I love reading all of your trip reports and vowed to do one of my own but for now I'm content doing a pre-trip report in the hopes that it will help me calm down. I'm terribly excited to leave for Vegas in less than 2 weeks. We'll be there from Aug 15-18. It's two couples going and we are all mid-20's. One small note, this is my favorite place to read about Vegas. Occasionally for sh*ts & giggles I check out other message boards but find the constant rude, obnoxious, UN-helpful posts to be a bit draining to sort through. I've fished for some different kinds of info from you guys over the past few months and if you read this and can offer any more suggestions/ideas/tips, I would gladly welcome them!! Here's the background story and tentative plans we have going... My best friend and her hubby got married two years ago. They have two kids, have never had a vacation together, and never took a honeymoon. My friend recently finished her radiation and her cancer is in remission. We decided it was time to party. My gfriend and I (yes, two girls as a couple, you see) decided they need a break and our favorite place to go is Vegas so we figured we'd take our friends. My gfriend and I are financing the trip (for all 4 of us). You can see why suggestions have been appreciated. Don't want to waste any time/money. We have about $1500 for all of us for 3 nights (no, I don't count the days because I won't be awake for them anyway!!!!) We live in Phoenix so the cheapest route, by far, is to drive to Vegas. Once we get there, we won't drive though. Who wants to be the DD?? Not me! I booked 2 rooms for 3 nights at the Barbary Coast. Got that splendid "two nights, third free" deal and with the mid-strip location, couldn't pass it up. I've never stayed at the BC but I'm not picky as long as the room is clean. We are hoping to be able to see a lot at mid-strip casinos by foot to save money on transportation. (Back to that whole "doing the vacation cheap" thing...!!) I have called and talked to somebody in reservations to see if they could pre-assign my friends a nice room with any view of the fountains, explaining the "post-cancer" and "never had a honeymoon" situation to the guy from BC. I told him I don't care what room I end up in, as I've been to Vegas plenty. He said he'd do his best. I'll let you know how that turns out. (I used to work for a hotel and know that preassignment means the hotel will accomodate unless they are really full that night and then you are S.O.L.) Also, guy on the phone was really nice. I hope that's a good premonition. I am excited because my friend and I are going to shuttle it over to Gold Coast from the BC for Bingo-my first time playing Bingo ever and I have a 2for1 coupon! Her hubby wants to check out the Nascar cafe, which will give us a chance to see the monorail too as a way to get to Sahara. I thought if anybody were in the mood we'd try a 2for1 coupon for the comedy club at Riviera while we were in this neck of the woods. My very "typical housemom" friend wants to party it up and go dancing!! I bet housemoms are Girls Gone Wild, I can't wait to see this! Your suggestions have led me to think the Carnival Court is laid back enough for us to just have a relaxed/drinking/dancing/good time without a meat-market feel. Exactly what I think she'll like! I want to see the lions at MGM because I'm a big kid and want to see the pretty kitties. My gfriend wants to see what they've done to butcher the pirate show at TI. I think just enough plans to bring us to a few areas of the stip for sightseeing but not so much that we feel "busy" or "pushed for time". My gfriend and I always get sidetracked while sightseeing because of too much free drinking at the nickel slots.... Ok, I have calmed down a bit. WOOOOHOOOOO Ok, I lied.