Las Vegas; top 10 places to visit
A couple weeks ago I had the chance to go back to Las Vegas for the second time. Knowing that I had partied way too much the first time, I definitely wanted to make to most out of this trip. Because you might not have noticed, but there is a lot to do and to see other than gambling and drinking in this city ;)! Here are my top 10 places to visit in Las Vegas, Nevada.
1. WELCOME TO THE FABULOUS LAS VEGAS
The best way to start this trip is by snapping a pic by the famous ”Welcome to the fabulous Las Vegas” sign. It’s definitely a must and it takes less than 15 minutes, so you’ve got to do it!
2. VISITING DOWNTOWN LAS VEGAS
Downtown Las Vegas or Old Las Vegas is very different from the Strip, mostly the area around Freemont Street. I honestly felt like I was going back in time. #lol
It’s a great place to visit at night to enjoy the giant screen and the show light. There are also many vintage hotels such as the 4Queen or the Golden Nuggets that are worth a detour. Did you know that it’s at the Golden Nugget that you can find the biggest nugget of gold ever found? I love those useless facts! #JudgeMe
3. WALKING AROUND THE FAMOUS LAS VEGAS WEDDING CHAPEL
On your way to Downtown Las Vegas you can find about a dozen wedding chapels where thousands of people get married at every single year. Just like in the movies! #Lol
4. ENJOYING A ROLLER COASTER RIDE
We went for a ride on the famous New-York New York roller coaster. It was lots of fun. You can also opt for a Ferris wheel ride on the High Roller which is located at the end of the Linq street or you can also enjoy a ride of the Canyon Blaster which is located inside the Circus Circus hotel.
5. VISITING THE GRAND CANYON (OBVIOUSLY)
Many companies offer tours of the Grand Canyon. Most of them also offer a detour to the Hoover dam. You can either opt for a bus tour, minivan tour, a tour with a private guide or even a helicopter tour, there are lots of options to choose from.
We went for a one day tour #WhyNot?. At first, we visited the Hoover dam, then we went to a small village in the desert to visit a Joshua tree forest (900 years old trees), and then we went to see the Grand Canyon. Once we got there we went for a quick helicopter tour to go deeply into the canyon. The feeling was indescribable, honestly. We ended the tour by walking to a different viewpoint, such as ”Eagle point” on the Grand Canyon. I really enjoyed this day, but that’s also when I realized that I was really obsessed with cactus. Yep! I’m still getting to know myself!
You can also visit the Grand Canyon on your own, by planning your itinerary and renting a car. It will for sure be more economical than an organized tour. Although, make sure you have a paper map on hand as there is no cell phone service in the desert! Ya know we don’t want you to die out there! #SafetyFirst
6. VISITING THE MANY HOTELS AND THEIR SPECIAL FEATURES
You should plan a quick visit to almost every special hotel. You can think of the Bellagio for its interior gardens, the golden entrance of the Caesar Palace, the French interior gardens at the Paris hotel, the gondola of the Venetian hotel, the sphinx of the Luxor hotel, or even the glamorous chandelier of the Cosmopolitan hotel, etc. A simple walk on the strip is enjoyable!
7. ENJOYING THE FREE SHOWS ON THE STRIP
I can be The Bellagio fountain dancing on the sound of the music or even the volcano of the Mirage hotel. I also looked for the Treasure island’s sirens, but I don’t think they exist anymore…
8. WALKING AROUND THE LINQ HOTEL STREET
Linq is the street in between the Flamingo and the Linq Hotel. You can find the Ferris wheel at the end of that street. It’s a much quieter street with a very cute candy store. I also recommend stopping at one of their restaurants to enjoy a lunch on the patio.
9. EATING AT CHEZ MON AMI GABI AT LEAST ONCE
For breakfast, lunch or dinner on the patio overlooking the Bellagio fountain. It was my favorite restaurant in Las Vegas! #ApprovedByPam 😉
10. GOING TO A LIVE SHOW
When in Las Vegas you got to go see a live show. Everything is more impressive… WOW. My boyfriend and I went to a live music show, but I bet a show of the Cirque du Soleil would have been a once in a lifetime experience. Next time for sure!
If you have a couple extra days I would recommend visiting the Neon Museum, where you can find all of the vintage Neon signs that used to be on the hotels. You can visit the museum during the day or night. They say that at night the neon lights are all turned on! I would have liked to see it, but we ran out of time…
I hope this post gave you tons of ideas for your next trip to Las Vegas!
If you’ve been to Vegas, what else would you recommend visiting?
Pam, 28 years old. I am a very simple person, but curious at the same time. I don’t feel good when I have no trip to look forward to. I am also a future mom (baby is coming in August), a part of me is still wondering if I will make it ok. I love sparkling wine and good food. Crossword expert. I am obsessed with cactus and I always listen to music at home!