10 Things : Las Vegas

As you all know, I love to travel and I recently took a mini-vaca to Vegas.  Generally when you think of Vegas images of Bachelor parties gone wrong, strippers and endless rows of slot machines tend to come to mind – but little do people realize that Sin City has a lot more to offer.  The Las Vegas strip offers a little bit of everything : gourmet dining, high end shopping, world class entertainment and if you are looking for something free, INCREDIBLE people watching.  I was so set on exploring Vegas a different way than most – here are my Top 10 Things, Las Vegas edition.

  1. The SLS Hotel – I booked a suite at the newly opened boutique hotel because it super affordable { especially when you book through Expedia } and it was just plain beautiful.  The room was spacious and QUIET.  The hotel offered a huge casino, several different restaurants, and the most amazing pool.  Although it is a little further away from the heart of the strip, I felt completely relaxed the entire stay – and I don’t think many people leave Vegas feeling relaxed.
  2. The Parasol Down – located at the Wynn, this outdoor bar boasts one of the most memorable views you will have of Vegas. Overlooking a 40-foot waterfall along a tree-lined mountain this spot is a perfect place to grab a drink, especially at sunset.  I suggest getting the White-Cranberry Mojito or the Hibiscus Margarita.
  3. The Canals – located at The Venetian, this expansive indoor waterway takes you right to Venice, without the extra plane ticket.  Lined with restaurants and shops, you can stroll along the promenade or even take your own Gondola ride down the grand canals.
  4. Iced Coffee – if you are in Vegas and want the BEST iced caramel latte you will EVER have in your life, stop by The Perq in the SLS Hotel.  I promise you will be thanking me.
  5. The Street Performers – you can’t miss them, they are everywhere.  From painted naked ladies to Hangover impersonators, Vegas is full of people trying to make a buck any way they can.  As long as you don’t get suckered into giving them a dollar, sit back and enjoy the craziness.
  6. In and Out –  being from the East Coast, I have long known about the rivalry between Shake Shack and In and Out Burger.  If you are like me, and have never had the fortune to visit one, you are in luck.  Vegas has 3 !  As soon as I walked into the famous fast food chain, I was reverted back to the 1960’s.  From the  vintage decor to the nearly insane pricing { a burger is less than $2.00 } In and Out Burger is worth the hype.  Make sure you ask for your burger Jungle Style.
  7. Hotel Hopping – each hotel in Las Vegas has a different theme, each theme is brought to life in its own creative way.  From the Egyptian style of the Luxor, the Parisian beauty of Paris or the Asian flair of the Wynn, each hotel is worth exploring.
  8. The High Roller – Las Vegas’ very own Ferris Wheel located at The Linq this is the BEST way to see the city.  Named the worlds largest observation wheel, you can see for miles.  We went at night { I highly suggest doing the night option, the lights are unreal } and we also upgraded to the open bar option for only $10 extra dollars – TOTALLY worth it.  You can sip on mixed drinks while taking a 30 minute rotation in an air-condition pod that offers views of all of Vegas.
  9. The Shopping – seriously Las Vegas is a shoppers paradise, you can find every type of store you have ever imagined in a 5 mile radius.  From the luxury brands located in the Shoppes at the Palazzo to the Fashion Show Mall, it isn’t hard to nearly double your closet while staying in LV.
  10. The Glitz and Glam – from the street lights, hotel signs, and the massive chandeliers that hang in nearly every lobby – Las Vegas sure is sparkly.   imageProcessed with VSCOcam with c1 preset image Processed with VSCOcam with f2 preset image image




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