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Vegas newbie : help needed!

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Vegas newbie : help needed!

Going on a almost month long road trip May into June next year and Vegas is on the list for an overnight stop .Is it very busy this time of year?

Never been to Vegas so any tips on best places to stay, areas to avoid and which websites have the best deals in regards to casino hotel room + restaurant/buffet + plus play pkg?

It would be appreciated..thanks :)

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1. Re: Vegas newbie : help needed!

Enjoy your trip - my daughter (21) just did a six week across America National Parks road trip and had the best time.

For room rates, my go to site is www.smartervegas.com. They link you directly to each properties reservation page with the discount code applied. Sign up on smartervegas to see all the deals. If you book, always try to book a refundable fare - and keep on checking for better deals.

Also, sign up with MLife - and Total Rewards to get specials in your emails.

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2. Re: Vegas newbie : help needed!

Hiya Scott!

It's my husbands dream vacation (to see the state parks, nature, and the real America as he puts it heh) and since he will turn 40 next year...perfect time for it.

We're flying into Denver and then going in a kind of loop - WY, MT, ID, WA, OR, CA, NV, UT, CO.

Thanks so much for the info. and tips. I will have a look now and see what I find. I will also sign up to those ya mentioned too. I have to make sure I read the small print. Some of those resort fees are pricey!

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Try to stay mid-strip if you can as it will make navigation easier for your first trip. Do not be afraid to stay at any of the less expensive places like Flamingo,Ballys,Linq. You will get a clean room and good service in the vast majority of cases and will save a ton of money to use on something else.

Check out Vegas.com for info on afternoon and evening shows that may pique your interest. If y

ou are only going to be there for a day I don't think I would worry too much about searching for coupons and such,as you are not going to spend too much anyway.

Try to see Venetians St Marks Square,Bellagio Conservatory and Flamingo Garden area. After that and visiting the many hotels I'm sure your day will be filled up. Maybe an evening ride on the High Roller would be fun. have fun

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4. Re: Vegas newbie : help needed!

Hi Nord,

Enjoy.

Make sure to put Zion and Bryce on the list. My favorite is Bryce and my daughter's is Zion. If the weather cooperates, hike the Narrows at Zion. I did not have great weather on my trip so I lost out, but my daughter has gone back three more times and loves that hike. https://youtu.be/-lfAoFgi7VU

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5. Re: Vegas newbie : help needed!

Is there any way to extend your stay for more than one night? There is so much to see that a few hours hardly gives you a taste. Sounds like an amazing trip, enjoy.

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6. Re: Vegas newbie : help needed!

Hiya.

Thanks for all the replies guys. :)

After a little chat...we will be staying 2 nights in Vegas now.

Been looking at various hotels and the best deals at the moment seems to be Downtown Grand Casino/Hotel and The Excalibur. Any comments on these 2?

Scott, major hiking is up at the air at the moment as I have a knee injury right now but hoping it will be better by the time we head to Denver! I do love exploring so really hoping my knee gets better.

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7. Re: Vegas newbie : help needed!

I think the strip is a much better option that Downtown, especially for a first time and short visit.

Excalibur is a great low priced option but it is on the lower end of the hotel list. I find that Treasure Island usually has good pricing especially for its center strip location.

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8. Re: Vegas newbie : help needed!

Downtown Grand is downtown Las Vegas. It's the old part. It is a totally different vibe then the strip I'd suggest spending a few hours there maybe early evening. The strip is actually south of Las Vegas. The Excalibur is on the south end of the strip. There really isn't anything wrong with being on the south end of the strip, Unless the things you want to do are further up the strip. Linq is a fairly newer remodel mid strip and usually has reasonable prices.

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9. Re: Vegas newbie : help needed!

- If at all possible, stay on the strip instead of downtown for your first visit.

- If you're looking to save money, try to visit during the weekday instead of a weekend; hotels will often be 1/2 price or less.

- Join Mlife. It's free, and you can get some good deals on hotels.

- The Excalbur is ok, I give it 5/10. The Mirage is often not much more expensive (on Mlife), and is Much nicer with a far better location.

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10. Re: Vegas newbie : help needed!

Even 2 nights will not be enough to see all of strip. Lot's of walking. June may be hot.

Enjoy. Excal is ok but better than Grand. Downtown good at night really.

Sign up for MLife and Total Rewards to get some offers.

I would look at Bally's, Linq, Flamingo and Harrah's for less cost and mid strip

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