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
Located inside the Venetian & Palazzo “restaurant row”, AquaKnox serves fine fare from the sea in polished digs with an aquatic vibe. All the food is delicious and highly recommended.
I didn’t get any photos of the food that night but I did manage to take all the photos of the absinthe we decided to try as our after dinner dessert. It wasn’t my cup of tea but it’s like one of those things that you have to try just cuz you’re in Vegas.
Located at The SLS Hotel this restaurant was, hands down, the best meal I have ever had in Vegas. From the ambiance of the restaurant to the food – everything was just fantastic.
Located right outside Paris Hotel and up a flight of stairs. Beer Park has a ton of beers on tap – just about something for everyone – and a great little menu for a quick, cheap bite to eat.
You can also just sit at the bar and watch one of their giant-screen TVs with a game on or people watch all the passersby below on the strip.
It’s an outdoor bar but most of the patio is covered with shades and there are also misting fans so you don’t get too hot if you’re there in the middle of summer.
Stopped here for a quick bite after just getting off the plane on one of our trips. This place is fantastic! They had a half-price happy hour menu with a few different tapas plates and drink specials. We ordered the octopus, oysters, and lamb burgers… all were amazing and it’s now on our list to go back to for dinner.
This is our favorite place to stop for a quick bite and good drinks for a reasonable price. They have an outdoor patio that’s completely covered and we always sit outside and enjoy the passersby.
Hello, comfort food. This place has the low-key gourmet southern fare of your dreams. Show up in jeans and a T-shirt or a formal dress, and indulge in some great southern style food.
Located on the 23rd floor of the Mandarin Oriental Hotel, this bar is the perfect place to grab a craft cocktail and enjoy amazing views of the strip. Nice and quiet place with large sofas and oversized chairs for you to relax and enjoy.
Fun little bar right in the middle of the Aria Casino. It’s three levels and surrounded by chandelier glass. Head here for a fun cocktail and a little upscale relaxing time.
And don’t forget to try the Verbena drink that’s not on the menu.
If you’re a big fan of sprinkles cupcakes then head here for a sweet treat. You can go inside the bakery and pick out a cupcake from their display or then have a cupcake ATM right outside.
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.
Stefan is a big fan of Zak’s show Ghost Adventures and planned a trip to his haunted museum as soon as he heard about it.
It’s a guided tour through and old haunted house where Zak has a ton of haunted treasures from his travels. You go through the mansion into different themed rooms where the guide tells you it.
I’m not a huge fan of the show but the mansion was done well and something I would recommend for people to go visit and see. I had a good time there but it’s definitely not for the faint of heart. haha! My sister got scared.
The Bellagio Gardens are always fun to go look at while were in Vegas. The scenery changes frequently so it’s always different when we go.
Just a fun little place to walk through and get some good pics.
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.
You can never go wrong when you head out to do a little shopping in Vegas. There are so manu great places to shop you can get everything (and more) that your little heart desires.
Fashion Show Mall – located across the street from the Wynn Hotel & Casino. Has all the stores that you would find at a “regular” mall in your hometown and a few upscale ones.
Caesar’s Palace Forum Shops – inside Caesar’s palace. They have everything from a 3 story H&M and Abercrombie to Prada and Gucci.
Miracle Mile Shops – located inside Planet Hollywood this might be my favorite place to shop… they have some of the same stores I could find home but also some unique ones that I cannot. Also, there are a few restaurants inside so you can sit down and grab a bite to eat or a drink. Or you can grab a drink to-go!
Las Vegas North Premium Outlets – Outlet shopping is my jam. I love finding a good bargain and Las Vegas has it!
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.
High Roller Wheel
Las Vegas Arts District