DH and I are going to Las Vegas in July for four days/three nights and we need serious planning help! I have never been before, and DH has only been once...for his brothers bachelors weekend...where he stayed at the Hard Rock Resort and spent the day drinking and the night drinking even more. So we're pretty clueless, and we made the mistake of asking all our friends who have been there, and researching on the Internet...I swear, EVERYONE has given us a million opinions on where to stay and what to do and I'm totally overwhelmed! So I thought I would turn to the wonderful Diser's out there to help me! These are my questions! 1. HOTEL!!! It seems like almost every hotel has both good and bad reviews, so perhaps you guys can help us pick! We've narrowed it down to four: Paris, New York New York, Monte Carlo and Mirage. We picked Paris because my cousin told me it was the most perfect location; New York New York because it seems to be really fun; Monte Carlo because it seems like a good hotel and we got a GREAT price on it; and Mirage, again, for location and a friend stayed there and adored it. Any opinions would be good! We want to be central to everything, we want somewhere fun to get the authentic Vegas experience and we want somewhere safe, obviously, which is clean. We didn't really have a budget as such, but stayed away from Bellagio/Caesars Palace/Wynn etc because it's just a base really, we won't be spending much time there to enjoy real luxury places. 2. HELICOPTER TOURS! We think we'd like to try a helicopter ride from Vegas over the Grand Canyon, but when we looked around, we weren't sure about prices! The places we found cost more than the flights will from Orlando to Vegas!!! We don't necessarily mind that price if that's standard, but did anyone have any great deals, or know of anywhere to stay away from? 3. GAMBLING! We set ourselves a spending limit so we wouldn't gamble away all our money, but we're kind of confused about the casinos. Can you visit the casinos in hotels you're not staying at? And when people say a casino is 'tight', do they mean you don't win very much? Are some more known for this than others? Is there a minimum you have to spend in the casinos? I just want to play something easy like the slots! 4. WHAT TO DO! What else should we do?! We know we want to see the Bellagio fountains, and we know we want to ride the thrill rides at the top of the Stratosphere - we also just want to spend some time walking round, exploring etc. I will be 24, DH will be 25 when we go so we might like to get a meal somewhere nice, find good places to drink etc. if anyone has any recommendations? TIA for advice, it is much appreciated!