As a person who has been to Las Vegas many many times, there are still things I have not done. It is even better when you go with someone who has never been because then you get to experience it in a whole new way! There are a ton of options of what you can do with your time there, so I teamed up with Expedia.com to bring you this ultimate guide to Las Vegas.
Where We Stayed
Hotels are plentiful in Las Vegas. There are so many to choose from it just depends on your budget and where you want to be located. On this trip we stayed at 2 hotels, Planet Hollywood Las Vegas Resort and Casino, which is in the center of the strip and Rio All Suites Hotel and Casino, which is off the strip, but not too far away. Why two hotels you ask? We decided to stay a little longer last-minute and the price was right at the Rio! Check Expedia.com to see an extensive list of Las Vegas hotel options for every type of traveler.
What We Did
Like I said before there is plenty to do. Far more than just drink, gamble, and party. If you want different ideas you can check here for different ideas. For this trip we roamed around the strip. Checking out the Bellagio Conservatory, The Linq Promenade, Miracle Mile Shops, and in and out of different hotels center strip. Each hotel has its own theme and something to offer. There are a sight to see in their own right. Just be sure to wear some good walking shoes.
We also headed out to Boulder City to go zip lining with Flightlinez Bootleg Canyon. I have zip lined before, but still found myself a bit nervous at first. A thrilling ride up the mountain in a camo school bus and zipping back down was a good time. There were also so many great views of Lake Mead, different animals, and beautiful mountain landscapes.
Although our room had an amazing view of the Bellagio Fountains we decided to head down and watch them in person. We also obtained a great view. After 8pm the fountain show happens every 15 minutes till midnight. So you can watch it till your heart’s content. I know I did, especially from the room.
Back out to Boulder City we went to the Hoover Dam, even crossing state lines into Arizona. There are tours that can be taken, but we just walked around and enjoyed the view from different angles. The dam’s generators provide power to private and public utilities in Nevada, California, and Arizona. It is definitely a sight to see.
Seven Magic Mountains is an art installation in the middle of the desert. It is about a 30 minute drive from the center of the strip. What are they? Colorful rocks. It looks cooler than it may sound. Parking is free and it is a pretty fun thing to see with the beautiful mountains in the background. A great photo-op as well. The ride out there alone with the scenery was well worth it.
Relaxing was also a big part of this trip. We relaxed in lounge chairs by the pool. Enjoyed our suites in both hotels, especially Planet Hollywood where there was a huge bathtub!
Where We Ate
Upon arrival we headed over to Blueberry Hill which is located off the strip, but not too far from the strip. The food was as usual delicious. If you are looking for a great meal to start your day this is where you want to be. We ordered chocolate chip pancakes, bacon, eggs, and hash browns as well as an omelette with toast.
Over by the Linq Promenade we stopped and ate at Virgil’s Real BBQ. They have a stage for live music as well as televisions and projector screens to watch sports and such. We ordered a shrimp po’ boy with french friends and the Southern Style Surf and Turf combo platter. This platter included grilled shrimp, choice of BBQ meat, two sides, and cornbread. The food was great minus the cornbread, that didn’t taste too good.
When in Vegas you have to check out at least one buffet. We headed over to the Bellagio’s Buffett for brunch. The amount of things we ate while there I couldn’t even tell you it all. It is a buffet after all so you are supposed to try all types of things. I have to say my absolute favorite thing I ate was a made to order omelette. I had them add crab meat, cheese, green peppers, and spinach. It was so delicious! All the food was really good as well as the deserts we tried, my favorite being the bread pudding.
Babystacks was another breakfast spot we tried. There are a few locations, all off the strip. They have a great looking menu and it was pretty hard to choose. I opted for lemon ricotta pancakes, eggs, bacon, and hash browns. I was definitely not disappointed. It was very good.
If you are looking for a themed spot, the Rainforest Cafe is pretty cool. There are a couple of locations on the strip, we went to the one near Planet Hollywood. We ordered a pot roast with veggies and mashed potatoes dinner as well as hickory smoked chicken. Both were delicious. We also enjoyed the animatronic animals and thunderstorms that happened throughout the meal.
Earl of Sandwich is located at a few hotels on the strip including inside Planet Hollywood. We had some breakfast sandwiches from there a few times and there were delicious. Worth an early morning meal to get you started for the day. We also went to some fast food places including In N Out, Sonic Drive- In, and Taco Bell. I mean when you are on the move you just stop and grab some quick good eats.
I am looking forward to going back to Las Vegas as it is constantly changing. There is so many new places to eat, things to do, and see. Hopefully where we stayed, what we did, and where we ate helps you figure out what you may want to do. As we said before there is so much to do! Our itinerary works great for solo travelers, friends, couples, friends, and yes even family travel to Las Vegas.
What do you like to do when visiting Las Vegas?