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Old 06-30-2008, 10:02 PM   #41
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Are you Canajun eh?
Had to google that one! I'm like totally from southern california dude!
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Old 07-02-2008, 05:00 PM   #42
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Wondering if folks have any money saving tips for travel -

I'm packing food and snacks and found a trader joe's 5 miles from the strip so will probably go there at least 2x's during my trip to reload - i want to eat about 2 meals per day in the hotel to save $. I'm also taking my brita so we don't have to buy water. I have a hot pot to make warm milk for the little one and will bring my own coffee beans to use in their pot...anything else?

Also, heard recently people are stressed about tipping in vegas - what is the standard for the bell captain (?), maid service and valet service?

Thanks all...
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Old 07-02-2008, 05:21 PM   #43
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Drive out of town for a half hr and you will be in some of the most beautiful country anywhere.....we always head out to the country when we overdose on the strip.

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Old 07-03-2008, 12:51 PM   #44
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If your into Elvis check out the Big Elvis show at Bill's Gambling Hall. It kills an hour and it's free. It's at 3:00, 5:00, or 6:30 pm.
It's kind of fun to watch. There's plenty of non gambling things to check out there.
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Old 07-03-2008, 03:29 PM   #45
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The Brita is a great idea - the Vegas tap water tastes really metallic and you'll want to drink a lot of water.

Check out this site, they have some great tips on some cheaper stuff to eat and do. It's not really kid friendly, but some of the things will be good for your kid.
Cheapo Vegas - Your Guide to a Better Vegas Vacation
Linked off that site and by the same guys, here's a good list of the free stuff to look at:
Free Stuff to See - Big Empire - Las Vegas on 25 Cents a Day

You don't mention where you're staying. There may not be a coffee pot in the room.

There are cheaper (and nice) places to eat all over the place if you look for them. I love the Main Street Station casino that's downtown, they have a brew-pub that has some good happy hour specials M-F, I think it's 4-6pm. A few appetizers from there make a pretty good light meal, and follow it with an ice cream from Lapperts (great hawaiian ice cream) at the Californian next door. Main Street Station also has a steak house that I enjoy that's reasonably priced, and they have incredible antiques (including a piece of the Berlin Wall in the men's room). While most downtown casino's aren't great for kids, you'll be fine there. Hit one of the overhead shows on Fremont, and you've got a great evening.

One of the most fun cheap things I did in Vegas was check out the Pinball Hall of Fame museum. Las Vegas Pinball Hall of Fame Pinball Museum, Nevada NV, Tim Arnold
The AC wasn't very strong, but the games were cheap to play, and worth the drive over there if you have a car.
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Also, heard recently people are stressed about tipping in vegas - what is the standard for the bell captain (?), maid service and valet service?

Thanks all...
Hope you are having fun.

Tipping is out of control in Vegas. I think it is easiest just to open up your wallet and invite anybody with a name tag, or uniform on just to help themselves.

At the end of your trip empty whatever is left in your wallet and leave it as tip for the maids.
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For now I plan on staying indoors until 4pm or so, hit the pool for a few hours, and maybe go "see" something in the evenings - but what is worth the effort?
Use the mornings for outdoors activities, then don't go outside again until the sun sets. The temperature doesn't start dropping until the sun goes down - and then it drops s l o w l y.
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