I spent the week between my last final and college graduation ceremony in Las Vegas with four of my buddies from Lewis University. Here’s an overview of our experience:
DAY 1: Our flight out of O’Hare was at 7 a.m., so we stayed up all night at Ryan’s place before heading there.
After a brief layover in Phoenix, we arrived in Sin City around noon PDT. We spent our first couple hours in Vegas at the casino of the Stratosphere, which is where the five of us stayed. I’ve never been into gambling, but it was fun winning $10 to begin the trip.
Later that afternoon, we started our sight seeing on the Strip. We saw essentially everything our group wanted to in one night. The Wynn’s waterfall, casino and art display were an incredible sight. However, the Bellagio’s water show that paralleled different tunes blew me away more than anything else.
My largest spending of the trip came at the Wynn, where I put $50 on 24/1 odds that the Chicago Bears will win the 2015 Super Bowl.
DAY 2: Since we already viewed a significant amount of the Strip on Tuesday, the five of us decided to give downtown Las Vegas a shot to begin Wednesday afternoon. It was probably my favorite location that we visited. Fremont Street, aka downtown, had cheap drinks, free live music plus performers and accompanied a youthful atmosphere.
For dinner, we devoured at Heart Attack Grill, where people over 350 lbs. eat for free. Everyone in the restaurant wears hospital gowns, and the waiters/waitresses dress up as doctors and nurses, respectively. My bypass burger included chili and five bacon strips on top of a slab of meat.
We spent Wednesday evening back on the Strip, watching a Circus show at MGM Grand. The hotel was enormous to say the least. My bud Dennis was able to hook us up with close, affordable seats for Ka, and it definitely lived up to its epic hype.
DAY 3: Due to the fact all of our dogs were barking from all of the walking we encountered the first two days, Thursday afternoon was spent at the Stratosphere’s pool. I didn’t get sunburnt, so my Irish self was euphoric about that accomplishment.
The beginning of our evening started by exploring the inside Ceasar’s Palace (the real one) and watching the Bellagio’s water show a couple more times. Time after time, it didn’t disappoint. We closed out our last night in Las Vegas in the downtown area, which was even more lively in the dark.
DAY 4: Nothing that exciting happened on our last day, but there was no complaints about that since we had such a busy trip. Everyone made it home safe and in time to graduate on Sunday.