Sin City Knit Shop which also happened to be our first port of call! This lovely knit shop was south of the strip near our hotel--how convenient! We stopped in very quickly on our way from the airport to the Hoover Dam. It was such a quick stop that I didn't even take pictures of the interior! The staff of this shop was so friendly and helpful and once they learned we were staying nearby and in town for a bowling tournament, they invited me to come back and hang out and knit. I didn't of course because I was petrified to drive there myself and we only had our rental car for two days. Those two days were kind of regimented as far as what we did so as to get the most use out of the car.
Welcome To Fabulous Las Vegas sign. They also had shop shirts that said, "What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas" but they didn't have them in my size so I will have to check back with them because I want one. Awesome shop. I'd be happy to do mail order business with them any day.
Hoover Dam. We arrived and paid the $10 to park the car and were expecting to take the full tour and pay $30 each. Once we arrived, we were told the Dam Tour was sold out for the day but we could take the Powerplant Tour for $15 each. At this point, may I just say I couldn't help but snicker every time I heard Dam this and Dam that because I am eternally 12 years old and they take advantage of this joke! Anyhoo, I did my homework before this trip and there wasn't anywhere you could make reservations for the Dam Tour so I suppose you just have to arrive early. We were happy with our Powerplant tour though. You sit in a theater and watch a short film about the Dam construction and then you're sent down a stomach lurching elevator to see the original diversion tunnels and these turbines. I never realized we'd be on the border of both Nevada and Arizona at this location.
Neon Museum and Boneyard. The La Concha Hotel is no more but their beautiful lobby has been saved and now lives on as the lobby for the museum. In excitement and haste, I totally forgot to take pictures of the building so I stole this picture off the internet.
Southpoint Hotel which is south of the strip. It was a lovely and affordable hotel and self contained. By self contained I mean that there were several different affordable restaurants and eateries all in the same building. Dave went out a couple nights to play poker in their casinos but I stayed in most nights in our room to watch PBS! Dave teased me saying, "You're the only person I know who'd come to Las Vegas to watch PBS!" but they had a great PBS station!
excellent RTC bus system to explore the strip. Our hotel offered a shuttle to and from Mandalay Bay which was the very edge of the strip, maybe an 1/8th of the way up the total strip...for $7 each way and it left once every hour. There was a city bus stop right outside our hotel and it cost us $2 to ride to Mandalay Bay where we could buy a 24 hour all access pass from an automated machine for $8. I'm a tightwad and not going to pay for a $40 cab ride down to Fremont Street or $14 for a shuttle ride a few blocks to my hotel. We walked a lot of the strip to explore the different hotels and casinos and their themes. The city bus came along every 15 minutes so you never had to wait long when you got tired of walking.
ABC Store. We frequented these when we visited my brother while he was stationed in Hawaii years ago. I bought some black lava and kiawe smoked salt and totally got hassled at the airport because I packed it in my carry on bag. I also got 3 packages of these wonderfully tacky Las Vegas Strip napkins and my mother and I had a cream tea yesterday with them. We felt like really classy broads!
And of course there was a little bowling!