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3 1/2 days...should we plan to leave the strip?

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3 1/2 days...should we plan to leave the strip?

My hubbie and I are going to Vegas and will be there about 3 1/2 days. This is the first visit for both of us so we aren't sure what to expect. I've seen lots of info about tours of Hoover dam etc. I want to keep myself busy so I don't spend the entire time sitting in front of a slot machine. Should we plan to do something like this or will the strip activities (outside of gambling) provide plenty of entertainment for the time of our stay?

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1. Re: 3 1/2 days...should we plan to leave the strip?

You'll be able to keep yourself busy with other activities whether you leave the strip or not. As first-timers, I would say stick mostly to the strip (you'll never even see all of it in 3 1/2 days). If you're going to have a car, you might take a drive to Red Rock Canyon or someplace to see the desert. It's really beautiful.

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2. Re: 3 1/2 days...should we plan to leave the strip?

First visit? I think the strip can keep you busy for more than 3 1/2 days.

Why don't you just see what happens after a day or two, and if you think you have seen enough, soend some time on off strip activities.

No one can actually tell you what you will like and what you won't.

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3. Re: 3 1/2 days...should we plan to leave the strip?

You could easily spend more than 3 1/2 days on the strip alone. There are so many things to do and see. But if you really want to see a national landmark that you wouldn't normally get the chance to see, then I say go for it. The only thing is that some of those tours can take up a lot of your day.

You can review a few of them here:


Have fun!

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4. Re: 3 1/2 days...should we plan to leave the strip?

I am a great believer in getting off strip but for the amount of time you are going to be there and the fact that it is your first trip- I would not plan on any off strip activities- except maybe going downtown one night. There are plenty of non-gambling things to do on the strip- just popping and and out of the various casinos will take up a good chunk of time. There are shopping opportunities, pool/spa time, restaurants, lounges and many attractions right within the casinos:


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5. Re: 3 1/2 days...should we plan to leave the strip?

WOW...MM!!! Again totally agree with you!!!!

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6. Re: 3 1/2 days...should we plan to leave the strip?

It depends on what you are doing at night. If you are doing shows

and fine dining, then you would want to do your strip touring in the day. Alot of people get burned out after a couple of days on the strip.

I`d do 1 small tour to break it up. Pick one or 2 of these, all close by.

Valley of Fire, Red Rock Canyon, Hoover Dam, all done best in the

A.M. Then make sure and be heading back to the strip before 2:00

P.M. when work traffic jams start. That leaves big evenings for the fun on the strip. Try to get a car rental right at your hotel so it is easy.

Oh, and if you have time, the Fremont Street Experience at night is fun.

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7. Re: 3 1/2 days...should we plan to leave the strip?

I personally think a cab ride to Fremont street is worth while for a first timer. Last time we went in the afternoon, played VP and slots, ate and watched the light show.

That being said, there is so much to see on the strip... the Paris tower at night is awesome... TI's cheesy production, the erupting volcano... ect.. ect.. that you will be just fine staying on the strip.

Another suggestion is to go to the Rio by taxi (if not renting a car.. we never rent a car).. there are three casinos there to try.. Gold Coast and the Palms... I also think you can get to the Gold Coast via shuttle from Bill's. That would be a good day trip.

Have fun!!!

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8. Re: 3 1/2 days...should we plan to leave the strip?

Thanks for all the great info everyone! After reading this I figure we will stick to the strip and see Fremont Street if we get bored. We'll save the other stuff for our next trip. :)

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9. Re: 3 1/2 days...should we plan to leave the strip?

Our first trip was last year - flew in on a Sat around noon and flew out on Tuesday late afternoon. We stayed on the Strip (at The Mirage). We aren't big gamblers (a few hours each day) and there was more than enough to do. Non-gambling things/attractions that we saw - Wax Museum (seemed over-priced), Shark Reef at MB, Mirage (Secret Gardens, Dolphins), The Drive at the Sahara (I don't believe it's there any longer though), M&Ms store, Forum Shoppes at Caesar's, Lions at MGM, Mirage Volcano, an hour or so at the pool in the afternoons, a couple shows in the evenings.

This year, we are going again for the same amount of time, but we are planning a trip to the Hoover Dam, and spending an afternoon/evening at Fremont Street.

The one thing that I found last year was that getting from place to place eats up more time than I expected - if we were walking or driving (we rented a car).

Enjoy !!

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