Trip to Vegas

Discussion in 'On the Road' started by WS4BS, Nov 8, 2021.

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  1. WS4BS

    WS4BS Ham Member QRZ Page

    Planning a trip to Las Vegas. Any advice on where to stay and where to go would be appreciated. Will be going Dec 9-14.
  2. WB2WIK

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    Is this for a convention or some purpose other than just "vacation?" How much time do you have to kill?:)

    We've been to Vegas dozens of times including over Christmas and New Years (recommended for "fun," not recommended for cost -- they charge more). But I'd always recommend taking in a show or two, and if you can only take in "one," my first choice would be "O" by Cirque du Soleil at the Bellagio. Second choice would be "Mystere" by Cirque du Soleil at Treasure Island.

    The big casino hotels are all great, nice rooms, good food in great restaurants, etc. We've probably stayed at least once at every one of them.:p The Fremont Street Experience downtown is something everyone should take in, and it's not on "the Strip" (Las Vegas Blvd.) so many visitors never see it -- pity.

    Taking the Monorail to get around is handy and cheap but only has seven stations (I think) and even the ones that are "in hotels" can be a long walk from the lobby or casino floor or main elevators to where the Monorail picks up and drops off. Everything is "big," and we usually walk miles and miles -- and that's a combination of "inside" walking and outside walking.

    December can be warm or it can be cold and windy, so be prepared for weather! And have fun.
  3. AE1N

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    Main casinos have what they call a daily "resort fee" which I never liked. So I rented a car at the airport and stayed away from the "Strip". Roads are excellent all over town. Stay in another out of town casino or hotel with breakfast and with no resort fees and enjoy the savings.
    Also Buffets are always popular but prices have increased. Again plenty of food choices in the suburbs....
    I like this website:

    If you are interested in Hamming while there check with Gigaparts store about stations. I believed at one point some casinos installed ham radio rooms for use by visitors but I may be wrong...

    ---Layne AE1N
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  4. AE4CH

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    We found the best package through an airline vacation source. I won’t list the business name, but you can find such packages online.

    The ideal spot for every vacationer differs. We wanted a hotel without a casino, and with valet parking. One exists north of the strip. You can get rooms with the view of the strip, and it was nice to be at a luxury place without crowds of people in the lobby. You also felt more secure, as the security people at the elevator lobby entrance checked your room key. I cannot name this hotel, on this site, as political speech is not allowed.
  5. K3UJ

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    Agree with WIK, see Fremont street, on the strip at least walk through Caesar's and the Venetian (the canals are upstairs) Plenty of good shows, any Cirque du Soleil, Blue Man Group is fun. Just be prepared to walk a lot. There are a lot of side trips as well, Hoover Dam, Grand Canyon, machine gun shoots, raceway driving (take a few laps in a Ferrari). New York New York has an interesting roller coaster and their food court is a replica of New York's streets.
    There is a lot to do there, get brochures.
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  6. WB2WIK

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    ^I agree, emphasis on "walk a lot."

    To do much in Vegas in involves a whole lot of walking. Even crossing LV Blvd. ("the strip") takes time as the traffic lights are very long and the street is very wide. Don't jaywalk, it can really get you killed.
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  7. K3UJ

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    Some of the intersections have pedestrian bridges, unfortunately that means walking up and down stairs (a few spots have elevators too).
  8. AE4CH

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    If you enjoy taking pictures of people, there are many subjects of interest. Most people in costume believe that you should pay for their image, especially if posed. I can see both sides of this. The pawn shop on the north side featured in a long-running TV program is quite small, and has limited parking. North of that is the big breakfast restaurant, with a line out the door.

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