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I’ve been to Las Vegas so many times that I can honestly say that it’s like a second home to me. I know the ins and outs, and today, I’m here to provide you with The Ultimate Las Vegas Guide. In this guide, we talk about places to see, eat, and where to stay. Let’s get this thing rolling.
Where My Love For Las Vegas Spawned
I first found my love for Vegas in 2017. I boarded my flight from Nashville, and honestly, I didn’t know what to expect. I’m not a big gambler. But somehow, I knew that Las Vegas had to have more to offer than just that. I was right. Las Vegas is a city that is filled with so much excitement and diversity.
You have people from all walks of life that come to Las Vegas looking for a great time, and I know in my heart that they find it. I know they do because I certainly did. Since that one faithful time, I’ve been back to Vegas 6 times since 2017. I know that I felt like I wasn’t fully prepared to take my trip, so I decided to come up with The Ultimate Las Vegas Guide to help those who are just like me.
Anyone who knows anything about me knows that I’m not much of a huge gambling person. I like to put my $20 in a machine and if I don’t win, I keep it pushing. But Las Vegas has more than the slots and tables. They have world-class shows and outstanding attractions.
Where To Stay
When it comes to Las Vegas, there are TONS of options for places to stay. But, where you want to stay is solely what your travel situation is like. Do you like peace and quiet? Do you want to save money on transportation? Maybe you want to party every single day you’re there? There are a ton of ways to determine this.
Recommendations for PEACE & QUIET
I recommend you use Airbnb, VRBO, HomeAway, or Agoda. When you book places to stay, this way you have the potential to stay in a residence away from the hustle and bustle of the strip. The rentals give you a much-needed sense of peace and quiet. This option is great especially if you have kids or you are there in the city on business.
Recommendations for SAVING MONEY ON TRANSPORTATION
If you want to save money on transportation while you are in Las Vegas then I suggest that you stay on the strip. My favorite hotels include:
- Caesars Palace
- The Cosmopolitan
- The Linq
- The Park at MGM
This will cut down on the cost of actually getting around the city. If you plan on using Uber/Lyft for the majority of the time then this is a highly recommended thing to do. On the strip, you have buses and the monorail. Of course, you can walk, but we are going to talk about that in the next topic.
Recommendations for THE LIFE OF THE PARTY
I suggest that you stay on the strip and at one of the casinos that have a club with a stellar reputation. Examples of that would be Omnia located in Ceasars Palace, 1OAK Nightclub in The Mirage, or Drai’s Beachclub & Nightclub at The Cromwell Hotel. You know what they say, you haven’t had a true Vegas experience until you go to a Vegas club. Staying at one of these hotels will put you in the middle of the party for sure.
How To Get Around
From Uber/Lyft, rentals, the monorail, and walking, there are plenty of ways to get around the Las Vegas strip. Let’s discuss what is the best option for you.
Someone who has a cellphone should know about these two services. It’s become the preferred way to get around out of town and in town. Uber/Lyft is plentiful in Las Vegas. There is never a shortage of drivers out ready to pick you up.
I think renting is the most economical choice if you are staying for more than 3 days AND your hotel offers free daily parking. The amount you’d pay in Uber/Lyft would probably amount up to more than the cost of a rental.
Las Vegas Monorail
The Las Vegas Monorail is pretty new to most people who aren’t living in Las Vegas. The monorail opened on July 15, 2004, and has been helping locals and tourists alike get around the strip for years. But it is a super-effective way to get around.
It’s actually cool to walk the strip. Everyone does it. Take in the sights and it doesn’t even feel like you are using your legs. It’s actually one of my preferred ways to get around the strip because you get to interact with a lot of people and things along the way. The perfect way to get the true “Las Vegas Strip Experience”
What To See/Do
Oh, man. This would be an extensive list. But for the sake of this blog, I’ll just go over the things that I thoroughly enjoyed that aren’t gambling.
See A Las Vegas Show
This is a must-do activity in Sin City. The shows in Las Vegas are known to be absolutely phenomenal. My personal favorite is “O” by Cirque du Soleil. “O” is a water-themed stage production by Cirque du Soleil, a Canadian circus and entertainment company. The show has been in permanent residence at the Bellagio in Las Vegas, Nevada, United States, since October 1998. The show is absolutely stunning visually and can be the highlight of any Las Vegas trip.
The Mob Museum
This is a super unique attraction that I don’t hear most people talking about visiting while they are in Vegas. The Mob Museum, officially the National Museum of Organized Crime and Law Enforcement, is a history museum located in Downtown Las Vegas, Nevada. They have interactive exhibits that take you through different eras when organized crime was becoming prevalent.
Explore the real stories and actual events of Mob history through interactive exhibits and one-of-a-kind Mob and law enforcement artifacts found inside our restored 1933 former courthouse and post office building located just minutes from Fremont Street in downtown Las Vegas.The Mob Museum
Top Golf at MGM Grand
This is typically an entertainment venue that you can find in every state almost, but the Las Vegas location is a certified GOOD TIME. It’s completely different than the other locations. I would expect this because I mean, it’s LAS VEGAS. This Top Golf location has stunning views of the Las Vegas strip, as well as huge TV screens, and a POOL. You heard me right. A POOL INSIDE A TOP GOLF LOCATION. The open-air bars make it the ideal place to hang out early in the night before a big night out on the town.
The fountains are a must-see on the Las Vegas strip. It’s free and it’s entertaining. The show truly is breathtaking. Soaring, iconic fountains featuring dramatic aquatic shows choreographed with music & lights.
The Eiffel Tower Experience at Paris Hotel & Casino
If you want a breathtaking view of Las Vegas from above, this is where you will find it. The Eiffel Tower Experience sits at the high-altitude of 46 stories up and is half the size of the original located in Paris, France. The Paris Las Vegas attraction will also offer a free, recurring light show every 30 minutes on the hour and half hour from sunset to midnight.
7 Magic Mountains
Do you want a killer Instagram shot that is completely unique to Las Vegas? Head over to Seven Magic Mountains on the outskirts of Las Vegas. Internationally renowned Swiss artist Ugo Rondinone’s Seven Magic Mountains is a large-scale site-specific public art installation located near Jean Dry Lake and Interstate 15, approximately ten miles south of Las Vegas, Nevada. These colorful rocks painted in neon fashion is the perfect place to have a photo op or video shoot.
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Zip-Lining at Linq or Fremont Street Experience
Both are equally fun, but you have to try at least one! Zip-lining is an exhilarating experience in its own lane. You can fly superhero-style or seated, whichever you would prefer. Soaring above people and places has never been more fun. Check out the SlotZilla Zip-Line here and the Fly Linq Zip-Line here.
Where To Eat
The food in Las Vegas is so delicious. This was honestly a very hard list to narrow down but honestly, there are so many other great options in Las Vegas to choose from.
Hash House A Go Go
Hash House A Go Go is one of my absolute favorites. The Hash House sells Midwest inspired food and it is amazing. The term that they use is, “Twisted Farm Food.” The food portions are huge and delicious. I can’t get enough of this place. Every time I go to Vegas I have to stop here. My favorite is Andy’s World Famous Sage Fried Chicken.
Listen, I don’t care how cliche it sounds, but anyone who doesn’t stay on the west coast has to try In-N-Out at least ONCE. I know you people from the west are probably giving this post the side-eye but I seriously don’t care. It’s a must. In-N-Out lives up to the hype and it is absolutely delicious. I can’t say enough, OK?
Gordon Ramsay’s Hell’s Kitchen
Gordon Ramsay’s Hell’s Kitchen concept at Caesar’s Palace with decor & dishes is inspired by its namesake TV show. The atmosphere is so upscale and it feels like an experience. This option is a little pricey, but completely worth it if you love quality food, service, and the Gordon Ramsay brand. My favorite here is the Crispy Skin Salmon and Filet Mignon.
Gritz Cafe is a southern eatery off the beaten path in Las Vegas serving cozy southern-style breakfast & lunch, plus homemade desserts. It’s about 20 minutes from the strip depending on where you are. Gritz Cafe has served up some of the best food I’ve ever tasted. It’s really crazy though that it’s on the West Coast and not in the South. My favorite is the Chicken and Waffle. The grits are amazing to obviously, I mean it’s called GRITZ CAFE.
Magnolia’s Veranda – 4 Queens Hotel & Casino
My crew and I found this place by mistake actually. We were down in Old Vegas (you have to check out Old Vegas, known as Freemont Street) it was a little eatery called Magnolia’s Veranda in 4 Queens Hotel and Casino. It was late and we were hungry (shout out to Sikee and Lydia), and we stumbled into this place. We really didn’t expect much from it but boy, was it good! We all had breakfast food and every bit of it was amazing. Who knew? If you are looking for something super affordable on Freemont and you need a quick bite to eat, this is the place to be.
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