Las Vegas Journals

Best of Vegas: Trip 6

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An April 2008 trip to Las Vegas by Carmen

Bellagio Photo, Las Vegas, Nevada More Photos
Quote: Having been to Vegas many times (this was my 6th trip), I've compiled a Best of Vegas List to help newcomers.

Best of Vegas: Trip 6

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Overview

MGM Lion Photo, Las Vegas, Nevada
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This was my sixth trip to Sin City, and I’ve stayed enough places and experienced enough experiences to put together my own Best of Vegas list, which is how I’ve written the review.The best of this trip were:1. Day trip to Skywalk at Grand Canyon West: It’s a little scary, but fun! It’s a relatively new attraction, so it’s not overwhelmed by hoards of people. You’ll have some time to reflect about your place in the universe as you look out over Eagle Point from the glass bridge.2. ...Read More

Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino

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Hotel | "Best Hotel on the Strip: Mandalay Bay"

Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino Photo, Las Vegas, Nevada
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Everyone has their favorite hotel in Vegas, mine is Mandalay Bay. Here’s why.First, people are often scared off by it’s location at the end of the Strip. That just means fewer drunken idiots trolling the hallways at night making a ruckus and trying to get into the wrong room. (That happened to me on the last trip.) I just don’t think that the location is that inconvenient. There’s a free tram to run you from Mandalay to Luxor to Excaliber, which gets you closer to center Strip, plus, cabs are a’plenty. Even if you stay in the "heart of the action," the hotels aren’t THAT close to each other. I’d still take a cab between say the Venetian and Paris – especially in heels.Second, i...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on May 5, 2008

Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino
3950 Las Vegas Blvd. South
Las Vegas, Nevada 89119
(702) 632-7777

BOA Steakhouse Ceasars at The Forum Shops

Restaurant | "Best Steak in Vegas: BOA Comes in Third"

BOA Steakhouse Ceasars at The Forum Shops Photo, Las Vegas, Nevada
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Each year that I return to Vegas, I go on the hunt for a good steak. I believe in at least one splurge meal per trip, and if I’m going to splurge, I want some red meat. This year, I looked at all the "Best" lists on the Internet for the best steak, and in almost every list, the BOA Steakhouse in Caesar’s Palace was listed among the top five. So I made reservations online for BOA for a 6:30 dinner on a Thursday night. While busy, I was surprised the restaurant wasn’t packed, but maybe that was a day-of-the-week thing. The décor was very modern with straight lines, and appealing in browns, whites and reds, with some bare tree trunks – I interpreted it as moderately Asian style....Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 5, 2008

BOA Steakhouse Ceasars at The Forum Shops
3500 South Las Vegas Blvd
Las Vegas, Nevada 89109
(702) 733-7373

Le Village Buffet

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Restaurant | "Best Breakfast Buffet: Le Buffet"

Le Village Buffet Photo, Las Vegas, Nevada
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I think I’ve written about this buffet for every trip to Vegas I’ve made – and for good reason. It’s GOOD! The buffet itself is in the Paris Hotel. Expect a wait. Depending on what day of the week (Saturdays are busier) and what time you go (earlier is better) the wait may not be so bad. It’ll cost you $14.95 per person, which I realize isn’t the expected bargain Vegas buffet, but this is the best breakfast you’ll get during your stay. And also think that you’ll need to loosen a button or two on your pants, so you may be too full to eat lunch, so you can save there.Once you’re seated, a waiter/waitress will come by and take your drink order, and then you’re off! My advice is to tak...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on May 5, 2008

Le Village Buffet
Paris Las Vegas Hotel
Las Vegas, Nevada 89109
(702) 946-7000

Burger Bar

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Restaurant | "Best Burger: The Burger Bar"

Burger Bar Photo, Las Vegas, Nevada
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If you get a hankering for a Kobe beef burger with truffles and foie gras, and you’ve had a good day at the slots, you can plop down $60 bucks and tickle your taste buds. If you’ve gone bust, however, don’t worry, the black angus beef burger is a tasty alternative for $9.This place is always hopping – we didn’t walk past it once that it wasn’t full or have a wait outside. Lunch is probably the easier time to grab a booth and a bite. It’s located in Mandalay Place, the shopping area that now conjoins Mandalay Bay and the Luxor hotel. There are some pre-programmed specials, but most people build their own burger experience. Pick the beef, pick the bun and pick the sides from The Gard...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 5, 2008

Burger Bar
Mandalay Hotel & Casino
Las Vegas, Nevada 89101
(702) 632-9364

Grand Canyon West (Grand Canyon Skywalk)

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Attraction | "Best Longer Day Trip: Grand Canyon West & Skywalk"

Grand Canyon West (Grand Canyon Skywalk) Photo, Grand Canyon, Arizona
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When the lights and sounds of Vegas gets to be too much, renting a car and heading to points unknown isn’t difficult. If you want to spend a whole day away from Sin City, Grand Canyon West is less than 3 hours away – plus, you get to traverse the Hoover Dam on the way, walking over it, jumping from Arizona to Nevada in a single bound, etc. If you’re really dedicated, you can call in advance and arrange a whole tour of the Dam. In addition, you'll get to drive through the Joshua Tree Forest, and those trees are really unique.Since March of 2007, there’s a new reason to make the trek to the Grand Canyon. If marveling at a massive striated hole in the ground isn’t enough to make the hair stand ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 5, 2008

Grand Canyon West (Grand Canyon Skywalk)
Pierce Ferry Road To Diamond Bar Road
Peach Springs, AZ 89146
(928) 769-2219

Red Rock Canyon

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Attraction | "Best Shorter Day Trip: Red Rock Canyon"

Red Rock Canyon Photo, Las Vegas, Nevada
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If you want to get out of Vegas, but you don’t want to spend a whole day in the car, there’s an excellent experience to be had just 25 minutes outside of the city in Red Rock Canyon. Not only is there a landscaping wonder to behold there, you can also pay a visit to Red Rock Resort and Casino – just in case you hadn’t gambled enough and just wanted a change of scenery. I find the resort to be a great place to grab a bite to eat after a morning of hiking.By Vegas standards, Red Rock Canyon is a cheap thrill – only $5 gets a car through the gate for the entire day. Once inside, there’s a 13-mile, one-way loop that starts with the Visitor’s Center. And make sure to stop at the Visitor’s Center,...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on May 5, 2008

Red Rock Canyon
Highway 159 at Scenic Drive
Las Vegas, Nevada 89124
(702) 363-1921

Fremont Street Experience

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Attraction | "Best Place to Gamble: Freemont Street"

Fremont Street Experience Photo, Las Vegas, Nevada
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Walk down the Strip, and if you can find a table game with less than a $15 minimum bet, play it immediately, because you’re the luckiest person on the planet at that moment. If you’d like to play longer on less money, take a $20 taxi ride down to Freemont Street, and do a search in each casino for the $5 tables (you’re more likely to find them earlier in the day, the minimums go up after about 6 p.m.). The pedestrian-mostly street is lined with casinos and slot machine rooms, so you’ve got lots of choices. The slots here are definitely more skewed to you winning more often, and to get you in the door, they’ll adorn you with some Mardi Gras beads. For card games, you’ll be able to find some s...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on May 5, 2008

Fremont Street Experience
Westernmost 5 Blocks Of Fremont
Las Vegas, Nevada 89101
(702) 678 5777

Bellagio

Hotel | "Best Freebie to See in Vegas: Bellagio Stuff"

Bellagio Photo, Las Vegas, Nevada
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While I didn’t like my stay in the Bellagio (former entry), I think it’s one of the most beautiful hotels on the Strip. It’s probably also one of the most well-known because of the glorious fountain show that starts at 3 p.m. (running on the half hour) and continues late into the night (running every 15 minutes). Set to music, the water dances and shoots into the sky to the rhythm. But that’s not all that the Bellagio has to offer. Go inside into the lobby. Look up. There’s a Dale Chihuly glass creation of flowers above your head. That alone should be enough, but keep walking int...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on May 5, 2008

Bellagio
3600 S. Las Vegas Blvd.
Las Vegas, Nevada 89109
(702) 693-7111

Mix Lounge: The Bar Photo, Las Vegas, Nevada
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As a photo nut, I’m always on the hunt for the best place that I can find to take an amazing photo from the Strip – short of a helicopter.This year, I discovered Mix Lounge, atop of THEhotel at Mandalay Bay, 64 floors up. To get there, head through Mandalay Bay, towards the Mamma Mia theater. Get on the elevator and prepare for your ears to pop as you ascend to on-high. It opens at 5 p.m., and it’s both a lounge and a restaurant. The Web site says there’s a $25 cover on weekends and $20 on weekdays – but when we went on a Wednesday night around 9 p.m., we didn’t pay anything, which was a good thing, because when we got to the top, it was dead. I felt like we were the only peopl...Read More