What do you think I should do in Vegas?


Following the success of our previous girlie trip (see previous blog about Monkey World), my Mum’s now asked me to accompany her on her next holiday – to Vegas! Now it wasn’t top of my list, admittedly – probably something like a yoga retreat or a cruise down the Nile would have been my first choices! But having bitten the bullet, and said yes, I asked around and I was surprised at how many people said they absolutely loved it! So here’s my question – have you been? Any tips? 

I'd love advice on what shows or events to book in advance? The flight over the Grand Canyon seems to be a popular top tip. Which free shows would you recommend at the other hotels? Are there any specific casinos you think we should visit? Anyone know where to find George Clooney and Brad Pitt? Lol. 

I look forward to seeing what you think – I would love to read your suggestions.

Have a lovely (hopefully snow-free) week and speak again soon.




  1. Carole Greenfield January 22, 2010 at 4:41 pm -  Reply

    Vegas is fabulous – I have been 3 times and will be going again in May this year. I went in 2007 to see Celine Dion who was amazing. Do go and see JAY WHITE as Neil Diamond at the RIVIERA HOTEL it is scary how much he looks like and more importantly, sounds like Neil Diamond. Book your tickets at the giant Coke Bottle on the strip – yes it is a giant Coke Bottle and a ticket office. Your mum will love it -Enjoy!!

  2. SJ January 22, 2010 at 7:16 pm -  Reply

    Hi Debbie,
    I don’t know about the free shows but something you must do is take in the “bodies” exhibition in the luxor hotel. Oh and a visit to Las Vegas wouldn’t be complete without looking in the M&M world store (especially as there is only 3 of them in the world; Vegas, New York and Orlando).
    I hope you have a great time!

  3. J. Plummer January 24, 2010 at 9:02 am -  Reply

    You’ll LOVE it!! Went last year – had a week in San Francisco and a week in Vegas – two completely different places, but each wonderful. Yes, you must do the helicopter over the Canyon. I was very worried about the thought of being in a helicopter (don’t really do flying very well at all !!), but you can’t NOT do it and it was really fine. We had breakfast in the Canyon and then flew back. As it’s an early start, you don’t waste much of your day either. Probably not as hot as when we went in October, so you’ll be able to walk up and down the strip and round all the shopping Malls, and just wander round all the different Hotels. We had a trip to Monument Valley as my husband’s a Western nut, and that was magnificent, but took a whole day, so it would depend how long a break you are having. You must do a show too. We saw Barry Manilow of whom I have been a fan for 30 years. Even my husband enjoyed it, even though he had to be dragged along with his arm up his back!! Don’t know who’s there at the moment, but I’m sure there’s someone you’ll want to see. I’m very envious!!

  4. Nicola Rippon January 24, 2010 at 10:44 am -  Reply

    Debbie, there are some fabulous free shows in Vegas! At Treasure Island there’s the pirate show (I think this has been recently updated) – which takes place several times an hour right outside in the street! When it’s 104 degrees F outside at 10.15 at night (as it was last time I was there) you don’t have to worry about getting cold while you wait! There are so many things to do that you should certainly plan ahead. Pretty much just walking around the hotels: Caesar’s Palace (with its own shopping mall where day becomes night every hour and there’s an animatronic Bacchus statue that sings!); Bellagio with its dancing fountains and botanical gardens; a volcano ‘erupting’ at the Mirage; and just generally walking around in New York New York, Paris and the MGM Grand is amazing! Also, something not many people know about unless they stay at the Imperial Palace Hotel is the exhibit (free to residents) of famous people’s cars. It sounds a bit lame, and it’s not something we’d have tried if one of our coach party hadn’t done it before, but it’s really very interesting. It’s air conditioned, too, which in Vegas is a big plus! Hope this helps!

  5. Lucy January 27, 2010 at 1:10 am -  Reply

    Hi Debbie
    Las Vegas is wowzers ….. I went in late October last year and loved it soooo much that I can’t wait to return. I never thought that I would enjoy it ….. all the noise and hustle and bustle but it really was an amazing trip.
    You must go to the “Freemont Street Experience” which is away from The Strip in downtown Vegas but absolutely fantabulous!!. The spectacular “Viva Vision” light canopy shows just have to be seen to be believed ~ eye popping images are displayed accompanied by heart pounding music -it’s breathtaking and best of all ~ FREE!!!! There is also free entertaiment on various stages plus an abundance of casinos, restaurants, shops etc.
    We went to some amazing shows on The Strip as well – my no 1 fave was Bette Middler at the Coloseum in Caesar’s Palace – ohhh it brings a tear to my eye just thinking about how spectacular it was….. I can highly recommend that. We also enjoyed Terry Fator & his cast of 1,000s(winner of season 2 of Americas Got Talent) @ The Mirage and at the same resort, we saw “Love” by Cirque Du Soleil which combines the re-produced and re-imagined music of The Beatles with an interpretive, circus-based artistic and athletic stage performance. Spectacular indeedy!
    My best wishes to you and your mum for an enjoyable trip.

  6. Anita Belding January 27, 2010 at 8:42 am -  Reply

    Hi Debbie
    Vagas is an out of this world place to go, you go for it
    I saw you and your sister on Sally Morgan last night , I was so surprised ! ! … Isn’t she great ! ! ….

  7. Kirsten Chambers February 5, 2010 at 11:15 pm -  Reply

    Hello Debbie heard about your trip to Las Vegas. If you would like to experience a little bit of egypt take in the Luxor hotel & Casino – looks like a pyramid. Some things you pay for like the Imax type theatre with films on egypt and doing a replica tour with headsets of king TUT’s tomb…but tip you can buy a package deal to see these attractions in the luxor. The gift shops are good and you can have a pendant made with your name written in egyptian ( similar to hieroglyphics). There is lots to explore. Lots of casinos in the new part can be reached by skywalks. If you take in the casino if the waitress comes round to offer a drink you just tip them. If you win usually tip the attendent. If you would like to try some chocolate try the Brand Ethel M..it is great. In the MGM the rainforest restaurant is great and the casino is like old Hollywood….when I went there there was an Elvis impersonator there. Well just a few things you may like. I am a new viewer to QVC. Have a great time and enjoy the time with your mum. XO Kirsten Chambers Peterborough Cambridgeshire.

  8. Nemisha Patel February 8, 2010 at 7:59 pm -  Reply

    Hello Debbie,
    Wow Vegas is a great place, heaps to do however I must recommend the O show, it is a really great show and for sure you will enjoy it!! Check it out on the net, the reviews are amazing, and the show is even better!
    Have a great time.
    Love n hugs

  9. P M Hollowood February 14, 2010 at 12:26 pm -  Reply

    Hi Debbie, You will LOVE Vegas, I have been 7 times, the last time Nov/Dec 09, and I cant wait to go again. As stated in the other comments there are lots of free entertainment, one to see is in the Venetian Plaza, where the musicians and living statues are, on the hour they give a musical show. Every day the Tix4Less booths [there are plenty on the Strip] sell half price tickets, we saw Phantom of the Opera twice in one week at the Venetian Hotel. Check out Carl Ferris [saxofanist] down Freemont Street he’s fabulous. Ceasars Palace had the moving statue shows in the Forum shops another must see.
    You must do the helicopter trip to the Grand Canyon, although you see more on the bus trips. Anyway enjoy yourself, I bet you will go again.
    xxxx Maureen Hollowood, Blackpool xxxx

  10. Sue Graves February 21, 2010 at 12:19 am -  Reply

    Came back from Vegas Friday morning, first visit and hopefully not the last. I went to see Donny & Marie, great show, the old Osmond cheesey talent, I am a big Donny fan though. Also saw Love, fantastic. If you want to see O book in advance, we couldn’t get tickets. Ride the Venetian Gondolas, lovely but quick. Grand Canyon helicopter outstanding, Bellagio fountains, free and spectacular. M&M World, great fun. MGM Lions, Shanghai Lily in Mandalay Bay, excellent Chinese food. Harley Davidson cafe, great American food, enormous portions. Right behind Caesars Palace statues in the forum is the cheescake shop, again enormous portions. Forget dieting, no chance. Starts to get tackier, at Circus Circus, but seems more like old Vegas, so worth a visit. Top tip – you will walk for miles, so think of the most comfortable footwear you can find. I tried pumps and my trusty Birkenstocks, but was in agony. Bought some Aerosoles on Fashion Mall, joy to the feet. Enjoy xx

  11. Mrs Patrcia Goulding March 10, 2010 at 3:32 am -  Reply

    Hi Debbie
    Glad to see you back where you belong on QVC, about Las Vegas.I went with my son and daughter in law in Sept 2009,they got married there in 2005 I’ve been there 4 times.The places I’ve been and where worth the trips are the grand canyon sky walk.helicopter ride down the strip at night it is a fantastic sight at night from the chopper,Liberace Museum only 5 mins in taxi,Hover dam,you can do a paddle steamer trip on lake mead,and a must see is the American Super stars at The STRATESPHERE for about $50,you get a meal see the show and go to top of hotel,must see are the Bellargio Fountains and another must see is Freemont Street light display.If you fancy some Loccitane go to Fashion Show Mall inside you will find the shop.
    Have a great trip with your mum.
    Love Pat

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