Trip Coach: September 25, 2007
Bob Sehlinger, author of 'The Unofficial Guide to Las Vegas,' answered your questions on Sin City.
Imissoula, Mont.: Regarding Las Vegas, I am coming in for a seminar at the MGM Grand in a couple of weeks. Should I stay there and if so, how should I go about it? If not there, then where and how since I don't want to drive while I am there. I haven't been to Vegas in 20-plus years, so I am a bit out of it. I will be there three or four days in October.
Bob Sehlinger: I'd recommend staying at the MGM Grand if it fits your budget. If you're looking for a less expensive room, try the Tropicana or Hooters, both located across the street from the MGM Grand.
Tampa, Fla.: Is it possible to get any deals for accommodations and/or entertainment over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend?
Bob Sehlinger: There's always deals. Check out lasvegasadvisor.com, a great independent site that lists deals.
Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada: Hi! A friend and I are going to be in Las Vegas at the end of November. Is there anything museum-ish going on then?
Bob Sehlinger: Try the Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art or the Guggenheim Hermitage Museum at the Venetian. Two of my personal favorites are the Bodies Exhibition at the Tropicana (looks gross but isn't) and the Atomic Energy Museum at 755 E. Flamingo. Here you can hunker down in a bunker for a simulated nuclear bomb test detonation.
Cedar Rapids, Iowa: Can you recommend a reasonably priced hotel with a pool that is clean, safe and located off the 'strip' but fairly close to the entertainment?
Bob Sehlinger: On the Strip, try the Sahara, Circus Circus, and Casino Royal. Just off the Strip, Hooters is usually a good buy.
Brunswick, Maine: Why are the hotel prices so high on the weekends? I thought there was a surplus of hotel rooms.
Bob Sehlinger: In a word (OK two words) Southern California. Every weekend tens of thousands of Southern Californians head for Las Vegas. Also big sporting events, concerts, and other special entertainment is primarily scheduled for the weekend.
Richmond, Va.: We are combining the Grand Canyon with Las Vegas the week of Dec. 15th, 2007 and plan to take the overnight mule trip down the canyon. What's the weather like?
Bob Sehlinger: You should be prepared for just about anything. The weather is all over the map in December. Average high temperature on the Canyon rim is about 50 degrees. Average low at river level is around 33 degrees.
Ventura, Calif.: Regarding Las Vegas (Sin City), there are many of us attractive single senior ladies (perhaps men also) who would enjoy going to visit more ofter if we knew which is the best place to stay at with people in our age range. It would be nice to know a spot that has dancing and entertainment where one can mingle and enjoy ourselves. Also it would be nice to be able to get rooms at a single rate rather then double occupancies. Believe me there is a need to know and there is a demand for this type of information especially when we have the time to travel and enjoy life! Do consider this question. Many thanks.
Bob Sehlinger: There's really not a place that matches your description perfectly, but Harrah's, the Flamingo, and the Tropicana come close. Off the Strip, consider Sam's Town and the Gold Coast. Regarding rooms, most rates are the same in Las Vegas for single occupancy as for double occupancy.
Bensalem, Pa.: I will be traveling to Las Vegas in December. I seem to remember someone telling me about a place in Vegas to purchase same day show tickets for half price. This would be similar to TKTS in New York. Do you have any information on this? Thank you.
Bob Sehlinger: There are 2 half-price ticket outlets, Tickets2Nite and Tix4Tonight with several locations around LV. You have to buy tickets the day of the show and tickets for the big shows like the Cirque du Soleil productions are rarely available, but otherwise there's a pretty good selection.
Holden Beach, N.C.: Bob, my husband and I are planning to renew our wedding vows in Las Vegas next September 21. It will be our 40th anniversary and we are hoping to have a fun time with our family and friends. We're not looking for any thing serious; in fact we are considering an Elvis ceremony. About 20 people will be joining us and we'd like to have a cocktail party after the big event. We would also like to get a block of tickets for O and Bette Midler. Since we've never been to Las Vegas, we are at a loss as to where to begin our planning. We would appreciate any advice you could give us.