1. So, here's the deal:
  2. My husband and his boss are attending a conference in Las Vegas in July and I'm flying in for a few days because hello, free hotel room.
  3. I'll be there for 3 nights and almost 3 full days
  4. I need to know what is/isn't worth it!
  5. Probably mostly for our evenings because my husband will be in conferences all day and I'm planning on sleeping late every morning and reading by the pool every afternoon. 😏
    This will be our first trip without our son and those are two things I thought I might not do for the next 15 years.
  6. We're staying on the Strip and won't have a car so anything we do needs to be walking distance or a quick uber/cab ride away.
    I.e., no Hoover Dam
  7. I know nothing about Vegas unless it was taught to me by Ocean's Eleven.
    BUT, I am from Jersey so I'll just equate it to Times Square. I am not interested in the M&M's World, Ripley's Believe Or Not or Bubba Gump Shrimp.
  8. Most importantly, tell me about FOOD.
    I love really good food of any kind and I hate over-paying for crappy standard fare.
  9. Please don't leave me stranded at a crowded Applebee's surrounded by tourists.
  10. Give me your dives, your off-the-beaten path, your authentic ANYTHING.
    And preferably cheap 😁
  11. Or if it's super kitschy-touristy and fun I'm still game if it won't cost a fortune.
  12. Thanks 💗💕💖
  13. The hotel pools can be very nice, but in summer be sure to stay away form the areas they charge minimums for.
    Suggested by @PassiveAggressor
  14. See Absynthe at Caesers. Amazing. Acrobatics within three feet of your face. There is a Monorail on one side that works pretty well. Aria is the "nicest" casino. The "downtown" area was not worth it to us, but some people like it. You will see a big silver building that looks like a flying saucer. That is a mall if needed.
    Suggested by @PassiveAggressor
  15. The Bellagio gardens are a popular tourist thing but it's free and really cool. The flowers are all arranged in different "sculptures" depending on the seasons and there's a restaurant right next to it and if you sit by the window you can see the flowers and occasionally birds
    Suggested by @audreypalumbo
  16. The Burger Bar restaurant in Mandalay Bay is very good, especially if you like sweet potato fries. If it's a busy time you should call and make reservations ahead of time
    Suggested by @audreypalumbo
  17. Also it's going to be insanely hot. So be prepared and bring lots of sunscreen and water bottles everywhere you go. A small spray bottle with cold water would be good if you are walking a long way.
    Suggested by @audreypalumbo
  18. Plan one evening on Fremont street, the original strip. Easy to get to by uber or bus. Most evenings they have live music and acts. There are hourly light and music displays on the covered walking area. The east end of the strip has great original neon and a row of local bars and eateries. Go during the day and see the Mob or Neon Museum.
    Suggested by @sewaud
  19. If you want to take a taxi or an uber, about 15 minutes away from the strip (depending on where you are) is Fremont street and a place called container park. There are lots of small shops and restaurants and it's a nice place to relax and people watch.
    Suggested by @audreypalumbo
  20. Tacos El Gordo
    http://tacoselgordobc.com On my first visit to Vegas, a friend's brother who lives there suggested this place. And I gravitate to places with spinning cones of hot meat like I'm related to Ron Swanson. This one has pineapple above the hot meat. On my second visit to Vegas I demanded a visit (to the dismay of my friends) and consumed an embarrassing amount of these amazing tacos. And my friends replaced their dismay with joy and appreciative gibberish since their mouths were busy eating tacos.
    Suggested by @poweronyourvcr
  21. If you're a Beatles fan see "Love," the Cirque du Soleil show at the Mirage. If you're not a Beatles fan, "O" at the Bellagio is awesome because it's an indoor diving/pool show. The way they manage to create a full pool in a casino showroom is amazing.
    Suggested by @jenward
  22. Yes by all means yes: one night take a quick cab ride down to Freemont Street — what used to be called "Glitter Gulch" when we lived in Vegas. Shrimp cocktails used to be 50 cents, or even free if you were playing on the floor or pulling the slots! 🍤🍤🍷♠️🎉🎲🎲🍤
    Suggested by @julezbook
  23. BurGR at Planet Hollywood
    Okay this isn't a dive, and it's not off the beaten path. But I swear to god I had the best burger of my LIFE Here. I tell everyone to go there. I was on a tight budget when I was in Vegas last and it didn't break the bank either. THE BEST BURGER. OF MY LifE.
    Suggested by @lesleyann
  24. Aria Casino-Javier's. It's the most delicious Mexican restaurant.
    Also the pool at the Aria is awesome!!!!
    Suggested by @arisbeith
  25. Jabawockeez show at MGM!
    If you want to see a fun show and marvel at how a person can memorize so many intricate dance movements, see this show! I've seen it twice.
    Suggested by @TT