Alright, I need recommendations. I have 12 hours to kill in Las Vegas next Tuesday morning and need recommendations on what to do, see, etc. I may play some poker if the funds allow, but otherwise have a fairly strict budget. Suggestions?
No offense, but when I think of Vegas, the last phrase that enters my mind is 'strict budget'.
You could get a cab or bus from McCarren, get off at the MGM Grand or Mandalay Bay and then just go from hotel to hotel. Each one has something to see and shopping malls to stroll thru. I guess you could kill the day cheaply that way. You could also sightsee Red Rock Canyon or head to Hoover Dam. Depends what tickles your fancy. Or you could head out of the county if you REALLY want your fancy tickled
But a limited budget wouldn't work for that either.
I should explain why the restrictions: I flying out Tuesday morning for a job interview. Which means I am unemployed, which explains the limitations. I am staying at the Flamingo, and have a meeting that night at 8pm, so don't want to travel too far. The next two days are filled with conference activities and job interviewing. The best/cheapest flight I could get leaves Milwaukee at 7am and lands at LV at 9:40, which leaves me far too much time to occupy, with little funds to do it.
Most check-ins there are noon or later, but they'll hold your baggage for you if you get there early.
I'd second the recommendation of just going hotel hopping. You could see the show at Ceasars then go to Bellagio for the fountains maybe hit up MGM and check the place out. With the heat there, I don't know how much walking around you'd want to do. Depends how you feel about that weather.
The Hoover Dam is not too far away and was very interesting. There's also either an Elvis museum or a Liberace museum (it's been a few years, so I forget which) that was fun in a tacky, let's kill a couple of hours sort of way.
Elvis-a-rama has closed; but the Liberace museum is still open.
What I would suggest is the Titanic exhibition at the Tropicana. A little pricey to get in, but definitely worth it. Not only are they showing thousands of artifacts recovered from the ship, but have recreated several parts of the ship. At one point, you step through a hatch and you're in the third class quarters and can hear the engines pounding. But my favorite part was walking out onto the deck into highly refrigerated air; you can see stars in the distance and hear the water rushing past the hull. Very eerie. And then in the next room, they have a huge chunk of ice that you can touch.
You need to post what you like to do. For example, if you are even mildly into Star Trek then you should check out the Star Trek experience (in the Hilton). Perhaps you'd want to catch a live show? Since you are into HT, check out the Sony store in Caesar's Palace... they always have some high end electronics on display (1080p PJs, etc., etc.).
Wrong town to have limited funds in but, there is plenty you can see and do on a budget. Someone already mentioned the fountain show at the Bellagio, highly recommended. There is also the Pirate err Mermaid show at Treasure Island. Depending on how late you stay there is also the light show in older Vegas. Avoid the ESPN Zone, as a sports lover all I can say is LAME! Definitely check out the Venetian, you can easily kill a few hours just walking around the mall. Do not get the monorail pass, it runs behind the strip and all stops make you walk all the way through the gaming floor. Then again, that could be good for killing some time. The Pepper Mill is pretty cool, in an Austin Powers kind of way, down on the same end of the strip as the Star Trek exibit.
If you feel like doing some gambling, the Tropicanna has $1 black jack tables, be prepared to sit with geriatrics, or the MGM right across the street has a wonderful poker room with lots of 1/2 no limit tables. If you sit down at the table and can't figure out who the donkey is, it's you. Since you will be there during the day, that shouldn't be a problem. Good luck on the interview.