Coming to Vegas?

If you’re coming to Las Vegas, here are a bunch of things to do.  Most I’ve done, and a few I haven’t yet but come highly recommended:

You may want to walk through some of the casino’s.  Here are some options:

  • The classic Vegas casino’s worth seeing:  (1) Caesar’s Palace,  (2) MGM Grand
  • Classy new-ish casino’s:  (1) Wynn,  (2) Bellagio
  • To be transported somewhere else:  (1) The Venetian,  (2) Paris,  (3) NY – NY
  • My personal favorites: (1) The Cosmopolitan,  (2) The Palazzo,  (3) Aria

Great free entertainment:

  1. The Bellagio Fountains.  (Go between 8 pm and midnight when the show happens every 15 minutes, and stay for at least two, as they’re all different).
  2. The Fremont Street Experience.  (The most visited attraction in Vegas. Go at night and be there on the hour for “Viva Vision,”a sound and light show on the ceiling which is pretty cool.)
  3. Red Rock Canyon. (If you like the beauty of nature or hiking, Red Rock is amazing. And if you’re not from the West Coast, you’ve probably never seen anything like it.)
  4. The Bellagio Conservatory.  (A state-of-the-art indoor botanical garden.)
  5. The Zappos Tour.  (Zappos has quite a unique and fun work culture, and they give a free tour where you get to experience it. It’s worth it.)

Great expensive entertainment:

  1. The Cirque (or Cirque like) Shows, like:  (1) Le Reve (2) O, (3) Ka,  (4) The Beattle’s Love, (5) Mystere,
  2. Fun shows, like:  (1) Blue Man Group, (2) Jeff Civilico
  3. Shows for the AARP crowd:  (1) Jersey Boys,  (2) Celine,  (3) Barry Manilow

Great food:

  1. Buffets(1) Caesar’s Palace,  (2) Bellagio,  (3) Wynn,  (4) Aria,  (5) The M
  2. On the Strip: There are SO many choices, and it’s hard to go wrong, but you’re going to pay…
  3. Downtown/Fremont Area: (1) Le Thai, (2) Carson Kitchen,
  4. Off the Strip: (1) Hash House A GoGo,  (2) Hot N Juicy Crawfish,  (3) Lotus of Siam (for Thai),  (4) Monta (for Ramen),  (5) Battista’s (for fun, great, expensive, Italian),  (6) Bootleggers (for great, old school Vegas Italian – close to Verve),  (7) Crepe Expectations (crazy good crepes), (8) Rollin’ Smoke BBQ
  5. Desserts:  (1) RM Seafood for the Rick Moonen Ice Cream Challenge (you will have fun!), (2) Max Brenner’s, for chocolate (at the Forum Shops in Caesar’s),  (3) The Pepper Mill for a colossal banana split,  (4) Du-Par’s Restaurant & Bakery, for pie (at the Golden Gate on Fremont),  (5) Luv It Frozen Custard

And … when you see the billions and billions of dollars spent on Las Vegas, be smart enough to realize that what paid for all that is money left behind by gamblers who were sure they would get rich. You don’t need to make the same mistake…