Post # 1
My husband and I recently (like, two days ago) decided to take a long weekend (4 nights) in Las Vegas in right after Thanksgiving. And by “we decided,” I mean that he convinced me. 😉
As with most things in our relationship, he’s the adventurous one and I’m the more practical one. But we did find a steal on flights and a hotel (the Mirage) through Hotwire, so it’s official, we’re going!
I’ve never been to Las Vegas before. My husband has, but it was with his family when he was much younger. As it’s so far away from us, we’re not likely to go back anytime soon, so we want to make sure we make a list of must-sees and must-dos!
So, does anyone who’s been to Vegas have tips for what to make sure we see or do? Attractions, shows, restaurants, bars, activities…whatever you have! I’d love to hear them!
At the same time, we’re trying to make it somewhat reasonably priced/not too extravagant, so any cost-savings tips would be amazing as well.
Thanks so much ladies!!! 🙂
Post # 3
The Hoover Dam, for sure! It’s neat to see!
We like the Carnival World buffet at the Rio (http://www.riolasvegas.com/restaurants/carnival-world-buffet.html) we make a trip there every time we vist.
Walking the strip is a must do.
Post # 4
@Gemstone: OMG I love Vegas so much! I went once years ago and loved it! I went with 2 friends and we did lots of stuff. My favourite this was seeing the Cirque De Soleil show called O which I think is in the Mirage..it was so amazing and I really enjoyed it. We also saw the show called Jubilee! which was in Bally’s it was really good as well and has Vegas showgirls but is a classy stage show. We also went to see the Chippendales but since you are going with your husband then that of course is a no go but definetly keep it on your list of things to do if you ever go with girlfriends. It was nice to walk the strip and see the inside of all the hotels cause some are so elaborate and over the top. I keep bugging DH to go soon so maybe next year!
Post # 5
@MissMay3003: Thank you! I have a constantly hungry husband, so buffets are great. 😉
We had talked about whether we wanted to do anything outside the strip…so thanks for the Hoover Dam tour tip!
We’re also hoping we can just spend a day or more exploring the whole strip and all of the different hotels/casinos. 🙂
Post # 6
@sweetchiquita12: You should try to go back soon! 🙂 And yep, you’re right. No Chippendales with the husband! But great tips on the other shows. I can’t wait to check out all of the different hotels, too!
Post # 7
Definitely check out a Cirque du Soleil show while you’re out there 🙂 I saw and LOVED Terry Fator at the Mirage, Penn and Teller at Rio, and the X Burlesque show at Flamingo as well.
Paris breakfast buffet is amazing! Check out the little wildlife preserve (ok, it’s a big garden with flamingoes & fish) at Flamingo. It’s pretty neat. The mirage also has the dolphin & penguin habitat, as well as a few large cats- BUT- the cats are SUUUUUPER lazy during the heat of the day. You’re going in the fall and I was there over the summer, so if you check it out you might get to see a little bit more than a bunch of sleeping lions!
Speaking of large cats, there is an exhibit at MGM as well- very cool to see them so close.
Definitely take a day to just walk the strip! New York is cool, Bellagio and Caesar’s are gorgeous, and you can do the gondola at Venetian. I like gambling at Monte Carlo and this dumpy little place called O’Shea’s (which may or may not even be open any longer).
Whatever you end up doing it will end up being a blast! Take a bottle of water with you everywhere. It’s wildly expensive to buy a bottle anywhere other than CVS, Walgreens, or the sketchy guys on the overpasses with coolers of bottled water.
Post # 8
Hash House A Go-Go: amazing farm-style food, big portions and unexpected combos. Also, their drinks are crazy fun. http://www.hashhouseagogo.com/vegas/
The Peppermill: great place for drinks/dinner, they have amazing martinis (I love their chocolate martini) and their lounge is fun http://www.peppermilllasvegas.com/#lounge
Capos: a hidden gem with great Italian food, we haven’t tried it yet, but have heard great reviews from friends http://www.caposrestaurant.com/
Michael Jackson One: a Cirque du Soleil show featuring coreography from MJ’s most famous songs http://www.cirquedusoleil.com/en/shows/michael-jackson-one/tickets/las-vegas.aspx
Or just about any of the other Cirque du Soleil shows, they’re all great.
Blue Man Group: we saw them in OC and it was a unique experience. I’ve heard the Vegas show is a bit more out-there http://www.blueman.com/las-vegas/about-show
The water fountains/show at the Bellagio, the mini Eiffel Tower at the Paris, the gondola rides through the canals at the Venetian, the Forum Shops at Ceaser’s Palace, and the tower at the Stratosphere are all fun things to check out.
Freemont St./Downtown: great place to wander around and check out some of the older casinos. They also have a zipline that you can ride from one end of the street to the other http://www.vegas.com/attractions/off-the-strip/slotzilla-las-vegas/
Post # 9
@DaneLady: Wow! So much great advice! Thank you thank you! We had our eyes on Terry Fator and/or Penn and Teller. And love all of the ideas for exhibits and such.
Any intel on how to get deals on shows or attractions?
We’ll look for O’Sheas. We thought about staying at the Monte Carlo but the Mirage won. 🙂 And great tip on the bottled water! Noted. 🙂 Thank you again!
Post # 10
@Miss Mauverick: So much good advice and even links! You are awesome. I love the food tips — we definitely want to look into eating at some places not attached to the hotels/casinos. 🙂
My husband is dying to see Blue Man group, but unless we find a great deal somewhere, they’re probably a bit too pricey for this trip! 🙁
I hadn’t looked much into Fremont street yet, so great tip! Thank you so much!
Post # 11
I just saw Le Reve at the Wynn and it was pretty amazing. If you two are into theater I highly recommend seeing Jersey Boys at Paris.
Post # 12
@Gemstone: You are going to have SUCH a blast! If you want to see a great show, go see Mystere! It is one of the better priced cirque de solei shows and it is mesmerizing! It’s in Treasure Island which is right by your hotel.
Two of my favorite “must go” restaurants are Burger Bar in Mandalay Bay and Diablos Cantina in front of Monte Carlo. They have great food for resonable prices. However, if you want to splurge and do a fancy date night, I stronglyyyy recommend Kokomos which is actually in The Mirage, they have the best lobster bisque on this planet and the service is incredible.
You will see how overwhelming (in a good way) Vegas is. There is always something going on. It is impossible to do everything you want in one trip.
Try to explore and visit all the hotels. Each one is so different from the next and totally different clientele. And make sure you take a cab/double decker bus to visit downtown “old Vegas” on Freemont Street
P.S. Pack warm clothes and keep an eye on the weather. Last time we went in November, it was in the 70’s one day and then 50’s, 40’s two days later! Can be such a hit or miss with warm days but night will be chilly for strolling the strip so bundle up
Post # 13
One of my favorite things to do in Vegas is Harrah’s Piano Bar. It’s the best on Friday or Saturday nights. Since you’re at the Mirage, you’re within walking distance. Carnival Court outside of Harrah’s is also really fun. Have a blast!
Post # 14
@Gemstone: I live in Vegas so I have tons of tips and ideas but how much are you wanting to spend?
Post # 15
@Gemstone: We went to Las Vegas this summer for a wedding. We stayed at the Venetian one night and on the military base two nights.
I would definitely say attend some shows. We didn’t get the opportunity to and I regret that. People watching is great in Las Vegas, you’ll see a little bit of every thing. There is a lot of soliciting for escorts on the main area of the strip. The guys handing out the cards pretty much stick them in your face. They don’t care if you’re a man or a woman. I found this to be annoying after a while.
I’m pretty introverted and DH is extroverted. We checked out the “pool club”, Tao, at the Venetian. It was sort of like Spring Break. I wasn’t really into it and neither was DH, so we left. I enjoyed touring the hotel, it was huge.
The highlight of the trip for me was going to the Hoover Dam. It was about half an hour from Vegas. I think it’s definitely one of those things everyone should go see if they have the chance. If you park off to the side of the street instead of in the garage, it’s free. It’s a little walk but with water and sunscreen you should be fine. I also enjoyed going to Red Rock Canyon, it’s about 45 minutes away from Vegas. A lot of beautiful scenary there and photo ops.
Post # 16
I like going to Freemont Street one night in Vegas because the light show is really cool and it is a completely different atmosphere than the strip.
I love going to the shows and the first few times I went I would just go to the discount tickets kiosks and buy tickets for shows that day. Since you are staying in the Mirage maybe you can get discount Beatles Love tickets (I would try to get those comped if you plan to gamble at all).
I love Bobby Flay from Iron Chef America and each time I go to Vegas I go to his Mesa Grill Restaurant in Caesar’s Palace. Wolf Gang Puck also has a pizza restaurant in Crystals and from what I remember it was very delicious and not all that pricey. Of course there is a California Pizza Kitchen in the Mirage also.
Oh and if you do any gambling at all sign up for the hotel rewards programs. They are free and that is how you get comps and you will even get offers in the mail for future trips.