“Let me get this straight.  You don’t gamble or drink, but you can spend five days in Las Vegas without getting bored?  Good Lord, what do you do with your time?”  This is a question we were asked before we left for our Las Vegas trip, and it’s not the first time we’ve been asked this question.

Perhaps inquiring minds feel this way because they only see Vegas as a party town.  However, Sin City offers a plethora of fun-to-do activities that deliver experiences that are not filled with regrets.  Since 1999, John and I have spent many holidays in Vegas. Somehow we end up there without ever planning it.  But, once the seed is planted, the few days morphs into a week or longer.  Our last jaunt to Vegas proved to have little down time.  Here’s how we spent our time and avoided boredom:


Arrive in Las Vegas, Nevada ~12:30 PM, then enjoy lunch at Henry’s American Bar & Grill.

Henry’s American Grill – Vegas is a 24-hour town

  • * John’s excursion is cancelled (rescheduled for Day 4)
    * Check into hotel:  The Jockey Club – too early so we had to find something to do
    * Take a walk through the Miracle Mile Shops @ Planet Hollywood
    * Earn $10 each by rating a show at Test America (inside the Miracle Mile Shops)
    * Re-check into Jockey Club
    * Enjoy dinner @ Queen Victoria Pub located inside the Riviera
  • The Riviera has the Queen Victoria Pub, a quaint     restaurant where you can Keep Calm and Carry On. 


  • * Geo Holiday Time Share Presentation (we just said “No.”)
    * Excursion: ATV Tour with Adrenaline ATV Tours (~7 hours)
  • Trenquilla geared up for ATV riding.
  • * Enjoy dinner @ Simon Restaurant & Lounge at Palms Place
    * 8:00 PM attend Marc Savard Comedy Hypnosis Show @ V Theatre, in Miracle Mile Shops, at Planet Hollywood


  • * Enjoy lunch at LBS (located inside Red Rock Canyon Casino)
    Loved this burger joint.
  • * Attend 2:30PM One Voice by Bethany Owen @ the Rio
    * Enjoy dinner @ Barrymore’s (inside Royal Resort)
  • The decor inside the Barrymore Restaurant
    Barrymore decor piece – many details to experience
  • * 8:00 PM attend “The Shades of Sinatra” show at Clarion Hotel


  • * Excursion: SCA Flight (John)
    John with pilot from SCA
  • John boarding the T-6 Texan.

    …and away they go!

  • * Enjoy lunch @ Hash House A Go Go
    Hash House A Go Go located in the M Hotel and Casino.  Best chicken and waffles! 
  • * Miniature Golf – KISS by Monster Mini Golf
    The entrance to the KISS miniature golf experience
    Glow-In-The-Dark golfing is awesome!
  • * Las Vegas Outlet Mall South
    * Check into MGM Signature Suites
    * Enjoy dinner @ Pink’s Hot Dog located outside of Planet Hollywood
    * 7:00 PM attend “Vegas! the Show” at Saxe Theatre, in Miracle Mile Shops, at Planet Hollywood
    * 9:00 PM attend “Sin City Comedy” at V Theatre, in Miracle Mile Shops, at Planet Hollywood


  • * Enjoy lunch @ Elevation Burger
    Elevation Burger – Now Open, folks 
  • * R&R in room – watch “Johnny English Reborn”
    * John hit a jackpot as we waited for the 7PM show
  • Jackpot!
  • * 7:00 PM attend “Louie Anderson” show at Palace Station
    * Enjoy dinner @ Rock & Rita’s inside Circus Circus
  • A piece of artwork inside Rock & Rita’s restaurant
    Crazy clown at Circus Circus advertising Rock & Rita’s
  • * 10:30 PM attend “Gilbert Gottfried” show at Riviera Hotel and Casino


  • * Meet up at Las Vegas Outlet Center with peeps we know
    * Drive back to Riverside
    * 5:00 PM enjoy dinner at Miyagi Sushi in San Bernardino (located at 228 E Base Line St., San Bernardino, CA)

Peace out, The Franci