Viva Las Vegas - Oh Yea!

We love to travel, and 2020 was supposed to be a big travel year for us. Like the rest of you, that hasn't happened. 

We're still dreaming about travel, reading about new destinations, and making (tentative) plans for the future. We hope all of you are well and staying safe... and that you find some inspiration here for YOUR future travels.

Las Vegas, Nevada is a city with a reputation....

You've probably heard it called "Sin City".

You hear mottos like... "What ever happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas..."

So is it a good place for tourists?

It all depends on what you want...

But there's something for almost everyone.

Downtown is where it began, and the fun continues.

There are historic hotels and casinos under sleek new lights.

All glow with neon at night.

Street performers come out to entertain the crowds before they dive in to the casinos.

Though historic, it still rivals the Strip....

Las Vegas welcomes tourists and gambler and...

The Strip -- Amazing Las Vegas

The Strip is where the mind-boggling new hotels are. 

It pulses with light at night. 

Luxor Hotel on the Las Vegas Strip

A volcano erupts, pirates fight, fountains dance.

You can see creative versions of New York, Paris, Luxor...

Thousands of people wander up and down the strip looking at the displays in a free-flowing, fluid party...

And that's only from the outside.

Once you enter one of the casinos, you've entered a whole new world.  The interiors rival the outside.  

It's not all just slot machines and tables.  The interiors mirror the theme out front.  

The Shows, The Nightlife

What about Vegas shows, and events, and nightlife?

It's true that Las Vegas is all about the gambling, but there is so much more.

Many people go to Vegas for the shows. And the shows run quite a gamut.... from classic showgirls and magicians, to legendary singers and performers, to Cirque du Soleil shows (six of them at the moment!).

There are Broadway plays, big name rock concerts, and classic car shows. 

Cheap Food and Culinary Hotspot

This city in the desert used to be known for its all-you-can-eat buffets and cheap coffee shop breakfasts that were meant to lure and keep gamblers happy.

Those are still around, but now celebrity chefs have opened restaurants in many of the hotels and casinos, making Las Vegas a culinary hotspot.


Shopping? You want shopping? You can find anything you want.

Clocks that look like dice? Sure.

Playing cards and T-shirts?

Without a doubt, "traditional" souvenirs are available, but so is haute couture from top designers and the most prestigious jewelry and watches.

Vegas is all about indulgence, whatever your budget.

And Of Course, Gambling

And gambling... can't forget that.

Any way, any time you want to gamble in Vegas, you can.

From slot machines to all games of chance.

The casinos even offer gaming lessons for those who want to know the rules before they try their luck.

Not A Gambler?

You will never be bored even if you're not a gambler.

There really is an endless array of attractions and activities. Even at the casinos.

Shark Reef is a great aquarium.

You can ride a roller coaster high in the sky.

Watch circus acts or singing cowgirls. Visit a fine art gallery. 

Golf is always an option.

The city claims more than 60 golf courses... something for every skill level and budget.

A Mecca For Marriage

You can probably see a new bride and groom almost any day in Vegas.

It has become a wedding destination.... whether it is a formal affair, a theme wedding, or one of the drive-thru chapels that Vegas is known for.

All the happy couple has to do is show up.... Getting a license is quick and easy, and the chapels have everything you need.... rings, flowers, wedding gowns and tuxes.

Weddings take place almost around the clock.

Getting There And To The American West

There are plenty of flights from all over the U.S. 

We're more into the great outdoors, so we want you to know that it's a great starting point to explore the American West.

Visit The American Western National Park

The Grand Canyon, Zion, Bryce... You can drive a whole loop through those western national parks and several others.

So no matter what you want to do in Las Vegas... Whether you want what happens there to stay there or not, you'll find something to do that will fit your style and budget.

Happy travels... even if you don't travel the world... just remember that life is a journey... embrace and enjoy it! Judy and Mark

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Covid-19 Continues

2020 presents a travel year like no other.  Mostly we have been sheltering in place.

Domestic driving trips, visits to state or national parks are all most of us can accomplish... but we'll give our fall tips so you can be dreaming of future vacations!

Shoulder Season
We love travel during shoulder seasons.
September, October, November...

They're all great for travel somewhere!
Sunny Fall days with colorful leaves in the north.
Spring is greening things up in the Southern Hemisphere.

Fall foliage in shoulder season

The weather can be changeable, so be sure to pack layers and some rain gear...

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We have had a summer of home maintenance and sheltering in place... we're so dreaming of future travel!

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