I had long dreamt of turning 30 in Las Vegas, the Entertainment Capital of the WORLD! Good thing I am in the business of making my dreams come true! Justin and I agreed to stay just 4 nights not wanting to spend all our cash before we had really hit the road on our travellers. These were our highlights;
1. Freemont Street. The bright lights and nightly display are hypnotic. The music is groovy and street performers entertain at every turn. If you don’t feel like walking the entire length of the street, take the zip line from one end to the other at 30 miles per hour! Food and drinks are cheaper this end of The Strip too with the majority of clientele being local to Vegas. I loved Freemont Street mostly because I won $175 on roulette by going to the bathroom. Best $5 on 5 I’ve ever played!!
2. Fountains of Bellagio. We loved that this was FREE. It truly was everything we thought it would be after watching Ocean’s Eleven. Shows start every half hour from 3pm – 8pm and every 15 minutes thereafter until midnight, lasting approximately 5 minutes.
3. CSI: The Experience. I am a closet geek, so what? Located inside MGM Justin took me here on my birthday to solve the crime of the wannabe actress-waitress by her jealous buddy. The experience on its own is rather expensive so check Groupon for coupons or purchase a 3 in 1 attraction ticket for best value.
4. Shark Reef at Mandalay Bay. With more than 2,000 aquatic animals calling the desert home, this attraction is worth checking out. We loved the turtles and sawfish! Entry is available on the 3 in 1 ticket.
5. Roller Coaster at New York, New York. Now I am not going to lie – there is no way Justin was getting me on this ride! Luckily my best buddy Jade was on hand to go with him. Apparently they had a great time, I’ll take their word for it! (Also included in the 3 in 1 ticket).
6. A Gondola Ride in the desert. Located inside or outside the Venetian. Even if you skip the ultra-pricey ($18.95) 20 minute boat ride, we recommend walking through the streets of ‘Venice’ where the sky has been painted on the ceiling in amazing detail. If you take the gondola, you will be serenaded by a chap such as Lazaro who’s deep tones are spine tingling good!!
Us ladies also splurged on a professional hair and make-up pampering before we were picked up by the boys in a yellow hummer and taken for a strip tour with a stop at the Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas sign before being delivered to Aria for dinner at Sage restaurant. The food here is divine and the service just perfect. We would definitely eat here again.
I may not have had the Elvis wedding I wanted but tacky vowels can be had another time. If you’re visiting Vegas, here are our tips to help you survive;
· Always look like you’re gambling, then drinks are free.
· Remember to tip the waitress or those free drinks will take forever.
· Unless you really like dams and I mean really like them, Hoover Dam will bore you. Avoid it.
· An all-day bus pass is $8 or $20 for 3 days. It goes the entire length of The Strip right up to Freemont.
· The monorail is not really convenient at all and costs $5 for a single ride or $12 for 24 hours, definitely take the bus.
· If you really want a yard glass, buy them for roughly $3-$5 at the souvenir shops and then purchase a fill. Inside the casinos they are ridiculously expensive.
· You will receive many electric shocks from elevators to stair wells to crazy friends rubbing their feet rapidly on the floor. Just come to terms with it now so when you get zapped you take it like a boss.
Most of all, just have fun. Vegas is a place where almost anything goes and depending on what you are willing to spend will determine what you will be able to do. Enjoy!
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