Walking down the strip
Unlike Disney World, where I’ve been way too many times to keep count, Vegas is new to me. I may not be an expert, but that’s not going to stop me from creating my own “Top 10 things to see and do in Las Vegas” list.
1. The Jabbawockeez show at the Monte Carlo. When we purchased the tickets to this show, my first thoughts were “how entertaining could one hip hop group be?” Well, was I wrong. The Jabbawockeez, the winners of season one of America’s Best Dance Crew on MTV, kept my full attention for the entire time they were on stage and left me wanting to watch them preform more. The show had the perfect mix of comedy, music, tricks, and technical skill. Each likable masked guy’s moves were perfectly choreographed to each and every song.
Picture made of flowers!
2. The classic elegance of the indoor flower garden at the Bellagio. As soon as you step into the lobby of the Bellagio, you know that you’ve entered a classier world. A man is playing the piano, and you feel as if you’ve been transported into the past. As you walk in further, while gazing at the colorful blown glass on the ceilings, you’re quickly overcome by the scent of fresh flowers. The garden is gorgeous. Flowers of every color, size, and type fill the room. One section has a fake Ferris wheel, another has a carousel, and another has a large “painting” made only out of flowers. I couldn’t stop staring.
3. The Forum shops at Caesar’s. I definitely cannot afford most of the stores here, but I enjoyed looking around at the designer items and their steep price tags. I also loved the elaborate fountains and statues, and how the ceiling was made to look like the sky. Another plus was the 4 floor H&M. I’m always a fan of their affordable clothing.
At the Bellagio
4. The fountains at the Bellagio. Unfortunately we did not get to see the fountain show at night, but we did catch one before sunset. I love how the water shoots up in tune to the music, and since the sun was still out during the show we saw, we were able to see numerous rainbows in the water.
5. LAX at the Luxor. We visited this club at the Luxor twice, and had fun both times. It’s a typical club with a dance floor, seating for only those who can drop $1,000s on table service and bottles of booze, $10 drinks, and standard club music. The highlight of our experience at LAX was when a group of Egyptian guys in Vegas for a bachelor party invited us to their table in the VIP section. It was nice having the perspective from behind the ropes. More room to stand around and dance, and most importantly: some place to sit when your feet start hurting from the heels that you despise. I don’t know how some girls can where heels all of the time. I always wear flip flops or flats in Boston, but decided that I had to wear heels in Vegas, and my feet continuously hurt. It was nice having some place to sit!
6. Bank at the Bellagio. We hadn’t planned on visiting this club, but when we were stopped by a promoter while shopping that day and were told that the Far East Movement was performing at Bank and we could get in for free, have free drinks before midnight (usual price $15 for liquor, $10 for Bud Light), and would be on the list so we could “cut the line,” we were hooked. He told us to show up before 10 pm to get checked in and get our free drinks. We arrived around 9:30 and spent most of the time between then and 11:00 confused about where to go and then standing in line. Once we got into the club, we made the most of it, but I was extremely tired by the time the Far East Movement stepped out to perform at 2 am. Overall, since I didn’t spend any money to get in, had a free drink, got to dance AND saw “Like a G6” and “Rockateer” preformed live, I’d classify it as a good night.
7. The Ross store on the strip. I’d never been to this discount store before, and Ross is like a better, even cheaper version of Marshalls and T.J. Maxx.
8. Roulette. I’m not a big gambler. I probably spent $60 gambling the entire trip. I’m also not a huge fan of slots, although I wasted most $1 and $5 bills that I had on them, and although I won $35 on one. I like Roulette because you have a 50/50 chance of winning when you bet on red, black, even or odd.
9. Walking down the strip in general. We didn’t have nice weather for laying out in the sun, but we had perfect weather for walking. It was also my only form of exercise, and the perfect opportunity to people watch. There’s always something to see when people are allowed to walk on the street carrying giant drinks!
10. Losing your sense of time. I’m used to last call at 1:40. I don’t even know how late the clubs closed, we always left way before that happened, and some casino bars stayed open 24 hours. No matter how late we were up, there were always tons of people around. By the time I arrived at work Monday morning after the weekend, my sense of time was completely messed up.
I didn’t see and do everything that Las Vegas has to offer, and I hope to return some day. Until then, I’ll have to remember this list as my Vegas top 10.