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Trip Report: A love affair with fountains and chandeliers

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Trip Report: A love affair with fountains and chandeliers

Myself and my partner spent 4 days in Vegas from Oct 7-11, I'll post my TR as replies. Got a lot of help from people on here, so thank you all for answering my questions!

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1. Re: Trip Report: A love affair with fountains and chandeliers

I hope you stopped bye the chandelier bar

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Day 1: Monday, October 7

We arrived in Vegas (MGM) at about 5pm after driving from Scottsdale, AZ. We loved the drive, nice scenery and stopped in Seligman and drove Route 66 to Kingman. Our original plan was to head to the Grand Canyon for the day in between Scottsdale and Las Vegas, but it was closed. In hindsight, although I was gutted to have missed it, it was probably a lot to fir in one day. We now have an excuse to come back and stay overnight there to see sunset/sunrise!

Anyway, we checked in at MGM, no queues. The receptionist said that there was only smoking rooms of the type (Grand 2 queens) that we had booked, so we said we would see what it was like and went up. The corridor smelt fine, but as soon as we opened the door to the room, we knew we couldn't stay there. So we rang down and asked them if they had another room (secretly hoping for an upgrade) and they magically found us a non-smoking room of our type - weird.

After we had unpacked, there was time for a quick shower before heading out to explore. First impressions was that Vegas was INSANE, and this was only a Monday!! It was a bit overwhelming at first, but the lights of the strip and all the excitement soon put that feeling away.

We had decided to go to Cheesecake Factory for dinner, as we knew we liked the food and it seemed easier than trying to find somewhere we weren't sure of. So we walked up to Casears Palace, which wasn't too far and had a wander round the forum shops before heading to Cheesecake Factory, where we promptly ordered strawberry daiquiris and toasted to being in Vegas.

Food was good as always. -

On the walk back, we heading to Bellagio to watch a fountain show - I totally fell in love with them and we stayed for two songs. I could have stayed for much longer!

on the walk back to MGM, we went in and out of a few souvenir shops and bought a few little things. When we got back to MGM, we hit the slots- can't remember which ones apart from Willy Wonka! Didn't win anything!!

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Day 2: Tuesday, October 8

Up and about for our first full day! Got breakfast in Starbucks in the MGM and then headed out.

The first place we hit is Planet Hollywood Miracle Mile - we wandered around the shops for a bit and then picked up a Groupon for 2 yard frozen drinks. I clearly have no sense of measurement as these were massive and I expected them to be half the size!

Drinks in hand, we then carried on walking up that side of the strip, going in to all casinos/hotels and taking a million pictures. All the casinos were lovely - I really liked the Flamingo grounds and just being on the strip taking everything in.

We get hugnry right when we are opposite Caesar's - so grab a salad and sandwich at the Cheesecake Factory. No daiquiris this time as we were still recovering from the yard size drinks!!

After lunch, we crossed back over and carried on up as far as Wynn. My boyfriend really liked the Wynn - he likes nice hotels (!) and I loved the fairy lights on the trees inside.

We then go to Fashion Show Mall and the BF does a bit of Hollister shopping. Grab a water and some Reese's peanut butter cups to keep us going! We head back down the strip and see the casinos there up to Ceasars. I was a fan of the Mirage - both inside and out.

We stopped to watch the fountains at Bellagio in the daytime - they were lovely again, but I do think I prefered the night show. We were then done with exploring and planned to do the rest of the strip another day.

I had a pedometer on for today, and when we finally reached MGM, it said 15 miles!! It seems a lot but we walked from MGM to Wynn and back, and walked around most casinos plus the mall, so WOW.

Everyone said to wear your comfiest shoes, and I had planned to wear my converse, but it was too hot so wore Havainas instead, and I had no blisters at all. Our feet did ache though, so I ran a warm bath and we soaked our feet and used the massage bar soap provided.

We then got ready to head out. Our plan was Chandelier Bar and Wicked Spoon.

The Chandelier bar was AMAZING. It was a totally gorgeous setting - we sat on the 2nd floor - and the cocktails were great! I had something with pear - BF stuck to beer :)

There was no queue for Wicked Spoon so we were soon hitting the buffett. I liked the little portions - although it did make it harder to put things on your plate. BF liked the food, but think he would have liked one where you just pile your plate high! The carrot cake for dessert was great!

After dinner, we wandered round Cosmo, then went to watch another fountain show (told you I was obsessed). We then explored the Bellagio, which was lovely. The Conservatory was impressive - I'd love to see what they did at Christmas. We then played some slots at Bellagio - not winning anything again, but I cashed out so I could have a slip from Bellagio - as that has always been my dream hotel to stay in Vegas.

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Day 3: Wednesday, October 9:

Up early to head out to Hoover Dam. We went for breakfast at La Salsa Cantina, and enjoyed their special offer food, with 99c Bloody Mary's (for me anyway as BF was driving). We were planning to stop at the Vegas sign on the way out, but was busy so headed straight for Hoover Dam. We drove past it on the way in from Scottsdale so was looking forward to it.

We did the PowerPlant Tour, then walked to the overlook. I'm not normally scared of heights, but this was a bit scary as it was such a drop! We then walked round the edge of dam and then up to the bridge walk. Views were amazing! The police closed the bridge as we were leaving as it was so windy, so we were lucky we got to walk along it.

We drove back to hotel and got some forzen yogurt from inside the MGM. We went to explore the pool area, as we hadn't had a chance to look at it yet! It was a cloudy and windy day, so it was deserted, although we did see them setting up a party for the Lakers who were playing at the hotel the next day.

We headed up to the room quickly to freshen up and then drove downtown to the mob museum. BF LOVED this - he is really into anything mob related - so we were there for 3 hours, leaving just before 7. There really is so much there, and a lot of info about old Vegas and all its links to the mob. We walked the block or 2 to Fremont St, grabbed a beer and watched the light show. We then walked round looking at the casinos - I really liked the old style lights. We saw the million dollars in Binions, nothing to get that excited about really!

We drove back, parked the car and then went to Diablos at Monte Carlo for some drinks and food. The food was nice, the portions were HUGE. After we could move again, we wandered around Monte Carlo for a bit, and when we came out it was raining! We went over to the M&M and Coke shop on the way back - I bought 2 'Holidays are Coming' Christmas truck ornaments! We then grabbed more beer from the Grand Canyon Experience shop and headed back to the hotel.

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We plan on doing some of the things you've done when we go in December. We will probably be in the mob museum as long as you. My husband and I both love to visit museums. You sound like you are having a ball! Thanks for posting.

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Day 4: Thursday, October 10:

Today, we had breakfast at Starbucks in MGM again, as we wanted something we could eat and run with. We drove out and visited the Vegas sign, and had our pics taken by that. Our next stop was the Gun Store! We had booked packages online, but still wanted to get there as early as possible to make the most of our day.

This was so fun! i had the Ladies Package and I got to choose a handgun and a machine gun - i chose a pink AK47 (I think?!). I was nervous about shooting, as i had never done it, but it was brilliant! BF totally loved it as well - he had 3 guns, I can't remember what they all were, but the last one was some kind of crazy thing!! We then looked around the store after our shooting at all the crazy guns for sale.

After dropping the car back at MGM, we went to do the rest of the strip. We picked up 2 x strawberry daquiris from 32 degrees in MGM, which I got from MyVegas.

We took the footbridge to NY NY, then to Excalibur and got the tram to Mandalay Bay. Liked it there - it was really big though! We wandered around there, and also Luxor, which was unusual, but cool and then Excalibur. The BF was getting hungry by this point, so we got back on the tram and walked up to Aria to use the MyVegas for Five 50 pizza and beer. This was lovely pizza! There was a slight issue with redeeming the MyVegas as they said I had already done it two days earlier - even though I had just been to the Mlife desk to do it, but it was sorted quickly. Looked round Aria and Crystals and then decided to go and see Big Elvis at Harrahs.

We walked up there and sat down and ordered some beers - we were the youngest people there by a mile, but it was a great show. His voice was amazing, and it was fun to see an Elvis impersonator in Vegas!

We walked back down strip and went into NY NY -the last casino on our list. While I was queuing for the MyVegas rollercoaster vouchers, BF found a fun slot that was paying out so we stayed and played that for a bit. Won a grand total of $14 from a $3 bet - high rollers in the house :)

We went on the rollercoaster - it was good, but glad it was free as it seemed quite expensive. We walked round NYNY, which I enjoyed as New York is one of my all-time favourite cities, then went back to MGM for for more frozen yoghurt. BF had hit a wall and wanted a nap so we headed up to the to room and he slept while I read magazines. It was nice to chill for couple of hours!

We decided to go to Grand Lux at Venetian for dinner, but couldn't face any more walking so we got monorail. We had a bit of trouble finding Gradelicious. It was a reccomendation from here, so thank you!!!

We just missed the Mirage volcano show on way out, but were headed to Paris to do the Eiffel Tower at night. It was about a 40 min wait, but the view was beyond amazing and totally worth it. I love city lights at night, so for me, this was brilliant. We even got to see a fountain show from up high!

When we came down, we went to see our final fountain show of the trip, as we were headed to LA the next morning.

We then did some final souvenir shopping, played more slots including Sex and the City and then went to bed as we wanted to be rested for the drive.

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Day 5: Friday, October 11

I'd planned for us to go to Bellagio breakfast buffet this morning, so we got up, packed the car up and drove over there so we could head straight off afterwards.

There was no queue (we were probably there about 8am/8.30am) and the selection was brilliant. I had some granola, yogurt, pastries and pancakes, then some eggs and bacon. BF loved this meal a lot, and wants to come here for dinner next time we are in Vegas.

We bought some souvenirs from Bellagio - including the used casino cards (we already had ones from MGM) and then walked over quickly to PH souvenir shop for final final shopping, before getting back in the car and leaving Las Vegas.

It really was an incredible trip and we packed so much in. I think it was perfect for our first trip, and we both definitely want to come back soon. We actually got engaged while we were in LA, so who knows, we may be back next year for honeymoon!

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Great report and congrats on your engagement! ;)

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You stayed at MGM and thought Mandalay Bay was big? lol Most people think it's the other way around. Although because MB isn't as crowded as MGM and has more open spaces, I can see how you would feel that way.

I've always thought MGM was a great hotel for your 1st Vegas experience. Glad you enjoyed it.

Thanks for the report.

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Ha true! I think you're right - because it was spaced out, it seemed bigger? Plus it had the convention centre which seemed to add more to it!

MGM was perfect for us - the location was great and it had everything we needed. I would definitely recommend it.