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Trip Report Report- Part Vegas

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Headed out of Charleston, SC for Vegas ealy morning. Thunderstorm rolls in, delayed an hour. Sign of things to come? Already concerned over possible gov't shutdown of National Parks. Excitement and trepidation... and we're off..........
Got into Vegas around 11:30- rental car shuttle/set-up are excellent. Headed out in the Red Rider Camry by 12:30 to Hoover Dam since we couldn't check in yet anyway. First view of this part of the country. So dry, red and rocky. Very nice. Hoover Dam was awesome. Took the Power Plant tour.(all the guides, generally older gentlemen, were extremely nice, funny and loved what they did and where they were)
After a few hours we turned back for LV. Made sure to come up the South strip to get the cliche "Welcome to Las Vegas pic". (more there later) Cruised up to Bally's where our great rate found us staying. Didn't realize it was connected to Paris. Very nice introduction stroll. At check-in requested a North tower room and was given at no charge(not sure how grand an accomplishment but was told rooms were better) Room was good. Nothing outstanding but clean and more than enough for less than a President Grant. (although I might pay extra for any hotel shower head that suits someone 6'3", oh well)
Set out to hit the South strip and did the usuals. Caught as much of the free stuff; MGM lion exhibit(great) Bellagio fountains(classic-many times) and so on. Our biggest chore was finding casual eats that didn't break the wallet for a snack (ha, I know, it's Vegas)
Day 2 headed North. Love the Venetian, who doesn't? Hit the discount ticket stop at Bill's- only 1 ticket for each Cirque Love show that night(maybe a good thing-more later) "Settled" on Phantom at the Venetian. Glad we did. Classic show at a classic hotel. The custom theater is great with the effects and scenery. After, decided to eat at Jasmine in the Bellagio over-looking the fountains. Unfortunately the view was the best part. Not bad food just routine and could be found anywhere for 1/3 price. Maybe it was what we ordered(for the price it should all be great) but unimpressed is putting it lightly. This was worse meal (per $) of the trip that included stops at Baja Fresh and Wendys :) Oh well, you learn.
More later................

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