The amusement park inside Circus Circus is a lot larger than I expected with a couple of large coasters that will get your adrenaline pumping. For the real thrill seekers though, you want the coasters on top of the Stratosphere. A couple of them dangle you over the edge of this over 1,000 foot tower and one of them zooms you around the edge. I personally love adrenaline, but since everyone else was too scared, I chickened out unfortunately. Are you brave enough?
With so many shows to choose from, it's best to really look into this. Showtickets.com is your best bet when purchasing them and you definitely want to start booking weeks or months in advance depending on how well-known the show is. And check out if a singer, musician or magician is passing through since there are many shows that are not year-round.
I went to a Cirque de Soleil show, Mystere, which is one of four of the Cirque shows. I wanted to go to "O", but even though I was booking 3 months in advance, the only seats left were in the nose-bleeds with partial views. I got great seats at Mystere and this two-hour show left me in complete amazement. It was funny, extremely entertaining and awe-inducing. I left there wanting to go back and see it again. There is an entertaining man before the show starts dressed like an extremely unkept usher; he will seat people in the wrong seats, throw popcorn at people while they are being seated, tear up their tickets (after they have been let in of course), and it's quite amusing. Be on your gaurd.
I spent a couple of hours in Madame Tussaud's Wax Museum in the Venetian. It was fun to pretend that you're friends with the stars and some of the pictures actually look like the person was real.
There is a Spa called Desert Wind Therapeutics a couple miles down from the Strip and it's not widely known, but the service and prices are great. The services are above and beyond what you would normally get at a spa, the prices are a good value and they are exceptionally friendly.
We drove up and down the strip to see everything by car. It was a good way to at least get a glimpse of all the hotels, even if we didn't get a chance to go inside all of them. So many amazing hotels, there just wasn't enough time. We did manage to go into the Bellagio, which was elegant and by far my favorite, Bally's, the coolest thing here was the entranceway but it takes far too much time to get in with all those people movers, the Venetian-Disney version of Venice-a little weird, but nice,MGM Grand, one word-HUGE!, The Luxor, kitchy egyptian & the food was not so good at the buffet, Excalibur, a fun and silly Medieval Times theme, Monte Carlo which would be a very nice hotel if you didn't have the Bellagio to compare it to., New York, New York-really cartoonish version of the real thing and Mandalay Bay which has a nice island theme with lots of fishtanks.
On our first night in town we were walking back from the restaurant we had eaten at and took in one of the fountain shows at the Belaggio. From here we also got a good look at the Las Vegas version of Paris.
One of the interesting things about Las Vegas is when daytime turns into nighttime it almost becomes brighter with the millions of lights that go on at all the buildings, signs, etc around town.
In the summer time you look forward to nightime just so you can walk around without that 100 degree dry heat baking you to a crisp. In April, on our last trip, it got a little chilly walking around outside so make sure you have a light jacket or sweater with you as you take in the night sites.
Las Vegas Boulevard, aka The Strip, is where the action is in Vegas. It's home to all the over-the-top hotels and casinos you've no doubt heard or read about: Luxor, Venetian, Bellagio, Paris . . . And it's worth seeing in both bright sunlight and the lurid, lively neon of the night. New York New York was my absolute favorite facade by day, but at night some of the other hotels stand out more -- like Paris and Excalibur (with its wand-zapping wizard). For sheer brightness, of course, nothing beats the Luxor, out of whose pyramid shines the brightest light on Earth.
See dozens of casinos. Get mobbed by thousands of people. Get run down by speeding traffic. Have local hoodlums hand you cards with naked women on them. P!ss the hoodlums off by handing the nudie girl cards back. Where else but the famous Las Vegas Strip?
Some of the cool things to see include the Venetian and its canals as well as the fountain and light show in front of the Bellagio.
For foreign visitors, please do NOT think this is typical America. It certainly is not! Las Vegas is a one-of-a-kind city that was built for the sole reason of attracting tourist and taking their money.
No visit in Las Vegas is complete without walking the strip from one end to another. This is not as easy as it sounds and it takes a lot of time and energy! Your feet will most likely hurt at the end of the day no matter how comfortable your shoes are. Do not even try attempting to cover the whole strip in one day unless you are willing to rush through it and not take your time to check out all the cool hotels and their attractions. It took me 3 full days to walk the Strip at the pace I felt comfortable with and I still had to compromise and decide where I wanted to stop and what I wanted to see. There is huge competition between all the hotels on the Strip and what they have to offer, so no matter which ones you pick and decide to explore, you just can not loose!
So, here are some photos I took walking up and down Las Vegas Blvd.
If you don't mind walking, wear some comfortable shoes and walk down the strip. You will have a wonderful time going in and out of the hotels. It's so convenient now that they have escalators, moving sidewalks and over pass walkways.
The link below will give you an idea of all the hotels/casinos are on the strip.
Something that is new, is they have these folks dressed in cartoon characters outfits located all along the Las Vegas strip. I know my son got excited seeing Transformer Bumble Bee and Halo..lol. So he had a picture taken with a Bumble Bee.
Most things on the strip are very exspensive though. Drinks are very high unless you go to places like the Westward Ho or downtown.
We did visit Hoover Damn this time. Its quite a wonder. And I would recommend it if you have the time. We did a tour because we didn't want to hassle with renting a car and driving ourselves. The Ethel M's cactus gardens are cool. But we didn't have much time to look at them. Which was very disappointing.
If you plan a trip to Vegas and are a walker and not a big gambler research everything. There are a lot of shuttles to and from different hotels. Also a 24 hr bus pass is only 5.00. Last yr. there was a shuttle from the Fashion mall to the Hard Rock Hotel. This yr we took one from Harrahs to Rio. The Rio was quite a suprise. We went late afternoon so I am not sure when it starts but they do like a mardi gras parade through the casino (not sure if it's every hr on the hr) then go go up on stage and perform. While the people on stage perform fancy floats come out of the wall and travel along rails on the ceiling. People in costumes dance on them also. And throw out a few necklaces. I only wish we could of spent more time than we did. The Bellagio is one of my favorites. The fountains and the conservatory is always beautiful. I will upload pics. The famingo and it's outdoor area is nice. It has penguins, flamingos, koi . Paris and NY NY are fun to walk through because they are like replica streets. Also the Paris has live statues,. Those people do an awesome job. The Eiffel tower is a must at night. But very busy. Ceasars is huge. And they have beautiful statues also. Mirage has the volcano out front. And tigers inside. I think they have an aquarium but we didn't view it. Stratosphere tower is a must. We did it during the day. Monte Carlo is very pretty. I am sorry I can't think of everything. Although I know as soon as I click add I will think of a million things. Oh downtown is a must. cool atmosphere, cheap beer. The Wynn was new and man o man no corners were cut there.
This picture was taken in a high passage along the Strip,on the way to MGM hotel,is a nightview.You can take some good photos from here,if you can place well your camera's objetive through that wire fence that you can see on the picture !!!.
All the famous hotel-casinos are located on the Las Vegas Strip making this street one long site for itself.
At the southern end there are all the new Hotels like the Excalibur, the Mandalay, the New York-New York, the MGM Grand, and the Luxor.
More in the North there are the still famous hotels like the Stardust or the Riviera.
In the North there is the Stratosphere Tower with the Big shot and a rollercoaster on top of it.
Walk along 'THE STRIP' is a real adventure trying to don't forget to see everything. You don't have sometimes enough eyes to see all the things...
The best attractions in Las Vegas are there! One single place in all the world where some countries are together...
Don't forget to visit the interior of all the hotels. Are incredible: decoration, are huge, crowded... I've never seen something like that in other countries.
The decoration of the theme hotel. In the picture I'm inside the egypcian hotel. I'm not in Egypt! You can see that scenery is really like real Egypt and you are transport for a while to another country in few seconds.
This is probably the most common activity of them all, simply walking the strip. By walking, I mean going into the various hotels and casinos, checking out the sights, the decor, the enviornment. One day we started around 4:00 p.m. and went until 1:00. We covered barely half the strip, but went into the Mirage, Wynn, Caesars, Venetian, Bellagio, Paris and Ballys.
We had drinks and dinner and drinks along the way. Vegas is definitely a city good for a group to go have fun together.
Whether you arrive by plane, train or car, try to arrive into Vegas during the evening. The strip looks just totally spectacular when its all lit up, you will be totally in awe....I was.
If you are a fan of Coyote Ugly, the movie, they have one at New York New York, drop in there for a drink and a dance on the bar counter!!