Thats ok, I can go to the original Owl Cafe in San Antonio, NM and have
the juciest most bestest<G> Green Chili Cheeseburger in the entire world
and wash it down with a tall necked beer. Of course its an 80 mile trip
but when its that good...
Its real clean, and safe as there are security people all over. If a
problem occurs they are on it in a heartbeat. Wife and I feel quite
safe down there - Fremont Street. The hourly free light show is AMAZING!
Grandpa <jsdebooATcomcast.net> wrote:
I didn't mean to diss it, we do visit everytime we go but I guess I'm more
of a tourist than a gambler. And the casinos down there just have too much
smoke in them for me, though the rules are often more favorable.
We rarely gamble either but when we saw Chubby Checker there free (and
another very well known group of that era I can't recall the name of
now) 2 years ago I was impressed. Foods a lot cheaper downtown by far.
I will be there in early January to attend the CES show. The best thing in
to hit the strip and tour all the hotels, the big ones are individual and
contain different themes and entertainment ranging from zoos, "street"
entertainment, shopping, shark tanks, a must see is the Eifel tower at the
Paris, the shopping forum at Ceasars, etc. They are installing a Disney type
of monorail circling the center of the city. There are many great shows. LV
is not as cheap as it used to be, but there is much that can be done on a
I was there in the Spring and the you are correct about it not being cheap
anymore. It used to be that the hotels and food was cheap because they wanted
your money in the casinos. It is a very expensive place to visit now. The
shows are all $100 or more. I would not go to the older LV part. It was pretty
run down and not worth the cab fare. Everyone should go to LV at least once in
their life but I have no desire to return.
Wife and I go often. First and foremost, take some VERY COMFORTABLE
SHOES, or your feet will complain forever. No joke, you're going to do
lots of walking.
Cheaper hotels by far are downtown (Fremont St.) and the overhead light
show is outstanding - Fremont St experience. Plaza, Horseshoe, Golden
Gate etc. Food is cheaper downtown too. The strip isn't far away and
bus service is easily available, cheap and frequent. The section of the
strip between Excaliber and Ceasars Palace basically will keep you
entertained for quite awhile. If you have a few extra bucks, take the
kids by the Excaliber or stay there if you can afford it. The kids will
love it for sure and they always have free magic shows etc in there.
Having said all that, check out http://www.lvol.com for whats going
on etc whenever you visit. We always check it for conventions etc
before we go.
Make sure you go _through_ the dam. I talked some friends into
driving me out there once (I was without a car on that trip)
but they wouldn't let me go on the tour, the main reason I took
the 40 mile trip there, the richardcraniums.
Be sure to go on all 3 rides at the Luxor pyramid. 1 is romantic
(boat trip) and 2 are wild rides which aren't to be missed!
There's a Thai restaurant where I ALWAYS get green chicken curry
there. It's Komol Thai. http://www.aaamenus.com/komol.html
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Good thing you did stop. Their corrupt police department probably would
have shot you if you hadn't. They did in a teenager for a traffic
violation a couple years back that way, shot him thru the back of his
little pickup, and they're are well known for sticking it to passersby -
yup, LV, NM. Armpit city...
Gerald Ross wrote:
Well I must say "thanks to all". I now have a lot of things to do and places
to see and stay. I think that we are going to have to stay about a week to
do all the things that you guys listed.
When are you going? Try to avoid the weeks of major conventions. The hotels
bump the room prices out the window into the stratosphere these weeks. I am
attending CES on January 6 for one week and the hotels have very little room
and charge about $150.00 per night for rooms they normally charge $50.00
If it's like Reno, the place to stay *is* one of the casino hotels.
_nice_ rooms are dirt-cheap. The Last time I was through Reno overnight,
I had a $16 (!!) room at Fitzgeralds. The room was 'only' about 14'x40'in
size. TWO _king_ beds, Two TVs, 2 big upholstered wing chairs, plus table
with 4 side chairs, _and_ a second 2-place table out on the balcony.
Casino gambling is, in general, a very 'anti-social' activity. Erm, make
that 'non social'. no conversation or banter, etc.
Any of the 'gambling towns' are "adult" entertainment places. Not much for
kids -- not allowed in the gambling areas, etc. Most of the casinos have
similar 'non social' activity rooms for the kids -- video game arcades, etc.
Overall, *lots* of glitz and glitter. Mostly 'semi-tacky'. Not 'cheap', just
Stage shows at the casinos _are_ impressive productions. Many -- make that
most -- will be unsuitable for children, however. One staple description:
"100 beautiful girls, 50 gorgeous costumes".
For 'non-casino' things, it depends on your (collectively) taste/inclinations
Theres the dam, the race-track, the USAF test facility ("Dreamland") and/or
Nellis AFB, some _great_ golf-courses. There's also desert tours, horseback
riding, hiking, etc.
See the Las Vegas Convention and Visitor Authority <http://www.lvcva.com/
web-site for other 'things to do' in the area.
Depending on what you consider "the vicinity", there's the Grand Canyon,
Monument Valley, rafting on the Colorado River, Death Valley.
Further away, but worth the visit, "The Arches" national park, Bryce Canyon,
Meteor Crater, Natural Bridges Nat'l Monument, Canyonlands Natl Park
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