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Feedback on Itinerary

I'm a guy in my 20s planning a holiday to the US later in August this year, and will be visiting Las Vegas as part of this trip. I will be travelling solo.

I have prepared an itinerary and would like to get feedback as well as some help with it. The itinerary is in an online spreadsheet can be viewed via the link below:

https://onedrive.live.com/redir?resid=DECEADAEFEB2DBB1!1899&authkey=!AO_0gFPNUqOtot8&ithint=file%2c.xlsx

The Las Vegas portion of the itinerary can be found in the parts for 18 - 21 August (towards the top).

For most part, the columns should be self-explanatory. I have left out the directions as I believe those should be put in last, after everything else is nailed down. You might notice a few rows highlighted in orange as well - those are for uncertain items.

Here are my questions:

- For novelty's sake, I'm thinking of trying the Heart Attack Grill, perhaps for lunch on 19 August. Given I will not be driving, is it better to take the bus (looks like WAX from Google Maps), or will it better to go for a quick cab ride?

- Is the time I allotted for Battlefield Vegas just right, or excessive? I'll likely be trying 5 - 6 firearms.

- It's currently not in the itinerary, but I read a lot of great things about the Fremont Street Experience. Is it worth trying to hit the area on the night of 18 August (after check-in) to catch the show?

- I do not plan on gaming, and even if I do, it'll likely be only for a short time. Is an hour at Caesar's Palace adequate, or should I allocate more time to it?

As some background, when it comes to itineraries, I tend to lean on the quicker, more tightly packed end. As an example, I previously did the Churchill War Rooms, Tower of London, Natural History Museum, and Westminster in a day and felt comfortable with that pace. Another example would be Versailles, the Eiffel Tower and the Louvre within a day.

Thanks in advance!

N.B.:

You might notice the itinerary includes other cities as well; I will be posting separate threads in the relevant forums for those. In addition, as the link is to a "live" spreadsheet, do not be surprised if its contents change over time. Last but not least, feel free to ignore the table at the bottom on expenses, although feedback on those is welcome as well.

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1. Re: Feedback on Itinerary

You may find more people willing to help if you put the itinerary on the forum.

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2. Re: Feedback on Itinerary

Agree; post a summary of your itinerary rather than asking people to click on a link to get to it.

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3. Re: Feedback on Itinerary

Thanks for the suggestion and sure, here is a quick copy/paste of the relevant portion of the itinerary.

18 August

2100 2200 Arrive at McCarran International Airport

2230 Check in at Bellagio

19 August

0700 0730 Prepare

0800 0900 Have breakfast

0915 0930 Visit the Strip

0930 1130 Visit Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition (at Luxor)

1200 1230 Visit New York-New York

1300 1400 Have lunch

1430 1600 Visit Battlefield Vegas

1630 1730 Visit Paris Las Vegas

1800 1900 Visit Caesar's Palace

1900 2000 Have dinner

2000 2030 Catch the Mirage Volcano show

2100 2230 Catch Penn & Teller (at Rio)

2300 Return to hotel

20 August

0600 0630 Prepare

0700 2130 Visit Hoover Dam and Grand Canyon (with Grand Adventures)

2200 2345 Catch O (at Bellagio)

0000 Return to hotel

21 August

0600 0630 Prepare

0630 0700 Check out

0730 0945 Prepare for flight. (Flight departs at 0940.)

Edit: Pardon the formatting, can't get TA to properly display the spaces/line breaks for easier alignment.

Edited: 10 June 2014, 19:18
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4. Re: Feedback on Itinerary

OK, thanks. A few thoughts;

I wouldn't have individual hotels named and timed; just allow X number of hours for "exploring the Strip north of Bellagio before dinner"

You are getting up ad 6am on the 20th, sitting on a bus all day, then seeing O at 10pm that night; prepare to fall asleep during the show.

It looks like you have just two days in Las Vegas, one of which is filled with a bus trip to the Grand Canyon. I wouldn't spend time the other day in the Titanic exhibit or a show, since that's the only day you have for touring the Strip and the hotels.

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5. Re: Feedback on Itinerary

ive also got a grand canyon tour that finishes at 930. I didnt book a show that night because I thought it was just too tight to get back for 930 then have half an hour to get to the theatre.

If youre in any way delayed youve missed a very expensive theatre seat

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6. Re: Feedback on Itinerary

If youve only got three days on the strip I would start earlier.

youre not going to have your photo taken at the sign?

Have you got a plan of how youre going to get to the Penn & Teller theatre within half an hour from the mirage.

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7. Re: Feedback on Itinerary

if the Heart Attack grill is on your must do...and you want to see the Fremont Experience---do those together as they are in the same area....head for dinner and stay for the FSE

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8. Re: Feedback on Itinerary

As this is a couple of days out of a larger US itinerary, I would rethink how you're going to visit Grand Canyon.

Ideally you should treat GC as a destination in its own right rather than another thing to check off the Vegas list like the Mirage volcano. Juggle your itinerary so if you only have two full days in LV, use them to enjoy Vegas and if you have to see GC, fit it in either before or after that.

And do you absolutely have to do Battlefield? I'm sure it's fun but not the best way to take a sizeable chunk of your limited time in my opinion.

Micro-managed itineraries don't work for me on vacation. I have enough of that when I'm traveling for my work! A lot of the best times in Vegas happen when you just do unplanned things and end up having a great time.

Edited: 10 June 2014, 21:45
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9. Re: Feedback on Itinerary

Hmm. OK, for starters, "visit strip" you allow 15 minutes. It will probably take you 15 minutes to walk out to the strip. LOL.

Allowing the same amount of time for Caesars as Paris doesn't make a lot of sense. Caesars is ginormous. Paris is VERY small comparatively.

My point I guess is that I question scheduling tight windows like that in Vegas. There are too many distractions and cool things to see. You also may find depending on where you choose to dine that your meal time allowance is insufficient for arriving, standing in line, ordering, waiting for your food, waiting for the check, paying and exiting to head to your next destination. And then of course there are the "hunting for bathrooms" periods to be built in there. ;)

My point is, I'd just allow yourself a chance to explore the properties adjacent to your hotel at your own pace, and then keep an eye on the clock for your show times. If you miss one thing on your list, it really isn't the end of the world. For example--Fountain show is way more memorable than the Volcano. So if you miss the volcano, big deal.

That just doesn't sound like fun to me. It sounds like boot camp.

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10. Re: Feedback on Itinerary

Why have you booked an hour for paris and NYNY? I wouldnt allocate time for a hotel/casino unless theres a reason or attraction as most of these casinos and hotels are pretty much the same.

You can do a lot of stuff in one day if you put your mind to it, but all I can see on that one day is:

Titanic.

Battlefield Vegas.

Mirage Volcano.

Penn And Teller.

Thats only about 4 hours of attractions. Everything else on that day is just walking around. You havent got the bellagio conservatory, the fountains, the gondolas, the sign or anything that screams "Vegas."

Not that people have to do them. Its just that I cant imagine many come to vegas specifically to see penn and teller, the volcano, titanic and battlefield vegas.