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    • secretmachines
    • By secretmachines 10th Dec 16, 2:34 PM
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    Las Vegas guide and MSE thread 2017
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    • 10th Dec 16, 2:34 PM
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    Las Vegas guide and MSE thread 2017 10th Dec 16 at 2:34 PM
    Las Vegas unlike nearly every other holiday destination you may have visited. In Vegas the hotels ARE the attractions. Most have a huge casino attached, but if you think that's all there is to the place, you are sorely mistaken! Each hotel is very different, with its own theme and attractions.

    The good news is, is that Vegas can be a friend for us Money Saving Experts, with lots of free attractions, cheap eats/drinks and value for money to be had.

    This page cannot hope to cover everything, but should point you towards some good money saving tips. All information at the start of this thread is put together by members of the forum and is accurate at the time of writing - we will update it when we can.

    After reading the 'information' posts at the start of this thread, feel free to ask a question and join the discussion! We have lots of Vegas regulars contributing to this thread - join the gang!

    HOTELS & CASINOS
    • Click here for hotels & casinos on the Strip
    • Click here for hotels & casinos in the Downtown area (north) of Las Vegas
    • Click here for hotels & casinos just off the Strip
    Last edited by secretmachines; 01-01-2017 at 2:16 PM. Reason: updated
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    • Brats64
    • By Brats64 16th Sep 17, 12:06 AM
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    We are 4 weeks away from our trip too. Not really excited, too much other stuff going on.
    Originally posted by pebblesmax
    Same here...We are just over a fortnight until we are back in Vegas,and can't get excited about this trip at all.
    I also have a lot of other stuff playing on my mind,maybe it's that that's getting in the way of enjoying the trip....maybe it's just time to give Vegas a break for a few years.
    • Hovis91
    • By Hovis91 16th Sep 17, 9:55 AM
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    We have always gone twice a year to Vegas and last Oct when we came back I was feeling like maybe it's time to go somewhere else.Then when I was looking at other choices I remembered everything I love about Vegas so instead of going in June we decided to wait and only go once in November.it will have been over a year since we were there when we go in 7 weeks and I can honestly say I am beginning to feel really excited about going....booked all my myvegas things some groupon things and finally got the OH to book us into a hotel near the airport for the day before we fly!!!
    • John259
    • By John259 16th Sep 17, 10:04 AM
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    We have always gone twice a year to Vegas and last Oct when we came back I was feeling like maybe it's time to go somewhere else.
    Originally posted by Hovis91
    Have you thought about combining Las Vegas with somewhere else in the USA, either by flying or driving? San Francisco, the Pacific Coast Highway, and the various fabulous national parks in California and Utah are the obvious possibilities.
    "Such an enormous country, you realize when you cross it" - Jack Kerouac
    • bobbyhibs
    • By bobbyhibs 16th Sep 17, 11:01 AM
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    hi

    we ve only been to vegas 3 times , once a year and often book dead early(so we know we are going and have to save up) and in those times i dont get excited til a few weeks to go !!

    As john has said about combining vegas, my brother and I have done vegas and new york twice now and loved it, it seems some people on the board do la and San Francisco and some people often hire cars to drive !

    Gonna have to go have a look around in regards booking up agian -though more than likely solo this time
    • Hovis91
    • By Hovis91 16th Sep 17, 11:35 AM
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    We actually do fancy San Francisco but would have to fly as OH isn't fussed on driving over there although he has driven all round Florida when we have been there.....I would love to go to New York in time to watch Macy's parade and see all the Christmas lights and shops....maybe next year when OH has a big birthday ( but I'm choosing where we are going!!!) .
    • pebblesmax
    • By pebblesmax 16th Sep 17, 12:09 PM
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    We actually do fancy San Francisco but would have to fly as OH isn't fussed on driving over there although he has driven all round Florida when we have been there.....I would love to go to New York in time to watch Macy's parade and see all the Christmas lights and shops....maybe next year when OH has a big birthday ( but I'm choosing where we are going!!!) .
    Originally posted by Hovis91
    We flew to SF for a long weekend a couple of years ago. Flights were quite reasonable with Virgin America.
    • John259
    • By John259 16th Sep 17, 1:29 PM
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    but would have to fly as OH isn't fussed on driving over there
    Originally posted by Hovis91
    Fair enough, but if you drove then you'd be able to see some magnificent country, such as:

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Big_Sur

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yosemite_National_Park

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Owens_Valley

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Death_Valley_National_Park
    Last edited by John259; 16-09-2017 at 1:31 PM.
    "Such an enormous country, you realize when you cross it" - Jack Kerouac
    • pebblesmax
    • By pebblesmax 16th Sep 17, 5:20 PM
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    I absolutely hate driving. It's a necessary evil for me. My car does less than 5000 miles between MOT's.

    I know there is some lovely scenery out there, but not enough to make me drive to SF and back. I drove to the Grand Canyon for my parents 50th anniversary, and wanted to kill myself on the tortuous road to the actual canyon. It made me cry. The Canyon was spectacular, but there is no way I will ever drive all the way there again. i did it for them. They appreciated it.
    • John259
    • By John259 16th Sep 17, 5:32 PM
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    tortuous road to the actual canyon
    Originally posted by pebblesmax
    Which rim? Arizona 64 from Williams to the South Rim is a very good road, nearly flat and mainly fairly straight. You can check it out on Google Maps StreetView and this image is typical:
    https://goo.gl/maps/C74rsfDsbis
    "Such an enormous country, you realize when you cross it" - Jack Kerouac
    • StuieUK34
    • By StuieUK34 16th Sep 17, 6:25 PM
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    woohoooooooooo , less than 2 weeks for me!!!!
    And car rentals, yeah, seeing crazy prices !
    Convertible car for 3 days with Alamo in Vegas = £500 + !!!! wtf !!


    On a better note though, we have the Prem SUV (Suburban or Sim) from SFO to LAX = £237 , and with the Dollar gain the other day, I can rebook for £225 !
    Looking in the Grand schemes, I have never seen the Prem SUV for a weeks rental less than £380 on average!!


    Gonna hate to think to how much we gonna burn through in fuel from SFO to Vegas via my route to Yose/Mammoth/Death V !
    • pebblesmax
    • By pebblesmax 16th Sep 17, 6:25 PM
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    Which rim? Arizona 64 from Williams to the South Rim is a very good road, nearly flat and mainly fairly straight. You can check it out on Google Maps StreetView and this image is typical:
    https://goo.gl/maps/C74rsfDsbis
    Originally posted by John259
    Tortuous for that exact reason. Nothing to see. It was undulating and every small brow I was hoping to see something different. Just miles of the exact same thing. When that is at the end of a drive you haven't enjoyed anyway, it can make you lose the will to live. Nothing of interest at all. I'd rather have gone up wrynose pass and red bank a dozen times. At least they keep you alert.

    Did you read the bit where I hate driving?
    • John259
    • By John259 16th Sep 17, 6:29 PM
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    Tortuous for that exact reason. Nothing to see.
    Originally posted by pebblesmax
    Ah fair enough. Sorry, I thought you meant tortuous as in winding and twisting.

    FWIW I think roads like that are beautiful with miles of immense views and wilderness. But not everyone feels that way of course.
    "Such an enormous country, you realize when you cross it" - Jack Kerouac
    • ferf1223
    • By ferf1223 16th Sep 17, 6:31 PM
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    Tortuous for that exact reason. Nothing to see. It was undulating and every small brow I was hoping to see something different. Just miles of the exact same thing. When that is at the end of a drive you haven't enjoyed anyway, it can make you lose the will to live. Nothing of interest at all. I'd rather have gone up wrynose pass and red bank a dozen times. At least they keep you alert.
    Originally posted by pebblesmax
    I found the drive to the south rim exactly the same, and was so surprised that you basically see nothing like what you're expecting until you are there.

    I don't mind driving, particularly in the US, but long, boring drives exhaust me - I just want to go to sleep when I get there, and heaven forbid there is a return journey involved.

    We are going to go to Lake Havasu to visit a friend next month - I think it should be OK, and there are places along the way to stop on the way back if I need a break...nowhere near as long of a drive, though.
    Does remembering a time that a certain degree of personal responsibility was more or less standard means that I am officially old?
    • stoneman
    • By stoneman 16th Sep 17, 6:33 PM
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    Well I've experienced it all now. Went into Cromwell last week, sat at the bar and put $20 each in the VP machines. We're playing max credits and the barman comes over. "2 Black Russians please". "Sorry Sir" he says. "When the Blue light behind the machine lights up I can comp you a drink". "What? You mean I have to play through the best part of $200 to get a drink?" Bye!
    I wondered why there was no one sitting at the bar. Good luck with your tips mate.
    I know about the light system but that's after you've had your first drink.
    I did collar a floor manager but he said that was the rule. You actually have to play through the best part of $200 to get a stinking free drink at the bar at Cromwell.
    The common law of business balance prohibits paying a little and getting a lot. If you deal with the lowest bidder, it is well to add something for the risk you run, and if you do that you will have enough to pay for something better.
    • traveller
    • By traveller 16th Sep 17, 6:41 PM
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    I didn't even drive myself to the grand canyon and found it and the canyon boring. I could not imagine doing the actual drive!!!
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    • pebblesmax
    • By pebblesmax 16th Sep 17, 7:03 PM
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    I found the drive to the south rim exactly the same, and was so surprised that you basically see nothing like what you're expecting until you are there.

    I don't mind driving, particularly in the US, but long, boring drives exhaust me - I just want to go to sleep when I get there, and heaven forbid there is a return journey involved.

    We are going to go to Lake Havasu to visit a friend next month - I think it should be OK, and there are places along the way to stop on the way back if I need a break...nowhere near as long of a drive, though.
    Originally posted by ferf1223
    We drove to Lake Havasu city after staying a night in Laughlin to see George Benson. It was far more interesting than driving to the GC. Most striking was the change in road surface and other general conditions when we crossed from Nevada to California, couldn't believe the change. Smooth blacktop to a badly maintained concrete road right at the border. We drove Needles highway towards our destination, and the other side of the loop on the way back. Didn't go through California on the way back.
    • stoneman
    • By stoneman 16th Sep 17, 7:04 PM
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    been wondering the same thing.

    I done some quotes the other day and most were around £250 but Alamo was £600, they have come down a bit since then though
    Originally posted by photome
    We used Alamo last week because they were the cheapest using moneysupermarket comparison.
    The common law of business balance prohibits paying a little and getting a lot. If you deal with the lowest bidder, it is well to add something for the risk you run, and if you do that you will have enough to pay for something better.
    • Hovis91
    • By Hovis91 16th Sep 17, 9:58 PM
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    We drove to Lake Havasu city after staying a night in Laughlin to see George Benson. It was far more interesting than driving to the GC. Most striking was the change in road surface and other general conditions when we crossed from Nevada to California, couldn't believe the change. Smooth blacktop to a badly maintained concrete road right at the border. We drove Needles highway towards our destination, and the other side of the loop on the way back. Didn't go through California on the way back.
    Originally posted by pebblesmax
    Love George Benson......seen him twice now but in Manchester!!
    • lesley74
    • By lesley74 17th Sep 17, 4:09 AM
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    Lake Havasu
    I found the drive to the south rim exactly the same, and was so surprised that you basically see nothing like what you're expecting until you are there.

    I don't mind driving, particularly in the US, but long, boring drives exhaust me - I just want to go to sleep when I get there, and heaven forbid there is a return journey involved.

    We are going to go to Lake Havasu to visit a friend next month - I think it should be OK, and there are places along the way to stop on the way back if I need a break...nowhere near as long of a drive, though.
    Originally posted by ferf1223
    Lake Havasu is nice, a bit different. We did a trip where we flew to Phoenix, did a few nights in Scottsdale, then drove to Flagstaff (overnight for canyon). Also stopped at Laughlin on the way to Vegas for a night. The road to the canyon was a bit boring, I agree. We did however see some great scenery on other roads, I particularly remember the winding climb up from Phoenix, stopping at a place where there were Indians selling things, Montezumo Castle, Sedona etc. There are some nice drives out there, but I agree that bit at the canyon is a bit out of place. And it's quite a long road.
    • John259
    • By John259 17th Sep 17, 7:04 AM
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    Fair enough, if you don't like long drives then a US road trip isn't a wise choice.

    However, a trip from San Francisco to Yosemite Valley would be worthy of consideration. That's about 200 miles each way and the difference in the terrain as you get into the mountains makes it very interesting. Yosemite is one of the most beautiful places on earth.

    From Las Vegas, a trip to Zion National Park in southwestern Utah is another great option. That's about 160 miles each way but not all that interesting until you get to Arizona and Utah. Zion is another wonderful park.

    Personally I'd rate Yosemite and Zion as far superior to the Grand Canyon. Just my opinion, of course.
    "Such an enormous country, you realize when you cross it" - Jack Kerouac
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