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1st trip to vegas!!

Discussion in 'Misc. Vegas Chat' started by mmyers81, Sep 27, 2012.

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  1. mmyers81

    mmyers81 Tourist

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    ok so i need some advice, help, imput...etc... on vegas,
    this is my husband and my 1st trip to vegas. i am a coupon freak at home so well yes im trying to find coupons and advice for our 5 yr anniversary trip...
    advice?

    loooking for cheap but decent places to eat?
    what and where are the free shows?
    gambling, neither of us are big gamblers but yes we will do some...
    what fun things are there to do? night life?

    thanks for ur help.23 days and counting :)
     
  2. PopsOLA

    PopsOLA Low-Roller

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    to be 10382848328% honest. Don't spend your time going to places that have coupons on your first time in Vegas. Splurge and enjoy it. 2nd trip, coupon on places you enjoy. reason I say is most of the GREAT coupons are to crappy places. Not to mention you don't want to force yourself to have to go somewhere to eat just because you have a coupon. Also i've noticed some placed that have coupons have just as good a deal if you just use your Players card from their casino.

    A lot of the forum member will point out great placed but you have to understand everyones budget is different. Someone that feels eating at a $100/pp steakhouse is decent would definitely not be pointing me in the right direction so if you gave a little bit of information on your budget daily for gambling\food\attractions.

    Now with that being said. GROUPON NOW is cool to use if you have a smartphone with the app. You can go the day of and search the areas that have GROUPONS to use and buy em right there. That way you know you won't get a coupon you won't use.

    As far as gambling. If you are not a huge gambler then go somewhere you enjoy. Gambling downtown seems to produce more results, but the atmosphere is not as glitzy as most strip hotels. The machines are the same, the payouts are a tad different, but the cocktail waitresses and environment is way different. I usually spend 50% of my trip downtown gambling, 50% of my trip on the strip but I focus on shows\attractions downtown so much less gambling.

    I never setup an itinerary besides just asking everyone in the group the 1 or 2 places they wanna make sure we hit up and we make sure we stop by those places. Reason is most of the time you find a place you have so much fun you throw your itinerary out the window after a few hours. LOL. at least I do.
     
  3. vegas3

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    Congratulations on your anniversary! My wife and I first experienced Vegas on our 14 anniversary. Now were going back a 3rd time this year for her birthday. We love deals but have to warn you there is a lot to do your first time there. Just seeing some of the hotels and walking around at exhibits. So you might feel pressured if you have too much setup already and find other things you want to do. Anyways search groupon. Right now they have a Carlos and Charlies (its a Mexican restaurant in the flamingo) and an ATV adventure. Google Vegas club crawl, that is an excellent way to experience the nightlife. In August, the Jeff civiello at the IP and the Nathan Burton at the flamingo were both free. You just have to go to their players club or box office and ask. Celebrity coaches has a night champagne tour that will give you an introduction to Vegas and downtown Vegas. That can be found at www.bestofvegas.com. Ask for bob, he was fun and entertaining.

    Name some interests of yours and I'm a sure you will get plenty of good replies.
     
  4. tls030583

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    I too am a coupon FREAK! Since this is your first trip to Vegas, I shall warn you that there's lots of people slapping cards on their hands on the street in effort to grab your attention to take one of them. The "cards" are actually pictures of naked girls with phone numbers, etc . . . just don't look the card slappers in the eye and you'll be fine.

    Also on the street and throughout some casinos, you will find employees passing out coupons that are the same size -after only a short amount of time you will be able to recognize who's passing out what I think. Anyway, the coupon cards are often for 2for1 drinks or discounted food at the casinos. In the past there has been a guy passing out Diablo's coupons (Mexican restaurant in front of Monte Carlo) near the area of the restaurant if not a little in front of NYNY. These have proven to be great deals for my husband and I. I specifically remember a coupon for a $4 Diablo's margarita (that's usually $12) and 2for1 drink coupons for Brand and Andre's.

    Finally, ask the desk clerk checking you at your hotel in if they have any coupons or coupon books. Hotels (especially those with food courts) often have them available for their guests.

    Good Luck!
     
  5. vegas3

    vegas3 Low-Roller

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    ...and avoid the purple shirts. Tell them you are leaving today.
     
  6. thenuke1

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    Vegas4locals.com is your best friend...

    the buy 1 get 1 free coupons for nathans are awesome because you can use them on Combo meals !

    http://www.vegasexperience.com/coupons/Coupon_Book_3rd_Qtr_2012.pdf

    Main Street Station is a must .

    if you want a great view for FREE head down to the Mandalay Bay and go to the Bar on the top floor.

    Downtown is also a must even for 1 night.

    I recommend trying the long island at flamingos. My Favorite !
     
  7. Joe Strummer

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    Where are you staying ?
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    Bellagio Fountains + Conservatory = Free
    Mirage Volcano = Free
    Sirens Show at TI = Free
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    Walking The Strip at Night = free
     
  8. sunshine54

    sunshine54 Low-Roller

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    Hi,

    destinationcoupons.com offers a $ 5 Off Coupon for the Spice Market Buffet/Planet Hollywood Hotel & Casino :)

    Imperial Car Show
    autocollections.com/index.cfm?action=free&tab=free
     
  9. Bazzito52

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    Re: Cheap but decent places to eat.

    Food in Las Vegas ranges from the cheap to the expensive. Personally, I rarely go the expensive route, except on a special occasion (Like a 5th anniversary, for instance!)

    Most hotels have coffee shops and most of them have specials throughout the day - especially for those who have their players card. So, you might want to get a players card from a casino that you're going to get a meal at. And don't forget to ASK YOUR SERVER about specials. Many of them aren't listed on the menu.

    Prime example of this is Hard Rock Hotel's $7.77 steak and shrimp special. It's served 24/7, but isn't on the menu. So always ask.

    Also, Las Vegas has a tradition known as the "graveyard special." (Named after the 10:00PM - 6:00AM "graveyard shift.") These consist of cheap breakfasts and sometimes full dinners at a cheap price served from roughly midnight to 6:00AM. Again, many of them aren't listed on the menus, so ASK!

    Here's a comprhensive list of what you can expect from the graveyard specials:

    http://www.lasvegasadvisor.com/ctable.cfm?id=9

    I'm a big fan of the steak and eggs specials and try to get at least one a day, either up early on Eastern time, or after midnight. Many times, on my second day I can even score a "quinella" - two graveyard specials in a single day!!

    RE: Coupons

    One of the hidden drawbacks to coupons in Las Vegas is the climate and atmosphere.

    Las Vegs is in the middle of the Mojave Desert and the arid climate and extreme temperatures can exact a toll on you over time. We have found that traveling from one place to another to save a couple of dollars on someting can detract from our enjoyment by exhausting us early.

    After much experience, we now take any coupons with us and if we happen to end up at a place where we can use one, we do. Otherwise, we plan our excursions around the things we want to do, and if we save $$$ along the way, great!! (Of course, eating those $3.95 steak and eggs specials is something we want to do!!)

    One example: The last time we checked into a CET property they gave us a coupon book. Free cocktail at our hotel -check!, a 2-for one buffet at another property miles away, and discounted show tickets at yet another hotel. We had the cocktail (well, actualy I drank them both, as my wife doesn't drink.), stuck the buffet coupon in her purse "just in case" and threw the show coupon away. But we weren't going to walk two miles in the hot sun or get a $20.00 cab to save $18.00 on a buffet. We never ended up at that joint at a meal time, so we trashed it before getting on the plane home. Coupons are nice, but not nice enough to entice us to a place we don't want to go or to spend extra to save $$$.

    It is possible to have a great vacation at more than reasonable prices, with a little planning.

    Gook Luck, and Best Wishes.
     
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  10. captainron62

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    My sincere advice for a first timer...... Cancel the Riviera res and book mid strip. For a few bucks extra you can score Ballys or Flamingo and be at the best intersection in LV and in prime position to experience all LV strip has to offer. You will also save a signifigant amount of $$ in cab fare and time in travelling to the various sights.

    Staying at Ballys or Flamingo puts you in walking distance of on of the best low cost meals in LV, the steak dinner at Ellis Island!!! From there you can walk back to the strip and see all the free shows, the fountains, the pirate show, the volcano and just plain walk the strip and have a very economical evening!!!

    Especially if you stop by the Stage door on your way to or from Ellis Island!!
     
  11. TuneinTokyo

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    I would easily second everything said. Ellis Island kinda sucks but if your into bowling alley esque places you should be fine. The steak dinner is off the menu if you do go. I hear the separate BBQ restaurant is also a great deal.
    Flamingo has on of the best pools in town. Cancel the Riv. Book Flamingo or Ballys on a budget.
     
  12. vegas3

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    I think this is great advise also. While I love the Aria, the flamingo can't be beat on location. Save on time and money traveling. It's where you will want to be to experience the strip.
     
  13. floridavegas

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    Is "the stage door" behind bills, next to battistas?
     
  14. Jameezy

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    I actually disagree with some. The riviera is fine. As long as you don't mind a little bit of a walk. You can be at encore or wynn in 15 minutes. I love staying at the riv personally. Everything you need in there. Plus you can see stuff on that end of the strip. In your 2nd trip to vegas you will probably stay at Ballys or cosmo and have no desire to go that end again. I think the Riv is perfect for your first trip. In my top 5 favorite hotel/casinos on the strip.
     
  15. mmyers81

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    thank you
     
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    thank you all for the great advice i am getting. i am going to look at hte sites ppl posted on here. we rented a car also because we plan on going to the hoover dam and Grand Canyon and a drive to california.
     
  17. happycamper1299

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    Don't leave without checking out the awesome view from either the Stratosphere , Voodoo Lounge at the Rio, one of the high up bars at Palms, I believe Ghost Bar is one of the bars on a way high floor; or all of them!
     
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    I'm an outdoorsy person and suggest a drive too.
    There are some pretty cool aquariums that are
    free and a few that you have to pay to see.
    Avoid the "zoo". There's not much there.

    You're going to have a great time.

    Remember 1 bet can pay for everything and generally offers the best odds.

    Don't forget to make a few Superbowl wagers.
    You might be able to pick the NBA champs also.

    But don't depend on my advice, I haven't had a decent winning streak in 2 years.

    However, this is about to change...
     
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