Las Vegas and Los Angeles Trip - Part One

- Part Two -

 

Day One

We drove from the San Francisco Bay Area to Las Vegas. It took us about 9 hours to get there. We left at around 9:00 in the morning and got to Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino at 6:00 in the evening.

Not bad for the highway conditions. And luckily we had two drivers to rotate. We stayed in Mandalay Bay for the night.

Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino
Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino
Luxor Hotel & Casino that is next to Mandalay Bay
Luxor Hotel & Casino that is next to Mandalay Bay
Excalibur Hotel & Casino that is not far from Mandalay Bay
Excalibur Hotel & Casino that is not far from Mandalay Bay
Brooklyn Bridge in front of New York-New York Hotel &Casino
Brooklyn Bridge in front of New York-New York Hotel & Casino

Day Two

It was almost winter time when we visited. Most of beach activities were closed. But we were able to enjoy a small heated pool in Moorea Beach Club next to the beach area. What a relax during such an early winter day.

A small heated pool in Moorea Beach Club next to the beach area in Mandalay Bay
A small heated pool in Moorea Beach Club next to the beach area in Mandalay Bay

After the morning beachside relaxing, we went visiting the famous Reef Shark Aquarium in Mandalay Bay. There they exhibited more than 2,000 animals, including sharks, giant rays, endangered green sea turtles, piranha and a Komodo dragon. We really enjoyed what we had experienced in the aquarium.

A sea turtle in the Reef Shark Aquarium of Mandalay Bay
A sea turtle in the Reef Shark Aquarium of Mandalay Bay
A Komodo dragon from Reef Shark Aquarium in Mandalay Bay
A Komodo dragon from Reef Shark Aquarium in Mandalay Bay
One of piranhas in the Shark Reef Aquarium of Mandalay Bay
One of piranhas in the Shark Reef Aquarium of Mandalay Bay

We then drove couples of block on the Las Vegas Strip and checked in Aria Resort & Casino where we would stay for that night.

We stayed in Aria Resort & Casino for the night
We stayed in Aria Resort & Casino for the night
Aria Resort & Casino
Aria Resort & Casino

In the evening, we watched the O Show. O Show is a water-themed stage show at the Bellagio. We were so impressed with their performance.

We watched the O water themed stage show in Bellagio Hotel & Casino
We watched the O water themed stage show in Bellagio Hotel & Casino
The O Show from Bellagio Hotel & Casino
The O Show from Bellagio Hotel & Casino

Day Three

Having under aged kid with us, we didn’t get to play slot machines easily. However, so many themed hotels around the Strip were making us take good amount of time to look around. The free tram that connects a bunch of hotels served a great help as you don’t want to walk all the way to get exhausted and you don’t want to drive all the way to miss details.

Aria Express Tram that connects multiple hotels
Aria Express Tram that connects multiple hotels

Our visited casinos included Mandalay Bay, Luxor, Excalibur, New York-New York, Aria, Cosmopolitan, Bellagio, Caesars Palace, Mirage, Treasure Island, The Venetian, The Palazzo and Wynn.

New York-New York Hotel & Casino and the Big Apple Coaster & Arcade
New York-New York Hotel & Casino and the Big Apple Coaster & Arcade
Veer towers and the Cosmopolitan, the next door neighbor of Aria
Veer towers and the Cosmopolitan, the next door neighbor of Aria
Bellagio Hotel & Casino
Bellagio Hotel & Casino
Glass flowers ceiling at Bellagio’s lobby gardens
Glass flowers ceiling at Bellagio’s lobby gardens
The Mirage that has an outdoor volcano eruption show at night. The schedule may vary. Check before you go.
The Mirage that has an outdoor volcano eruption show at night. The schedule may vary. Check before you go.
Treasure Island Hotel & Casino
Treasure Island Hotel & Casino
One of the ships that was in the Sirens of the Treasure Island Show. The show has been canceled but tourists can still see those ships in front of the hotel.
One of the ships that was in the Sirens of the Treasure Island Show. The show has been canceled but tourists can still see those ships in front of the hotel.
Wynn Las Vegas
Wynn Las Vegas
The Venetian Las Vegas
The Venetian Las Vegas
The famous Gondola rides in The Venetian. Tourists need to purchase tickets in order to enjoy the ride.
The famous Gondola rides in The Venetian. Tourists need to purchase tickets in order to enjoy the ride.
Paris Las Vegas Hotel at night
Paris Las Vegas Hotel at night
Caesars Palace at night
Caesars Palace at night

The buffet at Aria is recommended. Their crab legs are very good.

We stayed in Aria Resort & Casino for the night.

- Part Two -

Route Map

Route from the Bay Area to Las Vegas
Hotels and Casinos on the Strip of Las Vegas

Trip Duration

2014-11-22 - 2014-11-29