Viva Las Vegas : Hotels and Casinos

We'd be lying if we said we didn't dip our toes into the "Vegas Culture" just a bit. 

In fact, we may have slipped a few dollar bills into the casino slots. I was really hoping the bells would start dinging and pennies, nickels, dimes and quarters would start shuffling out of the change slots. 

But they didn't. 

Instead, the machines gave us a "Gaming Voucher" in the dollar amount of what we won. The voucher is a tricky thing. It makes you think you won more than what you put in... and then you want to slip it back in to win some more money on the voucher. JD and I won more money than what we gambled - an entire $13.52 - thanks to JD pushing the button and me sitting in front of the machine wishing and hoping. Wahoo!!

But there's more to the Las Vegas hotels than not-so-hidden casinos... Take a look into the interiors of these Las Vegas hotels lining the Strip.

First Stop: Caesar's Palace.

I wanted to twirl a thousand times under the trees lining the interior of the Wynn. Luscious fresh flower balls adorned the branches twisted with Christmas lights. 

But I forgot to twirl because I was too busy taking photos. Don't you hate when that happens?

Nest stop: Palazzo.

Want to cruise through the Venetian while being serenaded in Italian on a gondola? 

You can. 

Don't miss the free hotel attractions every night, like the Fountain Show at the Bellagio. Vegas visitors gather around the pond's gates as the anxiously wait for the water to start dancing.

And, I'm telling you... it dances

Like magic. 

Blissful Beauty.

After the sun sets, head over to the Mirage for the Volcano Show. Fire and water merge into an array of dynamic bursts as they follow into choreographed routines.