Hello all! I've been reading this board for months and have enjoyed it immensely, particularly the trip reports. This is my first post and I thought I would introduce myself by laying out the plans for my 50th birthday weekend. As with any trip to Vegas, planning is really just creating a framework and then following the flow as the days unfold. Comments are appreciated. Background: First, this will be my eighth trip to Vegas. Living on the east coast makes trips a little tougher and because I have to fly out of Charlotte where flights are pretty expensive ($550 minimum direct r/t to LAS). If you're not familiar with CLT I'll just say that American controls 86% of our gate space and 94% of our departures. I can fly to Vegas from other cities with those flights connecting through Charlotte cheaper than fly direct from Charlotte. It really is crazy. Second, I play table games, blackjack mostly with a little craps mixed in for variety. Third, this will be a trip for my 50th birthday with four other couples. These are couples that we haven't traveled with previously and none of us are particularly close but we all have fun when we're together. The 10 of us will be staying at the Bellagio, more for the pool than the casino. Of the people on the trip only myself and one other husband really enjoy playing, but everyone else is planning on some significant time at the Cypress Pool. We're arriving Thursday 9/28 and will be there until Sunday morning. The Trip: Day One- Thursday 9/28 Flight arrives at 1:45pm and we're going straight to Bellagio to check in, rest for an hour or two, shower and then head to Freemont Street to do some low rolling and to teach the non-gamblers how to play craps. Also on the Freemont/Downtown agenda will be a ride on the Slotzilla zipline and drinks at the Downtown Cocktail Room. Does anyone have other suggestions? How about transport from/to the Bellagio? Day Two- Friday 9/29 Weather permitted, pool time at Cypress for the main group. Table time for me. Dinner is 7pm at Yellowtail, followed by the 10pm Absinthe show. Gambling at Bellagio. Any tips for activities if the weather prevents quality pool time. Day Three- Saturday 9/30 Walking the strip to casino hop. Not an easy endeavor I know, but it will be fun. The plan is to walk north and see how far we can get before we either (a) get tired or (b) pass out. Need a dinner recommendation and any other pointers you may have to offer. Day Four- Sunday 10/1 We're making early appointments with Dr. Hangover then flying home at lunch time. So, I'd appreciate any input, commentary or questions. I've never done a Vegas trip with a group and I'd love some advice from those who have done a trip like ours. We don't have a problem walking a fair amount, getting a limo/car or staying close to home base. All of us are foodies and some are craft brew aficionados. We all enjoy fun...from mild to wild. Thanks in advance!!!