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Laughlin Day Trip from Vegas

Discussion in 'Non-Vegas Trip Reports' started by bignig135, Feb 2, 2014.

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  1. bignig135

    bignig135 Low-Roller

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    My Trip Report

    A Vegas taxi driver recommended a bus trip to Laughlin as a fun day out. He advised that we might even score a free trip but as we booked through our concierge at the Flamingo, it cost us $12.50 plus $2.50 tax each, but did include a free dinner buffet. Looking through Vegas booklets later we saw adverts stating you can actually get this trip free, still incl. the free buffet.
    We travelled with Airbridge tours on a Gray Line bus. Our pickup time was 8.45am from Harrahs bus station but our driver announced that this bus was in fact just a shuttle to the Vegas Gray Line HQ. There was a brief stop at the " Welcome to Vegas" sign for a photo opportunity.
    We left the HQ at 10am and arrived at the Tropicana Express ( formerly the Ramada) at 11.30. On leaving the bus we were told to queue at the hotels Players Club to register for $5 free slot play and to collect our free buffet voucher. The buffet didn't begin until 4pm. After a half hour wait we had our vouchers.
    There wasn't any info. available to get your bearings, but we had printed out a basic map of Laughlin from the Internet thankfully, so we knew there were 9 casinos, spread along Casino Drive and that we were roughly halfway along the road. Our plan was to walk to Harrah's which is situated at one end but unfortunately we hadn't reckoned on just how far the walk would be and is also uphill! 30 long minutes later we were knackered and distraught because we couldn't see any way to reach Harrah's from the main road and eventually had to navigate down roads meant for cars only to reach the front entrance!
    The casino was split into 2, smoking and non- smoking, but it took us a long search to find our normal favourite slot, 25c. Wheel of Fortune and even then there were only 2 WOF machines, sat next to each other, 1 a dollar machine, 1 our 25c. one!
    We decided to catch the water taxi which was not the easiest to find and we had a long wait before it came. The "map" by the boat dock was a real enigma - basically a list of the 9 hotels in Laughlin, but printed in a completely random order! When the water taxi finally arrived, we travelled to the Colorado Belle casino, directly opposite the Tropicana. This is a very old fashioned place, again with a limited choice of slots.
    At 3.45pm we joined the very large queue at the Tropicana buffet for the 4pm opening and found a seat at 4.20pm, our bus due to depart at 5.45pm back to Vegas. The normal cost for this buffet is $17.99, so getting it free was good and it was as good as most in Vegas.
    At the start of the trip back, our driver switched on the classic DVD, In The Heat of the Night, which helped the trip go by quickly. However, as we reached the outskirts of Vegas, and at least 30-40 minutes before we were dropped off at Harrah's, the driver turned off the film, without apology, and started waffling away about general nonsense, meaning we never found out who the murderer was!!!!! Eventually we looked it up on the Internet!
    While it is a cheap day out, ( we are 50ish), we were about 20 years younger than everyone else and the casinos were old and tired. Good diversion if Vegas is too much for you, but otherwise I'd give it a miss.
     
  2. lithium78

    lithium78 High-Roller

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    From what I've read, Laughlin is mostly visited by RV enthusiasts or people from NW Arizona who don't want to make the trip all the way up to LV. Thanks for the report. It doesn't sound too interesting to me.
     
  3. wpete

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    Laughlin is okay after getting burned out on several Vegas trips. It's a slower pace and generally has lower table limits than a typical Vegas hotel.

    I'm actually surprised that that the Shuttle dropped you off at the Trop since the trip was booked with Flamingo, a CET property. I would have expected the shuttle to go straight to Harrahs.
     
  4. TomTWI

    TomTWI High-Roller

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    My experience with these tours is they will drop off at all the strip hotels. This means it can take a long time if you're last on the list of hotels. This was many years ago so it may have changed. We were staying at CC and the bus went in and out of every hotel dropping people off. We were last being on the north end. I hope they found a better system by now.

    TomTWI
     
  5. IAlowroller

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    We are doing the Laughlin day trip next month through sightseeingtourslv.com, costs $5.00 each. We try to do something "different" each time we go to Vegas, so thought this was a good deal. Don't know what this mini-trip will amount too, but can't beat the price to see a new city we've never been to. Looking forward to it and I'm guessing we'll be the youngest people on the bus also!
     
  6. jerseyguy

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    I usually drive down for the day

    Did the bus trip once,that was enough. This time we're staying overnight.
     
  7. Bigcasino

    Bigcasino Low-Roller

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    Laughlin

    We have done the overnight in Laughlin and it's fun to hang out at the older layer back casinos and a break from the fast paced crowds in Vegas. Always had fun there. We have discovered that the Aquarius and Gold Nugget have the nicest rooms but the others have been upgrading . If you google they even have some cheap headliner shows there. Lots of comps and cheap prices.

    Hope you all enjoy you trip or stay there.
     
  8. dewey089

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    I always enjoyed Laughlin, but then I'm an old guy.
    Wild Bill likes to go for a week and then go golfing, so some years we arrange some time there and that makes the rental car worth the price.
    I don't much like renting cars. It makes me nervous. I have taken a shuttle called RiverCity shuttle that I don't think runs anymore. It was expensive, but I'd go for a week and the low cost of the hotel offset the expense. It was cheaper than a week rental car and gas.
    I've seen this shuttle
    http://www.sntc.net/pdfs/Express%20Flyer2%2005212013.pdf

    and wondered about it. It would make a few day trip affordable.

    I like the 2-6 spread limit poker games, but the players are generally local and all know one another. They are hard to beat. Still the rake is small and the bonus money is good.
    I have not been in a few years, so I'm hoping that has not changed.

    There used to be plenty of full pay video poker, but I guess it has dried up most places. Aquarius still has some good play.
    For a while Linda Boyd (author of The Video Poker Edge) hooked me up with a great host at Colorado Belle and I'd get weekdays free there. The full pay VP earned not points but did satisfy the host and she gave me free comedy tickets and comped most of my food as well. However, she had moved on now.

    There are few or no resort fees. Aquarius had one a while back. No other place had them that I remember. Harrah's is nice but so far from the other places. I'd avoid the River Palms. Otherwise, it is a very cheap place to stay.

    I love walking that river at night. I like water and it is just so peaceful and pleasant. They stopped letting folks feed the carp. That was fun.
    I bought too many watches at the Watchman Store
    http://www.thewatchman.com/

    I found quite a few bargains shopping there in Laughlin.

    For those who like Inn and Out Burger there is one there.

    I could generally pay for cheap rooms at Tropicana. They had some senior hours for the pool there in the morning and I liked that.

    Driving out of Laughlin there are some interesting things to see for the downscale traveler.
    Oatman is fun for a little town where you feed burros.
    You can see where Clark Gable and Carole Lombard are rumored to have spent their wedding night, but I guess that is myth
    http://carolelombard.org/liar-liar-oatman-hotel-is-on-fire


    Route 66 is nearby and some small towns of interest. I liked a walk around the funky little town of Chloride. Don't miss the tiny old jail.

    Here are some photos of one trip I took a while back.
    http://vegasbirthdaybash.blogspot.com/2014/02/remembering-laughlin-side-trips.html
     
  9. jrinct1

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    I have gone 3 times to Laughlin and LOVED IT..JEEZ the first time it was FREE and a FREE lunch buffy!. The last 2 times I think it was like 5 bucks or 8 $ and a free buffy AND/OR a coupon book as well ( this was also a few years back).YES there are more seniors and isn't as "wild" as Carnival Court for example but I enjoyed it a lot. Plus taking the river taxis is nice and enjoyable after walking the "strip" by the riverwalk and hitting the casinos to either paly a bit or have a drink at the bars.
     
  10. Nevada Kid

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    I'm a Laughlin fan too, and think the day trip is just not quite enough time there.

    It is a beautiful place, and I love to see the mixture of the gaudy casino lights with majestic nature. The mountains are gorgeous at sunrise and sunset!

    If you decide to give it another shot, I would advise to do a little more planning before your next visit. Laughlin can be a walk from place to place, but they do have a bus as well as water and regular taxis, that make it easy to get from place to place. The best places are Aquarius, the Nugget and Harrahs. You can also find bar-top FPJOB at Pioneer.

    A lot of the good VP has disappeared over the last few years, but it's still easier to find some at the $.25 level in Laughlin than on the Strip in Vegas.
     
  11. Nevada Kid

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    Here are a couple photos from my last trip.
     

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