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Old 01-09-2010, 06:16 PM   #1
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Going in March

Hey everybody, I was looking for some ideas while in Vegas. We will be there for 4 nights 3 1/2 days.

I am thinking going to Carrot Top, Hoover Dam, possibly the Adventuredome?, looking for other show ideas. More of the cheaper shows ($60-$100) I would love to see Blue Man but DGF just saw them last night in Chicago.

Never been to Vegas, so any tips or reviews on whatever would be greatly appreciated! Were staying at the Circus Circus. Thanks!

Oh I almost forgot, has anyone done the Indoor Skydiving there? I read it was $75 for one person flight, and it was like a 3 minute flight? IDK if I want to spend that much for that time period, but if anyone knows more about it lew me know.
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Sorry I can't answer your questions, but I was also planning a trip in March. I hope you don't mind me taking some of the tips you will be getting. lol
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Old 01-10-2010, 12:20 PM   #3
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Nope not at all!
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Old 01-10-2010, 01:07 PM   #4
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Only the good ones, . I am sure there will be enough to everyone, you can have the right of first refusal.
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Old 01-11-2010, 08:56 AM   #5
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Ok- first, you have quite a few activities cramed into only a few days... Vegas, although it looks as if everything is very close to each other, takes quite a bit of time to get around- even though the hotel is just across the street, it takes some maping out to actually get there, there are cross overs, sometimes you have to walk thru a hotel to get to the next, takes time- anticipate travel time- The Hoover Dam trip I am pretty sure is an entire day because it's not really close, and I'm sure you are going to want some down time during your activities..

1st suggestion- I just re-read your post and see that your staying at Circus Circus- MY OPINION- CANCEL IT... Not a great hotel, really rundown.. Astroland is not worth staying there- I wouldn't stay there, it's not a great section of the strip.... Pick a hotel center strip, easier to get around, depending on your budget, I would suggest ($) Harrahs, Imperial palace, ($$) Ballys, Paris ($$$) Caesars, just my personal preference, Really anticipate how much time your actually going to spend in the room to see if it's worth going extra $$'s, Personally I would just go for clean/good location don't stay off center, you will be sorry, either end of strip, PIA to get back and forth, lots of walking or cabs/bus/monorail....

2nd suggestion- I usually plan a show for each night, but make sure you plan your meals around them, so you don't have to rush to get to the show- I suggest Jersey Boys or LOVE Both EXCELLENT shows, but $$, totally worth it in my opinion.

3rd suggestion- instead of planning every moment of the 3 1/2 days.. take some time to just visit the hotels, they are amazing- fountains at Bellagio, Treasure Island boat show, volcano @ Mirage, Flowers at Bellagio, Gondala's in Venitian (rip off $$$) but something to just see. And if you like to shop, amazing shops to just browse. If you gamble.. get a Players card before you start, lots of hotels offer free things for joining, you just might be a free buffett out of it.. which leads me to my next suggestion:

4th suggestion- Hit the buffetts, they are absolutely AMAZING- Especially the one at the Rio (which is my fav)

Been to Vegas dozens of times.. feel free to ask anything, I will answer.

ps.- My kids did indoor sky diving in Orlando, total rip off- basically they put you on top of a very strong blower and you fly about 4 feet above the blower...
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Old 01-11-2010, 12:46 PM   #6
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Thank you for all your input...it has been very informational! I will most likley have more questions as we get closer. Thanks again!
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Old 01-12-2010, 02:05 AM   #7
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Hey everybody, I was looking for some ideas while in Vegas. We will be there for 4 nights 3 1/2 days.

I am thinking going to Carrot Top, Hoover Dam, possibly the Adventuredome?, looking for other show ideas. More of the cheaper shows ($60-$100) I would love to see Blue Man but DGF just saw them last night in Chicago.

Never been to Vegas, so any tips or reviews on whatever would be greatly appreciated! Were staying at the Circus Circus. Thanks!

Oh I almost forgot, has anyone done the Indoor Skydiving there? I read it was $75 for one person flight, and it was like a 3 minute flight? IDK if I want to spend that much for that time period, but if anyone knows more about it lew me know.
I assume you are staying at Circus because of the price. Be prepared to not spend a lot of time there . . . that end of the strip is pretty slow. You may want to reconsider finding something at the beginning of the strip; if you look hard enough you can probably find something in a similar price range.

You can do everything there is to do at the Adventuredome in about 2 hours. If you like roller coasters, try the one at NYNY or just down the street at the NASCAR Cafe at The Sahara is Speed The Ride.

Practically across the street from CC is a restaurant called The Peppermill. Classic coffee shop with great food; would highly recommend it over anything on property at Circus except their Steakhouse.

If you want a more "adult" show, the Crazy Horse show at MGM Grand is in your price range. Or, you may want to try the Tickets2Night booth at the Showcase Mall for cheap same day show tickets.

I've never done the indoor skydiving, but there's a place on West Tropicana near Sam Boyd Stadium that does indoor trampolines. It's called Skymania and my kids love it there.

Let me know if I can answer any questions!
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Totally agree that Circus Circus is NOT the place to stay. Coming back from Vegas last month I sat next to a lady who had just stayed there - her first trip to Vegas. She was dissappointed.

You definitely want to be located where you can walk from one casino to the next and CC is not the place to be (also its a dump IMHO). Try to get something more centrally located or one on the corner of Tropicana.

Recommend that you get the book Unofficial Guide to Las Vegas for more info. Also, if you are going to play anything but slots ... please take the time to get a book and actually LEARN how to play.

I have to agree with most things that have been said by other posters. Don't plan too much. Hoover Dam is GREAT.

We're going back again in March and all our hotel rooms comped! Yeah! Bally's, MGM and Monte Carlo.
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Old 01-12-2010, 10:23 PM   #9
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Thanks everyone for the input. Reason I picked CC was budget, my not so great college budget... We aren't too picky, and I got it for $24 a night. We will be out late most the time anyway, hardly sleep I figure. Can we find something in that price range in a more happening area on the strip? We won't really gamble since we are on a such a tight budget. We just figured we'd take a few shows in and check out the whole sin city atmosphere.

I love my food, so I will be checking out all these places recommended to eat. Would anyone know what a bus ride to hoover dam would run? Or a taxi? I have no idea how far it is from the strip.

Thanks again everyone for the feedback, it's been very helpful.
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Thanks everyone for the input. Reason I picked CC was budget, my not so great college budget... We aren't too picky, and I got it for $24 a night. We will be out late most the time anyway, hardly sleep I figure. Can we find something in that price range in a more happening area on the strip? We won't really gamble since we are on a such a tight budget. We just figured we'd take a few shows in and check out the whole sin city atmosphere.

I love my food, so I will be checking out all these places recommended to eat. Would anyone know what a bus ride to hoover dam would run? Or a taxi? I have no idea how far it is from the strip.

Thanks again everyone for the feedback, it's been very helpful.
If you got at $24 room at Circus, it's probably a Manor room. Those rooms aren't even in the main part of the hotel; they are across an alley in low-rise buildings. Look into Excalibur or Luxor; or look into the Hooters Hotel or the Motel 6 on Tropicana. It might not be as cheap as $24 but you may not be far off. If you don't rent a car and spend money on tours and taxis, you may as well pay $50 - $60 per night for a room and be closer to the places you would use the taxi for. You might even look into the Flamingo or Harrahs.

Expect a Hoover Dam tour to cost about $60 - $70 per person. It's about a 45 minute drive to the Dam from the Strip. You could rent a car and go yourself for a lot cheaper.

Have fun planning your trip!
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Thanks everyone for the input. Reason I picked CC was budget, my not so great college budget... We aren't too picky, and I got it for $24 a night. We will be out late most the time anyway, hardly sleep I figure. Can we find something in that price range in a more happening area on the strip? We won't really gamble since we are on a such a tight budget. We just figured we'd take a few shows in and check out the whole sin city atmosphere.

I love my food, so I will be checking out all these places recommended to eat. Would anyone know what a bus ride to hoover dam would run? Or a taxi? I have no idea how far it is from the strip.

Thanks again everyone for the feedback, it's been very helpful.
IMHO I wouldn't stay there is you gave it to me for free & gave me $24 per night, believe me it's very low rent- I would move up a little and look at Imperial Palace/Harrah's/Flamingo, I think what you save in cab fare will make up for the cost- CC just looks like a Bedbug paradise... You will understand what everyone is telling you once your there and actually see it.
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I suggest going downtown one night to see old Vegas.

The bus will take you dowtown, to the Strip and to one of the mall. The bus ticket costs $7 and is good for 24 hrs exactly. This is a good way to get around. Be warned that at night the bus gets very croweded.
The monorail is another good way to get around. It's quicker depending where you are going.

Try the Buffet at The Wynn. The restaurant is actually called The Buffet. It's wonderful. Also, I suggest Strip Buger outside the mall on the strip.

The Lion at Mandalay Bay is a must see.


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I suggest going downtown one night to see old Vegas.

The bus will take you dowtown, to the Strip and to one of the mall. The bus ticket costs $7 and is good for 24 hrs exactly. This is a good way to get around. Be warned that at night the bus gets very croweded.
The monorail is another good way to get around. It's quicker depending where you are going.

Try the Buffet at The Wynn. The restaurant is actually called The Buffet. It's wonderful. Also, I suggest Strip Buger outside the mall on the strip.

The Lion at Mandalay Bay is a must see.


Hope these tips help.
Lions are at MGM Grand.

Shark Reef is at Mandalay Bay.

There are more and more restaurants that do gourmet burgers. There is Burger Bar at Mandalay Bay (in the Mandalay Place mall), BLT Burger at the Mirage, the place mentioned above and Burger Brasserie at Bally's/Paris (in the connecting corridor between the properties)

I've been to the buffet at Wynn once and while it was pretty good, I prefer the Bellagio for that price range. For the really ridiculous, off the hook buffet experience, go to the Rio's Carnival World Buffet. Expect to wait in line tho!!
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Again thank you everyone for the feedback! I am writing everything down, I will look into other prices for places to stay. I will have more questions as time goes on
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Lion King

Correction to my first post...

The Lion King at Mandalbay is a must see. The performers are awesome.

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