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What is the most BS tourist trap in Vegas?

Discussion in 'Misc. Vegas Chat' started by notfromconcentrate, Feb 15, 2019.

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  1. Geogran

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    Fremont Street and downtown in general meets my criteria as a tourist trap because I can barely walk 5 feet without some type of approach or hustle to come inside or to buy something or to get something free for entering or have to dodge the freak show that has taken over. There is an element of that on the strip, but nowhere near the degree as I find downtown.
     
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  2. WichitaMuskie

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    Tourist traps don't have to mean you have a bad experience. Something can be an expensive, kitschy tourist trap (like the M&M Store, for example), you can know that it's a tourist trap, and you can STILL go to such a place and enjoy yourself. As has been mentioned by others, most of the Strip and Fremont Strip are just huge tourist traps, but we still love them and have a fantastic time when we visit them.
     
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  3. tee6395

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    Vegas is by virtue a tourist trap. It is kitschy and pseudo-glamorous and I fall for it every. single. time. What does it say about us that we continue to go and spend too much, eat and drink too much and have a marvelous time? lol

    There are many ways to spend your hard-earned dollars on things with little to no value. Hmmm...like gambling. :p
     
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  4. Vegas Insight

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    And on Dec. 4 I paid $20 extra for the skywalk on a sunny day and found it to be worth the extra cost, one time. I don't need to do that again, but it was fun walking out onto an odd feat of engineering.
     
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    I thought it was fun to see. I'm no expert, but from what I recall, a lot of money was allocated for this "art" installation. (Donations, mostly, but some tax dollars were allocated.) I'm not convinced it is art, but eye of the beholder and all of that.

    There's a good article that details it, but I'm uncomfortable sharing links to other sites, so do a little Googling and you'll find it.
     
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    Finally ate there on Dec. 5. I didn't get the appeal. It wasn't terrible, and it's cheaper than a better, comparable meal at a joint on the strip, but yeah, it's a tourist trap. Just a stone's throw from the pavement of LV Blvd. and gets good buzz for its old-school ambiance.

    X gets the square.
     
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    [QUOTE="ken2v, post: 1781821, member: 2335] Going to Waikiki and eating American chain food ...[/QUOTE]

    We ate at the Waikiki Cheesecake Factory... does that count?
     
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  8. Vegas Insight

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    Should have realized this was the thing to do when I started reading this thread.

    Seriously, $4? That's a bargain on the strip these days. (And some people don't consider the Strat on the strip, we know.) I never tire of going up there and looking around, but I'm not interested in paying to do it, yet again, so I haven't gone up many times in recent years, or used the happy hour bypass to get to the top. A $4 beer up there? I'm stunned.

    As I learned, Google would define a gift shop as a tourist trap. Others define it differently than Google. I don't see it as a trap. You're not compelled to buy anything. You may be drawn in by the neon or the size, but if that makes it a trap, then every casino is a tourist trap. I've never felt trapped in the Bonanza, and the limited things I've bought freely, of my own volition, did not exhibit "tourist trap" pricing. It's not like selling me a $10 bottle of water in the middle of a desert tour, when I'm parched and about to collapse from the heat. I got a nifty picture book of the Hoover Dam for 99 cents at Bonanza last summer. They trapped me!

    I started to realize the same thing as this discussion evolved. The gondolas at Luxor are not a tourist trap. They're just not a great value for what you get. Good luck trapping me, I look at those things and fail to see the appeal. You offer me a free ride, I'll likely say yes, and when you tell me at the end of the ride that there's a docking fee to get out without jumping into the glorified pool, then you've trapped me. I don't see the Big Wheel at Imperial Palace as a trap, either. I can look at it and know what I'm going to get for my 30-minute ride. Hard to trap me with that.

    That's what we've heard for years, and yet nobody ever testifies to that. (Well, almost nobody.) It's always a friend who learns this lesson.

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  9. LVisBeautiful

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    I have one from Downtown Vegas

    #1 worst-That Dome Experience actually ruined U2 for me it was kinda awful

    Anyhow
    Sad looking tigers is just depressing; dolphins though

    Mandalay Bay shark tank is super overpriced but it’s been free on MyVegas so no worries;

    I did the high roller drinking so that was aight

    Here’s one —the old times photos in Circus Circus —because your awkward family once visited an 1800s saloon

    And of course there’s all the stuff for wedding parties and people having birthdays —nothing like someone wearing a beauty pageant sash and toilet bowl full of margarita with regrettable instagrams on Monday morning

    How about the flushing of thousands that gamblers do to stand in a certain line at the checkout counter

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    $10 ATM fee.
     
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    And somewhere in California, ken2v is looking at this thread thinking 'I told you so'.
     
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    4-7 daily. Monday is all day happy hour pricing if you have a local ID. And I think it's Tuesday maybe Wednesday all day for ladies. Really nice place.
     
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    The taxi driver that offers you the scenic route to your hotel.... Taxis in general to be honest
     
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    Thanks for the rant(s) and the specific dates on which you did not happen to get (actually) trapped.

    This thread is about what people think is a 'tourist trap' in Vegas, not about why all others 'have it all wrong'. I am happy for you that you never felt 'trapped' in any of the tourist attractions in Vegas, but that does not mean that all others are wrong in their assessment on what they feel is a 'tourist trap'. BTW, if you define 'tourist traps' as 'unavoidable places' as you implicitely did in your 4th rant (a definition I do not agree with), then pretty much nothing is a 'tourist trap'.

    Sorry for MY rant! Now let's get back to the topic of this thread.
     
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    I haven't been blatantly long-hauled in Las Vegas (yet!) but I do get the vibes that I'm being "sized up" sometimes when I get in the taxi. About a year ago I jumped in a taxi at McCarran and said "SLS please" forgetting to say the route. He said "Ya want the fastest way?" and then I replied "Yeah, the fastest way is straight down Paradise and you should know it!" :) :) LOL, nice try!

    I once had a driver say that Paradise was backed up with construction when I knew it was not. :)

    One thing I think helps, when you can, is use the vernacular for some of the streets, as in "Orleans, please, Swenson to Trop" as in verbally abbreviating Tropicana. Pronouncing Desert Inn Road as "dee eye" and "the boulevard" for LVB and such. :)
     
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    That sounds like a good suggestion.
    I avoid the cabs completely. I use WAX and Uber.
     
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    What's wrong with tourist traps? You're on vacation!
     
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    Every hotel, every casino, everywhere in the continental US.

    There. Done.
     
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    Shame on me for disagreeing with people. I'm glad to know I'm the only person who deserves such scorn for questioning the logic of what is a tourist trap. (Of which I agreed that Batista's falls under the broad umbrella, despite the fact that I chose to go there of my own free will.)

    Clearly there is no confusion between what is a tourist trip and what is overpriced worthless shit. I'm easily confused. I've been told that before.

    But I think the leadership is right. This thread is flawed from the git-go.
     
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    Spot on.

    Lock it up!
     
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