The tickets are purchased and I'm getting really excited about our summer vacation this year. We're heading to Washington State to visit Andrew's parents for about a week.
With flights being so freaking expensive now, we did some in depth research before booking. We were pretty flexible with our travel days, but we didn't want to fly any of the "red eye" flights that you find so many of when flying from Cedar Rapids to Seattle. Another thing that played into our research was that if we fly into Seattle, his parents end up spending 4 hours in the car just to pick us up. They live about 2 hours north of Seattle on Lummi Island, just minutes from Bellingham by ferry. Trying to save them the time and save us the expense of a rental car, we looked into flights into Bellingham. $1,200.00 each round trip. Ha! NOT!
Then, remembering our last vacation to Las Vegas in April for Andrew's birthday, I suggested we look into Allegiant Airlines. They fly direct from Cedar Rapids to Las Vegas and I knew that they also fly direct from Bellingham, WA to Las Vegas. After some searching, we came up with the perfect plan! We leave Friday evening Aug. 3rd and spend 1 night in Las Vegas, then catch a morning flight from Vegas to Bellingham on the 4th. Perfect! (and cheap)
We save his parents hours in the car and we get a night in Vegas! The flight home will be perfect as well. We fly from Bellingham to Vegas, two hour layover in the airport, then home to Cedar Rapids, Iowa. By then we'll be completely out of money, I'm sure, so we won't want to spend any time in Vegas on the way home.
When we've gone to Vegas before, we've always stayed on the strip. This time we decided it would be fun to see the older, downtown area of Vegas. So, we got a much less expensive room right on Fremont street downtown. It will be fun to see "old Las Vegas" for a change.
I'll be sure and take lots of pictures while on our trip. Those will be good for several posts when we get back, I'm sure.