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Going in the Summer for a week. anyone with any tips/must sees/must dos etc?

 

Biggest tip is - don't stay a week

 

It's great for a couple of days but then it gets on top of you

 

Fly over the west rim of the grand canyon :thumbs:

 

Coney Island Express at New York :thumbs:

 

The rides at the top of the stratosphere - :yahoo:

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take sunscreen and stay out of the pools that are in direct sunlight.

 

do not get lashed during the day, the dehydration can kill you. drink water and gatorade during the day. don't drink anything with caffeine if you are by the pool in the day.

 

eat early in the evening, the good places get packed out later on. only carry cash, leave credit cards back at the hotel safe.

 

don't get lippy with bouncers or security people, they can be vicious ba$tards.

 

like he said, stay only a few days. Go to the Grand Canyon, Hoover Dam and LA for 4 of the days, do 3 max in LV.

 

do the Star Trek thing, go to Circus Circus, go the Coca Cola place and take in one of the shows.

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People think I'm joking when I say go to the star trek experience, but my uncle thought it was a great laugh with people who speak fluent Klingon.

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I spent 3 nights in Vegas last week. Mental place. A few tips:

 

Do the Grand Canyon thing ($150 in a small plane; upwards of $300 in a helicoptor).

 

Get a t-bone steak in Smith & Wollenskys on the strip. It's expensive, but far and away the best steak I've ever had.

 

Leave buying tickets for shows till as late as possible on the day as you can often get them for half-price.

 

Avoid the slot machines (waste of money imo), but if you insist on playing them, always do the maximum bet.

 

Go to bed at some stage.

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I once drove 400 miles across desert to get there...

 

ate, played a few tables,

 

and then drove 400 miles back the way we came, in darkness, clocking speeds of 110mph + most of the way.

 

I would not recommend you try it. That was in my more reckless days. I'd like to live a bit longer now.

 

Furthermore, The Star Trek Experience wasn't there then, so I couldn't practice my Klingon.

 

My memory is of the place being voyeuristicable in the sense that I spent most of my time just watching what seemed to be strange people. All a bit unreal.

 

I now realise that I am strange.

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See each Casino for the gimmicks (Pretty boring inside to be honest each one) - but there are decent things to be seen - the roller coaster on the roof, the ship battle (Wait around RIGHT til the end for a nice suprise), Circus Circus with entertainers, Fountains and Dolphins and other stuff abound.

 

Do the Flight over the Grand Canyon

 

Don't bother gambling - the odds in America are ridiculous compared to the odds you get in the UK.

 

To be honest went there for 2 days a few years ago and thought it was very duff (Mind you had just come from 2 weeks in San Francisco and Hawaii - which anything would have a hard time comparing with) and agree that more than a couple of days would be very, very tedious

 

Try and see some shows

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I have been twice now, and I love the place.

My favourite things to do are :-

 

Rides on the Stratosphere

Shoot some guns at 'The Gun Store'

The Grand Canyon (Try and walk some of it, you don't appreciate it as much in a helicopter. We drove, but it was worth it)

The Coca Cola, Adidas shops and the big arcade accross near MGM.

As many casinos as you can. Especially MGM, Bellagio and Wynn.

The shows outside (Bellagio, Treasure Island and Mirage)

New York New York rides.

Theres a great Italian in the Stratosphere. Excellent food and cheap aswell.

As many rides as you can really.

And contrary to what everyone says, have a play on the slots and the tables. Its Vegas!!!

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I once drove 400 miles across desert to get there...

 

My memory is of the place being voyeuristicable in the sense that I spent most of my time just watching what seemed to be strange people. All a bit unreal.

 

I now realise that I am strange.

 

It took you that long to realise that you were strange!!!! :lol::lol:

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one thing I forgot to add in the earlier post.

 

DO NOT GO TO VEGAS WITH KIDS!!!

 

We went there 2 years ago to meet up with friends who were living in California.

 

One of his kids fell and they took her to a local hospital for X-rays. The number of kids in the waiting area of the ER was unbelieveable. Almost all of them were there for some heat related problem, and almost all of them were Europeans in Vegas for a vacation.

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Been loads, including twice last year and I love it. Not much of a gambler, but worth having a few dollars on the tables, even if you dont know what you're doing - it's Vegas. Even if you dont gamble, give yourself a budget you're Ok with losing and get yourself some chips, it's a great laugh doubling your money, getting carried away and giving it all back :D

 

It'll be hotter than hell that time of year, so don't try doing too much walking up and down the strip, you'll melt.

 

Casino's most worth looking at are BELLAGIO/WYNN/CAESARS/MGM/NEW YORK/PARIS/VENETIAN. The fountain's outside Bellagio are a great place to spend half an hour after you've eaten at night, talking of which there's loads of good places to eat - you'd be hard pushed to find a bad restaurant.

 

Top end are PRIME at Bellagio for incredible steaks amongst other things, or 3950 at the Mandalay Bay for real top notch food. On the less pricey end of the scale, places like PF Chang's in Aladdin(might be Planet Hollywood Casino by then) for chinese, also great chinese in caesars. The buffet's are also great, especially the champagne sunday brunch's (unlimited quality food and ok champagne for not a lot of cash)

 

see a show, any show, just for the experience. avenue q at wynn, blue man group at luxor,mama mia at mandalay bay, and elton john if he's at caesars while you're there are all quality, but just any you can get to will do.

 

if you have a car (which i'd recommend if you're there a week), then get out of town to red rock canyon. only 30 minutes from the strip but could be middle of nowhere. great views and good place to kill a couple of hours whilst escaping the madness of the casino's and the strip.

 

Don't agree with others that a week is too long, but it would be if you stayed in the casino's all the time - get out now and again to keep a slight grip on reality.

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I once drove 400 miles across desert to get there...

 

ate, played a few tables,

 

and then drove 400 miles back the way we came, in darkness, clocking speeds of 110mph + most of the way.

 

I would not recommend you try it. That was in my more reckless days. I'd like to live a bit longer now.

 

Furthermore, The Star Trek Experience wasn't there then, so I couldn't practice my Klingon.

 

My memory is of the place being voyeuristicable in the sense that I spent most of my time just watching what seemed to be strange people. All a bit unreal.

 

I now realise that I am strange.

No you're not - that's a very good description - if you have a remotely human sensibility and powers of observation, it can very easily be seen as one big freak show - which largely it is.

 

Considering the US is the nearest thing on planet Earth to a Fundamentalist Christian State, I find it really weird they seem to have built Mammon/Gomorrah without even borrowing the blueprints.

 

I don't like L.A., loathe Vegas but am in different degrees very fond of Boston, New York, Baltimore and San Francisco. New Orleans (was) nice too.

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