6/30/2015

Our Trip To Vegas

Josh and I had a blast in Las Vegas. The only bummer is that neither one of us remembered to charge and wear our Fitbits so we couldn't track how much we walked, but I can guarantee it was a whole lot.

We flew from Charlotte to Las Vegas via US Air and has fantastic flights to and from Vegas. The landing on both flights was the best I've ever experienced, and take off both times was relatively smooth as well. We booked everything for our trip via Expedia and have nothing but great reviews. We have never planned a big trip like this before, that included flying so naturally I was a little nervous. We found Expedia to be easy to use and navigate and got a great price on the trip. We booked a shuttle to pick us up from the airport when we got to Vegas and take us to our hotel, then it picked us up at our hotel and brought us to the airport on our last day. Our tickets told us exactly what gate to go to and the shuttle was waiting for us as we stepped off the plane. We checked in at the ticket booth and they went ahead and gave us our tickets for the shuttle back on our last day, we just had to call 24 hours before we were leaving to arrange our pick up time. 

We stayed at The Venetian and have nothing but wonderful things to say about the resort. Our room was phenomenal. The bed was out of this world comfortable, we had a separate living space and the bathroom...oh the bathroom. I had a hard time leaving that beautiful space.

Bed Chamber
Living Room
Bathroom
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The Venetian is massive, as are all of the hotels in Vegas, and there were so many choices for dining and shopping. They had upscale restaurants as well as things like Subway and Chipotle, which we appreciated for lunch time.



When we first arrived, got settled and finally had lunch, we went exploring and tried to get our barrings around The Venetian. We only got turned around...a...handful of times...ha! We were particular intrigued by the gondolas going by...inside the hotel! I mean, they did a great job at making you feel like you were actually vacationing in Italy. The ceilings are painted like the sky and when we first walked under them, we both looked at each other like "are we outside?!". Our first night there we accidentally took a little cat nap in the room, then ventured out for dinner and to walk the strip a bit. We got awesome views of the Bellagio fountain, what a sight to see. That night we ate a place called the Public House  which was an upscale burger place and we both got a traditional burger with fries. It was delicious! But between being past starvation and so tired, neither of us could finish our meals.




Our second day in Vegas we headed to the pool in the morning before it got too hot...except this is the desert and it's always too hot. We lasted a solid 45 minutes before we just couldn't bare baking in the sun any longer. Y'all, it is HOT out there. Humidity in SC is terrible, but that dry heat out there just about put a hurting on me. But it's interesting because you don't sweat, basically because as soon as you walk outside any moisture in your body is immediately zapped lol. After our mini session at the pool we started at one end of the strip and walked through every hotel, all the way to the other end. We walked for.ev.er. But it was so worth it to see each hotel in all its glory. Each one was decorated so magnificently and had things like aquariums and conservatory's. We also discovered the monorail system while we were trekking and certainly took advantage of it on our way back to our hotel.



The whole reason we planned a trip to Vegas was to see Brooks & Dunn and Reba in concert. They were incredible. So much so that Josh asked if we could try and snag concert tickets for another night so that we could see them twice, ha! They played at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace and because it is set up more as a theater, the concert had a very intimate feel. I could have sat in there all night and listened to them sing. Now that we're back home, we've basically listened to nothing but Brooks & Dunn ;) Before the concert we had dinner at the Eiffel Tower Restaurant, which came highly recommended by a nice gentlemen that sat beside Josh on the plane ride to Vegas. We had a gorgeous view of the Bellagio and the fountains, and dinner was divine. I had a chicken dish and Josh had pork chops and we both equally loved our meals. They even bring out a variety of tiny sweets to snack on when they bring your check. That definitely hit the spot with my sweets lovin' heart.









On our last full day of vacation we booked a trip to California for the day! While it was one heck of a long day, Josh and I both decided that it was worth it. We were in a bus a total of 12 hours BUT the views we were able to take in were stunning. Watching the sun come up and go down while driving through the windy desert roads filled with gorgeous mountains on each side, beautiful! We booked our tour through Expedia and it was with Adventure Photo Tours. Our tour guides name was Kathleen and she was very nice and accommodating. We had plenty of stops for restroom and snack breaks and the bus was stocked with tons of cold water and snacks. We were also provided with breakfast and lunch on the tour. We drove through Los Angeles then went to Santa Monica beach. We explored the beach for about an hour and fifteen minutes, then we headed to Beverly Hills and rode down Rodeo drive. Our last stop was Hollywood and we spent about an hour and a half along the walk of stars, the Chinese Theater, Dolby Theater, among many other sites. After seeing all the traffic in LA, I am certainly glad we took a trip where someone else was responsible for the driving, because not to drop any names *ahem Joshua* would have likely lost his mind driving in all of that had we been on our own. There were 14 of us on the tour and besides one couple that couldn't seem to show up to anything on time, everyone was extremely nice and very enjoyable to spend the day with. I read through a ton of reviews on TripAdvisor about this tour and there were only positive reviews!
 

We flew home on Friday, but our flight wasn't until 2. So that morning we spent time wandering through The Venetian and FINALLY hit up a casino. That's right, we didn't gamble the whole time, until the last morning. While most people are sipping on alcohol beverages while sitting in the casino, I had a fresh cup of coffee, ha! We played $1 on a penny slot, won $20.20 and called it good. We were mighty proud taking our cash-out ticket to the register ;) Our shuttle picked us up outside of the hotel 2 hours before our flight took off and took us to the airport where we boarded the plane home ,and once we walked through the door of our house we loved on Murphy as if we hadn't seen him in years. We're dramatic ;)

We truly had an awesome time in Vegas and I don't think either of us would mind visiting again in the future!

1 comment:

  1. Wow - what an amazing trip!! Your hotel room is unbelievable. I love that you even made a trip to Cali for the day - if you're all the way out there, why not, right?

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