What I got up too in Las Vegas
Edit: Since writing this post I have been to Vegas again and done so much more. So check out all my Las Vegas posts here :)
After years of wanting to go to Las Vegas, I finally went this summer and loved every second of it, the experience was out of this world, the themed resorts are stunning and there are endless things to do other then gamble and party. I went to Vegas for one week in August and the weather was around 46°C. Before I went to Vegas I used TripAdvisor to plan my days so I could fit in as much as I possible.
The videos shows some clips of a few things I got up to in Vegas and below is a list of all the things I recommend doing, I have also included links to my blog posts where I have wrote a dedicated blog post full of photos and more information.
For shopping I would recommend Crystals if your looking for designer items and The Fashion Show shopping mall for more affordable labels. The best place I found to do a bit of supermarket shopping was Wallgreens, there are a few dotted around the strip, its cheap and have everything you need from food, beauty, gifts and pharmacy.
The Monte Carlo Resort has a good range of food outlets to suit everyone, our favourite place for breakfast was The Pub they do amazing nutella waffles and OJ and 800 degrees was great for pizzas. The Aria Hotel had amazing ice cream and pastries at Jean Philippe, I also had delicious pizza at Five 50 and on our last day we had breakfast at the Aira Cafe which has a lovely fine dining setting.
Vdara Hotel & Spa
We flew to Vegas with British Airways and stayed at the very modern and stylish Vdara Hotel & Spa, our room was the 'City Corner Suite' which had an impressive amount of facilities, such as a washer, dryer, two large TV's, dining room, bath, shower, huge fridge and cooking facilities, plus super fast wifi. (See blog post: Vdara).
Bellagio | Botanical Gardens & Fountain Display
The Vdara Hotel has a undercover walkway to get to the Bellagio Hotel and it brings you straight to the Botanical Gardens, its free and I recommend seeing it during the day and at night. At night they have magical lighting and sound going on. (See blog post: Bellagio)
Flamingo Hotel | Flamingo Wildlife Habitat
Visiting the Flamingo gardens is also something free you can see in Vegas, the garden has turtles, exotic fish, swans, and ducks etc. (See blog post: Flamingo Hotel)
Caesars Palace | The Venetian
The Venetian and Caesars Palace resorts are possibly my favourite out of all the themed hotels you can find on the strip, you can spend hours just walking around admiring all the amazing paintings, statues and the overall atmosphere of the places. (See blog posts: Caesars Palace and The Venetian)
Stratosphere Tower & Daredevil rides
The Stratosphere hotel is at the bottom of the strip, but its definitely worth checking out if you are a bit of a daredevil, as there are a couple of awesome and breathtaking rides as well as some stunning views of Nevada. Cost $20. (See blog post: Stratosphere)
Siegfried & Roy Secret Garden and Dolphin Habitat
If your a nature lover, then visit The Mirage Resort, where you can swim with dolphins and see some amazing wild cats, they have white tigers, lions and black panthers. Cost around $20. (See blog post: Secret Garden)
Paris Eiffel Tower
The Paris Hotel has a lovely romantic feel with the interior and al fresco dining. Visiting the top of the Eiffel Tower is a must to see the stunning views of the Las Vegas strip from above. (Cost around $25 with tax). (See blog post:Vegas Paris Hotel)
Hoover Dam, Route 66 & Grand Canyon Tour
With Arizona being next to Nevada I would highly recommend visiting another state and going to the Grand Canyon with Canyon Tours, for around $80 I had an amazing full packed day, they picked us up from our hotel and gave us time to get breakfast at McDonald's. We stopped off at the Hoover Dam and Seligman the birth place of the historic route 66. They provided us with complimentary lunch at the Grand Canyon visitors center and gave us a couple of hours to walk the south rim of the Grand Canyon National Park, the very informative tour guide then dropped us off at our hotel. (See blog post: Hoover Dam and Grand Canyon)
Hollywood Sightseeing Tour
I went on a Vegas to Hollywood sightseeing tour with Quality Tours of Las Vegas. They picked us up from our hotel and gave us pastries and oj for breakfast. We went to Santa Monica Beach and walked along the pier, stopped off at Beverley Hills and went to Rodeo Drive. They gave us a complimentary dinner at Hard Rock Cafe on Hollywood Boulevard and went to see the homes of Micheal Jackson and Robin Williams, after a very long full packed day they then dropped us back off to our hotels, I paid around $130 and it was worth every penny. (See blog posts: California)