“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!
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!
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.
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!
THE CHEESECAKE FACTORY
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!
‘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!