First time visitor to NYC & Vegas - recommendations please!

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    Dec 17, 2012 6:54 AM GMT
    Hi guys,

    Hoping I can get some suggestions on what to see & where to go for a first time visitor to the US.

    I'll be in NYC for 3 days in early January and Vegas for week after that. I'm sorted for accommodation but am looking for what you guys would recommend I go see, tips for tourist attractions etc.

    Would appreciate advice so I can make the most of the trip!
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    Dec 17, 2012 12:55 PM GMT
    For Vegas, the majority of the action will be on the Strip. Here are my recommendations:

    1. See the resort hotels. Watch the type of shoes you wear because it involves a lot of walking.
    2. See a couple of shows. The most popular are the Cirque du Soleil shows but there are tons of different shows to choose from. My favorite Cirque shows are Mystere and "O".
    3. Take a bus trip to old Vegas at Fremont Street. You'll experience and see the difference between old Vegas and the Strip.
    4. Try a couple of excursions outside of the Strip. We did a zipline tour in the desert. The tour had 4 ziplines and it was fun!
    5. Nightlife - there's a gay club on the Strip called Krave. You might want to check that out. It's mostly tourist and very few locals.

    Enjoy your time in the States!
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    Dec 17, 2012 3:09 PM GMT
    For New York is hard to make recommendations without knowing your preferences, but this is what I personally enjoyed the most of my "turisty" trips,....

    -Broadway shows (musicals). To avoid high prices anf big lines in the discount booths, hunt for deals online - if you need more help on this contact me.

    -Museums: I love MoMa and the American Museum on Natural History.

    -Centrl Park: i love biking in the summer, never been in the winter though..

    -Top of the rock: amazing views, way better of Empire State And faster/cheaper

    Lots of people take boats to see the iconic Statue of Liberty... i think a small boat tour are better (those that do not stop in the island but just go around)
    ive been in the island and i dont think it was worth it plus you have to book way in advance to get into the statue base

    what else? dining in Nolita, Walking around Soho, eating chinese food in Chinatown, some food trucks have amazing food (theres even apps for that)

    New Yorkers will be the best in recommending where to eat, but i personally just check Yelp for recommendations on my iphone depending on where I am

    there is a million other things to do but with only 3 days you probably will do fine with those

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    Dec 17, 2012 3:14 PM GMT
    After 3 days in NYC you might be mad that you spent most your time in Vegas. It would take two weeks to even start to digest NYC. Vegas can be done and gone in two days.

    If you say what your interests are others can give you better advice on the specifics.

    My fav app in NYC is KickMap for taking the subway. It does all the brain work for you so you don't have to figure out how to get from a to b.
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    Dec 17, 2012 4:17 PM GMT
    Vegas sucks.....switch your trip to spend a week in NYC and three days in Vegas. All there is in vegas is the casinos, and all of them are the same....slots, high priced rip off drinks, shows are overpriced.....about the only thing going for vegas is you can leave (icon_biggrin.gif) and go to hoover dam, red rock, and the grand canyon....

    NYC is great!! Could spend weeks there.....
  • in_this_corne...

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    Dec 17, 2012 4:37 PM GMT
    Definitely a week in Vegas is too long. You'll understand that at about day 4. While there is plenty to do, it's like being in an imaginary world on Groundhog's Day. I love Vegas, but even still a 3 or 4 day weekend is more than sufficient. I'm always ready to leave after a few days.

    Definitely see La Reve at Wynn resort. It is, in my opinion, the best show on the Strip. Also, if you are into some raunchy comedy AND Cirque type acts, see Absinthe at Caesar's Palace.

    If you stay in Vegas a week, you'll want to get the hell off the Strip and see some other stuff in the area.
  • Sportsfan1

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    Dec 17, 2012 4:56 PM GMT
    When I go to Vegas, which is at least two to three times a year, I always go to Entourage, if I cannot make it to Entourage then definitely Hawks Gym. Both are bathhouses. No games, no drama just guys walking around in towels. Lots of locals. If you can afford a room great, if not a locker is all you need. Have fun. I highly recommend the buffet at the Cosmopolitan or at the Paris hotel. Both are outstanding.
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    Dec 18, 2012 3:50 AM GMT
    A good time in Vegas is dependent on who you are with while you are there, imo. You can easily spend 7 days there and have fun with your friends, but you will be ready to get home by day 7.

    I agree with in_this_corner, La Reve is an AMAZING show! XS (in Encore) is a great club to check out. They tend to have great DJ's spinning.

    I would also suggest heading out to Red Rock Canyon since you will be there for 7 days. Great for climbing or hiking; they also have horseback riding.

    There is so much to do in NYC that even a week there wouldn't cover it, let alone 3 days. But have fun!
  • Kwokpot

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    Dec 18, 2012 2:46 PM GMT
    I just realized he MAY be going to Las Vegas for the Consumer Electronics Show(CES) which is Jan.8-11, thus the long time there. If not, and you are going during that time, know that hotel rates will be crazy expensive and the city will be crowded. Also, you should see if you can get into the show and checkout the exhibits, all the stuff will blow your mind! Oh, and the adult entertainment Expo usually goes on the same time....
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    Dec 18, 2012 2:51 PM GMT
    Change your plans to a week in NYC and 3 days in Vegas... unless you're planning on taking advantage of the regional offers around Vegas... from a tourists perspective it's hard to do NYC in 10 days let alone 3!
  • roadbikeRob

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    Dec 18, 2012 4:15 PM GMT
    Drop Las Vegas entirely in your trip to the US. Spend your planned time in NYC and than visit some of the other major cities along the east coast like Boston, Philadelphia, and Washington DC. If you want to venture out west, visit some of the natural highlights like the Grand Canyon, Bryce Canyon, Zion National Park and the Rockies. As for interesting major cities, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Seattle are all well worth a good visit. One smaller southwestern city that is very interesting and historic is New Mexico's capital city of Santa Fe.