Las Vegas, NV

This is some research on where to stay and what to do in Las Vegas.

  • Before planning your trip, check the Convention & Visitors Authority calendar for the days you’ll be there. More than 40,000 visitors means a mob scene.
  • While Yahoo has 87 sites that provide Las Vegas visitor info, Cheapo Vegas has everything you need.
  • You can only stay one place, and the Las Vegas Hilton is as good as any for a reasonable price. And I’m a Hilton HHonors member, so I get a tiny discount.

Speaking of casinos, The Wizard of Odds has an excellent site on the games.

I’ve stayed at the Las Vegas Hilton - “on the strip”, near the convention center. A short walk from Circus-Circus, Stardust and the Tropicana.

Virtual Walking Tour

This is a full-day exercise, assuming you take your time and stop in to play a few bucks of slots in some of the casinos.

Go down one side of the Strip, starting at Treasure Island, and come up the other, ending at Venetian...in this order:

  1. Treasure Island - Check to see when the Pirate Show is outside, and plan on getting back there about 1/2 hour before, or on another day. Cheapo Treasure Island.

  2. Mirage - The Volcano errupts outside about every 15 minutes or half hour after dark. During the day, walk through the casino and stop by to see Sigfreid and Roy’s White Tigers in their display (opens at about 10:30) Cheapo Mirage.

  3. Caesars - Spend time walking through the casino, the Forum Shops, and see the outside landscaping. Cheapo Caesars.

  4. Bellagio - Outside, make sure to see the musical water fountain spectacle, inside, walk through the atrium garden. Cheapo Bellagio.

  5. Monte Carlo - Look through the casino motif. Cheapo Monte Carlo.

  6. New York New York - Walk through the casino...and Food Court...if you want, take a Roller Coaster Ride. Cheapo New York.

  7. Excalibur - Another walk through the casino. Cheapo Excalibur.

  8. Luxor - Walk through the casino...make sure to look at the lights on the outside at night, if you get a chance. Cheapo Luxor.

  9. Mandalay Bay - Nice casino/front desk area...also a Coral Reef. Cheapo Mandalay Bay.

    (Note : You can walk “inside” from Excalibur, to Luxor, to Mandalay Bay...I’d suggest this on the way from Excalibur to Mandalay Bay...then walk outside from Mandalay Bay back to Tropicana Avenue)

    From Mandalay Bay, head outside and walk on the same side of the street back past Luxor to the corner of Tropicana outside Excalibur...Cross the Strip and head into the Tropicana, then back up that side

  10. Tropicana - pretty nice Casino...there is a tropical bird/flower garden. Cheapo Tropicana.

  11. MGM Grand - Check out the Lion Exhibit. Cheapo MGM Grand.

  12. Aladdin - Check out the Casino and walk through the Desert Passage Shooping Center. Cheapo Aladdin.

  13. Paris - Check out the casino and the Parisian walkway with bistros and shops...This is where the Eiffel Tower Restaurant is that my niece worked at...or head to Mon Ami Gabi’s restaruant if you want a “sidewalk cafe” lunch. You can go to the top of the Eiffel tower for $5.00...no jeans/shorts at the Eiffel Tower Restaurant. Cheapo Paris.

  14. Venetian - About a block walk up the strip...peek into the other more “traditional Las Vegas” casinos like Ballys, Harrahs, Imperial Palace on the way past. Don’t miss the shopping center, especially St. Mark’s Square at the Venetian...you can even get a Gondola ride. Cheapo Venetian.

If you get a chance one evening, hop a cab down to Fremont Street after dark...this is the original casino center...old casinos, but every half hour there is a light/music show overhead.

Head off to the Hard Rock Casino off the strip.

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date:Dec 20, 2017