Vegas, Baby! – Day 3

Vegas, Baby! – Day 3

For our 3rd and final day in Vegas we had to take in ALL the remaining things on our to-do list. The first being seeing the Vegas sign. It’s definitely a must-do, but my recommendation is to go as early as you possibly can because the line to get photos gets really big, really fast. Thankfully being that we never really adjusted to West Coast time, we woke up relatively earlier than the rest of the city and were able to make it to the sign and only have to wait in line for about 10 minutes.

If there are things you have to skip to fit in more things on your trip, the Welcome to Vegas sign is something I’d save for next time. You’re literally just going up there to quickly take a photo and then head back down the strip, so it’s not anything CRAZY spectacular, UNLESS you get lucky like we did when we went. There was an actual real life Vegas wedding happening with an Elvis impersonator as the officient to the left of the sign, so while we waited for our pics we got to see a wedding, that was really neat and made the wait seem like nothing.

After the sign, we walked James around Old Las Vegas & then hit up The Venetian. While we considered going for a gondola ride, we decided to skip on that to have more time to walk around the stunning shopping center inside the Venetian, where we could observe other tourists get their rides. I had heard tale of the amazing shopping experiences in Las Vegas before I went, but truly they have some of the most beautiful retail therapy experiences I’ve ever seen in my life. The Venetian has a river running through it for the gondola’s and everything. It was like a small Italian escape from reality.

After lunch at The Venetian, Jawny was ready for a nap, so we went back to the Palms for a little siesta. While Jawny napped, James and I took in some sights at The Paris Hotel. It was sooo cute on the inside and the outside was spectacular as well. I love a good theme and this hotel’s theme was executed perfectly. Even the restrooms were detailed with French accents and paintings.

We stayed around the Palms for the remainder of the evening. Had to rest up for travel the next day, but that’s when I learned: YOU DRINK FOR FREE IF YOU’RE GAMBLING. Like Jawny and I had just been drinking at various places all weekend long and paying for our drinks. While at the Palms bar on our very last day, I put a $20 in the Black Jack game on the bar, then when I went to cash out at the bar, the bartender said “You don’t pay for drinks if you’re gambling.” LIKE WHAT, MIND BLOWN. Ladies and Gents when you go to Vegas always gamble because I would have saved sooo much money had I known this from the get-go!

All in all Vegas was an awesome experience. We were able to fit in so many things in our trip and really made the most out of each drunken day. I can’t wait to go back. Next time I go though, I really want to stay in Cesar’s Palace. Of all the casino/hotels we checked out, Cesar’s was by far the most detailed and funnest looking.

The Neon Museum – Las Vegas

The Neon Museum – Las Vegas

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The second day we were in Vegas I hit something that’s been on my bucket list for years, The Neon Museum. The Neon Museum is like a graveyard for literally the best and BRIGHTEST (see what I did there) of Las Vegas’s Street Signs, only the museum gives them a new life both in the daytime and at night when the whole park lights up in all the olden glory and splendor of the good ol’ days.

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Jawny and I decided that since we were all about experiencing Vegas nightlife in the present, we’d hit up the museum during the day and I’m really glad we did, because it gave us the ability to get great photos and also see the character and real age of these glorious old signs.

There’s really nothing like experiencing this old boneyard in person. Some of my favorite signs personally were:

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Sassy Sally, not only sounds like my legit spirit animal, but according to our tour brochure, Sa$$y Sally used subliminal messaging in her sign with the two $$’s encouraging gamblers to spend money and win big!

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At 188 feet, The Stardust sign was the tallest in the world in 1968.

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If you don’t want this guy to be your new best friend, we can’t be friends.

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The Lido de Paris was a show at the Stardust, which was imported from Paris in 1958 and ran it’s final curtain call in 1991. The show ran for 32.5 years, seeing audiences of over 19 million people throughout it’s 22,000 performances.

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While I couldn’t find much information on the Clark Inn, it was most definitely my favorite sign to find (for obvious reasons).

The Neon Museum is open daily from 9:30am-11pm. Next time I’m out west, I’ll definitely be checking it out at nighttime, when all the beautiful signs light up and you can really see how resilient the ghosts of this town really are.