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Things to do in Vegas
you know, instead of drinking/gambling.

 8:31 pm on Nov 8, 2005 (gmt 0)

What else is there to do in Vegas next week besides gamble and drink when I'm supposed to be attending sessions? I'm in a day early so I thought it might be nice to do something different.

I've been to the Grand Canyon which I think is drivable, but it's been a long time. Might be worth another look.

The hoover dam sounds very cool but my understanding is that you can't get the full tour anymore.

Any other ideas?



 8:36 pm on Nov 8, 2005 (gmt 0)

The Guggenheim Hermitage (Venetian) is running an exhibition of the 16th and 17th centuries from the collection of the Armory Chamber in the Kremlin Museum.


 8:36 pm on Nov 8, 2005 (gmt 0)

Do the Richard Petty Nascar driving or the indoor parachuting. Grand Canyon is pretty far.


 8:52 pm on Nov 8, 2005 (gmt 0)

you said it was a long time since you went the grand canyon - last year we took a flight out there in a light aircraft, landing on the ridge and jumping into a helicopter to decend into the valley - well worth the $200 (or thereabouts)


 9:28 pm on Nov 8, 2005 (gmt 0)

Head over to the Hilton and try the "Star Trek Experience" and experience about $40 leaving your wallet.


 10:03 pm on Nov 8, 2005 (gmt 0)

And experience confirmation that you're a loser. :]


 10:04 pm on Nov 8, 2005 (gmt 0)

Go see a Cirque du Soleil show! $100 well spent.


 10:06 pm on Nov 8, 2005 (gmt 0)

Barry Manilow is at the Las Vegas Hilton.


X - An Erotic Adventure, Tue-Sun 10pm, Fri & Sat 10pm & 12am, $44.95 at the Alladin
Purple Reign - The Prince Tribute Band, Lighthouse Lounge - Tue-Sat, 11pm, No Cover - (702) 730-3194
Celine Dion in "A New Day" Caesars Palace - On the Strip
Elton John's "The Red Piano" Caesars Palace - On the Strip
Gladys Knight


The legendary Wayne Newton!

[edited by: bhartzer at 10:11 pm (utc) on Nov. 8, 2005]


 10:08 pm on Nov 8, 2005 (gmt 0)

Eat. Then eat some more.


 10:09 pm on Nov 8, 2005 (gmt 0)

Well, there is that legal flesh trade in Nevada, what do they call it?

Oh brothel, I forget.


 10:14 pm on Nov 8, 2005 (gmt 0)

incrediBILL, I heard it's called the Chicken Ranch. LOL


 11:28 pm on Nov 8, 2005 (gmt 0)

Just going for a walk in the evening, once they turn the lights on, can be fun. I'm in awe of the excess of Vegas, and the pretense that the excess actually matters, if that makes any sense.

If anyone has a decent cigar source I'd be grateful if you pack away an extra cigar or two, for which I'd be most willing to reimburse the cost. Sometimes just kicking back with a group, smoking a cigar, drink in hand and shooting the breeze - war stories, jokes, making fun of ourselves - is the best time of all.

Then again, Buckwheat Zydeco, in New Orleans, was a pretty good tune-up for the soul. Plus a few nice dinners out.

Ummmm . . . so many possibilities, so little time. :)


 12:21 am on Nov 9, 2005 (gmt 0)

The Canyon tours are really cool, they pick you up at the hotel, fly over to the canyon by way of the Hoover Dam, drop in on a helicopter, take a little boat ride in the Colorado, back out on the copter, hop on a bus, get lunch at the Indian reservation, back on the bus, back on the plane to Vegas, and then hotel drop off. It's a full day.


 12:36 am on Nov 9, 2005 (gmt 0)

Well, lemme see, there's:

The Ghostbar at The Palms,
The Voodoo Lounge at The Rio,
Nine Fine Irishmen at New York-New York,
Fireside Lounge (don't remember how I got there),
Red Square at Mandalay Bay,
That Pub at the Monte Carlo,
The Risque at the Paris,
The V Bar at The Venetian,
The Beach (across from the Convention Center),

Oh wait, you said, "instead of drinking..."




 1:48 am on Nov 9, 2005 (gmt 0)

Valley of Fire State Park is great. [parks.nv.gov...]


 3:10 am on Nov 9, 2005 (gmt 0)

Oh, yes, Valley of Fire is spectacular. Especially as the sun sets.

Try "Mystere" at Treasue Island. As far as I'm concerned, the best Cirque show ever (and, I've seen most of them, except for the adult show in Vegas).

Also, I think Blue Man Group is out there somewhere. I will be checking that one out. I've seen three of their shows and they ROCK!


 3:15 am on Nov 9, 2005 (gmt 0)

Oops, should be "Treasure Island", not "Treasue Island."

Still can't figure out how to edit posts.

Note to self: How long have you been on these forums? Perhaps, need to post more and figure out the nuances?


 3:20 am on Nov 9, 2005 (gmt 0)

One more thing. The drive to the Grand Canyon is very long.

Take an airplane ride or the helicopter tour to save a buttload of time. I've done both and the drive sucks. Especially to the north side? It took forever and there wasn't any cell phone service in case of an emergency. Just miles and miles and miles of dessert.

Plus, the south side is so much more colorful. But they both take a long time to drive to.


 5:58 am on Nov 9, 2005 (gmt 0)

Webwork, I ran into a Cuban (cab driver) cigar source last time I was there...moral of the story, take a lot of cabs :)


 9:09 am on Nov 9, 2005 (gmt 0)

Does anybody fancy go karting?

[edited by: Hawkgirl at 9:59 pm (utc) on Nov. 11, 2005]
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 4:04 pm on Nov 9, 2005 (gmt 0)

Gilley's has a mechanical bull and mud wrestling!



 6:36 pm on Nov 10, 2005 (gmt 0)

($99) Avenue Q is at the Wynn and it's hilarious. It's also rumoured to be in trouble and may not be at the Wynn much longer. Highly recommended. Full puppet nudity.

($8 for a cocktail) Don't do the patio/waterfall show at the Wynn. It's stupid. You have to have drink on the terrace to see it and it's not that big a deal. It's just plain goofy.

($100 +)Blue Man Group is at the Venetian.

(Free) Fat Elvis plays in the afternoons at the Barbary Coast. He is Fat and he may be Elvis. And he really is known as Fat Elvis. He claims he's Elvis' love child.

(Free) Sirens of TI - they replaced the pirate show with a very campy one. I think the girls lip sync. It's very silly. Every 90 minutes in the evening outside Treasure Island.


 11:30 pm on Nov 10, 2005 (gmt 0)

I'm new on here and don't know any of you but what better way to start then on the trip next week. Thought maybe it would be a good idea for the folks from the forum who are going to Vegas to meet up for a night out and get to know one another.


 7:49 am on Nov 11, 2005 (gmt 0)

Buffets are a must. Some places have the most amazing food.
Tip: don't wear trousers to eat, i recommend sweat pants ;)


 2:49 pm on Nov 11, 2005 (gmt 0)

Playing a round of Golf mid Nov is prolly my backup plan if I'm too worn out from the outlets and drinking. :)


 4:25 pm on Nov 11, 2005 (gmt 0)

Sushi House Manda


 4:57 pm on Nov 11, 2005 (gmt 0)

Its a good place for some night photography, if you have a tripod and thats your thing.


 7:42 pm on Nov 11, 2005 (gmt 0)

instead of drinking/gambling



 8:36 pm on Nov 11, 2005 (gmt 0)

Seriously though you can always find a lot of stuff on [snip]

[edited by: Hawkgirl at 9:59 pm (utc) on Nov. 11, 2005]
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 10:23 pm on Nov 11, 2005 (gmt 0)

Taking a helicopter tour into the Grand Canyon is a quick way to get there - I seem to remember it was about $500 per person, but well worth the money.

It only took a few minutes outside Vegas until we were running the canyon walls, then eventually landed in the canyon on an Indian reservation for wine, beer and snacks. After that, you're off again, running through some more canyon walls then eventually taking a tour of the strip from the air before returning to the airport.

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