VEGAS - the name itself is enough to lit up your eyes but I didn't quite believe in all 'Las Vegas is THE place' hype before I experienced it myself. To tell you the truth, it wasn't even on my list when I was planning my travel across the USA. But fortunately, my sister and my brother-in-law took me to Vegas last year and I couldn't be more thankful. Although I know that I do not need to give you any reasons to visit Vegas (you already have more than enough probably), but for a few of you who think that Vegas is just a place to party hard and blow your cash on casinos, you certainly need to reconsider. And yes, it is an alter-version of heaven for party-animals and casino lovers but it is also a place for people who want to enjoy, chill, shop and be amazingly amused. Guess what I am saying is that, it doesn't matter who you are and how old you are or what kind of travel you like, this city's got something for everyone and all can have a ball here.
Things to see & do
There is so much to do and see in this city that you'll probably never run out of options. But the best thing to do is just walk around, go to the Strip and prepare yourself for some heavy dose of entertainment. You will see people dressed in all kinds of costumes, street performers and you will also be handed pamphlets to all kind of weird-ass shows and nights, lol! Experience the glittery luxury shops located at the Strip from Louis Vuitton to Prada to Chanel to Coach, you will find everything. You can do some amazing shopping in Vegas as there are many shops that keep discounted stuff and it's not even difficult to find them, just walk into the stores. Go to the Forums Shop at Caesars if you want to shop high brands. Vegas is all about theme hotels, so go ahead and explore them all. Go to the Venetian and Bellagio for some Italian inspiration, get awestruck by Bellagio's 8 acre man made lake and make sure you watch its dancing fountain show, it's worth the wait, the show happens every half an hour if I'm not mistaken. Visit the Cosmopolitan to please the Tech-savvy in you, take a stroll at the Brooklyn Bridge at New York, New York. Go to the Stratosphere to get a bird's eye view of the city and click tons of touristy pictures at the pyramids at Luxor. The city is also known for its power-packed shows like Cirque du Soleil and you will always find some top-notch celebrities performing a gig here. You can check the shows here. If you have never been to any of the Cirque du Soleil shows, you must see one and Mystère might be a good one to start with. If you are looking at getting free entry to one of the nightclubs, it could be a good idea to do an instagram post with different #vegas hashtags. I remember posting some pictures on Instagram and getting dozen of 'free entry' comments, social media to the rescue. ;)
Every hotel is unique and tells a story of its own in Vegas and most of them do a great job at it. I stayed at the Cosmopolitan and I loved it. The room was super nice with an amazing view of the Bellagio fountains, the service was good too. Some of the great options include Bellagio, Venetian, Cosmopolitan, Caesars Palace, Aria Resort and Casino and MGM Grand Las Vegas. But if you are looking for a budget stay, then exploring options on AirBNB could be a great idea too. They have some pretty good deals that won't leave holes in your pocket. Some budget hotels in Las Vegas include Monte Carlo, Stratosphere, Rio, the Plaza and Golden Gate.
I still remember how finger-licking-good the burger I ate at Gordon Ramsay BurGR was. Guys, you HAVE to eat that burger! Haha! If you are looking for a hefty fine-dine experience, you have come to the right place. Guy Savoy and Joel Robuchon will fulfill all your French fantasies with its delectable French cuisine, while Shibuya will take you to a Japanese wonderland with its asian flavored food pallete and Costa Di Mare for Italian dreams. While Vegas is home to all these big restaurants, it has plenty to offer to budget-foodies. You will find discount booklets often in the hotel, cabs and even restaurants, take full advantage of them while you are here. El Sombrero is one of the oldest restaurants in Vegas and offers some great Mexican food at budget rates, Settebello is famous for its yummy pizzas and you can even try the budget buffet lunch/dinner offered by different restaurants here. I Hope this travel guide helps you plan your next holiday to Las Vegas and also urges you to go to this glittery glitzy city of lights! If you any questions/queries for me, leave me a comment below. Happy wandering! :)