Las Vegas, Nevada

We landed just in time to enjoy the lights on The Strip!  To join in the fun, keep reading or follow us in real time on Instagram.

Recommended Hotel – The Palazzo Las Vegas

More compound than hotel, we easily could’ve stayed the entire week indoors exploring the shops, restaurants, casino, and attractions!  Even better are the all-suite rooms, providing a luxury apartment with amazing views of the city.  Competitive pricing, and a central location!  We could even catch The Deuce and the Downtown Express right outside our building (save your feet!).

Don’t miss it!  The Grand Canal Shoppes, Art & Architecture

Recommended Transportation –  The Deuce and the Downtown Express

Speaking of transportation options – buy the all day pass for the Strip’s best travel option!  The pass activates when you begin using it and lasts for 24 hours – only $8.  I walked a marathon (literally!) WITH riding the bus, so the chance to sit was a welcomed treat.  Sit up top in the front seats, for the perfect views while riding.  If you like to explore, add the Monorail to your list for easy connections, as well.

The Strip

Having walked over 40 miles during our trip (thanks phone app!), I can confidently say I saw almost every inch of the Las Vegas Strip.  Everything from flamingos to volcano eruptions made for fun, exciting moments.  With so many to choose from, here are a few favorites:

Best Craveable Bites (Food) – The Cosmopolitan Las Vegas

Of course, we will start with the food!  Probably the hippest spot on the strip, dripping in millennial cool, The Cosmopolitan was my favorite collection of craveable bites.  No lack of Season Salt here!  Filled with Instagram-worthy photo ops, this stop is a must for anyone who loves good food or those looking for that perfect Instagram backdrop.

Make a reservation now – Momofuku 

Eat here too! – Jaburritos (sushi burritos), Makers & Finders (Latin Food/featured image)

We didn’t make there, but it’s on the list for next time – Viva Arepas, any seafood buffet, China Town

Best Attractions – Too many to name!

The Strip provides so many classic Las Vegas attractions, it’s hard to choose just one (or three).  Best of all, many are at no charge.  Everything from museums to aquariums, and fountains to the iconic ‘Welcome to Vegas’ sign are all within walking distance.  Every hotel has something to see.  My favorites include all the highlights previously mentioned, plus the elaborate Conservatory and Botanical Gardens  in the Bellagio.  Even after a week’s worth of fun, we still have so much more to do on our next visit.

Best Off-Strip Attractions –  It’s a tie! 

The Freemont Experience  

Old Vegas in Downtown Las Vegas is the part theme park, part swanky retro neon-lit experience you never knew you’ve been missing out on in life.  Go at night for the full awe-inspiring experience, and return during the day to take in the murals and attractions.  If you have ever been a fan of Back to the Future, theme parks, or Elvis – this one is for you!

18B (The Arts District)

Time this one just right and you can experience First Fridays , but no worries if you find yourself there on a random Sunday.  A collection of galleries, studios, murals, and restaurants will be there waiting.

Best View – The Foundation Room (House of Blues Las Vegas)

Inside the Mandalay Bay, The Foundation Room has the best view of the Las Vegas Strip.  Sixty-three stories up, this incredible view requires signing up for the guest list to access – but what is better than a DJ, great food, custom drinks, and a patio view?  It was a great turn up on day one of our trip and the perfect wind down on our last day.

Our trip to Las Vegas was a great experience!  Final tips – bring comfortable shoes, arrive mid-week to avoid the crowds, stay on The Strip, if that’s the focus of your trip, and happily join team no sleep!

For more of the great restaurants we visited in Las Vegas, visit us on Instagram.  If you’re looking for an active, entertaining experience – head to Las Vegas!

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