Brett had to see patients in the morning, so we didn't take off until the afternoon on Day 1. I have to say that the Phoenix-Las Vegas drive is, in my opinion, much more scenic than the San Diego-Las Vegas drive.
Lots of pretty cacti and interesting scenery:
Look kids! A Joshua Tree! I was excited to see one of these. I have heard of them, and was even forced to write a report on them in grade school, but I had never actually seen one before! Cross that off the bucket list I suppose. ;)
We got to see Hoover Dam!
Another thing you don't see on the San Diego-Las Vegas drive, and another thing I had never seen before. We got to take a dam tour and take some dam pictures and buy some dam souvenirs. Only not really.
We ate dinner at a really yummy Italian restaurant and then headed to our hotel to check in and then check out the action on Fremont St. The Golden Gate Hotel was small but charming:
A word to the wise: The party on Fremont St. goes until about 2-3am with live music, so unless you are wanting to join in on the action, don't book a room overlooking Fremont St.
On Fremont Street we got to see all of the old casinos like the Four Queens and the Golden Nugget.
I think we liked the Golden Nugget the best. It had a pretty sweet shark tank pool with a slide running through it.
It was a good time. We really liked the live music and the fact that everything is all in one place (think: minimal walking) but now that we've done it neither of us is dying to go back and see it again.
Day 2 & Day 3 posts coming soon...