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#1 Belle

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Posted 03 November 2011 - 10:11 PM

I'm hoping to take a 3 night vacation with my husband alone, without my baby. The options I'm considering are Washington, DC and Vegas. They're very different, and I'm trying to pick one over the other.

I'd prefer D.C. (never been there, nor has my husband), but I know my husband would be thrilled if I surprised him and flew us to Vegas. (If you're a FB friend of mine, kindly don't post anything there about this.) I'm pretty ambivalent, I don't mind doing Vegas.

Are there any glaring differences that I should consider? Aside from the fact that Vegas will cost more because of flights and shows and stuff.
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Posted 03 November 2011 - 11:14 PM

I'm hoping to take a 3 night vacation with my husband alone, without my baby. The options I'm considering are Washington, DC and Vegas. They're very different, and I'm trying to pick one over the other.

I'd prefer D.C. (never been there, nor has my husband), but I know my husband would be thrilled if I surprised him and flew us to Vegas. (If you're a FB friend of mine, kindly don't post anything there about this.) I'm pretty ambivalent, I don't mind doing Vegas.

Are there any glaring differences that I should consider? Aside from the fact that Vegas will cost more because of flights and shows and stuff.


Vegas will cost more because of gambling. And if you're not going to gamble, it's definitely not worth it.

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Posted 03 November 2011 - 11:35 PM

Depends what you like. Vegas is very close to some of the most fantastic scenery on the planet.

And no, I'm not talking about the showgirls.

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Posted 04 November 2011 - 12:17 AM

DC has great museums---most charging no admission.

Vegas has gambling and shows. Also, the hotels themselves with their outrageous designs are something to see. When I went to Las Vegas in April, 2003, it was part of a 1 week trip. I also passed by the Hoover Dam, took a day trip to the Ring of Fire State Park, and then headed over to see the Grand Canyon, Bryce and Zion National Parks. I presume these are among the attractions Starwolf was alluding to.

With a week, I'd go to Las Vegas and see those other attractions not so far from there. With three days, I think DC is more manageable.

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Posted 04 November 2011 - 12:26 AM

I presume these are among the attractions Starwolf was alluding to.


naaah,--I meant the legal prostitution right outside of town.

of course, you can see legal prostitution in DC too. Visit the Capitol and various Senate and Congressional office buildings.

Of course, the hookers in Vegas are much better looking....

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Posted 04 November 2011 - 07:50 AM

Each place has a very different tone. Vegas is like being in Times Square all the time, DC seemed more leisurely to me.
One difference is kosher food. If you want to eat out in Vegas you'll need to rent a car or pick a hotel on the strip closest to a restaurant. In DC you can take public transportation or you will have your car there already because you drove there.
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Posted 04 November 2011 - 07:50 AM

Those trips are completely different. Vegas is fun if you like to party, gamble, or see shows. Everything is over the top. DC is more low-key, tons of museums and historical attractions. Neither is very romantic IMO...

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Posted 04 November 2011 - 08:05 AM

We're not big gamblers. I don't believe that Vegas is worthless unless we're going to gamble. Surely there are other attractions there.

Depends what you like. Vegas is very close to some of the most fantastic scenery on the planet.


I'd love to see some of those spots, but they're probably long drives out, and I only have 3 days or so...

I know they're very different. I'm not looking for romance, I don't believe certain destinations are inherently "romantic," you need to bring the romance yourselves.

Thanks for the tips.
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Posted 04 November 2011 - 08:05 AM

Those trips are completely different. Vegas is fun if you like to party, gamble, or see shows. Everything is over the top. DC is more low-key, tons of museums and historical attractions. Neither is very romantic IMO...

If it's romance you want. the Grand Canyon at sunset is hard to beat.

Fly into Vegas, book an overnight at a place there.....

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Posted 04 November 2011 - 10:31 AM

Vegas is a million times more fun than DC. I guess you can say DC is cultural, but there's really nothing to do other than museums, not that there's anything wrong with museums.

Vegas is a lot better though in the hotter months when you can use all of the amazing pools.

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Posted 04 November 2011 - 10:33 AM

Vegas is a million times more fun than DC. I guess you can say DC is cultural, but there's really nothing to do other than museums, not that there's anything wrong with museums.

Vegas is a lot better though in the hotter months when you can use all of the amazing pools.


what's the weather like in late november in Vegas? DC is also nicer in the spring.
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Posted 04 November 2011 - 10:36 AM

what's the weather like in late november in Vegas? DC is also nicer in the spring.

50s most likely. DC is nicer in spring but you're more likely to spend your time in DC indoors

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Posted 04 November 2011 - 10:40 AM

50s most likely. DC is nicer in spring but you're more likely to spend your time in DC indoors


True.

50's is good enough for me for Vegas, I hate the heat. I know, ain't I exciting :biggrin:
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Posted 04 November 2011 - 10:45 AM

True. 50's is good enough for me for Vegas, I hate the heat. I know, ain't I exciting :biggrin:

Vegas is better for shopping (I assume women like that kind of thing).
Also it's very easy to take a 1/2 day trip to Hoover Dam and if you make it a full day trip to Grand Canyon.
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Posted 04 November 2011 - 10:53 AM

Vegas is better for shopping (I assume women like that kind of thing).


more like my husband, he's a shopper.

Also it's very easy to take a 1/2 day trip to Hoover Dam and if you make it a full day trip to Grand Canyon.


It's an idea. Especially if the shows and stuff are in the evenings, I can do a day trip.

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wth is that?
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Posted 04 November 2011 - 11:10 AM

Vegas is like a grown-up amusement park and frankly, pretty tedious after the first hour, and the shows are not that impressive if you've been to a Broadway show. DC is far more interesting with a wide variety of museums to see from cultural, artist, and historic to fun.

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Posted 04 November 2011 - 11:12 AM

Vegas is like a grown-up amusement park and frankly, pretty tedious after the first hour, and the shows are not that impressive if you've been to a Broadway show. DC is far more interesting with a wide variety of museums to see from cultural, artist, and historic to fun.

you sound like an 80 year old

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Posted 04 November 2011 - 11:17 AM

you sound like an 80 year old

And you sound boring. So we're even.

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Posted 04 November 2011 - 11:19 AM

And you sound boring. So we're even.

owchie. What museums in DC do you like? I've only really been to the Smithsonian ones (the main ones).

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Posted 04 November 2011 - 11:30 AM

owchie. What museums in DC do you like? I've only really been to the Smithsonian ones (the main ones).

I can't name any off the top of my head. It's been years since I was there. But I went a few times and I always remember enjoying it. I went to Vegas once and have no desire to go back.




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