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We're going to Las Vegas for a mini-vacation from Monday (Memorial Day) through Friday. :cool: We may or may not be bringing our son... it depends on a number of factors. We're staying at the Stratosphere. A couple of questions:
1. Is it safe/worth driving the Elise from Phoenix, tooling around L.V. and parking it in various unknown places there? (i.e. damage-vandals-theft etc...)? Are there specific areas to avoid? :eek:
2. What is worth seeing there... other than overpriced shows? :confused:
3. What are some of the reasonable restaurants... with tasty food of course? :rolleyes:
4. Are there any Lotus owners in proximity that want to meet somewhere/sometime from Tuesday-Thursday? Brunch/lunch/juice bar etc...
5. Any other info. or advise?
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Input is greatly appreciated!
 

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I'll be in Vegas Tuesday-Thursday.
I'm staying at Mandalay Bay, whom has the best pool in Vegas supposedly, for $120/night (click on calender icon for rates for particular days)
https://reservations.mgmmirage.com/bookingengine.aspx?host=hotel&pid=MBH

I'll definitely be eating at the Bellagio Buffet.

Also, Expedia.com has a free seat upgrade for the Cirque Du Soleil-KA which i just booked:
Book your KÀ tickets and get a FREE upgrade from the Category 3 to Category 2! Plus, get a coupon valid for 15% off all KA merchandise AND when you buy a photo, you get the second at 50% off, a retail value of $40!

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You might want to checkout the $35 Hoover Dam Tour since its 30 miles away from Vegas. I did this previously and was worthwhile:
Bureau of Reclamation: Lower Colorado Region - Hoover Dam: Visitor Center/Tour Information

If you go to Hoover, you can also hang out at Lake Mead since the lake sits behind the dam
Lake Mead National Recreation Area (U.S. National Park Service)
(do google search for more activities there)
 

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Thanks for the input, suggestions and links 25psi! :clap:
We're already booked into the Stratosphere, but we'll hit the Bellagio Buffet sometime Tue. - Thur. as well. :up:
 

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If you went through the hotel you may cancel your booking without a penalty. DO IT! Not a great hotel. If you're son is younger the pool at the Flamingo will wow him, but you must book into the new tower, the old tower is one of the oldest on the strip. Paris, Mandalay bay, Luxor, Planet Hollywood, Treasure Island, Monte Carlo, are all much better choices. Strat is way down the road by itself. See the mall at Caesars (talking statue shows for free), Pirate show for free at Treasure Island, Volcano Show for free at Mirage. The mall at Planet Hollywood is worth seeing. Water show at Bellagio and an Art Museum. Free Circus acts at Circus, Circus. Marine exhibit at Mandalay. Free show in the sky at night downtown. Cheap shrimp coctails and drinks down there. Best expensive buffets, Bellagio, Paris, Seafood at the RIO plus free Mardi Gras show at night. Best CHeap buffet, any coast casino except the Barbary Coast. Margaritaville in the Flamingo, go to the second or third level on an off hour and get a table overlooking the strip, reasonable prices great view, and something for the kids. If you like seafood, if you want something unique, different and reasonable, the seafood bar at the Palace Station. Pan Roasts, Ciopino's, Bolubaise (you go find the spelling) they make the stuff right in front of you. HOW GOOD? 5 other casinos copied them. Long wait at times, no reservations, counter seating only, waitress service inside $2 more per meal and you don't get the Chef show. DOn't want to wait, want a table, same thing at South Point, or Sun Coast. 5 miles south of the strip is the Silverton hotel (blue diamond road) with a Bass Outdoors outlet. If you've never been in one go, it's an outdoor store on major big league steroids. In the Queens hotel downtown is Hugo's Cellar, old school red chairs steak and seafood house, it was the Rat Pack hangout, the most famous restaurant in Las Vegas in the 50's and 60's. Haven't been there in years but it's really nostalgic. Also Batista's Hole in the wall behind the Barbary Coast same deal Nostalga to the hilt. Check Chowhound.com for current revues of restaurants. Oh also west on Charleston the Red Rock Hotel and Casino, I think it's the hottest looking place inside. NYNY is neat inside also plus the roller coaster, and dueling piano's IF YOU DO NOT DO ANYTHING ELSE, CHECK OUT THE DUELING PIANOS, GET THERE AT 8PM FOR A SEAT OR STAND WITH EVERYONE ELSE AT 9. DO NOT MISS THIS, DO NOT MISS THIS, DO NOT MISS THIS. You get the idea?

If your kid is with you go all the way west on Charleston to Bonnie SPrings, really hokey cowboy show, cheesey Zoo, horse back rides into the canyons and a weird place to have a cocktail or beer. Also Red Rock Canyon is out there, small fee, state park, neat rock formations, very interesting if your into that stuff. Take the Dam tour, and if you do that you can go to Laughlin (8 or so more casinos on the river )another hour further you can rent boats and waverunners if you are inclined and beach at the Avi hotel down south 5 miles further. Also Valley of Fire State Park about a 63 minute ride away. And of course a couple hrs to Death Valley, (I'm dying to go there myself).

Shows, pay the money see the Blue Man Group, I've seen it twice and going back for a third time, if someone recommends "Love" see the Blue man group instead. The Comedy show at the RIviera is cheap and you usually get two great comics and one fair one. The Show at the Trop is the oldest on the Strip and is old style Las Vegas T&A tastefully done( well as tasteful as one can be, my friend was a stage manager there and says they rub eachothers nipples with ice right before they go on and talk about how well their kid is doing in school).

Take a ride to the Ritz Carlton in Lake Las Vegas, they made a little Italian town with shops and theres one Italian restaurant down near the lake that is great and reasonable.

Okay that should take care of the first day.

Driven there many times in my lotus. There are no gaurantees in life (well death and Taxes), but the casino lots are heavily patrolled and have cameras all over the place. SOme Hotels will let you park it yourself in the Valet lot. I've never worried. If your option is meeting with Alan Sereboff or seeing the Blue Man Group. Blue Man Group.
 

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I cannot recommend this high enough. If you can, get tickets to "LOVE" playing at the Mirage. It's one of the cirque d' soliel shows.

It features Beatles songs, and even if you hated these Beatles you'd like it. It's amazing AND it's kid friendly
 

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I should be there Monday and/or Tuesday. Just sayin'.
 

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If you went through the hotel you may cancel your booking without a penalty. DO IT! Not a great hotel. If you're son is younger the pool at the Flamingo will wow him, but you must book into the new tower, the old tower is one of the oldest on the strip. Paris, Mandalay bay, Luxor, Planet Hollywood, Treasure Island, Monte Carlo, are all much better choices. Strat is way down the road by itself. See the mall at Caesars (talking statue shows for free), Pirate show for free at Treasure Island, Volcano Show for free at Mirage. The mall at Planet Hollywood is worth seeing. Water show at Bellagio and an Art Museum. Free Circus acts at Circus, Circus. Marine exhibit at Mandalay. Free show in the sky at night downtown. Cheap shrimp coctails and drinks down there. Best expensive buffets, Bellagio, Paris, Seafood at the RIO plus free Mardi Gras show at night. Best CHeap buffet, any coast casino except the Barbary Coast. Margaritaville in the Flamingo, go to the second or third level on an off hour and get a table from overlooking the strip, reasonable prices great view, and something for the kids. If you like seafood, if you want something unique, different and reasonable, the seafood bar at the Palace Station. Pan Roasts, Ciopino's, Bolubaise (you go find the spelling) they make the stuff right in front of you. HOW GOOD? 5 other casinos copied them. Long wait at times, no reservations, counter seating only, waitress service inside $2 more per meal and you don't get the Chef show. DOn't want to wait, want a table, same thing at South Point, or Sun Coast. 5 miles south of the strip is the Silverton hotel (blue diamond road) with a Bass Outdoors outlet. If you've never been in one go, it's an outdoor store on major big league steroids. In the Queens hotel downtown is Hugo's Cellar, old school red chairs steak and seafood house, it was the Rat Pack hangout, the most famous restaurant in Las Vegas in the 50's and 60's. Haven't been there in years but it's really nostalgic. Also Batista's Hole in the wall behind the Barbary Coast same deal Nostalga to the hilt. Check Chowhound.com for current revues of restaurants. Oh also west on Charleston the Red Rock Hotel and Casino, I think it's the hottest looking place inside. NYNY is neat inside also plus the roller coaster, and dueling piano's IF YOU DO NOT DO ANYTHING ELSE, CHECK OUT THE DUELING PIANOS, GET THERE AT 8PM FOR A SEAT OR STAND WITH EVERYONE ELSE AT 9. DO NOT MISS THIS, DO NOT MISS THIS, DO NOT MISS THIS. You get the idea?

If your kid is with you go all the way west on Charleston to Bonnie SPrings, really hokey cowboy show, cheesey Zoo, horse back rides into the canyons and a weird place to have a cocktail or beer. Also Red Rock Canyon is out there, small fee, state park, neat rock formations, very interesting if your into that stuff. Take the Dam tour, and if you do that you can go to Laughlin (8 or so more casinos on the river )another hour further you can rent boats and waverunners if you are inclined and beach at the Avi hotel down south 5 miles further. Also Valley of Fire State Park about a 63 minute ride away. And of course a couple hrs to Death Valley, (I'm dying to go there myself).

Shows, pay the money see the Blue Man Group, I've seen it twice and going back for a third time, if someone recommends "Love" see the Blue man group instead. The Comedy show at the RIviera is cheap and you usually get two great comics and one fair one. The Show at the Trop is the oldest on the Strip and is old style Las Vegas T&A tastefully done( well as tasteful as one can be, my friend was a stage manager there and says they rub eachothers nipples with ice right before they go on and talk about how well their kid is doing in school).

Take a ride to the Ritz Carlton in Lake Las Vegas, they made a little Italian town with shops and theres one Italian restaurant down near the lake that is great and reasonable.

Okay that should take care of the first day.

Driven there many times in my lotus. There are no gaurantees in life (well death and Taxes), but the casino lots are heavily patrolled and have cameras all over the place. SOme Hotels will let you park it yourself in the Valet lot. I've never worried. If your option is meeting with Alan Sereboff or seeing the Blue Man Group. Blue Man Group.
Wow, some great advice. Thanks. :up: We just got back late last night from Tucson, so our son and dog are staying there for the week while my wife and I head to Vegas in a few minutes... which means this can now be a more adult oriented trip rather than kid focused. :)
I've only flown through Vegas on several occasions, so I wouldn't have know any of these, other than the shows. I'm printing these page and taking them with us. I'll try to check back to these pages once I get there in case others have additional advise.
Thank you to all that replied!!! :clap:
:shift: Off we go....
 

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PBE my wife and I just returned from a 1 week Vegas vacation. Our trip was about doing everything we could sans gambling. In the "for free" category we highly recommend the Bellagio's Botanical Gardens (see pictures Vegas - a set on Flickr ) You can also see they had a cool pastry/deli/confections shop and cool glass work by Dale Chihuly.

In the automobile related realm we did Karts at Poll Position 4175 S. Arville Las Vegas Nevada 89103 702-227-7223. The Karting was great fun! They even gave you a print out of each race showing your best time and how you placed among others.

For food we ate lunch at this awesome place "Brio" Brio on Flickr - Photo Sharing! which I'd place squarely in the "too good to be true but it is!" category. This place was just off the strip down Las Vegas Blvd in a little mall by Fry's Electronics.

We saw three shows, comedian Gordie Brown (don't bother), Ka (also don't bother if you have ever seen any other cirque du soleil) and SPAMalot which I thought was great fun!

Have a great vacation
- Nock
 

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Leaving Utah now, if anyone's around tonight, I should be in vegas.
 

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Also you can get an all day pass on the Monorail. Better and cheaper then taxis, better then moving your lotus, you can drink and not worry.
 

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Here are some “cool’ places that I compiled for some friends of mine that recently traveled to Vegas!

SHOPPING
Mandalay Place (located in Mandalay Bay Hotel): Las Vegas Clothing Stores - Mandalay Place - Clothes Stores in Las Vegas
Caesars Shop (Located in Caesars Palace): Shopping at Caesars Palace Las Vegas Hotel & Casino (great place)
Esplanade @ THE WYNN (Fantastic): Shopping at Wynn Las Vegas
Las Vegas Hotels - Wynn Las Vegas

Fashion Show Mall: Fashion Show (huge mall)
SPAS
THE BATHHOUSE @ Mandalay Bay: The Bathhouse - Mandalay Bay - Best Las Vegas Spas
SPA MANDALAY @ Mandalay Bay: Las Vegas - Spa Mandalay - Best Spas in Las Vegas
RED ROCK SPA @ Red Rock Casino: Spa - Red Rock, Las Vegas (fantastic)
Pretty much all hotels have really nice spas.. but those above are great

RESTAURANTS
Aureole @ Mandalay Bay (Steak house Great wine list): Aureole - Mandalay Bay - Best Las Vegas Seafood Restaurants
China Grill @ Mandalay Bay (asian fusion): China Grill - Mandalay Bay - Best Las Vegas Asian Restaurants
Stacks @ Mirage (Steak House): Stack - Las Vegas American Restaurant - Mirage
Japonais @ Mirage (Japanese, very good for lunch): Japonais - Las Vegas Bars and Lounges - Mirage
Mon Ami Gaby @ Paris (French… outside terrace gives on Bellagio fountain show): Las Vegas Restaurants and Dining at Paris Las Vegas
MIX @ Mandalay Bay (great restaurant on top of THE HOTEL @ Mandalay Bay. Best view on the strip): Mix - Mandalay Bay - Best Restaurants in Las Vegas
Sushi Bar @ Mandalay Bay (great entertainment in the evening.. great sushi):
Social House @ Treasure Island (neat atmosphere, good food): Treasure Island Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas - Restaurants
TAO @ The Venetian (ultra popular restaurant… NICE): Las Vegas Dining Guide To The Best Fine Restaurants, Bistros & Cafes In Nevada - The Venetian
Burger Bar @ Mandalay Place (Just Fantastic..): Burger Bar - Mandalay Bay - Best Burgers in Las Vegas
Border Grill @ Mandalay Bay (eat indoor or outdoor… Mexican style… Yummy!): Border Grill - Mandalay Bay - Las Vegas Mexican Restaurants
All big hotels on the strip have signature restaurants… you can’t really go wrong!!!

LOUNGES, DRINKS, NIGHTLIFE
Mix @ Mandalay Bay (Ultra Lounge on the roof of THE HOTEL @ Mandalay Bay): Official Site: MIX in Las Vegas Red Square @ Mandalay Bay (Vodka Bar….nice): Official Site: Red Square
Revolution Lounge @ Mirage (Beatles inspired lounge…. Very nice and different by Cirque Du Soleil): THE BEATLES™ REVOLUTION Lounge - Las Vegas - Mirage
Hard Rock Hotel (….well it’s the Hard Rock!): Las Vegas Hotels | Hard Rock Hotel and Casino
V Bar @ Venetian (cool lounge 5-7): Las Vegas Luxury Hotels, Suite Resorts, Live Entertainment & Show Schedules - The Venetian
THE WYNN center Bar (just great, lots of cool stuff to discover.. one of the nicest hotels on the strip!): Las Vegas Hotels - Wynn Las Vegas
TRYST @ The WYNN (beautiful and original): Las Vegas Hotels - Wynn Las Vegas
JET night Club @ the Mirage (fantastic, ) The Light Group: Jet Nightclub Inside Mirage Hotel Casino Las Vegas
All hotels have great bars… and make sure you check out Center Bars in the hotels.. always good surprises, Bands, etc.


GUIDES
Here are a few good guides that will allow you look at everything at a quick glance:

Las Vegas Hotels - Las Vegas Shows - Las Vegas Entertainment | VEGAS.com

Las Vegas, Las Vegas Hotels and Las Vegas Shows - VEGAS.com:

Las Vegas Online Entertainment Guide - Complete information about Las Vegas

Las Vegas - Official Las Vegas Tourism Web Site

Las Vegas Travel - Las Vegas Vacation - Las Vegas Hotels
 

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Anyone got a "massage parlor" guide? :nanner2:
 

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Just got back this AM. Saw the "Cher" show; what a multi-talent...Oscar winner, etc. The audience was 65-70% women and the rest were brow-beaten or horny old men...or both. :)

My wife and friends loved the show. Even though I didn't get a woodie from all of Cher's see-through costumes, the show was fun. :crazyeyes

What a voice -- still got it. Her songs included some of the best hits when Sonny was around. In talking to friends afterwards, they (and a couple of old DJ's who tend to be blaze when it comes to music talents) all dug the nostalgic trip.
 

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FWIW, I just stopped in Vegas, gassed up and kept going. 700 miles today. Who says the Probax seats are uncomfortable? :D
 

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FWIW, I just stopped in Vegas, gassed up and kept going. 700 miles today. Who says the Probax seats are uncomfortable? :D
Allan, please let us know when you stop to take a leak. We're following your exploits with bated breath.
 

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Allan, please let us know when you stop to take a leak. We're following your exploits with bated breath.
Apparently you are. You'll know - a disco ball drops down, bad music plays...
 

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He's not stopping. He has a 2-liter bottle in the car.
You have no idea how close that came to happening. Fortunately, all I had were empty red bull cans, and that wasn't happening.
 
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