Friday, November 13, 2009

Viva Las Vegas Sans the Casinos

Las Vegas isn't all about gambling. Aside from the casinos, there's so much more to do in Las Vegas.  What to do in Las Vegas if you don't gamble?

HOTEL HOPPING

Walk down the strip! One thing I enjoy in Las Vegas is hotel hopping. Awesome interior is an understatement when it comes to the themed hotels of Las Vegas. As you walk into these themed hotels, you get a feeling of entering a new place, far and away. A must see should be the Venetian, Bellagio, Paris, New York New York, Mandalay Bay, Ceasar Palace and MGM.


EAT, EAT, EAT


Most hotels offers buffets ranging from $18 to $25, serving roast prime ribs. We went to Mandalay Bay, their selection was great. All day buffet is also available in a few hotels like MGM, Luxor and Excalibur ranging from $25 to $35. We tried out the all day buffet at MGM, but it wasn't such a good idea. The menu served for lunch and dinner was fairly the same, it felt like eating left over. Food courts are also available for those on a budget.

WATCH FREE ATTRACTIONS

Take advantage of the free attractions in selected hotels along the strip. If there's something not to be missed, I'd say:

  • Fountains at Bellagio

Hours of operation: Monday - Friday, 3 p.m. - midnight. Saturday and Sunday, noon - midnight. The fountains run every half-hour until 7 p.m. and every 15 minutes after that until midnight.

  • The Sirens of TI (Treasure Island)

Hours of operation: Open daily, 7, 8:30, 10 and 11:30 p.m., weather permitting.

  • Volcano at the Mirage

Hours of operation: Nightly every hour on the hour from dusk to 11 p.m.

  • Fall of Atlantis and Festival Fountain shows at Caesars Forum Shops

Hours of operation: Fall of Atlantis and Festival Fountain: Every hour on the hour Sunday - Thursday, 10 a.m. - 11 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. - midnight.

For more info, check out this site.

WATCH SHOWS

Cirque du Soleil shows are spectacular, trust me, it's worth to spend $100-150 to watch it.

  • "O" is probably the most popular, I haven't seen this but if I get the chance to go back, I'll surely line up for this.


  • "KA" was amazing! It is the only Cirque du Soleil acrobat show with a story line.


There's also Mystere, Criss Angel Believe, Reve, Zumanity...

Aside from Cirque du Soleil production, Phantom the Las Vegas Spectacular was more than spectacular but the Blue Man Group wasn't worth the green bucks.

For more shows, check out this site.

TIP: Last minute tickets at almost half the price are available in tix4tonight kiosks along the strip. You can find one between the Venetian and Harrahs. You won't miss it.

SHOP TIL YOU DROP

If you're a shopaholic, walk the mile at the Mile Shop or go shopping at the premium outlet.

TOUR

Las Vegas serves as the departure point for trips to the Grand Canyon, Bryce Canyon, Red Rock Canyon and Zion Park.

Whatever you do, what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas. :D

2 comments:

backpacking philippines said...

sin city without the sin...would love to go there too...

freeze said...

tutubi, one of these days you'll get there.

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