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Old June 12 2013, 05:43 PM   #31
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^The only reason I'd go to Vegas is TAM, and even then it would be a challenge. Too much noise and lights and just everything horrible! I had a layover there once, and while it was fun to fly in over the strip at night (which looked like Candyland) even the airport overwhelmed me!
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Old June 12 2013, 05:51 PM   #32
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I've never had any desire to go to Vegas. The weather is unrelenting. I don't have any desire to gamble. The shows aren't my thing and the place is crawling with people behaving at their worst. I wouldn't mind using Vegas as a stepping stone to see Hoover Dam and some of the desrt scenery. I'm sure a highrise view of the city at night would be attractive but its just not enough to get me in plane while simultaneously emptying my bank account.
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Old June 12 2013, 06:03 PM   #33
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^Exactly. I'm happy for people who like it and want to go, but it holds absolutely no appeal for me whatsoever. It is so off-putting, that even though I've always wanted to go to TAM, I don't know if I could handle Vegas!
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Old June 12 2013, 07:31 PM   #34
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Just wanted to post this pic from my trip. Loved it

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Old June 12 2013, 07:50 PM   #35
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When it gets hot, I'm going to put my bathing suit on and douse myself with the garden hose outside. Then I'll sit in the swing till I dry off. And that'll be my "staycation".
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Old June 12 2013, 07:53 PM   #36
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Yes. We (my family and I), will be traveling to Gatlinburg, TN next month.
We did a driving trip with two other families to Gatlinburg when I was young. I have great memories of that trip and I loved Gatlinburg itself. I'd like to go back sometime.

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^Exactly. I'm happy for people who like it and want to go, but it holds absolutely no appeal for me whatsoever. It is so off-putting, that even though I've always wanted to go to TAM, I don't know if I could handle Vegas!
I'm not sure why I love Vegas so much, but my parents first took us there when I was in 6th grade and I've loved it ever since. I don't like gambling and I'm not hugely into drinking or clubs or anything flashy, but I still really love the city. I do enjoy the shows, the food, the shopping, the themed hotels, the lights of the strip, and of course, the people-watching. I can understand why it's not for everyone though.

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Your trip sounded really awesome, and I'm glad you had such a good time. It was definitely a unique experience.
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Old June 12 2013, 08:19 PM   #37
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Yes, Kestra. It was an awesome experience, and it actually gave me more of an appreciation for what's around me. Would I do it again? Hell yes. In fact, we're already thinking of doing it again in roughly 2 years. Santa Barbara is beautiful. I miss it already. The 1 week we spent there didn't seem nearly enough, but we had a long road ahead of us.
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Old June 12 2013, 08:27 PM   #38
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For those interested, Southwest Airlines has a special Las Vegas vacation package:

http://www.southwestvacations.com/De...code=VIVAVEGAS

It's only good for late August and September, and I'm still debating whether or not to go. I haven't been there since 2010 and would surely like to see the new resorts (ARIA, Cosmopolitan).
I've visited Vegas three times since 2008. It's fun, but the more I've gone, the less interested I've become. One primary reason to visit is to see a friend who lives out there. The spectacle of the casinos, the lights, the sounds, the shows, etc. is all fun... at first. But ultimately, the place is all flash and very little substance. I am not sure that I am going to rush back anytime soon.
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Old June 12 2013, 08:57 PM   #39
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Speaking of Vegas, we went through there on St. Patrick's Day, and was it ever rowdy. The streets were in full-on party mode. Must have been quite amusing for them to see a vehicle bumbling along with a 13' trailer.
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Old June 12 2013, 10:57 PM   #40
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^^ That was a fantastic picture. I'd love to do the rounds of the National Parks.

I've been to Las Vegas once, on my way to the Grand Canyon. Basically, the cheapest way to get to the canyon was to fly to Vegas and drive across the desert. Everything in Vegas is pretty cheap. I stayed one night, visited the casino, took a look around-- I didn't get to see any shows. It looked great at night, but was bleak in the daytime. And it was hot-- 80-something degrees at midnight the night I arrived.
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Old June 12 2013, 11:38 PM   #41
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The only thing that would've drawn me to Vegas was the Star Trek Experience thing, and that's not there any more. Oh well.

Spent a weekend in Boston in March. It was mostly for a chordoma conference, but I did get to walk around Beacon Hill and go to the Museum of Fine Arts.

I'm hoping to visit friends and family in upstate NY for a few days in August (unfortunately the same weekend as Shore Leave), but that's probably it for this year.

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Gorgeous!

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Old June 13 2013, 12:33 AM   #42
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My dad took me to Vegas for my 21st birthday. The best memories I have of that time was the food, the neon, and the shows. Did hardly any gambling.
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Old June 13 2013, 03:54 AM   #43
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I'm not a gambler and have zero interest in the casinos, but that hasn't stopped me from visiting Vegas three times. There are plenty of things to see and do in Sin City. If you like dining, there are all kinds of restaurants for every taste. I've been to three buffet restaurants and a dozen other cafés, bars, and bistros. If you like shopping, there are all kinds of places for bargain hunters, as well as world-class stores and boutiques.

And I would say 90% of the good stuff is entertainment. I've been only to one show and would surely love to see more--Criss Angel, Kaa, Mystere, etc. The last trip I had with my brother three years ago was by far the best, being my first time to see an adult-oriented show at the Flamingo. I've also done the ST Experience at the Hilton. I've gone to Madam Tussaud's wax museum, which is just one of hundreds of attractions along the Strip.

The weather is excruciatingly hot in August, which is the cheapest month for me to go, but it's well worth it. There's more to Las Vegas than just casino chips and slot machines.
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Old June 13 2013, 03:59 AM   #44
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Just wanted to post this pic from my trip. Loved it

Did you toast any marsh melons?
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Old June 13 2013, 04:34 AM   #45
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Marshmellows you mean? We didn't camp outdoors, unfortunately.
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