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    Default Going to Vegas, what tips do you have?

    We are going to Las Vegas in a couple weeks. We are not big gamblers, but want to enjoy some warm weather & do some sight seeing. We have booked trips to the Grand Canyon & Hoover Dam. What else do you recommend? Also, where are the good, cheap places to eat? We are typically not big eaters & rarely ever eat out so I know we will be faced with lots of choices & high expenses.

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    My wife went to Vegas recently for work and she said she was pleasantly surprised by the reasonably priced and tasty Asian restaurants around Chinatown (west of the Strip).

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    If you're not on the Strip most of the rest of LV is reasonably priced, like a normal town. There is some world class food in some of the big hotels though.
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    Check out vegas .com they show alot of things to do, ethel m's gives a tour on making candy, and a free sample, its interesting, they also have a cactus garden you can walk through.

    Theres all kinds of things to do.

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    You have the option of eating at a diner or ethnic cuisines in Vegas. Regular eateries and fast food joints can be found all over the place as well.

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    Wear good walking shoes. If you do the new Ferris wheel, go at night. By day it was really interesting, by night bet it would be fantastic! Have a wonderful time!

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    We went mid April & had a great time. The weather was great. We spent lots of time at the pool. Our fit bits recorded that we walked 42 miles. We enjoyed both the trip to Hoover Dam and the Grand Canyon.

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    Check out the discount coupon books...You can do a LOT with groupon/living social pre-paid gift certs while traveling.

    Most of the Menu-service restaurants place menu in the window so you can check the prices before entering. Ask some locals what they like for restaurants. Try to find a grocery if you can get a room off the strip with fridge & eat al-fresco.

    Drinks are cheap if you watch the gambling tables or spend a little time at slots. The entertainment shows (headliners) should not be missed...see who is playing during your visit or even reschedule to catch your favorites.

    There were some outlet malls on the edge of town which some hotels/tour operators ran buses out to visit but these may have folded.

    Take the free tram-trains between hotels to save on walking...Some hotels are now charging to use amenities like pool & gym so be aware of this.

    Pre-arrange all your shows, side trips and stops (like Star Trek, indoor ski dive, water park...) so you don't get turned away due to crowds....

    No need for rental car in Vegas...It is actually harder to deal with the crowds...Unless you want to get car at McCaren airport & leave town immediately.

    Grand Canyon is few hours & even available by helicopter if you wish to spend a little. You need to book bus tours of the canyon now or arrange train as the rims were closed to private cars permanently due to smog. You could do a really nice little train trip back from your trip going thru Grand Canyon and see some of the Rockies on way back to Chicago to meet up with trains heading east. I'm unsure how easy it is to hop on Amtrak in Las Vegas but it is neat way to go with better views/comfort if you have a little more time...There is another park outside town about 15 minutes similar to Garden of Gods in Colorado Springs...lots of tourists visit this by bus tour. Hoover Dam is worth seeing also and available by tour buses.

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    We were right on the strip. We found a CVS within walking distance & stopped by there several times during our visit. It was cheaper there than the hotel, but still more expensive than home. We didn't have a fridge, but had an ice bucket, so iced down some beverages. Also picked up some fruit & snacks so we didn't have to eat in a restaurant every single meal.
    If we go back, I think we would like a hotel off the strip just fine.

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    We have stayed at Sam's Town several times. There is a casino, buffet, pool, movie theater,bowling alley, some small shops. The water fall show at night in the lobby is fun. They run a shuttle bus free of charge (or was free last time we were there) to the strip and downtown nearly 24 hours a day. The prices for the room were really good. I think we paid $200 total for 3 nights plus fees and tax. I will definately stay there if/when we go again.

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    Stay off the strip if you want to save money! A lot of casinos offer great deals on there buffets.

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    My two favorite parts of Las Vegas is the Red Rocks area and seeing Cirque du Soleil. There are some no-name shows for $10 a ticket or two drinks (we're not big drinkers) that are still great to see. Consider getting a spa treatment, too. We love walking up and down the strip and looking at all there is. Treasure Island Casino has a pirate ship show right outside and there is another casino with a dancing water show. You can go on a Venice-like boat ride, too (you have to pay for tickets). There is so much to see.

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