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*WINNERS ANNOUNCED* Win 1 of 3 $20.00 Coles/Myer Gift Cards for your best holiday tip for Los Angeles, Las Vegas or New York...

posted 8-10-2011 @ 09:12 PM www

We stayed in New York New York in Vegas and it was a great hotel, huge and very modern, rooms were great.. inside the hotel is modeled like a New York night-time streetscape with eateries like a steakhouse, Irish pub, great diners and Italian/Asian Restaurants...the only negative for us was its about 20-30mins walk thru the strip to hotels like Caesars Palace, the Venetian or the Bellagio, when we were going there to see shows at night. That was ok for us when I realised you don't need to dress in heels to go to a show.

Another tip for a great steak ..we highly recommend The Outback Steakhouse
its on the strip near New York New York its on the second floor of the Coke building (you can't miss the huge 2 storey COKE bottle). The food was amazing so definitely go there...I think Paul Hogan was involved in the design and setup ..its great
posted 8-10-2011 @ 10:12 PM www

We stayed at MGM Signature in Vegas. We privately rented a Penthouse apartment for $1100 for 7 nights. It was AMAZING. The bathroom was bigger than my loungeroom and the hot tub was to die for! We used this for the week of our wedding and couldn't have been happier. - was where I booked from.
posted 9-10-2011 @ 12:37 PM www

Visit the new 'HighLine' on the West side.
It's a park in the sky - what a find!
A derelict railway line now a park,
For the daytime - not the dark!
If you like your Tapas food,
And you're in a cheap mood...
get to El Quinto Pino for a great taste,
You'll have no waste!
Someone else said Century21,
And I agree, it's full of fun.
Clothes so cheap to try,
The poor suitcase will sigh!
posted 10-10-2011 @ 11:38 AM www

A "must-not-miss" experience while in Las Vegas, take the helicopter ride from LV airport to the Grand Canyon, it's mind-blowing. You'll actually get to walk down the GC to the Colorado River, where a boat waits to take you on a trip up the river and back. After getting back to the top, a beautiful lunch is served outdoors and when everyone's finished eating, you go on a tour of a real Indian Reservation. I've done it all, even got the hat, and I wouldn't have missed it for the world.
posted 10-10-2011 @ 09:15 PM www

Las Vegas: The Palazzo Resort is hands down the place to stay. Vegas is actually pretty light on the old wallet, so slinging $150/n for a gorgeous, enormous, luxurious suite is one of the most affordable luxuries you will ever enjoy.

New York: Have a meal at Five Napkin Burger on 9th Ave. Gourmet burger restaurant that blends high ending dinging with a broad appeal of both menu and pricing.

Either way, enjoy your trip! I love the USA! L.A. is crusty, but New York and Vegas are second to none!
posted 11-10-2011 @ 06:08 PM www

So many great suggestions listed here, I feel like going on another holiday!!
Just across the road from where the World Trade Centre used to be is an old church (St Pauls, built 1766). It was not damaged in the 9/11 attack and then became a relief/refuge centre for recovery workers. Lots of photos/memorabila, we found it a very moving experience.
We also enjoyed a horse and carriage ride around Central Park (although my daughter's comment was that it would have been far more romantic if I'd been her boyfriend!!)
Have a wonderful holiday, and congratulations on the win.
posted 11-10-2011 @ 07:18 PM www

Thanks everyone for your suggestions much appreciated, comp closes midnight SA time tonight.

posted 11-10-2011 @ 07:44 PM www

'Gatecrash' an Elvis Wedding in Vegas. If you get the right couple they'll love the fact there's some random Aussies attending, ... and (like us) you might even make the wedding photos. :P
posted 11-10-2011 @ 10:22 PM www

Only have LA suggestions but here are a few that may be of interest depending on what you enjoy.

Despite trying on a couple of trips I am yet to get the timing right to go to The House of Blues Gospel brunch. It is a full southern buffet with a great atmosphere so I have heard. Check House of Blues website for dates.

Breakfast at old Hollywood hotel Chateau Marmont is lovely and well priced.

Drinks at The Skybar gives beautiful view over LA and hotel is very modern LA, atmospheric candlelit pool area with lounges round edge. Night I was there saw Ronan Keating, Brian McFadden, Kyle Sandilands on a boys night out.

I love Mels Diner in Hollywood (as seen in movie American Graffiti movie) real American Diner with duke boxes on tables.

Have done Paramount studio tour and loved all the old Hollywood history. The Warner Bros tour in Burbank was also great and got to sit on the Friends couch!

Cirque du Soliel now doing show at Kodak theatre in Hollywood which is best known as home to the Oscars. I like the tour of the Kodak theatre which gives all the behind the scenes info on the big night. Lots of beautiful photos etc only about 40mins.

If visiting the Hollywood and Highland Centre go online and print out an Elephant Card. This gives discounts on shopping and at the time I travelled I got two for 1 on Kodak tour. If driving in LA this is a cheap place to park for the day. We parked here and then did hop on hop off bus for the day as we stayed at Santa Monica.
Hollywood and Highland Centre has good spot upstairs to view Hollywood sign.

Lots of people stand outside Graumans Chinese theatre but not as many go inside. I did the tour and our guide was full of info on all the Movie stars and the theatre inside is lovely.

Have lunched at The Ivy and enjoyed it but it s hard to get in even with a reservation it becomes time consuming.

Outlet shopping is great but you need lots of time as centers are so huge. I like Santa Monica for shopping and for a bit of Seaside American life. It is outdoor mall shopping with all the usual names but obviously not as cheap as outlets but very pleasant atmosphere. A big Disney store is at one end in the new mall at the end of centre.

We had fun at Bubba Gumps overlooking Santa Monica beach but I guess part of that was due o the movie Forrest Gump.

You will have guessed that I am a movie fan thus my suggestions tied to that.

Griffith observatory was a great place with best view of Hollywood sign, closest you will get, fabulous view of LA at night from observatory and great displays inside.

Have dined at BOA which is very popular with stars and food was gorgeous.

Was advised against going to downtown LA but had a great day there visiting Union station, Olivero Street and touring the Walt Disney Concert Hall which is an amazing structure.

If you are a fan of Pretty Woman the movie then drinks or breakfast at the Beverly Wilshire is a lovely way to spend some time.

The Grove in LA is a great place to shop with a really LA atmosphere and open late into the night. With a dancing fountain and music it is very pleasant.

For makeup, vitamins etc very cheap the CVS or Rite Aid stores are great. Join their loyalty program and you get lots of 2for1deals and things are cheaper. They don't care that you are not local.

I hope one of my tips helps you or someone else here in some way. I love LA and always happy to share some info from what I have learnt from my trips there over the last couple of years. As you can see dining, shopping and movie things are my favourite!

Have a great trip!
posted 11-10-2011 @ 10:34 PM www

Forgot to mention accommodation.

Doubletree at Santa Monica is not on the beach but an enjoyable walk to beach or shopping. Recommend as good for family rather than being right in Hollywood. Easy access up and down coast from here minus traffic.

In Hollywood The Renaissance has fab views and public transport, tours shopping at your door. Comfy beds and rooms.

The Chamberlain in West Hollywood is a boutique hotel that is really comfortable wedged between Santa Monica Boulevarde and Sunset but it feels like you are in suburbia. It has restaurant etc but more low key than Renaissance. Not as good on service but a more boutique experience.
posted 11-10-2011 @ 11:03 PM www

How could I forget...

Get married in Vegas! I did and I would do it all over again! (If you don't want to do it officially you can 'renew your vows' at most places)
posted 12-10-2011 @ 07:03 PM www

Thanks very much for all your wonderful suggestions, I really appreciate everyones contribution :thumbup:

Picking the winners was really difficult as there were so many great entries.
After much agonising and deliberation I chose:

1st: 3littlepigs

2nd: Compcaz37

3rd: Clover


posted 12-10-2011 @ 09:59 PM www

Thanks Lu :D

Enjoy your wonderful trip! Don't forget to tell us all about it!
posted 12-10-2011 @ 10:20 PM www

Congrats to the winners..some great tips there

Have a great trip Lu...We had an amazing time, the shows were awesome,
one final tip although it was hot in Vegas, inside the hotels and Casinos are bring a few light cardigans with you.

Also did I mention that the drinks are free when you are playing in the Casino, either the pokies or the tables...all drinks, beers like bud, miller or wine or spirits you order from the waitress and give her a tip when she returns.

posted 18-10-2011 @ 12:32 PM www

Thanks lu!
Looking forward to hearing all about your trip...make us jealous!

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