This is a long report because I got so much pre-planning info while searching through this board, I feel like I owe it to others to share. If you just want the Vegas bits, there is one day at the beginning and 3 at the end. I’ll be posting daily reports to keep the photos relevant with the text. DAY ONE – FREMONT STREET This was a family road trip we took with our kids who are 17 and 18. We were going to fly direct to Phoenix and rent a car there but after checking the prices from Bellingham to Vegas, the difference in price was substantial so we grabbed an Allegiant flight out of Bellingham. We paid $600 for the four of us and two suitcases but after thinking about the weight restrictions (40 lbs), at the last minute I added one more bag for $40 just in case. We travel light but my daughter does have a wee shopping problem so I figured it was better to pay $40 ahead of time rather than $75 for being overweight. There are no reclining seats on Allegiant and you pay for drinks (even a glass of water) but I’d gladly give that up for the price we paid. I know alot of people think Vegas is no place for kids but to each their own. Our kids have grown up listening to our stories about Reno and downtown Vegas (hookers and all) and were curious to see it with their own eyes. Within a year from now, both son and daughter hope to be living on their own so it was within reason to show them the sights in Vegas. We also thought it was far better to show them Vegas for the first time when they were sober, rather than have them go down at 21 and spend their first time blitzed. They asked two things of us…that we didn’t park them in the hotel while we gambled all night and they didn’t want to sit through any shows. Since hubby and I had just returned from 4 days in Vegas about a week ago, we thought we could live with that. We also spent some extra money to get 2 rooms each night as the last time we all travelled together there was way too much stress trying to coordinate showers. We landed in Vegas and took the shuttle to the car rentals. I’ve read alot on these boards about line ups and knew that could be the worst start to our vacation so I booked with Budget hoping for the best. We originally had an economy car booked for about $140 for the week but it occured to me that our kids are really young adults now and it wouldn’t be fair to stuff them in the back seat of a tiny car. I rebooked a midsize SUV for the trip for about $350 for a week. I’m sure there were better deals out there but I honestly didn’t bother to look for them once I had the car booked. There were so many other details to worry about so I just accepted that price. It was one of the best decisions we made. The kids were thrilled that Mom hadn’t gone cheapo like I usually do and because of the full size seats they were able to sit up and actually see the view from the windows. There were only 3 people in line at the rental center so the process went quick. Once we had the car we headed downtown for the night. We decided to stay where it all began…The Golden Gate. My husband and I both had comps available so we each booked a room with 2 queen beds. All the rooms with 2 queens overlook Fremont Street but we had warned the kids about the noise and they probably thought we paid extra for the ringside seat to the band. They loved the fact that the GG was built in 1906 and got a kick out of the tiny bathrooms, narrow closets, old fashioned faucets and the fact that it was free to us. The people watching from the window was pretty good too. They were doing construction outside our window (putting in the anchor for the new zipline) but that was only a problem in the morning as they started up around 7 :30 am. We headed over to MSS to have the T-bone buffet which I only just read about on here the night before we left. We had to wait about ½ an hour in line but it was worth it. The steaks were large and cooked to order. After dinner we wandered down Fremont and checked out the million dollars in Binions, the pool and gold piece in the Golden Nugget, Heart Attack Grill, Fremont East and some of the gift stores. The bands were playing and the street performers and strange people lurking about in the streets kept us all entertained. The line to the zipline was long so the kids chose to skip it. I have to say that Fremont Street while stone cold sober was a new experience for us. We noticed way more this trip than in any of our other 15 trips down there. After the bands shut down we headed back to the GG. My husband and I had one good problem we had to deal with though. My husband had March offers of $80 free play at the 4 Queens, $20 at Binions and $20 at the Golden Gate. I also had $50 free table play at the GG. The kids agreed that it would be foolish not to use our free play so they went up to the room while my husband and I used our Golden Gate freeplay. There was only one seat available at any of the BJ tables so I squished into the seat and lost the first 3 hands. I decided that playing sober while everyone else was partying just wasn’t much fun so I left after those losses. We agreed to get up early the next morning and use our credits then.