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going to vegas in March

LadyFaile's Avatar LadyFaile
11:37 AM 02-19-2012
hey all. I was supposed to be going to Japan for a week in March but it got cancelled, so hubby and I decided to take a trip somewhere closer just the two of us, we settled on Las Vegas.
I've gone through the threads here and got a nice list of vegan friendly places to check out. I haven't booked it yet but we'll probably be staying at the Wynn or the Encore since I have the best options for food there, plus it's very reasonably priced for 5 stars and the rooms look nice and modern. some of the others i looked at that were slightly cheaper had the tacky mirrored ceilings and padded headboards and junk like that lol.. not our style :P

so anyways, what should I check out while we are there, maybe something off the beaten tourist trap path haha. also does anyone know if Chinatown is walking distance from the strip, and is it worth checking out in the first place? I noticed a couple of the veg places are in or near C-town and I'm a fan of anything Asian so I probably would want to go anyways, but what can you guys recommend?

we also might rent a car for one day and go see hoover dam or the canyon or something, but snooping around expedia i saw there's a full-day bus tour that goes to LA, I didn't realize it was so close. we would probably go by rental car rather than take the tour, how long of a drive to get to say Beverly Hills by car? and if we did take a day trip there what should we do/see?

thanks
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ocrob37's Avatar ocrob37
11:42 AM 02-19-2012
The drive to L.A. is around 5 hours. I know people that do it in 4, but it really depends on traffic and how fast you drive. That would be a rough 1 day trip. Vegas is a dangerous place to go on vacation , if you enjoy gambling. When I think of vegas, I think of drinking, gambling and laying by the pool. I would be curious what else there is to do?
Envy's Avatar Envy
11:45 AM 02-19-2012
Eating, shows, sport and meeting celebrities.
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Forster's Avatar Forster
11:47 AM 02-19-2012
I would go to see the Gold and Silver Pawn Shop.
ElaineV's Avatar ElaineV
02:59 PM 02-19-2012
Do you like being outdoors? If so, the areas right outside of Vegas is filled with fantastic hiking, mountain climbing, trail running, wildlife watching, and more at Red Rock Canyon (not to be confused with the casino of the same name). Personally, I freaking LOVE red rock.

This isn't the best video but it gives you an idea:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZGqJpAEJL18

This time of year you can go skiing or snow boarding just an hour's drive away at Mount Charleston or go for a boat ride/jet ski etc. in Lake Mead. During the summer, Mt. Charleston is a good hiking area since it's so much cooler up there. There's a shuttle that goes from Town Square (south Las Vegas Blvd - where there's a Whole Foods) to Mt. Charleston on the weekends.

If you like to bird watch I recommend going to the Wetlands or the Henderson Bird Viewing Preserve. Birders who come to visit are amazed by the wide variety of birds we have out here. My father in law and his ornithologist wife got a few "life birds" here!

FYI, there's a place called Springs Preserve. It's interesting and fun... you might want to visit, but it's essentially man-made. It's probably best for children/families. Other things for children/families include the Children's Museum, tons of parks and libraries all over the place, Circus Circus Adventure Dome, Stratosphere Tower Rides and other roller coasters and shows, and more.

And if you like to jump, there's SkyZone which is an indoor trampoline "park". It's like 20 tranpolines all put together so you can bounce from one to another. You can play dogeball or basketball on trampolines, too. So fun!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fx1-q0KP3NI&list=UUo19hhQaGfXufSW4PbL6rxA&feature=plcp

And there are skate parks all over too, indoor and outdoor ones. If you like to workout there are a million gyms because there are so many performers who live here and other people interested in staying fit/athletic. There are a lot of golf courses and two public inexpensive ones. Henderson and Summerlin have some good running paths and some decent cycling lanes if you're into that. There's some sort of race at least once a month (check http://www.active.com/ and type in "las vegas, nv" to find events).

Museums and history stuff too: The Atomic Testing Museum, The Mob Museum, Erotic Heritage Museum. Skip the Natural History Museum and the zoo. Ick. But you might like the Neon Museum or the old Mormon Fort.

We have a Ballet too. The developing Smith Center will have more of that kind of thing.

Oh and there's Floyd Lamb Park, which is an odd place. It was where married couples stayed for a month to get Nevada residency so they could get a divorce. Well, now it's a park with tons of animals including all these free-raoming peacocks and some really mean geese.

Of course, we also have the usual stuff like movies, bowling, etc. Hope that helps

Oh, forgot to add: there are a couple gun shops and a shooting range near Floyd Lamb Park. It's totally not my thing but some people who come here to visit seem to like the idea of being able to shoot things.

And lastly, if you happen to play some poker and you happen to lose and there happens to be a nerdy overweight Jewish guy with glasses who "took" your money, rest assured that your money is going to help fund my animal advocacy. That's my husband
Mojo's Avatar Mojo
06:19 PM 02-19-2012
In Vegas I recommend the Pinball Hall of Fame. No admission fee. It has lots of vintage pinball and video games that are in excellent playing condition.

Driving to LA and back in the same day is a big undertaking. Like Ocrob37 said, 5 hours one way, 4 if there isn't traffic and you drive fast. But once you get over the mountains into the LA basin, you will have all the local gridlock. And in LA, everything is spread out.

If it was me, instead of dealing with Los Angeles, I'd fly into Orange County and take a shuttle to Disneyland for the day, then grab a late flight back to Vegas.
LadyFaile's Avatar LadyFaile
06:59 PM 02-19-2012
thanks for the tips. I discussed with hubby and he doesn't like the idea of driving in LA anyway, , if we do go it'll be by tourbus so he can gawk and take pictures like all the other annoying tourists lol. he'll probably be interested in that pinball hall of fame, we're sort of video game geeks lol i'll definately mention it to him.
and for sure we'll be looking for the gold & silver we get all those shows up here, right now we're really into pawn stars and american pickers and stuff like that. one of the first things he asked when we decided we were going was if we could find the pawn shop lol
ocrob37's Avatar ocrob37
09:31 AM 02-20-2012
It's funny that after I posted my comment I was talking about Vegas and she started telling me of all the things to do. It does sound like there is a lot to do. I just have to be careful when I go there.
Amy SF's Avatar Amy SF
09:41 AM 02-20-2012
I don't have any advice about Las Vegas, sorry, but if you and your husband ever decide to spend some time in L.A., be sure to let me know. I live here so I can give you a ton of advice.
Nishani's Avatar Nishani
08:14 AM 02-21-2012
The Wynn is fantastic for food. My BF and I aren't so keen on the Wynn style for rooms so we usually stay at the H/Rock and go back to the Wynn for meals.

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This time of year you can go skiing or snow boarding just an hour's drive away at Mount Charleston or go for a boat ride/jet ski etc. in Lake Mead. During the summer, Mt. Charleston is a good hiking area since it's so much cooler up there. There's a shuttle that goes from Town Square (south Las Vegas Blvd - where there's a Whole Foods) to Mt. Charleston on the weekends.



I was hoping to visit there last time but it was summer so we're scheduling for Dec/Jan this time.
LadyFaile's Avatar LadyFaile
04:05 PM 02-21-2012
oh i really like the look of the rooms, online anyway, we shall see. we almost went for the NY NY instead but i always use guest ratings to help decide on hotels and the Wynn and the Encore had fantastic reviews, it sounded so good the way people talked it up and we know we can just pop downstairs for breakfast and find something for me easily so that's a huge plus, not having to wander very far to find food before we start our day. i like the idea of the seperate shower and tub and watercloset, if one person is getting ready to go out the other can still get in there and do their thing lol

anyway we booked it last night so yay figured out it's cheaper to go tuesday-saturday. even though the hotel rates spike on the weekends the flights are always cheaper on tuesday for some reason and it still worked out a bit cheaper. and we got double airmiles on expedia plus paid with airmiles mastercard so we just scored a ton of miles lol. hoping to earn enough to pay one of our flights to japan next year.

now i just need to find a good deal on show tickets. we'd love to see O and Blue Man Group but not sure if we can afford to do both, might have to pick one or the other, which will be O since we've seen BMG a couple times elsewhere
LadyFaile's Avatar LadyFaile
02:56 PM 02-26-2012
i'm still curious about Chinatown, anyone know how far of a walk it is from the strip or if we can get there easily by bus? (we want to avoid taking taxis if we can so we have more spending money for other stuff)
ElaineV's Avatar ElaineV
07:17 PM 02-26-2012
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i'm still curious about Chinatown, anyone know how far of a walk it is from the strip or if we can get there easily by bus? (we want to avoid taking taxis if we can so we have more spending money for other stuff)

You can walk but it's not a nice walk. The streets are busy and wide and the sidewalks are unbuffered and narrow. But it's flat and it's not far. There are busses, too. YOu don't need to take a cab.

There's some decent food in that area as well as Ronald's Donuts (vegan donuts) but it's nothing compared to other major cities' Chinatowns.
Regarding Ronald's, they only take cash and the vegan donuts are not marked. You need to ask which ones are vegan (most of them are vegan).

Back to destinations, I forgot to mention that there's a Speedway. Not my kind of thing, but if you want to drive a racecar or watch a race we've got that kind of entertainment. There are other events out at the Speedway, too, like there was a 3-day techno party and there are always other kinds of events too.
paperhanger
09:21 PM 02-26-2012
ElaineV gave some good stuff. I'll add my favorites:


Valley of Fire State Park
is fairly close, and I prefer it to Red Rock Canyon by far. It is a little farther away, but the geology is much more striking, and you can see a lot in a short drive and a few small walks, including some very impressive Native American petroglyphs. I've been spending most of my free time over the last 15 years in the California, Nevada, and Arizona deserts and this is one of my favorite spots. I've seen whole herds of bighorn sheep there twice. Most people elsewhere in the southwest are lucky if they see a few single bighorns in their life.

Clark County Museum is a wonderful stop that is mostly outdoors and has an entire block of 1930's and 40's era houses and shops and even a trailer court, all with interpretive displays and recordings. It's on the way if you go to the dam, which is also a cool spot.

Spring Valley Reserve
(Elaine also mentioned this) is a cab ride away and one of the best natural history museums you can find. It is fairly new, and the exhibits are top notch.

The Strip itself can be a lot of fun, despite all of the nay-sayers. My wife and I like to sit at an outdoor restaurant over a few coffees or beers in the evening and watch people from all over the world having the time of their lives. The fountains at the Bellagio are fun.

I don't know your husband's dietary habits, but if you must do a buffet, Planet Hollywood has enough options for a pleasurable vegan selection, especially with its Mediterranean section.
Nishani's Avatar Nishani
10:00 PM 02-26-2012
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oh i really like the look of the rooms, online anyway, we shall see.

Oh yeh, I'm sure you'll like it, it's just that my BF and I are really into tacky and glitzy kind of decore - you know, lots of glass, mirrors and coloured LED lighting and the Hard Rock caters for that. (We draw the line at stripper poles though. ) If you liked the look of the Wynn online go for it and don't be put off by what I said cos we've all got different tastes and it's still a great hotel.
Parsnip's Avatar Parsnip
10:10 PM 02-26-2012
Every restaurant in the Wynn resort has vegan options, just ask for the vegan menu.

If I was going I'd probably see Cirque Du Soleil's Love. Last time there I saw Celine, which is great if you're into that sort of thing.
be_it's Avatar be_it
11:47 AM 02-27-2012
KA by cirque was amazing. And there's all sorts of free and cheap stuff to do, just be ready to tip everyone for any little thing. Some boys were telling us when we were there that there was some 70$ a day thing where you have a pass to the entire city. My buddy and I went to the shark reef and they offer a 3 for ticket, so for like 40$ a piece we went to titanic museum, bodies, and shark reef.
LadyFaile's Avatar LadyFaile
06:47 PM 02-27-2012
yeah there are lots of multi-passes i've been checking them out. most of them aren't worth it for the stuff we want to do. but i'll keep scoping them out.
i found a nice guide online that gives reviews and prices of all the buffets on the strip and downtown plus lists all the free attractions and stuff. it's pretty good. except that for the shows it links to a scam site that offers "discount" tickets that are actually more expensive than through the actual venue i've run into it a few times now, since we've been shopping around for prices on stuff i noticed right away that it was overpriced, but i can see how some people might get duped. nasty. anyway other than that it's a pretty helpful site http://www.gocheapvegas.com/index.html

the price of the Encore was a little less than the Wynn at the time we booked so we went with the Encore, the rooms aren't quite as nice as the Wynn I don't think but still amazing for our standards :P lots of mirrors lol but not on the ceiling i don't think. we'll see. I'm a little nervous about walking around at night now, that guide says it's not recommended to walk at night in the area of the Wynn & Encore unless you're in a group. some of the safety tips are a little intimidating

thanks for all the tips we'll probably walk to chinatown and take the bus back, or if we get a daypass we'll take the bus both ways. we're bringing the laptop so we can go online and check maps and bus schedules when we plan out what we want to do each day, and hopefully it'll fit into the safe in the room =/ not too worried at a 5 star anyway. we're thinking we might skip renting a car now, the costs are adding up, it looks like we'll be spending as much if not more than if we had just gone to japan like originally planned lol. *sigh*
be_it's Avatar be_it
10:54 PM 02-27-2012
Also, right outside of the Flamingo there is a half priced ticket stand with great prices.
ElaineV's Avatar ElaineV
10:55 PM 02-27-2012
BTW, I saw LOVE and I really enjoyed it. One of my favorite shows!
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Spring Valley Reserve[/B] (Elaine also mentioned this) is a cab ride away and one of the best natural history museums you can find. It is fairly new, and the exhibits are top notch.

Just an FYI, it's Springs Preserve. Spring Valley is something else.

For fun vegan stuff on the strip...
Wynn and Encore have vegan menus. Everyone already said that.
LUSH has vegan soaps and stuff. It's at Mandalay Bay.
I hear the Burger Bar at Mandalay Bay has vegan milkshakes. But I haven't checked it out myself yet.
Ice Pan makes vegan soy ice cream fresh and custom made. It's at Harrahs (upstairs).
Red Velvet Cafe has tons of vegan options. It's in the Fashion Show Mall.

Free Stuff:
They have regular fashion shows at the Fashion Show Mall. The stage raises from the floor at the center of the mall.
Bellagio Fountains of course and the flowers/gardens at the Bellagio and the Wynn.
Outdoor show at TI.
Fremont Street Experience light show
paperhanger
12:45 AM 02-28-2012
BTW, some really cool people are buried in Las Vegas! Including Redd Foxx. Here' the guide. http://www.findagrave.com/
paperhanger
12:48 AM 02-28-2012
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Just an FYI, it's Springs Preserve. Spring Valley is something else.



Yes. Thanks. At least it wasn't a special service provider out of Pahrump. That would have been awkward.
ElaineV's Avatar ElaineV
08:37 AM 02-28-2012
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Yes. Thanks. At least it wasn't a special service provider out of Pahrump. That would have been awkward.

Haha. Speaking of...
There's a misconception that prostitution is legal in Vegas. NOT TRUE. Prostitution is ILLEGAL in Vegas and all of Clark County.

However, free speech is legal. So brothels will advertise in Vegas. People see these advertisements and they make assumptions about Vegas. Please understand that these advertisements would occur in any American city if they made economic sense. The only reason they advertise in Vegas is because of the proximity of Vegas to Pahrump. It's about the 1st ammendment, not prostitution.
nomad888's Avatar nomad888
11:34 AM 02-28-2012
They'll transport you to the brothels from the strip for free though lol. When I worked as a VIP host at Mandalay Bay it was fairly common knowledge that there were substantial commissions involved in sending people to the brothels, though it was all done under the table, naturally. It was against MGM policy, but it was not illegal. Taxi drivers do the same thing. That's why the experienced drivers don't even waste their time going to airports and other places where they could traditionally make easy fare. It's more profitable to rely on strip club and brothel commissions once you've made the necessary connections.

As for Chinatown, I do miss it. Like Elaine said it's got nothing on the big Chinatowns, like S.F. or NYC, but it has it's appeal. (my favorite kung fu school with Master Shi Xing Wei, not that that's very useful on a short visit ) There aren't really any good Taiwanese vegetarian style restaurants with faux meats and stuff like that, but Veggie Delight isn't bad if it doesn't bother you that they keep their dog in the kitchen sometimes :/ There are several Korean restaurants that are very much worth trying if you're a fan. More expensive ones like Mother's Korean Grill, and smaller, cheaper, cozier ones like Tofu Hut. If you can't find convenient transportation to Chinatown itself, you can get a free shuttle to Palms, The Orleans, or Gold Coast from the strip, and those are within slightly more reasonable walking distance.
Nishani's Avatar Nishani
10:34 AM 02-29-2012
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the price of the Encore was a little less than the Wynn at the time we booked so we went with the Encore, the rooms aren't quite as nice as the Wynn I don't think but still amazing for our standards :P lots of mirrors lol but not on the ceiling i don't think. we'll see.

Ha ha, when I said tack and glitz, I meant more of the upscale kind of lights and mirrors, not the red-neck ceiling kind.

I know you said that costs were adding up a bit but something really fun that we did that I fully recommend was a sky jump off the Stratosphere tower. It cost us about $120 each for a jump but that also included a video of our screaming and whooping on the way down. You can find Skyjump on L.V Boulevard Sth.
LadyFaile's Avatar LadyFaile
04:16 PM 02-29-2012
skyjump??? no no no we're not that crazy hahaha. well my husband might be...

i think we'll pass on the brothels too

i forgot about the shuttles, i just discovered the other night online that there are free shuttles from casino to casino and that there is one to fremont. and i think it picks up in front of the wynn so that'll be handy. probably a much shorter walk to C-town from there, though not one i'd want to do at night i don't think


vegan milkshakes??? we were probably going to hit up the burger bar anyway so it's already on the list but yeah that's gonna be bolded and underlined now haha
LadyFaile's Avatar LadyFaile
08:28 PM 03-01-2012
ooooh just thought of something, is there a health food store or grocery store that sells some vegan goodies that's not too complicated to get to from the strip by bus or whatever? i'd love to stock up on some snackies that i can't get around here
paperhanger
08:33 PM 03-01-2012
There is a Whole Foods. Not super close to the strip, though.
ElaineV's Avatar ElaineV
08:43 PM 03-01-2012
Either the Whole Foods at Town Square or Rainbow's End. I think those are the two health food stores closest to the major hotels on the Strip.
Remember, too, there is a vegan restaurant called Pura Vida that's open for breakfast and lunch. It's not too far from Downtown (Old Vegas).
nomad888's Avatar nomad888
08:54 PM 03-01-2012
Try the Las "Vegan" burrito at the Whole Foods at Town Center lol. The other Whole Foods in the area have it too but they don't make it as good :/ I must have had 100 of those over the course of my time working at M Bay.

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