Las Vegas Trip Report: THE Hotel, Blue Man Group, So Much To Do And See, What Next Time?

I really enjoyed reading your ‘column’ before our (my husband and I) trip to Vegas. We arrived on April 17th and left on the 22nd. It was my first time on a plane; so that was an experience all by itself.

We stayed at THEhotel at Mandalay Bay. A very quiet and comfortable room but we had a bunch of little ‘issues’ such as a ‘whistling’ shower and not being able to get in our room after a 14 hour Grand Canyon Tour (get this, the batteries to the room lock died!! ). But, we were determined to enjoy our time there in spite of the little blips along the way. We liked it enough that we are planning on bringing the kids with us next year.

The issue with us was that we were so overwhelmed on what to do. We had Sunday, Tuesday and Wednesday to do all that we wanted to do. We managed to see The Blue Man Group (awesome show!), The Tournament of The Kings and Defending The Caveman. We had our Grand Canyon Tour on Monday which took all day. In between all that, we only managed to walk the strip and maybe walk into a casino or more it was through a casino and play a few slots here or there.

We wanted to go to the Stratosphere, see the dolphins, go up the Eiffel Tower; it just seemed like too much ‘strip’ and not enough time (or energy for that matter). If you were us, and you had three kids (one in the 20’s, a 12 yr old and a 3 yr old) and a 10 day vacation in Las Vegas, what would you do? Any advice you can offer to help us plan in the upcoming months wold be great. Thank you!!

Cathy in Massachusetts

Ted Responds:

Wow… you did pack a lot a lot into your visit! That is what hooks people about Las Vegas: You come for a number of days and realize that you didn’t begin to be able to see and do everything you wanted!

No question, you saw some great shows. Aren’t the Blue Man Group a trip?

Seeing the Grand Canyon is great. The downside? If you do it by motorcoach (bus), it takes all day. As you found out, ALL DAY. We strongly suggest people look into Maverick Helicopter Tours (click to see video). It only takes 1/2 a day, the views are unparalleled, and they actually have one tour that lands you in the bottom of the Grand Canyon!

We shy away from suggesting itineraries only because everyone has different tastes and there is SO much to do and see. Basically, just keep an eye on the newsletter (where we cover it all). Also, if you go to the newsletter archives and scroll down the right sidebar, you’ll find links to past months (and years) issues. Scan though the past 3-4 years and you’ll pick up plenty of info!

Ted Newkirk
CEO, Managing Editor

2 thoughts on “Las Vegas Trip Report: THE Hotel, Blue Man Group, So Much To Do And See, What Next Time?”

  1. Hello Cathy,

    Yes, There is much to do in Vegas. However, I would leave the young kids at home. There is too much fun for the adults to have. In my mind, Vegas is not a place for young children. That is what Disneyworld is for.

  2. I very much agree with bob,I visit at least once a year and so does my brother in law. This year my step daughter wanted to come and bring her 9month old! I advised against it but they did anyway, Even with a baby they were being followed and ask to leave if they even slowed down in a casino( with the exceptoin of circus circus) There really is only a few things for kids to do. As i tell my teenage boys who want to come…i’ll take you on your 21st birthday!!

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