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Quick Report 12/3-12/8

Discussion in 'Vegas Trip Reports' started by tomkc1, Dec 10, 2012.

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  1. tomkc1

    tomkc1 Newbie

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    My Trip Report

    My wife and I flew from Boston to Las on Southwest. AS usual great flights both ways.
    The first night we stayed at the Gold Coast. Extremely disappointed in the "Prime Rib" buffet. My wife is not a fan of buffets in general so it took a bit of convincing that we should try this one. Most selections were o.k. but the prime rib (which is the buffet feature) was downright terrible. The meat was thin and dry. We wont do that one again.

    Tuesday morning we headed to Laughlin via Hoover Dam, Kingman, AZ and Oatman, AZ. Along the way we stopped in Boulder City for breakfast at Mel's Diner. Nice breakfast and a nice downtown area.

    If you haven't been to Oatman, AZ you should put it on your list. Its an old mining town from the early 1900s that has turned itself into a tourist stop. The town is extremely interesting and the wild (but yet tame) donkeys are quite a treat. The many shops will appeal to different tastes and the drive from Kingman has some spectacular scenery.

    From Oatman to Laughlin is maybe a 45 minute drive and along the way there are plenty of places to pick up anything you might have forgotten to pack.

    We stayed at the Edgewater hotel. This is o.k. The room was on the 23rd floor facing the Colorado River. It had a great view and cost $23 for teh night which included one breakfast buffet. The buffet was decent.

    For some reason the casino and property in general didn't appeal to me. I think next time we'll try the Riverside which seems to offer more including a very interesting old car and vintage slot machine museum.

    The next morning we headed back to Vegas via Primm. For some reason our GPS didn't have Primm in its memory and after a bit of confusion we got on the right track. Primm is interesting because it has the Bonnie and Clyde car as well as a good video about the couple and their history of crime.

    Primm also has "Despardo" the roller coaster but to our disappointment the hotel where it is located was closed due to renovations.

    Our 3 night Vegas stay was at Main Street Station. We love Main Street and can't find any negatives about it. We love the buffets (yes even my wife does), the gambling, rooms (with safe & refrigerator) and even the freight trains that pass by. Main Street also seems to be very generous with the comps. Using points for food is especially a good deal.

    Downtown is also a favorite of our since since there are so many options for food and good gambling. We went to the new Denny's for breakfast. Its bright and beautiful with the usual Denny's menu. El Cortez is still the same old same old as far as I'm concerned. Nothing special but still interesting and worth a visit.

    Thank you to all here who made suggestions about things to do. We went to Chicago Joe's downtown for a very good Italian lunch. The place has been there for 35 years and its worth a visit
    We also took advantage of the discount mentioned here and saw Terry Fator. We got to see the Christmas show that he puts on and it was a great take at a great price.

    People here also talke about the steak special at Ellis Island. We had forgot about that and tried it this time. First, Ellis Island has been renovated. The restaurant is very nice, very clean and the steak special was excellent. It includes a nice piece of beef, baked potato, salad, vegetable and a 20 oz draft beer all for just $7.99. What a deal. It really is worth going to.

    Vegas at this time of year seems to be especially a bargain. Our flight was very reasonable ($225 rt from Boston), we only paid for one night at MSS, the rental car for the week was $149 total including taxes (Dollar who we like a lot) and even though the National Rodeo finals were in town it was not crazy busy. I think we'll do it again next year, maybe even getting tickets to the rodeo.

    Thank you to all who contribute to this board. Its a great resource thanks to you.

    Tom
     
  2. JosieCat

    JosieCat VIP Whale

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    Thanks for the TR. One of these days, I'll have to make it to Laughlin, I've never been.
     
  3. Blonde_4_ever

    Blonde_4_ever "The Welfare Queen of Windsor"

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    If I ever get to Vegas with someone who rents a car..I would love to do all those side trips.
    Thanks for sharing!
     
  4. tomkc1

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    I find that Las Vegas is really easy to drive around in. Getting to Laughlin is also easy.

    If you drive on or across the strip you will almost always run into traffic but its really easy to avoid the strip and still get to strip locations. There are back roads that lead into parking garages at most casinos.

    Renting a car there is a bit of a game, too. I always go directly to the rental agency site to book. If you don't find a good price today, you just might tomorrow. As a last resort I will use Priceline but most of the time I don't have to do that. Dollar is consistantly the lowest price and they are a good company. This past trip I was booked for a midsized car. At the pick up area I asked if I could have a Ford Escape since we are looking for a midsize SUV. "No problem at all, pick the one you want". We got the Escape for no extra charge (and found it good but a bit noisy).

    Las Vegas has so much to see within a 200 mile radius. Rent the car. Its worth it.
     
  5. gerry53

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    good report.

    too bad you didn`t get to ride the desperado though,it`s a great coaster and we have been on many different ones.
     
  6. redzone

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    Hi Tom
    Really enjoyed your report. We went to Oatman as well a couple years ago. This is an what I remember writing about it:

    This was our day to go to Oatman Arizona and go horseback riding. This was a great trip with different scenery than what we see back home. We did not stop in Laughlin and when we got to Oatman the lady was just taking a group out for a two hour ride. She was willing to wait for us but we felt 2 hours was too long on a horse so we said we would wait till they got back.

    Oatman was not what I expected. It’s a shame they let vehicles park on the street and the buidings are all selling trinkets and souvenir junk. It was the same as going to a flea market. They put on a wild west shootout and then pass the hat around for donations. Wild burros roam the street and people buy a bag of carrots and feed them except the ones with a small sticker on their forehead because they get sick when they eat carrots and stuff.

    The restaurant’s walls and ceiling are just about covered with dollar bills that people have written on with their names or funny sayings. In one shop there was a lady behind the counter that was one the phone and she was saying to whoever was on the other end that she could pay $150 in a couple of weeks but that is all the money she has at the moment and asked for some time. It was kinda sad in a way as I am sure it is not easy to make a living around this area.

    We finally saddled up and off we go to see the surrounding fauna and flora. It was an enjoyable slow ride with the lady telling us about some of the history etc. but I was sure glad we didn’t do a two hour tour as my backside and um err groin area had had enough after an hour. It costs $40 bucks for the hour and that seemed reasonable to me.
     
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