There's no reason to leave the States for a rocking spring break. For some college students, Vegas is a mere road trip away. But even if you need to spring for a flight, there are plenty of ways to enjoy Vegas on a budget by taking advantage of the deals at hotels, restaurants and even spring-break-specific specials around Sin City.
Where to Stay
A hotel on the infamous Vegas Strip is the best option if you want to be in the middle of all the action. While you may pay a bit more for the location, the amenities are well worth the extra expense. Spring specials at the Hard Rock Hotel can turn up rooms for less than $50 a night. The hotel is known for its class-act concerts and wild pool scene that even includes swim-up blackjack.
There are plenty of inexpensive options off the Strip as well. While they are just a short trip from the center of Sin City, there's plenty of action on-site to keep spring breakers entertained. You can get your fill of hot wings and short-shorts at the Hooters Hotel and Casino. The staff includes over 200 Hooters girls, the largest group in the world, and the girls even serve tableside drinks in the casino. The Wild West Hotel is a Days Inn hotel with basic rooms within walking distance of the Strip.
Where to Eat
Las Vegas is the land of the endless buffet with a dazzling array of chafing dishes catering to every budget and taste. To save some dough, fill up on a breakfast buffet to last you through the afternoon. The Wynn Resort may be beyond the spring-break budget, but even college kids can enjoy the good life at its award-winning buffet. The all-you-can-eat concept goes gourmet here with 16 food stations.
There are great affordable restaurants at even the fanciest hotels. Get a taste of Cancun at T&T, or Tacos and Tequila, the Luxor's casual and fun Mexican joint. Hubert Keller's Burger Bar at Mandalay Bay allows guests to build their own burgers with choice ingredients like Kobe beef, caramelized onions, buttermilk onion rings and even a fried egg.
Where to Party
You'll need to shell out some cash and wait on line at Vegas hot spots like Rain and Ghostbar at the Palms Casino. But you may be rewarded with some hot celebrity sightings. For classic spring-break fun, check out Spring Broke at Rockhouse bar. This self-described "ultra-dive bar" is known for sexy cocktail waitresses and a high-energy dance scene fueled by cheap (by Vegas standards) drinks. Spring Broke is time for beer pong, in addition to the house specialty -- frozen daiquiris in an 80-ounce cup shaped like a guitar.
Get a taste of the tropics and sample one of the 150 different types of rum at Mandalay Bay's rumjungle. The dress code is upscale and the mood is festive with exotic decor and dueling conga drums setting the tone for the wild dance parties.
The trouble with a Vegas spring break is narrowing down your choices for fun. If you're staying at one of the Strip's nicer resorts, you may just spend your days taking in the view of all the beautiful people sunbathing. The action in the casinos is nonstop for high rollers at the gaming tables or any of the town's 200,000-plus slot machines. The shows at Vegas are just as legendary as the casinos. Spice up spring break with some live dancing at the Pussycat Dolls Lounge.
For a real thrill, check out the thrill rides at the Stratosphere including the 866-foot-tall teeter-tooter Xscream, the 4G force of the Big Shot or the dizzying spinning of Insanity. The roller coaster at New York-New York Hotel is packed with loops and dips to simulate an airplane's barrel roll while the NASCAR-inspired Speed--The Ride at the Sahara reaches 70 mph.