Viva Las Vegas (Part Two- Exploring)

My husband and I loved Las Vegas so much we had to go back.  On our second trip we had time to do whatever we wanted since it wasn’t work related.  We vowed to explore more of Las Vegas while also keeping some of our favorites on the schedule.  We stayed at the Wynn again in the same type of room and had the same amazing views as before.  Before booking though, I used the advice I had seen floating around the web to book a lesser room and then when checking in give the clerk a $20 bill and ask for an upgraded room.  We were a bit skeptical if this trick would actually work, but it did!  We got boosted up one room category which was nice.

This time around our trip fell on my husband’s birthday so we booked a couples massage at a highly rated place, Boracay Massage.  The ladies did a wonderful job and we will go back there again the next time we are in Vegas.  On the way there we really got a chance to look at the surrounding mountains and made the decision to visit Red Rock Canyon.  Red Rock Canyon isn’t too far out of the way and had good reviews so we set aside some time to check it out ourselves.  It was beautiful.  I think one thing that drew me to it was that it was so different from what I am accustomed to.  I saw people walking down into caves and crevices, but we just drove the loop in the park and found that we were able to get some beautiful pictures and enjoyed ourselves immensely.  I had many more pictures but I lost them when changing phones so the three below are from my husband’s phone; hopefully you can get a good idea of the beauty.

Las Vegas, Nevada: Red Rock Canyon | Las Vegas, Nevada: Red Rock Canyon | Las Vegas, Nevada: Red Rock Canyon |

After visiting the park we headed back to the Wynn to get ready for dinner.  For my husband’s birthday dinner we chose to dine at Top of the World.  The restaurant rotates in a complete circle as you eat, giving you views of every angle of the city.  The truly stunning part was when the sun was setting and the lights of Vegas started lighting up the night…

Las Vegas, Nevada :Top of the World nightview |

We also got to see people jumping off the side of the building in front of us as we ate.  Such a neat experience and the food was very good.  It was nice to have both good food and a beautiful view as we celebrated my husband turning one year older.

Another awesome thing that happened this trip was that we were able to completely pay for it with our winnings.  We are not huge gamblers, mainly playing for fun.  We went into this trip with a set budget- $100 for slots and $500 for sports bets.  We made enough at the sports book to pay for our plane tickets and hotel stay so it was like we never even went on vacation.  Slots paid dividends because we walked away with $300 and a ton of food comps in the hotel.  It was a lot of fun but we are always sure to set a budget and stick with it no matter what.  We were willing to lose that $600 but no more than that.  Also, for some people, gambling can become a serious problem- know yourself well enough to know if this is you and stay away.

One last nugget of information: Halloween is interesting.  We saw so many costumes- even a pope and nuns!  We spent Halloween sitting in a restaurant in the hotel just watching people.  You can really see some bizarre things in Las Vegas on Halloween.  We had so much fun and I can not wait to go back!  Next time we have plans to visit the Grand Canyon and Zion National Park.  Vegas really can’t be beat since there is something different at every turn.

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