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First timer to Las Vegas!

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First timer to Las Vegas!

Okay- load me up with information! My husband and I are headed to Vegas for our first time in June. What things are a must see/do? What places do we just HAVE to eat at? What is a good reasonably priced hotel on the strip? (We are thinking Luxor?) I can use all the input that you all are willing to provide, we are blank slates!

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1. Re: First timer to Las Vegas!

Dos Caminos--Palazzo

restaurant.com/groupon.com are good places to check for dicounts on restaurants and activities. Check out the Water show at the Bellagio, Paris, Mirage Volcano show, Treasure Island Pirate show. Maybe the Hoover Dam and Valley of Fire, in which TA advised us to go on our Vegas trip in Aug!!!

How many days yall going?

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2. Re: First timer to Las Vegas!

We will be there for 5 or 6 days!

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3. Re: First timer to Las Vegas!

It makes life a lot easier if you break your questions down and ask them separately. Hotels, places to eat and things to do are best dealt with one thing at a time.

Regarding hotels, how much per night are you happy to spend? Your dates would be useful too. If budget is a concern then avoid Friday and Saturday nights when rates are typically 2-3 times higher than you'll find midweek.

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4. Re: First timer to Las Vegas!

You MUST see the fountains at Bellagio. You MUST eat one meal at Stripburger. Seriously, there is so much to do, see, eat, etc. that you'll find the whole experience overwhelming. Go with the flow and see where you end up. Maybe plan a show or two, maybe a nice dinner at one of the higher end places, but that's it. Just my two cents...

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5. Re: First timer to Las Vegas!

Do a little research on this forum and you'll find many of the answers you are looking for. The site is loaded with info.

A couple tips

- for a first timer don't plan too much in advance. There are tons of things to see and do and you'll not have a problem filling up time

- split the strip up into a couple blocks of hotels, grab a drink, and just wonder in and out checking out restaurants, shops, bars, gamble, etc.

For hotel, the Luxor is OK but, depending on your budget, we could probably help find one in a better location. Not that the Luxor is terrible but for a first timer it might be better to stay more center strip. Check out: Flamingo, Planet Hollywood, Mirage, Paris, etc.

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6. Re: First timer to Las Vegas!

First let me welcome you to the Vegas Forum...you are sure to get a lot of good information here. As for hotels that are reasonable check out the MGM Grand, Monte Carlo, Mirage, NYNY, and Paris.

My husband and I love Craftsteak and Fiamma in the MGM Grand, Margaritavile (fun place) by the Flamingo, and the Bellagio Buffet (little tip - if you find the line for the buffet too long ask the host/hostess if you can sit at the bar. You will get the same food, service, etc without the wait time). We enjoy going to the dualing piano bar (Times Square Bar) in NYNY for a drink or two and to listen to the great music. We also like to just walk from hotel to hotel and stop at a different lounge in each one as you never know what type of show you may run into. Be sure to go downtown to Freemont Street at dusk or in the evening to see the light show. Downtown you can get some great dinners for cheap (anywhere from $9.99 to $19.99 and they are good).

Whatever you decide to do just have a great time.

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It is very difficult to plan a complete trip for a total stranger! People have different tastes and different budgets. I would say there really aren't any places one HAS to eat at. What kind of foods do you like to eat and how much are you willing to spend per person, per meal? To some, $40/50 per person is "reasonable" while others would think $125 per person is "reasonable."

My must sees (everyone will have his/her own list): Bellagio fountains (preferably at night) and conservatory, Eiffel Tower, Forum Shops at Caesars Palace, Mirage volcano, Venetian ceilings, shops and canals. Just popping in and out of the various hotels will take a good chunk of time. I highly recommend exploring Wynn/Encore, CCenter (all buildings and the two art galleries - Chihuly/MacDonald) and the vibrant, fun, new, unique and quirky Comsopolitan. Be sure to have a drink at the Chandelier Bar at the Cosmo. If you have time, spend one evening downtown. It has a completely different atmosphere than the strip. Not better/not worse- just different.

You should eat at one - and only one- buffet because it is so much the Vegas thing to do. Wynn or Bellagio are popular buffets, but Wicked Spoon at the Cosmo has been getting very good reviews.

If you haven't seen a Cirque show before- this would be a good time. My favorites remain Mystere and Love (with the emphasis on the music). I thought O was just o.k. and I didn't like Ka at all (except for the stage). I thought Le Reve (a Cirque-like water show) was much better than O. Jersey Boys is another great show.

I would pick a centrally located hotel (near Flamingo Road- look at a map) for first timers. This would allow you to walk to most of the casinos on the south part of the strip and some of the casinos on the north part of the strip without having to use a painfully slow/crowded bus, a useless monorail or having to take a lot of cabs. But there are many, many hotels in the area- from inexpensive to very expensive. How much do you want to spend per night?

Then you have all the bars, attractions, lounges, clubs, malls, etc. Keep looking at this forum to get ideas of what is available and what interests you.

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8. Re: First timer to Las Vegas!

how bout you read the reports here then ask for help- not other way around

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9. Re: First timer to Las Vegas!

My advice is to forget the Luxor and stay more mid-strip, especially since this is your first trip. Make it memorable! The Luxor is south strip and you will most likely be taking a cab or walking more than if you were staying more center strip. Bally's is a good value. There, you are near walkways across the strip to the Bellagio, Caesar's Palace and you are next to Paris. Some people like the Flamingo and Planet Hollywood. Assuming you are checking on line to compare prices? Also, google for a map of the strip. Do a lot of exploring your first trip. Take a cab to the north end...Wynn, Encore and Palazzo. Farther north is the Stratosphere. It is worth going to the top to see the view. Also, be sure to go to the Rio's Voodoo Lounge deck for sunset-evening views of the strip from north to south. It is spectacular!

Another favorite place to go at night is MIX at Mandalay Bay, which is also at the top with open air views of the strip area. There is the Lake of Dreams at the Wynn where you can have a drink and see the multi-media water show. Go around 9 p.m.

I highly recommend Le Reve, a show at the Wynn. You can find movie clips on youtube and the Wynn web site. That, and Love, are my favorite shows. Well, there's Celine's show too!

Edited: 14 March 2011, 20:39
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10. Re: First timer to Las Vegas!

It depends on a lot, like what do you like? Shopping or not? Sightseeing or not? or just chilling, gambling, all sorts of permutations. You don't say how long are in Vegas for, but seeing as its your first visit I would just look around for a day or so just to take it all in.

Check out the magazines in your hotel room, whichever one that may be, The Luxor is at the end of the Strip so be prepared to walk quite a bit to see the rest. We have tried several buffet meals at various hotels and most have been reasonable value for money. We also tried the Harley Davidson Cafe and Outback steakhouse for something different.

If I had to pick out one item, a 'must do' if you like, its a night time helicopter ride over the Strip, awesome, but not long enough as its over too soon. Oh and don't forget to take in a show, which one? That will take you an age to decided on its own. Whatever you eventually end up doing, enjoy, and start planning your next trip :-)