I have written this post about my trip to Vegas in my head a bunch of times since I got home. It’s hard to sum up 4 days in a single post with handful of pictures but that time has come and I’ve got to get it out there. In a word, it was FUN. Sure, it’s expensive (although airfare and hotel rates are cheap right now), and it’s overwhelming and exhausting, but it’s just a great place to visit. I think my stepdaughter Jessica and I managed to find the right balance between sightseeing and relaxing, though.
We got there Sunday and we were exhausted. We’d been up since 4:30 am to catch our plane and traveling is exhausting even without a time change. We basically checked out our hotel, The Mirage, had something to eat, walked around for 30 minutes, and crashed.
Monday morning, though, we hit the strip with determination to see as much as we could. We covered MGM Grand, Excalibur, The Luxor, Mandalay Bay and the Shark Reef, New York New York, Planet Hollywood and the Miracle Mile Shops and Paris. The hotels are beautiful and each has it’s own theme to entice you to pick that one. In the afternoon we hung out at an outdoor bar at our hotel and we spent the evening at Margaritaville.
After all that walking Tuesday was a great day to spend at the pool at The Mirage. It’s a gorgeous spot and the weather was warm and sunny. The outside cafe was closed but the bar was open and we enjoyed several hours relaxing there. It was the perfect way to prepare for a wonderful dinner – Kahunaville – and show – Cirque du Soleil’s Mystere. The show was worth every penny and I’m so glad we picked that one.
Wednesday was our last full day and we tried to fit in everything we hadn’t seen yet. We went to the breakfast buffet in our hotel and then visited The Venetian and Madame Tussaud’s Wax Museum, Caesar’s Palace and the Flamingo, we saw the fountain show at The Bellagio, and we visited Fremont Street for the evening light show. My only complaint is that the public transportation isn’t very good. The monorail is fast but hard to get to and it doesn’t stop in many places. The Deuce is convenient but crowded and it takes forever to get anywhere because of all the stops. We learned a few things about all of this that will make it much easier next time.
All too soon it was Thursday morning and time to head home. It was a whirlwind trip, that’s for sure, but I wouldn’t change a thing about it!
Just for the record, while I’ve included a few photos in this post, you can see the whole set over on my flickr page. Hope you take a look.