As part of our grand tour of the US back in 2010, the first part of our itinerary is none other than to visit the sin city of Las Vegas. We also have the Grand Canyon as part of this side trip but I will talk about it on another post. It was only me, my wife, my daughter, and my cousin Angel took this trip. Last time I was here was back in 2007.
Before heading to Vegas, we rented a car from an Enterprise Rent-A-Car branch near my parents place in Gardena which is within the Los Angeles area. We got a silver Dodge Caliber for this trip. Nice car! I also booked us for a room at the Imperial Palace Las Vegas.
And so, we left early morning for the four hour drive from Gardena to Las Vegas guided by the portable GPS that we borrowed from my dad’s car. Angel served as my navigator as she sat beside me in front while Jen and Janine sat at the back seat.
The ride to Vegas was long as we pass through the cities of California and the desert of Nevada. On our way we even saw the snow-capped mountains near San Bernardino making us a bit excited that we might see snow in Grand Canyon, just like the last time I was there.
After the long drive, passing through the casino junction of the Nevada Landing I knew that we are near Las Vegas. And not long enough we saw the familiar building of the Mandalay and then soon enough we were turning right to Las Vegas Boulevard and then drives through the lobby of Imperial Palace which is right across the Ceasar’s Palace.
It was dark already by the time we got out of the Venetian so we decided to cross the boulevard to Treasure Island to try to catch the Pirate show in front of it but unfortunately it was not operational that evening. So we decided to walk back southward and caught the fire show at the Volcano at the Mirage.
Then we proceeded walking and entered the Forum Mall of the Ceasar’s Palace to catch the moving statues show there. As the night gets later, we pushed walking southward to catch the fountain show in front of the Bellagio. As the last time I was here in Vegas, I can’t stop loving the fountain show with the lit up Eiffel Tower of the Paris Hotel across. It was very late then that after watching 3 sets of the fountain show, we walked back to our hotel to call it a night. But Angel and Jen tried the Vegas gambling before going to bed.
We also took photos with Red M&M with the Las Vegas sign. Too bad we didn’t get the chance to have a photo with the real Las Vegas sign. And before leaving the M&M World, we grabbed to photo opportunity with Yellow M&M mascot outside.
We once more stretched our walk upto Mandalay Bay passing by the Luxor. But we didn’t stay long this time as we had to rush back to Harrah’s where we had to meet Jen’s boss, Ginger from Dell Computers who happened to be in town as well.
In the evening, we have set ourselves to drive north of the boulevard to see the original Las Vegas casino strip at Fremont and see the Fremont Street Experience there. Of course the Golden Nugget and Fremont Casinos are located there. But when we arrived there, we thought that the digital show will not happen but fortunately we stayed there a bit and caught the beautiful display in the rhythm of the American Pie song. It was a beautiful night.