Thursday, November 3, 2011

Vegas Baby Part 2

The second day in Vegas we slept in a little bit after all the exploring we did the day before.  We were determined to get farther down the strip this day.  Our first stop was MGM where Ryan's sister, Emily, and her friends were staying.

I really liked this hotel too!  It was one of my favorites.  It also housed another free exhibit that was on our list of things to see.  My mom was probably the most excited to see the tigers.
I have to admit that it was pretty cool.  You could walk in a tunnel with the tigers laying right on top of you!  I'm not sure if you can tell but that Tiger on the right has it's paw on the trainer!

Here's a closer look.

So funny to see the smooshed tigers from underneath.  They almost didn't look real!

Afterwards, we headed up to Emily's room to check out her pad and her sweet views.

I love this picture with the Wynn & Encore Hotels, the Stratosphere and the mountains in the background.

Closer shot of the Stratosphere.

We never made it over the the Trump tower since it's a little off the strip.  Maybe next time! :)

(Please ignore the gal chugging a beer in the foreground.)
The new City Center was probably the coolest thing I've ever seen!  It is an architect's dream shopping mall!  Granted, we probably couldn't afford to shop at any of the stores inside, but it was still so amazing to walk through.

I mean, just check out the floating restaurant!!

and the the swirling water features!

Check out a little video of it.

(Sally, Mom & I)
I was loving all the Fall decorations everywhere.  When we had left it didn't feel much like Fall yet but all their decor was definitely putting me in the mood!

This is the Excalibur hotel.  It was gorgeous at night.  I would have loved to stay here when I was kid.  This is what little girl's dreams are made of!

We stopped at the New York New York Hotel for dinner and to ride their crazy roller coaster.  You can see it on the on the left side.  We loved the indoor replica of the city.  So freaking cool!  I seriously can not even describe how amazing all the architecture was in Vegas.

Night time view of the strip.

I think our favorite thing (I keep saying that) was the Bellagio fountains.  It was way better then I could have imagined!

This is a short clip of just a small part of a free show. 
Of course we had to go inside and check things out.  This was the ceiling entrance.  Can you even believe this??

The fall decorations were just incredible.

The seasonal garden.  Those horses were made up of 1-3 tons of live grass!!

Somebody pinch me!  Can I take this home with me??

A little clip so you can get the feel of the live action.

This tree moved and talked to you.  Ha!  Every plant in there was real but you couldn't tell because they were so perfect.

The view of the Paris hotel from the Bellagio.  We didn't go in this one because of time but it's on the list for next time around.

One of the last places we stopped that night was at the famous Flamingo hotel.  It was completely dark at this point so it was a little hard to see the live (free) Flamingo exhibit but still was neat to see.

I had a lot of reservations about Vegas and I definitely wasn't expecting to love it as much as I did.  We definitely want to go back because there was still so much that we didn't get to see.  Plus, we didn't have a chance to see one of the famous shows either due to time.  It's probably not every body's cup of tea but I appreciate it for what it is.  Sure there are definitely downsides to Vegas but there is just no other place like it in the world.  Where else would you see all of this in one spot??
If you haven't ever been you should at least go for two days just to see this!


  1. Oh my gosh, those pictures have me dying to go to Vegas now! I have never been but I want to stay at the same hotel as you guys did someday!

  2. OMG all of these pictures look like they could be postcards! Absolutely beautiful! And that mall looks amazing! We stayed at the Excalibur when I was younger - it's funny thinking back on that trip.

  3. Those tigers are so cool!

    Are the colorful things (I don't know what they're called. Jellyfish?) part of a Chihuly exhibit? We saw his work at an art museum and it was SO amazing!

  4. I must say - I've never been to Vegas, but your pictures make me want to go! Like tomorrow. :) You are an amazing photographer. P.S. I'm Kristin, by the way, and I am your newest follower! I love your blog. I'm so glad I found it!

  5. Rob and I really enjoyed Vegas. Love the fall garden! Though, I feel I must point out that those are MGM lions (not tigers). Much love!

  6. Wow, that is insane! You saw so many cool things! The tigers, lions as per Miss Jessey...super cool. TONS of grass? Um wow. That is inane.


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