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Dh and I are going to Las Vegas in late October to celebrate our 20 year anniversary. We had originally thought of a cruise or a trip to the Caribbean, but hurricane season scared us away (plus dh was never sold on the cruise idea anyway). He really wanted to go to Vegas and I’m just excited to get a trip somewhere different!

So...where to stay? I think we’d like to keep the room to $200 or less per night. What do to? Where to eat?

Thanks for any help or experience you can share!!!

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We are pretty boring and haven’t travelled a ton, so I’m pretty open to lots of suggestions! We do enjoy good food and would definitely love to see a show. I keep reading online and getting overwhelmed. 

ETA: we definitely want to experience Vegas. I think we want to stay on the strip and see a show that would be known as a Vegas show. 

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I always tell people to check on Groupon. There's all kinds of ideas in one spot and you get a discount.

This is a place that is a little off strip, but so cool. https://gabicafe.com/ or if you are feeling bookish, there's 2 Harry Potter themed coffee shops off-strip. https://www.badowlcoffee.com/

The High Roller would be romantic at night. October is when the weather usually starts to cool down.

Everyone I know who has seen Beatles:Love has enjoyed it. It is one of the more family-friendly shows. 

The Mob Museum has a speakeasy. Never been, but sounds like fun. You can get the password from the website. https://themobmuseum.org/exhibit/the-speakeasy/

This is a master list of restaurants. https://vegas.eater.com/2016/3/28/11310014/las-vegas-restaurants-bars-best-guide

Anthony Bourdain 😥 had a perfect day in Vegas list I thought was spot on. https://explorepartsunknown.com/las-vegas/perfect-day-las-vegas/

 

 

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My son is there on a business trip right now, and is going to celebrate his birthday (30!) tomorrow. He is staying one night at the Ballagio. (Sorry, not spell checking that!) 

He is going to the Hoover Dam and also going on a day trip/tour to Death Valley. He's not a gambler or into shows. Maybe Hoover Dam would interest you. 

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My husband goes every year for a conference, and stays at the Tuscany. it's not one of the bigger strip hotels but near enough and very affordable, decent food, clean rooms, etc. 

As for shows, I'm no help. the only show I saw when I went was The Thunder From Down Under - which turns out to be a male "review" of well muscled, athletic, flexible men dancing and doing gymnastics in not a lot of clothing. It was impressive, to be sure, but not what you are looking for I imagine 🙂

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1 hour ago, Ktgrok said:

My husband goes every year for a conference, and stays at the Tuscany. it's not one of the bigger strip hotels but near enough and very affordable, decent food, clean rooms, etc. 

As for shows, I'm no help. the only show I saw when I went was The Thunder From Down Under - which turns out to be a male "review" of well muscled, athletic, flexible men dancing and doing gymnastics in not a lot of clothing. It was impressive, to be sure, but not what you are looking for I imagine 🙂

I’m just imagining me surprising my dh with tickets to see The Thunder from Down Under for our special anniversary trip!!! 😂😂😂

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We stayed at the Flamingo for a wedding.   It was just fine...  kind of an older, classic Vegas Hotel, around $150/night.  It was right on the strip (I think??), so in a really good location, but maybe not as expensive as the others.  We really enjoyed being able to walk to the other hotels/casinos nearby like the Bellagio, New York - New York, the Venetian, etc.  We spent our days mostly wandering the streets and checking out the other hotels!  Lunch at the Venetian, a roller coaster ride at New York - New York, etc.  We watched a family-friendly show:  I think it was The Ultimate Variety Show.  

Quite a few years earlier, my dh and I went to Vegas and took a day trip to Hoover Dam.  That was really fun too.

ETA:  We thought we'd hate Las Vegas (only went because we had to, for a wedding!).  We ended up having so much fun!!

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10 hours ago, Just Kate said:

 

Have you take this trip? We would like to see the Hoover Dam and this looks pretty cool!

Yes!!! We did the rafting down the gorge with lunch. They make stops where you can get out and splash and stretch. You see cormorants, etc. There are places where people will go hang for the day and just play in the waterfalls and whatever. 

My dh really liked the tour of the dam. If you're at all inclined to that sort of thing, it's worth doing. While he was there, I went into town and shopped. We ate at a little mexican restaurant on a side street, DELISH. 

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If it's not too late, this just popped up on my newsfeed.

https://news3lv.com/news/local/six-las-vegas-restaurants-among-nations-best-date-spots-study-says

So, where can valley visitors and residents expect to share some of the nation’s most amorous meals? Here’s OpenTable’s list:

Eiffel Tower at Paris Las Vegas

Giada at The Cromwell

Golden Steer Steakhouse, located at 308 W. Sahara Avenue

Gordon Ramsay Steak at Paris Las Vegas

Hell’s Kitchen at Caesars Palace

Top of the World Restaurant at The STRAT Hotel and Casino

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3 hours ago, Plum said:

If it's not too late, this just popped up on my newsfeed.

https://news3lv.com/news/local/six-las-vegas-restaurants-among-nations-best-date-spots-study-says

So, where can valley visitors and residents expect to share some of the nation’s most amorous meals? Here’s OpenTable’s list:

Eiffel Tower at Paris Las Vegas

Giada at The Cromwell

Golden Steer Steakhouse, located at 308 W. Sahara Avenue

Gordon Ramsay Steak at Paris Las Vegas

Hell’s Kitchen at Caesars Palace

Top of the World Restaurant at The STRAT Hotel and Casino

 

Thank you so much! We are actually leaving in one week for our trip, so this is perfect. 

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