GUEST ARTICLE: When we arrived in Las Vegas we were greeted with the same fantastic energy that just is Las Vegas. There is no other place in the world like it. Arriving at night is pretty spectacular, the light display is incredible, and I can’t even imagine what their power bill must be like, yikes! Being December the weather was much cooler than normal, freezing actually, I knew I should have packed that sweater!
The numerous attractions in Vegas are never ending and it can be quite a task trying to figure out what you want to see and do while most importantly trying not to go broke, something very easily done in Vegas!
We heard stories of people actually walking to the airport with luggage in tow because they didn’t even have enough money for a taxi.
The majority of the shows sport some pretty hefty prices but there are also some pretty good shows at reasonable prices, just be sure to check out the reviews before taking the leap.
A good hypnotist show is always a winner (as long as you’re part of the audience!) and if you’re willing to go through one of the ‘many’ annoying time share scams you can score some free tickets, although that’s something I wouldn’t recommend wasting your time with.
Also never forget the golden rule – you get nothing for nothing in America.
As for the food, there’s really there’s nothing much to say about it, you’re in America! Let’s just say you certainly won’t starve, there’s nothing quite like American sized portions – dig in!
One day we rented a car and drove to a place just outside of Vegas called Red Rock Canyon, imagine our surprise when we came upon what is usually a very hot rich red canyon covered in a light blanket of snow!? Snow in the middle of the desert we thought? Strange but very beautiful!
We didn’t actually realize the full impact the snow had on the city until we got stuck in a major blizzard later that day while heading back to our hotel on the strip. Since it hadn’t snowed like that in Vegas since 1979 the traffic was chaotic. It was incredible! The airport was also shut down along with a few major freeways, causing even more problems.
Fortunately we made it back without any fender benders but with frozen feet due to the thick wet slush covering the ground. The strange thing about all of this was that by the next morning there was hardly even a flake to be found.
This time we went to check out downtown Las Vegas. The buildings were obviously much older but there was a very cool authentic feel about that area, especially Freemont Street which has a massive pedestrian mall with the biggest big screen canopying the street – very cool.
Well we enjoyed ourselves in Vegas as usual but I think we might stick to their summers in the future! Next stop Dallas … Giddy up!
This travel diary has been written by Rob Gower, a friend who enjoys taking the road less traveled!