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Old 7 Jun 19, 04:39 PM  
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So we are going on a road trip in Oct . The plan is:

3 day - Los Angeles staying in the Tropicana Inn

Then travel to Stagecoach trail to stay at the ranch for 1 week

Then over to Las Vegas for 3 days.

So we have done Florida many times and this is the first time on the West Coast.

What must we do in both locations and on route?
Where to get tickets?

It is myself and the good lady plus the daughter age 15

Flying in to Los Angeles and out Las Vegas.

We love Disney, wife is Disney mad, not to fussed about rides.

Also looking for recommends for hotel in Las Vegas.

We have a hired car so happy to travel.

Any hints and advise to make this 50th Birthday trip for the wife a good one would be greatly appreciated.
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Old 7 Jun 19, 05:04 PM  
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if you don't want to stay on the strip, we liked staying at the Tahiti Village Resort, they do run a shuttle to the strip, but you are away from the madness. We like to stop at Calico when driving from LA to Vegas.

As for tickets, we get Disney direct from Disney, Universal and Knotts are normally either with the GO LA Card or this year we have go the California Explorer pass, which means we can do 5 theme parks (we are starting in San Francisco and driving down)
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Youíre staying in Anaheim so you could do 2 days Disney and a day in one of the beach days or a day at Universal.

The drive to the dude ranch from Anaheim will be over 7 hours accounting for traffic so I would want to get there and not try to sightsee on route.
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Hi for vegas have a look at the signature suits, book through the MGM or as we did via airbnb or home away, works out much cheaper.
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If you have not been to Vegas before you should only consider staying on the strip you donít want to fuss around with shuttle busses and cabs are quite expensive though I suppose you can use Uber. Staying in the strip is a unique experience I would suggest
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Youíre staying in Anaheim so you could do 2 days Disney and a day in one of the beach days or a day at Universal.

The drive to the dude ranch from Anaheim will be over 7 hours accounting for traffic so I would want to get there and not try to sightsee on route.
Hi,

is it best just to get tickets on arrival?
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I would say the buffet breakfast at MGM when you are in Las Vegas should be on your list - I have never seen anything like it before in my life - the scale of it, they must feed thousands and it was beautiful food, the scale of Vegas is something else. Walking/driving down the strip at night is cool.
In LA, we liked Venice Beach, that was nice, we were staying near the Farmers Market and went there for a meal which was lovely.
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I would get tickets in advance. You can get a small discount by grouping attractions on an Go LA card and Groupon also have regular discounts on Universal.
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Tropicana in Anaheim has been returned recently and is just across the road from the entrance to Disney.

If you don't want to stay on the strip we have just checked out of the Carriage House on E Harmon. There is a pool but no casino and no resort fees. We were in king Suite at a cost of $99 per night, felt very safe and across the road to the entrance to Miracle Mile Shops. Fantastic location. If you get a chance any of the Cirque de Soleil shows are amazing. Have also done Sundance helicopter tour into the canyon and also a bus for the Skywalk. We drove to Red Rock Canyon yesterday.
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We are planning to go for my 50th next July. Tropicana Hotel looks fantastic. I agree that the Signature Suites in Vegas are great. Stayed there twice now. Never thought to check out prices with airb&b though. Great tip.
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