TRAVEL GUIDE: FABULOUS LAS VEGAS!

“THROW OFF THE BOWLINES, SAIL AWAY FROM THE SAFE HARBOR. CATCH THE TRADE WINDS IN YOUR SAILS. EXPLORE. DREAM. DISCOVER.” – MARK TWAIN

Las Vegas. Where do I even start? There is nothing in the world quite like it. If you’ve ever been, you’ll know exactly what i’m talking about. The neon lights, the casinos, the entertainment; it’s encapsulating and you become completely lost in the atmosphere. I spent an entire week here in December 2013 and it was incredible!

Now I’m not a big gambler or anything, casinos aren’t really my thing, and I’ve heard people tell me they’re not interested in Vegas because it’s not their ‘scene’ but let me promise you, Vegas has so much more to offer than black jack and gin, and I’m going to show you!

GRAND CANYON

There are endless options on how you can choose to see the Grand Canyon depending on your budget. As we had never been before, we went all out and opted for a helicopter flight over the Canyon followed by an amazing lunch at the Grand Canyon Ranch where we also had the opportunity to go either horse riding or shooting. It was an incredible experience!

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SHOPPING

Las Vegas is home to some of the most spectacular shopping in the world! Crystals at CityCenter, The Forum Shops at Caesars, The Grand Canal Shoppes at The Venetian/The Palazzo, and The Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood. These are just some of the shopping centers inside the casinos! This doesn’t include the Las Vegas North and South Premium Outlets, and the dozens of stores along Las Vegas Boulevard. With one of the lowest tax rates in America, it really is worth coming to Vegas to shop up a storm!

THE STRIP (AT NIGHT)

As I mentioned, I’m not much of a gambler, so I didn’t spend my nights sitting at the Roulette table watching all my money disappear, I went out and explored the strip at night, and that is a sight in itself.

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THE STRATOSPHERE

Located right down the end of Las Vegas Boulevard is the Stratosphere Hotel and Tower. It’s quite a walk from the hustle and bustle of the strip, so you can hop on a bus and it drops you right out the front. There are plenty of awesome activities to do here including the SkyJump – located on the 108th floor of the Stratosphere Tower. There are also 3 thrill rides on the top of the Stratosphere that you must try. The Big Shot, Insanity and X-Scream are perfect for adrenaline junkies! An observation deck offers the best views of the strip and the Tower Restaurant is a dining experience like no other. Be sure to check it out!

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THE CHEESECAKE FACTORY

Enough said.

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THE STRIP (DURING THE DAY)

Each of the Vegas hotels has an attraction that sets it a part from the others. Be sure to have a ride on the Roller-coaster at New York, New York, take a Gondola Ride through the canals at the Venetian Hotel, see the view from the top of the Eiffel Tower at the Paris Hotel, check out the Fountain Show at the Bellagio, The Aquarium at Mandalay Bay and so much more you’ll have to spend a lot of time exploring to see it all!

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‘WELCOME TO VEGAS’ SIGN

No trip to Vegas is complete without a photo stop at the ‘Welcome to Vegas’ sign. You can catch a cab or walk out to the sign (mind you, the walk can take a while!). You’ll usually have to line up to take a photo.

When we went someone was there at the front of the line making sure everyone got a photo and the line kept moving. It worked out well because he was able to take a photo for both of us!

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11 Comments Add yours

  1. Great pictures! I’ve been to both Vegas and the Grand Canyon, and you’ve covered them very well!

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    1. Thank you! I would love to spend more time at the Grand Canyon. Hopefully one day soon 🙂

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  2. Sharron says:

    We live in Las Vegas and you have done a great job of showing the different aspects of our fabulous city!! Congratulations.

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    1. Thanks Sharron! It is a fabulous city! Nothing else quite like it 🙂

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  3. Sharron says:

    Reblogged this on Moving Words and commented:
    RE-blogged from Adventure Cass. She did a great job of showing the different aspects of our great city.

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  4. Victoria says:

    Wow, you totally went all out on this trip! Although Las Vegas isn’t really my thing (I don’t gamble and partying it up takes too much energy!), it is quite a magical place with all the glitzy, over the top….everything.

    I’ve only partially hiked some parts of the Grand Canyon, but viewing it from the air looks amazing!

    Victoria
    http://awayweroam.com

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    1. Magical is a great way to describe it! I’d really like to hike more of the Grand Canyon, flying over was just our solution to seeing more in the little time we had! 🙂

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  5. OneBusyMama says:

    Love VEGAS!!! We’ve been twice and are planning to go back!

    Please tell me that you did do the thrill rides at the top of the stratosphere! They are awesome! The sky jump was an amazing experience!!! I only did 2 of the three rides at the top (there’s a spinning one and if I go on that….Id throw up all over everyone on the trip below) and both of them were so fun and awesome! Especially at night!!!!

    If you ever make it back…the old downtown isn’t quite as insane as the strip, but it’s unique and beautiful and they have their own zip line! Plus, if you stay at the golden nugget they have a water slide that goes through a shark tank!!!! If you liked Grand Canyon…..I also recommend the impressive view of the Hoover dam and Valley of Fire!!! We rented a car for the day to do both of these places and it was well worth it!

    Never seen the Grand Canyon YET, but loved your pics!!!

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    1. Of coarse I did the thrill rides on the top of the Stratosphere! haha I didn’t do the sky jump because I’ve been skydiving before and I didn’t need to spend the extra $$$ but I did two of the three rides like you, I don’t particularly like the spinny rides either haha. It was awesome though!

      Thanks for the recommendations! That all sounds amazing 🙂

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  6. VocareMentor says:

    It’s been a while since I’ve been to Vegas. When I do get back there a goal is to see the Las Vegas Neon Museum and “boneyard” (old neon signs). – You got some great images of both Vegas and the Grand Canyon.

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