Las Vegas, NV
Las Vegas is one of the hubby and I’s favorite places to visit. Whether it be for just a quick 2 day trip to get away for the weekend or a few days for a conference, I’m always up for heading there.
The hubby and I have been here no less than a dozen times and have still yet to get tired of it. Every time I go I feel like there is still always something new to do and discover.
So I wanted to write this little guide for people to find the best places to stay, eat, shop, and do while you’re in Vegas – sans gambling.. because of course there is gambling. haha.
Where to Stay
These two hotels are hands-down our favorite places to stay when visiting. The rooms are massive (I think the biggest on the strip) and you are defintiely getting your money’s worth when you stay here.
When you book a room at the Venetian, I recommend staying in the Venezia Tower because it is further away from the casino and, therefore, the noise. We were re-booked to the Venezia Tower after arriving at the hotel because when we arrived they didn’t have any “regular” rooms ready – I think we just arrived earlier than their standard check-in time which actually worked out in our favor!
The Palazzo has the same exact massive rooms as the Venetian but the finishes are just a little different and the price is usually a couple dollars more per night.
If you are visiting Vegas, this is the hotel I highly recommend you stay at. You won’t be disappointed.
The hubby and I actually stayed here in our most recent visit to Vegas. We stayed in the Octavius Tower (which you have to upgrade to) and I have to say that I was impressed. This particular tower is at the back end of the hotel so it’s a pretty far walk from the casino floor (especially when you’ve had a few drinks… haha) but it provided some pretty quiet rooms overall.
Unfortunately, I don’t think I’ll stay here again just because of the simple fact that I had to “upgrade” to get a room even close to comparable to a Venetian/Palazzo room and it still wasn’t as amazing. Yes, the room was super nice but the comparable price for room wasn’t worth it.
We haven’t actually stayed here yet but it’s on my list for the next time we visit… which will probably be next spring (if everything works out and we’re not in the middle of moving).
My sister, on the other had, has stayed here and says it’s beautiful and I trust her judgement. haha, so I can’t wait to stay here the next time we’re in town.
Another resort we haven’t yet stayed at but is, again, on our list. A few of our friends have stayed here and won’t stay anywhere else… so there’s that. Plus, it’s located directly in City Center so great walking distance to both ends of the strip.
I haven’t stayed at this one but the hubby has. He roomed with a bunch of guys for a bachelor party a couple years ago and said it was nice. This one has also added to my list of “must try.”
What to Eat
Things to Do
When I was watching a past season of the Bachelor, I saw that he took one of his dates to this neon museum place in Vegas. It was so gorgeous and super cool at night with the neon signs lit up that I looked it up as soon as I found out we were heading to Vegas.
The neon museum doesn’t normally do the night tours, like they depicted on the Bachelor (go figure) but it still looked like a fun place to visit. So I bought us a couple of tickets and we went to the sweet little place where most of the old neon signs go to die.
When we walked in, I was really surprised. It was much smaller than was depicted on the Bachelor show but still amazing, nonetheless.
You weren’t allowed to roam the “boneyard” alone and they also had strict rules for photography. The tours were all guided tours that told of where the signs came from and how old they were and whatnot. A lot of the signs were really old and dilapidated but some had been restored. Unfortunately, only a handful of them actually still worked.
This was the highlight of one of our many different trips to Vegas and was super fun to go and see a part of Vegas’ history when I was there.
We haven’t actually seen too many shows while in Vegas but they are always on my list and Vegas has some of the top rated shows in the world. We have seen 3 different Cirque du Soleil Shows and definitely recommend them to everyone.
Mystère – was the first show I ever saw on the first ever trip. It’s located in treasure Island and a great all around family show.
Zumanity – saw this one with the hubby on his first trip to Vegas almost 10 years ago. This one is rated for 18+ because it has some nudity and more of an erotic feel.
KÀ – the most recent one we went to with friends we were vacationing with. This show has a moving and rotating stage that creates some amazing aerobatics.
Being the Florida girl that I am… heading to and relaxing at the pool is one of my favorite things to do in Vegas (besides shopping… haha). Even if I’ve had too much to drink the night before, I still cannot sleep in – product of being a momma of 4 – and so I usually just head to the pool and grab a bloody mary while relaxing in the cool water. If I’m not hung over, I still head to the pool.
The pools in Vegas are among the best in the world and you can grab drinks, food, a cabana, or head to one of the many beach clubs and party it up. Either way you cannot go wrong.