Las Vegas Vacation for March Madness

I went to Las Vegas a few weekends ago to kick off March Madness and celebrate a friend’s upcoming nuptials in the form of a good old fashioned Vegas bachelor party. We stayed at the all-new Aria at City Center, which was quite nice. Most of our time was spent in the Sports Book watching games (a bit packed but understandably so), although I did manage to find my way to the casino floors too:

$1000 Dollar Chip from Aria Hotel

A second group of friends of mine from college happened to be visiting at the same time, and they stayed at Marriott’s Grand Chateau Villas in Las Vegas. They stayed in one of the two bedroom suites – they were awesome. Not cheap, but if you’re living large, it’s a good way to go.

Besides gambling and watching March Madness, no trip to Vegas is complete without a little golf and pool fun. We spent a day at the JW Marriott Las Vegas Resort, starting with some golf at TPC Las Vegas, then heading back to the pool for some tropical drinks and splashing around. I’d like to stay there some time when I’m looking for a more low key vacation, or maybe with my girlfriend sometime.

This was actually my first time driving from Phoenix to Las Vegas, and the drive there wasn’t bad. We left at 7AM on Friday AM and were there a little after noon. On the way home, it was pure hell. We didn’t leave until 12:30 on Sunday (right after check-out) and the traffic build up at the Hoover dam was several hours long, so we took the long route home through Laughlin, NV. It ended up being a little over 7 hours long, and we had 5 guys in an Acura TSX, all a little tired and hungover. It was rough. Worth it saving money on the airfare, but still a long day either way you look at it.

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