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Take a guys’ getaway to Barrett-Jackson in Las Vegas

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Barrett-Jackson has long been lauded as one of the best organizers of car shows in North America. Their events attract thousands of auto enthusiasts from around the world, and the Las Vegas show, September 26-28, 2013, is arguably the most exciting option. Car guys can get their fill of classic cars and even bid on ones they would like to take home. It's also a great bonding experience, so call your up your old friends and plan a getaway.

Getting Tickets

You can buy tickets for each of the three days of the car show separately, or you can buy a ticket that will give you access all three days. If you're traveling from outside Vegas and planning a weekend with the guys, you'd probably be better off buying the three-day ticket. That way, you can enjoy as much of the car show as possible before heading home.

Veterans and seniors enjoy discounted tickets to Barrett-Jackson, and if your kids are tagging along with you, they can get in for just over half price. Consider booking tickets for everyone in your party at the same time. It will eliminate confusion.

Where to Stay

The Barrett-Jackson Car Show is held at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, which is right on the strip. You might want to stay in a nearby hotel so you are close to the action, especially since the show starts at 8 a.m. each of the three days.

The Mandalay Bay Resort is one option, though the rooms here will fill up fast since it's the same venue as the car show. If you want to save a few bucks, consider moving a few blocks of the strip to hotels like the Hard Rock Hotel on Paradise.

Where to Eat

Las Vegas might have gambling, great car shows, and other spectacular entertainment, but it is just as well-known for its fine selection of restaurants. The Barrett-Jackson Car Show offers plenty of food choices through on-site vendors, but you can also venture out into the city to satisfy your appetite.

Vegas Magazine recommends Bottles & Burgers, Five Guys, and Holsteins Shakes and Buns if you're in the mood for a burger, while Las Vegas Weekly suggests Craftsteak at the MGM Grand if you'd prefer a hearty steak. Hit Firefly if you're craving tapas, and stop at Settebello Pizzeria for a slice in between car show events.

You will probably see amazing cars just about everywhere you look while you're in town, so keep your eyes peeled while moving from one place to another in the city. And if you have a few spare hours during your trip, take in the Las Vegas Car Museum for even more automotive entertainment.

Content by Steve Thompson.