I suggested in my last post that you get to Viva on Wednesday if you’re able.  Viva doesn’t really ramp up until Thursday night.  Wednesday and Thursday morning/afternoon are great for doing a few tourist things.

I definitely recommend the Neon Sign Boneyard (http://www.neonmuseum.org/).  It’s basically a graveyard of old Vegas neon signs.  It is a guided tour and our tour guide really knew her stuff.  We learned alot about the history of Vegas and the signs.  This year we’re planning another tour but at night!  Here are a few awesome pictures my photographer friend Julie took at the boneyard:

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We also hit up the strip and did a little walking and shopping.  I checked out the Bettie Page Store (which was cool, but not earth shattering as we have one here in Minneapolis too).

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We also went to the Charleston Antique Mall.  This place had amazing things!  I could have spent ALOT of money in there.  We managed to leave with just two beaded vintage bags and some vinyl.

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And we had to make the obligatory trip to In N Out Burger.  It was our first time.  I didn’t have a burger but Lucas said it was good and the fries were pretty good too!

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There is never a shortage of things to do in Vegas so if you do end up making a longer vacation out of it I’m certain you won’t be bored.  Frankie’s Tiki Room, Fremont Street, and the wax museum are just a few of the things to do (other than the obvious tour of the strip hotels).  Next year we’re hoping to make a longer vacation out of Viva by flying into LA, driving to Palm Springs for a few days and then driving to Vegas for Viva.  Hopefully funds allow!

30 days to go!  Ready for part 4?? VIVA!!!!!!

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