Arriving in Las Vegas

Las Vegas, for me, is one of the most fun destinations I know.  My first visit was for my husband’s 40th birthday. We’d booked a great room at Treasure Island and my husband’s family from Arizona joined us as a surprise to him. During our 4 day stay, we visited a lot of the casino hotels and had a great time at Madame Troussaud’s Wax Museum.  Being that we were there during the 4th of July holiday, we saw fireworks from our strip view room in the hotel. Fantastic!

We’ve been hooked on Vegas ever since and visit now on a yearly basis.  We’ve stayed at a couple of hotels that are no longer standing, the Boardwalk and the New Frontier.  We’ve seen so many changes over the past 15 years.  Since we love to visit Las Vegas every year, we’ve bought a “place” (Vacation Ownership/Timeshare) at the Tahiti Village so that we now have a great place to stay. Lately, we’ve been renting a car and seeing and doing more off the world famous strip.  Vegas is a great place to go for vacation because there is so much to see and do.

Arriving at the Las Vegas airport is a wild and crazy start to your stay.  As soon as you deplane, the excitement starts.  As you make your way to baggage claim, you’ll start seeing the slot machines.  While waiting for your luggage to come off the carousel, you will see large video displays of the incredible shows and talent that Las Vegas offers.  You’ll see people from all walks of life and in all forms of dress from casual to ultra-glam. Everybody wants to be seen in Vegas so you can’t dress up too much.  You’ll see future brides holding garment bags filled with their wedding dresses.  You’ll see the business crowd as Las Vegas is a great venue for conventions. You will see a long row of chauffeurs holding signs waiting for their fares.  If there isn’t one waiting for you, then you need to find some other way to get to your hotel.

From baggage claim, find exit door 10 or 11 and head in that direction.  Here you’ll find the queuing lines for taxis or cross the street for the rental car shuttle. One line/one bus goes to the rental car company complex. Depending on the time of day, the queuing lines may be quite long, but they do move. I don’t mind the lines as it gives me the opportunity to peoplewatch and Las Vegas is the PERFECT destination for that due to the diversity of the crowds.

I’m currently in the planning stages of my 2015 visit to Las Vegas and I can’t wait. I’ve had an entire year to think about it and plan on what I would like to do. There will be some typical yearly stops like Fremont Street and breakfast at Bootleggers and a Porterhouse for Two dinner at Vic and Anthony’s at the Golden Nugget. I’m also hoping for some new experiences like hiking up to Cathedral Rock at the top of Mount Charleston, shopping for a pair of cowboy boots and playing Bingo at the South Point Casino. Out trip this year is scheduled around the Memorial Day holiday weekend and my excitement level is already at an 8!!

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