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Exploring Las Vegas

November 18, 2013

When planning my Las Vegas trip, I knew that I wanted to spend plenty of time wandering around the outlandish hotels and casinos and soaking in the Vegas-ness of it all.  After spending most of Friday locked in timeshare presentation hell, on Saturday morning we were finally free to explore!

After a leisurely morning and a quick workout in our lovely hotel, we set out.  We hopped in the shuttle from the Trump to Caesar’s Palace, which is pretty central to the action.

Caesar's Palace

One thing I was not prepared for in Vegas was just how long it took to walk everywhere.  The casinos and even the shops are designed like labyrinths to keep you and your dollars in, so getting from point A to point B also requires navigating a maze or two.  Plus, the hotels themselves are so huge that it can take 20 minutes to get somewhere that looks to be right next door.  That said, after trekking out of Caesar’s, we emerged on Las Vegas Boulevard, also known as the Strip.

The front of Caesar's Palace as seen from the strip.

The front of Caesar’s Palace as seen from the strip.

Walking down Las Vegas Boulevard, I couldn’t help but crane my neck in every direction, in awe of the man-made scenery around us.

Bellagio Fountains

One of the fun things about Vegas is that there’s no open container law.  We passed dozens of tourists carrying plastic liters of fruity cocktails.  Wanting to get in on the fun and knowing we had a bit of a hike to our next destination, we pulled over and grabbed a couple of beers to sip as we walked.  Ah, novelty.  Eventually we found ourselves at Planet Hollywood, where we planned to eat lunch.

Burgr Las Vegas

Taking a recommendation from one of my coworkers, we chose Gordon Ramsay BurGR for lunch.  We both love burgers, and celebrity chefs are such a big part of the restaurant scene in Vegas that we couldn’t help but try this spot.  I was glad that we did.  Along with the fun wall of fire, the restaurant’s open layout lent to a fun vibe.  And the food was delicious.  We started with an order of Jalapeño Poppers.

Jalapeño Poppers

In addition to coming in festive little shot glasses of spicy ranch dressing, the poppers came with a fun mystery: One was extra hot, and there was no way to tell which one.  The boyfriend loves spicy food.  I like to try it but usually end up a sweaty mess chugging water.  Guess who got the spicy popper.

Once I cooled off, I loved my Euro Burger – a perfectly cooked tender patty topped with truffle aioli, goat cheese, arugula and roasted tomatoes.

Gordon Ramsey Burgr

We also split a side of sweet potato fries that was WAY more than we could eat.  We probably could have skipped them altogether, but they were delicious dusted with powdered sugar and served with a side of honey jalapeño mayo.

Burgr Las Vegas

See? The cone of fries was actually the size of my face.

It was fairly pricey for a burger lunch for two, but by this point I’d come to accept that everything in Vegas would give me sticker shock. 

After such a heavy lunch, I was glad to walk it off.  We headed south toward New York, New York.

New York New York

We debated riding the roller coaster atop the skyline, but couldn’t get on board with spending $14 each for one ride, so we moved on.  Next stop was the MGM Grand to see the lions, but apparently we were a couple years late – the lions were moved off the property a while ago.  Eventually, we strolled by Paris.

Paris Las Vegas

Paris Las VegasThen we had to check out the Flamingo.  It’s one of the older casinos on the Strip, it’s where the boyfriend stayed on his last visit here and it’s home to an actual flock of flamingos.

The Flamingo Las Vegas

Strolling through their wildlife area, I felt miles away from the bustle out front.  The company was a little different, too.

Flamingos at the Flamingo

After saying goodbye to the flamingos, we headed back to the Trump to recharge and get ready for one last big night on the town – a show, dinner and drinks!

8 Comments leave one →
  1. November 18, 2013 5:03 pm

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    • November 18, 2013 7:47 pm

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  2. November 18, 2013 7:30 pm

    Isn’t the amount of walking surprising? The hotels always appear so close, but there are so many curves and hidden paths, that it takes forever! I love walking around the strip, but my legs ache afterwards. At least it’s an easy way to justify over indulging in food and alcohol!

    • November 19, 2013 9:34 am

      I was blown away by it too! And constantly tired and achey. It’s funny how walking around on all that concrete took more out of me than a hike up a mountain… I’m sure the constant sensory overload has something to do with it too. But yes, at least there are plenty of places to stop along the way for rest and refreshments 🙂

  3. November 19, 2013 7:02 pm

    You had a meal at Gordon Ramsey’s restaurant? – How cool is that! I love LV too! When I went there, I had a blast! Personally, I didn’t realize how far I had walked because I took so many pictures. 🙂

    • November 19, 2013 8:00 pm

      Yep! It was just your typical burger joint but with creative dishes and excellent ingredients. And a wall of fire. I wish I would have been that easily distracted by my camera 🙂

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