Monday, January 4, 2010
The trip; Vegas
So after visiting the Grand Canyon, we headed the 4 hours to Vegas. We were scheduled to arrive around 5pm but got hung up near the Hoover Dam. Little did we know the awful traffic was simply due to gawkers. I also didn't know the road goes directly over the Hoover Dam and it's only a 2 lane road. It took a little over an hour to get past all that mess. Then we realized we were driving into Pacific time so we'd still get into Vegas at 5 after all!
We check into our hotel, Circus Circus, get a free upgrade to a nicer room (due to a dead door) and decide to peruse the strip in search of food and what-not. I was very grateful for the upgrade because our first room was situated in the "Manor", which is tucked behind the main casino/hotel and it was sketch-ville! We called the front desk to explain that the lights on our door wouldn't even blink and they offered right away to upgrade us at no extra cost. We were going to only be there for a day and a half so we wanted to see all we could see
We popped into most of the casinos along the strip but of course, missed a few. Here is the famous ceiling at The Bellagio
New Years Eve was the most ridiculous experience of my life! I've never seen so many people in one spot. The fireworks we saw were amazing! They were going on at several hotels along the strip. We watched them from in front of Caesar's Palace. I highly recommend being here one year for New Years Eve! It's an experience in its' own
Below is New York New York, which is where we saw the Cirque du Soleil show, Zumanity on New Years Day. This was an incredible show! It is an R-rated version of Cirque. The performance was amazing, as usual, but this was definitely the best I'd seen
the picture below is a cake in a small bakery on the strip...there were several more like this
The Excalibur. didn't actually go into this one but just checked it out from the outside
The Luxor; again, didn't go inside but walked around the outside
One of the best parts of the trip; the fountains at The Bellagio. There were several songs we heard and each show is choreographed to the particular song. The ones I remember were "This Kiss" by Faith Hill, some Andrea Boccelli songs, "Luck be a lady", and "Ecstasy of Gold" which was the best of them all!
Here is a video of the fountains
I have many more photos that are located on Facebook, if interested I can send a link. I simply have too many photos to upload on here. It was an incredible trip and I'm a little sad to be home. We drove 1200 miles in all, and visited 4 different states. Alex and I are already anxiously thinking about our next destination. We know Vegas will definitely be in our future at some point again...hopefully getting to visit for more than a day and a half.
Lastly, I was going to upload a video of the volcano that erupts every hour at The Mirage but it doesn't seem to be working anymore