Thursday, March 31, 2011

A Quick Road Trip

When we arrived to Salt Lake City, my brother and his wife asked us if we were interested in going on a little road trip.  "Where?" We asked.  Apparently, Las Vegas is a little over 6 hours away.  We've never been to Vegas before, so we didn't unpack and left the next day and drove through the night.  I've never done something so spontaneous before.  It was a lot of fun!  We left my brother's house at 7pm and drove and drove through the darkness.  It's an easy drive, we just took Interstate 15 South all the way to Vegas.  For most of the ride it's pitch black, because we are driving through farmland, then desert.  And then around 1:30am, all of the sudden, we saw near the horizon, all these twinkling lights.  It was amazing!  The city lights appeared and horizon got brighter.  An incredible sight after seeing hours of darkness.  We stayed at Planet Hollywood hotel, and it had the most amazing view.  This is a photo of the Bellagio and it's famous fountain show.  Can you believe this is the view from our hotel window, front row seats!  The fountain show plays every 15 minutes and is pretty spectacular.
 Here are photos of the show in the daytime.  The fountain is synchronized to music.

Here is Paris hotel right next to Planet Hollywood.  It has a pretty nice miniature version of the Eiffel Tower, where you can take an elevator to the top of the tower. 
One of the first things we saw in Las Vegas was "fake NYC".  In this photo, it kinda looks like the real thing, minus the fact that there are 6 palm trees right in front of the buildings.  LOL.  My brother said, "you just left NYC, and you want to visit NYC?"  Hahahaha
Here's the fake Statue of Liberty, as seen walking over one of the foot bridges that crosses Las Vegas Boulevard.  From this photo, it looks like a pretty good replica.
One of the things we did while we were in Vegas were the food buffets.  I can't believe I did not take one photo in the buffet.  Must have been the buffet trance.  LOL.  Buffets are a bit scary, in that there is such an overload of food displayed.  I guess it's a convenient way to feed all those tourists.    However, after 1.5 days of buffet food, I never want to see a buffet ever again. Haha.  My favorite thing at the Planet Hollywood buffet was dessert.  Cotton Candy!!  I felt like such a kid.  :)


  1. Viva Las Vegas! Did you see the garden inside the Bellagio?

  2. My favorite things are the buffets! Actually, I drive through Vegas at least twice a year, but have only stopped there twice. I much prefer the laid back Laughlin.

  3. I have never been there. Everything looks so real and I have heard about the buffets and the mass quantities of food! Sounds like you had a great time.

  4. :) I love the water show @ the Bellagio! The Hubs and I need to take to boys when they get older. Can you believe I have never had a buffet in Vegas? It's a sin I tell you, a sin!

    Sounds like a fun and spontaneous trip.

  5. Every time I see the Bellagio Fountain, or even a photo of it, I am always struck with the thought of Ocean's 11 where at the end of the movie, all the guys are standing there, relishing in their victory in the greatest Vegas heist ever! Vegas is a fun and pretty place to visit, but definitely agreed... Buffets get tiring after awhile!

  6. Beautiful photos! I've been there before, had the buffet and it was still so nice to see your photos and read about it! I do hate the smoke inside the buildings -everywhere we went :(

  7. The bellagio gardens are GORGEOUS! We went there for our honeymoon this last August. Vegas is beautiful and so warm! Want to go back! :)

  8. Wow! what an amazing place Las Vagas is.

  9. What a fabulous view you had!! I've been to Vegas twice and know what you mean about the lights in the middle of darkness because once we flew in at night. So strange to see that plopped in the middle of the desert!

  10. We were in Vegas just a little over a month ago. Hubs had never been so we did a 3-day quickie trip after 4 days in San Diego visting my father. Probably will never go back - too many other places in the world to see - but Vegas is one of those places people should see once. The pure level of manufactured "place" is astounding.


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