Tuesday, February 09, 2010

Vegas Adventure!

Well, we've gone and done it. Hubs and I have booked two plane tickets to Vegas! Our 10th wedding anniversary is coming up, and we're celebrating by spending 5 days in Vegas, seeing the sights, eating the food, and renewing our vows in the campiest ceremony less than $300 will buy.

We're going in April, and we are now trying to decide where to stay and what to do. Properties under consideration include the Paris, the Venetian, the Bellagio, the Wynn, the Encore, the MGM Grand, and the MGM Grand Signature. Our must list of sights is shaping up as follows:
1.) general gawking on the Strip: I'd love to wander around in many of the casinos, including the Paris, the Venetian, NYNY, and the Luxor (and maybe also take a ride on the NYNY roller coaster!)
2.) Bellagio fountains
3.) the Liberace Museum
4.) the auto collections at the Imperial Palace (Both hubs and I would love this.)
5.) the Paris' Eiffel Tower (we need another goofy photo)
6.) a gondola ride at the Venetian
7.) exhibits: there's a Titanic exhibit and a Bodies exhibit at the Luxor. Either one would be fun, though it's going to take some pretty sustained persuading to get hubs inside the Bodies exhibit.
8.) animals: there's a shark reef at the Mandalay Bay, the dolphin habitat at the Mirage, and lions at the MGM Grand. Might be fun for quick diversions.
9.) Hoover Dam: it would be fun to get out of the city for a bit, and hubs has always wanted to see Hoover Dam.
10.) shopping: if I splurge on anything, it will be a gorgeous bag at one of the outlets.
11.) campy, cheesy vow renewal
That's alot to fit into about 4 days! We'll see if we get to all of it.

Of course, in addition to all of the sightseeing, we've got to EAT. Several restaurants have made my short list:
1.) Petrossian at the Bellagio (I hear their afternoon tea is amazing.)
2.) Joe's Stone Crab at Caesar's Palace
3.) Burger Bar in Mandalay Place
4.) Verandah in Mandalay Bay
5.) Diego at the MGM Grand
6.) Onda at the Mirage
7.) Lots of fun places at NYNY - Il Fornaio, Nine Fine Irishmen, etc.
8.) Dos Caminos at the Palazzo
9.) Mon Ami Gabi at the Paris
10.) Okada at the Wynn
Anybody eaten at any of these? We'll be lucky if we get to most of them. The majority of the restaurants above are not crazy expensive and have gotten raves from both guidebook writers and internet reviewers.

Anyway, if you have suggestions for lodging or must-sees, I'd love to hear them! Can't wait for our trip!

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