Las Vegas Journals

Spring Break in Vegas on a Student Budget…

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A March 2006 trip to Las Vegas by Brooklynite22

Bellagio Buffet Photo, Las Vegas, Nevada More Photos
Quote: Our adventures on and off the Las Vegas strip… on a budget of course.

Spring Break in Vegas on a Student Budget…

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Overview

The View from the Stratosphere Photo, Las Vegas, Nevada
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This spring break my boyfriend and I decided to head across the country from NY to Las Vegas. I'm a college student and he's a recent grad, so we were looking to save money where we could without sacrificing too much.As a New Yorker, I didn't expect to be impressed by much, especially what I thought would be completely cheesy attractions and over-the-top gaudiness. We found some of that, but also saw some beautiful sights, ate some amazing food, took in a bit of theatre, and gambled without losing too much. Las Vegas is a town made for and supported by tourists, so people are friendly and looking up at big buildings and snapping photos is expected.We did all of this on a budget by ...Read More

Circus Circus Las Vegas Hotel and Casino

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Hotel | "Circus Circus Hotel Casino"

Circus Circus Las Vegas Hotel and Casino Photo, Las Vegas, Nevada
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So this isn't a luxury hotel, there are no pretensions made about that. Then again, $54 a night, a decent room, clean sheets, plenty of entertainment, and a location right along the Las Vegas strip is pretty good. There is a bus stop right outside, plenty of stuff right nearby (although you aren't in the center of the trip near the fanciest hotels) plenty of restaurants, with most that seemed to be on the less expensive side. An entire enclosed amusement park, arcade, and circus. This place is for the budget minded and for families, the lines to check-in were long. There was a long and winding maze through not one but two casino floors, and a mini mall just to get to our room, but we sp...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on March 23, 2006

Circus Circus Las Vegas Hotel and Casino
2880 Las Vegas Blvd. South
Las Vegas, Nevada 89109
(702) 734-0410

Bellagio Buffet

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Restaurant | "The Bellagio Hotel Buffet"

Bellagio Buffet Photo, Las Vegas, Nevada
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During our stay in Las Vegas we ate at both The Spice Market Buffet at Aladdin, and the Buffet at the Bellagio. We had Sunday champagne brunch at the Spice Market Buffet ($20.50 a person) and lunch at the Buffet at the Bellagio ($21.00). Both were excellent, although ambience and house specialities varied. We had lunch at the Bellagio buffet on a Tuesday, the resteraunt was busy but there were no lines to get in. We avoided the $34.00 weekend dinner and $22.50 weekend brunch, which are supposedly always crowded (understandably so.)The massive room itself is beautiful, you are provided with silver utensils and unlimited soft drinks (alcoholic drinks are extra... there is a bar i...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on March 23, 2006

Bellagio Buffet
3600 Las Vegas Blvd S
Las Vegas, Nevada 89109
(702) 650-9459

Mystere at Treasure Island

Attraction | "Mystere - Cirque Du Soleil"

Mystere at Treasure Island Photo, Las Vegas, Nevada
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Amazing. This show was our entertainment splurge. We bought seats for $75 dollars the night before. These weren't the up close and personal $100 seats, but there are really no bad seats in the house, except perhaps the seats on either side of the stage with an obstructed view that run for $60 dollars. The action takes place all around you anyway, so you aren't missing much. If you have never seen a Cirque Du Soleil show, the show is like nothing you have ever seen... in a good way. It has so much to offer that something should appeal to everyone. The acrobats are amazing, the sets are complex and technical, and the effects are borderline miraculous. The live music is mysterious and each ac...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on March 24, 2006

Mystere at Treasure Island
3300 Las Vegas Blvd South
Las Vegas, Nevada 89109
(702) 796-9999

Atomic Testing Museum

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Attraction | "The Atomic Testing Museum"

Atomic Testing Museum Photo, Las Vegas, Nevada
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Located in the Desert Research center, about a 15-minute bus ride from the strip this nearly empty museum was a definite must see with highly interactive displays and tons of memorabilia, movies and photographs. The museum was easy to reach, we took the bus that runs along the strip to Flamingo road and transferred to the #22 bus line which runs along it, our bus driver told us when to get out for the museum. (the same bus pass will work for the strip busses and off strip busses)When you first enter the museum you are actually in a functioning research center, the staff is friendly and knowledgeable. Admission is $10 for adults and $7 for kids and seniors. The museum is filled wit...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on May 24, 2006

Atomic Testing Museum
755 E Flamingo Rd.
Las Vegas, Nevada 89119
(702) 794-5161

New York New York Hotel and Casino

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Attraction | "New York-New York Hotel Casino and the Manhattan E"

New York, New York Photo, Las Vegas, Nevada
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As a New Yorker, and a roller coaster fan I had to see New York, New York and ride the roller coaster. This glitzy New York mock up, had a traditional casino floor, restaurants etc.. It's special attractions included "Coney Island" a large (kid friendly) arcade complete with midway games, rides, simulators and full roller coaster complete with upside-down loops running through the hotel, winding through the building as well as over the glowing strip. The Manhattan Express roller coaster definitely beats out Circus Circus's enclosed coaster, offering a better, more exciting ride. The ride costs $12.50 but if you take the coupon books they hand out on the strip you can find discounts for this so...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on May 24, 2006

New York New York Hotel and Casino
3790 Las Vegas Blvd. South
Las Vegas, Nevada