A July 2004 trip
to Las Vegas by gatorgirl1977
Quote: Vegas, the lights, the shows, the action...the Valley of Fire? A look at my week long excursion in Las Vegas and surrounding areas.
Member Rating 5 out of 5 on June 6, 2006
3600 Las Vegas Blvd South
Las Vegas, Nevada 89109
Attraction | "The Star Trek Experience"
The Star Trek Experience is located at The Las Vegas Hilton. It costs about $30 with a AAA discount and involves 2 rides/simulations. One of the simulations involves the Klingons and the other involves the Borg. Both of the rides had merrit and were a fun distraction. It was also a great way to cool off after touring the Strip.
My favorite part of this activity was the collection of costumes and models on display. There was a gigantic Enterprise, and memorabilia from every Star Trek series. There was even a time line for the non-Star Trek fan to see where in time each of the series was suppose to have taken place.
My friend absolutely was in heaven with this destination. She was thrilled to view each entry on the logs and each notation on the time line. I'm sure she would say this is an absolute most for Star Trek fans.
After experiencing this activity, we went into Qwark's lounge. It is a themed restaurant that is designed to look like the lounge on the TV show. The food was decent and had huge portions, again I would recommend splitting.
All in all, my experience wasn't as dreadful as I thought it would be. It is definitely something that you would probably only find in Vegas, so if you are looking for an other worldly experience check it out.
Member Rating 2 out of 5 on June 6, 2006
Star Trek: The Experience
Las Vegas Hilton 3000 Paradise Road
Las Vegas, Nevada 89109
Attraction | "The Fremont Street Experience "
The Fremont Experience occurs after dark under a huge canopy made of LCD lights. Each hour a different light show begins with music and graphics. The night I went to see it, it was a light show about aliens. Check out my photos below. The website http://www.vegasexperience.com offers a listing of what shows will be playing at what times. We just took a chance and went down there and the show was really neat.
It takes place near Binion's Horseshoe Casino and there are tons of other things to view on Fremont Street when the light show is not taking place.
To get to the Fremont Street Experience pick up one of the tourist maps at the airport or at your hotel. The driving directions on these were very clear and easy to follow.
As a side note, parking was a little more difficult to find on the Old Strip. We managed to park in the Golden Nugget's parking garage.
Fremont Street Experience
Westernmost 5 Blocks Of Fremont
Las Vegas, Nevada 89101
(702) 678 5777
Attraction | "O"
When we entered the Bellagio we were overwhelmed with the elegance and beauty of the setting. This is the perfect setting for this show. "O" is so named because of eau, the French word meaning water. This show features breathtaking acrobatics over water. The pool is constantly changing shapes throughout the performance. I had never before seen a Cirque show, but this one was unbelievable.
This show ranged from clowns (not the annoying type) to pirates, from water to an act with fire. There were so many things to look at, you never wanted to blink in case you might miss something. The costumes, music, and physical feats were unreal. I was truly captivated by the performances and by the beauty of the entire experience.
I am really happy that we had the $125 seats—they were perfect. They allowed a great view of the entire show. They were located just below the balcony section of seating toward stage right. The entire stage was visible from our seats and we were able to see some of the audience encounters as well.
Needless to say, I would definitely recommend this show. The water aspect of it made it distinctively original. I loved every minute of it. If you are looking for a splashy, acrobatic show, check out "O".
Member Rating 5 out of 5 on June 12, 2006
"O" by Cirque Du Soleil
Bellagio Casino, 3600 Las Vegas Boulevard South
Las Vegas, Nevada 89109
The Valley of Fire is located in the Mojave Desert. I can not stress how absolutely breathtaking this place was. With admission to the park being under $10, it was a great way to spend a day.
The Valley of Fire is located about an hour outside of Las Vegas. To get there take I-15 northeast, then take Nevada Route 169 at Crystal south to the park. Please be aware that some of the signs might not be clearly marked. The first day we attempted to go to the Valley of Fire we ended up lost and landed at Lake Mead. While Lake Mead was a great excursion, it wasn't the one we had planned. The second time around we asked our hotel and they gave us much better instructions.
When we went we ate a late breakfast and skipped lunch, just make sure that you bring plenty of water with you. We were extremely parched by the time we returned to Vegas. Also don't forget your sunscreen.
We probably only saw about two other cars out in the park the day we were there. This made the excursion feel very special and private. It was as if all the natural beauty was a secret or hidden treasure we had discovered. More than any of the other things we did in Vegas, this was my absolute favorite outing.
As we drove we saw breathtaking views of Lake Mead and the Colorado River. We pulled off several times to take photos of these bodies of water. When we arrived at the dam we found a massive parking garage structure. There was a charge for parking, but it was under $10. This made parking no problem at all. The Hoover Dam also offers a tour; however, my friend and I didn't take it. If I were to do the experience again, I would definitely take the tour.
After leaving the car, we walked on part of the dam and grabbed some great photos. We went back to the gift shop and grabbed some ice-cream. I'm telling you, it was so hot it was hard to breathe. I think most of my ice-cream was melted before I took my first bite.
After finishing our ice-cream we grabbed the car and drove across the Arizona/Nevada state line.
All in all, it was a fun way to spend an afternoon. I don't think that the dam by itself would be a full day trip.
To get to the Hoover Dam from Vegas go southeast on I-515. It will turn into US-93. Just continue on 93 till you get to the dam. Unlike the Valley of Fire State Park, the Hoover Dam was a breeze to find.
First off, I'll confess that I was a little nervous. I had never had a massage and totally didn't know what to expect. However, the staff at the MGM Spa was so kind and walked me through the experience.
When I arrived at the spa, I was struck by how peaceful and serene it was. It was decorated with lots of wood and stone accents. It felt light and airy, and completely removed from the rest of the world. The only word that I can use to describe it was tranquil.
After leaving the reception area, we were lead down an enclosed hallway with sky lights and lots of green plants to the changing rooms. I changed into a comfy, white spa robe and was seated in their spa reception room. The room was furnished with fresh fruit, ice water, and tiny cookies. It was a matter of minutes before Stacy, my masseuse, came to take me back. She asked if I had ever had a massage and if there were any areas that I didn't want massaged. She was wonderful. She made me feel totally comfortable and at ease.
Following my massage, I was given full use of the spa's facilities and pool for the day. These facilities included a steam room, a sauna, and a hot tub. It was fantastic. I can't tell you how much better I felt when compared to that morning getting over jetlag and a late night down at the casino. An hour long massage cost about $100 without the tip; however, it was definitely worth every penny. It put me in the right frame of mind for the rest of my trip.