The second tour as part of our Groupon deal was a night tour of Las Vegas with Big Bus Tours. We really enjoyed Susan the tour guide and Tom the tour driver during our day tour, and it just so happened that they also did our night tour which was good luck.
But before the tour started, we walked from The Tropicana over the walkway to The Excalibur. We had a bit of spare time to kill so of course we did a bit more gambling. Turns out that luck was on our side for the moment, and Kathryn won another $20 and I won $25 so we were up again and our luck was holding!
The one thing Kathryn wanted to see in Las Vegas was the Bellagio fountains, which start from 8 pm. Well in a stroke of really good timing our driver just managed to get the bus outside the Bellagio at exactly the right time!
Seriously, having a good driver means the difference between seeing fountains and eruptions, or nearly seeing fountains and eruptions.
The night tour is much the same as the day tours except all the places you went by the first time around are now lit up. Probably the most impressive is Fremont Street. Just getting to Fremont Street is an experience to sear your eyes with lights:
But of course, the real highlight of Fremont Street is the famous Fremont Street Experience. Basically this is a really large TV screen, and is the world’s largest electronic sign. At 8 pm they do a show, and the one selected for us was all about Bon Jovi (of all people!):
After that, it was back on the bus to head slowly towards The Excalibur again. On the tour we met a really lovely couple from Utah. When I met new people I always ask what the top five attractions there are to the place they live in, and while they struggled around the last couple of attractions, they did make five. I wouldn’t mind seeing the Mormon temples in Salt Lake City, but I digress.
Anyways, Las Vegas casinos put on elaborate shows to attract people to their particular location, and for the Mirage it was a volcano erupting:
It was pretty impressive, with the water shining on the water erupting plus the coloured lights, it did look a lot like lava. And with all the flames from the gas, there really was a bit of the heat of an eruption, even though heat is the last thing you want to feel after a whole day with the stuff.
We made it back to The Excalibur and it was 11.30pm at night. We had a 9am flight, which means being at the airport at 6am, and so leaving the hotel around 5.30am. This didn’t leave a lot of time for sleep, yet Kathryn decided she wanted to do some gambling:
This time luck was not on our side, and we lost about $30. All up at the end of Las Vegas, we were probably up about $50 in total. The next day we headed through the airport, and after buying some expensive airport foods:
We boarded out plane back to Honolulu. I liked Las Vegas, but to be honest, for me, it’s the sort of place that I’d only want to do once. It’s a bit like seeing a sex show I guess, very flash, a bit raunchy, but really, once you’ve seen it once, you’re not going to keep going back for it (unless you really really enjoy the experience) because it’s pretty much all show and not much else.