Thursday, August 2, 2012

Vegas - Day Four


You can catch up and read about our first three days here:

We didn't have to be at the airport until late Sunday afternoon, so we were able to enjoy that morning and afternoon exploring a little bit more.  We got ready that morning and headed towards the "old downtown" part of Vegas.  We mainly spent our time eating breakfast and playing a few games at The Golden Nugget.  It was neat to see during the day, but the next time we visit I want to make sure to go at night to see the canopy of lights.  Here are a few pictures from that morning...



We made our way back to the strip and stopped for a snack at Serendipity 3 outside of Ceasars Palace.  I got the frozen hot chocolate and it was sooooo good!  Lindsey and Wes shared nachos and those looked pretty dang good too!



Before we knew it, our trip was coming to an end and we had to catch a shuttle back to the airport.

It was such a fun trip and i'm so glad we went!  I had several people tell me that we wouldn't get to see everything we wanted to and they were definitely right.  There is SO much to see and do that it's impossible to do everything.  I can't wait to go back and finish where we left off!

Here are some tips to remember if you are planning on vacationing in Las Vegas any time soon:

1. Bring comfortable shoes.  Flip flops won't do, your feet will be killing you.  You walk everywhere.  I kind of wish I had worn a pedometer to keep up with how many miles we walked - I'm sure it was insane!  I might have to do some training before our next trip b/c i'm used to sitting at a desk all day not walking a marathon haha!

2. If your vacation package offers a "free" tour of the Hoover Dam, check into it a little more before you commit.  We purchased a vacation package through Southwest and it included one of these free tours.  Well, it IS free, but it's also a ploy to get you to spend time at some casino resort.  I called and asked the itinerary for the tour and the lady told me that 20 minutes would be spent at the Hoover Dam and 6 HOURS would be spent at a casino.  Needless to say, we cancelled.  Brad and I definitely want to rent a car and drive to the Hoover Dam next go round.

3. If you are hoping to stay within a budget try to plan as much as you can ahead of time.  Look at menus online of places you might want to eat, etc.  We didn't really go with a budget in mind and it's VERY easy spend a lot of money b/c everything is kind of expensive.  

4. I think buying monorail passes is worth it.  I think a pass for two for 24 hours is $24 or a three day pass is $28/each.  Trust me, your feet will thank you!  Also, try to stay at a hotel with a monorail stop.  Thank goodness ours did and we just had to walk out the back of the hotel and there it was.

5. Bring sunscreen.  If you burn easily, like myself, you will be glad you brought some!

I hope y'all enjoyed reading a little bit about our vacation.  My next big vacay is to New York this November.  I have been twice before, but I'm going with my mom and she has never been, so I'm looking forward to it!  Also, if you have any tips or must see places/things to do while in NYC, shoot me an e-mail and let me know!


2 comments:

  1. We've only been to "old downtown" at night. It is definitely worth checking out at night next time. The light show is really good. Yall were able to do a lot while yall were there! We've been several times and now you've just made me want to go back. I'm super jealous of your upcoming NY trip. We've been once and I fell in LOVE!

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  2. sounds like a good time! I love Vegas. It's definitely fun :) and the Hoover Dam is pretty cool... you have to take the tour when you go again!

    have a lovely day :)

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