We went to Vegas in Nov 2011 for the first time and loved loved loved it. We are non-gamblers, extremely light drinkers and had a blast. We loved how we didn't have to drive at all and just walked or cabbed it to places and how everything was on the strip and so close to the airport. People told me not to plan our days or have any set plans, but I did, and I found that worked out really well for us and fit our style. Now I'm trying to plan our 2nd Vegas vacation which will be in either April, May or June 2013 and I would love your suggestions and advice on what we should do/see/experience/stay at this time, preferably looking for new ideas and things to experience that are similar to our first Vegas vacation.
Here is a recap of our first vacation outlining the things we loved the most:
Stayed at Harrah's, which totally worked for us, liked the room (resembled a holiday inn express room) and how close it was to get on the strip and that it was mid-strip. We are totally fine with a budget friendly hotel as long as it is mid-strip and clean, we would rather have a cheaper room in a great mid-strip location and spend the difference on activities and shows and food. One huge plus would be a Starbucks or something similar very close to the hotel room so we can pop down quickly for coffee and bagel and take it back to our room for breakfast and eat while getting ready for the day. Thinking maybe Flamingo or Mirage or Paris or Bally's or Planet Hollywood this time. What do you think? Would these be similar or step up from Harrah's in terms of the room? Pros? Cons?
Restaurants: we loved Spice Market Buffet at PH, Wolfgang Puck's Bar & Grill at MGM, Mon Ami Gabi, Serendipity and Hash House A Go Go. What restaurants in this type of price point/style should we check out this trip?
Activities: we loved shooting guns at The Gun Store, loved Scoot City Tour through Red Rock Canyon, loved going to the top of the strat, the dolphin habitat, the shark reef, the ice bar, the top of the eiffel tower, the volcano show, the bellagio fountain show, the gondola ride at Venetian, Bellagio conservatory, walking around in the Forum Shoppes, enjoyed an evening on Fremont. Any suggestions on what we should put on our must do/see list this time?
Shows: We really enjoyed Love (really liked how the stage was in the center and how there was so much going on at all times with sensory overload) and really enjoyed Peep Show (liked how it was a bit risky adult theme but still classy). Any suggestions on which shows might be similar?
So far on our must see/do list we have:
Absinthe - I think this sounds excellent and funny - we are not offended easily and I think they humor would be up our alley
Spa day for us at Aria - chose this because of the larger co-ed area, like how there is a soaking pool with a view
zipline on Fremont - never been on one and I think it looks like fun
fishing - hubby would love to go fishing in Lake Mead but only if we can find a tour operator that picks us up directly at our hotel and returns us back to our hotel at the end of the day
cirque du soleil show - but not sure which one (we loved Love but hated La Nouba in Orlando at Downtown Disney so looking for something more like Love than like La Nouba)
Open for suggestions on what you think would fit with our previous likes. Basically what I plan to do is just like our first trip, have a rough idea for tours/activities/shows and keep a list in my purse handy and split the strip up into 3 sections - lower, mid and upper. I will probably purchase or book any shows or tours in advance and then leave the rest up to chance by using my handy list from my purse with possible choices for activities/restaurants, etc.