Elvis is alive and well in Vegas

My friend and I decided a trip to Vegas was definitely in need.  A break from the day to day, business as usual monotony of adult responsibility.  We booked our trip and off we went…go west my friend so we did.

We didn’t really have any sort of itinerary in mind just a few things each of us wanted to see and do while in Vegas.  For me, I wanted to drive to the Grand Canyon and see the most impressive hole in the world, and it did not disappoint.  The beautiful colors, the peaceful stillness and that view!  It is almost surreal, the view of this massive crater.  The canyon is ginormous, averaging 4,000 feet deep for its entire 277 miles. It is 6,000 feet deep at its deepest point and 18 miles at its widest.  If you are thinking about traveling out west any time in the future the canyon is definitely worth a visit.

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My friend wanted to ride the High Roller, play the slots and people watch.  The High Roller is one of Las Vegas’ most recent additions giving you a chance to view the entire landscape from above the strip while riding an observation wheel.  It stands at 550 feet and has enclosed air-conditioned pods that you and about 40 of your friends can ride in, one pod even has a bar if you would like to order up while viewing the city.  I would definitely recommend this to anyone vacationing in Vegas as a relaxing way to view the area, have a cocktail and take some fabulous photos!

The slots, well gambling is the real attraction for most in Vegas and as they say “you win some and you lose some”.  My friend broke even and we moved on to walking around taking in all of the sites and people watching.  People watching in Vegas, well there really is nothing like it and Fremont Street is the place to go.  From characters that dress up like the Kiss performers to street performers and everything in between, Fremont Street has it all!  Book a flight and if people watching is all you do here you will not be disappointed by the collection of folks that are walking around in this condensed area.  It truly is an experience.

The highlight of our trip was a bit of a surprise to both of us when we thought what we were hearing was Elvis singing.  Yes, you read that correctly, ELVIS!  During our many walks around town we saw an ad on the wall of the Piano Bar in Harrah’s casino for the Big Elvis show.  This we had to see and hear.  On our last day in Vegas we went to the bar around two in the afternoon and waited in line for what would be the highlight of our trip in the absolute Fun Department!  Big Elvis did not disappoint!

Pete “Big Elvis” Vallee has been performing at Harrah’s Casino for the past twenty years and as Elvis impersonators go, in my opinion, his voice is closely spot on!  He performs three days a week doing three sets per day…we stayed for all three sets and Mr. Vallee brought the house down!  He was honored with a star on the Las Vegas Walk of Stars in 2017 and much deserved by his incredible performances.  He sang Suspicious Mind, Folsom Prison Blues, It’s Now or Never and my personal favorite and one that we requested, Kentucky Rain and many more.  He includes the audience in a rockin’ rendition of Viva Las Vegas using volunteers from the audience as Little Big Elvis and the Elvettes and rocks the casino!  His talent as an Elvis impersonator is larger than life, and his performance was outstanding!  He was both professional and very approachable and I have to say for me ended our fun-filled trip with a BANG!!  If you are travelling to Vegas any time soon or in the future stop by Harrah’s Casino and see the Big Elvis show at the Piano Bar Monday, Wednesday and Fridays…Big Elvis does not disappoint.  Thank you Pete “Big Elvis” Vallee for a great end to our fantastic Vegas trip!


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