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We are planning a road trip in March 2011 from Las Vegas, via Hoover Dam, Route 66, Grand Canyon, Antelope Canyon and Monument Valley. Has anyone done such a trip before (or parts thereof?) - or any locals with some insider tips maybe?

 

We're not really into the Vegas gambling scene, but will spend at least 2 or 3 nights there to experience all the themed hotels, shows and some shopping. We were considering the Planet Holllywood hotel, but read some very good and very bad feedback about it on tripadvisor - also on most of the other hotels we consider, such as the Stratosphere etc. So now we are basically clueless... Where should be stay without breaking the bank, but still on the strip?

 

Has anyone stayed at "The View" hotel in Monument Valley or taken one of the guided tours? We will definitely spend one night in the hotel, as this will be our turning point to go back, but not sure if we should really cough up the extra $$$ for a room on the top floor if they all have valley views anyway? I know we could take the 17mile drive through the monuments ourself, but from what I've researched, we could opt for a guided tour which will take us offroad and closer to the monuments and some other photo opportunities not visible form the loop road. Anyone done this?

 

We will be sleeping in some of the various little towns along the way - any suggestions? We don't mind basic, but I can not do dirty (aka someone else's hair in the shower drain...) - and would love to have "cowboy" experience by visiting the less commercialised places along the way. We will probably also spend a night in Page as we want to visit horseshoe bend which is just outside Page - depending on how we travel on the day and if we could make it to the next town.

 

I've done a lot of research, but it is always best to ask the locals or someone who has been there, done that. I'd really appreciate any ideas or suggestions!

 

I'm so excited - I've been wanting to go there for years and years and now finally, we'll be celebrating our wedding anniversary in the Grand Canyon! One tick off my bucket list...

 

Thanks heaps guys!

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I responded to your other post. Will speak to my daughter as she was in that area just recently and will get back to you. :D

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We went to Las Vegas in 2005, driving from the panhandle of Texas. Looking at another trip this December. Long drive and very boring at times...

Staying on the strip is a must, taxi's are very expensive in Las Vegas. Even from the center of the strip up to the Stratosphere costs a pretty penny! Getting from hotel to hotel not a major problem as there are buses going up and down all the time. For a small daily fee you can hop the bus as many times as you want to. Found this out almost too late.

From what I can remember the older hotels are Circus Circus, Stratosphere, Sahara, Riviera (ones on the Northern side of the strip) but many has been upgraded since. If you are looking at saving on accommodation to be able to spend more on other things, I'd go with the older ones. Reviews on Tripadvisor.com can give you a pretty good idea. If you do decide on one of the older hotels, try to get a newly renovated room. If you don't mind spending more, then I would suggest on of the newer hotels in the middle of the strip.

Look at the maps on www.vegas.com to get an idea of where the hotels are. The hotel decorations are amazing. We didn't do much gambling, spend sooo much time checking out all the hotels we were too tired to gamble - LOL! Be sure to watch all the free shows on the Strip: Fountains at Bellagio, Pirate show at Treasure Island, etc.

We slept at the Holiday Inn Express, Grand Canyon on our way back to Texas. Hotel is just outside the gates to the Grand Canyon and we had no problems. Nice stay too. I would suggest saving enough to do the helicopter ride into the canyon...It is a sight to see by car, but I think the helicopter ride would be amazing. We didn't do that :-(

Might be able to add some more tips once we get back in December.

For the "cowboy experience" I would suggest looking at staying on one of those working ranches where they rent out cabins/rooms. I didn't take a look at your route, but sure there will be one of two on the way.

Enjoy planning your vacation.

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We stayed at the Tropicana which has been fully renovated at the end of September/October and paid on average $56.00 per night Monday through to Thursday. They charge more for a Friday night $72.00 and Saturday/ Sunday night costs you even more (not sure of the price) The Tropicana is right on the Strip. A taxi from the Tropicana to the Bellagio was $10.00.

 

Across the road from the Tropicana is Excalibur they have excellent rates $28.00 per night. its a older hotel but nothing wrong with it. Very popular with Australians.

http://www.vegas.com/resorts/

 

On two prevous occasions I stayed at The Mirage but that was paid for by the company.

 

Treasure Island is another option similarly priced to the Tropicana and New York New York.

 

There is a Monorail transport system that runs the length of the strip

http://www.lvmonorail.com/ tickets are $5.00 a trip

 

The best hotel rates are from Monday night through to Thursday night. From Friday night expect to pay more.

There are no ATM'S on the Strip so take lots of cash with you. You can get cash inside the Casino's but expect to be charged $8.00 to $24.00 for a cash withdrawal.

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Thanks for all the info guys! I'll still read my way through it, but I had a quick scan and already saw some very helpful info! That's great stuff! smile.gif

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I did a trip through parts of Colorado, Utah and Arizona in September with a friend, and can add the following:

Monument Valley:

Didn’t stay at The Views, from what I saw of the hotel the rooms all face the same way, with the same view. The lower floors are about level with the public terrace, where people gather to look at the famous views of the valley, particularly at Sunset.

Page:

You are looking for authentic…..well, due to not booking anything in advance, and the entire town being fully booked we ended up at The Cowboy Inn, which is about as authentic and friendly as you could hope for. We arrived at 11pm, met by the owners, who checked us in personally. We then sat outside under the stars with them (fortunately with our own beverages – as Utah is a dry state – and with about 8 other guests – all foreign - and chatted about things. Even the local sheriff popped by. Not much else going on at the motel – a sort of ‘makeshift’ coffee as you go stand on the way out – but it was certainly colorful, if a bit dated, but definitely an experience. http://www.cowboyinmotel.com/

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Thanks Guys! I am SUPER excited! We will arrive in Vegas and stay 2 nights at the Excalibur (thanks for the tip - hubby is a medieval fan.... cool.gif ) then rent a car (the jury is still out on that one - any suggestions of a rental co with good deals and service and no hidden small print...?) We will drive to Monument Valley, staying over at a few places along the way to explore the area such as Selignam, Jerome, Oatman, the meteor crater (which is a bit out of the way but hubby is a fan... laugh.gif ) etc. We will stay at The View hotel in Monument Valley for 1 night (VERY expensive, but I thought, we deserve it - afterall, it is our first and only honeymoon after 25 years of marriage!) Then we'll hit the road to Page - definitely going to check out the Cowboy Motel - thanks! We'll go see the Antelope Canyon, Horseshoe Bend and the surrounding area, then off to the Grand Canyon where we booked a cabin at The Bright Angel Lodge for 2 nights - celebrating our wedding date hopefully with some sparkly watching an amazing sunset... Then we'll finally make the return trip, with a stop at Hoover Dam and back to Vegas for 3 nights, where at this stage I'm considering the Luxor (Anyone stayed there before?)

 

There's a few things on our agenda for Vegas - the knights themed dinner and show at Excalibur, Carrot top (not really my thing but gotta love hubby!! hehe!) and hopefully try out one of their famous buffets and themed bars. There's so much to do other than gambling - I never realised until I started doing my research - I'm yet to work out some sort of planning so we don't miss out on the "must see & do's"

 

One question on the rental cars: I got a quote from Alamo and asked them if I could drive in the other states (some car rental co's won't allow you to cross borders.... weird...) and they're Ok with that as long as we don't go into Mexico. I've now read that we won't be able to travel on any undealed roads (haven't asked Alamo that question yet) - so I'm a bit concernded that we'd come across some unsealed roads along the way... I know the 17 mile loop at Monument Valley is unsealed and we're thinking of doing one of the tours (once again, VERY expensive!! Our accommodation for 1 night and a tour of MV will cost us more than 5 nights accommodation in Vegas!!) but is the road leading to the hotel sealed? I'm probably over-thinking this, but is it possible to rent a car to travel on unsealed roads and save us the worry? I can see us having to leave the car at the roadside and hitchike to the hotel... LOL!

 

Only 5 weeks to go - it's going to be an amazing experience! Thanks to you all for your advise and sharing!

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I would definitely recommend one of the Cirque Du Soleil shows while you are in Las Vegas. Your husband will surely enjoy it too. We saw Mystère and it was just amazing. Definitely worth the money and you can get the tickets much cheaper when shopping on the strip at Tix-4-tonight or others where they sell tickets for that evening for cheaper.

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be sure to visit Binions Casino at Freemont (old vegas strip) for a free photo profesionally taken of you putting your arms around a million dollars. its sealed in perspex but still worthwhile.

 

here is a link

http://www.binions.com/

 

Rainforest Cafe in the MGM Grand is ideal for breakfast

 

http://www.vegas.com/searchagent/restaurant/ViewRestaurant.do?restaurantId=2801

 

have dinner at the Bellagio buffet for $42.00 - eat as much as you want

 

http://www.bellagio.com/

 

http://www.bellagio.com/restaurants/the-buffet.aspx

http://www.madametussauds.com/lasvegas/ - expensive but worth it

 

http://www.venetian.com/ shopping mall and must go on a gondola ride for $17.00

 

http://www.venetian.com/pages.aspx?id=324

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We were in Vegas for five days over New Year. Stayed at the MGM and was by far the worst hotel stay ever (we booked there because the friends we went with stayed there too). Next time we'll stay at the Venetian - had some great times there. I agree about doing some shows - we did LOVE (Cirque du Soleil), a comedy (Sin City, so-so), Blue Man Group (EXCELLENT), and Jubilee, a typical boring Vegas showgirls gig.

 

I would recommend you use the monorail/metro instead of taxis. It's MUCH cheaper and lot more fun.

 

Enjoy!

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). Next time we'll stay at the Venetian - had some great times there.

Enjoy!

 

 

Well hello, Ritchie Ritch !!

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The Cher concert was very good tickets around $220.00

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Nee man Oscar, moenie so lelik wees nie! :) You can get a suite at the Venetian at really good rates. Obviously New Year isn't it!

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Slaptjips, no worries ,I am just messing with you. also the last to talk after blowing hundreds of $$$ on the cher concert. The Venetian is a very nice hotel very central.

The Mirage has some good room rates as well.

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Was it worth it though? I think Vegas is one of those places that if you've been there, made love there, the box is checked and time to find the next holiday destination!

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