THE STRIP, Las Vegas
Favorite thing: 'The Las Vegas Strip is an approximately 4.2-mile (6.8 km) stretch of Las Vegas Boulevard South in Clark County.' It's one of the most popular destinations for tourists.
Fondest memory: Most of the attractions and shows on the Strip are located on the hotel casino properties and make Las Vegas the world's most exciting city.
Favorite thing: Las Vegas is busiest at night and lights up transform it to the magic city. Near the center Strip the sidewalks are crowded.
Fondest memory: The high powered lights and neon are everywhere. Neon signs have become a Las Vegas art form.
It gives Las Vegas the unique atmosphere.
Favorite thing: most people visit las vegas areas of the Strip and Downtown areas and the pedestrian areas around the strip and downtown areas are very wide and pedestrian friendly and they are many overpass foot bridges that connect the roads that you would seldom have to cross a street via the street stop lights and many of the food bridges even have elevators and escalators. If you are a brisk walker then walking around vegas is for you but if you are not, just be ready to hail a taxi or use a CAT Bus since walkin here means LONG WALKS and the Pedestrian overpasses are not always located near the street intersections but are beyond.
Fondest memory: it is a brisk walker's paradise
Favorite thing: Las Vegas is truly in a recession mode as most casino complexes in the strip areas and some other complexes charges a daily resort fee that is included in your hotel bill and these resort fees charges differ per establishment like the wynn will charge you a $ 20 resort fee per day and the bellagio will charge you a $ 18 resort fee and others like the excalibur charge you an $ 15 resort fee that covers things like unlimited local and long distance calls (excluding international calls), unlimited wireless internet connections, use of the gymn and pools and other extras. I personally thinks this resort fees are rip offs but is an added cost when you want to stay in vegas.
for a listing of the various resort fees, please see the website below.
Fondest memory: the many resort fees being charged by most casino complexes in the las vegas areas
Favorite thing: They say what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas. But nothing really stays in Vegas forever. Even some of the most famed, most celebrated casinos have bitten the dust. If you're lucky, you may get to see one of them being imploded. In any case, if you visit and return ten years later, you'll see some new places and probably notice some missing ones.
Fondest memory: Here are a few casinos that are no longer in Las Vegas. I stayed at the Westward Ho in 2004, because it was affordable and well situated right on the Strip. Too bad it's gone. I hope that the Strip will always have places to stay on a modest budget, but that appears increasingly unlikely.
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Favorite thing: Yes, you've heard it all before.
So, what's new but different about Sin City. We all have our stories and most of them have some tangy edge here and there.
But suffice it to say that Vegas is a phenom. It's an absurd iconoclastic environmental disaster and it's a kind of bizarre necessity in the world. It channels pure hope and elemental desires into a form people can access and believe - even for an instant - that they are truly wealthy and that everything's possible.
It has a certain undeniable allure... albeit a sometimes lurid one.
Fondest memory: So, what to do in Vegas? Here's my trip/tip.
Hit the strip at 10 pm Friday with the intention of dancing the night away. Get a couple of comp tickets to clubs from your hotel. If you're a hardcore club-hopper, there are VIP services that allow you to not only get in 'free' but jump the line, to boot.
The club scene is pretty wild. Very sexy but with it's own constraints, limits and rules. You have to kind of get the rules by gestalt, but in Mirage's JET lounge, there's this raised platform where tiny 20-nothing hott supermodel wannabes in tight, short dresses and high heels seductively touch and grind against one another to a primal beat, but it was specifically taboo for men to be directly involved. So, sexy wild AND safe-ish.
And with dawn ends the first night.
Saturday, poolside, in the spa, deep relaxation of whatever sort you choose.... until the evening when an early Cirque du Soleil show followed by a late supper (or vice versa) makes for a romantic and luxurious interlude.
Sunday: fly home.
You can also gamble legally.
Favorite thing: As you walk along the strip, you might come across people who are selling cold bottled water. If you are feeling thirsty, do buy one from them as they are selling them for much cheaper prices than at the hotels or some of the malls. I came across one on a bridge near Wynn that was selling a botle for 75cents, as compared to the $2-$3 per bottle at most places.
Favorite thing: Driving the strip in Vegas can be a pain. Sometimes you can get to wherever you want to get to by walking. When you book a hotel try to stay somewhere in the center of the strip like at Ceasers Palace or at the Imperical Palace (if you're looking for something cheaper). Some hotels actually offer a shuttle service, but they may not run as late as you want them to. When I used the Rio shuttle, it was available until 2AM.
Favorite thing: If you want to see the hotels and casinos on the strip, plan where you want to go first. The strip is very long and the distance between the casinos must not be underestemated. Use the monorail if possible, or take your car. -
If you want to see the shows or extras, make sure you know when they start. We waited for 45 minutes at the vulcanos eruption, and that's a long time to be standing on the sidewalk! The show at the Treasure island is fun to see. So is the musical fountain at the Bellagio and the talking fountain inside Caesers. Don't fall for the gondola ride. It is a real tourist trap. Than again, that's Las Vegas!
Favorite thing: If you want to see the hotels and casinos on the strip, plan where you want to go first. The strip is very long and the distance between the casinos must not be underestemated. Use the monrail if possible, or take ypur car.
If you want to sees the shows or extras, make sure you know when they start. We waited for 45 minutes at the vulcanos eruption, and that's a long time to be standing on the sidewalk! The show at the Treasure island is fun to see. So is the musical fountain at the Bellagio and the talking fountain inside Caesers. Don't fall for the gondola ride. It is a real tourist trap. Than again, that's Las Vegas!
Favorite thing: To get a feel of Las Vegas I recommend a walk down the strip at night. The streets are filled with people. You can buy some beer and just walk and drink and have a good time.
You are not obligated to go anywhere but yet you can go everywhere. You can visit the hotels and let their themes take you to a different place, whether it is Paris or Egypt . You can go on the rollercoaster in NY NY, or go on a gondola ride in Venice.
Fondest memory: Las Vegas gives me a sense of freedom. It is a break from the reality of 9-5.
It is known for its excitment and for a little naughtiness even.
Favorite thing: No difference between day and night here. Same dense traffic, crowdy streets, shops are always open...
Where else on earth would you allow your 16 and 18 years old kids to walk in the street on their own after midnight?
Las vegas Strip is perfectly safe!
Favorite thing: We decided that someone must've put some kind of Stoopid drug in the water, because 3 otherwise fairly intelligent women popped out with the damnedest statements after a couple of daze in Sin City.
Stoopid Comment #1
I awoke to a gloriously sunny day - bearing in mind, please, that we're in the Dark cycle back home in Alaska - and I was filled with admiration for the lovely blue sky. I felt all sorts of profound feelings, like the way a simliar quality of light inspired Cezanne to paint his masterworks, and led Georgia O'Keefe to her own personal vision. What came out was, "Gee the sun here is just so.....so SUNNY."
Stoopid Comment #2
Hilly was waxing eloquent about some guy problems she'd been having, and popped out with, "...and ya know, there just aren't any intuitive men." (LuLu & I of course cracked up.)
Stoopid Comment #3
Hilly's dad Dan was with us for the last couple of daze, and was soon affected by the same stoopid drug that had numbed our brains: "Hey, have you been in the Paris Casino? I was in there the other day, and do you know, they've got it decorated like you're in some street in France!" No duh.
Favorite thing: Sounds good and all but beware, the strip is long and in the summer, it can take a beating on you. Wear good walking shoes if you are going to tackle this feat and when you're tired, "taxi taxi!!"
One summer, me and the girls decided to take a stroll and before we knew it we were well along the strip in 115 degree heat. The heat was bearable since it's a "dry heat" but the flip flops weren't!
Fondest memory: Ummm... what's happened in Vegas, has stayed in vegas. And those photos?... well, let's not talk about them!
Favorite thing: Watching FREE shows..and cheap buffets...I LOVE EATING!!!
Fondest memory: lost $20.00 on a crap table and can't go to sleep after that...won't try to gamble money or anything else anymore after that experience...DANG!!!!