Las Vegas, if you have never been, get to planning.
There is seriously something for EVERYONE. What do you enjoy on vacation? Museums? Relaxing and getting pampered? Partying? Good food? Shopping? Seeing nature? Really Vegas has it all.
First Things First:
Arrive to Vegas in Style: We use Presidential Limo Las Vegas. They meet you at baggage claim, handle your bags, and take you to an air-conditioned limo with water bottles and champagne waiting. They drive you down the strip to see the sites in the best possible way. They have bluetooth, so plan a fun playlist to get your day started right! The service includes roundtrip to the airport and is one of the best values in Las Vegas.
Where To Stay:
The Palazzo: This is one of my favorite properties to stay at on the strip. Every room is a suite and the location is mid-strip, perfect for basing out of. The crowd staying here will range from bachelorette parties to older couples enjoying the beauty of the hotel.
The Wynn: This is another one of my favorites. I love The Wynn. It is very luxurious and it isn’t known for being a “party hotel.” The pool is super relaxing and it is quieter than other hotels.
The Palms: The Palms is just off the strip, ~5 minute ride away, they offer free shuttles or a taxi ride is ~$10. We like stay at the Palms for the affordability, because they are off the strip, the prices reflect that. They have a smaller casino, which is nice, you won’t have to walk a mile through the hotel to get to your room. They also have fun night clubs and a delicious steakhouse.
What to Do:
Hang Out by a Pool: It is no secret that Las Vegas is hot, hot, hot! It is in the desert! Take a break at a refreshing pool and get your tan and relaxation on. During the weekend, most pools will have house DJ’s and turn into pretty big parties, during the week, the are more relaxing and still just as much fun. If you feel like splurging, get a cabana! The 2 below are both at the Marquee DayClub. Pro Tip: If you go during the week, show up early (11 AM) and ask for an upgrade, the pools aren’t usually booked and they will accommodate you!
Play Roulette: Even if you don’t like to gamble, this is what you see in the movies and it is fun! Sit down at a table, order a complimentary drink, and get $20 in $1 chips. Try to guess the numbers and win!
See the History of Vegas: There is so much history in Las Vegas. Head downtown to Fremont Street to see “Old Vegas.” There are lower table limits here for gambling and just a big party on the streets. Every night they have a light show, because the street is covered. You can zipline down the street, for those of you that are daredevils!
There are also tons of museums if you would like to get your history that way. We checked out the Neon Museum, which we loved. It was an hour tour (outside) and we got to see so many awesome signs. Other options are: The Mob Museum, The Pin Ball Hall of Fame, Madame Tussaud’s, Las Vegas Natural History Museum.
Explore the Vegas Nature: Check out the Red Rocks Canyon Natural Conservation Area or the Hoover Dam. You can drive out to these spots or take a helicopter ride!
Watch the Bellagio Fountains: The Bellagio fountains are so amazing! I recommend seeing them during the day and at night, if you can swing it. The switch up the music and watching the water dance to the music is so fun! Check out the different times here.
Shop: You can’t go to Las Vegas and not shop, no matter how hard you try, at least window shopping. There are so many luxury stores here, it is so fun to window shop and lust over all of the beautiful handbags, jewelry, and over-the-top displays. The Shops at Crystals, are the most luxurious, while you can find affordable options at The Miracle Mile Shops or the Las Vegas North Outlet Shops.
See a Cirque Show: If you don’t think shows are your thing, just try out a cirque show. They are so entertaining and the cast is always so incredible. We have tried out almost all of the shows and Beatles Love at the Mirage is our favorite.
Where to Eat:
Lotus of Siam: This is my favorite restaurant, ever, which is saying a lot. It is in a strip mall, off the strip. It isn’t in the best area, so take a cab and go on it. You will be welcomed by tons of foodies, just like yourself. This is a James Beard Award winning restaurant and when you enter, you will see picture frames on the wall of every chef/celebrity imaginable posed with the Chef. The wine cellar is amazing, I always choose a German Riesling, which pairs perfectly with the spiciest foods. Our go-to orders are as followed:
Appetizers: Nam Kao Tod (crispy rice, sausage, lime juice, and fresh herbs), Koong Sarong (deep fried shrimp wrapped in bacon and wonton wrappers)
Main: Garlic Prawns (deep fried shrimp in a garlic sauce), Chilean Sea Bass on Drunken Noodles
Dessert: Mango Sticky Rice
Eggslut: This is an LA based restaurant that I have been dying to try. It is located in the Cosmopolitan Hotel and the line will be long. We arrived ~9:45 and waited in line for about 45 minutes, but it was worth it. They have all types of breakfast sandwiches and egg dishes to start your day off right. How cute are the whisk chandeliers?
Burger Bar: This Burger Bar is located in Mandalay Bay. There are lots of trendy build-your-own burger type places in Las Vegas and we have tried many of them. This one is the best. I recommend the fry sampler and the waygu beef on your burger!
Hash House A Go-Go: This is a non-negotiable stop for us in Las Vegas. If you are going to be indulging in alcohol you are going to need a good base. Hash House is known for it’s ridiculously large portions. I recommend the Chorizo Hash, it is so good, I recreated the recipe at home. Ethan always gets the Snickers pancake, which is about the size of 8 normal pancakes.
Vegas Steakhouse: There is a steakhouse is every casino and it would be a shame to go to Las Vegas and not try one out. My favorite 3 (don’t make me choose just one): N9ne, Strip Steak, and Cut.
Las Vegas Casino Buffet: Every casino also has a buffet, but not all are created equal. You must go to Bacchanal at Caesar’s Palace for the best buffet experience, ever. They have lots of stations where they are making the food and customizing it to your preference. Try a buffet, this one!
Where to Drink:
Beer Park: This is in front of the Paris Hotel & Casino on Las Vegas Blvd. They have misters, huge fans, and you will be cool! I promise, we stopped in for some jenga, drinks, and we could even watch the Bellagio fountains from here. Fair warning: They are owned by Budweiser, so the beer selection is meh, but the did have Goose Island Bourbon County Stout and Barleywine bottles for sale, it was just too hot at 107 degrees for a stout.
Jaleo: The food at Jaleo is great, but I ultimately decided to place them in the drink area of the post for the Gin & Tonic. You guys, it is the best gin and tonic I have ever had, and definitely the best one in Las Vegas. This is located in The Cosmopolitan Hotel, stop in for a gin and tonic (or 2!) and a few tapas.
Rhumbar: The Rhumbar is located in The Mirage Hotel. They have happy hour specials, frozen drinks, and the best mojito! It is so refreshing. The vibe of the bar is awesome, but you can also stop by and grab one on your way out to cruising the rest of the strip.
Happy Traveling, The Barbee Housewife