. Big deal. Amsterdam is beautiful and pleasing and full of heart, however. Unlike "Vegas".
     
  11. frustum

    frustum Star commenter

    We went, as part of a minibus tour; I think part of the reason is that it gave a convenient break in the journey between Yosemite and the Grand Canyon.

    Definitely see the fountains at Bellagio - we could have watched those all evening. Avoid the halls full of slot machines - a somewhat depressing sight, especially in Circus Circus, where you would see children left standing at the side of the gambling area, waiting for their parents to pause and take them to see the circus display.
     
  12. May2

    May2 Established commenter

    Well I haven't been recently, we went about 12 years ago as part of a wonderful holiday in Arizona, Utah and Nevada with two late teenage children. We stayed in Las Vegas for two nights I think. It was not somewhere I was looking forward to, but having said that I was glad I have experienced it as it is like no other place. I can't understand people wanting to go there to get married in that little chapel however I know someone who did! I don't know if you are going as a couple or whether you have kids but some of the hotels there are quite amazing and I am sure there are even more now. Some have like theme park rides which the kids liked. We went on a gondola at The Venetian Hotel. Extremely cheesy but I was amazed by the way it was all built and the ceiling painted like sky so you sort of felt you were outside in St Marks Square. Unfortunately I can't remember many specific places and as I say there are probably more bigger and better now. There is a wonderful fountain display to music at one of them.

    We didn't go to get involved with any of the gambling activities but because all the hotels seem to have massive areas taken over with this we found the hotel rooms and restaurants really cheap as they expect to make their money from the gamblers. We booked all our holiday independently not through any package. There were lots of really good hotel buffets.
    We stayed in I think the Stratosphere Hotel which was one end of the strip so we walked one way down the strip in the evening and didn't find it a problem, there were just lots of tourists and I didn't feel particularly unsafe, then we got a bus/tram back to our hotel.
    We went on a fantastic helicopter ride to the Grand Canyon. I was quite nervous of going in the helicopter at first but all my fears were unfounded and it was brilliant. We did the trip that landed on a ranch and were served bacon and egg rolls by the ranch owners wife and then had a chance to go horse riding in the rocky hills around the ranch or stay around the ranch for a couple of hours and have a ride on the wagon.It was a highlight of the holiday although quite expensive. We visited Zion and Bryce Canyons and I actually think I like Bryce more than The Grand Canyon due to its incredible red rock formations.
    Las Vegas was well worth the visit for the experience but I don't think I would want to stay too many nights as there are so many other wonderful places and generally easy roads to drive on.
     
  13. blazer

    blazer Star commenter

    I have looked at several possible routes. We aim to drive it backwards (west to east). The first bit the old route runs through lots of towns. The middle bit across the desert gets a bit monotonous and so we have side trips to Sedona, Roswell and Monument valley in Utah on the schedule. The last third is really between big cities like Santa Fe, Oklahoma City, St Louis and finally Chicago. We aim to keep off the interstates whenever possible but the Santa Fe/Chicago bit is quite well populated and so the roads are pretty good. The last leg St Louis to Chicago is a long stretch but we don't want to break it in Springfield Illinois as would be expected because we have already 'done' that city. We also plan to start in Chicago and get the sleeper train to LA to pick up the car. 2 nights on the train crossing the continent. We end with a week in Chicago. 33 days altogether from mid May to mid June.

    There are in fact several route 66s. The original 1920 route, then it was re-aligned I the 1940s and again in the 1960s. Much of the original is now used as service roads for the interstate highways.
     
  14. blazer

    blazer Star commenter

    Except that the hookers and their pimps their give out flyers as you walk past advertising their wares and you can get free copies of magazines on the street corners which are prostitution directories.
     
  15. blazer

    blazer Star commenter

    Between LA and Vegas there is a wild west town called Calico. Gunfights staged on the street etc.
     
  16. racroesus

    racroesus Star commenter

    No but I drove down the Magherafelt Strip today.
     
  17. inky

    inky Lead commenter

    Mr inky and a friend attended a conference in Los Angeles a few years ago. They flew to Las Vegas and hired a car to LA via Death Valley. Apparently that was wonderful.

    As for Las Vegas, they were fascinated for a day or two. Mr inky returned with a black sequined bow tie and cookery book from the Liberace museum, which mr inky described as a temple of kitsch with wall-to-wall rhinestone. If you can stomach that kind of thing, it might be fun.

    If you worry about your weight, Las Vegas is the place for you. The hoards of mountainous people eating obscene buckets of fried things and getting HUGE on them will make you feel positively sveldt.

    Then there are the casinos. I've not been there but I'm told they're pretty much like the ones in Macau, which I have visited - joyless, driven places.
     
  18. inky

    inky Lead commenter

    I've just asked mr inky what was good about Las Vegas. He said that it was the sheer exuberance and spendid larger than life-ness.

    Oh, and you can walk everywhere.
     
  19. BelleDuJour

    BelleDuJour Star commenter

    Go somewhere else!
     
  20. bombaysapphire

    bombaysapphire Star commenter

    I like Las Vegas. Essentials include seeing the Bellagio fountains and going to the top of the Stratosphere. I enjoyed walking up the strip or you can catch the Deuce bus. If you like roller coasters the one around New York, New York is good and a lot more gentle than the ones at the top of the Stratosphere.

    Next time we go I want to get a helicopter into the Grand Canyon and go on a boat on the Colorado. Last time we did a trip to the Valley of Fire and went quad biking.

    It is very full on. I would avoid spending too long inside the casinos. They are designed to be disorienting. I wouldn't want to spend more than 3 or 4 days there but if you embrace the OTT of it then it is fun.
     
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