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We arrived in Vegas about 5 pm. My daughter and I are both smokers, so that is one of the first things we did after collecting our baggage. We hit that door and immediately we were struck by the heat. Our first encounter with a Las Vegas service person was the guy who manned the Gray Line kiosk, he offered a friendly smile and told us to "wait over there" for the next bus. It took about the time for us to smoke our cigarette before the bus came, the bus driver was friendly and provided us with a commentary on the trip to the hotel. I guess shuttle drivers and taxi drivers know the lay of the land because he wasted no time in getting every one to their designation. I think the trip to the hotel was shorter than the trip to the airport for the ride home. We were the last to depart the bus at the California Hotel. I read that this hotel's clientele is about 70% Hawaiian. It is true. For the most part they are a nice people. I did not have a problem. The room was nice, with comfortable beds and roomy bathroom. There was also a safe and refrigerator in the room. The safe cost $3 day. We had no valuables so we had not use for it, but it was a good idea that it was there. We were anxious (not deterred by the heat) to get out and explore, so we dropped off our baggage and hit the streets. Not familiar with the streets of Vegas we soon came to realize that each hotel/casino is about a block in area. What a wonderful surprise when we found out that we could walk out of our front door and be right at "The Fremont Street Experience". There is always something happening on Fremont Street but the light shows are phenomenal. It is just an atmoshere of fun and having a good time. We saw "motorcycles in a cage" (up to 3 at a time), Chippendale dancers taking pictures with willing females, a guy, who I thought was a graffiti artist, making these unbelievable pictures with a variety of spray paint colors and other things you would not think to use, and enough people to make even the shiest people watcher stand up and take notice.