Four best friends in Vegas…
No, I’m not talking about The Hangover. In November, I traveled to Las Vegas with my husband and our two friends. We didn’t steal a tiger or throw a mattress off the roof, but we did have a great time.
We played the slots. And some of us won. And then we all lost.
We played Blackjack. And some of us won. And then we all lost.
We ate at a classic Vegas buffet. And some of us ate too much. Okay, we all ate too much.
If you’re planning a trip (and you should), here are my recommendations:
- Stay in a central location on the Strip (or on Fremont street). We rented an awesome condo on the Strip through Airbnb. Our place was walking distance to almost everything. The condo also had the added benefits of providing coffee (much needed after a late night) and a spa pool (great for relaxing after a long day of walking). Have you tried Airbnb before? We love using it. We have gotten to stay at some great places for a cheaper price than a hotel, but with more space, a kitchen, and a local’s recommendations for things to do in the area. Sign up here and get $40 off your first trip. Just make sure the host you choose has positive reviews from other people, first. 🙂
- Try to see as many of the unique casinos as you can. Even if you’re not a gambler, the architecture of the the buildings is worth seeing. The Luxor, Excalibur, and The Paris were a few of my favorites.
- Make sure you check out Fremont Street. It’s a different vibe from the Strip. I would love to spend more time here on our next trip.
- Go to a lunch buffet. It’s cheaper than dinner, but still has amazing food. We went to The Golden Nugget – so good.
- Go see the sign. You know the one. The iconic Welcome to Las Vegas sign. It’s touristy, packed with people, parking is terrible, but seeing the sign in person is worth it. We did have to drive here from the Strip (but you could take an Uber or taxi if you don’t want to rent a car.)
- If you have time, get away from the city and check out the Hoover Dam. Truly an amazing sight.
- If you have lots of time (or in our case-one day), drive to the Grand Canyon. You can make the trip in a day, which is what we did, but I wouldn’t recommend that. It’s a long drive (~4 hours each way). It would be better to stay the night (or a few nights) near the canyon (maybe in Flagstaff), so that you have more time to enjoy the park. Oh, and make sure you check the weather before you go. Because apparently, it does snow in Arizona in November.
Las Vegas is an unforgettable experience. Brightly decorated buildings as far as you can see; aggressive street solicitors loudly slapping cards at you; peppy slot machine music echoing through your head (even after you leave); the flicker of excitement running through your body as you push “spin again”; cloudy rooms full of smoke, hope, regret. There’s no place quite like Vegas.
Have you been? Would you like to go?