I’m laughing at myself for thinking that I would actually have the time during our vacation to blog. I’ve been home for five days now and I’ve only just gotten around to typing this post out! This is the first of three posts, by the way. There is no way I could compress it all into one.. there was just too much! Also, i’m stealing Carrie’s “travel tuesday” title, because it’s late and I’m too tired to think up a witty title 😉
After a 3am wakeup call (because someone thought we had to be at the airport three hours early), about 12 hours of travel & layovers, and a 4 hour time difference, we arrived in Vegas. We both found it hilarious how the pilot annouced the weather in Vegas as “partly cloudy”…there were maybe four clouds scattered across the sky?
I don’t know about you guys, but where I live, partly cloudy means you might get a glimpse of the sun through the clouds… If you are lucky.
The weather was perfect the entire time we were there. Apparently it only rains about 4inches per year there?! Waking up and looking outside the hotel window to bright sunshine, cloudless skies, and mountains in the distance was a damn good way to start each morning. After the winter we’ve had here at home, it felt indescribably good to soak up the sunshine for eight straight days.
side note: we came home to freezing rain, cold wind, and apparently we are getting a huge snowstorm this Wednesday? I don’t want to talk about it…
Anyway, in case you have never been to Vegas, you should know that everything there is overwhelmingly huge, over the top, sparkly, and generally spectacular. We spent a lot of time walking in and out of the hotels along The Strip and we still didn’t have time to see every hotel.
( I should mention that we spent an entire four days of our trip at a convention, so it took a lot of our time. But that’s all coming in another post! )
Along with walking in and out of the hotels, we also visited the wax museum and the Bodies exhibit. Bodies is this awesome exhibit in the Luxor hotel which is essentially different rooms filled with cadavers dissected in different ways to explain and show you all the intricacies of the human anatomy. If you’re not into that kind of thing it probably sounds gross, but I’m a huge science/anatomy nerd so I loved it! Everything was in glass boxes, of course, so it wasn’t interactive in any way ( I’ve visited an actual cadaver lab before and got to touch all the organs and such before ), but it was still worth the money.
We also went to a Cirque de Soleil show! We saw Mystere, at Treasure Island, which was incredible. I expected more of a storyline…but it truly is incredible what people can do with their bodies.
We stayed at the Stratosphere hotel, which was located at the far end of the strip. We got a really good deal on our flight &hotel, so I was a bit wary as to the quality of hotel room we were going to end up with, but it turned out great! The Stratosphere has a “tower” at the top, where you take an elevator ( that climbs 3 floors per second) up 103 floors, which opens into a bar with incredible views. Photos don’t even begin to do it justice!
You know what else had crazy views?
As I had mentioned previously, we decided to book a bus tour of the Grand Canyon/ Hoover Dam. While it was the longest day ever ( 6am-10:30pm), it was so completely worth it. If you ever get the opportunity to take a trip to the Grand Canyon, DO IT.It’s really hard to describe how breathtaking it is. When we first walked up to the edge, Ariel and I just looked at each other and then stared in disbelief for a good five minutes. Looking out across the canyon doesn’t look real. It looks like after a certain point it is just green screen. I want to go back!
Moving on.. let’s talk food.
Actually, let’s first discuss how freakin’ expensive food is in Vegas. Maybe I was limited due to my vegetarianism, but damn. I think I spent about 200 bucks (atleast) on food over the eight days. And coffee? I’ve never missed Tim Hortons prices so much. I’m also probably not going to eat oatmeal for a long time..Ariel and I bought McDonalds oatmeal & iced coffee nearly every single morning at our hotel because it was cheap/semi-healthy. However,all the money spent was totally worth it. SO MUCH GOOD FOOD. I didn’t get photos of everything, but I got a few!
This salad looks small in the photo, but trust me, it was huge. And that biscuit?! It must’ve weighed half a pound. I’m drooling just thinking about it. This was at a restaurant called Hash House a Go Go, inside the Rio Hotel. Apparently the restaurant was on Man vs. Food? We also ate there another time, and split a huge portobello mushroom burger, which was also awesome. Surprisingly, it was probably the cheapest place we ate!
WE FOUND CRONUTS. Oh my god you guys, I think I can die happy now that I have eaten one of those beautiful croissant/donut hybrids. I can’t even begin to describe the deliciousness. We found this one in a bakery at New York New York hotel. Y’all should find somewhere near you that sells cronuts because I’ve had dreams about it since.
Also, self serve fro yo. I just…I ate a lot of fro yo, guys. An embarassing amount. But HEY, when on vacay, right? They had a place at one of the hotels ( I think it was the Rio) where for $5 you could get as much froyo and toppings as you wanted. FOR ONLY FIVE DOLLARS. I abused the sh*t out of that deal, damn straight. The froyo in the photo is from a place in LA.
I really, really miss self serve froyo places.
Oh yeah, we didn’t gamble. Not one slot machine, not one card game. We went to Vegas and didn’t gamble. My bad? And, if you follow me on twitter, you probably saw that for some weird reason, I only had ONE alcoholic drink the entire eight days. Something about being SO busy and waking up early most mornings made waking up dehydrated with a hangover was not appealing….So our one alcoholic beverage a piece:
Alright, I think that is enough words photos for one post! Next post I’m going to recap the convention we went to! I actually don’t think I mentioned it on the blog before now, so I’m kind of excited to reveal the awesome ( & maybe slightly weird?) reason we actually planned this trip to Vegas in the first place!
Thanks for reading guys 🙂 I’m still in the process on catching up on your blogs! I’ll get there, eventually !!
Have you been to Vegas before? What was your favorite thing?
Favorite vacation you have ever taken? This trip was definitely my favorite I have ever taken!