Nevada's Las Vegas -- winning at the slots!

Trip Start Oct 30, 2010
Trip End Ongoing

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The Five Queens Hotel & Casino

Flag of United States  , Nevada
Monday, July 11, 2011

Just hours after hiking the morning and afternoon away in the Grand Canyon, we drove through Hoover Dam just after night fall (taking a few good moments for pictures) making it to Las Vegas before midnight, pausing only for quick showers before hitting the slots. True story. 
I must give you some hotel advice now, that we picked up on the road...

Prior to this night, we resorted to our Hampton's Inn guide book and called the nearest hotels to our destination until we got a reservation (sometimes, to unfortunate cost and grumbling from my dad). But for Vegas, we paused a few extra moments on the road side for me to connect to the internet on my laptop and make it to a travel deal site like Expedia or Travelocity. 
Finding a phone number to call instead (when my internet cut out too many times for liking), someone was able to find us a hotel for just $25 a night in the NEAR heart of Las Vegas -- just three miles north I believe.
Now, they add fees on top -- charges per extra person -- but basically it's a snag, most likely because of their intent to woo you into some gambling downstairs. 
We instead drove out to the center after dropping off our luggage and taking supersonic showers, parking in the Cosmopolitan's below ground lot (which shimmered like champagne bubbles when you drove through), parking at entirely no cost. 
The Cosmopolitan was big and beautiful, but too college-urban for our tastes, so we weaved our way past the screaming blondes and former jocks doing shots off one another on the dance floor (which was actually the entire casino, I'm not sure why I'd say it was more specific) over to the Bellagio next door to catch their dancing fountains, and then Caesar's Palace next door to that.

15 minutes is all you have to wait to hear a different song and show start out front of the Bellagio. Our first was Sarah Brightman's Time to Say Goodbye, and our second was, I believe, America the Beautiful. 

(Watch the ending of Sarah Brightman's song here:
Both were tremendous displays of physical and emotional power, though I happened to like the second performance the most (for its continual flare -- which in the wind soaked anyone on the sidewalk with freezing water). 
Hit my first ever slots at Caesar's Palce (winning a lucky $5 off my first play of $1) and decided I entirely must make a second trip back here -- preferably with a good group of girl friends ;)  (not that mom & dad weren't a good time and weren't certainly troopers after a crazy long day. Hell I was too let's recognize.)

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