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I want to take a day to checkout all the major hotels on the

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I want to take a day to checkout all the major hotels on the

I want to take a day to checkout all the major hotels on the strip (gamble, eat, checkout their unique attractions). What hotels should I checkout and what order should I check them out? Is there a game plan anyone can help me with so I can checkout the hotels in the most efficient way? I will have a rental car. I will be staying at the Venetian from Oct. 23rd to the 29th. Thanks for any help.

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1. Re: I want to take a day to checkout all the major hotels on the

I would allow at least two days; the Strip is 3 miles from Mandalay Bay to Encore, and there are dozens of properties to check out. And these are huge resorts; not something you poke your head into from the sidewalk then dash off to the next.

Suggest you look at a Strip map and divide into sections; do the south half the first day (cab from Venetian to Mandalay Bay then work your way back) then the north half the second.

For a third day, use the car and visit some off-Strip attractions; Hard Rock, Palms, Orleans, Red Rock Casino, M Resort and Green Valley Ranch, as well as Red Rock Canyon and Hoover Dam. Spend that evening on Fremont Street which you can comfortably see in an evening.

This is a minimum plan, you could easily add two days and not be bored...

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2. Re: I want to take a day to checkout all the major hotels on the

Yes. Come out of your hotel and turn left and start wandering. There's no magic formula. They're all unique and major in some way or another and all have interesting attractions worth looking at at least once.

As a rule of thumb, to cover most of the strip, this usually takes 2-3 days depending on how much you want to see, how long you stop to gamble, eat, etc.

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3. Re: I want to take a day to checkout all the major hotels on the

I wouldnt bother checking out non-strip hotels in that short of time. Main properties that we always enjoy visiting is Bellagio, Cosmopolitan, Wynn, Planet Hollywood. That all have great environments in different ways. You could visit those easily in 1 day. I would also take a trip downtown (about 15-20 dollar cab ride from the venetian). Downtown is very easy to walk from property to property, see the golden nugget- the shark tank in the pool is cool to see, take you picture with the million dollars at Binions, maybe go on the zipline.

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4. Re: I want to take a day to checkout all the major hotels on the

Places like Caesars could easily take a half day to wonder through, there's so much to see. But I agree with the above poster turn left and let the adventure begin.

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5. Re: I want to take a day to checkout all the major hotels on the

Venetian/Palazzo could take a day as well.

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6. Re: I want to take a day to checkout all the major hotels on the

Been twice, both times for a week, and I still haven't come close to hitting them all.

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7. Re: I want to take a day to checkout all the major hotels on the

There is something to be said about leaving some of it until the next trip (or several next trips)

I would suggest driving down the strip an pulling into the ones that look interesting. Once there, you will be able to walk to some other close by. Take it slow, relax, have fun!

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8. Re: I want to take a day to checkout all the major hotels on the

This is Vegas.. you are overplanning things.

Wander where the spirit takes you.

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9. Re: I want to take a day to checkout all the major hotels on the

Wow, this is some great info everyone has said here. I will definitely start at the south end and work our way up and look at the major ones. My wife probably will not be that happy with all of the walking.

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10. Re: I want to take a day to checkout all the major hotels on the

How long it will take depends on whether or not you want to spend money (e.g. MB Shark Reef, Mirage Secret Garden, etc) If you're going with "free" there's surprisingly little left. But I'm feeling a little old and cranky this afternoon... so here's my take (south to north more or less):

Mandalay Bay - nothing free but several very worthwhile restaurants and the new MJ-One CdS show. Take the free tram to...

Luxor - go in to see the interior of the Pyramid. Bodies and the Titanic exhibitions are both worthwhile. Don't pay full price. One of the better girlie shows + Carrot Top.

Excalibur - nothing. Cheapest mechanical craps game on the strip if you're into that - $3 when we were there. The casino can be crowded, noisy and smokey.

Tropicana - nothing

MGM Grand - go in to see how freakin' big it is and play Sigma Derby. Mourn the loss of the Lion Habitat. Several world class restaurants.

NYNY - everything interesting is outside though the food court/restaurant area is sort of cute. Search youtube for Tony Bourdain's commentary.

Monte Carlo - nothing and the front is a construction site just now.

Planet Hollywood - big shopping mall with an indoor "rain storm" (when it's working) & enormous pictures of Britney Spears. Earl of Sandwich. Best "not a Chinese restaurant Chinese Restaurant" in Las Vegas.

City Center - giant high end mall with no shoppers in it. Some strange "art" indoors and out. *Many* excellent restaurants.

Cosmopolitan - more strange art, this time inside and a couple cool bars. Even more great restaurants.

Paris - miniature Eiffel Tower.

Bally's - nothing

Bellagio - Fountains and the conservatory. Point and laugh at the people in line for the buffet. Number of great restaurants is declining. One of the top 2 or 3 steak houses.

Flamingo - sort of neat animal sanctuary in the middle with a Bugsy memorial.

Caesars - assorted giant cement statues, big shopping mall with a couple broken down animatronic shows. Point and laugh at the people in line for the buffet

Harrah's - Weird rotating statue of a couple tourists.

The Carnival Court is worth a stop in the evening if it's free.

Quad - nothing unless you can score a free admit to the car collection. Check out the giant Ferris wheel going up behind it.

Casino Royale - $1 Michelobs

Venetian/Palazzo - has the most to see of any of the "big resorts": giant shopping mall, fake canals. Saint Mark's Square is pretty cool. Have a gelato and see one of the little shows. 2nd best Italian restaurant in Las Vegas.

Mirage - The hotel that made Steve Wynn famous. Big fish tank behind the check in desk. Nice little garden under the dome. Soon to open Morimoto restaurant. Volcano show (sound by Mickey Hart) at night. Ride the free tram to TI.

TI - nothing but the soon to be temporarily shut down "Sirens of TI" show in the evening.

Wynn/Encore - go in to see what "more money than taste" means if you're a billionaire. The worn out astro-turf outside, the garish tile floors, neo-brothel wall treatments, floating umbrellas, and bizarre "Lake of Dreams" are worth seeing as a symbol of the decline of liberal education in America. Probably the best place in Las Vegas to play "hooker or clubber?" at 3AM (And yes, the hotel itself and most of the restaurants are wonderful.)

Riviera - Shiny Metal a**es. This once great resort is in a sad state of decline

Resorts World/Echelon - an enormous construction site that may one day be a pretty cool resort.

Circus Circus - go in to see where they filmed parts of Diamonds Are Forever.

Sahara - a construction site at the hotel where the Beatles stayed.

Stratosphere - nothing free but hit it for happy hour in the 107 Lounge

LVH - the former Las Vegas Hilton once home to Elvis, Steve Cyr, the Star Trek Experience and the Warp Core Cocktail. Still has the biggest sports book in Las Vegas. Now just another convention hotel.