After a relaxing day at the pool in Palm Springs we were ready to get on the road and head towards our final destination – Las Vegas. This city is an assault on the senses and we were ready to tackle it head on.
From Palm Springs to Las Vegas we drove through the desert, passing freight trains and endless amounts of dry, arid landscape.
We dropped off the rental car at McCarran Airport and jumped in a taxi to our hotel – the Paris Hotel and Casino.
The Paris was a great hotel, it had a prime location on The Strip and the rooms were a great size. We were really happy with our stay especially having access to the rooftop swimming pool.
After dropping off our bags we spent the rest of the day wandering up and down the strip and popping in and out of all the resorts and casinos. It was a sweltering forty two degrees so the air conditioning inside the hotels was a welcome relief and a nice break from the scorching temperatures.
Everything is huge in Vegas and the design of the casinos and resorts are amazing to look at and explore. There are huge shopping malls inside some of the hotels and you really can get lost for hours in there.
We ventured into a couple of the casinos to watch the gamblers win and lose a fortune.
For our first day we concentrated on the part of the strip to the left hand side as you come out of the Paris hotel. On our second day we ventured to the right and I will go into more detail about that in my next post.
One of my favourite hotels was the New York New York Hotel which had a rollercoaster outside.
One of the top things to do in Las Vegas is to head to one of the all you can eat buffets. Now we’re not talking mediocre food and mass catering here – Las Vegas do luxury unlimited buffets featuring lobster, steak and decadent desserts.
For a fixed price you get free reign on the buffet which has every type of food and cuisine you can think of. You can also add on an unlimited drinks package.
Prepare to be seriously full after this meal – we couldn’t move.
To walk off our huge dinner we went for a walk along the strip again which transforms into a completely different place at night with all the lights on.
We headed towards the Bellagio Hotel to watch the famous fountain show. Every half an hour the fountain at the front of the hotel puts on a sound and light show set to different tracks – get there early as the crowds that form around the fountain are huge.
The fountain show is a must see when in Las Vegas and is much better viewed in the evening than in the daytime.
We headed back to one of the bars in our hotel for a few drinks and the atmosphere was great. Obviously being with my parents I couldn’t head to one of the clubs but luckily I’ve been to Vegas twice before so I have done the clubs before.