September 14, 2010

Tuesday’s Travel Tips – Las Vegas!

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It’s Vegas, baby! This week’s Tuesday’s Travel Tips takes us to Las Vegas. A city in the desert, this “manufactured” town is truly unlike anywhere else in the world. You can gamble and eat and drink to your heart’s content. And then gamble and eat and drink some more. And not know what time it is. And not feel guilty. Only in Vegas.

Flying into McCarran International Airport (LAS) gives you a good sense of just unique Vegas is. You’ll see lots of nothing – vast desert with not a house, store or sign of human life in sight, and then a tiny strip will emerge below your eyes; a lone life force in an otherwise uninhabited land.

When you land and make your way to The Strip you’ll find the polar opposite of uninhabited; a

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completely overdeveloped, potentially epileptic-inducing, 24-hour pumpin’ town. Dozens of hotel casinos beckon for you to enter and lose yourself in the clockless commotion.

Be sure to take advantage of the dining options while you’re in town. Vegas, especially in more recent years, has attracted celebrity chefs to the area and brought with them delectables like truffles and other, rare foods. All the tastes to your fill your stomach to your heart’s delight are imported into the city of sin and the chefs compete for business. And you know what competition means – better offerings! You can sink your teeth into fish shipped from Greece the night before, rare spices from Asia, and more. If you’re trying to save all your money for the blackjack table, of course there’s also the 1/2 pound

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hot dog for just a $1. When you need a break from the slots, there are always a variety of shows you can catch, from sporting events like boxing and ultimate fighting, to performers like Celene Dion, to everything in between. You can watch the Vegas showgirls kicking their legs in unison, lay by the pool at your hotel and sip on something sweet, or even grab a massage or a round of golf.  You can also visit the World of Feng Shui (WOFS), located off the strip at 4011 Spring Mountain Road, right in the middle of Chinatown for your lucky charms! Let them know that Fran of Jetblue Boston sent YOU!

Remember that Vegas is Disneyworld for grownups! If you can dream it, they can deliver it!

Do you have some good Vegas travel tips? Leave them in the comments below, or Tweet them using the hashtag #TTLAS.

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9 Comments on “Tuesday’s Travel Tips – Las Vegas!”

  • Posted by Laura R. on September 14, 2010 at 5:04 pm

    Once you land at McCarran airport – check out the price difference between a taxi and a limo. For a couple bucks more, you will be happier getting a limo or a town car as opposed to a taxi. We have done it a few times and we always have great service and it starts the trip off right!

  • Posted by Michelle on September 14, 2010 at 5:09 pm

    Make sure you check out VEGAS! THE SHOW at the Saxe Theater! The must-see “official show” of Las Vegas! VEGAS! The Show recreates the greatest moments in Vegas’ history. This is the story of the most influential and exciting entertainers who made Vegas… Vegas! It’s the best of Las Vegas all on one stage. From Vegas icons like The Rat Pack and Elvis to today’s hottest performers… this award-winning cast, big band orchestra and
    beautiful showgirls make VEGAS! The Show one of the biggest stage productions on the Strip in 20 years. Performances nightly 7 & 9 pm (dark Thursdays). Call 702.260.7200 or go to http://www.vegastheshow.com .

  • Posted by Judy Anderson on September 14, 2010 at 7:03 pm

    Rent a car. It’s so much cheaper then taking a cab everywhere. Even if you only use it once or twice it’s worth it. Be sure and book online before you leave. Entertainment Book or LA Advisor book has great discounts.” The hotel” has the best rooms for the rate. 1 bedroom/1 1/2 baths. Sometimes the rates are less then dive hotels. Perfect location. Join the Las Vegas Advisor before you leave. They have a coupon book that is great. You will pay for the book in one visit to The Palms. If you go to Mandalay Bay and want valet go to the back of the hotel. They have two valet stands and it’s a lot faster. Look for self parking lots that are close to a door and park in them. It’s a lot faster retrieving your car. Rio, Wynn and Planet Hollywood are just a few. Make your trip easier by planning ahead. Don’t wait until you get there to book. Also, don’t say your not in your hotel room much so you don’t need a good hotel. Yes, you do. You sleep there, shower there and relax there. A good hotel room CAN make your trip.

  • Posted by Tina on September 14, 2010 at 8:08 pm

    Just a note to those who love the buffets—–If you want to get the dinner buffet but don’t want to pay the price then go about 1/2 before lunch ends and you will end up paying lunch prices and getting the dinner items. Also, check out the discount ticket booths at the Mall across from the Wynn or at the booth between Harrah’s and The Venetian (near Denny’s). You can get cheap show tickets and discount meals.

  • Posted by Tina on September 14, 2010 at 8:15 pm

    Here is a tip for those who like to gamble a little or a lot—get a player’s club card at every hotel you visit. Even if you are not staying there GET ONE!!!! Most casinos will give you something for just signing up. Sometimes it free slot play or a coupon for free or discounted dining. Plus, if you do use the card when playing, you will eventually get some cheap or free offers for future trips to sin city. I haven’t paid full price for a hotel in 5 years there !!!

  • Posted by Lisa on September 14, 2010 at 8:48 pm

    You can get the Harrah’s 24 hour buffet and use it for multiple meals at multiple Harrahs hotels. They have a free shuttle to the Rio- save the cab fare and go stuff yourself at Carnival World Buffet. If you have the players card it is even discounted. And if you get it around 11am you can manage to get much for than three meals out of it! Also, use your bookstore coupons and buy the Vegas coupon book at Barnes & Noble or Borders. Use it even one time and save a fortune! Lastly, hit the ticket booths that sell same day show tickets. For many shows it’s almost half price!

  • Posted by Richard on September 19, 2010 at 9:21 pm

    I went there about a month ago. My gf and I stayed at the Stratosphere. It is very convenient. We did not rent a car, since the Monorail station and the buses are right there, Go to the E-Kiosk and type RAIL3, for a discount (Don’t know if it is still available) Theres The Deuce Bus and the other bus, TAKE THE OTHER BUS. The Deuce takes too long since it stops at every place, TRUST ME, I wish I knew this much when I went last year.

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