Welcome to Las Vegas
It's "Welcome HOME" for me! That's right, I grew up in Sin City! I've had plenty of years to explore the Strip and all of Vegas' natural beauty. Let's uncover all of the fabulous Las Vegas hotels, shows, and trouble you can get into while you're there!
Where to Stay
Pro Tip: Most hotels on the Strip charged a daily fee for parking, but you can pocket a few extra dollars and park for free at the Planet Hollywood. And it's smack dab in the center of The Strip!
Hotels off The Strip
If you want to enjoy the glitz and glam of Vegas, but with less crowds & for less coins, then consider an off the Strip hotel like Golden Nugget. In the heart of the Fremont Street Experience, you'll have your pick of casinos, bars, restaurants, and people-watching in a layback way.
Looking for a quiet, relaxing trip to Las Vegas? The Red Rock Resort & Spa is one of my secret relaxation destinations. Don't worry, you won't be MIA just because you're off the Strip. There's a high-end outdoor city center complete with a mall and restaurants right next door. If that isn't enough, it's close to serene Red Rock Canyon, for all the nature buffs.
Food & Drinks
Vegas is known for its' high hospitality standards and dining is no different!
Hate the name, but love the food! Eggslut in the Cosmo is the best midnight snack you can get! Beat your morning after hangover and head to Hash House for breakfast.
Whether you like the idea of communal, all-you-can-eat dining or not, don't leave Vegas without having a meal at one of the many high-end buffets. I usually look for the buffets that serve endless crab legs.
Pro Tip: Before you settle in and unpack your bags, make a stop at Lee's Discount Liquor to buy bulk. You won't regret the extra effort.
You can't NOT go to Peppermill, the diner of Las Vegas locals. Casinos and resorts are often inspired by exotic cultures and foreign countries, and you can enjoy these cuisines & fun themes off the Strip too! Find authentic Spanish tapas at Firefly Tapas Kitchen and the famous six course feast with live belly dancing at Marrakech Mediterranean Restaurant.
I always have to grab a delicious sub-sandwich from Port of Subs. I particularly like the soft, fresh bread and thinly-sliced meat. Tropical Smoothie Cafe is another must-have for me. Enjoy a delicious flatbread or wrap if you're not stuffed after having a refreshing 16 oz. smoothie. The Sunrise Sunset is my go-to smoothie!
Things to Do
On The Strip
You're in for a treat with headliners like Gwen Stefani, Drake, and Britney Spears making Las Vegas the home of their shows. Check out who's in town when you are!
Cirque du Soleil
I can't talk about Las Vegas entertainment without mentioning Cirque du Soleil! With at least 6 spectacular shows on the Strip alone, there's something for everyone.
Bring on the heat at Magic Mike Live! It's the latest addition to the roster of sexy adult shows on the Las Vegas Strip, among classics like Chippendale's and Thunder From Down Under.
Celine Dion, Le Reve, and Absinthe are all at the top of my Las Vegas Show must see list.
Downtown Las Vegas
If the Strip is all glitz, then the Fremont Street Experience is all grit! It's classic yet hip, vibrant, and one of my favorite places for dirt-cheap drinks, low table minimums, and a down-to-earth crowd.
What to Do
A Local's Guide to Nightlife
Marquee at Cosmopolitan: This 60,000 square-feet club has three separate party areas with different types of music to satisfy all tastes. In college, I spent most of my nights in the Library, but not the one at UNLV! It's a chill, low-key room inside the club
XS at the Wynn: It never disappoints... Enjoy a huge pool, table games, and pumping music from world-class live acts and DJs at this lavish nightclub. It's mostly outdoors, so you'll experience my favorite thing in the world... warm Las Vegas nights!
Tao Nightclub: It's a classic birthday celebration destination. You can start the evening off with a gourmet meal with friends and when you're done, move over to a table at the club for full bottle service to finish off the night with drinks & dancing
Drai's at the Cromwell: The basement is the ultimate after-hours spot, and you can always start your night there too
Pro Tip: Be sure to bring comfy walking shoes for the days, a pair of foldable flats for after the nightclub & you'll be good!
Let me know if you've tried any of these things & what you can't wait to try in Las Vegas!
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