Vegas has always been high on our list, after hearing so much about the place. Based on your expectations, you know that it will be extravagant but nothing really prepares you for just how extravagant it really is.
If you are into gambling, then you’ll find it everywhere you go. Step off the plane, and you can start your gambling at the airport. Every hotel you walk into will have an expanse of tables, slots, you name it. We did a small amount of gambling and walked away with winnings (yay!).
I could have spent days and days walking up and down the strip, checking out the hotels and still not have seen everything. We were lucky enough to have stayed at Caesars Palace which was incredibly beautiful (and central). My other faves were The Venetian, Paris Las Vegas and the fountain show at The Bellagio was definitely worth the watch. The Bellagio also had a Christmas display made entirely of flowers which was absolutely incredible. Unfortunately we didn’t have the chance to ride the roller coaster around New York, New York but walking inside it was really cool.
Fooooooood. My favourite thing to do everywhere we go: eat. My absolute favourite meal we had was breakfast at Mon Ami Gabi. Everything about the experience was excellent. Other notables included lunch at Shake Shack and breakfast at Pantry.
Shows!!! We had such a difficult time choosing what to see. We decided upon Mystere by Cirque Du Soleil and it was nothing short of amazing. We booked our tickets through vegas.com as it was the cheapest, with the discount codes.
We played KISS mini golf which was super cool. Matt and I enjoy a game of mini golf and this was a particularly interesting course with weird KISS themed obstacles to play around. Bit of an effort to get to Rio as it is off the strip but we had a bus pass for the day, so wasn’t too bad. I won, which made this activity all that much more fun haha.
We decided to catch the bus into Downtown which I had absolutely zero expectations for, but actually ended up being pretty cool! Lots of buskers, original style casinos and lots of activity.
Gold and Silver Pawn Shop was one of the main things we wanted to see in real life since we used to watch it on TV regularly. Whilst we didn’t get to see Chumlee in the flesh, the shop was still worth a visit and much smaller than it looks on TV.
We also made the drive out to the Grand Canyon. We stopped at Hoover Dam on the way, which was really interesting to see. We happened to be at the Grand Canyon for dusk, my favourite time of day. We were even lucky enough to come across some deer.
Be mindful, that this is an incredibly long drive. We rented a car, and left around 7am, didn’t get home until after 10pm.
All in all, 4 days in Vegas did not disappoint.