Sunday, December 20, 2009

Vegas Baby!

As a Christmas present to ourselves, we took a trip to Las Vegas with a group of friends! We all went to the Brooks & Dunn concert, and the National Rodeo Finals. We also took in a Rodney Carrington comedy show and made a trip to the Neon Museum. It's been about 15 years since our last trip to Vegas. Wow, it has changed!!

We aren't gamblers, so we spent every waking moment on the go, seeing the sites, enjoying the architecture and people watching.

Las Vegas is like the world’s biggest playground where anyone can find excitement and entertainment!

All of the casinos were beautifully decorated for Christmas!

Stunning architecture was everywhere!

The new City Center Las Vegas had it's grand opening while we were there. It's a huge complex that offers a collection of spectacular hotels and residences, sensational spas, astonishing dining and extraordinary shopping. With a total cost of approximately $11 billion, City Center is the largest privately financed development in the United States. The architecture is very modern and unlike anything in Vegas! There was lots of red carpet we were constantly on celeb-watch!

Our trip to the Neon Museum was great! The Neon Museum was established in 1996 to collect, preserve and exhibit neon signs, the classic Las Vegas art form. More than 150 signs in the collection can be used to tell a unique story about who created it, what inspired it, where and when it was made, and how it fits into the development of Las Vegas and its rich history. Changes and trends in design and technology are also illustrated in the pieces that range from the 1930s to the present day.

Sammy Hagar was in town playing three shows a day at his CaboWabo cantina. The Rock & Roll Marathon took place despite freezing cold temps. For the first time in Vegas history, the entire Strip was closed in both directions. Lucky for us we could watch it from our hotel room! It was so cold that the drinking water at the thirst/medical stations would freeze. Oh and of course Elvis lives on every street corner!!

We had a list of things to do & see and a week simply didn't give us enough time to do it all, so I guess we'll need to go back!! Yay!!


Kim said...

What an awesome Christmas present!!!! Your pictures are stunning! Looks like your photography classes are paying off big time!!!! I sure do miss having you around. Hope you are doing well!

Julie Howard said...

Wow! What an amazing trip! And you really took some fantastic shots. That Neon Museum is too cool... definitely a place I'd love to visit. TFS!

~Carole Marie Farmen said...

Awesome Vegas shots! Looks like you had a great time :)

Jane said...

These are just fabulous!!!!!!!!!!!

Vel said...

Sounds like you had a fabulous time! You definitely deserved it. And I love all the photos!

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