Saturday, March 16, 2013

Mini Vacation Trip To Vegas - Day 2

If you are looking for Day 1, click here!

Day 2 we woke up around 8 and got ready. We went to the hotel marketplace where they had a lot of options for breakfast. Jeremy and I both had the biscuits and gravy, which was very yummy! 

 We only had a couple of hours until our timeshare presentation at 10am so we just lounged in our room after breakfast until then. I won't bore you with the details of the timeshare presentation but it lasted a good 2.5 hours, well after our lunchtime! And no, we didn't not buy a timeshare.  

After the timeshare presentation we walked over to Circus Circus and ate at Rock and Ritas again (it was THAT good). After lunch we walked outside to where the open top bus tours leave from. I would highly recommend doing this. There are two bus lines, red and blue, and each one goes to different parts. The cost for a 24 hour pass for 2 people was about $70 and you can ride either bus lines. We didn't get to the blue one but next time we will! 

The red bus line takes you around the casinos and has a tour guide talking about the history of Vegas, the casinos, and the future plans. Our first tour guide was kind of loud and annoying, but luckily we didn't stay on that bus for long.

We didn't realize it when we started the tour, but the bus doesn't stop at every casino. It makes periodic stops and you can get off to explore or get back on if you are done walking. We got off by the new Hilton holtel that was the Aria hotel, near Planet Hollywood. I was adamant about wanting to see the Hard Rock Hotel and that was the closest stop. It was about a mile walk from where we got off to the Hard Rock Hotel. It was worth it. I got my t-shirt (I collect hard rock shirts from places I've been). 


By the time we got back to the bus, it was getting dark. We got really lucky and caught the very last bus of the evening. This bus took us all the way to the end of the strip where the "Welcome to Las Vegas" sign is.


We couldn't get off the bus to take any pictures because there was a quite large wedding party. Not my ideal spot for a wedding but hey, whatever floats your boat!

Next we drove past the wedding chapels. Surprise! Another wedding was happening!

We didn't get a chance to stop at any of the wedding chapels. Maybe next time!
The bus started to make it's way back to the other end of the strip, and it was so cool because all of the hotels and casinos were lighting up since it was getting dark. 




The Luxor was one of my favorites. It has the hieroglyphics copied from King Tut's tomb on the sides. The light shooting out from the top of the pyramid can be seen as far away as Los Angeles! 



The New York New York was also very pretty when it was lit up. It's a toss up on if we would stay here, or stay at the Luxor the next time we visit. We didn't get to go into either of them while we were there, just drove by on the bus.


       


The MGM Grand was just meh in this picture. We didn't realize how pretty it was until we were flying out Saturday night. When it is lit up fully, it is emerald green. Like in the Wizard of Oz. It was stunning. I unfortunately didn't get a photo since when we were taking off we had to have our electronics off. 





What's this? A Hard Rock Cafe less than a quarter mile from one of the bus stops? DOH! We walked 2 miles to and from the hotel when we could have just gone to the cafe on the strip. I say it was still worth it. Jeremy would tell you a different story!


 This was an interesting building. It is going to be demolished soon since it wasn't built with the proper materials. It will be neat to see what goes there in it's place.



 Harley Davidson!



Lady Gaga stays at the Cosmopolitan. Fun fact: The employees at that hotel were protesting because the Cosmopolitan is not unionized. 


The Flamingo! I loved how the entrance looked when it was lit up. 


Wynn and Encore. Wynn has the only ferrari dealership in all the casinos. You have to pay $10 to get in to even look at them.  




Finally the tour ended back at Circus Circus. We walked over to the mall area and after much debating on where to eat, we settled on Stripburger.


The nacho fries were outstanding. Highly recommend! 


After our dinner we went over to Circus Circus and won some money! Let me rephrase, I won some money. Jeremy lost.

4 comments:

  1. I would LOVE to go to Vegas someday! It looks like you guys had such great time!

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    1. It was very fun! It was our first time going and I will definitely go back again. You should try to go!

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  2. awesome pics. Vegas' as colorful and fun as always..

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