Travel Mondays | Las Vegas

16.6.14

Today is 'Travel Monday' time again, today's post on our trip to the US West Coast .. Las Vegas Baby! We did a West Coast trip around America in June of last year and visited Vegas, St Louis Obispo, San Francisco, Yosemite National Park and Los Angeles..





Our suite at the Vdara Hotel



Jean Philippe Patisserie at the Bellagio



The Bellagio Gardens





Bellagio Fountains



Caesars Palace


The Stratosphere Hotel



The Little White Wedding Chapel



The Eiffel Tower at Paris Hotel





Breakfast at Serendipity 3 Caesars Palace


Road trip time..


Lake Mead




Hoover Dam



The Grand Canyon



The Venetian Hotel


Fremont Street




The Neon Boneyard










A last glimpse of the Vegas strip at night



(All of the above photos were taken on my old Nikon SLR, so apologies that the quality isn't as good as the camera I use now)


This is my favourite Travel Mondays post yet. I've been dying to post about this USA trip since I started these weekly travel posts. Las vegas was our first stop. Las Vegas is like nothing I've ever experienced. Again going to a completely different place I didn't know what to expect; all I can say to anyone that thinks it's only about gambling is that it is most definitely not. Vegas has SO much to offer. Obviously gambling is a huge part of vegas and can be very fun even if you have no experience like us (we spent most of our time on the slots and at most won $200 but then lost it all again! Ha), but Vegas itself is full of other things to do. I loved the fact we hired a car, I didn't think we would use it that much once we arrived at our destinations and that the car was just to get us from place to place... I was totally wrong. We used the car so much in Vegas! We drove around almost everyday. The valet services at each hotel are fantastic, we never had to worry about parking. The valet would take your car, park it for you and then bring it back down for you when you where finished for a small $5 tip. Having the car made us feel as if we lived in Vegas, we traveled all over. Having the car was particularly useful to see what Vegas had to offer off-strip and I think we seen a lot of things we wouldn't have seen if we didn't have the car. The roads are very easy to get to grips with. Luke was a great driver with the help of our trusty Sat Nav, most of the roads are straight forward.

I think my favourite thing to do in Vegas was visit all the different hotels. Each hotel is different from the other. They all have their own different themed restaurants, shopping malls and even nightclubs. With hotels like the Venetian and Paris you almost feel like you're in a different country with each hotel you visit. 

I've listed some recommendations below.

Must do's

  • Walk down the strip and visit the hotels
  • Fremont Street
  • Dine at a Las Vegas buffet (We visited the Bacchanal Buffet at Caesars)
  • Visit a mall (Our 'up-market' recommendation would be Caesars Forum and for more typical high street we liked Fashion Show Mall)
  • Try your hand at the slots and roulette tables in the casinos
  • See a show (We saw 'O' by Crique Du Soleil at the Bellagio; amazing!)
  • Hit the road and visit Hoover Dam and The Grand Canyon
  • The Neon Boneyard (This is a museum showcasing famous Las Vegas signage that are now not in use)
  • Visit one of the many bars/nightclubs on the strip
  • The Bellagio Fountains
  • Go to the top of the Stratosphere (great views of the strip and mountain ranges)

Optional

  • Hire a car
  • Visit some of the local off strip restaurants and bars (our favourite was Hot N Juicy Crawfish)
  • If you've never a visited an American supermarket it might be fun to visit Wal-Mart, we picked up a few goodies for the hotel room. CVS is also fun for beauty treats, this is probably the US equivalent to Superdrug
  • Gondola ride at the Venetian Hotel
  • See an Exhibition (We saw the Titanic Exhibition at the Luxor Hotel)


Tips

  • Do your research before driving. There are a few things we didn't realise when we arrived. Two things that we found different to England were that you have to pay for petrol or gas (if you're American) before you put it into your car. Secondly, in some zones and if you're making a turn, you can go on a red light if there is no oncoming traffic. We were freaking out seeing people taking red lights only to get home and read up on it to find it's legal Ha!
  • Be safe at night on areas off the strip. Like anywhere, non-central areas of Las Vegas can be a little daunting at night so try to stay close to the strip as it gets dark and be cautious about where you park if you hire a car.
  • Gamble responsibly. Don't get too carried away, we found it hard to walk away once we got started haha.

That's about all for our travel tips! I hope that wasn't too much writing! I just feel very passionate about Vegas as you can probably tell. I hope you found some of it helpful if you're traveling to Vegas or even if you aren't I hope you enjoyed reading. 

Hopefully you made it to the end of this post... If you did and want to see a more in depth version of our travels you can watch our travel vlogs on YouTube by clicking HERELet me know your thoughts on Vegas in the comments.

(All of the pictures on this trip where taken by me, Please do not use without permission, You can read my full Disclaimer for more info)

8 comments

  1. I'm loving your Travel Monday posts. You've been to so many places I want to visit I'll definitely be using you blog as a reference guide in the future. Las Vegas is definitely on my list ! Can't wait to see where you're taking us next :D x

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    1. Thanks Chloe! :) I'm looking forward to doing my next post, I'm enjoying doing travel Mondays, glad your enjoying it xxx

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  2. I'm staying at the Vdara this August so you have made me mega excited now!! I've never been to Vegas but I can't wait to see everything :)
    Bea x
    As Seen By Bea

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    1. Vdara is amazing! you will love it, I honestly think its the best hotel on the strip! you will probably think this is a strange thing to tell you but the smell of the place is amazing, they have this gorgeous fruity smell floating about the hotel all the time! its amazing ha! :) have a great time xx

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  3. Oh WOW!!! Wow wow wow. Seriously stunning pics Emma! What editing programme do you use to get that gorgeous softened effect??

    It looks like an absolute blast. Can't wait to see your next travel post! :D xx

    Little Miss Katy | Lifestyle, Fashion & Beauty

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    1. Ah thank you! :D I just use a mix of photoshop/lightroom and I turn the opacity down on my images xxx

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  4. Beautiful photographs, Las Vegas just looks amazing! The canyon and dam photos are mesmerising too. Love the fact the hotels are themed, sounds so exciting. Looking forward to seeing more of these :)

    Hannah xo | hannatalks

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