This was my first trip to Vegas. The weather was wonderful, warm with a slight breeze. Disappointed to find it raining and cold when I came home. It was nice to have my boyfriend who knew all of the back roads to the casinos since he was from LA. Traffic on the strip (Las Vegas Blvd. South) seems to have perpetual gridlock. We didnâ€™t find it crowded, pedestrian wise, until Tuesday the day we left. Cruised the strip Saturday morning very easily. Didnâ€™t end up gambling since I didnâ€™t find anywhere where people looked to be really enjoying themselves and we had too many other things to do. HOTELS: Staying at Treasure Island (or â€œTIâ€ as they like to bill themselves) was great since my favorite places to eat were at the Venetian, which is located right across from TI but TI lacks the expensiveness of the Venetian. Rooms were nice and clean. Loved the look of the Luxor casino the best. Also ended up getting a massage here since their 24-hour operations fit better with my schedule on the last day of my visit. But I must say the best value is the massage chairs at the Tropicanaâ€¦The chairs are actually recliners with vibrating rollers that dole out back massages. For $1, we received 2 minutes of massage action (bf said it was the best $1 he ever spent). Luxor also had the best arcade IMO, since I had to play skeeball while bf hit Ms. PacMan. Liked Rio for the cute guys in the parade. Of all the mid and south strip hotels I saw, I only hated the Bellagio for its â€œpretentiousâ€ atmosphere. FOOD: I like restaurants closed in and/or located away from the loud casino floor for a quiet and relaxing meal. Tried Delmonicoâ€™s (Venetian) and Top of the World (Stratosphere ) for lunchâ€¦great service and food at both and very romantic since few people were dining during the day. (The real story is I planned my trip too late to get dinner reservations but it turned out to be better because of less waiting and reasonable pricing.) Did do Ortanique (Ballyâ€™s) for dinner and it was a good choice since our dinner guest was a little late and wait staff was understanding. However, the live â€œmusicâ€ left something to be desired. The female singer was not as great as she thought she was. Noodle Asia (Venetian) was one of our faves since the food was authentic and wonderful and it was open until 3 a.m. daily, which beat the mundane after midnight cafÃ© options offered at other hotels. Was not impressed with Spago (Caesarâ€™s) and couldnâ€™t stand the service at Kahunaville (Treasure Island). I like food, but love dessert and would recommend Tintoretto Bakery at the Venetian or the coffee shop at the Mirage. The ones at the Flamingo werenâ€™t bad either, must get them from Paris. Next trip, I have to go back to try a buffet and Claim Jumper (would love CJ on the east coast). Didnâ€™t get around to it during the trip because we never felt hungry enough to enjoy the value of an all-you-can-eat buffet or enormous portions served at a Claim Jumper restaurant ATTRACTIONS: Went to see O (Bellagio) and wasnâ€™t that impressed after having seen a circus at home for 1/3 of the price. Preferred a fun atmosphere to a theater performance. Speed ride at Sahara was great. Comedy show at the Trop was cool. Loved Red Rock Canyon. Didnâ€™t get the full Hoover Dam experience since we didnâ€™t pay for the tour. Got called out by the Prince band (â€œPurple Reignâ€ at the Boardwalk) for laughing so hard, but the band member outfits were just killing us. (The performers took themselves a little too seriously.) I have got to get that schoolgirl look that the female dancer performing with the band sported. OVERALL: The people were very nice and I had a lot of fun. Next time weâ€™ll take a group so we can have the â€œhappeningâ€ table. I now understand why people like to return again and again but probably need to experience losing money gambling to truly appreciate the Vegas experience.