I was so wrong.
As we got off the plane and planted our feet on Nevada soil, the billboards and marquees signalled that we were in for so much more. Would we even have time to fit it all in?
The Las Vegas strip is approx. 6.7km. This stretch of desert land is filled with everything you could possibly want or need to make your trip unforgettable. Want to play with dolphins and jump through a wave pool? Check. A ski resort not far from the strip and drive thru wedding chapels at every corner? Check. Check! Feeling the need for a gondola ride, rollercoaster ride or a trip up the Eiffel Tower? Heck yes!
Walking down the strip is an experience in itself. Strangers were beckoning us to visit their strip shows . Billboards, with half naked women plastered over it, claimed that “hot women want to meet you NOW”. Meet me? My patient and loving husband had to gently remind me that it wasn’t me they were after.
Bachelor and bachelorette parties stumbled onto the streets at all hours of the day, clumsily drinking their beers and yard sticks of margaritas or daiquiris. Street performers lined the strip, drawing in crowds for a show or photos.
Mon Ami Gabi offers a great vantage point for people-watching on Las Vegas Blvd. This bistro serves a heck-of-a-good glass of sangria and is right across from Bellagio’s dancing fountains. Caesar’s Palace offers a good people-watching point at Serendipity 3, which even offers up the world’s most expensive sundae – the Golden Opulence Sundae at $1000.00 (requires 48 hour notice).
For a good glass of wine, or a tasting of different wines, head over to the Rio Wine Cellar and Tasting Room, Aureole at Mandalay Bay or the Hostile Grape at the M Resort. Each cellar boasts of various vintages and the opportunity to sample and savor them in a relaxing setting.
The Las Vegas Strip is a food-lover’s fantasy, including my own. Celebrity chef restaurants have popped up all over the Boulevard. All-star chefs on the strip include Gordon Ramsay, Wolfgang Puck, Bobby Flay, Buddy V and so many, many more. Find the best burger (more on that later) or the juiciest steak. Buffet-hop (more like crawl!) through the Bayside buffet at Mandalay Bay to the Bucchanal Buffet at Caesar’s Palace. Indulge at sushi bars or Tao for an incredible Asian cuisine experience. More on the foodie experience later!
If you have an extra day to spare (or want to give your poor liver a chance to recuperate), visit the Grand Canyon for an incredible view of one of the world’s most beautiful wonders. The bright red rocks plummet down 1 mile deep and spans over 277 miles. The air is thin and your legs will be weak from the looo-oooo-oong drive, but the vibrant colours of the canyon and the vast distance that it covers will leave you speechless and absolutely mesmerized.
Vegas presents an incredible experience for everyone, including the romantics, hipsters, families and rock-n-rollers. An unforgettable trip to say the least, so is it still true what they say “What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas”? Absolutely not! What happens in Vegas ends up on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, Tumblr…