No, we didn't win any money. (Thought I'd get that question out of the way real quick-like.)
Vegas was lovely. It might have been the world's shortest vacation, but it was still nice to be able to walk down the street in sandals, a pair of capris, and a lightweight jacket. Not quite shorts weather (the hubby thought it was, but he's insane), but warmer than the Midwest weather we left behind for those few short hours.
We stayed at the Gold Coast hotel and casino. It's located a ways off the strip next to the Rio. They do have a shuttle that runs to the strip, but we didn't wait around. Instead we spent $10 for a taxi ride to the Bellagio. From there we walked up and down the strip the rest of the day, remarking every few feet about all the construction. There's a ton of it going on right now. Right on the strip.
The biggest news in terms of architecture was the fact that The Aladdin had been replaced by a new Planet Hollywood hotel and casino. It's located across from the Bellagio, so it was one of the first things we noticed.
I have some pics I plan on sharing. Of course, I don't have them readily accessible right now, so I'll have to update this post later. Or maybe I'll just link to them in my sidebar as a slideshow. We'll see.
The only downside to this trip was that it wasn't long enough. You can't truly enjoy Vegas in all its hedonist glory in one day. It would have been nice if we have had even more day. Although, I'll be honest and admit I'd rather stay for the normal 4 nights/5 days we typically plan.
Oh, and paying $54 in parking fees at the airport...that's a bunch of bullcrap. What a scam!