Posted by: Katie | May 13, 2012

Waking up in Vegas

Salena and Katie discuss their visit to Las Vegas and the things they saw, such as Siefried & Roy’s tiger sanctuary as well as the Stratosphere (they went on a ride there).

1. Did you two fly to Vegas or drive? How was the trip there?
On March 25, 2010, the day after my 21st birthday, I flew into Las Vegas, Nevada. It was a very exciting flight, even though I was traveling alone. I believe I had a Vegas playlist on my iPod for the flight over, including songs such as “Viva Las Vegas” by Elvis, and “Waking up in Vegas” by Katy Perry. I remember texting Katie “I’M IN VEGAAAAAS!” immediately upon landing.
Katie: I flew out with my mom on March 25, 2011. The flight was pretty uneventful; I watched a few episodes of Fresh Prince and Saved by the Bell on the plane, so I can’t complain. Also, I remember there being slot machines in the airport. They want you to start gambling as early as possible.

2. Where did you stay and what was your impression of the hotel?
S: We stayed at the Mirage, and the hotel was gorgeous. I loved the location on the strip, and amenities it offered. The pool was absolutely amazing, and we spent many hours reading a book pool-side. They had a delicious frozen yogurt place just inside from the pool, so it was easy to spend all day there. We spend hours in the casino, and I loved the restaurants and shopping inside.

K: The rooms were really well decorated and came with luxurious fluffy bathrobes. The pool was lovely, though a little cold so I spent most of my time sunbathing. We also went to the buffet there, which was delicious.

3. I assume, like most tourists, you visited the other hotels. Which were your favorites? Did you go in any other pools?
The only pool we visited was the one at the Mirage, but we did visit some of the other hotels. We walked through the Venetian, Treasure Island, and Caesars Palace. We went also went to see the fountains at the Bellagio as well as the outside of Paris. I wish I had gone into the Bellagio, because the fountains were phenomenal. Of all the hotels we went into, I loved the Venetian best. It was absolutely gorgeous inside, and had paintings covering the ceiling.

K: The Venetian which was really fancy and we went to the shops at Caesar’s Palace, but not inside. One of my regrets from the trip is not going inside the Bellagio to see the glass sculpture by Dale Chihuly.

4. Do you recommend any specific activities for others that wish to visit the strip?
As for activities, we did a lot of window shopping. I couldn’t afford 8 million dollar shoes, but it was fun to look. We also visited the M&M store, and Margaritaville, which are fun places to check. My personal favorite attraction was the Stratosphere.

K:I would recommend taking a walk around at night to see all of the neon lights, which is quite impressive. Plus, many hotels have a kind of show that they put on in front of their buildings like the Fountains at the Bellagio or the Volcano show at the Mirage.

5. What were your impressions of Siegfried & Roy’s Secret Garden? Did you learn anything new while there?
Siegfried and Roy’s Secret Garden was fun, but I didn’t really learn anything when I was there. We saw a lot of tigers and lions, and a few Emperor’s New Groove quality llamas. Many of the animals were sleeping when we were there.

K: The secret garden was a fun thing to do during the day. They have a dolphin sanctuary there where you can see trainers working with the animals which is quite neat. I was surprised, because I didn’t know that Seigfried and Roy worked with llamas.

 6. Did you see any big shows while visiting? If so, how was it?
We did not see any big shows, but I have heard that the Beatles show at the Mirage is really good. I wish I had the money to see it.

K: We chose not to see any shows since they’re pretty expensive, but there were a bunch of other things to do that were much cheaper. I would have liked to have seen the Cirque du Soleil Beatles show at the Mirage.

 7. Could you explain the experience of going on the stratosphere ride?
The Stratosphere ride was AMAZING. I can’t even describe the rush you get on the Big Shot. We were standing next to some guys in line that were getting nervous and freaking out a little, but Katie and I were standing there saying, “Let’s Go! Let’s Go!” If you like roller coasters or giant drops, the Big Shot is a MUST! I think it was my favorite part of our trip.

K: The Stratosphere was my favorite part of the trip. The view is spectacular and the rides are INSANE. There is one that’s like the Giant Drop which shoots you up to the very top of the building and then you free-fall. We also went on one that was like a giant carousel that is projected out over the edge of the building and as you spin faster you’re gradually tipped forward so you’re facing the ground. It’s hard to explain, but I would definitely recommend it if you’re not prone to motion sickness.

8. If you had a return visit, would you visit any sights outside of the Vegas strip?
S: If I were to go back, I would have loved to see the Vegas sign. It is far from the strip where we were, so we didn’t make it out to see it. I would also look into seeing a show if I had the funds to do it.

K: I think it would be nice to see the Vegas sign, we didn’t do that because it’s pretty far out and requires a taxi ride. We did go to Freemont street which some people really enjoy, but it wasn’t really my scene.

9. Any other comments?

K: Another thing I would mention is how friendly everyone was. I remember on our first night there, we were waiting to cross the strip and some couple told us they just got married! It’s easy to strike up a conversation with anyone, because everyone is happy to be there and maybe a little bit drunk.


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