To do in Las Vegas?

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    Jun 20, 2007 10:16 PM GMT
    Planning a trip with a friend to Las Vegas in August (I know, it'll be 175 degrees!). She has 2 free plane tix that she has to use by the end of August. So...any suggestions on what I should do while I'm there? I've never been, but I'm counting on "What happens in Vegas..."
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    Jun 20, 2007 10:48 PM GMT
    "So...any suggestions on what I should do while I'm there?"

    Drink water like crazy. My stylist moved there for a short time, and not long after he arrived, he passed out on the street from dehydration. He was told that happens a lot.
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    Jun 21, 2007 12:01 AM GMT
    Thanks for the tip on drinking water. Will do!
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    Jun 21, 2007 1:09 AM GMT
    I saw Zumanity, a Circ du Culiel(???) production. It is an acrobatic exploration of sexuality. A bawdy show with lots of flesh showing. Of course it is a circus, so there are fat twin chics, a muscle midget and tall tall thin guy who wears a waste belt cinching his guts to about the size of a coffee can. The grotesque aside, several of the scenes acted out involved way-hot muscle guys striping down. The show is intermitten with sexual comedy one minute and then stunning acrobatics the next with the acrobatic routines all being sexual in theme as well.

    The show was at the New York Casino. It cost $99. It was worth it. You won't see that show on tour.

    There was also a Hunks from Down Under - similar to a Chippendales show. I didn't get to that one.

    I also didn't get to see Red Piano - which was Elton John.

    I don't have any clue about the gay night club scene, but the Caeser's Palace has a night club that was packed with hotties and high rollers. I would bet that the gay clubs are extreme.

    Have fun and good luck finding something delightfully sinful you can keep as your Vegas secret.
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    Jun 21, 2007 1:33 AM GMT
    Bring Good face cream and lip balm it is very dry.

    Lots of stuff to do, just walk up and down the strip you will have a ball.

    Lots of shows, shopping and people watching.

    Have fun, I am going back again in October.

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    Jun 21, 2007 3:12 AM GMT
    I'll second checking out a Cirque du Soleil show - saw their Kooza show in Montreal (their home base) and it was spec-tacular! Actually pretty affordable considering the show is nearly 2 hours long.

    Have fun, check out the shopping ;)
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    Jun 21, 2007 4:21 AM GMT
    What sort of things are you looking to do? Clubs? Shows? I've been there several times, and being from Arizona, the heat doesn't affect me like some! If you want a gay club on the strip, there's Krave, which is connected to what's now Planet Hollywood. The straight clubs are fun too, but there's always a long line to wait in and usually costs about $30 to get in. Let me know if you need more info.
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    Jun 21, 2007 4:32 AM GMT
    Odd... I've had to go there a few times on business. As near as I can tell there is nothing at all to do there. Well, sure... there's the spectacle of seeing how average americans can be manipulated just like rats in a skinner box. It's just that it seems more depressing than entertaining.

    There used to be some interesting hiking and bouldering nearby in the Calico Hills. I suspect that the city sprawls almost all the way out there by now.

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    Jun 21, 2007 4:36 AM GMT
    I have to agree with Mindgarden.

    I was very disappointed when I went there. It's just too tacky and too commercial to be interesting. Go with low expectations and you'll probably have a better time.

  • OhioJock

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    Jun 21, 2007 11:44 AM GMT
    The gay nightlife is sort of weak. There are some gay clubs which are best on weekends. There is Krave which is just off the strip next to the Aladdin and there is Gipsy located on Paradise Road just down from the Hard Rock. There are others but none of them are that good.
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    Jun 21, 2007 2:03 PM GMT
    I found the whole LV experience to be a spectacle, couldn't take my eyes off of whatever I might've been looking at. Check out the hotel interiors. The Bellagio fountain is fascinating. Maybe I'm simple. Definitely see a Cirque show. I've seen 4 in my life. They never cease to amaze. If you're curious about gambling, it's pretty easy to find a table that's not too busy where the dealer will educate you. Skip the slot machines, it's a surefire loss.

    I love LV.
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    Jun 21, 2007 3:15 PM GMT
    Did anyone see this?

    Las Vegas tourists get taken for a ride on the Strip — on scooters
    The Associated Press
    Published: May 24, 2007

    LAS VEGAS: Las Vegas tourists, exhausted by the four miles (six kilometers) of gluttony laid out before them, are getting around on electric "mobility scooters" in increasing numbers.

    And not on trendy Vespa motorbikes. The scooters are more like updated wheelchairs.

    Forking over about $40 (€30) a day and their pride, perfectly healthy tourists are cruising around Las Vegas casinos in transportation intended for the infirm.

    You do not have to take a step. You do not even have to put your drink down.

    "It was all the walking," 27-year-old Simon Lezama said on his red Merits Pioneer 3. Lezama, a trim and fit-looking restaurant manager from Odessa, Texas, rented it on day three of his five-day vacation, "and now I can drink and drive, be responsible and save my feet."

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    The Las Vegas Strip is long past its easily walkable days. Casinos alone are nearly the size of two football fields. That does not count the hotel rooms, shopping malls, spas, convention centers, bars and restaurants.

    And that is just inside. For tourists who plan to stroll from one big casino to another, there are crowds, construction sites and long stretches of sun-baked sidewalks between.

    A tourist could accidentally get some exercise.

    "We're seeing more and more young people just for the fact that the Strip has gotten so big, the hotels are so large," said Marcel Maritz, owner of Active Mobility, a scooter rental company whose inventory also includes wheelchairs, crutches and walkers.

    Most of those using the scooters are obese, elderly or disabled. But many are young and seemingly fit.

    The number of able-bodied renters has grown in the past few years to represent as much as 5 percent of Maritz's business, he said. The company, which contracts with some casinos, has a fleet of about 300 scooters.

    "It makes it a lot easier for people to see everything," he said.

    At full throttle the scooters open up to about 5 mph (8 kph), though crowded sidewalks allow little opportunity for such speeds. They can go anywhere wheelchairs can — elevators, bars, craps tables — but are banned from streets. They come with a quick operating lesson, an instruction booklet, a horn and a basket.

    "At first, I figured it was for handicapped people, but then I saw everybody was getting them. I figured I might as well, too," Lezama said.

    Las Vegas has other transportation options, although each has its problems. The Strip is regularly clogged with cabs and drive-in tourists. A double-decker bus system, dubbed the Deuce, often gets stuck in the mess. A $650 (€483) million monorail with stops at eight casinos has been plagued by poor ridership, perhaps because it runs behind the resorts, well off the Strip and out of sight.

    Police and casino workers often use bicycles.

    Some find the notion of using a device intended for disabled people unethical.

    "It's the same principle as parking in a handicap spot," Mike Petillo, 64, a disabled tax accountant who recently visited from New York City.

    Several hotel bell desk workers — who handle most of the rental requests from tourists — said they try to discourage people who do not appear to need the scooters from renting. But refusing the self-indulgent is not really an option.

    "You can't really discriminate against anybody," said Tom Flynn, owner of Universal Mobility. "We don't require a prescription or an explanation of why they need it."

    Michelle Bailey, a slender, apparently healthy 22-year-old, used a scooter to get around a recent pool tournament at the Riviera hotel-casino. "Four-inch heels," she explained with a laugh, pointing to her lipstick-red pumps.

    But Troy Burgess, a 21-year-old optician visiting from Detroit, said he considers it "immoral" for an able-bodied person to rent wheels. And not only that, but "you probably wouldn't pick up too many chicks on that scooter."
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    Jun 21, 2007 3:38 PM GMT
    Thanks for all the suggestions! Keep 'em coming!

    That Zumanity show sounds like fun. We're thinking of staying at NY NY, so we might even be able to get a discount on the ticket price. ;)

    While I would normally love the idea of hiking, I'm not so sure that doing it in August would be a good idea! Maybe if the weather cooperates I can work that in.

    Oh...and no, I will NOT resort to renting a motorized wheelchair! What's next?!?

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    Jun 21, 2007 3:43 PM GMT
    Red Rocks is a GORGEOUS place to hike, but in August it's going to be HOT. Glad to hear about the mobility scooter ;-)
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    Jun 22, 2007 5:36 PM GMT
    Zumanity is great. If you want to experience the quintessential vegas show, see Jubilee. That's a great one too.

    Someone had mentioned exploring the hotels/resorts. I'd recommend that too. The resorts are all so interesting and impressive.

    I think I read somewhere that Bette Midler will begin her two year show in Vegas very soon. If you like Bette, it maybe worth looking into.

    The city blocks are pretty large, so I'd bring a good pair of walking shoes.
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    Jun 23, 2007 3:29 AM GMT
    Interesting. My best friend and I are headed to Vegas sometime this fall as well. I learned a long time ago not to expect much from a place that is geared for the tourist. What we do to make it a fantastic experience is up to us.
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    Jun 26, 2007 6:33 AM GMT
    I think a little bit of Vegas goes a long way. Some things I would do: go to the Belagio and watch the fountains in front of the hotel. It is free and amazing. Also, go inside and look at the art work - one of the best private collections around. The gay nightlife absolutely sucks. I would go to a show. Zumanity is amazing. I also like "O". If you like to golf there are some amazing courses. Get a very early t- time. Like 7am.
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    Jun 26, 2007 6:56 AM GMT
    K, just a few things in regard to some of the previous posts. I'm a Vegas native, and while I don't know everything about the nightlife here (still 20) I do know a lot about the city.

    The fountains at Bellagio are a awesome, more impressive if you go at night though. I believe they do a different song every 15 minutes. You definitely want to set aside at least an hour while you're out there to watch a couple of shows. Best part (as shyguysport put it) totally free

    As mentioned before, Zumanity is definitely a fun show, if you're into adult humor spliced with a little raunch. I had fun at that one. I work at Ka' at the MGM, so I'm a little bias toward liking that one. Other shows I really enjoyed were Stomp Out Loud at Planet Hollywood and "O" at the Bellagio. Unfortunately, most of the other shows I really would love to see again have already moved or been cancelled. ICE at the Riviera was pretty neat considering I didn't have much interest in going, but really enjoyed the show.

    As far as clubs go. The only gay club on the strip is Krave as mentioned before. But most of my friends enjoy Tabu and Studio 54 at the MGM, Tao at the Venetian. 40 Duece (sc?) at Mandalay and Pure, I think that one's at Caesar's. Then again, most of my friends are straight. If you do a search on Vegas and the "Fruit Loop" That's an area little less than a mile from the strip where there are number of gay bars.

    Outside of that, if you have any other questions, feel free to ask.
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    Jun 26, 2007 10:39 AM GMT
    Las Vegas is so incredily tacky, its actually fun, like a giant theme park. Everything looks like a set for a play and the beauty of some places is in such contrast to the ugly people walking around its actually quite stunning. I actually just came back from there this past weekend and what I found to be the most memorbale thing was around 1 in the morning, my friend and I were about to get on an escalator when a completely shitfaced giant guy holding a drink, wearing a blue buttom down shirt and jeans couldn't hold on to the moving handrail and rolled down the escalator. The escalators on the strip that you use to get on the bridge to cross the street are very clean and new and have strips of soft white lighting at foot level. Since the escalator was moving up and the guy was falling down, he just kept falling. His two friends who were wearing the exact same thing as he just watched and smiled as a stranger tried to help him up. Naturally he refused and kept on falling perpetually for a good ten seconds till finally he stopped. He got up as if nothing happened and ran into about every girl in his path. That should paint a good picture of what you will find there.
  • jessetriguy

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    Jun 26, 2007 1:08 PM GMT
    I like to walk down the strip in skimpy speedos, cowboy boots and cowboy hat. Oh, lots of sunscreen!
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    Aug 05, 2008 10:55 AM GMT
    I was there last August and while it was hot ( but it's dry heat LOL) and had a ball.
    Zumanity is an awesome show, if you want to see a male review go see American Storm.. those guys will interact with men in the crowd.. very fun.
    If you like Sushi check out Todai at the miracle mile shops in Planet Hollywood.
    If you like rides I recommend the Big Shot at the Stratosphere and the coaster at the Sahara, the one at NYNY is just O.K.

    I'm going back in late September and plan on seeing KA at MGM and just got tickets to Cher at Caesars.
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    Aug 05, 2008 11:12 AM GMT
    I saw KA too. It was amazing, I'd see cirque before when it traveled to Aus/UK but it just wasn't the same as seeing it in a theater built entirly for the show.

    145 degrees you'll probably spend a lot of time poolside.

    As for rolling round on a scooter, It's unethical an enabling people to reach a unhealthy and dependant state.

    When I was there I saw get her huge ass stuck in the handrails at the end of a travelator. They had to turn it off and have someone pull her out. icon_confused.gif
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    Jan 14, 2011 1:11 PM GMT
    My bf and I love Vegas. We've spent more out of town weekends there than anywhere else (about a 4 1/2 hour drive from Phoenix for us).

    Usually we go with a pre-planned concert or show in mind, but sometimes just to get away. It's a people watcher's paradise and the hotels are fascinating to walk through and tour, even if you don't gamble a nickel.

    We saw "O" a few years ago at The Bellagio and it was top notch! Penn and Teller at The Rio was also very entertaining.

    Yes, it will be hot in August for sure, but The Strip at night will be fun with all the lights and glitz. Hotel pool by day, Strip at night in August could be a good plan. Been to Krave too, on the south side of Planet Hollywood. Loud music, go-go dancers and very expensive drinks (with like a $20 cover too). Stays open all night though until like 6 am or something.

    I think you will enjoy The Strip for what it is as a first-time visitor. Freemont Street would be worth checking out too, a few miles north.

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    Jan 14, 2011 1:21 PM GMT
    Find a charming streetwalker and get hitched, that's what I'd do.
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    Jan 14, 2011 11:45 PM GMT
    Walk down the Strip and check out the Fremont Street Experience.
    Then leave. Seriously. Go.

    Go to Red Rock Canyon. Zion is beautiful. Spend a few days in Sedona. Go see the Hoover Dam and the O'Callaghan-Tillman Memorial Bridge.