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03-09-2011, 07:44 AM
So I'm going to Las Vegas in a few weeks, I've been there before 12 years ago, so much has changed....just wondering if anyone who's been there more recently can recommend some things I shouldn't miss?

Where are the best (reasonable) places to eat? Buffets?

Which, in your opinion, is the best Cirque du Soleil show to see? I'm leaning towards either O or Love, since those 2 don't travel....any reviews?

Has anyone been to the Price is Right show? Is it worth it?

We'll be taking a side trip to the Grand Canyon. Also want to see Fremont St, the hotels on the strip, the Welcome to Las Vegas sign, etc.

Has anyone used the Las Vegas Power Pass? I think that's what it's called? A pass for many of the attractions there....seems like a good deal on paper, but it seems like you'd have to pack a lot into every day to really make it worthwhile.


03-09-2011, 08:02 AM
I will be leaving in the next day or so. Never been, I will be walking the Strip and see what interests me.

I will be busy with my sister's wedding and dealing with family, but will try to check out as many sights as possible. I try to avoid buffets, but can give you a report on coffee shops.

I have tickets to the Cirque/Elvis show (Love was sold out). Can't wait!

03-09-2011, 01:05 PM
I just visited in January for the first time, but somehow I never ate at one of the buffets nor did I see a show so I'm really no help. :shuffle: :lol: I did, however, take a side trip to the Grand Canyon and it was wonderful. It was a long day on a bus, but so worth it. I liked that the tour picked me up from my hotel and dropped me off there as well. The company was called Grand Canyon Tour Company.

03-09-2011, 03:22 PM
It's been a while since I've been (and am dying to go back!). Which is the casino that looks like a castle? is that Excalibur? Our cab driver from the airport told us that they had the best/best priced buffet. Again, this was a while ago, so I have no idea if it's still true.

I've seen O, and it was fantastic. Highly recommended, however, I'm a huge Beatles fan, so that would be my first choice on a return trip. We did a helicopter trip to the grand canyon. It was lots of fun. A bit pricey, but you couldn't beat the views and the speed. You cant miss the Welcome sign. The strip virtually ends at the airport, and the sign is right there.

We had lots of fun just walking up and down the strip, going into the different casinos, watching the Bellagio fountains, going up the Eiffel Tower (part way, to go all the way up, IIRC, cost like 10 bucks). The statues in Ceasars. Since I've been there, I think a whole new hotel/shopping area has opened up. City Center? That would probably be cool to wander around.

03-09-2011, 03:48 PM
Saw "Love" at the Mirage ... it's a wonderful show. Strolling down the "Strip" after dark is great fun ... the casinos lit up are a show in and of themselves, even without the "free shows" (water display at the Bellagio; volcano at the Mirage, battle at Treasure Island, etc.)

If you like chocolate, stop at the Max Brenner restaurant in the "Forum shops" (the shopping complex near Caesar's Palace)

03-09-2011, 03:57 PM
You Need to hit the Tix4Tonight booths for deals on shows, but also on Restaurants and Buffets. We paid $2 to get half price at Harrah's Buffet, which ended up saving you $8 overall.

Here is a link to the website. There are a few locations on the strip.


03-09-2011, 04:06 PM
I will be staying at the Excalibur this weekend. I will probably have to check out their buffet, at least. It's between $15-$20 for a dinner or lunch or breakfast, but $25 for all-day! :lol:

03-10-2011, 02:28 AM
I will be staying at the Excalibur this weekend. I will probably have to check out their buffet, at least. It's between $15-$20 for a dinner or lunch or breakfast, but $25 for all-day! :lol:

Looks like we overlap by a few hours- I am arriving at about midnight on Sunday for a few days with a girlfriend. We're going to do girly stuff like seeing Menopause the Musical (no way I'd get mr cygnus to that one!)

I usually avoid the buffets- there are so many good restaurants in Vegas and I don't usually eat enough to justify the price of a buffet. The better ones are not all that cheap. That said- I love the ambiance in the Luxor buffet- it's in the basement of the building and is set up as an archeological dig.

As for Cirque shows- the best for me are Love and KA (amazing). I also really enjoyed Jersey Boys, and Penn and Teller are fun if you are into that sort of thing.

And if you want to rest for an hour or so in the afternoon Mac King does a really good comedy/magic show at Harrahs for a really reasonable price.

03-10-2011, 04:29 AM
The Museum of Atomic History (that might not be the correct name) is really fascinating. It's right off the strip and takes about an hour to go through.

03-10-2011, 06:56 AM
Thanks for all the information. Can't wait to go!

03-10-2011, 07:14 AM
I also really enjoyed KA; it was a bit of a departure from the traditional acrobatics, but I found it thoroughly thrilling, and the set is AMAZING.

For restaurants, one of my faves was Trevi at the Caesar's palace forum shops. The pastas were awesome, but even better were the cocktails!

For gambling, I had the most fun at the Amazing Race slot machines!

03-10-2011, 09:53 AM
Your hotel will likely leave you promotional coupons etc, be sure to use them.

Aria is awesome too, love the bars there.


Kevin C
03-10-2011, 10:00 AM
I've seen all of the Cirque shows in Vegas (except for the Elvis one). Mystere was my favorite. O and Love were my 2nd and 3rd favorites.

Regarding inexpensive places to eat: if you like Thai, there is a restaurant named Lotus of Siam less than a mile from the strip that serves incredible Thai food; most dishes are less than $10.

03-11-2011, 12:09 AM
The best buffet for us was at the Bellagio...not cheap (about $50 ) but THE BEST FOOD. Rio is good, also the Flamingo was pretty good for the price (about $14)

Check out the free fountain show outside Bellagio, it is spectacular!

Madame Tusseauds was underrated IMO. Also check out the coca cola store on the strip. They have a place upstairs where you can buy sample flavors of coke products from around the globe.

03-11-2011, 12:13 AM
Don't miss the Venetian. Great restaurants, great shops, great gelato stand! Caesar's Palace shops are good too.