How Dry I Am

Posted: October 7, 2007 in General, Vacation

Cara, Reneé, Ben and I just returned from a short Vegas vacation today. Overall we had a lot of fun, even if our feet are sore. There’s not much relaxing to be done in Vegas, and if you want to see the sights, you do a lot of walking (I’m not sure if we walked more in NYC or Vegas). We saw a lot, but missed so much, that we could have easily been there for twice as long and still not gotten everything in.

We left work a tad early on Wed and caught a 6PM flight to Vegas. Of course between the time changes and waiting in line to check in at the hotel, we didn’t actually hit the sack until 1:30AM (Vegas time, which is 4:30AM Hartford time). We stayed at the Stratosphere hotel which may be the cheapest hotel on the strip (although it’s barely on the strip). If you go to Vegas I would recommend you avoid it, your feet will thank you. Our first stop was to take the elevator up to the top of the Stratosphere tower (the tallest structure in Vegas) and look around. Something that strikes me about Vegas is the city is such an ironic mix of buildings. You’ll have cheap hole-in-the-wall shops next door to million dollar hotels, this is readily apparent looking down from the top of the Stratosphere.

From the Stratosphere we hopped on “The Deuce” (a public bus that travels the strip) and began wandering, stepping into many hotels just to see what it’s all about. We looked at the Venetian, Paris, New York, New York, and the MGM Grand. Then we headed over to the Bellagio to see Cirque du Soleil’s “O” (which was a little disappointing, I think I would have preferred “Ka”). After the show we headed home and climbed into bed late.

Our second day we decided to skip “The Deuce” and opted instead for the monorail (which was a good move). We started by going to Star Trek at the Hilton (which also was a little disappointing), then on to the shark reef at Mandalay Bay.

On our third and last day we tried to do those remaining things we went to Madame Tussauds wax museum (and got much better pictures than those in NYC), checked out the exotic [sic] cars at Caesars Palace (skip this, it’s not worth is), and the car museum at Imperial Palace (this was much better). Lastly we went over to the Mirage and saw the Dolphins and wildlife habitat.

That was about all we could fit into our vacation, and we returned to the airport and we (Cara and I) hopped on our 12:55AM flight back home. We arrived home around 1PM, tired (since we’d been up for about 30 hours with very little sleep).

For next time:

Things we didn’t do, that we wished we could have: Go to the amusement park at Circus Circus, ride the roller coaster at New York, New York, and visit downtown Vegas (and Fremont Street). It would have been nice to rent a car and drive to Hoover Dam, or other sights near Vegas (perhaps even the Grand Canyon). The flight arrangements out were great (leave late on the day before, sleep off the “travel” and wake refreshed and ready to go). The flight arrangements back weren’t good (it would have been better to leave at 10AM the next morning). Finding a hotel close to a monorail station would have been best (since it’s the best transportation in Vegas). Three days really isn’t enough for the “first trip” to Vegas, six or seven should have done it. Lastly, Vegas is VERY dry. My eyes and throat weren’t happy, make sure you bring Chapstick and hand moisturizer! We’ll defiantly go again, maybe in four or five years.

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