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Are you a fan of Las Vegas?

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Replies to: Are you a fan of Las Vegas?

  • anomanderanomander Registered User Posts: 1,647 Senior Member
    I’ve been to LV quite a bit for both business and pleasure. My previous company used to have a weeklong customer conference and occasionally internal meetings there. D, W, and I would also drive up every once in a while (it’s about a 5 hour drive for us) for a long weekend.

    We like it for the shows and restaurants, mainly. Some of the hotels are pretty cool as well. I sometimes gamble a little, but I’m not seriously into it. If you’re not a foodie and not into big-budget shows, I could see not being interested. That said, some of the shows are outstanding, and there’s many world-class restaurants there to experience - all for a pretty penny though.
  • ProfessorPlum168ProfessorPlum168 Registered User Posts: 3,398 Senior Member
    Going to Vegas used to be a 3-times a year thingy, including every Christmas for the 2 big chess tournaments held there every year, plus the Consumer Electronics Show. Now it’s down to once a year for the CES. It’s pretty awful during CES week as parking and traffic is quite bad. All the major casinos started charging for parking last year so that’s not good either. There’s quite a few things to see and do though if you don’t go there much.
  • TiggerDadTiggerDad Registered User Posts: 1,879 Senior Member
    When my boys were younger, 6 and 7 or so, I took them on a two-week road trip that covered Las Vegas (stayed at a kid-friendly hotel, Circus Circus), San Diego beaches, and Disneyland on 2-night, 3-day package, among other places. When we returned home, I asked my boys to write down all the places we visited. To my surprise, both of them correctly wrote down every places except Las Vegas and Disneyland, two places we spent the most money on. On the other hand, their favorite place? Freely roaming on the sands of San Diego beaches. Priceless -- literally.
  • ChoatieMomChoatieMom Registered User Posts: 5,352 Senior Member
    No, but I would like to see Donny and Marie before they leave.
  • CreeklandCreekland Registered User Posts: 5,575 Senior Member
    @TiggerDad Sounds like your kids would fit in with mine. We've gone to Disney a handful of times, but once we started traveling more mine openly wondered why anyone would choose to go to Disney when there are so many other terrific places to visit, esp for the same amount of money. Their age range then would have been around 10-14.
  • saillakeeriesaillakeerie Registered User Posts: 2,152 Senior Member
    We have used Vegas as an airport for a couple trips to Zion and the Grand Canyon. Each time one night there.
  • TiggerDadTiggerDad Registered User Posts: 1,879 Senior Member
    @Creekland

    My boys never spoke of either Las Vegas or Disneyland ever since and we've never gone back there. We did, on the other hand, revisited San Diego beaches on multiple trips since.
  • ClassicMom98ClassicMom98 Registered User Posts: 84 Junior Member
    I flew into Vegas a few years back on the way to a marathon, and went to the Hoover Dam vs the strip. I would not mind going once for real, but my H does not want to go. Fine by me.
  • dadof4kidsdadof4kids Registered User Posts: 639 Member
    I guess I'm the odd one here that loves Vegas. I'm from a part of the country without many shows or dining options, so those activities are usually pretty high on our list. Also the people watching is fascinating there.

    One of the reasons we go as often as we do is that it is cheap and quick to get to for us. That makes a 3-4 day getaway feasible, which is all we seem to have time for anymore. I don't know that I could spend a whole week there though. It is kind of a quick in and out destination for me. Also not a great destination for kids in my opinion. I was there with my 18 year old with a day to kill last month. One day with anyone <21 is enough. Too many places they can't go, even if they aren't trying to drink or gamble.

    It can be ridiculously expensive, but it doesn't have to be. I would say we usually spend less there than on a normal vacation.

    I gamble some, although it depends on the trip. It isn't the primary motive for the trip though.
  • MomofWildChildMomofWildChild Registered User Posts: 22,683 Senior Member
    @dadof4kids I agree that it is a fascinating place and bigger than life. I have enjoyed most of my trips there and appreciate everything there is to do. Remember- this is CC and I'm sure most view Vegas as a place for the riff-raff.
  • HannaHanna Registered User Posts: 14,905 Senior Member
    edited May 20
    I've been pleasantly surprised now that I've spent significant time there for my husband's tournaments. We don't gamble, drink, or shop, so I had no clue what we would do besides work in the hotel room. But there are a lot of outdoors things to enjoy, and when it's 110 degrees, you can drive up to Mt. Charleston in under an hour and find beautiful mountain hikes where it's 30+ degrees cooler. I love the Pinball Hall of Fame on a hot day, too. We've found lots of nice ethnic restaurants in neighborhoods. Away from the strip, it's largely indistinguishable from suburban Phoenix, for good or for ill. It is less segregated than a lot of cities.

    I have two good friends raising kids in Vegas after being offered good jobs there. One, married to a musician, has found an amazing arts community there with countless other families who wanted to continue careers as performers without a touring lifestyle. She's surrounded by the kind of musician/actor moms she'd be friends with in New York; they just have backyards with pools.

    Related to the arts-community thing: I love to do karaoke, and anywhere you go, even deep in the suburbs, the singers are outstanding. You hear one great voice after another.
  • MomofWildChildMomofWildChild Registered User Posts: 22,683 Senior Member
    I forgot about Mt. Charleston! That was just bizarre the time I went there. We left hot Las Vegas, drove 45 minutes and we were in a ski area with snow! It was gorgeous and felt like we had been transported to Colorado.
  • LVKrisLVKris Registered User Posts: 545 Member
    Lol @MomofWildChild! If that’s the case then I guess I’m among the riff-raff since I’ve lived in Las Vegas for 24 years.

    It sounds like many people have not enjoyed a visit to the Strip resort area. Of course, that’s just a small slice of the city that contains the vast majority of the hotel rooms, so that’s all many visitors experience.

    Yes, it’s in the desert. Yes, it’s hot in the summer. But we’re a city of around two million people, so there are lots of things to do beyond what’s found on the Strip. If you’re forced to come here some day, I promise you can find something enjoyable to do!
  • conmamaconmama Registered User Posts: 4,319 Senior Member
    edited May 20
    I LOVE it! The glitz, the cool beautiful bars, the fantastic shows! My DH and I have a fabulous time dressing up, going to a cool bar and flirting! (With each other of course)! I like the slots and he helps me on blackjack. The hotels are so beautiful, too.
  • momofsenior1momofsenior1 Registered User Posts: 5,795 Senior Member
    Hate it but loved our day trips - visiting Hoover Dam, flying to the Grand Canyon, and hiking at Red Rock Canyon.

    I was totally turned off by those "playing cards" too, the gambling, and drunken people on the streets at all hours. My friend's purse was also stolen from right next to her.
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