Alrighty, this is my first attempt at a trip report. I'm an enthusiastic newbie to Vegas - actually a convert now! Background: Me, 40 yrs old and an RN. Husband, 44 yrs old and an IT Manager. Married for 20 years this June! We wanted to give Vegas a try. Always talked about it, but never seemed to fit it in. Friday, June 15: Drove to Houston (100 miles from home) and stayed at Hampton Inn by Hobby Airport. Had a free night. We love Hampton Inns. Nice, clean, free breakfast. Had a nice dinner at TGI Fridays. Went back and TRIED to sleep. I was SOOO excited! Saturday, June 16: Woke up (after tossing and turning) at 4:45 am. Got dressed, grabbed coffee and went to park the car. Flight left at 7:45 am. Nice, uneventful flight. Because of time change, we arrived at McCarran at 8:45 am!! Bonus!! I was surprised to see the Strip from the tarmac. I wasn't expecting that! I never realized it was so close. Took a cab to the Bellagio. Check in was quick and easy. Thanks to these helpful boards, I tried the $20 trick! That, combined with our 20th anniversary/first trip got us a complimentary upgrade from a Resort Deluxe to a Jr. Suite with a fountain/Strip view!!! SCORE! I asked when we needed to check back for our room and she said it was ready!! So, we were in our room by 9:30 am! That was a nice surprise! The room was amazing, and the view was outstanding!! I felt like a kid on Chrstmas morning. We called our kids via FaceTime and gave them a tour of the room and the view. I took a ton of pics before we messed up the room. Unpacked a little and headed out to start our adventure. We took some pics of the Conservatory in the Bellagio. Just gorgeous! Then we headed to the Strip. Went to Caesar's Palace first and looked around. Ate lunch at the Cheesecake Factory. It was delicious. After lunch, we headed to the Venetian. What a gorgeous place! Took lots of pics and watched the gondolas. We really enjoyed touring the hotels. Left the venetian and walked back South. Took the monorail to MGM and walked back North. Went to the M & M store. That was a fun place. Got some neat things for the kids! Also went to the Coca Cola store. Did some more shopping and headed back to the Bellagio to clean up for dinner. I enjoyed a bubble bath in the huge tub!! Went to the Bellagio Buffet for dinner. We had about a 45 minute wait. I wasn't expecting that, but the buffet was really good. Maybe not quite worth what we paid, but I enjoyed it. Pasta was good. My husband enjoyed the cold shrimp. The dessert section was pretty amazing. After dinner we headed to Bally's for Jubilee! My husband wasn't really excited about it, but he was being agreeable. The show was wonderful. He was VERY impressed. He enjoyed it as much or more than me (and not just because there were topless girls). The show itself was impressive. The stage props, the costumes, the dancing. It was all good. By then, it was late! We had been up for hours and walked for miles, so we headed back to our nice room! I'll take a break here, and continue with the next day in a little while.