Las Vegas

Top Tips For Visiting Las Vegas

Here are my top tips for visiting Las Vegas:Las Vegas

  • In downtown Vegas avoid the Fremont Street Experience- it’s sleazy Vegas with naked girls in the street, instead check out The Container Park nearby which has little shops, restaurants (including a vegan one!), a stage, and a giant praying mantis that had fire shooting from it’s head!
  • Head into the big fancy hotels like the Wynn, the Venetian, Mandalay Bay etc for the free entertainment like extreme decoration and shows but not for the very expensive restaurants!
  • Watch the volcano erupt in the evening at The Mirage or the fountain display at the Bellagio, the acrobats at Circus Circus, the recreation of Venice at The Venetian (including canal and gondolas), and get discount vouchers for Madame Tussaud’s before you buy your tickets.
  • Gamble- it’s fun, and very Vegasy!  But the casinos are all dingy with little natural light so you can’t really tell how long you’re in there for so watch out you don’t end up wasting the entire trip stuck inside.
  • There are plenty of free parking places in the big hotels and casinos so just park up and wander around in and out of the nearby places before getting back in the car and driving further down.  The Strip is the Las Vegas Freeway and so it’s a busy road, you have to cross the roads at the designated crossings (usually bridges right over the road) and I wouldn’t recommend chancing it anywhere else.
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Traveling USA: Fabulous Las Vegas- Day Two

Day Two in Las Vegas and there was still a lot to see.We headed over to the Venetian Hotel where there is a replica of Venice complete with gondolas and St Mark’s Square.

Venetian, Las Vegas

We got 40% off tickets to Madame Tussauds so we headed in.  It’s pretty well done, although it’s not huge, andI would have liked a wider range of celebs, they were all pretty Vegas-y like Hugh Hefner and that blonde porn star whose name I’m glad I’ve forgotten!

Madam Tussauds

We went to Circus Circus which has a theme park inside and free acrobatic performances.  We saw some excellent acrobats and I felt sorry for them that they weren’t performing in one of the more prestigious casinos.


Circus Circus

In the evening we went to the Container Park in down town Las Vegas and right next to our hotel.  It had attracted our attention because a group of people were banging drums in the evening next to a giant praying mantis with flames coming from its eyes. It was lots of old shipping containers that have been turned into restaurants and shops.  We ate what is probably the only vegan restaurant in Nevada!  On the grass they were doing a public fitness class and it seemed like a cool place to hang out.

Container Park Las Vegas

On the third day we headed out of Vegas but returned in the evening to watch the Bellagio Fountain perform and Mirage Volcano erupt which is an hourly occurrence.

Bellagio Fountain and Mirage Volcano



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Travelling USA: Fabulous Las Vegas- Day One

Mid- April we hit Las Vegas, we stayed for three night at the El Cortez which was very cheap (£80 for three nights for two of us) and we found the room to be really nice.  It was a little strange when they changed the room and lift keys without really telling anyone so we couldn’t get into our room!  We got given El Cortez fun books though with some vouchers and $5 to gamble with each- I made $2.80! We also got some free dice and playing cards as souvenirs too.

Everything in Vegas is big and brassy and bright.

Las Vegas

New New York Las VegasWe drove through Vegas along the Las Vegas Blvd aka The Strip and, as our hotel room was ready yet, we stopped off at the hotels and casinos we saw as they all had some sort of entertainment, usually for free. One of the first hotels we saw was New York New York, complete with Statue of Liberty!

Manderlay Las Vegas

We started properly though with The Manderlay Bay where we visited the (expensive) aquarium which was fun but not really worth the money.  There seemed to be a convention taking place and as I wandered through the food court I got the impression than I was walking through an airport rather than a hotel.  But we headed next door to the hotel proper to get breakfast, passing the pool which I desperately wanted to jump into as it was quite hot in Nevada.  We went to the House of Blues and I got an omelette and potatoes.

We explore some of the other shops on this part of The Strip; the Coca-cola Shop, the M and M shop.  We also saw some of the other random things that pop up in the hotels in Vegas.

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We got dinner at The Cheesecake Factory at the Caesar’s Palace Forum Shops (lots of shops in Vegas), the painted sky on the ceiling messed with our minds a bit and almost convinced us we were back outside.  I got Dulce de Leche Cheesecake and it was delicious.

Caesar's Palace Las Vegas

That evening we headed out to The Fremont Street Experience which is downtown and off the main strip but right next to our hotel.  FSE is basically a street with bars and restaurants running along each side.  It is covered by a ‘roof’ upon which music videos are projected, that night it was Bryan Adams so we didn’t stay long.  Even if I had like the act I think I would have found it uncomfortable to stare up at the roof screen for long.  Even at night it was still extremely hot and humid.  Which was lucky for the numerous women standing in the street naked, posing for tips.  I found that element extremely unpleasant as these poor women weren’t even working for a set wage.Fremont Street Las Vegas

I could go on about the sexism of Las Vegas (people handing out ‘hot-pussy-for-you’ cards on pretty much every street corner) at length but this post is already pretty long and there’s still day two to get through…

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