To the amazement of a lot of people, (including myself), I had a few days in Vegas on my
way across the US. To even more amazement of myself, I enjoyed it a lot.
One of the first things you notice about Vegas is it is over the top. Waaay over the top, but its over the top in a classy way. Sure, the props are cheesy, but they look real, even if everyone knows that its all fibreglass, plastic and paint. Most other places, the props look like fibreglass, plastic and paint.
I stayed at Circus Circus, which is getting towards the north end of the Strip. I wanted a hotel on the Strip because that is where I wanted to go and I didn't have a car. Circus Circus was the cheapest, so thats where I went. I didn't spend long in my room, so I didn't really mind it being fairly basic.
Vegas is definately best experienced at night. Sleep in late, spend your day inside the hotels and casinos, then walk the Strip at night when its cooler and the lights are all on. A building that looks great at night, suddenly seems very dull in the harsh light of the sun. For those hoping for Vegas being a cheap place to stay, sorry to disappoint you. Sure, there are cheap places, but not where I was, for those, you need to get off the strip.
There is lots to do. A lot of it will cost you, but if you're like me and enjoy the spectacle itself, then (most of the time) watching is free. Every casino and hotel has its own gimic, sorry, theme to get you in. In my opinion, the better ones are:
Of course, the gambling hits you as soon as you get off the plane - the one armed bandits are the first things you see and the size of the casino floors is mind boggling. Then you see the money people are walking around with and your mind does a double take. If anyone is curious, yes, I gambled on the pokies, at least one bet in every casino I was in (I think I covered all the casinos on the Strip) and I came out with a profit of $0.25 Not quite enough to retire on just yet.
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