I'm not technically a new visitor, I've been once before but it was a long time ago and the memory is hazy My brother and dad are visiting and I'm taking them for a Vegas trip, they've never been there. Wanted to go for NY but its too expensive, so I've decided to go 1st week of Jan. After searching through many sites, I finally booked rooms at Aria, since I wanted a nice hotel, it has great reviews, and it came with a daily $50 credit. We'll be driving from San Jose since I live here, its a 8-9hr drive. Flights again are too expensive at this time. I've been reading this forum, lots of great info, and have a few questions - - the trip is for 4 nights/5 days, on last day we'll just check out and drive back so its really 4 days. Should I consider a trip to Grand Canyon, or is the trip too short for it? Is a bus tour better or should I drive? I'll be the only driver on the trip. - we are not going to gamble. Maybe try a few slow machines/hands of blackjack for fun. But with the high minimums I'd rather save the money for food/shows. Plan to stay on the strip, and go to a few places like Fremont street experience. - We are also vegetarian, so will try a few of the recommended buffets like Wynn, and also plan to use my resort credit for food. Even the Spa costs too much for the daily credit to be any good. - I'll try to use the $20 trick. Is it also worth it to tip the concierge and ask for show tickets/buffet pass etc? Or should that be done with the checkin person? - How much walking is involved in the average day? My dad has lower back pain, I don't want him to walk too much. I'd like to plan my day accordingly, since Aria is a bit off the Strip and we don't want to go back and forth from the hotel multiple times. I understand its not worth it to drive, should we be taking the tram/monorails? - I haven't booked any shows yet so I can check the tix4tonight booth when we get there. Would like to see O, lowest discount I found online is 10/15%. - is it worth joining players clubs if we don't gamble? From what I read the benefits only come after a few hours play. I also read about some things like 2 for 1 buffets just for signing up but don't see that anywhere. Very excited for the trip and the stay at Aria! Thanks for any advice.