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Newport or Laguna Beach?? First timers to the USA

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Perth, Australia
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Newport or Laguna Beach?? First timers to the USA

Hi, our family of 2 Adult and 2 boys 9 &10 will head to the USA, California in September for a month. We will spend 5 nights in WEHO, 5 nights in SD and the drive from SD to either Laguna Beach or Newport for a few nights before heading to Anaheim for 3 hectic days at Disney.

I'm so confused, where to stay? We plan to rent a house so we can chill back before the hecticness starts again.

Also, shall we do 4 or nights in Vegas?

Any assistance would be greatly appreciated.

Perth, Australia
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21. Re: Newport or Laguna Beach?? First timers to the USA

Hi Jennifer, sorry to bother you, I'm in the process of booking now.

I hear Wet n Wild will open in Vegas, scheduled for Memorial Day :) Lucky us.

I plan on a day trip to Hoover Dam, a Helicopter trip for breakfast at the Canyon, a day at Wet n Wild and a Day for to discover Vegas on the hop on and hop off bus. Added to this, we will renew our wovs with our boys and book a limo for a zip around town at night . Is 5 nights for us too long, or do you suggest 4 nights instead? My husband and I will book some babysitting in so we can go out ad have some Adult fun also. We have decided to stay at the Trump Towers in a 2 room suite. I thank you in advance and look forward to hearing back from you. Regards Carolyn

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22. Re: Newport or Laguna Beach?? First timers to the USA

I think this thread has left Newport Beach and should now head to the Las Vegas forum. If you wish to have a discussion with a specific member you can send a private message through TA's IM feature.

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23. Re: Newport or Laguna Beach?? First timers to the USA

Did you read between the lines in Jennifer's post?

>>> Don't walk around much on the Strip, do not during the day but especially after dark, take cabs or drive to the different hotels. By avoiding walking the Strip, you avoid a lot of unsavory people and incidents and the kids seeing things you do not want them to see..........

DO NOT GO TO see Sirens at TI as it has become too risque for young boys.

Many people say don't take kids to LV but we have done it countless times and I am telling you, when done right<<<

"things you don't want them to see", "too risque", "when done right"

In essence she is saying that a lot of Vegas is not for kids and you have to be careful or you may expose them to things you don't want them to see; the porn slappers, street walkers, drunk people, etc. It isn't like every person is drunk, a hooker or a porn slapper, but there are enough of them.

Jennifer is very well respected here, but I think she was in the minority of those who said that 4 nights in Vegas was a great idea, 2 nights would be my max (if at all).

I'd also check carefully on the helicopter flight to the "Grand Canyon". The South Rim of the Grand Canyon is probably 180 air miles from Las Vegas and I don't think any of the LV based helicopters go to the South Rim. I think they all go to the "West Rim" that while technically is the Grand Canyon is NOT Grand Canyon National Park and won't look like pictures you've seen of the Grand Canyon.

Grand Canyon West and the Skywalk there are on tribal lands and God bless the Indians there for trying to make a living building the Skywalk, it just isn't the same as Grand Canyon National Park. Do some research in both the Las Vegas Forum and the Grand Canyon National Park Forum.

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24. Re: Newport or Laguna Beach?? First timers to the USA

I think you are on the right track but I see some issues. To decide how many nights you need to figure out what you want to do and then calculate the nights. I think the problem is people say I will go to LV for how many ever nights with kids and do not have a plan of how to fill the time appropriately. It will be hot in September so that should be a consideration on what you do by day. I am often in the minority when it comes to taking kids to LV but I am careful there and obviously I do not have a problem with it. The LV board is very tough, often obnoxious and rude when people ask questions about kids in LV so don't be surprised if you post questions there.

Wet N Wild- Not open yet but I am sure it will be a fun day for the family.

Hoover Dam- I would combine this with a trip to Valley of Fire, should be a good full day. Hoover Dam should not take the full day on its own.

Grand Canyon- See Scott's comments about where you are going in the GC. I would visit the South Rim as he mentioned, that is the Grand Canyon views that are famous. I talked to a woman who was on a day trip from LV to the GC and she said it was a great way to see it in 1 day but it would be hard to do if you drive yourself to the South Rim for the day. The other option as I mentioned is drive yourselves and spend the night in the park or just outside in Grand Canyon Village. Make sure the tour you book is going to the right place or do it yourself.

Hop on Hop off bus- I would not do this. You should just drive to the sites you want to see. I gave you a pretty extensive list of what is good for kids in LV. You do not want to just be exploring in LV with kids, you need a plan. One of the last things I would do in LV, especially with kids, is stand around and wait for a bus on the Strip, any time of year. It will be even worse because of the heat. See Scott's comments above about what is wrong with spending time on the Strip with kids. His comments on the porn slappers, hookers and drunks are spot on and worse at night but still a problem in the day. That is why I suggested driving to what you want to see or taking a cab. If you drive, valet park if it makes it easier. Valet at Strip hotels is free, just tip. I think HOHO buses are also very time consuming and will likely bore your boys. They are not an efficient way to get around. I can also imagine comments and commentary by the guides may be inappropriate for kids in LV. I would not waste time going Downtown (one of the loops on the HOHO bus). We stayed at the Golden Nugget DT, because we wanted the pool (which was a lot of fun with the shark tank). I only took the kids out to Freemont Street in the AM to walk to McDonald's or Dunkin Donuts. Nothing of interest there for kids by day and too much of a party atmosphere at night.

Limo- sounds fun!

Trump- I have not stated or visited Trump and do not know how good it will be a good fit for your boys.

Have fun! You can PM me if you prefer.

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25. Re: Newport or Laguna Beach?? First timers to the USA

I agree with what Jennifer and Scott said above. I would not pick the Trump for a number of reasons. It is off strip enough that you shouldn't walk to the strip from there. The condos mentioned by Jennifer are actually rated higher by TI members (for good reason). With kids, I would not want to have to traipse through a casino to get to my room. If you stay at a non-casino hotel you can send them down to the lobby or the pool without having to be with them. There are a number of condo type hotels that would be better with kids.

I was in Las Vegas just a couple of months ago. Forget the thought of "strolling on the Strip." It is now SO congested, it is almost impossible to walk anywhere.

Be careful of buying into all the stupid "Vegas" advertising. Reality is a bit different. Family paradise? Not so much. Family activities need to be carefully planned as suggested by Jennifer.

Trying to steer this back to Newport Beach -- In September your kids will probably enjoy the outdoor fun they can have on the beach over the air-conditioned experience in Las Vegas -- But I understand you want the experience. Just be careful.

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26. Re: Newport or Laguna Beach?? First timers to the USA

Hey, if you are doing Las Vegas..... do Las Vegas. Look at the Mandalay Bay, THEhotel at Mandalay Bay, Paris, Caesar's, the Wynn, the Encore, Venetian, Palattzo, the Mirage and MGM. I'd join the email club for these hotels and keep your eyes on the rates. I get email from these places for nightly rates as low as $99-119 during the week that would cost $319 or more in any other city in the world.

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27. Re: Newport or Laguna Beach?? First timers to the USA

I stayed at THE Hotel a few years ago -- Outstanding and we had a full suite with 1 1/2 baths for the same price that was being charged at the Mandalay Bay. And you didn't have to go through MB's lobby to get to your room, although MB's casino is accessible through a hallway. Trump is WAY at the other end of the Strip and then a few blocks away.

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28. Re: Newport or Laguna Beach?? First timers to the USA

To correct my prior post -- Trump does not have a casino. However, take a look at its puny roof-top pool. With kids, I'd want one of the nicer pools in September. And Oyster also warns of the poor location in a badly lit area off the strip. oyster.com/las-vegas/…

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