Viva Las Vegas – Full-Time RV Life

From beautiful Sedona to the lights of Las Vegas–talk about culture shock.  We didn’t spend a whole lot of time on the Strip, but we did have a couple of adventures.  I’ve put together a photographic view of the big casinos and clubs via the drive down Las Vegas Boulevard where there’s tons of tourist action.

The famous Welcome to Las Vegas sign.  It’s on a busy street with a humongous line of people waiting to get their photos.  I was happy getting one from the back seat (that’s why the rearview mirror is in the upper corner).

Here are some of the well-known casinos and Las Vegas landmarks.

Excalibur Hotel and Casino
New York New York Hotel and Casino
Planet Hollywood Las Vegas
Caesars Palace
The Mirage
Treasure Island Hotel and Casino
Fashion Show Mall Las Vegas
Circus Circus Las Vegas
Encore Resort and Wynn Hotel
The Palazzo and The Venetian
Harrah’s Casino
Flamingo Hotel and Casino
Hard Rock Cafe Casino and Hotel Las Vegas
The MGM Grand Hotel and Casino
Paris Las Vegas

Other sights to see on the strip (not including a full-sized roller coaster, the High Roller Ferris Wheel, the Eiffel Tower, Venice-type gondolas, and a ton more of which we didn’t get photos).

We did venture out on foot into the crowds to experience places recommended from friends.  Luckily, they were all in the Cosmopolitan.  Our first stop was Secret Pizza, which was a quest Julie and Sean Chickery mentioned in one of their videos.   We turned it into a treasure hunt.


The escalator in the Cosmopolitan–the first steps to find the hidden pizza gem.
We had to stop and admire the light fixtures on our way.
We found it!  This is the hallway to Secret Pizza.  There was no signage leading to this place, so finding it was a treat.  It was a delicious lunch, too.

After feasting on the yummy pizza, Roy, Judy, Mike, and I walked around to see what trouble we could get into.  We played a couple of slot machines, but it didn’t take long to tire of that activity since we aren’t die-hard gamblers.  We spent some time outside in front of the Cosmopolitan and watched the masses of tourists bustling by.  The party atmosphere was contagious and most people were happy and friendly.  There were visitors dressed to the hilt and others in comfortable walking attire.  It was a diverse crowd and the people watching was quite entertaining.

After a while, we headed back into the building to check out the Chandelier Bar, a must-do recommendation from Marc and Julie at RV Love.

The Chandelier Bar was quite spectacular with purple lighting and beautiful crystals.
We sat beneath the expansive chandelier and enjoyed a beer–just to say we did it.

All in all, our Las Vegas Strip day was fun.  We were pretty people-d out, though, and looked forward to exploring some of the beautiful natural places outside of Las Vegas in the coming days.

Spending time with friends, Roy and Judy, made the day!

Thanks for the hospitality, Las Vegas.

Safe travels.


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  1. I think I’d probably be people-d out quite quickly in Las Vegas too, but good to hear you had some fun there anyway. 🙂 A bit of a change of pace from your usual adventures. x

  2. We usually stay in Henderson. Bike/walk route at Lake Mead. You can actually walk from Lake Mead to the Hoover Dam through old railroad tunnels (or just do it for the walk.) Red Rock Canyon. Valley of Fire. The Great Greek Restaurant in a small strip mall is the best. Enjoy.

    1. We did go to Valley of Fire and Red Rock Canyon (future scheduled posts) and absolutely loved them (so beautiful!). We boondocked at Lake Mead for a week and it was our favorite. I had no idea about the railroad tunnels–I’d love to do that! Thank you so much for the suggestions.

  3. The last time I was in Las Vegas was 1986 and so much has changed. Glad you had fun on the strip. We should have driven down it when we went to get parts for Waldo, but after all the money we dropped on parts, I didn’t think the strip was a good idea. It certainly is a great place to people watch!

    1. You’re welcome, Anne. We probably should have experienced a little more while there, but it wasn’t really our favorite. We prefer the wide open spaces. Now, if it was back in the days of the Rat Pack and Frank was still crooning, it would have been different. 🙂

      1. I’m not sure what I would like there. People-watching is fun, but we don’t go to shows and choose not to gamble. Gambling goes against a miser’s religion!

        1. I agree, Anne. The money is way too hard to come by and gambling makes it go way too easily. We didn’t make any shows. The Strip just wasn’t our thing, to be totally honest. Been there, done that, and on to something else. 🙂

  4. We stayed at the Excalibur when we went a few years ago. The castle seemed just the right spot for us. Hubby was having leg issues at the time so we didn’t walk around much but we did drive up and down the strip so I have some of those same pictures! We went and saw the Pawn Stars shop too because hubby watches that on TV. It was an interesting place but so much smaller than what it appears to be on TV. Someday I’d like to go back to walk around more.

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