Going To Vegas - Need Tips For Cool Places To See

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  1. joel_ostrom

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    Hey All,

    Been a long time since I've posted around here. Myself and a friend are going to Las Vegas in April and I thought I'd put out a call for some tips on some cool places to visit, more specifically guitar related places.

    Music Stores, Vintage Guitar/Amp Shops, Cool venues for good live music etc.

    Thanks folks!
     
  2. tele_pathic

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    OMG I love, LOVE Vegas. I live about two hours north of there, and take every opportunity to get over there.

    If you’re gonna be there on a weekend, Fremont Street has free, live concerts on 3 stages on Fridays and Saturday nights.

    If you’re looking for a fine meal, Oscars in The Plaza on Fremont is good. Oscars overlooks the old strip, so if you request a window seat, you’ll have a great view.

    If you like ramen, there are a couple good noodle shops. JinYa s pretty good, but there have been several that have opened in the past couple years. Hit Yelp for restaurants.

    There’s a Giordano’s Pizza at Bally’s if you like Chicago style stuffed pizza. It does take an hour to cook after you’ve ordered.

    If you g’over to Fremont during the day, the Pawn Stars pawn shop is nearby, if you care for that kind of thing. I don’t, but i got dragged there by the wife and some friends. I mean, I still hated it, but it’s a thing to do.

    If you like thrill rides, the rides at the top of the Stratosphere offer unique views. And if you like free fallin’, you can jump from the top of the Stratosphere allllllllllllllll the way down. My wife did it and she liked it.

    There’s two guitar centers there if you’re looking for big box stores. Otherwise, just google some other shops.

    The Neon Graveyard is cool. Traveling south on Las V Boulevard will take you to the “the welcome to Vegas” sign.

    There’s a giant Harley shop down that way too. Also a Callaway golf facility if you’re into golf.

    The area called The Linq is really, really cool. You have The Yard House for LOTS of different beers, the Tilted Kilt for a Hooters kind of vibe, the High Roller observation Ferris wheel is neat, either in the day or at night, or buy a day pass and do both. During the day, you can see almost all of Vegas. At night, and if you time it right (30 min ride total, ~15 min to the top) and hit the top at the top of the hour at night, you can see the water show at Bellagio Fountains. It’s pretty neat to see from that vantage point.

    And just google search for all kinds of touristy chit to do!!!
     
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    Ummmm what else? Oh yeah...drinking and gambling are always an option!
     
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    I get bored of Vegas pretty quick, so 2 nights ie enough for me. That said, do yourself a favor and be sure to have dinner at Batista's Hole in the Wall. That place is legendary and has terrific food.
     
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    Hoover Dam, Death Valley, Grand Canyon
     
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    I hear the nearby National Parks in Utah, are lovely in April.

    I'm the guy who flies into McCarran, rents a car, gives the rental guys a local address of a friend I will see instead in New Orleans, and within the hour we are on the road to the mountains!

    I'd much rather St. George, than Las Vegas. Although at least it is April and not July.
     
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    Yep.. I am another two days in town guy.... then hit the road.

    House of Blues often got decent real guitar bands so I usually hit there.

    The drive out to Flagstaff skirting along the Grand Canyon edge and via Sunset Crater volcano is great.

    The other thing I really like is to head through Death Valley toward Bishop in the Sierras and check out the ancient Bristlecone pines - trees as old as the Pyramids.

    The landscape and desert flowers around Sedona is really nice.
     
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    Take the tour of Hoover Dam; very interesting,
     
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    The passenger lift broke down last time I was there and we had to get out of the turbine hall through miles of tunnels and stairwells and came out of the top of the middle of the dam. Very interesting.
     
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    After a few evenings walking round and seeing free shows and drinking I book a morning mountain biking trip with these guys

    https://www.procyclery.com/

    I still think of it as the best thing I did there, amazing scenery and a great guide, I do a lot of biking so didn't find it difficult terrain though it was like riding in an oven
     
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    Striper fishing at Lake Meade with guide.

    I thought the TV's in the mens restroom at ESPN was cool. Those statues that come to life at Caesar
    and a little Irish pub at NY NY.....I miss the old star trek pub "Quarks"..that was years ago.
     
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    Vegas is not a place I like although both times I’ve visited have been work related. The smoking and gambling is not for me, but I rented a car and went to the Hoover Dam and thoroughly enjoyed the day.

    :) Peter
     
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    If you partake, the Nevada Wellness Center is worth a visit.
     
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    The Mrs. and I stayed at Treasure Island for a few nights. Saw some cirque du soleil show that was freaky and made absolutely no sense, but those performers are good at what they do. We did the Hoover Dam tour, that was pretty cool. Just make sure you have some comfortable walking shoes and don't forget to gather up all the trading cards people hand out every 20 ft on the strip.....;):lol:....just kidding :D
     
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    Go north on the Strip beyond the hotels and casinos. There's a row of cool antique stores - and by "antique," they mean leopard-skin sofas, velvet Elvises, vinyl dinette sets, pin-wheeled and fox-tailed motorcycles, juke boxes, pin-ball machines, shark-skin suits, cocktail-making and -serving supplies, and other mid-century tack and swag.

    I saw an Edsel for sale at one of them.
     
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    The Stratosphere (the tall thing sticking up above the rest of the Strip) has a rotating restaurant balanced on top. In an hour, you get a full 360 of the valley.
     
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    The Cirque du Soleil Beatles show is fantastic.

    There's pedestrian mall in front of Ballys. In it is a small restaurant that has ice cold tap beer and fried chicken. If you find yourself tipsy and very hungry stumble in there for fried chicken and more beer. The fried chicken is so good that it's like a spiritual experience.

    The Tix 4 Tonight booths that are everywhere sell remaining seats for shows that are starting within hours (cheap). Just look at the big rolling flat screens and find something cool. There is so much live stuff to see.
     
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    Hoover Dam is a great excursion and tour, and part of the fun is seeing children recognize the part that was in a Terminator movie.

    Red Rocks Park north and east of Las Vegas is lovely and good hiking. The Red Rocks Hotel and Casino in northeast LV is a good place to stay, lots of eating options - good steak house - and it's not on The Strip.

    I like staying at The Grand near Fremont Street - and Fremont Street itself is a hoot. Bands, street performers, light show, zip lines, on-street bars, the old style LV casinos. On The Strip I have stayed at The Venetian, Bellagio, Cosmopolitan, Wynn and Encore, all good. Cirque du Soleil Love - The Beatles show - is worth attending. Blue Man Group and Penn and Teller are also good. Lots of the hotels have day/pool clubs and bottle service type night clubs, expensive entrance fee with DJs plus poseurs and eurotrash and bros and bachelorette parties.

    Lots of great places to eat - Bouchon, Hell's Kitchen, Picasso for fine dining. Good steakhouse at the Wynn.

    Walking on The Strip can be crowded, hot and creepy. Lots of people handing out flyers for strip clubs and other prurient entertainment.
     
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    I usually assume that people traveling to Vegas from somewhere else don't get a car, which is kind of a shame. I also assume that that person will be centered/restricted to Vegas.

    IF you have a car in Vegas, that changes the experience so much more. You can see parts of Vegas that aren't well-known by TV shows.

    I love, LOVE Fremont Street and actually prefer to stay on Fremont, in the Plaza or 4 Queens, or Golden Nugget (especially in the summer because the pool is AWESOME!). I've stayed in almost every hotel on LV BlVD. and Fremont. I've stayed at Bellagio, Ceasers', Paris, MGM, Luxor, Excalibur, Treasure Island, Comsmopolitan, Flamingo, the Orleans, Circus Circus, Stratosphere, nearly everywhere on the new strip and the old strip. And while I ain't low-class, I am low-brow, so I enjoy everything about Fremont and prefer to gamble and drink and people watch down there. BUT if I have car, which I normally do because I live 90 minutes north of Vegas, I can also go to b'fast, lunch, or dinner wherever I want: I'm not "stuck" on the strips. Of course, with cabs and now uber and lyft, that changes things.

    If you have a car and the time, and the inclination for outdoorsy stuff, a trip to Zion Nat'l Park is breathtaking. It's one of the most beautiful parks in the US. Do your research, though. It's crowded, there's a lot to do, so know what you kind of want to do before you go.

    Hoover Dam is very neat also. Two types of tours: an easy behind the scenes, and a more rigourous, don't take babies or strollers deep into the dam tour. Both are really neat.
     
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    A friend of mine is "Paul" in that show. They do a great job.
     
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