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Road Trip Day 12: Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas!

Road Trip Day 12: Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas!

The culmination of our epic California Road Trip was near – all that was left to do was drive from Anaheim, California along the I-15 to Las Vegas for the 2011 Labor Day Weekend.

The closer we got to the desert, the hotter it got outside our Chevy Cruze and the temperature indicator peaked at a massive 114 degrees. Thankfully the air-conditioner in our car worked to perfection and we barely noticed!

The road to Las Vegas.

The road to Las Vegas.

After 4 hours on the road, we eventually arrived at the Fox Rent A Car location in sweltering Las Vegas and said farewell to our vehicle. The two of us then caught a cab to the strip and checked into our hotel at the MGM Grand – although 30 minutes in the scorching heat of Las Vegas had drained most of our energy!

Kieron exhausted

Kieron exhausted after the drive and time in the Vegas sun.

We snuck in a short rest and some water before heading out onto the famous strip after dark. The two of us ventured north to the Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood to grab some dinner and check out this decked-out mall.

As we ate our Panda Express meals, we were treated to an indoor thunderstorm that happens every hour on the hour. There are also many other things to see within Miracle Mile with 140 stores, 15 restaurants and even a giant 50-foot stripper!

Stripper Bar

The 50ft stripper at the Stripper Bar within Miracle Mile.

With our exploration of the Miracle Mile Shops done for now, we headed back out onto Las Vegas Boulevard and crossed the road to the spectacular Bellagio Fountains. The fountain show at the Bellagio Hotel is something we could just watch over and over again!

The Bellagio Fountains

The Bellagio Fountains.

We had a few nights of partying to look forward to in the Sin City so chose to head back to our hotel for some rest and relaxation. Bring on the long weekend!

We’re currently road tripping through California thanks to the generous help of Fox Rent A Car.


  1. Posted September 20, 2011 at 4:17 am | Permalink

    It’s amazing how many free or cheap things you can find in Las Vegas. I went a few years ago and spent a lot of time just wandering through the hotels and casinos because there were so many interesting things to see. The Miracle Mile Shops were one of my favourites, I really loved the look of it, but I don’t remember the 50ft Stripper, that must be new.
    Alouise recently posted..Road Trip Memories 14 – A Grand Canyon Photo

    • Posted September 20, 2011 at 10:52 am | Permalink

      You could easily spend a while in Vegas without spending much – there is so much to see and do! The Miracle Mile Shops became our first stop on most nights, so many different options for food/drink and shopping.

  2. Posted September 20, 2011 at 9:49 am | Permalink

    Can’t wait to read more about your Vegas adventures!

    People are often very surprised to find out how cheaply you can actually visit Vegas if you don’t gamble very much. My sister and I hardly spent any money there at all! (Then again, she wasn’t 21 yet, so there were no bars or clubs for us either…)
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    • Posted September 20, 2011 at 10:55 am | Permalink

      Unfortunately we don’t have too many stories to share from our time in Vegas… we had a couple of big nights out, spent some time by the pool and explored the strip and not too much else.

      Found that it was way too busy (and expensive!) on a long weekend. But it was definitely an experience that we wanted to have and partying on the Saturday night was unbelievable despite the exorbitant drink prices.

  3. Posted September 20, 2011 at 5:52 pm | Permalink

    I LOVE Vegas. LOVE. And that pic of Kieron is so funny! Can’t wait to get back there, so jealous of you guys 🙂
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    • Posted September 22, 2011 at 6:30 pm | Permalink

      We’re following in your footsteps with Las Vegas and St. Louis! We love Vegas too… definitely want to go back when it’s low season and spend a week or two here.

  4. Posted September 23, 2011 at 12:40 pm | Permalink

    Love, love, love Vegas! I wish I could go back and see more of it. I was there with a girlfriend and her family when I was there last, so it was a bit different to if I was there alone or with friends.
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