Re: Vegas advice needed...
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.
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