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North, South or Central Strip

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North, South or Central Strip

My husband and I are going to be in Vegas for 4 days and 3 nights in August. We are trying to decide what section of the strip we want to tackle on this trip. We have both been once before but it was really a business trip and we didn't do much. We spent a few hours gambling, went to Freemont, and saw Zoomanity.

We want to really experience Vegas this time. We are thinking of seeing a late show on Friday night. Our plane lands around 7:30 so I figured a 9:30 or 10:00 pm show would work. Saturday we will do Casino's all day and see another show that night. Sunday we were thinking of going out of town for shopping and golf. Maybe even spend the night in Henderson? Monday we will check our luggage into the airport in the morning and spend the rest of the afternoon on the strip. I think our flights leave around 5 pm.

We don't have a lot of time and would rather spend quality time in some Casinos then just rush in and out of all of them. We are in our mid-twenties and have been married for almost 2 years.

So we were thinking of staying at MGM, Orleans, or NYNY if we do South Strip, Bill's (Barbary Coast), Planet Hollywood, Bally's, or Paris if we do Center Strip, or TI, Harrah's, Mirage, Riveria, or Sahara if we do North Strip.

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So you will be renting a car?

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So we were thinking of staying at MGM, Orleans, or NYNY if we do South Strip, Bill's (Barbary Coast), Planet Hollywood, Bally's, or Paris if we do Center Strip, or TI, Harrah's, Mirage, Riveria, or Sahara if we do North Strip.

You will get lots of different opinions, but since you specifically list the casinos above as your considerations...these are my thoughts;

Orleans isn't on the strip (it's west, but you can shuttle from Bill's), but personally I would stay at MGM if I got a special rate there.

I would pick Paris from your next group....again if I could get a special rate.

From your last group (I consider Harrah's mid-strip not north), I would choose Mirage if I could get a good special.

Check the fatwallet.com web site to see if they have special rates or packages for the dates you are traveling then compare to the casinos you have on your list...it helps narrow down the choices when I am shopping for good deals. Hope this info helps!

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when i think of north strip, i think of anything north of spring mountain/sands. south strip is anything south of flamingo. i like to use this map: www.cheapovegas.com/vegas_map.php?map=strip

there really isn't much to do north strip. the wynn is worth a visit and the strat is pretty interesting once, and i like to play video poker at the Hilton, but that's about it. if you plan to spend the whole trip in one area, i think you would be bored with north strip after one afternoon.

mid strip is a good choice... I would consider Bill's, Mirage, TI, or Harrah's, depending on your budget. Mirage is the nicest of those. from there, you can easily walk to the mid/south hotels like bellagio, bally's, paris, PH, and the north/mid hotels like Wynn. there are also some cheap gaming options like Casino Royale and O'shea's.

south strip is also fun. i would choose MGM over the others. if you really want to stay within easy walking distance of the hotel, then Orleans is ruled out. NYNY is fun to visit and has some good places to eat, but it seems like the room prices are high to me. I would also consider PH or Paris as a home base for doing south strip.

if you will be visting henderson, drop in at Green Valley Ranch. it's my new favorite casino.

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We will be renting a car for Sunday's trip.

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One thing I would suggest is not taking a special trip to the airport to check your luggage in. I can't imagine how this would save you any time. You can leave them with the bellman at your hotel after you check out and just pick them up when you are ready to go to the airport.

Camille

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LV: it's only about 20 minutes out of your day to make the round trip to the airport if you are staying south strip. i'd rather drop them at curbside check in and not be tied to one hotel because of the bell desk for the rest of the day and then have to deal with them while returning the rental car.

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It's a lot of different personal choices for hotels.

I'll just tell you why I like MGM.....

I can walk to all the South Strip hotels easily. Epsecially with the free tram from Excalibur to MB. (Well then, that's notr really walking!)

I can then take the monorail (again I love the monorail, but many think it's too much walking to the back of hotels) I can get off at Ballys, Flamingo, Harrahs, and then walk to anywhere in those areas.... and I did this with the $8 24 hour pass which came out to $2 a trip by the time I finished with it!

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..and there's another commission for Low (just kidding)!!! LOL

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Chrispina, I took into consideration the rental car, but travelingurl said they had the car for Sunday, so thought she would have already returned it, since she said they would take the luggage to the airport on Monday. Again, personal choices, but I'd rather not go to the airport at all until I'm ready to leave.

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If you rent a car you will see more than you ever have. You can get around so easy and either valet, or park in self parking which all the strip casinos have. I do agree that the walking around experience is good to do once or twice, but after that being able to get around fast and easy is the way to go. Lets say your downtown and see the Fremont Experience then all of a sudden you want to go to Mandalay Bay, booom, jump in the car and go, it's that easy.

Have a blast