For another off-strip adventure, we went to the old strip – Fremont Street. So I guess that isn’t really off-strip, but anyways…
Let go of your classy attitude and dive into the dive bars, street music, and strange sights. It’s a fun place to just walk and watch. The enclosed dome ceiling lights up regularly casting cool colors over the chaos.
There were several live bands along the drag, break dancers, and artists too. I love those artists who do a spray painting in like ten minutes. I’d have bought this one had it not been claimed before he even made it! So cool.
It’s a totally different take on Vegas than the posh opulence of Las Vegas Boulevard, probably only a once every ten years visit spot for me, but still worth checking out. Especially if you have your own transportation – another good thing about my decision to rent a car this time.
Our next outdoor adventure took us to the Valley of Fire, about an hour north of the strip. It doesn’t have as many trails as Red Rock Canyon (still my favorite), but it has some cool rock formations, pretty colors, and petroglyphs. We did two short trails.
I’m not sure what these petroglyphs (above) mean, but I think it has something to do with the droppings we saw around!
I loved our time in the outdoors at both the Red Rock Canyon and Valley of Fire, and October is the perfect time of year to do this. Warm and breezy, but not cold.
Meanwhile, I still did plenty of on-strip activities. Like good eats of course!! A great spot to pre-game on a Monday evening is the social hour at the Cosmopolitan. Several of the restaurants have a special menu for early eats and drinks, like STK, where the waygu sliders, shrimp cocktail, and oysters are all $10 each.
We buffet’d at the Wicked Spoon in the Cosmopolitan each morning. You gotta be able to manage the buffets and not over eat. This one has some really good individually-portioned dishes to help with that. Like a yummy eggs Benedict.
Watching that egg run out is always photo-worthy!! And another cool dish was the maple Bourbon chicken and biscuit. So tasty!!
I finished this Vegas trip with my new tradition – an awesome beer (Dragon’s Milk by New Holland) at Todd English’s PUB outside of the Aria.