Las Vegas was never somewhere that I particularly wanted to visit. With no culture, not a lot of history, and no major sights to see, it seemed to be a place to just gamble and party. And while I do like a good party, it isn’t the sort of thing I plan my travels around.
So I couldn’t have been any more surprised when I found myself absolutely loving the city almost as soon as we arrived. I loved it so much that it was one of my favourite parts of our American adventure and I’m already desperate to go back.
From the minute our taxi hit the Strip, I had my eager face pressed up against the window, oohing and aahing at all the bright lights and enormous hotels dominating the skyline, people spilling out onto the sidewalks watching the majestic displays of entertainment on the streets.
There really is so much more to Sin City than I gave it credit for. While it might not be to everyone’s taste, the fact that I ended up in complete wonderment of the place just goes to show that it certainly shouldn’t be written off. I could enthusiastically chatter on about this place all day but here are just a few of the many reasons why Las Vegas won me over so easily.
♥ See the world in a day
The hotels in Vegas are some of the biggest sights in the city and we took the time to explore as many as we could. They are all huge, extravagant and completely over the top, and some made us feel like we were in a completely different country. We stood beside Egyptian Pharaohs at the Luxor Hotel; saw NYC’s sights at New York New York; gazed up at the Eiffel Tower at the Paris Hotel; and found a little bit of Italy at the Venetian.
We stayed at the Venetian during our trip and as we stood in St Mark’s Square with the gondolas floating by on the canals around us, I actually felt like we had been transported to Venice.
You can check out all the amazing resorts at vegas.com but I guarantee you will want to visit (and stay at) them all. I’m already counting down the days until I can return!
♥ It’s a foodie’s paradise
From 24 hour diners that pile the calories just as high as the food on your plate, to Michelin star restaurants with gorgeous views, whatever takes your fancy at any time of day or night, you can guarantee you’ll find it in Vegas.
Also, there’s a choice of buffets big enough to put you in a food coma for days.
And pizza slices bigger than your head.
And a giant Hershey’s store.
And a cupcake ATM.
Okay I’ll stop now. But seriously, just look how happy my face is… ❤
♥ Anything goes
Literally anything. As we walked along the Strip, through the casinos or down Fremont Street, we would see all sorts. People dressed up as Elvis, Batman or a giant baby; guys dancing in the street and girls dancing on bars; groups of friends cheering and shouting over a game of poker; showgirls wearing nipple tassels and not much else. There’s a water slide that shoots through a tank of sharks, a volcano that erupts nightly, live music in the street, and way too many wedding chapels than are probably necessary.
You can wander around, visit a restaurant or a show wearing sweats and trainers or dress up in your most fancy attire and no one would blink an eye.
You can be whoever you want and do whatever you want in Las Vegas. We found ourselves being shocked, thrilled and thoroughly entertained. It’s a place that is most definitely not for the faint-hearted or the closed-minded.
♥ Blissful sunshine all year round
There is no bad time to visit Vegas but in spring the weather is perfect. During the day when the sun was shining, our sunglasses (and my pasty white legs) made an appearance and the pool parties were just getting started. By night, a light jacket was all that was needed to cover up. London could do with taking some tips.
♥ You can never – EVER – get bored
They say New York is the city that never sleeps but it’s actually Las Vegas. You can wake up in the middle of the night when the casinos and bars will still be buzzing with people; take your pick from a whole host of entertaining shows; stare in awe as the city lights up at night; take a rollercoaster ride on top of the city’s tallest building; people watch the quirky characters and the free entertainment along the Strip; party the night away in one of the many huge nightclubs; have fun in Downtown Las Vegas and find out about the city’s history at the Neon and Mob museums.
The list goes on and on and on and even though most people only visit for a long weekend, I felt like we only scratched the surface in the four days we had there. Vegas will always have something to keep you entertained and that is just one of the many reasons why I loved this Disneyworld on acid so fricking much!
If you’ve been to Las Vegas, what did you love most about the city? If you’ve never been, have I tempted you?! Let me know in the comments below or at: