How did I even survive? I can honestly say Vegas is the craziest place I have ever been; a grown ups Disneyland. With so much to see and such little sleep to be had, I had the best, busiest 6 days and ticked so many things off my bucket list. If you’re thinking about going, stop thinking and just go, you will not regret it. (Unless you love to gamble and lose all your money, then you might regret it).
One thing to remember is that Vegas is not cheap, so make sure you do some research and work out most of the things you want to do beforehand and plan your spending money around that. Make sure to add AT LEAST $100 a day on top for food and drink!
So here’s what I did and where I went, (I’ll try and keep it short and sweet).
Landed in McCarran airport after a LONG flight with Virgin Airlines, I was treated so well by their staff and for once wasn’t grossed out by plane food! All drink and food is included in the price and they fed me so much!
Arrived at my hotel, The Cosmopolitan. Overall I have no faults with this amazing hotel, I was recommended to stay here by many people and I would recommend others to stay here too. It is one of the newest hotels on the strip and one of the most central ones, right next to the Bellagio and Caesars Palace. Staying in the middle of the strip makes it so much easier to get around. The Cosmopolitan isn’t the cheapest of hotels but it was worth the extra money for its location and service. I will be writing a full review of The Cosmopolitan pretty soon 🙂
We started the evening off with drinks in the famous Chandelier bar in The Cosmopolitan, this was probably my favourite bar from the whole trip. You are able to sit down for a cocktail on sofas inside a giant chandelier in the ceiling. This was a fairly chilled evening as we were all extremely tired from the long flight, so we then decided to take a walk down the strip, watch the Bellagio fountains and do our first little bit of gambling inside the Bellagio. The gardens inside the Bellagio were amazing, and we were able to eat dinner looking out over it.
We woke up fairly early to head down to New York New York hotel for a free Craps lesson (most of the hotels do free lessons so keep an eye out) this was super fun and our teacher Jimmy was a laugh! We chose to do it here so some of us could go on the famous New York New York roller coaster afterwards, the ride was great I would definitely recommend it! While we were there we took some time to walk around the hotel and admire the interior, its amazing how it is built to feel like you’re walking the streets of New York. After eating some lunch in the Irish pub we headed back to our hotel to spend a few hours by one of the rooftop pools.
For dinner we had organised a stretched party bus to pick us up and take us to the Italian American Social club restaurant in southern Las Vegas. This restaurant really was a hidden gem, filled only with locals and great live music. We were a large group so we were given a private area and received great service all night and the food was unreal! We were later joined by a brilliant Elvis impersonator (Shane Paterson) as a 50th birthday surprise; all in all a great night, so much fun and too much alcohol was consumed! The party bus dropped us back to The Cromwell where we gambled until the early hours.
My dad’s 50th birthday! We walked along the strip in search for some birthday brunch and ended up eating at this beautiful restaurant inside the Venetian alongside the Grand Canal. I recommend having a proper look around, it really is impressive feeling like you’re walking through the streets of Venice!
We wondered back down the strip and stopped off at Casino Royale to put our new craps knowledge to the test! This casino had a more old school feel compared to the others we had visited so far, definitely worth a visit.
I then left the rest of the crew and decided to catch the bus (The Deuce) to the Las Vegas sign. The Deuce is a super easy and cheap way to travel up and down the strip, especially if you are staying in one of the hotels further out. WARNING – in the day time the bus only goes as far as The Mandalay Bay and you have to walk the rest of the way to the LV sign – the bus driver advised me that it is only three stop lights away – this is definitely further than you think! I would suggest getting a taxi if you struggle walking far in the heat. I am definitely glad I made the trip there, although there were hundreds of people queueing for a photo, it was great to see the sign. TIP: remember you can take a photo from the side and skip the queue, thats what I did and the photo is still GREAT!
In the evening we took a trip down town to the Stratosphere for dinner in the Top of the World restaurant. Not only is this restaurant 800 feet in the sky, it also revolves 360 degrees while you enjoy your dinner (definitely choose the Steak!) – giving you the best views of Vegas. This was one of my favourite experiences of the trip, its hard to explain how amazing the views are and how big Vegas actually is! I had been psyching myself up for the famous rides on top of the Stratosphere for months prior to actually coming, I wanted to say I had done at least one of them – I was gutted when we found out they were closed because it was too windy but its definitely an excuse to go back another year 🙂 We were able to go out to the viewing platform and take in the views some more.
We took advantage of the buffet in our hotel (The Wicked Spoon, Cosmopolitan) for breakfast before 5 of us were picked up in a bus to the airport for our helicopter ride over the Grand Canyon with 5 Star helicopter tours; there are so many different types of tour and prices so make sure you do some research and choose the right one for you! I could not fault the experience we had, the Grand Canyon is more beautiful than you could imagine and photos will never do it enough justice. Our pilot had so much knowledge and answered any questions we had, the tour took around 3.5 hours including a landing on the Canyon.
Later we took a limo to downtown Vegas as 10 of us had purchased tickets for the Slotzilla Zipline (the higher one of course) – this was so much fun and not too expensive, even those of us who were scared of heights gave it a go. You lie face down and are attached to the zip line four at a time and travel down Fremont street, people on the ground cheer you on as you fly over head and its great to see the buzzing street below! We then walked to Le Thai, also on Fremont Street, where we had amazing Thai food! Two of us then left to head to Drais beach club/nightclub at The Cromwell where we bought tickets to watch Chris Brown – we partied until the early hours and loved every second of the show.
Picked up from our hotel at midday in a Humvee and taken to Battlefield Vegas for a 50th birthday present to my dad – we chose the GI Jane package and had a go at shooting some targets. Its safe to say that shooting guns definitely wasn’t my cup of tea, but I’m glad I got to tick it off my bucket list! I chose Battlefield because they offer a free Humvee pickup from your hotel on the strip.
A quick breakfast in Starbucks before wandering up the strip for some shopping on my last day 🙁 We walked through The Wynn hotel and admired the decor, such amazing floral displays! We enjoyed lunch at the Country Club while two of the group played golf on the course there. The service was great and we were able to watch them finish the game from our table. We then walked to find somewhere to gamble for my last few hours in Vegas, we ended up at the Cromwell again and I tried my luck at Blackjack and for once luck was on my side! It was a great end to the most amazing trip. I then jumped in a taxi to the airport for my next adventure to meet some friends in the Bahamas!
There will be a blog post up soon about my Bahamas trip so keep an eye out 🙂
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Until next time, Sin City!