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keith
01-01-2013, 09:36 PM
I've been asked to go to a conference in Las Vegas in Feb and it seems a shame to go all that way and not spend a full week. So I should have a few days/nights to get out and about.

Now, I went to Vegas many years ago for just a few nights and I did zero planning because we were heading on to Disney. So we spent all our time planning for that.

I was left thinking hmmm I should probably have worked out where we wanted to go really.

We'll be staying at Caesars which is where the conference is being held

So, any ideas??

Wendy
01-01-2013, 10:18 PM
You are staying in my favourite hotel in Vegas :D

It will be an early morning, but a sunrise helicopter ride over the Grand Canyon is a must, you can get some beautiful photos and the scenery is breathtaking.

We also drove over to the Hoover Dam, again you can get some really good photos, we also drove to the Valley of Fire which I think is about an hour or so away from Vegas.

We went to Freemont Street and if I'm honest I was disappointed, everyone I spoke to before we went raved about it, but it wasn't what I expected, a bit tacky really :lol:

You have to watch the fountains at the Bellagio and the volcano erupting at the Mirage, it's very good how they've done it.

We saw Celine Dion in the Colosseum at Caesars as she is in residence :anxious: and also went to Cirque du Soleil, which was better than the one at DTD.

If you just walk around the hotels it will take you ages.

We never spent a dollar in the casinos :lol: :lol:

The buses are really cheap, but it may be better to get a taxi or drive if you are going to go to downtown for Freemont Street, it's not a nice area.

keith
01-01-2013, 10:23 PM
Thanks Wen good advice!

I've heard good things about the grand canyon helicopter rides. There seems to be three times for most of them, 7isham, 9ish am, 11ish am.... I'm guessing that sunrise makes for the most impressive?

we'll just taxi it I think given we're only there for a week

I wont touch the casinos either, very much not a gambler

catrancher
01-01-2013, 10:52 PM
Pretty much what Wendy said! :yes:

The only thing I'd caution is right after we got back from there a year and a half ago, there were a couple of helicopter crashes supposedly caused by pilots hot dogging. Be careful.

You can check out the shows that are in town here (http://www.vegas.com/shows/). There's all kinds. Like Wendy mentioned there's Celine Deone, Cirque De Soleil, David Copperfield. The list goes on.

If you're looking for thrills, there's the rides at the top of the Stratosphere (http://www.vegas.com/resorts/strato/). Like Insanity (http://www.vegas.com/attractions/on_the_strip/insanity.html). :shocked:

If Helen's coming along, you could always renew your vows at the Little Church of the West (http://www.littlechurchlv.com). That's where we were when my DW's son got married just a year ago last July. Perhaps you should opt for the "Elvis" package. :unsure:

About the only thing I can add is that if you want to eat somewhere other than the hotels, I can only recommend Maggiano's Little Italy (http://www.maggianos.com/en/pages/LocationResults.aspx). That's the only place I've eaten there that isn't in one of the hotels.

There's so much going on there it's hard to choose just what to do. I'd really like to go back for a bout a week just to do some of the things we didn't do before.

Tom (:macwave:... welcome to Sin City!)

Britchick
01-01-2013, 10:57 PM
The hotel buffets are amazing! Can't think of anything else right now ...

keith
01-01-2013, 11:12 PM
The hotel buffets are amazing! Can't think of anything else right now ...

yeah to be honest, that's my lasting memory from last time too :lol:

I remember a champagne buffet and I think it was in Caesars actually. I couldn't believe the selection and price. When they came to pour our champagne I said to Helen hehe I bet that's the last glass of champagne we get based on the price. Five minutes later they came round asking if we wanted more and because we hadn't finished, they just left the bottle. Little old cynic me said, I bet they were looking to start a fresh bottle to take round pah! Few minutes later, they came round and said oh you've finished, let me refill for you.

I mean!!! crazy!

keith
01-01-2013, 11:17 PM
The only thing I'd caution is right after we got back from there a year and a half ago, there were a couple of helicopter crashes supposedly caused by pilots hot dogging. Be careful.

Not entirely sure HOW to be careful of that though :/ unless they publish their safety record somewhere. I mean we'll try and book a reputable one as far as we can although you know what it's like, theyre masters of LOOKING professional with websites/flyers even if they're one man bands


You can check out the shows that are in town here (http://www.vegas.com/shows/). There's all kinds. Like Wendy mentioned there's Celine Deone, Cirque De Soleil, David Copperfield. The list goes on.

I fancy seeing penn and teller, perhaps copperfield


If you're looking for thrills, there's the rides at the top of the Stratosphere (http://www.vegas.com/resorts/strato/). Like Insanity (http://www.vegas.com/attractions/on_the_strip/insanity.html). :shocked:

I'm definitely NOT looking for that kind ;-) of thrill but we stayed at the stratosphere last time so did see the ride. We also had a lovely meal right at the top of the tower, perhaps that would be interesting to repeat.


If Helen's coming along, you could always renew your vows at the Little Church of the West (http://www.littlechurchlv.com). That's where we were when my DW's son got married just a year ago last July. Perhaps you should opt for the "Elvis" package. :unsure:

hmmm drive through divorce hmmmm :D I mean erm vow renewal!!!!



There's so much going on there it's hard to choose just what to do. I'd really like to go back for a bout a week just to do some of the things we didn't do before.


yeah we were only there for three days I think so hardly anything was seen other than one nice matinee show, one very dodgy evening show and a great ride out to the hoover dam.

I'd really like any recommendations for super great restaurants though.

Britchick
01-01-2013, 11:18 PM
We didn't have a champagne one and it was at the MGM Grand but I was in seafood heaven! Lol

Suebeattie
02-01-2013, 07:41 AM
It was a while ago when we went but if its your kinda of thing there was the nascar cafe at the stratosphere tower end.
Also when we were there and I doubt its still there, behind the monorail at the stratosphere end there used to be a little track where you can drive a sporty car and a hummer. I think it cost somwthing crazy like $10. It was really good and took up an hour :).
Dont know about restaurants though.

:wiggle:

josh.p.
02-01-2013, 09:06 AM
My aunt has visited loads of times and the main thing she talks about is the buffets! The theory is that they're a loss leader so you then go on and spend $$$$$$ in their casinos!

keith
02-01-2013, 09:16 AM
My aunt has visited loads of times and the main thing she talks about is the buffets! The theory is that they're a loss leader so you then go on and spend $$$$$$ in their casinos!

yeah for sure Josh, HAS to be that because they're just sooooo great. Can definitely believe that it pulls people into the hotels and usually to get anywhere in the hotel you have to walk through the casino

If she has any recommendations for GREAT buffets and special restaurants i'd love to hear :)

josh.p.
02-01-2013, 09:20 AM
I'll ask her when I am home, I'm in Fuerteventura at the minute enjoying some post christmas sun!

Wendy
02-01-2013, 11:12 AM
Not entirely sure HOW to be careful of that though :/ unless they publish their safety record somewhere. I mean we'll try and book a reputable one as far as we can although you know what it's like, theyre masters of LOOKING professional with websites/flyers even if they're one man bands


I can find out the name of the company we used, they were very professional based at McLaren Airport, nothing like some of the ones along the strip.



hmmm drive through divorce hmmmm :D I mean erm vow renewal!!!!

:slap: :toetap:



I'd really like any recommendations for super great restaurants though.

It was 8 years ago that we went, so the restaurants we used are probably gone :lol: nothing seems to last long in Vegas. I'll find my scrap book and see what I've got in there. The Mandalay rings a bell for some reason :unsure:


My aunt has visited loads of times and the main thing she talks about is the buffets! The theory is that they're a loss leader so you then go on and spend $$$$$$ in their casinos!

:yes: that's what we were told as well by someone we were talking to at the Monte Carlo.

Slowhand
02-01-2013, 04:21 PM
I`m sooo jealous Keith.
My DW and I went to Vegas years ago before the "new" hotels , were built and we keep on saying that we must make a return visit someday.

I also am not a gambler per see but when we were there I put aside $20 per day and when that was gone, end of story.
I did however put a rare 50c coin into one of the machines when we returned to our hotel one day and lo and behold I won enough to fund tickets to see Diana Ross at Ceasar`s Palace, so who knows, maybe lady luck could be on your side.

If you are concerned about the "dodgy" helicopters that Tom mentioned then you could always do as we did and visit the Grand Canyon in a small aeroplane which was amazing, although obviously it couldn`t drop down to the bottom of the gorge!
This trip was part of a package offered by the hotel which also included a coach to and from the Grand Canyon and also took in a bit of sightseeing as well, visiting an American Indian reservation etc.etc. which was well worth the cost. :yes:

Britchick
02-01-2013, 07:02 PM
we did the small aeroplane....Jon wasn't keen on the helicopters. Funny story about our trip (not funny at the time) - remember that when we went was about 2 years after 9/11. A fellow passenger, an Orthodox Jew clutching the Torah and praying as we took off. I nearly had a cow...especially as i'd told a little white lie about my weight!!!

uscwest
02-01-2013, 07:08 PM
I did the plane ride many years ago. Back then the planes were allowed to fly below the rim. However, due to a series of crashes they no longer allow the planes to do this.

Britchick
02-01-2013, 07:21 PM
we did the small aeroplane....Jon wasn't keen on the helicopters. Funny story about our trip (not funny at the time) - remember that when we went was about 2 years after 9/11. A fellow passenger, an Orthodox Jew clutching the Torah and praying as we took off. I nearly had a cow...especially as i'd told a little white lie about my weight!!!