OUR LAS VEGAS TRIP

ADVICE FOR A FOUR DAY TRIP TO SIN CITY

What started out as a simple desire of my brother-in-law to take my husband to see his favorite band, Def Leppard, play during their Las Vegas residency turned into a super fun couples long weekend in Vegas.

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Learning how to ride an e-bike is a little tricky, but not too tricky. I was a little intimidated when I first got onto mine, but I found my stride within a few minutes—and, you will, too. The owners are super good at giving you instructions and a full walk though. So, do not sit out of the fun. Carpe Diem, as they say!


And, DO NOT let the heat dissuade you. We were there in 108 degree weather with no clouds…and the weather was pleasant!

P.S. Wear comfy clothes. What would you wear to workout? Wear that. While the bikes do most of the work, you still do some. You will sweat and will want to be able to move easily. Good shoes are a necessity, as well.

I had very little influence on the plans of this trip and I was more than okay with that. This trip was my brother-in-laws idea. He planned it all out, bought all of the plane tickets and reserved all of the hotels for us in advance. It was so nice to just follow his itinerary for the trip.

My brother-in-law suggested that we do this bike tour and our spouses did not want to do it. But, we were able to convince them to go with us, anyway; and I think that they were glad that they did.

This three hour long tour was so fun! If you don’t know anything about electric bikes, I didn’t either, before this trip. You can easily become very spoiled riding one of these around. We tackled the hills of Red Rock Canyon like they were nothing!

You can find the website to this company at Red E Bikes. The fee (as of September 2019) is $119, no hidden fees, three hour tour and they are willing to pick you up from your hotel! You can’t beat that.

And, DO NOT let the heat dissuade you. We were there in 108 degree weather with no clouds…and the weather was pleasant! We were not miserable at all! I would not have believed it, myself, but it is so very true.

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As I am starting to empty nest and more able to afford to travel, I want to see more beautiful landscapes like this. It is amazing how nature can satisfy the soul; God clearly made our environment beautiful for our enjoyment, because I enjoy it soooo much!

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Me in front of the many turbines that run the Hoover Dam

Me in front of the many turbines that run the Hoover Dam

Our second tourist stop was at the Hoover Dam and the Memorial Bridge. I suggested that we do the tour because it is not enough for me to just see the thing. I want to know how it works, too. And, now I can say that I have walked right through the center of the dam. I think that we paid $30 a person for the one hour tour and we paid to park, I think. There weren’t any other expenses that I can recall.


I would highly recommend that you drink a ton of water prior to your visit and drink a lot of water during your visit.


All of that concrete heats up to pretty high temps and you get dehydrated very easily. As soon as the tour was over, we ran straight to a little cafe/general store and bought a couple bottles of water and Gatorade each and guzzled it down. We weren’t prepared for the additional heat.

This location brings me to one of my next destination ideas, by the way. I want to take another houseboat vacation, but this time to Lake Mead!

THE BELLAGIO

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This is an image of our second hotel room. We ended up staying in three different hotels during our stay. We had not considered the fact that we planned our trip over a holiday weekend. So, we had to bounce around to keep our hotel rates within budget. I failed to get images of our first hotel room, but it was very nice. We stayed in The Red Rock Casino Resort and Spa the very first night. I loved that the entire resort smelled like it had been scented with…I do not know…something good; I have no idea what, but everything smelled good! The bedroom was nice sized and the bathroom was the largest one we encountered. We paid approximately $180 for our mid-week night here (This does not include taxes, etc.). We, also, had to pay $20 to park and they charged a resort fee of, I think, $20 a day on top of the $180.

The image above is of our room in The Bellagio. We stayed here for two nights. It was very nice, as well. The bathroom was smaller than our bathroom at The Red Rock Casino, but the bedroom area was considerably larger, as you can see. We had views of the fountain, which was nice. We paid approximately $170 a night (not including taxes) to stay at The Bellagio. We, also, had to pay $20 a day for parking, but they did not charge us a resort fee on top of the room fees.

We stayed at The Golden Nugget on our last night. The first and last night we shared a room with my in laws to keep costs down. Here was my take on The Golden Nugget. You are right on Fremont Street, which is old Vegas, as I am told. So, if you are wanting to be there, you cannot get any closer. The room that we were in was your typical, itty-bitty hotel room with a bathroom that you must close to door to get to the shower, kind of hotel room. The bathroom had a strong sulphur smell coming out of the drains and the carpets were pretty stained. It was do-able, but we all missed our resorts, I think. And, I do not think that The Golden Nugget was that much cheaper than our other rooms. So, I would not stay there again. Just my opinion. The difference was that the vibe of The Golden Nugget was more like the “college party life” kind of vibe and the resorts were a bit more classy, spacious and…dare I say it…clean! I am told that they have been remodeling. So, maybe we just got a room that was yet to be remodeled.

View out the window of the Red Rock Resort and Casino

View out the window of the Red Rock Resort and Casino

 

DEF LEPPARD!!

Our whole reason for going to Las Vegas was to see Def Leppard in concert.

So, on our last night we saw Def Leppard perform live in the Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino. That was pretty epic. Us old timers were reliving our childhoods for two hours! My husband is their number one fan, I am certain. So, his brother planned this whole trip out so that we could see them during their Las Vegas residency. They tour to our home state every six years or so, but I am glad that we saw them in Vegas because the theater was small enough that I felt like we were very close to the band and the action. To afford tickets when they come to our town, we are usually in the nosebleed sections and the band members are just mere specks on the stage. So, I appreciated that the venue was much more intimate, for sure.

 

THE CIRQUE DU SOLEIL : “O”

Wowza. I had never been to a CDS show ever before in my life. My brother in law said that we each got to choose something that we wanted to do and this was my thing to do. My husband didn’t want to go to it, but we took a vote and it fell such that we went. And, boy am I glad that we did! It was spectacular. This particular show was done in a humongous swimming pool/stage in the theater within our resort, The Bellagio. I was just so amazed by the logistics of putting on a water show in a theater within a resort, let alone the quality and art of the show itself. I was just blown away by the entire production. Period. See one of these shows whenever you can. Just simply do it. I was a good girl and followed the rules that said that you werent to take pictures or recordings. I wish that I had images of my own to show you, though.

Learn about Cirque Du Soleil: O HERE. I do not know how long this link will work, but it appears that this show is active into 2020.

 
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This is a must do for Vegas. The line was so very long, but we held out and did it! We, probably, waited in line for an hour or a little more in 108/109 degree weather to get this iconic image.


But, it was one of those “Were you really in Vegas?” if you didn’t get this image THINGS. Just do it. YOU HAVE TO.


This sign was designed by a female, Betty Willis, back in 1959. Find more info about the sign HERE.

There was no charge for taking these photos. However, there was a man there who claims to be a photographer who will take your image with your own camera for a tip.

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PROS AND CONS OF A FOUR DAY LAS VEGAS TRIP:

CONS:

  1. THERE IS A CASINO IN DARN NEAR EVERY SINGLE BUILDING. (You might find that a PRO…who knows)

  2. THERE ARE A LOT OF DRUNK PEOPLE AROUND.

  3. THERE ARE HALF NAKED PEOPLE ON MOST STREET CORNERS (SUPPOSEDLY IN COSTUME) FOR PHOTO OPS.

  4. THE HEAT. WHILE IT ISN’T HUMID LIKE WHERE I AM FROM, IT IS STILL HOT IN NEVADA (but not a deal breaker).

  5. IT IS VERY CROWDED. VERY CROWDED. ALL YEAR LONG.

  6. FOOD AND BEVERAGES ARE VERY EXPENSIVE.

  7. I WOULD HAVE LIKED AN EXTRA DAY TO BE BY THE POOL

PROS:

  1. MOST EVERYTHING IS WITHIN WALKING DISTANCE OF WHERE YOU WILL LIKELY BE STAYING.

  2. THERE ARE SHOWS/ENTERTAINMENT CHOICES IN MOST, IF NOT EVERY, RESORT BUILDING.

  3. DESPITE THE “SIN CITY” NAME, I FELT VERY SAFE.

  4. THERE ARE A LOT OF GOOD FOOD OPTIONS.

  5. THERE IS A STARBUCKS IN MOST RESORTS (if not more than one).

  6. NEVADA IS DESERT LAND, BUT VERY BEAUTIFUL DESERT LAND.


MY OVERALL OPINION OF LAS VEGAS:

I am not super into consumerism. I would rather buy one expensive super nice item than 10 inexpensive not so nice items. So, I am willing to spend some bucks on an item if it is needed and nice, but shopping and buying and consuming are just not at the top of my list of ways to pass time. And, I have never gambled before and wasn’t very intrigued by that either. So, I wasn’t interested in being there to shop or to gamble—which seemed like the main things to do in Vegas, besides going to shows. We didn’t even gamble one time, if you can believe that; we planned to, but it just never ended up being a priority.

This is my own opinion, clearly, but I felt like the people who were walking the shopping centers and those hanging out in the casinos seemed depressed. So, I had a heaviness over me when I would walk through the casinos. I didn’t like that. Maybe that is why I never sat down to try my hand at gambling; I didn’t like to be in that space.

IT IS NOT A PLACE FOR CHILDREN. And, luckily, I really never saw any children while I was there. One time, a local woman had four of her kids on the strip late at night to watch the Bellagio fountain show. She was standing next to us and I heard her say “DO NOT tell your father that we were down here. He says that this is not a place for kids”. I wanted to turn around and say “He is right. It isn’t!”.

I loved the couple of shows that we saw. If I had more money to hit more shows, I would go back just for the entertainment. And, we were moving so quickly that I had no time to relax around the pool, write, or to take more beautiful images. So, if I had the opportunity to take a trip more slowly, I may give it another chance. And, a friend told me, after the fact, that all of the resorts have amazing art shows. She said that she frequently visits Vegas just to see the art shows. I was aghast. I didn’t see any advertisements for art shows!! I would have loved that. So, maybe I would be more intentional about certain things if I went back; and maybe that would make me appreciate Vegas more. But, as of right now, one visit was enough for me.


BREAKDOWN OF EXPENSES:

RESORTS FOR FOUR NIGHTS:

ROUND TRIP AIRFARE FOR TWO:

RENTAL CAR AND GASOLINE (SPLIT BETWEEN TWO FAMILIES):

RED E BIKE TOUR

DEF LEPPARD TICKETS:

DEF LEPPARD CONCERT T-SHIRT:

HOOVER DAM TOUR:

CIRQUE DU SOLEIL TICKETS:

GORDAN RAMSEY STEAK HOUSE:

NOODLES RESTAURANT:

SADELLES RESTAURANT (BREAKFAST):

HARD ROCK CAFE:

HELLS KITCHEN:

IN AND OUT BURGER:

AIRPORT FOOD:

SOUVENIR FOR CHILD AT HOME:

ALEX AND ANI BRACELET (SOUVENIR FOR ME):

UBER:

STARBUCKS:

CHOCOLATE:

MISC EXPENSES

 

$744.00 TOTAL FOR TWO PEOPLE

$706.00 TOTAL FOR TWO PEOPLE

$146.00 TOTAL

$119 EACH X 2

$162.00 EACH X 2

$40.00 EACH X 2

$30.00 EACH X 2

$121.00 EACH X 2

$390.52 TOTAL FOR 2 PEOPLE, AFTER TAX AND TIP, W/ ALCOHOL

$92.16 TOTAL FOR 2 PEOPLE, AFTER TAX AND TIP, WITH ALCOHOL

@ $120.00 TTL FOR TWO PPL/TWO DAYS BREAKFAST W/ TAX & TIP

$80.71 TOTAL FOR 2 PEOPLE, AFTER TAX AND TIP, WITH ALCOHOL

$35.15 TOTAL FOR DRINKS FOR TWO PEOPLE AFTER TAX AND TIP

@ $16.00

@ $50.00

@ $13.00 SNOW GLOBE

$34.64

@ $40.00

@ $80.00

$26.52

$100.00


AN ESTIMATE OF WHAT WE SPENT IS:………………………………….……………….…………………….$3,618.70


Take into account that we would have had an extra $90 in fees at Red Rock Resort if we wouldn’t have shared a room the first night. And, we split the rental car fees in half. And, we shared a hotel room on the last night at The Golden Nugget, which saved us $70 for the night.

 

If you have Las Vegas stories or tips and advice that you would like to share, please add them in the comments below. Or, if you have any questions, as well, ask them in the comments below. Enjoy a short slideshow of our trip below. Happy traveling!! — J