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Travel Plans: Staying at The Flamingo in Las Vegas

I can appreciate the new, the contemporary and the modern - it provides an insight into where trends are headed.

But the best way to know where you're going, is to learn where you've been.

Show me the history. Let's be nostalgic. Tell me about the city's humble beginnings, and the people who put the town on the map. This is why I have been known to book cemetery tours in the past - it's not about the ghosts or reported hauntings for me, it's the legacy. Then, let's explore the ensuing decades to observe the trends and see what has stuck.

There are amazing stories to be found in a good hour of historical research. (History. Hi Story!)

When Nick informed me he booked our Las Vegas stay at The Flamingo, I was so excited.

First opened over 70 years ago on December 26, 1946, the casino's theme is reminiscent of the Art Deco and Streamline Moderne styles of Miami and South Beach. Could you imagine the stories imbued within the rooms there?

There is a garden courtyard on the property with a wildlife habitat that, of course, features flamingos. It was the third hotel to open on the iconic Las Vegas strip, and the oldest still in operation today.

The Flamingo has ties to Bugsy Siegel and the mob, and over time, went through numerous ownership changes. One of its most famous guests was Hunter S. Thompson, and several of his experiences at the hotel are depicted in his novel, Fear & Loathing in Las Vegas: A Savage Journey to the Heart of the American Dream.

Nick and I are planning to travel to Las Vegas on February 11-15. It will be my first time in the city, and I may need to purchase Fear & Loathing for some appropriate reading.

Have you been to Las Vegas? I'm interested in touring the mob museum, zip-lining on the strip, and touring the Hoover Dam. Gambling isn't really my thing, but I plan to throw a $20 in a slot machine for the story. I'm open to recommendations!

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