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Unread 6 Jun 19, 06:28 PM  
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Do some shows, our favourite would be some of the cirque de soleil shows.

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Take comfy shoes - we always end up walking miles (like a WDW park day!).

Dont forget the free stuff - theres loads to do thats free like the Bellagio fountains, visiting the hotels where theming is fabulous and just soaking up the atmosphere.

Look at Travelzoo and Groupon before you go - weve had some great deals for High Roller, Eiffel Tower and shows which weve bought in advance of our visit.

Dont try to cram everything in and plan the things you want to see so you can group them together as someone else suggested.

Keep some of your luggage allowance as you may find some bargains if you go shopping at any of the outlets!

Try to get off the strip if you can. Weve had some great days out when weve hired a car and driven out to Hoover Dam, lake mead, Valley of Fire, Red Rock Canyon. Its a lovely break from the madness of the strip.

My most random tip is about nosebleeds. The climate is so dry that I always suffer when were there. I buy some saline nose spray in CVS and that sorts me out!
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We did our first Vegas trip this year. Wasnt looking forward to it as YouTube does not do it justice. But wow. What a place.
Food and drink is more expensive than home. Expect to pay $3 for a small bottle of coke. A beer was $8. However if you find a cheap slot machine or horse racing game you can get complimentary drinks beers cocktails soft drinks. Just tip. We tipped either $2 or $3 depending. Found the best places for these drinks were Caesars palace and mgm.
Expect to do a lot of walking. One day the wifes watch showed we did 32000 steps. Is that a lot Im not sure.
Make sure you download Uber and lyft app. We paid $12 for an Uber from the airport to the strip. Theres loads of warnings regarding being overcharged by taxis hence why we used Uber and lyft. Lyft cars tend to be nicer.
If you visit the Vegas sign make sure you go the right way. We went to the wrong end and had to start again next morning. Whilst at the sign theres a Harley Davidson store over the road. It has a cafe inside which is so cheap compared to the strip as well as great airport views and cool bikes.
Go into every hotel they are out of this world. We did the Grand Canyon helicopter tour. 4 hours in total with maverick helicoptesr. Our pilot was mad dog and he was insane in a good way.
Anyway if like us you will love it. Cant wait to go back.
By the way when travelling home if your on the left of the plane you might get lucky like us and see the northern lights.

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Forgot to mention Venetian is a brilliant hotel. Definitely up there with the best
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Thank you all so much for your replies! Some really good tips & lots to think about, really excited to try something new!
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My tip would be to research what you really want to see and have a rough plan to group things together. Even if the look as though theyre next door believe me, its not close .

We are going in September too and arrive on the Sunday after NASCAR so are hoping we might be lucky with an upgrade but happy with the room we have booked.
Yes the NASCAR is why Im going .. that and my best friend that works in NASCAR will be there and its a good chance for spend time with her ..( translated to she wants to spend time with my baby granddaughter 😂&#128514
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[QUOTE=myaquarium;13888153]We did our first Vegas trip this year. Wasnt looking forward to it as YouTube does not do it justice. But wow. What a place.
However if you find a cheap slot machine or horse racing game you can get complimentary drinks beers cocktails soft drinks. Just tip. We tipped either $2 or $3 depending.


I always find the nearest Cocktail Waitress and then make out like I'm playing on a fruit machine and ask for 2 drinks, I always tip $3 as they'll come back to you quicker than a low tipper.
Works a treat.


I went back to Vegas in November 2017, the first time since USA after the Brexit vote and was fearing the worst with regard to prices, but it was stil cheap. Knowing where to go for the bargains does help though. Research, research and research.

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We did our first trip last year, also staying at the Venetian. The Venetian is amazing. Even the standard rooms are enormous. We had no view, but that didn't really matter. The hotel is mind-bogglingly huge, when you take the Grand Canal Shoppes into account, and it links all the way through to the Palazzo. You can spend a day just walking around all of that!

Stuff in the Venetian is expensive (things like water etc), but you are right next-door to a Walgreens (and there is a posher Walgreens further up the Palazzo end). We just bought a multi-pack of water and snacks for a fraction of the price than in the hotel.

Above the Walgreens is a Dennys. Good for a cheaper breakfast option!

There are a million restaurants so tips there are hard. The Venetian itself has many. Tao was incredible - give it a try if you can.

The Welcome to Las Vegas sign is a good trek and takes ages, but gets you to see the whole strip. We spend most of a day walking down there, popping into hotels for a look around on the way. Don't bother queueing for a "official" photo at the sign as they aren't official anyway. Just stand to the side and take a selfie!

We hired a car for a couple of days (picked up from the airport during our trip - the airport is really close) but apart from that used Uber everywhere. The car was good though - convertible Mustang - and we went out the Hoover dam, Red Rock Canyon and the premium outlets. Self-Parking is free at the Venetian, too.

Vegas was great, I'm dying to go back again. Trip report in my sig should you be interested.
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