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My husband and I have never been to Las Vegas so we are finally going to go sometime in October. Since we've never been there before, we're not sure what to do or where to start. Any suggestions?

Also, Criss Angel from Mind Freak will now be having a show there called Believe that opens October 12th so we are going to try and catch that too. I'm so excited!! :yay:

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Hi Tap,

I was just in Las Vegas a couple of weeks of ago. That was my first time visiting the city that never sleeps. I am not a gambler and there is always something going on there for all people. I cannot stress enough to bring proper walking shoes! My feet have just healed completely from walking in thong sandals on all that concrete. Not my most brilliant moment, but that was my first time and I had no idea how much walking I would be doing, plus I was really trying to travel lightly!

Since you are a member of this board, you are a Gerry fan and quite possibly a Phantom of the Opera phan. I would highly suggest seeing the Phantom stage show at The Venetian Hotel. Well worth the cost. Not to mention the hotel is just stunning to walk through. Check out the gondola rides (I can't believe I missed this, but I've heard about it). Even if you've seen the stage show previously, it's worth it. And they have a Phantom gift shop too! If this is something you want to see, go to Phantom Las Vegas and purchase your tickets on-line. That's what I did. Not only did I get a front row seat, but I didn't have to wait in the very long line of people hoping to get tickets! And yes, both 7 pm and 9:30 pm shows sell out.

Each hotel has a show and its own theme. I've heard people talk about the Circque de Soleil (sp?) that it was excellent. I am not sure where that show was located. There are comedians gallore and dancing girl (topless) shows. Bally's Hotel has a show called Jubilee.

Even if you just walk the strip and visit each hotel as they are all a site to see unto themselves. The water show in front of The Bellagio Hotel is a spectacle and draws a lot of attention.

If you are a gambler, there is plenty there. Each hotel has its own casino. It seems everywhere you look there are slot machines....from the moment you leave your gate at the airport! LOL

There are advertisements, and billboards everywhere advertising the shows that you can while you are there. I am sure there it a heck of a lot more to do and see there that I don't know about. There are plenty of GALs on this board who have been to Las Vegas a few times so perhaps they can offer more ideas.

Have a wonderful time!

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Walking shoes & The Phantom stage show is a must. Thanks for the tips, I really appreciate it! Posted Image

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Comfortable shoes is the best advice! I also agee about seeing the Bellagio and Venetian-they are so beautiful. We spent the better part of an afternoon and evening at the Venetian as there is so much to see and do. One thing that I really liked was the patisserie in the Paris-pastries every bit as wonderful as any in the "real" Paris(France that is!) Try it when you need a little break. There is a movie museum at the MGM Grand if you are a movie buff. We had some wonderful meals in Vegas-the Mexican restaurant in the Venetian was excellent as was Margaritaville. My brother and his family live in Vegas and they drove us up in the mountains for lunch one day and we really enjoyed that since we don't see many mountains in the midwest and it gave us a little rest from all the sensory overload on the strip! It was fun to see people loading up their trucks with snow from the mountains. Even though there is a ton of free parking, it's impractical to drive from place to place on the strip so be prepared to walk your socks off!

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Hi Tap,

I was just in Las Vegas a couple of weeks of ago. That was my first time visiting the city that never sleeps. I am not a gambler and there is always something going on there for all people. I cannot stress enough to bring proper walking shoes! My feet have just healed completely from walking in thong sandals on all that concrete. Not my most brilliant moment, but that was my first time and I had no idea how much walking I would be doing, plus I was really trying to travel lightly!

Since you are a member of this board, you are a Gerry fan and quite possibly a Phantom of the Opera phan. I would highly suggest seeing the Phantom stage show at The Venetian Hotel. Well worth the cost. Not to mention the hotel is just stunning to walk through. Check out the gondola rides (I can't believe I missed this, but I've heard about it). Even if you've seen the stage show previously, it's worth it. And they have a Phantom gift shop too! If this is something you want to see, go to Phantom Las Vegas and purchase your tickets on-line. That's what I did. Not only did I get a front row seat, but I didn't have to wait in the very long line of people hoping to get tickets! And yes, both 7 pm and 9:30 pm shows sell out.

Each hotel has a show and its own theme. I've heard people talk about the Circque de Soleil (sp?) that it was excellent. I am not sure where that show was located. There are comedians gallore and dancing girl (topless) shows. Bally's Hotel has a show called Jubilee.

Even if you just walk the strip and visit each hotel as they are all a site to see unto themselves. The water show in front of The Bellagio Hotel is a spectacle and draws a lot of attention.

If you are a gambler, there is plenty there. Each hotel has its own casino. It seems everywhere you look there are slot machines....from the moment you leave your gate at the airport! LOL

There are advertisements, and billboards everywhere advertising the shows that you can while you are there. I am sure there it a heck of a lot more to do and see there that I don't know about. There are plenty of GALs on this board who have been to Las Vegas a few times so perhaps they can offer more ideas.

Have a wonderful time!

I have only been once but loved it and want to go back. Stayed at Caesars and walked all over the place. I'm not a big gambler but did win $500 in the slots. Saw Mama Mia on stage. Great show. Ate at some of the restaurants. Loved the one at the Venician where they have a small band playing outside.

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Comfortable shoes is the best advice! I also agee about seeing the Bellagio and Venetian-they are so beautiful. We spent the better part of an afternoon and evening at the Venetian as there is so much to see and do. One thing that I really liked was the patisserie in the Paris-pastries every bit as wonderful as any in the "real" Paris(France that is!) Try it when you need a little break.

There is a movie museum at the MGM Grand if you are a movie buff. We had some wonderful meals in Vegas-the Mexican restaurant in the Venetian was excellent as was Margaritaville.

Oh, I missed the Movie Museum! I walked through MGM Grand and stumbled upon a real Lion habitat - very much like something you would see at a zoo. It was encased in glass and you could walk in a tunnel of glass right in the habitat. There was a female and male lion. They were beaufitul.

I also agree that the Paris Hotel is one to see. You can't miss it because a smaller scale of the Eiffel Tower is connected to the hotel and it is fully functional like the real one and has a restaurant in it. Inside the hotel the decor is as if you are walking the streets of Paris....the shops and restaurants all look like Parisian houses and shops in the 18th century. The ceiling is painted to resemble the sky and the floor is brick and cobblestone. There is a restuarant called "The Village" which has an awesome all you can eat breakfast buffet for $14.99 p/person. I recommend that. But you better get there early!

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Thanks pjheath5, Mama Mia would be a good show to see too!

GerrysJewel, we are staying at the MGM Grand so I'll be able to see the Lion habitat.

There is so much to do that I'm sure we won't be able to do/see everything. We will only be there for 3 nights/4 days but will make the best of it. I'm sure we will be going again. Paris is definitely another one I want to visit.

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Paris is right across the street from the Bellagio so if you see one the other is nearby! Try the patisserie-it's fabulous! The Bellagio decorates their atrium for each season and it's lovely. The Cristmas display was awesome. There is no way to see it all. I read up before going and with my sister in law's advice decided what I wanted to see most and we did it. If I get to go again there will still be alot to see. Have a great time-it's easy to enjoy!

PS. Cirque d'Soliel is amazing but none of these shows is inexpensive so be prepared if you want to see a few-it will add up. Sometimes the concierge at your hotel can get you a better deal.

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Shopping, shopping, shopping! You usually find me at Planet Hollywood and Ceasars shops. I haven't seen any shows except Jerry Seinfeld and Prince. The best dinner I've ever had was at Terra Verde at Green Valley Ranch but it's a haul out there in a cab ($$).

PM rowdychiquitagirl......she lives there. She's my bud. :)

Later!

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Okay, so as a resident of Las Vegas, I'd like to do what I can here. I'd be happy to help with any questions you might have.

The Cirque shows are by far my favorite. Zumanity (at the New York New York) is the more "adult" of the shows, and KA (at the MGM) is absolutely beautiful. LOVE, the Beatles Cirque show (at the Mirage) is amazing! And "O" (at the Bellagio) is incredible - possibly the best Cirque show. As far as price, true they are expensive, but they're worth it. Mystere (at Treasure Island) might be the least expensive of all of the Cirque Shows. The Criss Angel show "Believe" will be at the Luxor. La Reve is a show very much like Cirque du Soleil, but it's over at the Wynn. The Wynn Casino is definitely worth seeing, and if you can, you could catch Spamalot at the Wynn. It's closing next year, so see it while you can.

By October, Bette Midler tickes will be available again at Caesars. She replaced Celine Dion as the headline show at the Colosseum. Cher is coming too, but not until May I think. I hear Bette's show is supposed to be really spectacular.

But there are other shows like Carrottop, and Danny Gans, that are worth seeing. Penn & Teller are great too. I would recommend The Amazing Jonathan. He's a really funny comedian/magician. I believe Terry Fador has a show here too now - he's the ventriloquist who won America's Got Talent last year.

I'm surprised no one mentioned the Freemont Experience. If you're going for an inexpensive, and characteristically "Las Vegas" type experience, head up to Freemont Street. The Stratosphere is also an option - and both are close to each other.

Since you're staying at the MGM, the New York New York is right across the street. There's the huge roller coaster, and one of the most popular Irish Pubs in town. Nine Fine Irishmen is definitely worth going to. Though, if you want to visit an authentic Irish Pub, go to JC Woughlihan's at the JW Marriot.

Definitely bring your walking shoes. By October, the weather will be perfect. No more of these monsoons!!! And it will have cooled off by then. And if you can help it, don't bother with the Monorail. It's kind of a rip off.

If there's anything else I can help with, let me know! :-)

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Well for a cheap show in Vegas, it's pretty much the status quo. Although, there's not just the light show over there, they don't call it an "experience" by accident. There are a lot of cool little venues up there after the renovation, and you get a flavor of "old" Vegas without emptying your pocketbook. Jillian's on the corner of Freemont is the best place in Vegas to see local bands, and just two blocks east, is the Beauty Bar, an old beauty salon that they turned into a really hip dance club. They've also got great shows out in the beer garden, and the cover is really cheap - only $5.

Just thought she might also want something a little off the beaten path. Everyone who vacations in Vegas seems to buy their 190 Octane from Fat Tuesday's and hike up and down the strip, they catch a show, lose a lot of money - but not everyone gets to see the local side of Vegas, which is far more affordable.

check out lasvegasweekly.com

I believe the Bodies exhibit is still at the Tropicana, as well as the Titanic.

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Okay, so we are leaving bright and early on Thursday and will get into Las Vegas around 9am. My friend Joanne & I are going to the Justin Timberlake and friends charity concert Friday night at Planet Hollywood. We are also going to the after party. :cunning: I am so feaking excited. :yay:

I have NO idea what to wear though, HELP!!!! :gah:

JT & Friends Concert

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take advntage of the hotel shuttles, they'll get you around so easily.... another nice free little show is at the rio....its mardi gra style, plus you've got the chippendale dancers there that sign autographs and take pictures with you... if you're gonna gamble, why not spend some time there??

freemont i think is a must see..... there isnt anything like that anywhere, theey do change up the shows so jenny you may not have seen one of their better ones...

mgm has the most stuff to see i think, .... as far as hotels that are worth walking through just for the ambiance... new york, paris

the best breakfast buffet ive had is at excalibur...... its also a fun place to walk through...

ive been to vegas many times, to me the free attractions are almost as good as the expensive shows..... i have heard some bad reviews about chris angels show, that wires can be seen, and that he sings at every show, promoting his wish to be a rock star... i havent seen it myself, so take that with a grain of salt... carrot top gets rave reviews...!!!

heres a good link http://govegas.about.com/od/cheaplasvegas/tp/freeatract.htm

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i have heard some bad reviews about chris angels show, that wires can be seen, and that he sings at every show, promoting his wish to be a rock star... i havent seen it myself, so take that with a grain of salt...

:lmao: Yeah, we decided not to see Chris Angel.

Thank you LuciaVictoria & nance for your feedback, I really appreciate it! Posted Image

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