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How to wow my sister?

First of all, being from Denmark, I am not use to write in English, so I hope you forgive my poor attempt...

In April 2014, I'm taking my sister for her first visit to LV. I have been there 3 times before. She is 30 and I'm turning 40.

As a surprise, I want to find places/things to do, on our first day, that will wow her (is that the right expression? )

We will arrive around 9 pm on a Saturday, and will be staying at the GN.

The first night I guess we will just get something to eat, see a show at the Fremont Exp. and then head for bed - after an 18 hour flight, I don't think we are up for anything special.

But what to do/show her first on Sunday?

- I want to take her someplace special for a drink.

- Nightclub?

- Gambling...she has never tried this before. Should we take a course?

- Dinning? Buffet or?

As I said, I've been to LV 3. ties before, last time was in 2008, and I guess pretty much changes since then. I hope you can come up with some tips of things to see/do, that are a bit more funny/special than the "usually stuff", like the Fountains at B or just seeing the Strip Hotels, which of cause I will show her.

Thank you!

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1. Re: How to wow my sister?

Since you're right downtown anyway you might want to go to the Mob museum or the Neon Boneyard. I can't say they're wow, but would be interesting.

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2. Re: How to wow my sister?

Everything about the Cosmo says Wow. Take her there.

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3. Re: How to wow my sister?

For wow factor the Venetian/Palazzo is great. Many casinos offer gambling lessons during the week. Also check out wizardofoddds.com for online lessons before you go.

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4. Re: How to wow my sister?

While I wouldn't argue with the Bellagio fountains, to me the biggest Wow comes from St Marks Square at Venetian. There is just so much going on and so many things to see.

But the most surprising "Wow that was fun" title goes to Sigma Derby at MGM. It's hard to believe that grown-ups become so exciting watching little mechanical horses run around a track, but they do. Players openly shout out rooting for their horses, and have a great time mixing with the others there. As silly as this sounds, after putting in a few quarters and rooting on her horses, she will say "Wow that was fun" as you leave.

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5. Re: How to wow my sister?

Your English is great.

Why downtown? You've been before. The first time we went to Vegas in 2006 we stayed at Golden Nugget. I've been back over a dozen times and never stayed downtown again. Its a good place to stay if you're on a low budget gambling focused trip. That's not what you're on.

I too like Venetian/Palazzo for WOW factor. Just checking in at Venetian will leave your sister wowed in a way you just cannot find downtown. And I've been known to head to St. Mark's Square just after arriving. Numerous places to eat in all budgets, from the food court on up to the sky. The place will be hopping when you arrive, which is a wow factor in itself. Even if you're tired from the flights, I'll bet the energy will drag you into the fun.

Haven't done it, but the brunch buffet at Wynn, right next door, is supposed to be very good.

Slots are dead simple. Roulette is also very simple. Blackjack, craps, and video poker are a bit more complex, but less so than they seem. Check out the wizard of odds site, http://www.wizardofodds.com, for a lot of good info.

From V/P, Wynn is stunning. Have a drink at Parasol Up or Parasol Down. Cross the strip and check out TI, which still has a bit of the theme. Then Mirage, which always seems like classical Vegas to me. If you like Beetles at all, see Love at Mirage. Caesars, Bellagio, and Cosmo are all very impressive. We always hit the happy hour at P.J.Clarkes in the Forum Shops for drinks and oysters. Chandelier bar in Cosmo is another great place for a drink. Not everyone agrees, but I like Mon Ami Gabi at Paris for both drinks and food.

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6. Re: How to wow my sister?

I think some of the night views are WOW so I would take her for a cocktail at MIX at the top of The Hotel at Mandalay Bay. If that's a bit far then Lounge 107 at the top of The Stratosphere would give the same WOW from the opposite end of the strip.

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7. Re: How to wow my sister?

Thank you so much for you're great tips!

Why downtown? Well, I stayed at GN before, and liked the hotel. Besides that we don't want to spend our money on the room, because we only plan on sleeping there, so The Carson Tower rooms are fine by me, and the pool area at GN is great.

I was thinking about heading to Caesar's, Venetian and Bellagio to show it to her.

Wheati59 - your right, the place will be hopping, and I'm thinking about renting a limo or something like that, so we can ride along The Strip from the airport. I guess that shuttles and taxis doesn't take that route.....

My all means, keep the tips coming ;O)

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8. Re: How to wow my sister?

The trouble with being downtown is that once you see the few attractions down there (Mob Museum, light show), there's nothing left to do but gamble. GN's a nice place, but once you show your sister the strip, you'll be back there every day. If Venetian is too expensive for your budget, try Mirage, Treasure Island or Bally's, in that order. Then you can just walk to the attractions on the strip.

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9. Re: How to wow my sister?

By the way - any ideas about Spas?

And we are planning on renting a car and driving to Grand Canyon/Hoover Dam.

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10. Re: How to wow my sister?

High Tea at the Petrossian in Bellagio was one of the highlights of my last trip. Five ladies spent two hours eating, drinking, and just having great conversation. You do need to make a reservation beforehand. I believe it was $35 each.