Vegas, baby … is simultaneously exhilarating and depressing. The atmosphere is crazy - you’re encouraged to have more fun, spend more, do more, eat more, drink more, and gamble more at all times - and everyone is determined to have a good time. So, that vibe can rub off, and make for fun times. Especially at 12.30 at night at the ritzy Bellagio, or even playing blackjack at 12 noon in the swanky Aria casino.
However, it’s slightly depressing to see, even in these glamorous casinos, schlubby people slumped in front of slot machines, staring at the lights. And down the older end of the strip, where things are a little more faded, the seedy side is more apparent. Down one end, by Circus Circus and other older casinos, things are cheaper (e.g. we stayed down this end), but you also see more people in sweatpants, and flip flops, up all night gambling at the slot machines.
But the shows (we went to the Cirque du Solei show ‘Ka’, and it was excellent), and the neon, and the glamour of the newer, bigger casinos - the Bellagio, Caesar’s Palace - can be a tonne of fun.
And the Bellagio fountain - genuinely worth the trip. Pretty much a highlight - the fountains dance to the music! So. Cool.