Well ladies, Im getting married in Vegas, so I know TONS of things to do. I think since we got engaged (almost exactly 1 year ago) Ive been out there about 6 times. Ironically, my wedding is at the Bellagio, with my reception at Planet Hollywood!! Crazy that you both are on this post! 🙂
So to stay on the strip is pretty easy. Obviously most things “Vegas” are centered there. There are of course the amazing places that the locals love off the strip, but for your purposes, staying central is good. Bellagio… Wonderful place. Any of the restaurants are fantastic (even the cafe…my dad raves about their shrimp, and he doesnt rave about much). Planet Hollywood is fun. Totally different vibe, very young, and hip…its a good time. I cant say Ive eaten at many of their restaurants. sorry. Honestly, restaurants at any hotel are going to be fairly good….they will all have the good and bad.
As far as free things to do: bellagio fountains is a fav…wait till the night, cuz then the shows are every 15 minutes, instead of every 30 during the day. The pirate show at TI is ok…but you gotta get there early if you want a place by the rail, which is the only place you can actually see everything from. The volcano at Mirage…I dont get it. Ive “seen it” and its nothing…dont waste your time. seriously. Same goes with the MGM tigers. If you happen to be there, look for them for sure, but dont make a special trip, because more often than not, they arent even out. There is also the famed “fremont street experience”. I havent personally seen this, but plan to soon. I hear nothing but good things about it. (note, this isnt actually on the strip, but rather in the old downtown vegas, where there is a small cluster of old hotels and casinos).
Wandering around through the hotels and just looking at everything can easily fill your days and nights. The venetian is beautiful, Ceasars is huge, Paris is fun, though most of the indoor space is casino. Mirage, Mandalay bay, Luxor…. really, just wander, and you’ll find stuff to do. Shopping is HUGE in Vegas, especially with the new City Center. Tom Ford, Versace, Tiffany, Prada….the list of high end designers goes on and on..so if nothing else, thats just good eye candy and fun window shopping.
The shows speak for themselves, and Im sure you need no advice on those. I will however put in a bid for The Price is Right. They have a full on game show just like the one on tv…they give you big prizes and everything. The days that it plays are scattered, so look into it ahead of time if you want to go. I havent been (damn blackout days and busy schedules), but Ive seen people come out with their price tag name tags, and everyone always looks like they had an awesome time.
Spas are also HUGE in Vegas. Ive done a few different ones and they all pretty much offer the same stuff. Some are nicer than other, but I think with the hotels you are staying at, they should both be just fine! 🙂
Hope that helps, girls!! Good luck, and have a great honeymoon in Vegas (ooh! rent that movie before you go! Actually…its kinda a weird “honeymoon” but maybe some other Vegas movie to get you in the mood!)
Oh, I almost forgot. There is an neon sign graveyard. Its a little off the strip, but not far. its supposed to be super awesome (I’m trying to get out there for some wedding party shots). So if you want something a little bit different, try that. They do tours, so look into it if you want. 🙂