Having been there once, I can formulate the following opinions about it. A)It's smaller than I expected. After seeing Vegas on TV and movies thousands of times, I expected the strip to be longer and wider. I didnt go to any off-strip casinos though. B)Downtown area. I didnt care for it much. Yes, it got cleaned up, but still resembles out of the way areas of Atlantic City. I did not like the lazer show at all; it was noisy, boring, and pointless. The area seems to be preferred by bikers from all gangs, from Hell's Angels to Mongols, etc. Hotel rates are lower than on strip, and I see why. C)I stayed at The Excalibur 5 nights. The buffet was good, much better than Trop's, and drinks were free. I got annoyed by the resort offers, and salesmen asking such as where you from , etc. We got offered a good price on a tour of the Grand Canyon by a Mexican right outside. He took our room#. Someone called us in the morn, and said bus is driving by. Ok, so we checked it out, looked legit, we paid $89. Got there ok. Tour was good. There are less drunks and offers for girls at the end of strip, less crowds, more space on bus, so I would stay in that area again. D)As for the casinos... or as some people like to refer to them, properties. I am from NYC, and was in Italy, so did not waste time on NYNY, nor Venetian, nor Paris or any fake architecture. I do not like fakery; I like the real thing. The fountain show at the Bellagio did not impress me, but did the others. The Chihuly glass installations were good. The tree-man was fun. I like A.C. in the Summer, as the breeze comes off the ocean, and you could swim, and get back to "gaming". I would stay away from Vegas June-Sept. Maybe, I'll check out the New Year's in Vegas. I did not see any shows, but having seen Cirque de Soleil many times on TV wouldnt waste $100 on it. As for Copperfield or Dion, seen both too many times on TV, as well as Cher, so no go for me. Chris Angel just bores me, and Penn&Teller are a cliche. If Santana playes there, maybe. In fact, tickets for anything are cheaper in AC and MSG. Overall, if I have the time, and I get a good rate, and a good band is playing Vegas, and it's anywhere from 70-85F, I would go to Vegas.