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Vegas/Yosemite 2013: The Complete Trip


Jason and I had a great time visiting Las Vegas and Yosemite National Park this past summer. It was one of those trips that I didn’t want to end. But it did come to an end, as all good things do. Here is a complete wrap-up of my trip posts, fun beginning to beautiful end.

Vegas! Visiting Pawn Stars and the Hoover Dam

Vegas! Exploring The Strip

Vegas! Lagasse’s Stadium and Cirque du Soleil

Driving Through Death Valley

The Eastern Sierra and Whoa Nellie Deli

Panorama Trail in Yosemite National Park

A Day of Rest and Relaxation in Yosemite

Anniversary in Yosemite

Yosemite Hike: Gaylor Lakes

Vegas! Lagasse’s Stadium and Cirque du Soleil

When it came to visiting Vegas, I was most looking forward to the dining and entertainment. I started thinking about restaurant options and shows to see way back in November. It was a big decision.

I’m a sucker for a celebrity chef, so my desire to eat at a celebrity chef’s restaurant helped to narrow down the options. From there, it was finding a place that Jason would like. You see, my husband, whom I love very much, is a…particular eater. Meat and potatoes, that’s what he’s all about. So after looking over a bunch of restaurant menus online, I suggested Lagasse’s Stadium.

Lagasse’s Stadium is obviously one of Emeril Lagasse’s restaurants. It’s a sports bar and sports book located in the Palazzo. Originally, we made reservations for the dining room. But when we arrived early and found out that there was availability in the stadium seating area, we lucked out.


After a day of walking, we enjoyed a comfortable couch and stools to put our feet up on. Seriously, it was the best thing ever.

We started out with a giant pretzel and beer cheese sauce. The sauce had a little kick thanks to jalapenos. For entrees, I enjoyed buffalo wings and Jason had fried chicken. We both agreed that the food was great. We also fell in love with the atmosphere. It would be an awesome place to dine during March Madness, college football season, or any other big sporting event.

Buffalo Wings – Yum!


After dinner, we headed back to the Bellagio for a very special treat – We had tickets Cirque du Soleil’s “O”. Honestly, this was an even bigger decision than where to eat. Jason looked into tickets as a surprise for me way back in November. Then he broke to me how much the tickets cost. It seemed like too much of a splurge. We started to contemplate other options.

A week or so before our trip, we had some friends over. They had just gotten back from Vegas (and have been to Vegas many times), and they really recommended seeing a Cirque du Soleil show. Honestly, we didn’t even make a decision until we got out there. We made it an anniversary gift to ourselves and went for it. It’s all I really wanted to see.

It. Was. Awesome! Worth every single penny.

Our final night in Vegas was perfect. A great meal and an incredible show. That is my Vegas!

Vegas! Exploring The Strip

As a French major in college, I truly appreciated our hotel choice for my first trip to Vegas: Paris Las Vegas. After a decent night’s sleep, we were up early to beat some of the Vegas heat and start exploring the strip from our Paris home base.

It’s like we’re really in Paris, non?


Actually, before we hit the street, we grabbed some breakfast from neighboring Bally’s. It was about 8:00am, and there were already people in the casino. Again, I’m not a gambler, so I was a little shocked, maybe even a little appalled, that people were already belly up to the tables. Jason informed me that these were the smart people, and that I would understand as the day wore on.

After breakfast, with coffee in hand, we hit the Strip. We walked through just about every hotel and casino.






At one point, we circled back into Bally’s. It was around 2:00pm and it was PACKED! I finally understood what Jason was talking about earlier in the day and agreed that if I were a gambler, I’d get up to gamble early in the morning, too.

We had dinner plans at Lagasse’s Stadium in the Palazzo 5:00pm. With Paris in the middle of the Strip, this meant that we walked from Paris down the Strip one direction, circled back around, and went all the way to the other end. It was a lot of walking. But we did make a few stops to sit at slot machines, including some time in Caesars Palace with super overpriced frozen drinks. As it turned out, though, our restaurant choice was perfect for resting after a long day of walking.

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