Date of Stay: June 2012
Where You Stayed: Four Queens Hotel and Casino
Tour or Pre-Planned: Pre-Planned
I finally decided to take the plunge and head to Las Vegas to see if the city lived up to its hype, and by and large I have to say that it delivered. If your main objective in going to Vegas is to play casino games, you will obviously have a great time but you will miss out on a lot in the city.
Most of the major casinos and even some of the smaller ones have shows ranging from world renown entertainment to acts you will only see in Las Vegas. One of my favorites was the Tournament of Kings over at the Excalibur. It is essentially a dinner theater and the "play" is a jousting tournament. Yes, it is choreographed, but it is still a ton of fun.
Downtown Las Vegas has a lot of history for those that like to get away from the tables for a while. The Fremont Street Experience is also something that you should see at least once in your life. It is an amazing sound and light show that goes off every half hour starting at dusk overtop Fremont. In addition, there are live band performances, street vendors, and more.
A couple of tips for you those heading to Vegas for the first time. You will pay the most for anything that you do on the Strip whether it be food, drinks, or hotels. Yes, there are a few specials you will find sprinkled among some of the casinos, but the money is where the traffic is and that is the Strip.
Next, if you like to go to shows in Vegas, ask around your casino about free tickets to shows. If you are flexible with what time you can go, sometimes you can get free or deeply discounted seats. I got free tickets to Phantom for an early afternoon showing and they were given to me by my valet.
Whether you like to play casino online or want to try out the live action. Plan a visit and find out if Vegas is truly "Sin City", I recommend that you go here at least once in your life. There is a lot to see and do in Vegas, and its no wonder that many people keep going back.
Would you recommend this destination: Yes
Would you recommend your hotel/hostel: Yes
Overall rating destination: 5 out of 5