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Hi,
Taking our first trip to Vegas.
Are there are must do's while we are there?
We are not really gamblers, so looking for shows or excursions.
What is the best place to look for good deals?
Are there rental car companies that have good rates in Vegas?
Thanks for any ideas and/or help.
 

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Hi,
Taking our first trip to Vegas.
Are there are must do's while we are there?
We are not really gamblers, so looking for shows or excursions.
What is the best place to look for good deals?
Are there rental car companies that have good rates in Vegas?
Thanks for any ideas and/or help.

For a rental car I would go to hotwire.com and check your dates. Once you have a rate look beneath the selection box and you will see a place to enter your email address to watch the prices. Vegas is usually most reasonable at 10 days or less out. My mom got back last night and the rental I got her was $162 for a week in a full size car (2012 Toyota Camry) from Alamo using this method. I booked it around 3 days prior. Note-I often time play with the pick up and drop off times when using hotwire (make a difference sometimes).

KA is an excellent show but a little pricey. My favorite place to eat is the Omlette House on S. Charelston (about 5 minutes away). They have the best breakfast food ever. The seafood buffet at Rio was tasty and Texas De Brazil will have you in a meat coma but you will be full and happy.

We did Hoover Dam once, we elected to just drive ourselves instead of doing a pricey tour. Parking was about $7 and it is about 35 minutes from the strip. We also made an unplanned stop at Lake Meade (it's on the way). I think that was $3 to get into the park area.

If your into the party scene you can go on a club crawl. There is an aquarium at the Mandalay Bay as well.

I would sign up for Las Vegas Groupons now to see what deals you can find on tours and entertainment between now and the time you leave.
 

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Search Las Vegas..there are lots of threads on things to do. When are you going. We are trying to have a Tug get together on April 21.
 

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Hi,
Taking our first trip to Vegas.
Are there are must do's while we are there?
We are not really gamblers, so looking for shows or excursions.

depends on what you like. there are tons of options.

one free option is just to wander around the casinos and enjoy the crazy theming and decorations. the bellagio had giant polar bears made of carnations and ice skating penguins in their conservatory last december. the venetian has the gondolas floating by (indoors), often with singing gondoliers.

the buffets at the wynn and bellagio are like nothing you've ever seen before. four star restaurants abound. if you want good food cheap, google "ellis island vegas".

shows are all over the map. just depends on what you like. if you like the beatles and aren't sure about what a "cirque du soleil" is, try the "love" show.

tons of shopping options as well.

Are there rental car companies that have good rates in Vegas?

IMO, an ideal first trip to the vegas strip would be 5 nights (sun-thurs) at a decent resort in the middle of the strip. sun-thurs is MUCH cheaper. but if you were hoping to go clubbing and maybe see some celebrities, the weekend would be a better option.

you would not need a rental car - just make sure you're in shape for a lot of walking.

i don't recommend an excursion to the grand canyon from vegas - it's just too far. do a separate trip to the grand canyon. the hoover dam is much closer if you are determined to get off the strip.
 

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i don't recommend an excursion to the grand canyon from vegas - it's just too far. do a separate trip to the grand canyon. the hoover dam is much closer if you are determined to get off the strip.

Really? We're going to LV in June for a full week and we were planning a full day trip to go see the GC? I know how many miles it is, but I kinda feel like it's that close we should make a day trip? Also planning on going to Hoover dam and Lake Meade on another day.

lee
 

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Really? We're going to LV in June for a full week and we were planning a full day trip to go see the GC?

lee

If you are going to see the GCNP in a day from Vegas, you better plan on flying. Not saying you can't get a glimpse of it on a car trip, but it'd be a darn long day. I like this one, and do see half-price groupons from time-to-time. http://www.papillon.com/#panel

Google maps says it's 281 miles LV to GCNP. Almost 5 hours. One way. Doesn't qualify as a 'day trip' to me.

Jim
 
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Hi,
Taking our first trip to Vegas.
Are there are must do's while we are there?
We are not really gamblers, so looking for shows or excursions.
What is the best place to look for good deals?
Are there rental car companies that have good rates in Vegas?
Thanks for any ideas and/or help.

If you Google 'free stuff Las Vegas' or similar, you'll find a surprising array of activities. Galleries, gardens, parks, 'retail therapy', Hoover Dam (not free, but reasonable. Go early) Downtown Gordie Brown show @ Golden Nugget is good and reasonable- Fremont St. Experience is free. The conservatory at Bellagio, and the fountain out front. Wandering through the Caesars' Palace shops and Desert Passage.

If you like cooking 'shows' (think Food TV) and a dynamite lunch buffet, it isn't cheap, but M Casino's is one of the best. ADDED Here's a link: http://www.themresort.com/dining/studiob.html

If you post what you like (or don't), it's easier to offer suggestions. Las Vegas is more than the Strip.

Jim
 
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Are there rental car companies that have good rates in Vegas?
One additional note about rental cars: most of the rental companies are at the rental car center. You take a shuttle from the airport to the center, and then all the company's desks are there.

Except Fox Rental. If you rent from them, you then have to catch another shuttle to their location -- they don't have a shuttle directly from the airport. Fox may often have the lowest rates, but plan on adding an additional 30-45 minutes on pickup and return if you rent from them.

Kurt
 

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I know how many miles it is, but I kinda feel like it's that close we should make a day trip?

it's up to you - but 4+ hours in the car each way is too much for a day trip for me...
 

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For discounts on shows, you might check Broadway Box http://www.broadwaybox.com/

On the right hand side, there's a box to click for Vegas (or London).

KA is often on special; it's been running a long time and for some reason hasn't been as popular as a lot of others (we enjoyed it, and especially enjoyed marveling at the stage itself: movable, can actually become perpendicular). Our favorite show is LOVE. You'll have a choice of close to the stage tickets or higher up. 1. there are no bad seats. 2. we've been in both the most expensive seats and the cheapest seats--both are good for different reasons, and I will honestly have trouble choosing which I prefer if we go again, which we probably will. There is a "special effect" that's part of the show. Close in, you are part of it. From the cheap seats, you can see it. Both are great! Mystere was (I think) the original Vegas Cirque show, and it's still running and still popular. We saw it, again, not too long ago, and it's still good. We like O also. We didn't dislike La Reve, but we didn't like it as much as LOVE. We've also enjoyed Phantom (which will be leaving really soon) and Jersey Boys.

Grand Canyon: It is a ways, and for me, just peering over the edge isn't what being there is about--about all you can say is Wow and move on. For me, it's important to be there overnight, watch the sun set and see the light change, see the bats come out of the canyon, dine at El Tovar, get up for sunrise and see the light change in the canyon, travel along the rim and see different perspectives. You really can't do any of that well with a day trip, and, again, for me, flying over it changes the perspective so much that it isn't worth doing.

There are some relatively inexpensive motels/hotels just outside the park where you could spend a night. That way, you could see sunset and experience El Tovar's dining room and have time to drive along the rim. The next morning, before heading back to Vegas, you could get up early and see the sunrise. If I were doing a trip, I'd drive and spend the extra money for the overnight lodging rather than the money for a flyover. You might also get lucky and get a room in the park, even though the rooms are generally booked a year in advance. There are cancellations literally ALL the time. The park lodging service doesn't keep a wait list: you either get a room when you call, or you don't. If you call right after a cancellation, you get a room. I've scored often by calling several times a day until I got lucky.
 
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Thanks for the replies, I really appreciate it.
We are going the end of July.
 

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We love to sightsee and want to take in a show or 2.
We are going to the Hoover Dam, there is a groupon for that right now.
Want save $$ any way we can.
 

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We love to sightsee and want to take in a show or 2.
We are going to the Hoover Dam, there is a groupon for that right now.
Want save $$ any way we can.

Much of what you will be doing will be indoors. July will be HOT!!! Do what outside activities you can very early. Plan on carrying water if you are out. Hole up around the pool at your resort. A drive up to Mt Charleston might provide a good break from the valley heat. Hoover dam opens at 8:00am You sign up for the NPS tours and they are limited in number and time-stamped. They sell the whole day's tours fcfs. When tickets are gone, that's it.

Here's a link to the half-price day-of-show tickets: http://www.tix4tonight.com/ You can see what's available.

Have fun. Vegas is a lot of fun even if you don't gamble.

Jim
 

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Has anyone seen this show?
V – The Ultimate Variety Show – V Theater
Groupon has it on their site right now.
Thanks again.
 

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Redrock canyon is a nice trip. Very scenic drive and nice hiking trails. O the cirque de soleil show at the Bellagio is great. For a wonderful dinner try Texas de Brazil is the place to go.
 

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Has anyone seen this show?
V – The Ultimate Variety Show – V Theater
Groupon has it on their site right now.
Thanks again.
Yes, it is a fun show and the venue isn't huge, so all seats are good. In the same area (Miracle Mile shopping at Planet Hollywood) is "Vegas, The Show." It's a musical revue, old Vegas, Broadway musical type of production and very enjoyable.

Other shows I highly recommend: Phantom of the Opera at the Venetian (closing in Sept.); LeReve at the Wynn; Gordie Brown, Country Music Superstars Tribute (if you're a country music fan)--both are at the Golden Nugget on Fremont St.; Avant Garde at the Plaza Hotel on Fremont St.; Terry Fator at the Mirage; Jubilee at Bally's; George Wallace at the Flamingo; Jersey Boys at Paris; anything at the new Smith Center in downtown Las Vegas. Here is a review with pictures of the Smith Center.
 
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I agree that "V" was fun. When we saw it, it was free so watch Broadway Box and the other discount site for a listing.

I'd forgotten about Terry Fator. The show is cute, and he's enormously talented. However, unless you are in, literally, the first few rows, you'll wind up watching him on tv monitors placed around the room--because of course, all the action is small, "puppet sized." For me, since we had what would be considered good seats, but not in the first few rows, paying that much to watch what was almost a tv show was a bit questionable--not a great deal different from seeing him on tv, or even on U-Tube.
 

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How does one get free tickets?
Preparing for the trip and I really appreciate all the help I've been given.
 

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In our case, Broadway Box posted that they were free; all we had to do was use the contact button there and sign up for the tickets; then we picked them up when we got in town.
 

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How does one get free tickets?
Preparing for the trip and I really appreciate all the help I've been given.
I'm not familiar with Broadway Box, but here is one site for discounted tickets. Occasionally they will offer free tickets. You can click on "Comp tickets" under Browse Events on the right and see if there are any free things. Once you get here you can always check the Tix4Tonight booths around town to see what they have. On their website, click on Sneak Peek to see what shows they've recently offered.


Edit: Oops! I see that someone has already put a link to Tix4tonight in an earlier post.
 

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Hoover Dam (not free, but reasonable. Go early)
If you want to see it for free & not go on the paid tour inside the dam, you can park in the lot and walk across the pedestrian bridge. Here's an article about it.

You can't see this view driving across the bridge because the sides of the bridge are high enough to keep motorists from taking their eyes off the road.
 

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Grand Canyon: It is a ways, and for me, just peering over the edge isn't what being there is about--about all you can say is Wow and move on.

Maybe we'll just do Lake Meade/Hoover Dam. DH hates heights anyway, so that would be exactly how the GC would go. We would look and he would stay in the car. :rofl:

lee
 
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