Our last visit to Vegas, we had stayed at Mandalay Bay in December 2011 having enjoyed Disney’s Lion King musical and the Sky Jump at the Stratosphere adventure. This time in Vegas was due to a family reunion. Paris Hotel wasn’t our 1st choice for accommodations but other family members were planning to book there. OVERALL RATING: 3 out of 5 stars. In summary, would we stay in Paris Hotel again? No. And here’s why.
Been a fan of Gordon Ramsay from watching BBC’s Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares, U.K.’s F-Word and America’s shows like Hotel Hell, Hell’s Kitchen, MasterChef and MasterChef Junior. We couldn’t pass up an opportunity to enjoy his food while in Vegas. We had to have one dinner at Gordon Ramsay Steak.
First learned about The Neon Museum on Instagram. Vegas is known for their bright lights so why not take homage to it’s historic neon light history?! I only wish we were in Las Vegas in the summer months so we could enjoy a warmer visit in the evening. We opted for a tour after we visited The Mob Museum closeby.
I’ve never been to Utah but follow IG: VisitUtah for quite some time with the lure of all their National Parks. Never would I imagine vacationing during winter. It would be Bill and my first ski trip. Plus, we were able to visit some family, too!
We were hoping to eat at The Summit (Snowbird’s mountaintop restaurant while enjoying views of snow-capped slopes and the Salt Lake Valley) but we didn’t realize in this early season that they were only open on weekends. Only opened in 1971, Snowbird’s Aerial Tram takes us on a 1.6 mile cable and up 2,900 vertical feet which takes about 10-minutes to reach the top of Hidden Peak – Elevation of 11,000 ft. Here I’ve captured some views of the experience.
Our first Halloween in Florida and about 30 miles from home, we found a Zombie Paintball Hayride on the Smith Family Ranch, in Lakeland. The first time I heard about such an activity was on the Travel Channel. I don’t know if the episode was talking about Millers Thrillers (Spring Hill, TN), Night of Terror (New Jersey), or ScareFest (St. Louis, MO).
If you’re patient enough to stay in one place and observe the animals, you typically can witness some different behaviors on every visit… especially for any newborns (i.e. on our visit – the orangutan newborns) at the zoo. We have an annual pass… only $129 / 2-person and there’s so much to see still after only two(2) visits so far this season. There hasn’t been a crowd yet as we’ve visited on weekdays.
Croc Encounters is a non-profit conservation and educational facility that provides a sanctuary to unwanted reptiles. On a Saturday morning, we drove 25-minutes from home to enjoy some time with the reptile world. It was a self-guided tour where we were given some turtle food and the opportunity to take a picture with a 3-ft to 4-ft baby gator.