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My two sisters and I are heading to Vegas in August. The Avon National Convention is going to be celebrating its 130th Anniversary so they are going with me. They will swim or shop while I am in sessions. MGM Grand is where all of my activities are taking place. We can get a room for $140.00 a night which I feel is reasonable. However some friends/family are telling me that MGM is too far from the strip and that we really should choose a different place because there are so many hotels that are much nicer. For those of you with experience in Vegas, what do you suggest we do? My conference is only 3 days, but we are staying 5. I think it would be nice to take a tour to the Grand Canyon since we are already close. Any help will be greatly appreciated! Thanks!


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No experience, but it sounds FUN! You are going to have a blast!

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My inclination would be to stay at the MGM, since you have your activities there. I consider the MGM Grand to be on the Strip. The hotel is huge and covers several blocks with its different towers, so make sure you know where exactly you will be staying. $140 is pretty reasonable if you get a suite.
Maybe there is a specific section of Las Vegas Blvd that your family/friends consider the Strip. Perhaps they are thinking of the Bellagio and Paris las Vegas, but it is only about one mile from the MGM and they can walk there in 20 minutes. If they don't like to walk, they can take a cab.

Google Grand Canyon tours from Las Vegas. You'll find tons of information. Keep in mind that tours (to the South Rim) usually take an entire day (14 hours).

And August is HOT!
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I'd stay at the MGM for the 3 days of your conference. The MGM is HUGE and even having a room there you'll be walking long distances to get to your meetings There's plenty to do right around there for 3 days and it's easy to get around the rest of the strip by walking, bus or monorail. I'd move to a more center strip hotel--Paris, Caesars, Bally, Harrahs, etc for the other two days just to experience something different
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I would stay at the MGM for the days of your convention, then move the the Venetian for the remainder. You can get a bus pass to ride up and down the strip easily and cheaply.


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Thanks so much!!
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I really appreciate all of your input and advice. Have a wonderful day!!
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Is a great location. Its practically in the center of the strip. You're across the street from New York, New York ( my fav) and close to the new City Center. The strip is very long and the buildings are enormous which makes them appear close together. Don't be fooled. They are all about a mile apart.

If you cross the strip, you can access the free tram system that runs from Mandeley Bay to Treasure Island. Its an on and off system that runs all day and night from one Casino to the other. Its also air conditioned, a real asset in August. They don't advertise it, but ask or follow the signs. Its a huge time, and shoe leather saver. However they don't make it easy to find sometimes. It is marked, but you need to be in the right place in the Casino's to see the signage. To use the tram for a location on the other side of the strip is not as easy as it should be. To cross the strip and walk to your location could easily be a mile walk as there are only a few places to cross.

On your side of the street, there no free tram. There used to be a pay tram that runs from MGM to the Convention Center. Don't know if it is still operational. It was pricey.

To navigate on your side. You need a map and a basic mental picture of the strip. If you know what's next door, you can follow the interior signs and stay inside in the cool for most of the walk. You will have to dash outside for a brief time. If you are wanting to go as far as Wynn or the Fashion Mall, you might need to cab it. Its really far, like miles and it will be extremely hot during the day. Every Casino has a cab line, some with 100 people in it, especially during peak show starting and ending times. We found the line at Harrah's to be the shortest and its not that far from MGM.

MGM is so big and has so many restaurants, bars, and shopping areas, you could probably just stay there and have a great time.
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My vote would be to stay at the MGM Grand for all five days. The price you quoted is reasonable. It is HOT in Vegas in August and there are lots of people there since it is prime vacation time. One hotel keeps things simple. It would be a hassle to check out of one hotel at say 11:00am and then tote luggage and pay cab fare to another where checkin time may be 4:00 or so. Yes you can usually check luggage(and pay a fee), but that can be a pain and you would still have to come back and check in. Checkin lines can be very long.

The strip has many hotels and they are huge! Those in the area of the MGM Grand are quite far apart.
Do lots of research and prioritize the things everyone would like to do. Sketch out a schedule to do things that are near each other to Minimize walking time and avoid backtracking. If you plan to do any shows, look at what is available ahead of time and consider purchasing ticket before you go. The Cirque de Soleil shows are awesome. I have not seen Celine Dions show, but it has been voted as one of the best.

A Grand Canyon trip takes up most of a day. Make sure all of you agree on it ahead of time. There are various companies that do that trip. Some will pick you up at your hotel.

There is also a website on Free Things To Do in Vegas. Take a look.

Enjoy! Vegas is awesome!!
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MGM is huge. You'll be at a busy convention with lots of meetings to attend and people to meet. Your sisters will surely enjoy the hotel facilities. If needed, they could probably find transportation to other hotels/shops on the Strip. I was in Vegas in July and it was HOT and very crowded walking the Strip. Besides, restaurants, shows, and shopping there are interesting museums in Las Vegas. Did you know that there is a Smithsonian Museum nearby? The National Atomic Testing Museum is 2 1/2 miles south of your hotel. My DH and I really enjoyed the tour there.

I've also visited the Grand Canyon in August with my family. When we arrived at mid-day, it was HOT and crowded. Though it was beautiful, we didn't stay as long as I thought we would. It was just like in the "Vacation" movie where Chevy Chase glances at the Canyon and leaves.
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I am overwhelmed at the response to help answer some of my questions! You are all so amazing to give so much of your time to share your knowledge and experiences. THANK YOU so much!!


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Old 12-11-2015, 07:21 PM
 
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Ask away! I was a degenerate gambler who frequented Vegas for ummm the food!

MGM is nice but make sure there is NO fight that week/weekend as things get rowdy and crazy. Mail the tourism dept and you can get coupons and free stuff. The CSI experience was kinda fun. Don't fall for those "Hey rate these TV shows and get $50" thing. You sit in a stuffy room and have to press a green button for the things you like on a show and it goes on and on for 3 hours! Not worth it!

Take advantage of the free drinks if you gamble, tip your dealer too if you win.

I thought the Grand Canyon was overrated and the sky walk thing is on the other side of the Canyon (not the main side). Also, bring fluids to drink as it gets quite warm. Watch out for the wild animals too. Don't try to hike to the river in one day. Do send a postcard from the post office there just for fun.

Obligatory photo of my trip to the Grand Canyon

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