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1st time Vegas, July 2014, any tips?

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1st time Vegas, July 2014, any tips?

Never been before but my wife and I are heading out for a week 20th July! I know it's going to be damn hot so am trying to get prepared for that by sticking my head in the oven every so often!

We're not massive gamblers but will have about $150 each per day for gambling! Oh and we're staying at the Bellagio!

Just wondering about any must do's whilst we are there!

P.S. this will also be our first time in the States!

Many thanks for any replies!

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21. Re: 1st time Vegas, July 2014, any tips?

Vegas is like nothing you've ever seen before so don't overplan!! Everything is much further than it looks so it can take longer than anticipated to get from A to B.

As it's your first time, I'd highly reccomend an early morning taxi down to the Welcome to Las Vegas sign. You'll probably be awake early on your first day due to jet lag, so get down there before the crowds - you wouldn't want to hang around there in the mid-day sun as there's no shade. From there walk back up the strip at a leisurely pace towards Bellagio stopping in all the different hotels and casinos. Have some breakfast, stop for drinks and photos etc. Going in and out will break up exposure to the heat. It's a great way to see what each hotel has to offer so you can go back later in your trip. Then another day walk the other way up towards the Wynn, or even get a cab or Monorail to the Stratosphere (don't walk past Wynn, it gets unpleasant the further north you go but Strat tower is well worth a visit)!

Spend an afternoon by the pool - your feet will need the rest!

Research shows to see! There are hundreds! I personally enjoyed Love at the Mirage but there's something for every taste! You won't want to spend every evening gambling so a nice meal and show is a great way to relax after all the walking and sight seeing!

Spend an evening on Fremont St. Get a cab Downtown, go for dinner and see the light show. People on this forum will be able to recommend places to eat!

There's something for everybody in Vegas so do post back with your interests, budgets for meals etc and you will get loads of recommendations!

As it will be very hot, don't be afraid to have a small nap in the afternoon. A little downtime, even if it's just an hour nap and a shower can be very refreshing as the heat can wipe you out with all the walking - especially if you get dehydrated. The air is very dry so take a good moisturiser and get moisturising high factor sun screen. Also take a hat! Don't underestimate the effect it can have if you aren't prepared! The good thing is that everywhere has aircon and you can just go in and out when it gets a little toasty!

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22. Re: 1st time Vegas, July 2014, any tips?

It is indeed very hot in July. We have been in that month ONCE, and were rewarded with record highs lol. Even the air you breath is hot. So sun hat, water and comfy shoes and you will be good to go. Vegas is a truly wonderful experience, just take advantage of the air conditioning and explore each casino as you go along

Edited: 4:27 am, March 01, 2014
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23. Re: 1st time Vegas, July 2014, any tips?

Thanks for the replies!

Well after our gambling budget we'll have about $500 per day between us! That's for everything else that we do!

We don't like posh restaurants and to be honest I hate being waited on like I have a slave! So I'm guessing mid price restaurants and places like the cheesecake factory will do us fine! We should have a couple of buffet passes from my vegas too!

We like our rock music and are not into any dance/ hiphop clubs!

Thanks

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24. Re: 1st time Vegas, July 2014, any tips?

If you like your rock music worth seeing who is playing at places like House of Blues while you are there...

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25. Re: 1st time Vegas, July 2014, any tips?

If you like rock music I can recommend seeing Raiding the Rock Vault at LVH. There's usually offers on tickets - we got BOGOF booking in advance when we went. The musicians are excellent and play a great range of rock hits from the late 60s - 80s! Rock of Ages at the Venetian is also good, but you can see it at home. The Bourbon Room opens afterwards and is good fun - it's not a fancy club more of a bar with great music. Bit cheesy.

I'd also recommend a trip down to the Hard Rock Hotel to see the music memorabilia and then stop in at Kiss Crazy Golf on the way back to the strip. We had great fun doing this and it's only $8!

In terms of food - there's loads of options. Bellagio and Aria buffets are both very good. We really enjoyed Earl of Sandwich in Miracle Mile. Mon Ami Gabi outside the Eiffel Tower is very popular but arrive early if you'd like a patio table. Lots of people recommend the Level 107 bar at the Stratosphere during happy hour - you get free entry to the observation deck saving you $20 if you do this! You have loads of amazing options for dining around Bellagio!

Edited: 8:15 am, March 02, 2014
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26. Re: 1st time Vegas, July 2014, any tips?

All sounds good!

Cheers

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27. Re: 1st time Vegas, July 2014, any tips?

Many mention water and a few mention buying water from folks on the overpasses. I have read that these guys/gals have been caught refilling used bottles to sell again. So youre sharing your bottle with complete strangers. Not sure if it is true but I wouldn't take the chance.

I recommend all the free'/cheap stuff for first timers. Grab a cocktail and catch the volcano show at the Mirage. Take a trip up the Eifel tower at night. (even though you are right next door to the real thing)

Do a bunch of wandering around. The hotels/casinos themselves are amazing in their own right for a first time visitor. Venetian/ palazzo and Caesars Palace are huge and the décor and sheer size of them are fantastic. for sure take in a couple of shows. Their are plenty of cheap shows that are very good. I liked Vegas the Show over at Planet Hollywood. don't be cheap on the seating though. Get onto a site like Smarter Vegas and get the VIP tickets rather than stand around outside in the hall waiting to get in.

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28. Re: 1st time Vegas, July 2014, any tips?

I can give you a "don't": do not go hiking in the canyons! Even the higher areas of red rock can be too hot in summer.

We must have rescued 50 people over the summer, a few died of heat stroke.

I know this should seem like common sense but you'd be surprised how many people attempt it.

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29. Re: 1st time Vegas, July 2014, any tips?

You are going to try the $20 trick?

What is your 'trick'?

So, you'll be happy with a buffet line pass? The front desk will not be handing those out.

Do yourself the dignity and take Blaggers advice.

1st- try to book the room you want. You say 'booked through a brochure'- is that like using a 3rd party? If so, I hope your trick is a really really good deck of cards slight of hand magic trick- or 5 minutes of great jokes, because you're not just asking for an upgrade- you're asking the desk clerk to 'upgrade' the 3rd party company. They have no reason.

It's not a $20 trick. I know that's 'what it's called'. But you know it's not- so why? And to give the justification you'll take a buffet pass for $50- no you wont.

Contact them now, see if the view room is available now. When you get there, ask very politely. You are coming an awfully long ways. Why would you not plan the trip you want rather than go on the trip you HOPE you'll have?

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30. Re: 1st time Vegas, July 2014, any tips?

I think you'd really like Hard Rock Hotel. You'll need to drive/take a cab there, as the area between the strip and HRH isn't great. I love gambling there (good vibe and music). They have some good cheap eats at Mr. Lucky's and Pink Taco.

Don't be afraid to explore the casinos at night. It will still be hot but you won't have to worry about sun exposure.

Everyone is right about water. It's not something to be taken lightly. I'd even recommend buying the large jugs of water to keep in your room.

Oh, and not all of the US is like Las Vegas ;) hopefully you have a chance to visit other areas in the future!