General chatter - Vegas, Baby! (Who's been, and what should we do?)

10-13-2009, 12:30 PM
Well, the hubby and I are FINALLY getting out of town for a vacation! We're going to Vegas for almost a week in November. What should we do, where should we go, what should we see, and where should we eat?

The only thinks we have on our plate so far are:

a Vegas showgirl Spectacular
Mystere by Cirque du Soleil
Hoover Dam
the Nuclear Testing Museum (we're physicists -- this is the highlight of our trip!)
We want to go to at least one SPECTACULAR restaurant.

So where are the best buffets? The best restaurants? The best attractions? We're staying in the center of the Strip at the Planet Hollywood.

10-13-2009, 01:08 PM
Rent a car (car rentals are SO cheap in Vegas) and take a ride out to Red Rocks National Park or Death Valley or Valley of Fire. The area outside of Las Vegas is one of the most beautiful parts of the country, IMO:

My favorite restaurant on the strip is Sensi at Bellagio. Their buffet is also great.

10-13-2009, 01:10 PM
My husband and I went to see the blueman group it was really fun! We also went to one of those knights of the round table shows- the one with no utensils and joust and all that- it was great.

Go to I think it's Cesar's palace with the huge mall inside? I had a blast there as well, just looking at all the stores and getting some lunch :)

10-13-2009, 01:40 PM
And the brunch at Caesar's Palace is outstanding. As a matter of fact it is almost impossible to get a bad meal in Las Vegas and prices go from really cheap to really expensive.

10-13-2009, 02:27 PM
If you're going to be out there November 17 or 18th - rent a car and take a night drive to Lake Mead. Watch the Leonids meteor shower - one of the year's best for natural fireworks in the sky.

I second the drive to Red Rocks during the day.

If you like the Beatles music, their show Love at the Mirage (another Cirque du Soleil show) is fabulous. Blue Man Group at the Luxor is fun too.

If you like seafood, the Rio (off the strip) has a wonderful seafood buffet.

Have fun!

10-13-2009, 02:35 PM
Fremont St. has nightly shows on a huge over head screen. I think the buffet at Sam's Town is awesome!!! Fountains at Bellagio at night are spectacular. If you like crepes, go the to Paris, across from the buffet is "le crepire" fabulous!!!!! I agree that Red Rock is beautiful, the Excalibur has the knights of the red table show, my daughter really enjoys it. Harrah's or maybe Imperial Palace (not sure which) has celebrity impersonator dealers. Have fun!!!! Be ready to walk everywhere!!

10-14-2009, 10:02 AM
Buy a 3 day pass for the monorail that travels up and down the strip. That is the best way to go from casino to casino and check out what each has to offer. We went to see Cher last year. It was a great show. We have to go back out the end of April into May for a wedding at the Wynn. Also check out the lion exhibit at the MGM Grand. Thats where we stay. It is a huge hotel.

10-15-2009, 04:46 AM
Ah.. I was just there last week =) You should go buy tickets to the price is right show that is hosted in Bally's. The people I went to Vegas with got 2 tickets for 50 bucks you should search online to get a better price maybe. Also while I was staying at Bally's I found this slot machine it was super fun it was the wizards of oz machine a lot of people play that and sometime it is hard to get a seat =( You should also watch the water show and the pirate show they have. You can see it when you walk along the strip. The water show is so beautiful at night. They play music and the water show goes along with the song.

10-16-2009, 11:06 PM
I am not sure when they put up the Christmas decorations...but Bellagio Conservatory has the most beautiful ones.

10-16-2009, 11:14 PM
My advice to anyone who goes to Vegas is arrive at night. During the day it is kind of a disappointing place. At night, it looks a lot better.

10-17-2009, 12:05 AM
My family is in Vegas so I go several times a year.The Beatles show is a must see!!!Great many....Michaels, Rosemarys, Hugos, Tao, me if you would like about Vegas!

10-17-2009, 03:13 AM
My advice to anyone who goes to Vegas is arrive at night. During the day it is kind of a disappointing place. At night, it looks a lot better.

I agree.

I live in Vegas so let me know if you need anything ^^

10-17-2009, 03:14 AM
Oh forgot to add, make sure you see the fountains at the bellagio they are awesome and free.

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10-17-2009, 10:32 AM
Ohhhhhhhhhh Vegas -- I so wanna go again!! We tried to see the Treasure Island display but it was too windy. It's free even! lol We didn't really do a whole lot when we were there but walk and walk and gamble.

10-18-2009, 03:47 PM
The Red Rocks for sure is well worth the short drive and a good place to hike. Further along that road is a not coming to me that Hugh Hefner owned and now it is open to the public. You can go on horse trail rides there as well.....which I didn't get a chance to but my sister did on another trip. Last time we were in Vegas we stayed at the Bellagio and had a room on the strip side with the was quite nice. We eloped to Vegas 15 years ago and stayed at Bally's that time......I would have preferred to stay there again but my beloved thinks that newer and more expensive is better.....I think it depends on what you're looking for. :)

We rented a car the last time and went to Red Rock Canyon and also to the Grand Canyon. Next time I want to do the helicopter ride from Vegas to the Grand Canyon. I've heard it's worth every penny.

Have fun!

10-18-2009, 10:35 PM
If you're into cars at all, there's a fabulous car collection at the Imperial Palace Hotel. It's got cars from every era. Looks like you can print free tickets from this ( site.

There's also a Ferrari dealership at the Wynn Hotel that's pretty cool. I believe it's $10 to get in, but I thought it was worth it.

There's a Lamborghini dealership at Encore, but I didn't think it was worth the money. They didn't have many cars on display and the people who worked there were REALLY snobby.

Can you tell we like cars?

Even if you're not really into cars, I think the car collection at IP is definitely worth a look.

As far as restaurants go, we like ChinChin at NYNY and Burger Bar at Mandalay Bay. We don't usually do real fancy dinners, but next time we are planning to go to Koi at Planet Hollywood. Oh, and one of my favorite places to go have a drink and appetizers before a show is Japonais at the Mirage. It's elegant but has a very cool loungey feel to it. And one of my favorite places to have a drink and do a little people watching is Centrifuge at MGM Grand.

Writing all this out is making me very excited for our upcoming trip!

Have a good time! I'll be there a few weeks after you!

10-18-2009, 10:57 PM
The Neon Museum has a private walking tour for a nominal fee, it's really neat to see all the old signs and history of Vegas (and great for photos). Our guide was super knowledgeable about the city.

The Valley of Fire is a lovely park with some great short walking trails (think 30-60 minute trails, moderate walking, great geologic formations, wildlife, Native American petroglyphs) throughout.

Check out the Bellagio lobby for the themed flower garden and don't miss the fountain show.

10-18-2009, 11:37 PM
I'm an architect who works in hospitality design (hotels and restaurants). I go to Las Vegas yearly for a big hotel design show and get wined and dined by our product reps. Vegas restaurants aren't just about the food. They move enough product to be able to afford crazy cutting edge in-your-face design that you will be hard pressed to find anywhere else in the country.

If you want a spectacular meal, avoid the buffets. Nothing but gorging tourists.

I recommend:
Daniel Boulud (Wynn)
The Country Club (Wynn)
MIX (THE hotel)
Aquanox (Venetian)

MGM and Mandalay Bay also have excellent restaurant rows.

Dress up. I firmly believe that cocktail attire in the evening (no matter what your plans for the night are) adds to the experience.