(We completely forgot about taking a picture when we arrived...this was the day we left)
(The group Recycled Percussion...Kait was not too thrilled she wasn't looking at the camera)
(inside New York New York...made entirely out of Jelly Beans)
(Outside one of the hotels)
- We didn't stay on the strip so we couldn't just walk out of our hotel and in to the action.
- It was never under 104 there and it was nice to have a car to jump into and drive to the next spot. The AC came on quick.
- Parking was easy to find and always free. Yes, we did have to walk a little bit from the self-park areas, but walking is good for you, even in the heat so it was just fine.
- We could do things according to our agenda and didn't have to wait on public transportation lines or schedules, or get ripped off by cabbies.
- We had freedom to do as we pleased when we pleased.
- It really is very easy to navigate...trust me, if I can do it so can you.
- We wanted the freedom to go to stores or places that were away from the strip.
- Choosing to not eat out every meal saved lots of money. We set aside $50 and went to walmart to buy some things for breakfasts and lunches..mainly wraps, fruit, veggies, cereal, bagels, etc..
- We tended to snack at little deli's and shops throughout the day so if we didn't eat lunch before leaving the hotel, these things tied us over till dinner. I think we only ate at an actual sit down restaurant twice (Hard Rock Cafe and Rainforest Cafe). The only reason we ate at those locations was because of great hunger (Rainforest), and the Hard Rock was the first restaurant they saw(plus she found a 20% off coupon)...I'm sure we could have found some other great ones and even better priced.
- When we arrived, we picked up a visit Las Vegas book and Kait immediately went through and tore out coupons. We also talked to the hostess at the front desk and she scored us some tickets to see Recycled Percussion...3 free tickets. All we had to pay were the taxes. We found several deals of buy one ticket get one ticket free.
- Do your research and you'll find awesome deals.
(I literally got down on the sidewalk to get a picture with the Eiffel Tower in it)
That first night we decided to be brave and drive down the strip...that may not seem brave to you, but to me, it was VERY brave...I mean it was after dark, I'd never been on the strip and I was driving AND wanting to see the sights (which isn't entirely possible). We did it...Kait took pics and video and we had a really fun time. Windows down, music playing, camera flash flashing...oops, sorry people all around us..(C:
Kait is Miss Organized so when we returned to the hotel she laid out the plan for the week...this was after all her trip so I let her run with it. I was the driver and photographer, she was the planner.
The first morning we decided to head to the resorts pool (smaller than the pictures showed but still nice). This was actually the only time we made it to the pool. I was surprised at how early people had cans of beer or other alcohol in their hands. After about an hour we headed back to the room to change, eat something and head to the strip. Now that I think about it, I'm not sure what we did when and what day. One key was to not try and do the strip in one day. We broke it up in two day chunks, knowing what events or activities we wanted to do and saw that chunk of the strip on that day. When they say the blocks are long, they aren't kidding. On Tuesday we did A LOT of walking...we underestimated the distance between two places, but we were fine...we took advantage of walking through hotels to get cooled off before heading back outside...our feet sure were sore though by the end of the day (we did not wear appropriate walking shoes).
(These were made of blown glass..the artist is a NW native..Conservatory at Bellagio)
The hotels are spectacular with their architecture and individual uniqueness. Each one had it's own mini-mall and most of the times there weren't too many repeats of shops. We spent a lot of time just enjoying the scenery. Yes, you usually have to walk through the casino's to get anywhere but it was fine. We were impressed with how clean everything was, and because we did most of our stuff during the day and mid-evening it wasn't very "smoky" or "trashy". We did realize that there were a few things we did miss seeing but that was okay, they weren't the majors.
Here are some of the things we did:
- Recycled Percussion show! Highly recommend.Google them to watch some video.
- Rode to the top of the Eiffel Tower. This was cool, but $18.00. You can stay on top for as long as you like and the view is pretty.
- Girls rode the roller coaster at New York New York and said it was pretty good.
- We did the CSI experience at MGM. That was fun. We were given a case to solve.
- The Shark Reef Aquarium at Mandalay Bay. This was neat but not very long for the money.
- There are several free things to see at each hotel. We didn't get to many of them because of time, but I think they're well worth looking in to.
- The Conservatory at The Bellagio is beautiful. They feature Blown Glass art by Chihuly, a NW artist.
- The girls got Henna Tattoos which was fun for them.
- We bought Ethel M.'s chocolates (which are amazing)at the Fashion Mall.
- The Fountain show at the Bellagio is beautiful.
- The Coke store and the M & M store are a lot of fun.
There really is so much to do and see. We had an agenda but just enjoyed ourselves and didn't let ourselves feel rushed. I'll post a few pictures and if you have any specific questions just comment. I can't remember everything.
One thing I'll say is....I'm so glad I live in the Pacific Northwest. It was so nice to return to beautiful green landscaping!
With Joy UNquenchable,
(At the top of the Eiffel Tower)
With Joy UNquenchable,