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ONE Trip!!! THREE States!!! THREE National Parks!!! December 16-20, 2018.

Discussion in 'Vegas Trip Reports' started by xman30, Jan 20, 2019.

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  1. xman30

    xman30 Low-Roller

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    My Trip Report

    This is a report for my 18th trip to Las Vegas. A solo trip. I will do the same with this report that I've done with previous reports, one post = one day.

    Day #1. December 16, 2018. Sunday.
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    My plane (Southwest Airlines) took off from Houston at 8:51am. 21 minutes late because we had to wait for the air conditioning to be fixed. (Second time this has happened to a flight I was on.) Not a full flight. I had a row to myself. I sat by the window for part of the flight. I took some pictures.

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    The plane landed at 9:39am, I got to the Mirage at 10:40am & checked in. I got to my room at 11:00am. It was a Strip View Room on the 18th floor.

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    Night views from my room:

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    I then ate lunch at Tilted Kilt (in the Linq Promenade). 11:35am. I had to wait 28 minutes for a waitress to get to my table. The place was busy, but that's still a too long of a wait. I had an A1 Smokehouse burger, fries, & a Diet Coke. I watched the second half of a few different football games.

    I then went to the Bellagio Conservatory. 1:14pm. The conservatory had a nice winter theme.

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    I then went to the Art of Richard MacDonald at the Bellagio. 2:06pm.

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    I made it back to my room to rest for a while. 2:51pm.

    I headed to the Fashion Show Mall. Along the way I took a couple pictures.

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    Once I was inside the mall I took some more pictures.

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    The reason I was at the mall was because there was a Christmas show. 6pm. I meant for this to be one video. But towards the end of the show I accidentally hit the button that takes pictures. That caused my camera to stop recording the video. I started another video as quick as I could. I lost about 10 seconds of the show.

    Part 1.


    Part 2.


    I took some more pictures after the show.

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    For dinner I ate at YOLOS. It's a Mexican restaurant inside the Planet Hollywood Casino. I had the chicken tamales, rice, beans, chips, salsa, & a Pepsi. The chips & salsa were ok. Everything else was very good.

    I got back to my room at 9:10pm. I had to turn in early because I had to get up very early the next day.

    Next up is Day #2.
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    xman30
     
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  2. Kobra2848

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    Awesome pictures and I can't wait for day two.

    Mark
     
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  3. Richard Alpert

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    Amazing pics, @xman30!
    I agree with Mark...Looking forward to Day 2! :D

    RICHARD
     
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  4. NittyOne

    NittyOne Low-Roller

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    Lot of pictures look forward to the national parks.
     
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  5. LVisBeautiful

    LVisBeautiful High-Roller

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    I am humbled by the amazingneas of this trip report so far

    Pics are amaze

    Njoi
     
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  6. Mirageluvr

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    I'm anxiously looking forward to day two....thanks.
     
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  7. sybgal

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    Some of the best pics I've seen in a TR!!
     
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  8. fabriano

    fabriano Low-Roller

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    As everyone else said---beautiful, gorgeous photos. Conservatory photos never get old. Enjoyed the mall photos, too.
     
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  9. AlwaysUpForFun

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    Anxiously waiting for more! Loved the photos so far!
     
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  10. xman30

    xman30 Low-Roller

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    Thank You for the compliments!!!
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    Day #2. December 17. Monday.
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    I woke up at 4:15am & got ready for the day. The reason for the unholy wake up time is because I had a 5;45am pickup time for a tour of the South Rim of the Grand Canyon in Arizona. It takes about 4.5 hours to get there. This kept me warm while I waited to be picked up.

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    I got picked up on time. I think there were seven or eight other people on the tour with me. One of the roads we traveled on is the famous Route 66.

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    Along the way we stopped at the Double Eagle Trading Post. 11:25am.

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    We made it to the South Rim of the Grand Canyon (aka Grand Canyon National Park) at 12:26pm.

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    Saw what I was told was an elk,

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    Videos I shot while at the Grand Canyon:

















    One of the pit stops on our way back to Vegas was a small city named Williams.

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    I eventually made it back to my room at 7:02pm.

    For dinner I ate at Osteria Costa at the Mirage. 7:40pm. I had beef fettuccine. It was good.

    Like the previous night, I went to bed early. I had to get up very early the next morning.

    xman30
     
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  11. AlwaysUpForFun

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    Very pretty seeing the South Rim with a dusting of snow! Brings back memories of the 2 days we spent there several years ago. We spent 3 days at the North Rim in September. That was unbelievably beautiful.

    Waiting to see where you go next!
     
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    Once again, I’m humbled amazing also coins in the machines :)

    Great report! Loving this
     
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    great photos!
     
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  14. NittyOne

    NittyOne Low-Roller

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    Wow the snow at the Grabd Canyon is pretty cool.
     
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    Stunning Grand Canyon pics.....we're looking at a 6 night May birthday LV trip. and the GC may now be part of that trip. My wife also loved the pics, as the last time we were there was in 1988 when I was transferred from Orlando to San Francisco, and we drove....yep, we were young and loved every mile of that journey. We also visited Vegas/Plaza for the first time and were hooked. Thanks again.
     
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    Did you use a company for your GC tour??? If so, which one??
     
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    GC pictures are amazing. I have fond memories of our visit a few years ago on a Vegas trip.
     
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    Great pics so far!
     
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  19. gr8whitenorth

    gr8whitenorth Low-Roller

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    Fantastic pics. The Grand Canyon is something we will never forget. It is something everyone should see at some point. Williams is a fantastic stop as well. Enjoy the TR. Keep it coming.
     
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  20. xman30

    xman30 Low-Roller

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    I booked the tour through Vegas.com. The company was Pink Jeep.

    xman30
     
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