One Happy Traveler

Hi Guys!  I’m glad you came back to read about our second day in Vegas! (If you missed part one, you can read it here to get caught up.) We were total tourists and it was awesome!!  There is so much to see and do, and we were definitely not there long enough.  We are already thinking about going back!  But, we did see a lot in the short time we were there and Friday was spent touring. 

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Friday morning I woke up before 7 am (which was around 9 am my time.)  I should have been tired and slept longer since we were up for 24 hours the day before.  But, I was wide awake and ready to go.  I let Jeremy sleep while I got ready for the day and read through all of the booklets and brochures that we had gotten the day before.  I tried to somewhat plan our day, or at least plan what we would eat.  But, we really just ended up playing it by ear.  I had some spark and trail mix to get me going, and by the time I was finished with it, I was ready to head out the door. 

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We decided to try out the tram that went from our resort over to the Monte Carlo. 

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We had to ride it to the Bellagio first, and then back to the Monte Carlo.  We got off there and walked through the casino and lobby. 

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Then we headed across the street to Denny’s.  We didn’t want to spend $40+ on breakfast at a buffet.  There was a line out the door, but they got us in within 10 minutes.  I had scrambled eggs, turkey bacon, a sausage link, half of a piece of Jeremy’s toast, and we shared some pancakes. 

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Leaving there, we headed down the block to catch the bus.  We wanted to go see the Welcome to Las Vegas sign.  We rode the bus to it’s last stop on the south end of the strip.  We stopped at a gas station to get something to drink and we saw Elvis and his car in the parking lot.  I wanted to take a picture of him or with him, but he was talking to a group of women, so I settled for just the car. 

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Jeremy tried out one of the slot machines inside, and he ended up winning 50 cents. 🙂 lol

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We then walked 3 more blocks to the sign.  There was a really long line waiting to take pictures.  We didn’t want to wait in that line and waste a lot of time, so we jumped up on the side and took some.  (Plus we didn’t want to have to pay the “professional photographer” to take our picture.  That’s what his shirt said.)

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When we were finished, we walked back to the bus stop and rode it to New York New York. 

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We went in the Hershey’s store first.  There was so much candy!  And huge sizes of it too! 

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They also had a bakery with all kinds of cookies, brownies, caramel apples, and sweet treats all made with candy.  They all looked so good! 

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It was pretty packed, so we didn’t spend a lot of time in there.  I was really excited when I found this Reese’s pillow.  When I was little, I had a Reese’s pillow instead of a blanket.  I slept with that thing until it was falling apart.   

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We then went down to the shopping area and arcade in New York New York.  The “city” was really cool! 

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We walked all around it and then went into the arcade.  Jeremy was debating riding the roller coaster.  He wanted to look at it first.  But, we couldn’t find anywhere to look at it, except from the street, so he decided not to ride it.  I’m so glad because I’m terrified of roller coasters and he wanted me to ride with him!    

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When we left there, we walked over to the Luxor and through their casino and took pictures outside with the sphinx and the pyramid. 

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And, since we were so close, we walked down to Mandalay Bay.  (Everything looks a lot closer than it is because the signs are huge.  This is probably why we ended up walking so many miles while we were there because we didn’t realize how far away things really were.)  We walked all through their casino, shops, and convention center.  There was an IBM convention going on, so there were tons and tons of people in blue IBM shirts.  We went to the entrance to the shark reef.  I wanted to go see the sharks, but I didn’t want to have to pay to go in.  (Everything was so expensive!)  So, I was hoping that you would at least be able to see one, but you couldn’t. 

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We then went over to the MGM and walked through there.  It was really nice!

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Then we got back on a bus and headed north.  We got off at Planet Hollywood and walked through the shopping area and went to see Wahlburgers!  I was crossing my fingers that Marky Mark would be there….but, he wasn’t. I was pretty disappointed about that, more so than I was about the Pawn Stars guys.  I love Mark Wahlburg!)

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We started to walk down to the Mirage, but realized it was much further than we thought.  So, we went back to catch the bus.  On the way to the bus stop, we stopped to watch the fountains at the Bellagio again.  They are really cool, but they are much cooler at night! This time they were playing the Star Spangled Banner and the water shooting up sounded like fireworks!

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We rode the bus down to the Mirage and walked all through their casino.  We went and looked at their pool and also at the map of Siegfried and Roy’s Secret Garden. We were going to go in to see the dolphins, but it was getting late in the afternoon and we still had some things we wanted to see before we had to get ready for the show that night.   

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So we went across the street to the Venetian to see the gondolas. 

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We walked through their casino and then over to the shops.  We came across the Cake Boss’s bakery and I just had to try something.  It all looked so delicious that I had a hard time choosing. 

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I never get to eat cannoli, so I chose a cannoli tower cake.  It was $9 and it was worth it.  It was amazing!  But, the filling was so rich so I only ate about a quarter of it. 

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When we left there, we headed down to the food court to get a snack (Del Taco tacos) before going back to the room to get ready for the night!  We had big plans!!  (If you follow me on insta or snapchat then you already know what they were!)  Since this post is already pretty long, and we had a really exciting night, I’m going to leave you here.  Make sure you come back to see what we did Friday night.  We saw the best show I have ever seen in my life! 

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8 thoughts on “One Happy Traveler

  1. Mackenzie Reply

    Ahhhh where to start?! I loved everything about this post. I was just saying that I want to go to Las Vegas just to experience it one time. It looks like you had a wonderful time. Then going straight to NYC?! That’s incredible. My husband and I just went there this summer for the first time (for me) and we went to Carlos’ bakery too. We just got the plain cannoli, but it was soooo good. ( https://mackmarie.com/2016/07/23/new-york-new-york/ ) . Their eclairs are to die for too. How long will you be there? I loved reading through this. It just made me happy. Thanks for sharing your travels.

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      Tara Reply

      Vegas was awesome!! You should totally go! We only went to Vegas, but I want to go to New York bad!! We went to the New York New York hotel. It was really cool! And the bakery was amazing!! Everything in there looked super good! I’m going right now to read your post and get some ideas about New York. I really want to visit there at Christmas so I can see the big tree, the rockettes (which I wanted to be the whole time I was growing up), and go ice skating in Central Park. But, my husband wants to go during baseball season so we can go to a Yankee game. That would be fine with me too!

  2. Judy @ Chocolaterunsjudy Reply

    We love Vegas. Went the first time in about 1991 & have been back many, many times. I almost never take the monorail, though, so I get lots of walking there — I’ve also run there. I’ve run down to the Vegas sign a few times.

    We have often stayed at the Tropicana, and I’ll walk up to Fashion Show Mall!

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      Tara Reply

      I saw a lot of runners, and I was a little bit jealous. 🙂 That end of the strip would be good to run on. I saw a girl trying to run down the sidewalk in the middle of the strip and she couldn’t get around people.

  3. Heather @ Polyglot Jot Reply

    Las Vegas is definitely somewhere i hope to visit at least once in my life–looks like a great time! Woah he won 50 cents—big spender!! 😀 😀 😀

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      Tara Reply

      LOL I know! He cashed it out as soon as he won. It made me laugh. You should go. There is so much to do and see!

  4. San Reply

    Wow, you guys did a lot of walking… but honestly, that’s the only way to experience the Strip! I agree though, everything looks much closer than it is LOL

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      Tara Reply

      I think it is the best way to experience it. We rode the bus too, but you just can’t see everything from the bus.

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