Grand Canyon to Vegas Baby!!

Trip Start Dec 14, 2007
Trip End Jan 10, 2008

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Where I stayed
Americas Best Value Inn Las Vegas
Read my review - 2/5 stars
What I did
Fremont Street Experience Las Vegas
Read my review - 4/5 stars
MGM Grand Lion Habitat Las Vegas
Read my review - 4/5 stars
Mix Lounge Las Vegas
Read my review - 5/5 stars
Rumjungle Las Vegas
Read my review - 4/5 stars

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Monday, December 24, 2007

This morning it was time to head away from the snow covered paths and onto Vegas!!

Once again it was an effort getting our luggage down the stairs and to the bus but we made it.

Our first stop was on Route 66 so we could take some photos and pick up some Souvenirs. Most of the souvenirs I brought were shot glasses and snow globes as everywhere you went had them, so I started a collection.

We stopped for lunch on the way and were given some time at Wall mart to buy a white T-shirt for our white t-shirt party which we would have in Bass Lake. Man that place was big. They sold absolutely everything you could think of.

Vegas Baby!! Our first stop was downtown Vegas where most of the chapels were.

Cap and Jay pretended that the bus had broken down so we all got out and stood around for a bit.

Then we went into one of the wedding chapels and the Elvis impersonator put on a show. It was a great first taste of Vegas.

Next it was off to the Hotel which was just off the Strip near the MGM and next to Hooters.  I had read a few bad reviews on the Contiki website beforehand so I wasn't too sure what to think. It didn’t seem too bad. It was clean enough. Just wish it was on the strip.

It was about 4pm so I put my bags away and then headed down to the strip with Teresse and Heather. At this stage my legs were so stiff and sore from the hike the day before that I was having trouble sitting or doing anything.

Our first stop was at the MGM to have a look around. We bumped into some other girls who were on our tour. They didn’t buy a top to wear out so they were trying to find one but didn’t have much luck. We saw the lion enclosure which was pretty cool and weird to think they have one in the middle of a casino.

Next we headed a bit further down the strip and stopped at Maccas. We were a bit hungry and didn’t want to wait until dinner to eat. It was weird walking in and seeing people in there drinking alcohol as you can drink anywhere in Vegas and even on the streets. After our snack we went back to the hotel as we had to get ready to go out for dinner.

First we went for a Buffet diner at the Excalibur Casino which looked like a castle. The food wasn’t too bad and was already paid for as part of the tour.  After Dinner Heather and I went to the bar near the restaurant to have a Vodka and cranberry. This became my favorite drink. But I found that the drinks were always very strong.

Next we had to get back on the bus and drove down the strip for a tour of it at night. Wow, now it looked like Vegas!! I had seen Vegas so many times in movies but to see it for myself was amazing. It was more than what I expected.

We then stopped at Fremont Street to see the light show. First we went into Mermaids to have a huge frozen cocktail.  Two of the girls though got so much alcohol put in their drinks it wasn'tfunny. Not sure what the bar person was trying to do? He seemed a bit dondy about it.

The light show started so we left Mermaids to get a good look. It was weird being able to take your drink anywhere. The light show was really good. It was really well done and had a lot of transitions.

We were aloud to take our drinks onto the bus if we hadn’t finished yet.  We stopped at Rum Jungle night club which was situated at Mandalay Bay. We got free entry. We were only staying for about half an hour then heading to Mix nightclub and then were going to go back later.

It was a really cool club. The bar had shelves of alcohol bottles stacked to the roof. Was also a very colourful bar with lots of lights.  They had some water walls and plenty of funky places to sit down. I liked this place a lot.

We got a pass out and walked to Mix nightclub with Cap. Entry was free and we had to take an elevator up to the top. There was a great view of the strip and was set out really well.  I went to the bathroom and to my shock had a view of the strip from from the toilet!!

I had a drink at Mix and then Megan, Beck and I went back to Rum jungle. We had a few shots and had a bit of a dance. I hung out with Anita for a while and we went into the casino to look for her friend as she had met some guy. After about half an hour we went back into the club. Megan and Beck must have gone as I could not find them. I stayed until about 2am and then went back with Cap, Jay and Courtney.

Once I was back at the room I ran into Megan and we ran a muck for a bit. I was then very ready for bed after a great Christmas Eve and great start to Christmas!!
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