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AranyicAranyic Piqua, OH Icrontian
edited May 2011 in The Pub
I'm going to be out in Vegas for my honeymoon the third week of June (12-18). I'm looking for some input from who have been people there on the things we have to see. I've never been to a Casino I figure I'll look around but not much of a card player. She enjoys the nickel slots but can't take losing money at a quicker pace than that.

We won't spend much time playing at the casinos playing. I've been told we have to go check all of them out anyhow. See the pools, etc because they are just amazing. We are going to see Cirque du Soleil at Treasure Island one night. I plan on driving down to Hoover dam one day and might try and talk her into the grand canyon. Not sure if I'll be able to sell the 3.5-4 hr drive each way though.

Any suggestions on people for a magic show? She really wants to see a good one. Also I might try and do the lion king or jersey boys, she really loves broadway/musical shows.

Beyond that I'm fair game.

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  • SnarkasmSnarkasm Madison, WI Icrontian
    edited May 2011
    No suggestions, but congratulations! :)
  • primesuspectprimesuspect Beepin n' Boopin Detroit, MI Icrontian
    edited May 2011
    Just walking along the strip, seeing the night shows (Which are free) is awesome. The Venetian fountain show, the outdoor pirate ship show at Treasure Island, and the volcano show at the Mirage are all spectacular.

    Congrats!
  • JokkeJokke Bergen, Norway Icrontian
    edited May 2011
    This site looks okay. Same site also says magician David Copperfield is in town.
  • RyderRyder Kalamazoo, Mi Icrontian
    edited May 2011
    The Venetian fountain show,
    You mean Bellagio? Venetian may have one too, though.

    Congratulations.
  • BobbyDigiBobbyDigi ? R U #Hats ! SoCal Icrontian
    edited May 2011
    Penn and Teller, Hands down. I took my fiance, SugarCheryl, to see them the night that I proposed.

    [edit] Jokke's right! I saw that Copperfield was in town when I was there in Feb. If you can do Copperfield, do it.[/edit]

    All of the casinos have the Awww factor, it all depends on your style. The new City Center is a must do. Very cool. I love NyNY, for a lot of reasons. Easy to jump off the freeway (Tropicana Blvd) and right into the free parking garage. Walking distance to MGM Grand (Lions exhibit is a must) Excalibur and Tropicana. There is also a Roller Coaster if you are into thrills, The Manhattan Express(~$15 /ride, worth it for the inverted loop).

    The high end hotels are a must see. The Venetian, Paris Bellagio and Mandalay Bay have amazing looking casinos. There is a botanical garden at one of them, I want to say Mandalay Bay. Also the Fountains outside of Bellagio, Gotta check it out, shows every 15 min all day (This is where I proposed). I've never been into The Wynn but hear it is amazing, I also hear you have to be staying there to get into certain parts? but don't quote me on that.

    There are free Circus shows at Circus Circus, its fun to watch for a bit. There is also carnival type games so you can win you lady a stuffed bear.

    Things that might interest you:
    Titanic Exhibit (Luxor) - Amazing, Sugar is a Titanic fan and LOVED this. They have a huge chunk of it they pulled up from the wreck, left me even speechless.

    The Bodies Exhibit (Luxor) - Another amazing one. Not for the weak of stomach.

    The top of the Stratosphere - Not for those afraid of heights. There is very nice rotating restaurant and a couple of Thrill rides, you can even jump off the top if you want.

    Blue Man Group - Have not done it myself but certainly plan to. Couple of my close friends (and my Mom) all said it was Awesome.

    Walk the strip - Any time of day, fun to see everything furring the day and all the lights are amazing at night. Be prepared, if you walk the strip at night or on the weekend, you will be offered free porn, no I am not kidding. Ignore the Mexicans in Neon Shirts if this does not appeal to you.

    Coupons - Ask when you check into your hotel "Got any coupon or deal books for me?" Get and take advantage of the coupons. Some will save you money on food or shows, others can give you money while gambling!

    Gamble!!! - You are going to Vegas, you must gamble. If you are intimidated by the table games, almost all the big casinos offer "How to" training for Free. Take a look at the tables as you walk around, there is usually signs up on the tables with times for free training for Craps, Roulette and Black Jack. There is also sometimes info on the TV in your room. Often an information channel for the hotel you are in. This can sometimes also give you ideas about things to do. A new trend in Vegas is Digital meaning there are blackjack, roulette and poker tables where you bet on a machine, I like these. I understand playing nickels to stretch out the play time. There are also penny machines Everywhere again but be careful with these, some of them allow multiple bets per line on LOTS of lines, were talking 30 credits pee line on 20 lines and a penny machine then bets $6 a spin!

    Down town - Old time Vegas. Go at night to catch the overhead light show every hour on the hour after the sun goes down. Gamble at the old casinos, fun stuff. Again if you are into thrills they now have a zip line that takes you half way down the road over the old strip. On busy nights and weekends there are usually street performers and artists. The guys who make amazing art with spray paint are worth watching make a few if not buying a couple.

    Talk to Cabies - they know their stuff. Also there are usually Vegas magazine and little coupon books hanging on the back of the seats. Take one of each. More info about what's going on while you are there and more coupons.

    That's what I've got off the top of my head. any questions, please ask away. I love talking about Vegas. Makes me want to go, I've been going to Vegas at least once a year for more then 10 years. More often then not its 3-4 times a year.

    -Digi
  • NiGHTSNiGHTS San Diego Icrontian
    edited May 2011
    To add to the above, I would be remiss if I didn't tell you to check out Imperial Palace for the "dealertainer" shows.


    (Also, $4/5 buckets of beer all night)
  • primesuspectprimesuspect Beepin n' Boopin Detroit, MI Icrontian
    edited May 2011
    Yeah, Bellagio. Wups.
  • BuddyJBuddyJ Dept. of Propaganda OKC Icrontian
    edited May 2011
    Go see Ka. It's pretty freaking amazing if you like theatre. It's probably the best of the Cirque shows there. Tickets are expensive but I think they're worth it. I enjoyed it this year.

    Exploring the hotels is my favorite thing to do.
  • TrumandrummerTrumandrummer Taylor Michigan Icrontian
    edited May 2011
    I just went to Vegas in March. As others have said... KA is probably one of the best shows...

    Also, there is so many things to do. Its impossible to do it all. We already want to go back to do more.

    Walking up and down the strip is actually pretty cool. We walked in most of the major casinos. But depending on where you are staying, it can be a looooong walk. We stayed in the Luxor... Which is at the end of the strip... but its still pretty close to all of the action. The stratosphere, is actually really really far down the opposite side of the strip. Its blocks away from all the major casinos. I wouldn't walk it if you go there...

    Take the trams If you don't feel like walking far. They stretch most of the strip and are so much cheaper than taxi's and you can get an all day pass.

    Be carefull with taxi drivers. Some of them will purposely take a long route to your destination just to charge you extra. We had one taxi driver take us on a different route than the other taxi drivers did for some reason, and he took us onto the highway, and then said "ooo man, that used to be the fastest route, but I guess that exit is under construction now.... I guess it gonna take longer than expected" when the exit clearly had to be being worked on for weeks it looked like.



    Also there is a lot to see just outside of Vegas too. Valley of Fire state park is a must! Its about 45 minutes away, but the views and the drive through it is simply stunning.

    I looked up to see what was better Red Rock Canyon or Valley of Fire, because we didn't have time for both. Most people said Valley of Fire was better. Its less crowded, and the views are better, the rocks are more red........ It makes for some nice photos, thats for sure.

    We also drove almost 5 hours to the southrim of the grand canyon... Which was well worth it for me, since ive never seen it before and im not much of a gambler to stay in a casino all day anyways. But that takes up a whole day in itself... over four hour drive both ways. So close to 10 hours total drive time, plus the time spent sight seeing... keep that in mind.... The "west rim" is a lot closer, only about two hours. But the views aren't as nice, and the canyon isn't as deep there.

    And there is always Area 51. But thats not for everyone. We drove to the gates of the Area 51 military base and the Extra terrestrial Highway 375. Its about 2 1/2 hours outside Vegas (Hwy 15 to 93 to 375). We thought it was cool because we never seen the desert before and we wanted to see all the weird conspiracy/alien bullcrap surrounded out there. So we wanted to drive it. And the little town Rachel, Nevada is pretty cool in itself. But I like to see old towns like that in the middle of nowhere, especially the desert. It has a creepy rustic vibe, and makes for some cool photos. But like I said, thats not for everyone.
  • CrazyJoeCrazyJoe Winter Springs, FL Icrontian
    edited May 2011
    Hoover Dam is also a cool site and not too far from Vegas. When I went to Vegas I went there and also took an aerial tour of the Grand Canyon... Both were awesome...
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