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Good Afternoon,

I am trying to plan a vacation to Las Vegas, I don't even know where to start this is why I am starting here. I am looking for a frugal, but fun vacation filled with new adventures. I do hope you are willing to help. It would be me and my husband only on this vacation.

If you were planning a trip to Vegas, what are some of the types of things that are important to see? For Entertainment what would you do? Even if it's just you and your significant other. It wouldn't bother me if it was on the Frugal side either. Is there possibly a book where I can learn even more tips for a cheap vacation to Las Vegas?


What hotels are better than others, and are not too costly? If I don't have family or friends to stay with. Are there other options like renting a house or condo? How would you go about to find the best deals? Is there a website I could look at?

Where are some of the best places to eat? How would you budget your money for food, hotels, and Entertainment(Fun)?

Would you rent a car, or take the bus? If I were to stay on the strip.

Sincerely,

JJ
 

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wish i could help...but, the last 2 trips to vegas, i won (i am in sales) so, all we had to pay for was a room upgrade at ceasars palace to the augustus towers and gambling $$$. all the rest was taken care of.

have fun! do lots of people watching....
 

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I think a lot of the answers will depend on your likes and dis-likes.

Planning to sight see?
Just gamble?
both?

how long will you stay?
 

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The handful of times that I've been to Vegas I remember that my days were spent walking up and down the strip walking in and out of every casino gawking at its decor and whatever it offered. Some have malls built inside. Thats how we spend the majority of our time when were were on the strip. Frugal and healthy! There are a ton of places to eat that are cheap but not always healthy so weigh your options.

You may be able to find package air + hotel deals for hotels along the strip but make sure you google them to see exactly where they are on the strip - if it takes you 1/2 hr to walk to the strip are you going to really want to walk all day long then the additional 1/2 back to your hotel? Try to pick hotels with things in it or going on near it that interest you so you don't have to go too far. (ie Typical celeb Vegas shows if thats your thing)

For extra experiences just outside of Vegas - there's the Hoover Dam and other attractions that you can plan for a day trip or even rent a car for a day or two if its in the budget. The hotel probably has a shuttle as well. Check the pamphlet stand in your hotel (or any hotel) lobby.

Google all you can for this trip and always look for coupons, on your place mats, in the hotel magazines when you're in your room or in the free newspaper/booklet boxes when you're there walking the strip. (Watchout for the strip club magazine though LOL My dad thought he did great by grabbing one but when I showed him what it really was - he was 10 shades of embarrassed!)

Plan to wear comfy shoes for lots of walking, SPF and a hat lol We went in summer and those were a must! Enjoy your trip!
 

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If you're staying on the strip and don't plan to go anywhere else you don't need a car.

What are your interests? Personally, I hate casinos, so my recommendations would be much different from those of most.
 

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Well I can tell you I am not a gambler and neither is my husband, we are both almost thirty and we don't drink much either LOL. We were planning on staying an entire week. Sight seeing is always a fun thing to do. I wouldn't mind checking out a couple of the shows such as a blue man group or is there anything you can reccommend? As long as it's not too costly. How about places to go shopping? How can we keep our food costs down? To be honest there is nothing that I dis-like nor my husband we are pretty easy going. My husband is more the planner lol where as I am spur of the moment type person it works out for both of us.
 

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Try vegas.com theres alot of information on there, you can look up motels, food, free things, what shows are there, you can even book your trip on it.

We usually stay up on the Old Strip. Its where the freemont experience is. We are from a very small town and the tons of people can be overwhelming.

Blueman group is a must see in our book, you will love it. We also eat our bigger meal at lunch, which is alot cheaper than dinner. There are also alot of deals on food back there, check out lasvegasadvisor for more onfo.

also, vegas4locals.

We rent a car while there, but we do alot of sight seeing while there. If you are staying on the strip, you wont need a car, you can walk or take the shuttle.

Hope you have a fun trip!!
 

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i have been numerous times. if you are on a budget book on the old strip downtown, check prices on hotwire or priceline for deals

i prefer the strip though as i find it convenient. it's a hassle to rent a car as parking in casinos can be a pain.

for entertainment I love Cirque du Soleil shows. they are expensive but worth it. there is a place on the strip where you can buy discounted show tickets. try googling that.

lots of cheap eats in Vegas, buffets and shopping. lots of free shows and things to do. i love Vegas but if you don't gamble a week is a long time to go there.
 

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If you are planning on renting a car Mt. Charleston about 45 minutes from the strip. Red Rock Canyon, there is an entrance fee per car. I think it is about $2 or $3. It is about 20 min from the strip. Hoover Dam and Lake Mead about 45 min to an hour. The Cirque Desole shows (Ka, Zumaniti, O, La Reve) are all good shows. They are pricey. I have seen KA it was really good. I have also seen Blue Man Group. It to was good. Hit Freemont Street at night for the light show. Check out visitlasvegas.com. Enjoy your trip! P.S. If you wanted to venture outside of Nevada you are about 4 1/2 hrs from So California by car.
 

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Reviews of vacations, hotels, resorts, vacation and travel packages - TripAdvisor is the only link I use for searching out places to stay, because you can search by the price you want to pay plus the minimum # of "stars" for that hotel and read others' reviews to help with your decision making. You can also search hotels.com, priceline, travelocity, etc, through tripadvisor.com, so it's a one-stop shop that is very convenient. Even better, you can also search attractions and restaurants for that area and read about others' experiences and prices they paid, so it's very much worth a look.

I also suggest visiting Las Vegas - The Guide to Planning a Las Vegas Vacation to search out things to do and perhaps find websites for attractions so you can learn how much each thing costs to do. When I planned our vacation to St. Augustine, FL, last year, I started a folder in my Favorites for the vacation and saved a link to everything I liked, and then DH and I sat down and made a tentative list of what we'd like to do based on location and cost. For example, on the day we wanted to do something costly (helicopter tour), we knew that we'd have to offset with eating dinner in the hotel room (we had a microfridge and sandwich fixings) and perhaps just visiting a less expensive attraction, like a national landmark, etc, the next day. And definitely follow others' suggestions to pick up coupon books and magazines once you're there, because that's how we found some great coupons to help us along!

For condos or other non-hotel rentals, check out Las Vegas Vacation Rentals, Cheap Las Vegas Vacations, Las Vegas Condo Rentals, Las Vegas Vacation Rentals Deals, Las Vegas Last Minute Vacation Deals, Las Vegas Vacations. HTH!
 

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Red Rock was pretty cool, but a lot of people go there so it was more crowded than I like when I'm outdoors. I think there was a $5 entrance fee. My husband went to the Valley of Fire and loved it, the pictures looked awesome and I was sorry to miss that (I was delayed a couple days).

I found the Hoover dam boring, but I'm really not into engineering. Dh went in the tour down below and said that made it much more interesting.

Hotels in Vegas are expensive on the weekend, you should be able to get a cheap room mon-thurs. We booked at harrahs, they had a discount page on their site that was less than the rates they give to expedia, etc. They're in a pretty central location on the strip. Rates at most of the older places are pretty reasonable.

Personally I couldn't stay in the city a whole week, especially when there are so many spectacular places within a days drive. We stayed three days in death valley last time and it was incredible.
 

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Last time I went there I stayed at Fitzgerald's in the old downtown right on Fremont Street. Took the bus to the strip and saw a lot of the fancy places, but at nite on Fremont street, there's so much going on that I didn't want to go back to the strip.
 

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we could never stay for a week! thats just us though. no way no how! too long in sincity

we do gamble. we dont adjust to the time change though. we are up at 4am and asleep by 10. 4am in ceasars is pretty interesting i must say....to say the least. and some of the best coffee ever!
 

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Vegas is great! There are a lot of things to do that wouldn't cost you much.

I know you said you guys don't really drink and gamble, but I have a great tip on how to get free drinks in Vegas.
Just for fun, play the penny slots. It's a blast and you can spend a lot of time on them as long as you don't bet a lot. As long as you are playing, and I mean, even just betting 10 cents or less, the servers come around and ask if you want anything to drink.

This includes alcohol. So play minimally and get free drinks (I usually tip them).

If you want to see other hotels, you don't have to drive or take a cab. The Harrah's casino owns a lot of the major hotels including Paris, Caesar's, Rio, etc.. If you are staying at one of those hotels, all you have to do is show your room key and use their free shuttle to go to the other hotels they own.

This is really fun. The Rio has free entertainment throughout the night and the hotel is based like New Orleans/ Mardi Gras theme. The entertainment is a lot of singing/dancing and them throwing beads at people. It's fun.

These are just a few tips on Vegas...
 

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las vegas sucks.

a week is too long. two days is enough. grand canyon? hoover dam? going to see the pligs in st george is kinda fun. zion and bryce national park.
 

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My two opinions are : a week is too long and your better off going during the week if possible. Have fun!
we could never stay for a week! thats just us though. no way no how! too long in sincity
las vegas sucks.

a week is too long. two days is enough. grand canyon? hoover dam? going to see the pligs in st george is kinda fun. zion and bryce national park.
WHAT?!?! A WEEK TOO LONG?!?!

I think a week is too SHORT! There's just SO much to see and do! And much of it is free or very cheap! Last trip to Vegas Dh and I stayed for 27 DAYS! (No, that's not a typo). We loooooooooooved it!!!! That was our 4th trip there (the shortest trip we took there was a week and just wasn't long enough!). We're talking about another trip there this August! :D

for entertainment I love Cirque du Soleil shows. they are expensive
I tooooootally second this!! We LOVE the Cirque shows!! They are spendy, but are 100% WORTH IT! My favorite is Ka', but I really like Mystere, too! "O" is pretty good...but not as good as the others IMHO. :) Go to youtube and search for the shows there to see if you'd be interested.

Free things we enjoyed were the M&M factory, walking around the casinos seeing the sites, the Bellagio has a botanical garden that is lovely...goodness, there's just SO much to see! The mall on the strip is neat, too. Oh and Treasure Island has a pirates show out front that's GREAT! And the Mirage has a volcano out front that is really cool!

We've stayed at various places on the strip, but I think the best cost/comfort balance is Excalibur. There's a great show there called, "Tournament of Kings" - it's a dinner show, so you get a meal, too, for a decent price! :) And (from your seat) you 'participate' in the show -- which makes it all the more memorable!

The bus passes can be worth it if you're doing things all over the strip...they're reasonably priced if you get the day (or week) pass. You can take this off-strip, too.

Hope you have a super-fun trip!! :cheergrl:

(Can you tell I love Vegas and my dream is to live there one day?) :D
 
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