We have all heard the saying "what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas" but I've decided to break the oath and give you a sneak peak into my Las Vegas escapades. Las Vegas is one of favorite places and not for the obvious reasons. From the food to the day parties, Vegas has lived up to everything I expected it to be. The Sin City has seen me six times in the last four years and I'm already planning my next trip.
Of course there's the casinos and the over abundance of alcohol but honestly that's not why I love Vegas. If you have never been to Vegas or looking for things to do on your next trip, here's a few of my favorite things and quick tips on how to survive!
Great Eats! I love food and there's nothing like eating something that sends you into complete euphoria. To say that I have had some amazing food in Vegas is an understatement. Brunch: Just an FYI, no one eats breakfast while in Vegas, not because there aren't any great places but because if you are doing it right you won't be up in time. The brunch is great especially at my favorite spot Serendipity. Serendipity is located on the Strip and is directly in front of Caesar's Palace. I always have the French toast log. It's topped with fresh berries and delicious maple syrup. Dinner: I am a huge fan of Asian food, and anytime I make a restaurant recommendation it's most likely going to have an Asian flare. It's a popular nightclub but the food is delicious too! Tao Las Vegas located in the Venetian Resort has a extensive Pan-Asian menu. As an added bonus, when you dine you get complimentary admission to the nightclub. Buffet: Enjoying a buffet at least one time is a must. The best buffet that I have had is at the Bellagio. Tons of variety and short lines make it a great spot on the last day of your stay. Dessert: I have a sweet tooth and the Sugar Factory has exactly what I'm looking for. From old school candy to gelato, it's a perfect place to relive your favorite childhood memories. Remember, Vegas is a city of excess so be careful when you are placing your order.
Where to Stay! On my first trip to Vegas, I made the mistake of not staying on the Strip. Most of the time you will be walking everywhere so I highly recommend picking a hotel that has easy access to everything. Taxis are abundant however you can't catch a cab on the street. If you need a cab you have to go to the nearest hotel. Remember it's hot, you're in the desert, and there's no need to give yourself a heat stroke trying to get to the action. I've stayed in the Monte Carlo (not a good choice because of the location), the Bellagio (great location and the epitome of traditional Vegas life), Planet Hollywood (cost effective and close to everything), Aria (modern-contemporary style and just a sexy hotel), and Cosmopolitan (my favorite hotel because of the great views, modern style and overall vibe).
Shopping! Unfortunately, I'm not a huge shopper but there's ton of shopping in the city. When I'm visiting I always take a trip to the mall in Caesar's Palace. From designer brands to your signature go-to spots, this mall has a little bit of everything.
Things to Do! Going to at least one show is a must. The Cirque de Soleil shows are absolutely amazing and worth the cost. It may not be New York or Los Angeles, but there's tremendous talent in the city. An exciting and fun activity for large girl groups is the pole dancing class at the Pole Dance Studio. The instructor is actually the creator of pole dance classes and trust me she's awesome. No need to be shy! She takes her time and helps you find your inner sexy. Although I have visited several times I'm still finding things to do. Hence why I keep going back.
Partying! Partying is not just a nighttime affair. Day pool parties are just as popular as the nightclub events. The Palms hotel has a great pool party that is usually filled with celebrity sightings. The nightlife never stops. The majority of the clubs cater to the signature techno music scene but there are some that have different genres on special days of the week. Quick tip for the ladies: find a club connect or sign up for the VIP list for the clubs. Promoters get paid based on how many girls that come to the club who are listed on their VIP list. Don't worry about paying for a table. Negotiate for tables based on how many girlfriends you have joining you on your trip.
How to Survive! 1. Don't fall victim to the nap! If you are traveling from the east coast, you will be tempted to conquer Vegas as soon as you arrive and you will be tricked by the time change. My suggestion, don't take a nap. Naps on day one usually end up lasting well into the night and before you know it you have slept through dinner and part of the nightlife. 2. Stay hydrated! Make sure you drink as much water as possible especially if you are traveling in the summer months. You're in the desert which means the air is very dry which makes staying hydrated a must. 3. Don't drink too much during the day! I've seen several friends tap out after a day of exploration and drinking. The combination of the heat plus the alcohol completely wiped them out and they never made it out at night. 4. Remember it's Vegas! You can rest when you get home. Don't take a trip and then stay in your hotel room all day. 5. Enjoy yourself! No one is judging you and I'm sure they want the same courtesy. Let loose and have a great time!
Forever Fierce Fabulous & Flawless!