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halcyon
07-13-2006, 11:32 AM
So, I'll be making my first visit to Las Vegas for four days starting this Sunday. I won't have access to a rental car, so I'll have to use cabs or whatever to get around. I also have a few obligations and things I'll have to be doing while in Vegas. That said, I anticipate I'll have some good free time. Since I've never been to Vegas and haven't done any research about it, does anyone have any advice for things I should try to do or see?

We're staying in the MGM Grand and thats about all I know. This isn't a trip with a wife or girlfriend so nothing romantic or date oriented required.

westofyou
07-13-2006, 11:35 AM
You won't need a car. Try and walk if you can. Cabs on the weekend on the strip can stand still.

Roy Tucker
07-13-2006, 11:37 AM
I've heard gambling is big there.

edabbs44
07-13-2006, 11:39 AM
Hey, just got back from the MGM this week. First time LV visitor as well. What types of things are you looking for info on? I was all over the strip. If you want, send me a PM and I'll answer whatever I can.

Puffy
07-13-2006, 11:40 AM
Olympic Garden. Thats all you need to know.

RBA
07-13-2006, 11:44 AM
You can see a do a lot just by walking. There is also a tram (with fees) from the MGM and makes stops down the strip to the Sahara Hotel (across from the big Tower). Some hotels/casinos have partners and they shuttle people for free from one casino to another, ie the Coast Casinos that include the Orleans and Rio. Stop by one of their hotels for a free shuttle.

LincolnparkRed
07-13-2006, 11:46 AM
I am a big fan of the Bellagio, granted I haven't been in 3 yrs now but it just seemed more relaxed than MGM or New York/New York. We stayed at Paris but unless you want to go up the mock eiffel tower don't bother going in. Not much to see or do. Hope this helps some.

15fan
07-13-2006, 12:01 PM
Go to the top of the Stratosphere and ride the ride that shoots straight up in the air. Think it's called something like the Big Shot. It's absolutely awesome.

Unless you're afraid of heights.

jmcclain19
07-13-2006, 12:22 PM
We always try to stay somewhere on the MGM/New York-New York/Excaliber corner and then just hop around to those casinos while we are there.

There is also a (most of the time working) light rail style tram that goes from the MGM up to the Sahara, which covers most of the strip. So if you want to go up to the Bellagio/Paris/Caesars area, you can.

All of the major intersections on the strip have raised walkways, so you can cross the street without having to wait at a stop light or fear idiots running you down.

While you are at the MGM - check out a few of the nearby casinos - Luxor, Mandalay Bay & New York New York. All have bars, restaurants and stuff to do that is unique to that casino and quite fun.

New York-New York's Nine Fine Irishman and Coyote Ugly pubs are personal favorites.

The only ones outside that area I would say are "must sees" are the Bellagio, Paris-Las Vegas and the Venetian. All are amazing works of architecture and a site to see.

dabvu2498
07-13-2006, 12:37 PM
Seafood buffet @ Bellagio

Everything else pales in comparison. Even the 2.99 ribeye at the Imperial Palace.

PS: Don't gamble on the strip!!!

M2
07-13-2006, 02:15 PM
I'm a fan of the downtown strip. It's chintzy beyond belief, but the folks down there seem to be having a lot more fun. The rollercoaster at New York-New York is pretty cool too (and they've got an amazing arcade there). The architecture inside the Venetian and the Aladdin is fairly impressive. The nighttime free entertainment (prancing fluids in front of the Bellagio, the volcano in front of the mirage, the pirate show in front of Treasure Island) makes for a quick diversion. Cirque du Soleil shows aren't cheap, but if you're going to spend a bit on some entertainment and haven't ever seen one of their shows, it can be pretty cool. There's a decent bar called Drink off the Strip (out behind the Flamingo somewhere, take a cab).

One warning on walking in Vegas, objects in front of you can be a lot farther off than they appear. Six miles can look like six blocks. If you're going to hoof it, make sure you've got a solid pair of shoes under your feet. I broke in a pair of Doc Martens loafers walking from my hotel to the convention center once (put about ten miles on my dogs that day) and I was wringing blood out of my socks that night.

dabvu2498
07-13-2006, 02:23 PM
One warning on walking in Vegas, objects in front of you can be a lot farther off than they appear. Six miles can look like six blocks.
One other warning about walking in Vegas. They say it's a dry heat... true... if you get out of the pool, you'll be dry before you get to your towel. But it's still really frickin hot, especially at the time of year you're going to be there. Good cabbies know how to avoid actually driving on the strip and it's worth a couple extra bucks if the strip is jammed.

toledodan
07-13-2006, 02:45 PM
been there several times to bowl. by staying at the MGM you are staying at the best end of the strip IMO. i would try and avoid the cabs if you can. if they know you don't know much about vegas they will take you the long way around and rack up a big fare. since you will be there for 4 days i would just use one of them to make it up to the other end. its the older end of the strip but does offer some things the newer casinos overlook. also like everyone said it is very hot(dry heat) so if you are out make sure to pop in and out of the casinos to keep cool. have fun!

RBA
07-13-2006, 02:49 PM
Stay away from Shifty's Bar on Sahara. You might get cut.

westofyou
07-13-2006, 03:07 PM
The rollercoaster at New York-New York is pretty cool too Especially 10 minutes after you get married.

RosieRed
07-13-2006, 03:19 PM
$1 blackjack tables at the Sahara. Good times.

halcyon
07-13-2006, 11:19 PM
Wow, thanks for all the tips, folks. Seeing as how I know crap about Vegas and its geographics, the information is appreciated. I look forward to the trip, if nothing else just to get out of my rural home town. Unfortunately, the bad side of it is that I'll be pretty much on my own to roust up my own entertainment.

If anyone has anything else to add, feel free. The more the merrier.

jmcclain19
07-13-2006, 11:34 PM
Here is a map of all the Casinos on the strip

http://www.vegas.com/images/map_strip.gif

That's not exactly to scale, but it's a solid mile between NY-NY and the Bellagio, and that you can simply forget about trying to walk to anything beyond the Luxor and the Wynn

Reds Fanatic
07-13-2006, 11:57 PM
I am also going to Vegas next month. Like others have said the Tram and shuttles will get you around the strip. You can also walk around the strip but wear something cool because it is hot this time of year. Avoid the cabs as much as you can. You can buy a multi day pass for the tram and that takes you from the MGM end of the strip all the way up to Sahara at the north end of the strip. There are shuttle buses at Harrah's that take you back and forth to Rio which is a good casino off the strip. The Hard Rock hotel also has buses taking you from the strip to their casino. About the only place you would need to take a cab to is if you want to go from the strip to downtown where the older casinos and the Freemont Street lightshow are. This is my 2nd trip to Vegas I am sure you will have a good time there is a lot to do. If you have any questions you can send me a PM. Also this website is a good site for visitors to help plan your trip.

http://www.visitlasvegas.com/vegas/index.jsp

Benny-Distefano
07-14-2006, 12:11 PM
What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas.

....except venereal diseases apparently.




:D

RosieRed
07-14-2006, 03:06 PM
Here is a map of all the Casinos on the strip

http://www.vegas.com/images/map_strip.gif

That's not exactly to scale, but it's a solid mile between NY-NY and the Bellagio, and that you can simply forget about trying to walk to anything beyond the Luxor and the Wynn

Psh.

Last time I was in Vegas I stayed at the Aladdin and walked to the Sahara, and back, at least three times.

Good exercise. :)

Of course, it wasn't in the middle of summer then, so ...

jmcclain19
07-15-2006, 12:15 AM
Psh.

Last time I was in Vegas I stayed at the Aladdin and walked to the Sahara, and back, at least three times.

Good exercise. :)

Of course, it wasn't in the middle of summer then, so ...

Heh - I only go out at night anyway so the desert heat wouldn't be too huge a factor. Usually when the walking begins there has been an adult beverage or two consumed. I don't knwo about you, but walking and enjoying adult beverages never go hand in hand.