Went to Las Vegas to celebrate a family member turning 21. Fun place to travel to at least once in your lifetime. Don’t recommend taking any kids or anyone under 21 as there won’t be a lot for them to do and not all people act appropriately on The Strip.
Las Vegas in a snippet: gambling, slot machines, casinos, shopping, fine dining, neon lit strip, Venetian gondolas, Bellagio dancing fountains, Paris Eiffel tower and Caesar’s Palace coliseum.
Our family drove to Nevada by car since we live only a few hours away, but transportation by plane is just as quick and easy. The airport is located not too far from the strip as well and probably less than a 5-10 minute drive away.
Here are my recommendations:
Bellagio Luxury Resort & Casino (Easily my favorite casino of them all, located in the center of the strip right in front of the Paris casino & Eiffel tower, Beautiful Bellagio dancing fountains out front, amazing resort pool area, exquisite botanical garden conservatory displays, sophisticated & classy & fabulous, although they do need to get a new air ventilation system b/c out of all the casinos the Bellagio was definitely the worst with people smoking cigars inside, get a room with a fountain view-it’s worth every penny at night with the gorgeous views of the strip, seriously has the best hotel bedding in the world)
- Welcome to Las Vegas Sign (such a classic, take a picture in front of the tiny neon lit Vegas sign at the front of the Strip entrance)
- Bellagio Dancing Fountains (very pretty during the day and night, got to see a rendition to Glenn Miller’s “In the Mood” and loved every minute of it–literally one of my favorite songs); Below is the view from our room at the Bellagio
- Eiffel Tower Paris Hotel (such neat architecture–the restaurant on the bottom is my favorite in Las Vegas)
- Caesars Palace & The Forum Shops (cool Greecian architecture, mix of high end and trendy mall shops, they even have a Fat Tuesday, check out the Omnia on Friday nights and fan girl over Calvin Harris with me)
- Gambling/Poker Tables/Slot Machines (these are everywhere, don’t spend all your money in one place)
- Make sure to see The Strip lit up at night (so amazing)
- Flamingo Hotel (only went here to see Donny Osmond’s Dancing with the Stars mirror ball trophy thanks to an obsession of my mom’s)
- Aria Casino (cool atmosphere however the Crystal Shops are all high end so avoid this place unless you’re rich and head over to the shops across the street at Planet Hollywood)
- Mirage Beatle’s Show (if you like this kind of music)
- Venetian & Palazzo w/Grand Canal Shops (beautifully decorated European style casino with gondolas and all, love how the mall shops are connected to the casino with restaurants and everything, super convenient)
- Wynn Casino (super nice decor, reminds me of a smaller scale version of the Bellagio b/c they do a copy cat fountain show out front and a conservatory rose display in the middle of their hotel as well, go to Parasol Down for drinks and a fun calming waterfall backdrop on the patio)
- Lake Mead & Hoover Dam (though not out on the strip…these beauties are only a couple hours out and a must see, the views alone are postcard shots, check out the new suspension bridge built at the Hoover Dam)
- Primm Outlets (went here purely to see the Williams Sonoma Outlet aka my favorite home store in the entire world)
- Mon Ami Gabi at Paris Casino (get the steak-cannot go wrong with any of those options, I loved the Classique steak, fries were not that great though, beautifully decorated french restaurant, go at dinnertime for a more romantic atmosphere with great views of the Bellagio fountains if you sit out on the patio)
- Cafe Gelato in Bellagio (some say it’s amazing, I’m not the biggest fan-go to the Venetian for better Gelato in my opinion)
- Palio Coffee Shop in Bellagio (the best blueberry danishes for breakfast, apple danish isn’t too shabby either-trust me they taste way better than they look)
- Cafe Bellagio in the Conservatory Botanic Gardens area (the turkey club sandwich is delicious and their fries are amazing, great view of the pool resort area as well)
- Hash Hash A Go Go at Linq Casino (first off this casino vibe was not my favorite, got the famous fried chicken and waffles, presentation of food and portions are huge at this place, their meals are a work of art, not my favorite type of food place as it was too much food and rather too salty but it’s a crowd favorite among most)
- Serendipity 3 (you must try their frozen hot chocolate and/or banana split, both are absolutely delicious, such cute decor as well)
- Cocolini Gelato at the Venetian Grand Canal Shops (strawberry sorbet was good, but the spumoni gelato was hands down absolutely amazing and the best, menu changes seasonally, slightly pricey but totally worth it)
- Grimaldi’s at the Venetian Grand Canal Shops (fun family style restaurant, felt like I was back in Brooklyn NYC, thin crust pizzas made to perfection, get The Don-delicious and loved the caprese)
- Carlo’s Bakery…aka Cake Boss (try the cake or the cupcakes-amazing! he even has an Italian restaurant too) Packaging is adorable
Hope you had fun reading and try out some of the cool places I love. Happy travels!
Giada’s Restaurant – The Cromwell Hotel