As I mentioned in yesterday’s post, we stayed in Las Vegas for nearly a week during our road trip. Although we had a few adventures near the end of our stay, for the most part it was uneventful, though fun!
Thanks to obsessive priceline-ing the entire trip, we were able to get a great deal on a hotel which meant that we got to stay in The Venetian and have the “real” Vegas experience for my first time there!
Obviously the hotel was amazing – for those of you who have never been there, The Venetian is designed to look just like Venice, Italy – complete with waterways filled with Gondolas weaving through the hotel. The ceilings were all painted with beautiful frescos, and storefronts were given facades to recreate the Italian city. It was so big, we stayed for five days and didn’t even manage to see the entire thing! But we did do a lot of exploring, enjoyed the delicious – but ridiculously expensive – food and drinks, and caught some d’s by the pool.
For the first few days – before our (mis)adventures – we enjoyed ourselves by being the ultimate tourists. We walked around Vegas and saw several of the well-known hotels, such as The Bellagio (and it’s famous fountains), The Mirage, and Caesars Palace. We ate at Mon Ami Gabi at The Paris, which is the same restaurant Captain America, his mom, and grandma ate at while they were there. We explored Madame Toussaud’s Wax Museum, and bought a billion souvenirs. Somehow we managed not to melt in the 100+ degree heat (not something us Oregonians are used to! At least we were back home before the deadly heat wave hit). However my shoes didn’t hold up quite as well, and after walking many blocks I returned to our hotel to discover I had destroyed a pair of heels I’d owned since middle school on our first day out!!
Of course, we also had to catch a show. Las Vegas is well known for attracting all of the best acts, and the performances are spectacular to say the least. Although he’d already seen it, Captain America indulged my love for The Beatles by, well, getting us tickets to The Beatles Love! The seats were amazing, and it was truly a once in a lifetime experience. We managed to get seats that placed us right in the front, up against the stage. We were literally so close that as props scattered, some even fell in our laps! And the performers waved and winked to us as they went by. I would be lying if I said it wasn’t one of – if not the – most beautiful thing(s) I’ve ever seen. I cried through much of it.
To cap off our Vegas experience, the day we left we made one more tourist stop on our way out of town. Being an avid fan of The History Channel show Pawn Stars, I informed Captain America that there was no way I could go to Vegas and not go to the shop! It’s only the most famous pawn shop in the world. Not only that, but when you have the chance to go someplace you see on TV, you have to jump at it, if only so that you can sit at home later and squeal “I’ve been there!!” whenever it comes on (which I have already done several times since being back).
All in all, my first trip to Las Vegas was actually a lot more fun than I anticipated. Not to sound too stereotypical or anything, but I was expecting it to be kinda sleazy…And I wasn’t totally disappointed – my favorite game quickly became “Stripper…or Tourist?” (it’s surprisingly hard to tell the difference). But other than that, and the ridiculous amount people who brought their children to the strip in the middle of the night (seriously, who does that?), and the oddly high number of pregnant women walking around in the heat (I would die), Vegas is actually a pretty classy place! And we’re already looking forward to a second trip together sometime in the near future. If you haven’t ever had the chance to go, and you get one, don’t hesitate to take it! You won’t regret it.
Have you ever been to Las Vegas? What was your favorite part? What was your least favorite part? Which is your favorite hotel? Did you catch a show? Which one?
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