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    We just booked a trip to Las Vegas in November for a good friend's wedding. Since our trips to Aruba, I have no desire to go to Vegas, but it's a friend so what can you do? I tried to talk her into a Caribbean wedding but it just wasn't in the cards. I don't understand destination weddings to Vegas. I mean we eloped there, but we didn't ask friends or family to travel there. It is so expensive, especially on Veterans Day weekend, when there is a big fight there. Not to mention, we like to gamble. Okay sorry, I just wanted to vent. The good news is it will break up our wait for Aruba!

    We are staying at Bally's thanks to some rewards nights from a recent trip to Atlantic City, NJ. We will also be there on my birthday. Does anyone have any "must do" activities away from the casinos or "must try" restaurants that we should try while we are there?
    Not sure when, but we will be back

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    We really enjoyed the Terry Fator show when we were there in May. Favorite restaurants ran the range of low key to very high energy. Ramsey steak at Paris was very high energy. We were there for opening night and the food was phenomenal with prices to match. Scarpetta is the destination for pasta and a table with a view of the Bellagio fountains. Service was friendly and accommodating. Try the zeppoles for dessert, amazing. For lunch it was BB Kings where I thoroughly enjoyed a very spicy version of chicken broccoli and ziti.

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    I'll be back out there in a couple weeks, I seem to do Vegas about twice a year. I really like Ballys for the central location (and prices). The dueling piano show at Paris is usually a pretty good time and we end up there to end the night more often than not. They just spent a ton of money re-doing the buffet at Caesars, it's supposed to be amazing. I've always like the one at Bellagio as well. Not sure if they are still doing it, but there had been a $50 pass for 24 hours at all of the Caesar's buffets, including Rio, Paris, Caesars, Flamingo, etc...

    Over the years we've done sightseeing trips to Red Rocks, Hoover Dam and a flight over the Grand Canyon as well. We usually book a car on hotwire for $10 or less per day. It lets me stop and get a case of water and hit in n out for a double double and there is free parking in the garage behind Ballys/Paris.

    As for shows, it looks like Lewis Black is there that weekend. Not sure if that's your thing, but I would probably go see that. The Beatles Cirque show (Love) is a spectacle, we caught that over the summer. It's not really a typical Cirque show, but it's not a traditional story either.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Traceyd14 View Post
    We just booked a trip to Las Vegas in November for a good friend's wedding. Since our trips to Aruba, I have no desire to go to Vegas, but it's a friend so what can you do? I tried to talk her into a Caribbean wedding but it just wasn't in the cards. I don't understand destination weddings to Vegas. I mean we eloped there, but we didn't ask friends or family to travel there. It is so expensive, especially on Veterans Day weekend, when there is a big fight there. Not to mention, we like to gamble. Okay sorry, I just wanted to vent. The good news is it will break up our wait for Aruba!

    We are staying at Bally's thanks to some rewards nights from a recent trip to Atlantic City, NJ. We will also be there on my birthday. Does anyone have any "must do" activities away from the casinos or "must try" restaurants that we should try while we are there?
    We're not big gamblers either, but love Vegas, although going once every couple of years is enough.


    Favorite shows: Beatles Love and The Jersey Boys (both very well worth the price of admission)

    Favorite restaurant: Morels in the Palazzo (our pick for best steak anywhere)

    Favorite quick but nice bite to eat place: Wolfgang Puck's Pizzeria at the City Center.

    Free: Walk around inside the Venetian lagoon area and enjoy the sights and entertainment. This summer when we were there, we were lucky enough to see the wonderful Alizma triplets. - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bU33qPNDojo

    Happy Birthday. I hope you have a great time.
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    Just spent a weekend celebrating our anniversary at the Aria - one of the newer hotels- and we had a great time. Comparing Vegas to Aruba is like comparing apples to oranges. Vegas is so much fun while Aruba is incredible and we're happy to have done them both this year.

    As far as don't miss, I also would recommend Cirque de Soleil Love at the Mirage or "O' at the Bellagio. Both are fantastic. We had a great steak dinner at Botero at the Wynn Encore. This is a beautiful and terrific steak restaurant with original artwork all around. Definitely pricey but it was a great anniversary dinner.

    Enjoy Vegas and good luck in the casino.

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    Thanks everyone for taking the time to respond.
    Not sure when, but we will be back

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    definitely definitely try to see "love" at the Mirage. It is fantastic. I've seen it 3 times there. I don't usually do shows but saw that the first time, and then went two more times, lol....

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    We are leaving for Vegas for the 1st time in 2 weeks, really excited. We are not big gamblers but do throw some $$ into the slots every so often and probably more so in Vegas. We got tickets to see Elton John while we are there also hope to see "Love" as everyone says it is fabulous. We are renting a car and doing Hoover Dam, Red Rocks and maybe the Grand Canyon (have been there before). We are staying at the Marriott Chateau Grand (timeshare) right near the Bellagio.

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    You will have a great time and October weather in Vegas is terrific for sightseeing.

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    spent a week in vegas in july..stayed at paris on comps from atlantic city..had a beautiful strip view room..when you check in pass the person a $20 along with your license and you might get lucky with a nice upgrade..we ate at margaritaville(always good) blondies in the mall around planet hollywood(good food not to expensive..$2.99 breakfast really good),they have a texas de brazil on the south of the strip going past the mandalay bay for a little bit of aruba while you're there..there are about 6 fat tuesdays around vegas if you like those alcoholic slurpees..the show pawn stars was a cool thing to do..you can take the bus and it's free to enter..go early(9 am) so you have no wait..fremont street is cool but a little sleezy but its fun..watch out for street performers they expect a tip if you take a picture of or with them..have fun and good luck..

    ps there's a restaurant called casa di amore..they have a website..really good italian food..when you go in it's like a scene out of the godfather or goodfellows..call and make a reservation and they pick you up at your hotel in a limo and take you back later..i didn't find this out till later but if you join their email they have a deal like texas de brazil used to have with a bogo or some discount a local told us about after we ate there..i'm gonna join and see if they still have it..website is www.casadiamore.com
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