This trip of our to Las Vegas served as our first pit stop for our trip to the Grand Canyon. Las Vegas is about 4 hours drive to the east of Los Angeles and we decided to book a hotel for us at the Hilton Grand Vacations Hotel. In this trip, my bro Mark and his wife Joanne and son Nathan and my mother came with me. My brother drove our rented car all the way to Las Vegas. The drive to Las Vegas was long through the deserts of Nevada which I found very beautiful and scenic.
We arrived in Las Vegas late in the afternoon around 5pm. After checking in and settling down, we started exploring the city. The Hilton is located within the Flamingo Hotel and Casino compound. The hotel is in a very good location as it is along the Las Vegas Blvd and is just across the Ceasar’s Palace.
And so, we started walking by crossing the Blvd to check out the beautiful Ceasar’s Palace. We took some time taking pictures in front of it and its fountain area. Ceasar’s Palace is huge. That night we decided not to go into the casinos as we have another day to spend time in the city. But walking through the boulevard makes one very fascinated. Ceasar’s indeed made a fantastic Roman architecture.
Moving northward, the next hotel is the Mirage which is another big casino hotel. We took a stop in front its lagoon area. Across the Mirage is the Harrah’s and the Casino Royale which are also very known casinos. After the Mirage, we crossed the boulevard once more to take some photos taken in front of the Venetian Hotel which is themed as the canals of Venice, Italy. In front of the Venetian is a replica of Venice’s Ponte di Rialto and Piazza San Marco. It was beautiful. In front of the hotel is a lagoon where gondoliers paddle guests on gondolas while singing Italian songs, very much reminiscent of Venice’s canals.
Walking further, next to the Mirage is the Treasure Island. I remember this casino from the move Miss Congeniality where Sandra Bullock got trapped in the Pirate ship while the show was going on. Too bad, there was not Pirate show for that night so we just took some time taking photos of the ship.
Then going forward, we had to take the overhead walkway to cross the street to the Fashion Show Mall. This mall is huge which has big screens in front of it. It was nice. Across it is another beautiful casino, the Wynn casino. But then we first headed forward to the next casino which is Circus Circus. As their name dictates, the hotel follow the concept of a Circus. Inside, we entered near its casino area until we got a chance to watch an acrobatic act of two men.
So we continued on walking the other end of the strip. We crossed the street to Ballys and the Paris Hotel. The Paris Hotel had the beautiful replica of the Eiffel Tower. It was lit up beautifully. Also, they had a replica of the Arc de Triomphe.
And just in time, we had the opportunity of watching the fountain show at the Bellagio. It was very beautiful to watch as the fountains dances to the tune of a music. The fountain show happen every 30 minutes and each performance is different from the first one. And since it was just the three of us, we had the chance to check out the casinos. Well we only tried the slot machines as we’re not good gamblers. Well I guess its my beginner’s luck that I’ve had been having a roll of winning in the slot machines. I think I took home about $20 that night from starting at $5.
The next morning, we headed for a drive to the Grand Canyon which is four hours to the east. And we continued going around Las Vegas the day after. This time around we took our opportunity in getting inside the casinos. First we entered Ceasar’s Palace’s Forum Shop and checked out the mall inside where one would walk in like walking in the cobbled roads of Rome with the blue sky overhead. We also had the opportunity to catch a light and water show at one of its fountains.
And once again we tried to walk through the strip past the Bellagio. We walked to Planet Hollywood, Monte Carlo and up to New York New York. The Monte Carlo had this very beautiful fountain that follows a Roman architecture. While in New York New York, they had a miniature of the Brooklyn Bridge and its hotel building is shaped like the Empire State Building. They also had a miniature of the Statue of Liberty. Boy.. I felt like I’ve been to New York hehehe. Across New York New York is the MGM Grand where it had the Lion in front and the Luxor which had a castle shape.
Las Vegas is very beautiful but I guess one has to have the funds to test their luck in its casinos. I hope I’ll get back soon.