Danny and I have just returned home from six exciting days in the Entertainment Capital of The World – Las Vegas. Visiting has been high up on my bucket list for a while now, and wow it didn’t fail to amaze.
From seeing the bright lights to devouring the culinary delights, here’s my experience in Sin City.
This is America – of course we have to start with the food! Whether you’re after fine dining or American fast food, there are an endless amount of places to eat. Some of the places we visited include:
Nacho Daddy is a Mexican place with 3 restaurants located in Las Vegas. We visited the one in Downtown Vegas for breakfast and each had a breakfast burrito – sausage, eggs, melted cheese, hash browns, served with home-made chips and salsa. I’m getting hungry just remembering it.
Nacho Daddy provide a vegan menu too, including a fajita bowl, tacos, loaded nachos and more.
MGM Grand Buffet
We stayed at the MGM Grand, meaning we couldn’t not go to their famous buffet. Buffets are popular throughout Vegas and this was one of the big ones. We tried out the breakfast buffet, although this turned out to be so much more than just breakfast… On offer was sausages, eggs, pancakes, fried chicken, mac and cheese, roasts (yep!) and much more of a mixture of foods – it was bonkers! One of my plates was a mix of baked ham, mussels, melon and mash potato… Only in America eh? We paid $18 extra each for unlimited mimosas and champagne, which we absolutely took advantage of.
Visiting from England means you’re likely to suffer from jet lag. We were awake at 6am most mornings, so we came here for breakfast one morning as it’s open for 24 hours and looked pretty good. It was a typical American diner and was delicious, providing more than enough food to last us.
The Cheesecake Factory
Anyone who knows me knows my love for cheesecake. So when I discovered there were several Cheesecake Factory restaurants in Vegas, I had to visit one. And it did not disappoint! Their menu is like going through a book – it’s got an endless amount of dishes. They have near enough any cheesecake you can think of (apart from blueberry, much to Danny’s disappointment). We started with some fish and steak tacos. Then we chose the white chocolate and raspberry cheesecake and the Oreo cake cheesecake. I’ll warn you, the Oreo cheesecake is incredibly rich.
Bubba Gump Shrimp
I know this restaurant isn’t just based in America, but we’d both always wanted to go. We had skewered shrimp, ribs and fries, guzzled down with some custom-flavoured margaritas.
Things we got up to
Hotels and casinos
Just exploring the hotels and casinos alone is an interesting activity to do in Vegas. From Caesar’s Palace and The Cosmopolitan to Mandalay Bay and Excalibur, each hotel has its own individual design which blew us away. We had a little gamble in each one along the strip, but you can just freely roam around them.
Want to experience the best views of Vegas? So did we, that’s why we had a go in a helicopter one night. For just $79pp, we were taken up in the sky and flown over Vegas, where we got to see all of the beautiful buildings. I can’t even describe how breath-taking the views were. My photos don’t do it justice!
For just an extra $20pp we got a limousine to and from the experience for an extra treat. Some of the limo drivers make your trip fun providing music, alcohol and snacks – do try to thank them with a tip if they do so, as not all drivers go to this effort.
If you’ve read up on Vegas, you must have heard of Fremont Street in Downtown Vegas. Just a shuttlebus ride away (more details on getting around later), this place has a different atmosphere to the commercial vibe in the main strip. With rock bands playing and lots of little bars, it’s more chilled out here. Food and drink is recognisably cheaper too. I’d recommend visiting this area at least once, and if you’re brave enough (unlike me), you can have a go at whizzing through it on a zipline!
The Mob Museum
Believe it or not, Vegas has some interesting history to it. A lot of the city was built up by famous gangsters. Here you can learn about the organised crime’s history and its impact on America. The Museum provides three floors of fascinating and interactive exhibits, and is based in the former 1933 courthouse. It’s just $26.95 to enter (or $16.95 if you’re a student).
The Las Vegas Sign
The Las Vegas Sign is a famous tourist spot, and we couldn’t resist coming here for a photo. It’s just 1.5 miles away from the strip. You might want to head here early in the day as big queues can appear; we headed there around 9 in the morning. There’s a guy who’ll take your photo for free, although I recommend giving him a little tip to say thanks – the photo makes a great souvenir.
Can you go to America and not shop? Vegas has two outlet shopping centres, but the best one is the North Premium Outlet Store. It’s got endless high-brand shops including Calvin Klein, Ralph Loren, Nike, and Armani. Not only are the price tags lower than in England, most items have an additional discount! You’ll get so much for your money here, just like we did.
Vegas is a compact city with most things you’ll visit being within 5 miles, including the airport. However, taxis are extremely expensive, so getting to know the public transport is handy.
The shuttlebus runs 24 hours throughout the strip and the stops include all of the places we’ve listed above and more. It costs just $6 for 2 hours or $8 for 24 hours. You can purchase your tickets at the machines located at each stop.
You’ll spend a lot of your time walking up and down the strip like we did, and to help you out there is a free monorail, stopping through the strip at MGM Grand, Flamingo, SLS Las Vegas and more.
So that is pretty much our experience of Vegas! Of course there is so much more to it, but there’s only so much we could squeeze in… Until next time!
Have you been before and would like to make any recommendations that I’ve missed? Feel free to share by commenting below.
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