Las Vegas, Nevada: My Trip in the Strip

“How far is it?”
“Are we near?”
“How many hours/minutes left?”

Seeing just desert and cacti, those were the questions I asked as we drive to Las Vegas. Some photos are from my uncle, Gus Dorego. 

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I was amazed how quiet and picturesque the surroundings that we passed looked. Pictures do not even do justice to their scenic vast beauty.

During the later part of the day, after four hours drive from the desert city Palm Springs, any of my questions I’ve mentioned above didn’t even need to be answered by anyone as my eyes could answer them on their own. Seeing tall buildings, playful advertisements, and a mixed crowd of tourists (including Lady Liberty), I knew and I felt we were already in the infamous city of Las Vegas.

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As expected, traffic is bad on the Las Vegas Strip. But, it didn’t really matter since there is so much to see on Las Vegas’ most famous street – from gigantic bars and casinos to amazing light actions – even just by looking through the windows of your car.

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After that scenic mini-drive tour of the city, we headed to bed to store energy for the next day – this time, we didn’t bring a car.

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I was in my sneakers since I knew we’d be walking a lot. I knew it was going to be a long walk. I knew it will be hot. However, despite those, I still was still surprised of the distance that we traveled by foot and the humidity of the heat. The distance from place to place seems nearer that they actually are. Also, factor in the crowded streets full of tourist and locals alike. If you love busy and colorful streets, like me, this is the place for you!

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I saw some things that I’ve only seen in Vegas: middlemen handing paper ads to potential stripper clients, a group of guys that have their face painted as the ‘Kiss’ band but only wearing very thin thongs, bartenders pole dancing in the middle of the street as they wait for customers, a topless grandma dancing to the concert of ‘Elvis Presley’, a creepy guy walking on the street showing his thingy, and a lot more to mention. There were also a lot of people there in costumes, just like the ones in New York City but I find the Las Vegas impersonators way cooler and unique. The one (actually, they were a lot of ‘him’) that caught my eye was the ‘Alan’ from the Hangover impersonator. The Statue of Liberty and the Eiffel Tower are only not the well-known landmark that traveled to Las Vegas as you can also see and ride Gondolas over there.

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Though the waiting time might take you an hour, you don’t need to travel all the way to the canals of Venice to experience a Gondola ride. Our gondolier was also awesome. His deep singing voice made our experience more splendid. Too bad my camera was busy taking a video of his singing – that’s why I wasn’t able to take a photo of him. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

We stayed in Las Vegas for 3 days and 2 nights.  We ate, strolled, and had fun a lot.

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I remember the first time I gave the slot machine a try. It was in Atlantic City. My dollar was turned into 25 cents. I’m not really into slot machine games or whatever sort of gambling. However, sometimes, I’d like to do it for fun. As long as I’m not losing a lot, I’m fine. Of course, I did try again in Las Vegas. I inserted 2 dollars and got 43 bucks! Then, I stopped playing since I might lose my winnings ’cause that’s how casinos win – you win, you play that money, you lose them all. If you are planning to drink in the casino and you are willing to wait, you don’t need to spend money to get one. Casinos give free drinks to get gamblers get playing. Sit on the slot machine, and  wait for the cocktail waitress to offer your some drinks. Do yourself a favor – don’t get too drunk if you’re planning to still play, especially with the table games which require intact thinking. Don’t let Las Vegas leave you with empty pockets!

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All in all, I enjoyed Las Vegas and I’d love to go back someday. Here are other photos from the trip.

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Have you been to Las Vegas? Let me know about your experience! If not yet, add it to your list!

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Related article: Western USA Road Trip 

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