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ViewAskewbian
02-22-10, 11:13 AM
I landed a pretty good package to Vegas staying at the Circus Circus. Wondering just how long it takes to walk to, say, MGM Grand or New York New York from Circus Circus.

I also just found the same deal for the Imperial Palace. Much of a dif' between it and Circus Circus?

Also, where are some cheap eats? I am on a very limited budget for my 3 days there.

Thinking of checking out the Penn and Teller show. Anyone seen it?

neilo13
02-22-10, 11:45 AM
I was only to Vegas once, so I can't give much advice. But I did see the Penn & Teller show and highly recommend it.

WallyOPD
02-22-10, 11:55 AM
I wouldn't recommend walking to MGM or NYNY from Circus Circus. It's certainly possible but it's not a walk I'd choose to make (again), especially when there are a lot of casinos much closer.

Between the two I'd stay at Imperial Palace. It's been about 15 years since I stayed there but it was reasonable enough and it's more centrally located.

mgbfan
02-22-10, 01:51 PM
You're underestimating the size of the strip. It's a pretty serious hike. Stay at the Palace. You want to be on the main part of the strip. That's the fun of being in Vegas.

You'll be disappointed if you stay at Circus Circus I think. It's really removed from the action.

El Scorcho
02-22-10, 03:38 PM
I tried walking from NYNY/MGM to Circus Circus once while drunk at 4am. I stopped to pee in the Bellagio fountain and then continued. Made it to Mirage and gave up cuz my feet were hurting from my shoes. It's a fucking long walk.

It's 2.5 miles according to google, and that's probably 3 miles by the time you deal with many of the meandering crosswalks and stairs you'll have to deal with. Highly unrecommended.

Imperial palace, however, is centrally located and is 1.1 miles to NYNY/MGM. Much more reasonable.

The quality of the hotel is about the same though -- they're both 2-star hotels at best. They're about the quality of your average Motel 6.

As far as cheap eats, head over to http://www.cheapovegas.com and click around there. Next door to Imperial Palace is O'Sheas. In the back of O'Sheas is a Subway ($5 footlongs!), a Burger King and a pizza-by-the-slice shop. Also next to Imperial Palace is Harrah's. On the north side of Harrah's (between harrah's and Casino Royale) is a McDonald's, a Panda Express, and another pizza-by-the-slice joint.

Those are going to be your cheapest eats. However, you can get some shitty buffets at a couple of the more rundown casinos for $9-13.

Also if you're thinking about heading to the Rio to see Penn & Teller, there's a shuttle that leaves Harrah's every 30 minutes or so for free (Rio is owned by Harrah's). So it will be cheaper for you to stay there in that regard as well.

ViewAskewbian
02-22-10, 05:19 PM
So we are looking at about 1 1/2 hours to 2 if I wanted to do that walk? I'd probably be making it once as I like the idea of taking my time for a day walking down the strip and seeing all the stuff.

Thanks for the tip. My main interest in Circus Circus was it's mention in Fear and Loathing. :P

Scorcho, did you mean Imperial is run by Harrah so it has the shuttle to the Rio?

El Scorcho
02-22-10, 08:09 PM
Harrah's owns and operates Rio, Flamingo, Imperial Palace, Paris, Bally's, Caesars Palace, O'Sheas, and Bill's Gamblin' Saloon. They're all pretty much on the same side of the strip and all adjacent to each other (except Rio -- off strip -- and Caesars -- across the street from Imperial Palace). In order to get people over to the Rio, they offer a free shuttle from both Harrah's and Paris. You could also walk along Flamingo Ave (the corner of Caesars Palace/Bill's/Bally's/Bellagio) and over the freeway to the Rio. That walk is only about 3/4 of a mile up and over the freeway.

another tip: read this forum (Vegas for the Frugal): http://www.vegasmessageboard.com/forums/forumdisplay.php?f=21

Vipper II
02-22-10, 09:13 PM
So we are looking at about 1 1/2 hours to 2 if I wanted to do that walk? I'd probably be making it once as I like the idea of taking my time for a day walking down the strip and seeing all the stuff.

Thanks for the tip. My main interest in Circus Circus was it's mention in Fear and Loathing. :P

Scorcho, did you mean Imperial is run by Harrah so it has the shuttle to the Rio?

The walk really isn't that bad if you have comfortable shoes (the Dr. Scholl's gel pads do wonders) and know how to pace yourself. I went last July and stayed at the MGM Grand and walked to the Stratosphere and back maybe 2 or 3 times over the course of 3 days before my feet started bothering me. Given the heat at the time, though, I may have been able to last longer otherwise. And I'm sure avoiding the escalators and taking the stairs 2 at a time didn't help matters, either. Regardless, I plan to do the same thing when I go back next week. Gotta burn off all that buffet food somehow!

Also, Circus Circus isn't terrible - I'd rate it 3 stars instead of 2 - but it's one of the oldest joints on the strip and it's really showing its age in places. Additionally, it's known to be very family-friendly so you might see a lot of kids.

ViewAskewbian
02-23-10, 11:48 AM
At the advice of those here I booked Imperial as Circus Circus is farther and I would rather avoid a whack of kids in the hallways. I can always visit the place.

So, what are the MUST DOs on a 3 day Vegas trip?

NORML54601
02-23-10, 01:48 PM
At the advice of those here I booked Imperial as Circus Circus is farther and I would rather avoid a whack of kids in the hallways. I can always visit the place.

So, what are the MUST DOs on a 3 day Vegas trip?

Number one is Sunny Lane.

El Scorcho
02-23-10, 02:32 PM
The walk really isn't that bad if you have comfortable shoes (the Dr. Scholl's gel pads do wonders) and know how to pace yourself. I went last July and stayed at the MGM Grand and walked to the Stratosphere and back maybe 2 or 3 times over the course of 3 days before my feet started bothering me. Given the heat at the time, though, I may have been able to last longer otherwise. And I'm sure avoiding the escalators and taking the stairs 2 at a time didn't help matters, either. Regardless, I plan to do the same thing when I go back next week. Gotta burn off all that buffet food somehow!

Also, Circus Circus isn't terrible - I'd rate it 3 stars instead of 2 - but it's one of the oldest joints on the strip and it's really showing its age in places. Additionally, it's known to be very family-friendly so you might see a lot of kids.

no way CC is a 3-star gig -- maybe if you picked it up and placed it in Duluth, MN, but not by Vegas standards

1 star: many of the beat up downtown casinos (Plaza, El Cortez, Golden Gate, etc.)
2 star: Circus Circus, Casino Royale, Riviera, Imperial Palace, etc.
3 star: Harrahs, Flamingo, Excalibur, Luxor, etc.
4 star: Caesars, Mirage, TI, Paris, MGM, etc.
5 star: Bellagio, Wynn/Encore, Venetian/Palazzo, Aria, etc.

El Scorcho
02-23-10, 02:37 PM
At the advice of those here I booked Imperial as Circus Circus is farther and I would rather avoid a whack of kids in the hallways. I can always visit the place.

So, what are the MUST DOs on a 3 day Vegas trip?

since you're going for the broke ass vegas trip I suggest:

$1 Michelob Lights @ Casino Royale 24/7
$1 margaritas at Bill's Gamblin' Saloon
stick a $20 in a penny machine and play $.01 at a time until a cocktail waitress comes by
stare at the Bellagio fountain (Free)
stare at the mirage volcano (Free)
stare at the TI pirate show (Free)
go people watching outside between the hours of midnight and 3am -- you're usually able to see 1-2 fights per vegas trip this way if you stay on the strip
throw pennies at retards riding the gondolas at the venetian
ask random girls if they're "working"

Vipper II
02-23-10, 05:14 PM
no way CC is a 3-star gig -- maybe if you picked it up and placed it in Duluth, MN, but not by Vegas standards



Let's go 2.5 then. I realize it's not as "good" as the 3-star joints you mention, but I can't rank it the same as Casino Royale, either.

mgbfan
02-23-10, 11:58 PM
ask random girls if they're "working"
Or do what my buddy did. Collect a stack of hooker cards and go around asking random girls to autograph their card.

actyper
02-24-10, 11:36 AM
lol was just about to suggest thing. dirty minds think alike.

WallyOPD
02-24-10, 12:18 PM
Why would anyone willingly walk to the Stratosphere? At least when you're walking along the strip there are plenty of people and sights to see.

ViewAskewbian
02-24-10, 06:10 PM
Been reading about Fremont Street. What's the best way to get there? Same question for the famed WELCOME TO VEGAS sign?

thanks all the info here

El Scorcho
02-25-10, 02:22 AM
Why would anyone willingly walk to the Stratosphere? At least when you're walking along the strip there are plenty of people and sights to see.

I did it once when I was 16 and stuck in Vegas on a family vacation. Walked from the Riviera up there. It looked so close. Turns out it's not. I rode the elevator to the top, looked at the view, thought it was retarded, then left.

Little did I know that the undeveloped area between the Strat and CircusCircus/Riviera was pretty ghetto and not something some dumb teenage white kid should be doing/seeing at midnight.

El Scorcho
02-25-10, 02:35 AM
Been reading about Fremont Street. What's the best way to get there? Same question for the famed WELCOME TO VEGAS sign?

thanks all the info here

cheapest way to get to downtown from the strip is to ride The Deuce (their name for their double-decker busses). I think it's $7 for a 24-hour ticket (though they likely charge DeltaSigChi about $33 for a pass). You can pick up the bus out front of the Flamingo (next to Imperial Palace) and take about a half hour ride downtown to get dropped off right by the Fremont St. Experience.

I highly advise using Google's maps feature (get directions from imperial palace to golden nugget, then select public transit) to get proper schedule info. Or you can bother the concierge/bellhop at any casino and they can hook you up with a schedule

if you want to see the famous Vegas sign, you can also ride the Deuce to the area and then walk over to it. It's on an island on Las Vegas Blvd South about 1/4 mile south of Mandalay Bay. The address you need for google purposes is 5100 Las Vegas Boulevard South, Paradise, NV 89119.

Vipper II
02-25-10, 05:57 AM
Why would anyone willingly walk to the Stratosphere? At least when you're walking along the strip there are plenty of people and sights to see.

Big Shot, X-Scream, Insanity

mgbfan
02-25-10, 03:30 PM
Big Shot, X-Scream, Insanity

Taxi. Rental car.

Seriously people, renting a car in Vegas costs next to nothing. Check the prices. You'll be shocked. Personally, I see no reason not to rent a car while there. It's a total no-brainer for me.

ViewAskewbian
02-25-10, 07:15 PM
Taxi. Rental car.

Seriously people, renting a car in Vegas costs next to nothing. Check the prices. You'll be shocked. Personally, I see no reason not to rent a car while there. It's a total no-brainer for me.

I don't drive nor are taxis in my budget so looks like the Duece and my own two will do. :p

NotThatGuy
02-25-10, 09:06 PM
I don't drive nor are taxis in my budget so looks like the Duece and my own two will do. :p

I was in LV when it was almost to "Scorching Summer" time.....and The Deuce ride was worth it because of the people. You can meet some AWESOME people on it. :lol:

Vipper II
02-25-10, 09:12 PM
Taxi. Rental car.

Seriously people, renting a car in Vegas costs next to nothing. Check the prices. You'll be shocked. Personally, I see no reason not to rent a car while there. It's a total no-brainer for me.

I enjoy the walking - I do it because I want to, not because I want to save the money a taxi would cost. Furthermore, it's not as if I walk straight from MGM Grand to the Stratosphere; I take my time and stop in at some of the other casinos on the way.

porieux
02-25-10, 09:20 PM
no way CC is a 3-star gig -- maybe if you picked it up and placed it in Duluth, MN, but not by Vegas standards

1 star: many of the beat up downtown casinos (Plaza, El Cortez, Golden Gate, etc.)
2 star: Circus Circus, Casino Royale, Riviera, Imperial Palace, etc.
3 star: Harrahs, Flamingo, Excalibur, Luxor, etc.
4 star: Caesars, Mirage, TI, Paris, MGM, etc.
5 star: Bellagio, Wynn/Encore, Venetian/Palazzo, Aria, etc.

You are being far too kind to the Mirage. We tried to stay there last year and when we saw how crappy the room was we checked out immediately and moved across the street to The Venetian, which was also slightly cheaper (go figure).

mgbfan
02-25-10, 11:50 PM
I don't drive

Yeah well that will kill that idea. Too bad, I was gonna suggest checking out Lotus of Siam for lunch sometime. But there's no way you're walking there.

DRG
02-26-10, 01:45 PM
Imperial Palace is on the monorail route, so that's another way to get back and forth down the strip. It's like $30 for a three-day pass, and goes from MGM to Sahara. The Sahara stop puts you as close as you can get to the Stratosphere from the Strip.

El Scorcho
02-26-10, 02:38 PM
Taxi. Rental car.

Seriously people, renting a car in Vegas costs next to nothing. Check the prices. You'll be shocked. Personally, I see no reason not to rent a car while there. It's a total no-brainer for me.

Unless Nevada has changed their blood-alcohol level laws to allow up to .25%, I can think of a pretty good reason why renting a car in Vegas is a bad idea

ViewAskewbian
02-27-10, 04:15 PM
Imperial Palace is on the monorail route, so that's another way to get back and forth down the strip. It's like $30 for a three-day pass, and goes from MGM to Sahara. The Sahara stop puts you as close as you can get to the Stratosphere from the Strip.

Things is, I'm not very keen on the Stratosphere, to tell you the truth. Don't care to pay to go see what I've read isn't the greatest of views. Only things I really want to see areL MGM Grand, Luxor, NY NY, Circus Circus, the Penn and Teller Show at the Rio, Hard Rock, Bellagio fountain, See the tower at Paris, the Vegas sign and the Fremont street experience.

big whoppa
02-28-10, 04:38 PM
I just got back from my first Vegas trip last month. I stayed at the MGM Grand and visited everything but Fremont St and the P&T show. Deuce is a good way to go if you don't want to walk much. I wanted to walk. The exercise is good. The negative is having to go up and down stairs and along pathways to cross the street which wore me down after my feet were tired. The Stratosphere is not really worth checking out. I don't think you would miss anything past the Encore hotel and casino going north. Interior-wise, Caesar's Palace, Bellagio, Pallazo, and the Venetian can't be beat. And if you want a good buffet, go to Bellagio or Wynn hotel and go right before dinner hour (1/2 hour or so) to get dinner menu at lunch prices. On the first page is a post on places for cheap eats. I did a bunch of them.