TRAVEL GUIDE: LAS VEGAS

Where in the world: Las Vegas

How many days: 4

Favorite meal: Boozy Milkshakes at Cosmopolitan Hotel

Last week Keith and I spent a couple days in Vegas - one of our favorite weekend getaway spots! We love the sunny weather, the shows, the Strip, the food, the shopping (OK maybe it’s just me who loves the shopping!) It’s a romantic and exciting desert city and each time we visit it’s a different adventure. We just LOVE the energy and I’m so excited to share some Vegas must-do’s with you today!

 

Where we stayed: Caesar’s Palace

We love this hotel because it’s centrally located on the Strip and easy walking distance from most attractions and shows. We stayed in the newly renovated Julius Tower. Our room featured an awesome steam shower and a large comfy bed! Caesar’s is a HUGE hotel and it’s easy to get lost at times, but it’s also great because it has everything you could ever want to do or see! The atmosphere at the hotel is so fun. Whether it’s 2pm or 2am, there are people everywhere having a good time. Keith and I aren’t huge gamblers, but for those who are the casino is massive and offers any game you could imagine (my personal favorite is Kitty Glitter, a sparkly slot machine with cute cat faces!) 

 

Where we played:

Swimming - The Garden of the Gods pool at Caesar’s is very spacious and laid-back, which is nice and relaxing compared to other Vegas pools (if you’re looking for more of a party scene I highly recommend Encore Beach Club at Wynn hotel!) Caesar’s pool is designed with Roman architecture and feels very luxury. There are even swim-up bars and gambling tables!

Shopping - Known as a ‘shopping wonder of the world’, Caesar’s Forum Shops are conveniently attached to the hotel’s casino. Even if you aren’t big into shopping, the Shops are a must-see. The architecture is amazing and there are fun displays such as the Trevi Fountain, talking statues, and a huge fish aquarium. There are also great restaurants (we tried Joe’s Seafood Steak and Stone Crab and Carmine’s Italian) and there's every store you could imagine including some of my favorites, Sam Edelman, Tory Burch, and Louis Vuitton!

Shows – We saw Celine Dion at the Colosseum on our last night in Vegas. We sat in the FRONT ROW (what is life!!) and it was just amazing! She sang all her timeless classics and put on a dazzling performance. Celine has been my favorite singer since I was like 10 years old (her All The Way album played on my boom box on repeat for years!) Not only is her voice perfect, she is a gracious and humble person and also very goofy and had the crowd totally entertained! This is my second time seeing Celine and I HIGHLY recommend her show to anyone. The Colossuem is a great venue because it isn’t massive; it feels rather intimate and there isn’t a bad seat in the place. Other huge names perform here too, like Elton John, Reba, and Mariah Carey.

Fountain show – This is in front of Bellagio Hotel and you won’t want to miss it! The water performance is set to music and has fun lighting and effects. Shows run every 15 minutes in the evenings so it’s easy to spot when you’re out and about. The fountains are a nice calming vibe among the hustle and bustle of the strip and best of all the show is FREE! This is one of my favorite things to do in Vegas and each time I see the fountain show it’s different.

Gondola ride – If you’ve ever been to the Venetian Hotel in Vegas you know what I’m talking about. Modeled after Venice, the atmosphere is absolutely charming. The ceilings are painted beautifully and depict a sky view - it almost feels like you’re strolling streets outside! And no trip to Venice would be complete without a gondola ride down the Grand Canal. It costs $35 which was a little on the expensive side considering it’s a quick ride, but I'd say it’s worth the experience. Your Gondolier gives you a beautiful Italian serenade throughout the ride and following popular Italian tradition, couples are encouraged to kiss under the bridges for good luck. It was very charming and romantic! You can even grab Italian gelato afterwards for full Venice vibes.

Grand Canyon – Keith and I rented a car for the day and drove out to Grand Canyon West. One of the seven natural wonders of the world, it’s an absolute must-see and very convenient being only a few hours from Vegas. Helicopter tours and rafting tours were offered at the location we visited, but we decided exploring on foot would be most fun for us. We even went on the newly built Grand Canyon Skywalk which was a THRILL! I got a little dizzy looking down through the glass floor, but the views were stunning. Our favorite part of the day was getting away from crowds and hiking to the remote lookout points. Cacti and desert flowers were blooming among the red rocks, it was a perfect time to visit! We drove over the Hoover Dam on our way back to Vegas which was interesting to see.

 

Where we ate:

In-N-Out Burger – I’m a HUGE fan of this place and have to visit every time I’m out west. Not only is the food phenomenal, it’s also very affordable! For fast food, the restaurants are always clean and the staff is quick and friendly. They finally opened an In-N-Out right on the Strip and it’s very popular, so if you’re planning to visit be prepared to wait in a long line (it’s worth it I promise – I ate there twice during our stay!)

Holstein’s at the Cosmopolitan Hotel – We had to stop here to try their famous “boozy shakes”. Keith got the Cookies and Cream which had an entire ice cream sandwich on top! I ordered the Fat Boy which had a little bit of everything – cotton candy, pretzels, Reeses, and the list goes on! They were soo delicious but very sweet (we could have easily shared just one!)

Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steak house – Keith planned a romantic date night for us at his favorite restaurant. It was my first time there and the food did not disappoint. We had bone-in ribeye that was probably the BEST steak I’ve ever eaten, and also tried the lobster mac n cheese which was outstanding! The service was great and we enjoyed the piano player in the bar area. I can’t wait to visit again! 

Beijing Noodle Bar – We stopped here for a quick dinner inside Caesar’s before Celine Dion. The ambiance is very dramatic, with huge goldfish tanks at the front and a white and bright atmosphere. We both got noodle dishes (we’ve been on a ramen kick lately!) and the food was tasty.

 

Our travel tips:

- Wear comfortable shoes! We walked almost everywhere and distances are further than they appear. The strip is 4 miles long total, even though hotels appear close to each other!

- Don’t buy drinks at the casino. If you plan to gamble, cocktail waitresses walk around and offer you free drinks! Can’t beat that right?

- Be open to anything. Each time we visit Vegas it’s a different experience, you never know what you’ll encounter in Sin City! It’s ok to not have solid plans because you’ll always find something fun to do, and the people watching along the way will be an adventure in itself!

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Rachael