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Old 01-20-2015, 06:19 AM
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My wife and I are headed to Vegas in March for 3 days. Not sure where we're staying yet but someplace on the strip. Would like to keep the room to about $500 total so I know I have plenty of options. AAA suggested "pick no less than 3 diamond, on the strip. Unless you HAVE to say at the Bellagio or Luxor or Venetian just a decent place for $100 - $150 a night should put you in the right place."

After that, give me some do's and don'ts. We want to take in at least one show. Probably one nice dinner (that isn't a buffet). Maybe rent a car for a day, drive out to Mt. Charleston to where my Uncle lived back in the 60's and 70's.
Old 01-20-2015, 06:31 AM
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Make your nicer dinner at Pieros. A street or two off the strip and non touristy. It started out as a hang out for celebrities. Rat pack, mafia, presidents eat there, Mike Tyson is a regular.
A portion of the movie Casino was filmed there.
Best food I've had in Vegas.


http://pieroscuisine.com/
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Forget the Mountain, drive to Red Rocks State Park or Valley Of Fire State Park. Bellagio is great and we like the mid strip location. We booked a 6 night package (Expedia) staying at the Bellagio and Flying out of PHL and rental car for (2) for under $1500 back in late September
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Google Vegas $20 trick. I booked the cheapest room at the FLAMINGO and got upgraded to top floor jr suite over looking strip and Bellagio fountain for the 20 spot. They were redoing the flamingo at the time. It's a little dated, but can't beat the location. I kinda liked the retro feel. Paris would be my next choice for just a little more $.

Do the circ du sole show "O" and the roller coaster on top of the New York hotel at night. Skip the buffets. That's for old people and college students...
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Dinner, a concert and a free cab ride to Cheetahs.
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I've been to the Cheetah in Pompano. While I enjoy it, I'm afraid it's not my wife's cup of tea....
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I have been to Vegas probably 40 times in the last 10 years.

For your price range I would look at Planet Hollywood or the new and fully remodeled Cromwell - both are right in the thick of the strip. Perfect location for a Vegas newbie.

As far as restaurants there are so many great ones its hard to go wrong.

Wynn has the best buffet hands down...
I like Raos in Ceasars Palace for Italian...
My favorite steak houses are Cut, Craftsteak, and Old Homestead...

My favorite show in recent years is Michael Jacksons ONE @ Mandalay Bay

Attractions, ride the new High Roller Ferris Wheel, walk through NY NY, and go to the Eifel Tower...

Oh yeah be certain to drink plenty of H2O - between the smoke, climate, altitude, and alcohol you can get zapped pretty quick out there.
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As long as you are renting a car.....takes a full day.....ride out to Death Valley and hit Red Rocks on the way back. Take time to sit down and watch "the people",
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First thing I would do is extend the trip to 5 days.
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I wish I could extend it. But my wife is a teacher and had to take personal days to make it work.
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Go check out the Hoover Dam if you rent a car.
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that is kind of what I was thinking. We don't fly out until Sunday night at mid-night so Sunday would be a good day to rent a car and do some driving since we can lock our bags in the trunk.
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Not sure there are any "don'ts" in Vegas.

That's what Vegas is all about.

Don't eat too much?
Don't drink too much?
Don't gamble too much? (OK, maybe that one)
Don't have too much fun?

Oh, don't bring a camera. That's definitely one.

Have fun.
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Bellagio or Luxor are both fine for the price ~50 weekdays.
I enjoyed the airplane tour of the grand canyon.
Favorite shows were Terry Fator or Penn and Teller
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I actually booked Ballys right across the Strip from the Bellagio. $115 a night. Luxor has similar rates but the reviews of late aren't the best. I couldn't find anything at the Bellagio for under $250/night. Ballys fits the 3-stars, on the Strip, in the middle of everything.
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Bouchon at the Venetian is fantastic for breakfast/brunch. The wife and I also love it for dinner, but it gets better ratings for morning food.

If you really want to splurge for a meal, L'Atelier de Joël Robuchon at MGM, Guy Savoy at Caesar's or Aureole at the Mandalay Bay are all wonderful. Spendy though....

If you like a vodka martini, be sure to check out Red Square at Mandalay Bay. They stock a bunch of import vodkas that are hard to come by (if not impossible). If they still have Tall Blonde vodka, it' worth a try. And the bar is made of ice, so that's cool. (pun intended)
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I just received this deal from the Wynn and Encore
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$139 per
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Sunday through Thursday
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$229 per
night
Friday and Saturday
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I did 5 days, loved it. Very little gambling. Saw Hoover Dam (in and out), saw Grand Canyon via small plane (first time I ever saw it), saw a little bit of Lake Meade, and saw Paul McCartney concert.. Great couple of days! Oh, don't discount the 'buffet', they're different than what you have probably done before. We did 2 or 3 and they were flat out amazing.
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resort fees!!!
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hash house a go go.

its a breakfast/lunch/dinner spot located in The Quad.

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