I was in Las Vegas once. As a 6 year old, back in the 60's.
I was not impressed.
However, times change, people change, and apparently, Las Vegas has changed.
I have 3 U.K. friends: two from London and one from Glasgow, that are planning to visit me in Chicago and they say they aren't leaving the States until they see Las Vegas.
So, I've gone On-line and investigated Orbitz plans and other plans until my head is spinning and I'm no closer to finding out what to do then I was before I started my search.
Any Las Vegas people on FORT or people who LOVE Las Vegas and can give me insight and tips?
Here's my questions:
1) NONE of the four of us gals gamble. Does that matter where we stay? For example, will a hotel kick you out if you don't gamble?
2) Usually, when I travel, I stay at the best room that I can afford, usually a suite, with fire place, Jacuzzi and mini kitchen. But, would that be a waste in Las Vegas? Would we ever be IN our rooms? Should we book in some dump or older hotel, instead? (All I see is porn movies being shot in "old hotel rooms...ick!) (Not that I've ever seen any porn, mind you!)
3) On all of the sites that I've visited, I can NOT LOCATE ANYWHERE if there is a "center" to Las Vegas, that once you got there, you could walk to all the spots you wanted to see.
For instance, if someone wanted to come to Chicago and see it all, I'd have them book a hotel anywhere from Oak Street to Illinois Street, within a two block distance of Michigan Avenue. This way, they could walk, cab or bus to 100% of the museums, restaurants, shopping and Lake Michigan beaches.
But, I can't find an Epicenter to Vegas.
Is it THAT large? I've read in the newspaper that you aren't even IN Las Vegas when you go there, but in some suburb of the city and most tourists aren't even aware of the fact. We want to stay at a central location, if it exists, where we can see all the things that we see on TV: the pyramid building, the Eiffel Tower, the Bellagio Water Show, the "O" show from Cirque d' Solei (sp.)
Does this exist?
4) You can't go to New York and see the most popular Broadway plays because they're all sold out. I've also seen, also on TV, that the popular shows in Vegas are "all sold out." What does that leave for us to do? How far in advance do you have to book this stuff, and, if you've never been there, then how do you know what you want to see?
5) Vegas buffets are legendary. Do they come WITH the room, or again, do you have to be a gambler to partake of them?
6) Since we won't be going until January, February or March, is that even a decent time to be in Las Vegas? Is it cold? Is there snow? If all the fountains and cool things are shut down, it might be a bust of a trip.
7) Do you fly into an airport (which one?) and do the hotels pick you up? Or, will we have to rent a car to get to the hotel and then just park it (at a huge expense) for the rest of the trip?
8) How much time should we plan to see Las Vegas? You can 'do' Chicago's Lakefront in 10 days and come off with a grand trip; how long for Vegas?
9) One of my friends dreams is to see Wayne Newton. I'm guessing he still performs there, so how do we get tickets?
10) You know that famous Vegas sign that has become the symbol of Las Vegas? Where is it and is it in a decent part of town?
I feel like such a 'stupe' for not knowing how to do this! I can plan trips to anywhere else in the U.S. and Europe, but I can't do this place. Oy!
I'm sure that I'll be thinking of other questions, but my friends are bugging me to start this thing and I've found out that it's beyond my experience to start the ball rolling.
So, I'm relying on YOU guys to help me.....please!