Las Vegas probably needs no introduction, even if you have not been you have heard the saying “what happened in Vegas, stays in Vegas”. A 24 hour party mecca where you can drink and gamble away the day. But don’t be so quick to dismiss it if this sounds like you idea of a nightmare.
Yes it’s true you can have the most insane party weekend, where you wake up every day and can’t remember anything! Or, like us, you can go to Las Vegas to experience the city, and not have a single alcoholic beverage. Las Vegas has something for everyone and should not be instantly dismissed as a location for the young, hip, party animals. You see everyone in Las Vegas from the very old to the very young. Did you know that hotels in Las Vegas are astonishingly cheap? You will be amazed at what you can get for your money. Las Vegas is actually a very popular holiday destination for the USA. You can relax by the pool all day and then catch a world class show in the evening, you don’t even have to step foot in a casino, although I would recommend that you do, just to experience how big they are and explore the hotel they are attached to. We went into every hotel and every casino worth visiting and each one has a unique theme. They are spectacular, and best of all, free!
There is so much to see and do in Las Vegas but our top three things not to miss are:
Mirage Fire Show
Ever 30 minutes outside the Mirage hotel their lake and volcano are brought to life with an amazing fire display. Be sure to go at night for the best effect and don’t get to close, it can get very hot as the volcano starts shooting flames.
Freemont Street Experience
The Freemont Experience is an incredible entertainment and gaming complex located in the north of the Las Vegas strip. It is most know for the Viva Vision light show where the street comes alive with 12 million lights. For the thrill seekers among you there is a zip line that allows you to soar through the sky, giving you an amazing view of the bustling streets below.
Las Vegas Sign
No trip to Las Vegas would be complete without vising the famous “Welcome to the Fabulous Las Vegas” sign. It’s best to go in the evening when the sign is lit but you may find you have to wait in line a while. The sign in located at the very south end of the strip so it is a good time to also visit the LUXOR hotel which has an Egyptian theme, you can’t miss it, it’s the huge pyramid.
You are really spoiled for choice for accommodation in Las Vegas. Do you want to stay in Venice, New York, Paris, or at the top of a pyramid? The themed hotels are really amazing but they can come with a hefty price tag. The best all round hotel had to be the Flamingo. It’s right slap bang in the middle of the strip and can be very reasonable if you book in advance. We chose to book a very cheap hotel that was just of the strip called the Tuscany Suites and Casino. This was 60% the price of the flamingo and only a 15 minute walk to the centre of the strip. A definite winner for a travelling pair, but maybe a bit pricy for a solo traveller that can look to spend £15 a night in one of the many hostels, just be sure to research how long it’s going to take you to get to the strip.
In a typical American restaurant you can expect to pay around 25 per person for a two course meal, excluding drinks. You may find yourself just too busy to waste time with a sit down meal and might want to grab something on the go such as burrito, which are about 5 each. If you fancy a killer breakfast hunt down one of the all you can eat venues where you can get anything, cereal, curry, ice-cream, chocolate cake, if you can name it, its probably there. Although having chocolate cake and ice-cream for breakfast was amazing, it was expensive at £20 per person, but if you have the money to spare it’s well wroth a visit. One restaurant that comes highly recommended is the Heart Attack Grill where you can get a 25,000 calorie quadrupole bypass burger. You also eat for free if you are over 250lb! For the budget conscious traveller there are many super markets where you can pick up food to prepare yourself. This is what we did and found the cost to be very reasonable.
You really only have two choices to get around the Las Vegas strip, either fork out for taxis or walk. We walk everywhere, you just get to experience so much more. Be warned though the Las Vegas Strip is vast and don’t be fooled that you can walk from one end to the other in a heart beat. Always research on Google maps how far something is and don’t make the mistake of thinking “that looks close” we clocked up 13 miles in a day several times, and in 100F heat it can be hard work.