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    Things to do in Vegas.

    Hey, anyone want to partake in an ATV adventure in the valley of fire? Its about $150 and would be an awesome adventure if someone wants to go.

    Seems like an alright deal for all the rental, lunch, drinks, etc.

    http://www.looktours.com/atv.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by JodoHost(Stephen)
    Hey, anyone want to partake in an ATV adventure in the valley of fire? Its about $150 and would be an awesome adventure if someone wants to go.

    Seems like an alright deal for all the rental, lunch, drinks, etc.

    http://www.looktours.com/atv.html
    Looks awesome. That would be great.
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    http://www.thegunstorelasvegas.com/rental.htm

    im thinking I might have to take some guys to shoot some kick but machine guns since that is a hot topic on this board. play the video - looks like a fun time! http://www.thegunstorelasvegas.com/tourvideo.htm

    the SAW looks particularly interesting.
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    They have another ATV tour that is 6 hours long and over 100 miles in distance(all the way to california). If I can't find anyone else wanting to go, I'll be taking the 6 hr atv extreme tour, as really there is nothing better than being out in nature on a 4 wheeler or dirt bike.

    Sailor, I am on my treo and can't check out that video but it sounds like a fun thing.
    I am not going to do any gambling, so I am looking for alternatives, that one sounds like a 'blast'

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    Looks awesome. That would be great.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JodoHost(Stephen)
    They have another ATV tour that is 6 hours long and over 100 miles in distance(all the way to california). If I can't find anyone else wanting to go, I'll be taking the 6 hr atv extreme tour, as really there is nothing better than being out in nature on a 4 wheeler or dirt bike.
    Looks like an awesome experience. I am seriously considering this.
    I am not going to do any gambling, so I am looking for alternatives, that one sounds like a 'blast'
    Same here. I'm not going to gamble, but just going for the experience.
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    Sailor - The Gun Store is a definite must-do activity. I personally recommend the Thompson - kind of gives you that whole Al Capone / Eliott Ness theme. The M249 SAW would of course also be great - it's pretty tough to go wrong with anything in that store Bring plenty of cash for ammo, you can launch $100 in lead in literally a few minutes at that place.

    Bob - None of this is definite yet, but we are working on light snacks and beverages (adult or otherwise) for the tours. I wouldn't want to see you starve to death or anything

    Since I'm local to Las Vegas, I'd be happy to recommend hotels or activities if anyone needs assistance planning their trip. If there is any interest, I'd be happy to start a new topic on "Rob's top 10 cheapo LV hotel List" or something like that - let me know if you'd like to see it, and I'll take a bit of time and do it if there is some interest.
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    OK sailor, let's go shoot some stuff up. I am in.

    I have been to the desert on a ATV with no name,

    already done that so I will pass on that trip.

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    Hmm... shooting stuff up does sound like fun.

    Might even do a drive to the grand canyon.
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    If you want to do the whole Grand Canyon tour thing, I'd highly recommend spending a bit of extra $$ and do it via airplane or helicopter. The GC is about a 3 hour drive each way, and the scenery is better from the air anyway IMO. Unless you want to spend a day hiking or something like that, I'd do an air tour.
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    I don't want an air tour, it's not at good s ATVing in the desert fun-wise I will be flying over the GC two times from my 757, so I'll get to take a peek.

    Edit: I see now you were replying to UH-Matt about driving to the Grand Canyon.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Techark
    OK sailor, let's go shoot some stuff up. I am in.
    Oh I'm certainly up for it too........
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    - Shooting stuff
    - Grand Canyon
    - Blackjack

    Are my 3 things to do in Vegas.

    Oh... and maybe some networking and hosting type stuff.

    EDIT: Also looking to get a nice deal on a large colo contract, so a message to any colo providers attending - treat us well!
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    Hey Matt - I did mention that we would be giving DC tours in Vegas, right?
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    Yes but thats the easy bit. You need to win our business over everyone else.

    Im not looking for a quick and easy sale, im looking for the best.
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    I would take you on a trip to Miami, but its on the opposite side of the country

    Nap of the Americas in Miami is pretty impressive.

    Ok, back to the topic, things to do!

    I have 3-4 people that are interested ATVing, I was planning to stay through the 20th, but one of the people wanting to go, it would have to be on the morning on the 19th, so this would cut out the last day of the convention, anyone up for that still?

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    Quote Originally Posted by UH-Matt
    Yes but thats the easy bit. You need to win our business over everyone else.

    Im not looking for a quick and easy sale, im looking for the best.
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    I'm also interested in the ATVing - we're going with at least 3 people so could be fun with a group.

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    Quote Originally Posted by UH-Matt
    - Shooting stuff
    Is there anywhere there that we could blow stuff up too?
    Oh... and maybe some networking and hosting type stuff.
    Oh yeah, there's a hosting thingie there too. Almost forgot.
    EDIT: Also looking to get a nice deal on a large colo contract, so a message to any colo providers attending - treat us well!
    I can be bribed with gifts too. I'm easy.

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    I am still debating on staying in vegas a few extra days or going over to cali after hostingcon for a few days. If I don't go to cali I will be down for the ATV trip with the spare funds sounds like it would be a blast.

    For those of you who have not been to vegas before I suggest going downtown to check out the light show which is pretty impressive and I don't think you will ever see anywhere else or at least not now that I know of.

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    The "Fremont Street Experience" as it is called is pretty cool. They recently completed a bunch of upgrades to it as well, so it's definitely worth checking out. It's a 10 minute trip by car from the Mirage to downtown, so it's very easy to get to. I'd recommend going just a bit after dark.

    For the adventure seekers, I'd recommend a stop at the Stratosphere on the way back from Fremont Street, since it's right between Fremont Street and the Mirage. They have rides built on top of the 1000+ foot tower that are lots of fun - my personal favorite is the "Big Shot", which shoots you up like a rocket approx. 150 feet or so. Go at night and get a seat facing south - you will never get a better view of The Strip.
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    Rob, Thanks for the tips you are giving

    The really can be helpful for those of us that have never been to Vegas

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    You all should visit the Valley of Fire State Park. It's only 15 miles away from Las Vegas. Do some offroading with a AWD or 4WD rental. Here are photos from the last time I went there: http://www.flickr.com/photos/vinayse.../sets/1356661/

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rob T
    For the adventure seekers, I'd recommend a stop at the Stratosphere on the way back from Fremont Street, since it's right between Fremont Street and the Mirage. They have rides built on top of the 1000+ foot tower that are lots of fun - my personal favorite is the "Big Shot", which shoots you up like a rocket approx. 150 feet or so. Go at night and get a seat facing south - you will never get a better view of The Strip.

    ah - yes - I am going to do this as well. for those that are not scaredy cats - we can do a group trip over there.


    that is after we get the suntan oil washed off from hanging at the pool and drinking my free beer.
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    Salior is giving away free beer? Im in... I am beginning to wonder if we want Salior if we wont have to goto "Glitter Gulch" downtown.... LOL Anyone wanna go break into Area 51??? Its only an 1 1/2 Drive to the main gate... LOL
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    Tony,

    I found a place to rent some dirt bikes (aka fast action vehicles)
    Should make getting into Area 51 easier, just build a dirt ramp and jump in

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    Quote Originally Posted by sailor
    ah - yes - I am going to do this as well. for those that are not scaredy cats - we can do a group trip over there.


    that is after we get the suntan oil washed off from hanging at the pool and drinking my free beer.
    When I was there last April, the rides were either always closed for maintenance or wind. Very annoying.
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    Stephen,

    The only problem is I dont know a dirt bike that will out run an AK-47, gotta remember those guards have shoot to kill orders.. LOL
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    I think you mean an AR-15/M16/MP5
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    Stephen,

    The only problem is I dont know a dirt bike that will out run an AK-47, gotta remember those guards have shoot to kill orders.. LOL

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    Quote Originally Posted by JodoHost(Stephen)
    Tony,

    I found a place to rent some dirt bikes (aka fast action vehicles)
    Should make getting into Area 51 easier, just build a dirt ramp and jump in
    Should be fun to get deported!

    A lot more 'activities' in Las Vegas than in Chicago. Good Good!
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    No deporting for me....

    But, beyond the crazy talk, are people more interested in ATVs or Dirt bikes? Personally, I prefer dirt bikes

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    Was hoping to get to see AvenueQ but looks like it might have finished its Vegas run by then
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    The last time I was in the Glitter Gulch it smelled like someone had died and was decaying in a pool of their own vomit. There are plenty of opportunities for "Adult Entertainment" here, and almost any of them are better than that place.
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    Ok..being as I've been there 3 years in a row..here's some of the things I've done..

    Attractions:

    - Freemont Experience (FREE)
    discussed already..great fun, was there for Vetern's day..maybe I'll post the footage I shot.

    - Sirens of TI (FREE)
    in front of Treasure Island...try to hit it up on a not-windy day..or it may get cancelled..happens if the wind kicks up for safety of cast.

    - Fountains at the Bellegio (FREE)
    Very spectacutular...go at night, differnent showing every 15 mins.

    - Star Trek Experience (MUSEUM & RIDE COSTS)
    At the Hilton for all you Trekkies or Trekkers...2 different 'rides', museum, Quarks Bar serves food and drinks that put you in the DS9 world, actors in full makeup and character...and they DO NOT break from their roles..fun.

    - HOOVER DAM (BUS TOURS FROM $30-80 or so)
    Went on this last year finally...was a half day bus tour..it's only like 40 mins from Vegas if you have a car...You've seen it in pics, but there is nothing like seeing in person...it just impressive and you get the scale and understand what it took to build. (Lots of security and checkpoints before you get near it....be prepared, leave the weapons back at the hotel.. ).

    - GRAND CANYON (BUS TRIPS or DAY LONG CAR RIDE)
    Flew over it on way home...and it's hella bigger then you think..lol. They have helicopter trips available for $200-$250. Note that there is a weight limit..lol..that's why I didn't go.

    - GONDOLA RIDES (at the Venetian)
    Great romatic ride while being crooned to with Italian love ballads.


    Shows I've attended:

    - Blue Man Group
    This is one you should NOT miss..funny as heck and great music. One of my favorites

    - Erocktica
    Rock and roll and topless women...in a cozy nightclub atmosphere..doesn't get any better...lead female singer is build like a brick..well, you get idea.

    - Penn and Teller
    Funny funny guys...amazing magic...even when they let you in on the secrets, it's still funny and amazing.

    - Folles Begere - Tropicana
    Classic Las Vega Showgirl Review. They have two shows..matinee and evening (topless).

    More shows..


    And lets not forget the gambling..lol. Stay away from the main strip for that. You'll get better odds at the smaller casinos off the strip...but if you're on the strip. Strip casinos are for suckers and high rollers. Locals gamble at the lesser traveled casinos like the Orleans.

    Food, well, buffets are big. Best one I ate at was at the Rio, but there are tons to choose from for low budget eating.

    Drinking...pricey in hotels, but cheap if you are gambling (aka free..lol). I used to sit at the bar at the Venetian and play the card machines for hours and drink..if you get lucky you can drink all night and not spend much.

    Hint on shows...DON'T pay full price for show tickets. EVER EVER EVER.

    You can get same day show tickets at Tix4Tonight and other simular vendors..you can find them up near the MGM grand for one and I think one is down across from teh Wynn. Tickets can be a much as 50% off and usually can get any show...but they are same day tix. You can get discounted Canyon and Dam tour tickets too.


    Here's a list of FREE shows and events as well..

    As for "adult" entertainment...well, you'll find plenty of (most likely illegal) immigrants handing out little business size cards all up and down the strip for that..lol...it's a REAL annoyance to be honest. And if you spend enough time in any Hotel bar by yourself, I'm sure that eventually some young lady will start chatting with you...for a price...lol..another one of those "annoyances". Be careful there is all I have to say.

    All in all, one can visit Las Vegas and have a great time without spending a fortune and you don't even have to gamble..there is TON'S of things to do...

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    Thanks for all the suggestions guys, definitely going to look into some and maybe calling up a tour guide for some pointers
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    Just thought I'd say:

    "- Star Trek Experience (MUSEUM & RIDE COSTS)
    At the Hilton for all you Trekkies or Trekkers...2 different 'rides', museum, Quarks Bar serves food and drinks that put you in the DS9 world, actors in full makeup and character...and they DO NOT break from their roles..fun."

    That is excellent. Really really surprising how well they've put it together, the whole lot is just one amazing experience.

    Grand Canyon is yet another amazing experience if you fly over it - definately the best way to travel. We hired a helicopter just for us and flew over Grand Canyon, Las Vegas strip and the Hoover Dam. We flew with: http://www.maverickhelicopter.com/

    I didn't gamble once when I went.

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    A few revisions of ArtieFishill's suggestions (which are pretty good btw)

    - Fountains at the Bellegio (FREE)
    Very spectacutular...go at night, differnent showing every 15 mins.
    The ABSOLUTE best place to watch the fountains is by going up to the top of the Eiffel Tower at Paris Las Vegas at about nightfall. You get to watch the entire water show from above, since the tower is directly across the street from the Bellagio fountains.

    - Star Trek Experience (MUSEUM & RIDE COSTS)
    At the Hilton for all you Trekkies or Trekkers...2 different 'rides', museum, Quarks Bar serves food and drinks that put you in the DS9 world, actors in full makeup and character...and they DO NOT break from their roles..fun.
    DO NOT buy your tickets directly from the Hilton, which will cost you ~$35 for both rides. Right next to the MGM Grand there is a giant "Coke Bottle" - go in the building with the Coke bottle. There is a ticket broker there that sells tickets for the Star Trek Experience for 1/2 price nearly 100% of the time, as well as many other shows. My favorite characters are the female Klingon warriors that walk around - they are awesome.

    Hint on shows...DON'T pay full price for show tickets. EVER EVER EVER.
    This isn't completely true. If you plan to go to any of the Cirque Du Soleil shows on the strip, plan on paying full price - I've never seen discount tickets at any ticket broker for any of those shows, as well as a few other high end shows that always sell out, like Celine Dion, Elton John, Mama Mia, and a few others. There are a few other shows that you will find discount tickets on sometimes - but don't count on it - those would be shows like Penn & Teller, Danny Gans, La Femme (adult), and others.

    It never hurts to check the brokers for any show in town, especially if you are going to a mid-week show, but there are some that just never seem to go "on sale", even same day tickets.

    My preference for "adult" entertainment would be some of the various "Gentlemen's Clubs" and "Cabaret" Clubs in town. Probably not appropriate for further discussion here, but feel free to email me and I can give you suggestions on a few of the classier establishments.
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    Tickets for ST The Experience can be bought online as we did from Paramount Parks direct for a price of $33.99.

    http://www1.paramountparks.com/shop/startrekexp.cfm

    Or you can call: 888-Go-Boldy

    I personally would feel safer buying tickets from an official source. Not sure whether that source is official or not that you mention above?

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    Hostingcon is geeky enough without introducing star trek... come on guys!
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    It's the experience - not the TV show... just a bit of fun!

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    You should all checkout www.AllVegasCritic.com. It's new.
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