I surprised my husband with three nights in Las Vegas for our 6th wedding anniversary, and by surprise I mean he didn't know we were going until halfway to the airport!


Member Rating 0 out of 5 by momoftwo on January 14, 2003

So many to list:

The Strip

The Belligo..Fountains and the hotel itself

Speed the Ride at the Sahara. ${QuickSuggestions} Stay on the strip (hotel wise) and don't even think about renting a car!${BestWay} We stayed on the strip and walked or took the trolley from one end to the other...$1.50 a trip and some of the drivers are hoots!

The Sahara

Member Rating 3 out of 5 by momoftwo on January 14, 2003

Okay, so the down side first. . . The Sahara is at the beginning of the Strip and it is really a far walk to the main part of the Strip, so you'll be taking the trolley. The trolley is not a bad thing, but it does stop at almost every hotel, so depending on where you are going, it could take 30-50 minutes from The Sahara. The Sahara is walking distance to the Stratosphere and the Hilton. . . which has the Star Trek Experience and an AWESOME buffet. (Register for a players card and get a two-for-one buffet at the Hilton). The Sahara is also located right next door to Wet and Wild!

The up-side is that this hotel was not as expensive as some--the rooms were decent and check-in was a breeze. . . they even let us check in a couple of hours early.

The Sahara is one of the only casinos on the Strip that still has $1 blackjack, which was totally awesome. They have more table and slot games than any other strip hotel.

"Speed," the ride, and the Nascar Cafe are in this hotel. Check out my other journal on Speed. . . including pictures.

All in all not a bad place, but I think I want to stay somewhere right in the heart of the strip next time.

Sahara Hotel and Casino
2535 Las Vegas Blvd. South
Las Vegas, Nevada, 89109
(702) 737-2654

Rainforest Cafe

Member Rating 3 out of 5 by momoftwo on January 14, 2003

If you have been to any of the Rainforest Cafes around, don't think this is like any other. This is the granddaddy of them all.

Take it all in by wandering around before you get a seat; kids go crazy here. There is a waterfall in the back and simulated downpours every once in a while.

We stopped in for their famous smoothies and were not disappointed.

The pictures are just on the outside of the restaurant.

Rainforest Cafe
3799 Las Vegas Blvd South
Las Vegas, Nevada, 89109
(702) 891-8580

Buffet at the Las Vegas Hilton

Member Rating 3 out of 5 by momoftwo on January 14, 2003

Sign up for your player's card and receive a two-for-one buffet. We went for the champagne brunch and it was very good. It was $15 for the two of us and was the most complete buffet we had been to, not to mention the all-you-could-drink champagne.
Las Vegas Hilton Buffet
3000 Paradise Rd
Las Vegas, Nevada, 89109

Todai Seafood & Sushi Buffet

Member Rating 4 out of 5 by momoftwo on January 14, 2003

OK, this was our anniversary dinner, so we really splurged . . . but it was SO worth it! At first we thought, well, maybe it's too expensive--$30 for all-you-can-eat sushi, tempura, sashimi, crab legs, lobster, miso, tea, and dessert. Then we saw all that was available, and we were sold. I stuffed myself with all the raw fish I could handle! Do not miss out on the green-tea cheesecake; I had two pieces!

You get free dinner on your birthday, so make your plans now.

Todai Seafood & Sushi Buffet
3663 Las Vegas Blvd S
Las Vegas, Nevada, 89109
(702) 892-0021

"Speed" ride at the Sahara

Member Rating 3 out of 5 by momoftwo on January 14, 2003

SPEED . . . Wow . . . when you first get to the Sahara, you can see the end of this ride (see pic), and if you love roller-coasters at all, you must ride this one.

Once inside the Sahara, you can buy a one-time ride, two-time ride, or all-day pass. Since we were staying in the hotel, we bought an all-day pass, which includes the Indy cars and NASCAR--pretty good deal considering the NASCAR speedway was $6 just for one go.

Don't forget to get your coupon book . . . there is a $4-off coupon for a full-day pass.

This ride literally rockets you out to 70 miles per hour in 2 seconds. It is such a rush . . . then you go through a loop and up a huge tower where you experience zero Gs, then back down . . . through the loop and back again. It's a short ride, but I was shaking after each ride. Not a good ride after a late night out drinking.

The Indy and NASCAR races were neat; you race in a full-size car against seven other cars. You are inside your own area with a fully surrounded screen, so you feel everything. It takes a bit to get used to the cars; you can drive manual or automatic and they do give you a "training course" before you start. When you are finished, you get a printout with your rank and other vital NASCAR fan info.

When you've finished, head on up to the NASCAR Cafe for a beer.

SPEED - The Ride
2535 Las Vegas Blvd South
Las Vegas, Nevada, 89104
+1 702 737 2111

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