Las Vegas #1 – Neon Museum, Hoover Dam & Fremont St

I know this is late but I am super behind on all these posts. To celebrate my birthday and turning twenty-one I went to Las Vegas with my sister and brother-in-law. It was a five day trip but I’m just going to narrow it into two posts. None of us really took that many photos which is odd considering Vegas was built to be photographed with all the lights and glamour. There was something so enchanting about the place that I just spent most of my time looking around and experiencing it first hand rather than through the eyes of my camera. (Luckily there are some phone snapshots to make this a little less text-heavy).

We stayed at The Mirage which is in the middle of the strip. I had a room on one of the highest floors which was awesome but it was right at the end of the hallway so it took me around fifteen minutes each day just to get from my room to the casino floor haha. You check in at the desk but then have to wheel your suitcase through the casino past a dozen restaurants and bars and in between a bunch of blackjack tables to get to the lifts to take you to your room. That was a long sentence but it was a bloody long walk.

On our first proper day we actually rented a car and went away from the strip. We decided to go to the Neon Museum which features old signs and memorabilia from the former hotels/casinos. Our tour guide was really fun and getting to see the old fonts and styling was awesome. As it was an overcast day they even lit up some of the signs which was wicked. I’m a real sucker for neon lettering as it makes me feel like I’m in Boogie Nights.

We then headed to the Hoover Dam which structurally was really impressive but the tour really sucked. You first have to watch a history movie which I understand helps explain the story (and it is a good one) but it then turned into this weird ‘America is the best’ video that was super awkward for all the foreigners. Felt like an induction video to the American suburbia like in Edward Scissorhands. Afterwards you go down in a big group to look at some pipes and the generators but that’s pretty much it. You just get shuffled around like sheep in a herd with a scripted little nibbet of uninteresting information from a tour guide who seemed to hate this life. The best bit? The view of the dam from the top. Getting to see just how smooth and deep it goes is insane. They have a great timelapse of it being built which is really impressive and I appreciate how much of a feat it is (just make the tour more interesting and it’d be amazing). Oh and just a heads up, if you drive there park on the AZ side as it’s free. The NV side makes you pay $15 which is so sneaky.
From there we headed back to the strip and went to the Welcome to Las Vegas sign. I thought it was going to be much larger and grander but it literally is in the middle of a really fast road and the size of a bed. However, it is one of those bucket list moments so had to do it.
To finish the day we drove to the Fremont Street Experience to see the older casinos. We got to see the cowboy and also posed at Binions with one million dollars. There were lots of little concerts going on and a ton of people dressed up as minions, Elvis and other celebrities. We gambled and drank for the rest of the night and that is pretty much what we did every other night too haha.


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