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Top 5

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Top 5

We are thinking about go to Vegas this winter.

Have never been before and am in the very beginning stages of researching...just wondering if you could provide what you would rate as the TOP 5 of must sees and dos while in Vegas. Its just me and my husband who are in our 40s.

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1. Re: Top 5

#1 Walk around the Ethel M's Chocolate Factory Cactus Garden with all the xmas light display. Very beautiful...even romantic...then buy the chocolates...sample as many as you can !

#2 Obviously the Bellagio Fountains at night

#3: Eat dinner at a very romantic restaurant...we did Chateaubriand For 2 at the Steakhouse in the Excalibur.

#4: got Tickets to Carrot Top...we never laughed so hard !

#5: went to see Fantasy at the Luxor. Hubby loves the topless shows

Those are the top 5 things that he still talks about, and our last trip was a year ago.

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Doing the research it part of the fun! First choose where you are staying. My favorite things are:

Walking the strip early morning before everyone is out.

Touring all the casinos dropping in a 20 here and there and getting a drink.

Go downtown one evening.

Get off the strip one morning, rent a car go to Red Rock and or Valley of Fire.

Go to a show like Jubliee.

You'll be back once you get the "fever."

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Top Five, huh...

Once you have chosen your place to stay and purchased or printed a map of the strip, I would map out a plan for walking and getting to the places within walking distance of your hotel, with highlights to see at each hotel/casino (and I agree with the person who said, drop in some money at various places and pick up a free drink or two). If you are a big time gambler, consider getting player cards for the collection of casinos attached to where you are likley to gamble most.

1. Outdoor Stuff- Bellagio Fountains many times, Volcano outside Mirage, TI Sirens show.

2. Night Stuff- Fremont Street Experience and Rio's Parade in the Sky (off strip)

3. Indoor Stuff- Bellagio Conservatory, Caesar's Forum Shops, Aladdin's Desert Passage (and storm), NYNY Villages, Paris (like a village), Venetian and the Grand Canal shops and waterway, (good collection of casinos to see easily together... MGM across to NYNY, then walkway to Excaliber, Luxor, and Mandalay Bay.

4. Pick at least one BIG show to see... and maybe one (or more) great meal at a great location.

5. Leave time to just happen upon things, and if you drink, enjoy the freedom of drinking your beverage even as you wander out onto the street to travel to your next stop. (I was amazed the first time I drove into town, at the ton of people doing this and the ton of people that were still out wandering and having fun after 1 am). It never seems dead at all.

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Assuming you are of course going to have a wee flutter at the tables the 5 would be:

1. Dinner at PF Changs at the Alladin/Planet Holywood to be.

2. Ride the top deck of the Deuce along the Strip and back

3. Hoover Dam

4. Top of the Stratosphere

5.Big Elvis at the Barbary Coast


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1. Dinner at Prime at Bellagio. Liked it so much in March going back this Thursday. The meal was fantastic. It was the best steak I have ever had. The atmosphere is also top notch. Beautiful fountain views. One of the best thing here are the drinks. They have a drink called the cable car that is to die for. Very tasty, almost like a martini with a cinammon tast, very good.

2. Celine......I know she may not be everyones favorite but her show is a production not just a concert. I think even if she may not be your favorite perfomer the show is outstanding and you will walk away wowed.

3. As others think your room in Vegas does not matter I totally disagree. We stayed at the Augustus Tower in CP which has a view to die for overlooking the fountains at Bellagio. The bathroom is bigger than the average hotel room in Vegas. A plasma TV huge bathtub with jets glass shower double sinks. Very nice. The beds are very comfortable. I then went t othe MGM and wanted to throw up. Yucky room. It left a bad taste in my mouth. I was a princess at CP and missed it show much!

4. Renting a car for a day or two. It's nice to get away and not listen to slots anymore. Hoover Dam was great fun and a nice drive through Lake Meade National Park was relaxing. I am going to try Red Rock Canyon next week and I will report back.

5. Freemont Street is fun and cheesy. I think people watching here is A+. I have so much fun down there. The light show is great and the casinos have lower min. bets than the strip. I like to visit but I don't think I would stay down there.

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I would certainly make visiting the top of the Stratosphere at sunset one of my top five. It's beautiful seeing the sunset behind the mountains and the lights come on the Strip. Enjoy!!!!

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1. Eat a fabulous dinner at Andre's (downtown), Rosemary's or Hugo's Cellar.

2. See a Cirque show.

3. Rent a car and see Hoover Dam/Lake Mead/Valley of Fire and then Red Rock Canyon. Then use the car to go to some of the off strip casinos- Red Rock Station is gorgeous.

4. Go downtown one night-j you may love it or hate it but you should experience it once.

5. Pop in and out of the hotels looking at their attractions. Going to the lounges at night.

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Very hard to just pick 5 with all there is to do in LV but if 5's the limit:

1) Bellagio fountains as often as you can--try it with a delicious drink in your hand in a great location with a nice atmosphere like Fontana Lounge in Bellagio, Mon Ami Gabi restaurant at Paris, Olives rest. patio at Bellagio, an Augustus Tower room at CP

2) See all the freebie shows indoors and out--Mirage volcano, TI sirens show, moving statues in Forum shops, Rio sky parade, lions at MGM, tigers at Mirage, everything in and out at the Venetian, flair bartenders at Margaritaville, Kahunaville, and Carnival Court , Purple Reign at Monte Carlo, Big Elvis at BC, Freemont St. Experience, and just stroll thru the unbelievable casinos and hotel lobbies

3) Have one really great dinner--so many to pick from--something's good at every major hotel

4) See LV from the sky preferably at sunset--top of the Strat., top of Eiffel Tower, or my favorite the Voodoo Lounge at Rio with a "witchdoctor" drink in hand

5) See a show that you can't see at home--a Cirque, top name performer, or a LV classic like Jubilee

Have a blast and do everything you can and plan another trip ASAP to do everything you couldn't get to.

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Just five is hard but here goes....

1) Voodoo Lounge at the Rio for drinks before dinner - remember the camera for the views of the strip.

2) Freemont Street - for the old time signs, Golden Nugget and the less glitzy casinos.

3) Imperial Palace Automobile museum - constantly changing and a nice break from the cha-ching of the casinos!

4) Relax by the pool - Chill out. Most hotels have the kind of pool areas we can only imagine back here in the UK, so don't forget to visit it. I've managed outdoor swimming/bathing in November, though I did get a few strange looks!

5) Walk around the Venetian Canal in broad daylight - in the middle of the night - cool!

I've just booked my 8th Vegas trip and I've learnt that whatever you do, you'll enjoy and whatever you don't get around to doing will be a good excuse to return.....

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10. Re: Top 5

Thanks everyone....all great suggestions. I usually spend at least 6 months in advance planning my trip. Some may think that I am crazy but I always feel that I know the place before I even go.

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