(Closed) NY and Las Vegas!!! Any advice?

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Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

How exciting! Though, in my opinion…no one needs more than 2 nights in Vegas. Maybe split up those 5 days with a few in L.A. as well? They are very close. (5-6 hours by car, 1 hour by plane.)

Post # 4
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

Ahh! I’m currently in Vegas now! (For work)

You can do things OFF the strip. Look into helicopter tours, those are super cool, as well as shows and things. You don’t have to party and gamble every night. There are also a lot of romantic spots here. If you call the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority, they are very helpful in planning, and they don’t work on comission.

Post # 5
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2010

I agree that you really only need 3 days in Vegas, unless you go to the grand canyone one day ๐Ÿ™‚ Totally awesome. San Diego is really close as well.

You have to go to times square, obviously it’s important for you to go to the Empire State building, a tour out to see Lady Liberty, and make sure you make reservations if you want to eat at popular restaurantes. Le Cirque or Morimoto would be my picks if you’re foodie.

 

Post # 6
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2012

Oooh, sounds like a great trip!  I’d say stay at a hotel downtown instead of midtown in NYC – better food and things to do, and at non-tourist trap prices.  I’d love to give you restaurant recommendations when it gets closer (to make sure they aren’t outdated!).  Feel free to message me about neighborhoods or any Qs you have ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 7
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2009

I was just in NYC!  As a first timer, here are my recs:

Skip the Empire State Building.  It’s super popular which means super crowded.  Obviously, we were there at the end of the tourist season, but it took us almost 2 hours to get to the observation deck, and then we couldn’t even get outside, because the deck itself was so crowded.  If you have the opportunity, go to the top of Rockefeller Center instead.  It’s about the same price, really wonderful views, but much less crowded.  And, imo, a better bang for your buck.

The Statue of Liberty was very cool, but also super crowded.  That one was worth it, though, and definitely can turn into an all day experience.  Central Park was fine, but unless you have a purpose or you’re looking for a free place to relax, it’s pretty much just a big park, lol.  I’m not sure what I was expecting…   Just realize that both NYC and Las Vegas will be HOT during July, and plan accordingly.

As far as Vegas goes, it can be really fun to do everything on the strip, and going up in the Stratosphere at night is wonderful.  If you want to take a couple day trips, the Grand Canyon is nearby, as well as the Hoover Dam.

Post # 9
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: November 2012

@ticatica: the statosphere is a hotel with a large tower that overlooks the strip. there is a restaurant up at the top.on top of the grand canyon and hoover dam there is also lake mead.

as far as nyc goes, I’ve only been a handful of times. its pretty easy to navagate on foot. I didn’t even know there was a satc tour. haha.  and i always go to midtown also so I looked up what downtown is for you:

Lower Manhattan or “downtown” is defined most commonly as the area delineated on the north by 14th Street, on the west by the Hudson River, on the east by the East River, and on the south by New York Harbor

 

Post # 10
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2012

Yeah, I’d agree that below 14th street is definitely downtown, but I’d say look at hotels in Chelsea (below 26th street and west of 5th Avenue) as well – I know there are some reasonably priced chains in the area, and then you can still walk from Times Square after your obligatory trip there. 

Also, a lot of tourists stay in midtown (around Times Square) because they think its safer, but I have never felt that way, and a story in my newsfeed today just affirmed that: http://www.thefunkyapple.com/2011/09/new-study-finds-northern-manhattan-is-safer-than-southern-manhattan/

So try Chelsea, SoHo, even the Lower East Side.  You’ll get a better NYC experience ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 11
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2009

Oh, I thought of some more Vegas things on the strip (if you’re in the early research stages, you might not know about these)!  I think the Luxor is currently hosting the  “Bodies” exhibit, which is amazing, if you haven’t seen it yet.  They also have a Titanic exhibit, but I’ve heard that one isn’t as great.  The Blue Man Group is a great show, and so is the Cirque Du Soleil show “O.”  Mandalay Bay has shark tanks and fish tanks, that are free to the public; kinda a mini aquarium.  Of course, you have to see the Bellagio water show and walk through the Bellagio conservatory.  And the Mirage volcano is great to watch at night.  The new City Center is always hosting cool events and has lots of celebrity sightings, so check out their website closer to your trip.  Ceasar’s also has an aquarium, and the MGM has a lion habitat, free to the public.  Treasure Island has several free shows all day, every day; I think they’re still doing the “Sirens” show?  But it changes periodically.  And, of course, you’ll see rollercoasters, rides, “experiences,” etc… all over the strip and in most of the casinos.

Post # 12
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

@Mrs. Spring: You just blew my mind with all that Vegas info!!

We are going to Vegas the day after our wedding for 5 days! We aren’t gamblers and are really going for the expierence so everything you just posted is so very helpful as we have never been.

We are staying at the Mirage and are seeing the Blue Man Group as well as Terry Fator. We are booking a Haunted Tour as well and planning to go to the Grand Canyon.

 

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

We just went to NYC for our Honeymoon so I will give you my 2 cents ๐Ÿ™‚ Definitely pick a hotel away from Times Square or any really touristy busy spot. We stayed in Chelsea and Times Square and really enjoyed Chelsea a whole lot more. Buy tickets for things in advance before you go, cause you can skip some lines (especially the Statue). And if you want to go in her crown, you have to buy those in advance. Go to the empire state bldg at night. We went during the day and it was super busy, but I hear late at night it is not so busy, they are open til like 2am or something. We tried to stick in one section of the city per day and do everything in that area we wanted to do. Buy the 5 day subway pass we used it nonstop. We missed doing this the first day we were there and walked everywhere we wanted to go… stupid  cause it kind of wore us out. Make reservations for popular restaurants you want to go to in advance. Loved the Soho area little street vendors of all kinds of stuff. We bought a tourist book for NYC and had it on us the whole time cause it was broken down into each area and had a map of each one. It was really hard for us to keep our bearings on which direction was north, south, etc. So a smart phone I think would be very handy, we did not have one. And despite what people say about NYC we found people to be very helpful, lots of people saw us with the map and asked if we wanted directions.

 

ETA: the reason we did not like our hotel in Times Sqare was because it was so busy, like right when you walk out the door there are a ton of people. And it was louder…it might have been because we were on the 3rd floor, in Chelsea we were on the 17th and it was awesome. And in Chelsea we were closer to one of the subway stations so it was really easy to get around.

Post # 14
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2009

@Crisark:  I grew up in Northern Nevada, so we went to Vegas a lot; my parents still drive down every couple months or so.  I’m also going for a conference at the end of this month!  Since we’ll have the baby with us, I’ve been trying to come up with a list of all the non gambling/drinking/partying things there are to do on the strip.  You’ll have so much fun, though!  Vegas is really fun, even if you don’t get off the strip much.

Post # 15
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

Absolutely go see a Cirque Du Soleil show in Vegas!! I’ve seen “O” at the Bellagio which is visually amazing – it’s all water-based and the stage literally pops out of the water – stunning.  “Love” is all Beatles based and fantastic as well. 

http://www.actiontours.com/  This is an ATV tour we did in the desert.  THE most fun I’ve ever had.  They have a ton of other tours as well.  If you’re there for that long, definitely look for tours and day trips to Utah or the Gran Canyon.

And my personal fave – if you like cheesebugers, try In-N-Out Burger – SO GOOD!

Do you like Broadway shows?  If you do, see if you can get cheap tickets at the TKTS booths in NYC.  They’re about 1/3 of the price but you have it wait in line to get them.  Here’s more info – http://www.tdf.org/TDF_ServicePage.aspx?id=56

Have fun!!

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