First Anniversary Trip ~ Stop Three: Las Vegas
The long drive from Phoenix to Las Vegas is always an interesting journey in one way or the other, but this one was a bit different than I had experienced before. Same diverse scenery along the way, MUCH different weather. At one point, we were parallel to a storm with such heavy rain, it was closing down portions of highways. With a teensy bit of speeding and a great deal of luck, we finally made it to Nevada!
Driving into Vegas has always been a bucket list item for Chris, so we savored the moment and didn’t take pictures (whoops!). In fact, we didn’t take many photos of our three nights in Vegas, with the exception of videos our amazing corner suite at ARIA (I apologize ahead of time for the shaky camera)…
…the view of the Strip from our room…
…and some pictures from the cabana we reserved our first full day there (more on that later).
Unless, of course, you count all the pictures I took of our wining and dining. I mean, what else is there to do in Vegas? Gamble?! Meh.
We were able to drop off our Avis rental car right in our hotel’s self-parking garage. Dropped off the keys, prepaid for gas…couldn’t be easier. I mentioned we stayed at ARIA and were able to get upgraded into a corner suite. Absolutely beautiful hotel…stunning room. The check-in line was long, but moved quickly.
I would have stayed in that room forever, but we had reservation at Gordon Ramsay Steak at the Paris. As an aside, this was also the night of the Hell’s Kitchen finale that chose the executive chef of this restaurant (we didn’t see her there that night – trust me, we looked). I got the Maine Lobster app, the Beef Wellington for two (with Chris) and the sticky toffee pudding for dessert. All were pretty darn incredible.
We did actually gamble and had some more drinks before turning in that night. The next day, we stumbled our way down to the pool area and into our cabana. I would totally recommend doing this – worth every penny. Unfortunately, our day at the pool got cut short when they had to evacuate the area due to a major storm that eventually ended up flooding the Strip. Best laid plans… We checked out Penn & Teller’s show over at the Rio (which was fun!) and came back to ARIA for a bite and flight at Todd English’s P.U.B.
The next day, we finally made our way over to New York New York to ride the roller coaster. It’s our guilty little pleasure. We walked from there down to Harrah’s, where we were determined to get lunch at Kerry’s Gourmet Burgers. We had the most amazing Captain Crunch Milkshake, Nacho Waffle Fries and Burger Sliders.
I was pretty sure I would never eat again.
Not that I was in any shape to try on clothes, but we went over to Caesars Forum Shops anyways to walk off lunch. They have the most beautiful stores there. After that, on a tip I read on a website somewhere (wish I could credit you, whoever you are!), we grabbed drinks at the Cabo Wabo Cantina and watched the Bellagio’s Water Show.
After a long and rather warm day walking the Strip, we headed back to ARIA, cleaned up a bit and went to Julian Serrano Tapas for dinner – our favorite meal in Las Vegas. We had a few drinks and gambled a wee bit more (I’m always eager to spin the Wheel of Fortune on those slot machines!) before calling it a night. Early flight to San Fran the next morning!