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Las Vegas – the city that’s known for being the hub of all sins, for its luxurious hotels adorned with lights and non-stop party lifestyle. My visit to Vegas was part of my first ever trip to the USA, and I have to say it completely took me in and I am already planning when I can go back! Vegas is extreme, it’s larger than life and for some that can seem overwhelming and act as a deterrent, but Vegas truly does have something for everyone. You see young couples, elderly couples, families and groups of friends from all over the world, all enjoying what this incredible city has to offer. A word of warning – it gets HOT. We went in September and it was circa 37-40 degrees Celsius every day. So, pack sunscreen and always carry water!
Firstly, you don’t need too long a stay to soak up all that Vegas has to offer. A trip to Vegas is often tacked onto the start or end of a trip, as in 3 – 4 days you can fit a lot in, and as it’s not the largest place to get around, this is ample time. If you can, try and stay in one of the hotels on the main strip. Naturally these are slightly more expensive, but they are quite the experience! However, if you stay just off the strip, you’ll still be very close to the action and could save around a hundred dollars a night. We stayed at the Bellagio, famous for its fountain displays. Vegas hotels are on ANOTHER level. They’re huge. I mean, wow. The Bellagio was so big that I still got lost finding our room even on the last day, frequently having to call my fiancé for directions back to wherever he was which he found highly amusing. The hotels are decadence at its finest. They’re big and bold and you really do feel like you’ve had a slice of luxury.
Gambling is the culture in Vegas, and it is everywhere. Slot machines line the airport corridors as you’re walking out on arrival. One thing I liked was that you can walk around all the casinos but I didn’t feel the pressure to gamble myself. Gambling isn’t for me but it’s fun to see everyone else throwing the dice.
We took a full day to walk the whole length of the strip, starting at the ‘Welcome to Las Vegas’ sign and working our way up from there. This is a great way to pop into each hotel for a little look round. They’re all very accessible, so you can stroll in and check out the bars, casinos and attractions in each one. Vegas hotels all have very distinct and elaborate themes, so try and explore as many as you can. My favourites were the Luxor which is Egyptian themed and the Venetian which is based on Venice – complete with canals and gondolas! The Bellagio has frequent fountain displays onthroughout the day which are a must see, andthere is a volcano display in the evenings outsidethe Mirage hotel, both are brilliant and free to watch!
Vegas has some great shopping, so if you want to bag yourself some goodies you’ve come to the right place. The hotels mainly house luxury designer boutiques such as Tiffany, Chanel and Louis Vuitton etc, but on the strip there are shopping malls where you can find all the popular high street brands of the US. There are also some outlets south of the main strip where you can grab some great bargains.
Another stand out factor of Vegas is the shows. Some of the best shows in the world can be found in there, with most of the major hotels hosting a different show for set periods of time. There is something for everyone, whether you’re into the acrobatic spectacular of Cirque Du Soleil or the magical talent of Penn and Teller, do try and get tickets to see something.
We splashed out on a helicopter trip to the Grand Canyon, which was absolutely breath taking. It’s about a 3-4 hour round trip from pick up to drop off, and it is little expensive (around $300 per person) but so worth it. There are several options of how to see it, we chose to fly across and then walk round the skywalk which is a glass bottomwalkway built over the canyon. This really felt likea once in a lifetime opportunity, and I’m so glad we factored it into our trip.
Of course, all the hotels have magnificent pools for those days when you simply want to soak up some of that western US sunshine whilst enjoying a cocktail or two. Some hotels have more of a party vibe around the pools with music playing, whereas others are more relaxed and quieter, so whatever takes your fancy!
There you have it! I hope this has given you an insight into why Vegas is a great holiday destination.