Vegas Trip March 2017
As often as you see pictures of it or see it in a movie nothing can compare you for your first sight of Las Vegas.. One things for sure is that Vegas is a city that needs no introduction…
We had the luxury of winning a 4 day, 3 night stay at the SLS hotel in Sin City, here are a few tips, tricks and must do’s we learned along the way!
First Things First:
Book your flight around the cusp of the non expensive season.. we did exactly this, all the hotels were opening up their pools for the start of summer, the weather was enjoyable, not too cold & not scorching hot. Plane tickets will be cheaper & hotel rooms will be significantly cheaper as well.
Once you have your hotel booked & flights all set the next thing you will want to do is make sure to have Uber or Lyft downloaded on your phone before arriving in Vegas! Otherwise you will be herded into a line like a bunch of cows waiting for a cab for over an hour.
This is a lesson we learned the hard way, we easily spent over $100 in just the first two hours of being in Vegas on cab rides alone! Ouch! Then quickly found out that walking from the Bellagio back to the SLS (a three mile walk) at three in the morning wasn’t ideal either… Needless to say we downloaded the Lyft app that next morning and cut our ride expenses in half. Download Lyft or Uber you will thank me later!!
Thursday (Day 1)
The first night we got there we were busy getting through the airport, getting checked into our hotel & then soaking up the Vegas Strip. & of course having our first Vegas casino experience… seriously if you get lost in a casino, find a wall and it will eventually lead you back out the door and onto the strip!
Friday (Day 2)
Le Village Buffet, Paris – Skip buffets and opt for resturaunts you really want to go to. Trust me you wont be saving money and the food is so so. We did however score a $13 all you can drink deal with the buffet purchase. So the guys managed to drink enough beer-mosas to make up for the high priced, not so great food. Two of the places we heard had extremely good breakfast is Eggslut and Babystacks (just make sure to get there early to beat the long lines for both places).
One of the things we loved right from the start is how the inside of the hotels were done. While we did enjoy our Mimosas at Le Village the best thing about the restaurant was believe it or not the view! It was seriously like we were in a French village setting. The hotels really do a good job of capturing the feeling of being there in real time.
Make sure to walk the strip during the day when most of the street performers are out, there is so much musical talent with every corner you turn! I did not expect it in the least and for some I couldnt help but to just stand there in awe… we did a lot of walking the strip on Friday!
Redneck Riviera – Live Music, Good service, Cool Atmosphere, Amazing Drinks and Great food that Whalburgers supplies them with from next door… The drinks even come with a souvenier mason jar or shot glass. & the mens bathroom has keg urinals… needless to say if you want more of a country vibe Redneck Riviera is the place for you.
After Redneck Riviera we managed to snag floor tickets for the Dierks Bentley and Cole Swindell concert at the Chelsea in the Cosmopolitan Hotel. One of the most intimate theaters we’ve been to for a concert… The acoustics sounded amazing & it was a really cool setting for being in such a big city!
Saturday (Day 3)
Fremont Street during the day – Make sure to walk through Old Vegas, there’s something for everyone there… whether it be getting a back massage while enjoying the Oxygen Bar to cure that Vegas hangover or taking pictures with the street performers! Just make sure to have cash to tip the performers you take pictures with!
If you’re looking forward to doing the zipline, slotzilla, that runs over Fremont St make sure to book a slot time in advance because they fill up fast, as do many other things in Las Vegas! Make reservations or buy tickets in advance for anything you have your heart set on doing… or you will be greatly disappointed.
If you find yourself in Old Vegas make sure to stop in ‘Nacho Daddy’ for Mexican cuisine (they even serve a jalepeno beer, say what!) & of course you cant leave until you’ve done their Scorpion Shot! The foods awesome and the memory of eating a scorpion will last forever… #GotStung
Another cool place to check out is Container Park, it has a very family friendly vibe and practically everything is made from old shipping containers and recycled stuff. Look for the big praying mantis & Lock heart that’s right out front.
TREVI Italian Restaurant at the Caesars Palace was seriously the best Italian food I have ever eaten! Beautiful view & a bottle of Sangria set the mood.
Another view you won’t want to miss is the view from the Eiffel Tower at night, If you want to catch the Bellagio Fountain Show while you’re up there, it plays on the half hour and be sure to get up there before midnight or you will miss out!
The Shows; Vegas always has something going on pretty much every night. There is seriously something for everyone! Check out Groupon and the big Coca Cola Bottle on the strip for the best prices.
Saturday night us girls managed to go to the Thunder From Down Under Show while the guys attended the UFC Vegas Fights.
After the show we stopped into the popular Coyote Ugly Bar, unfortunately not many people were inside the venue at the time & with a cover fee it just wasn’t happening… but we did manage to snag some coyote ugly drinks from their bar that’s meant for the line to get in! Score in my book….
Sunday (Day 4) Last Day in Vegas!
Who doesn’t want to be able to get a cupcake if they felt the urge 24hours a day?? Hands down the best cupcakes I have ever tasted have came from this very ATM.
Not to mention you can enjoy your cupcake in a very laid back environment… the area where Sprinkles ATM is has cornhole, beer pong tables and backyard games. We had trouble finding Sprinkles at first, its located by the LINQ.
While you’re in Vegas you definitely can’t miss the Bellagio Fountains, we managed to watch them on a couple different occasions to a different song each time. It is just simply a stunning show.
Another Location we hit up for some good food before we caught our flight back home is Twin Peaks, Good service & great food & drinks… Sit outside on the patio for a stunning view of the strip while you eat!
Too much to do, too little time:
Some things we will be doing when we go back for Vegas Round Two!
~Gondola Rides at The Venetian
~Circus Circus rides
~PBR Rock Bar and Grill has a mechanical bull
~Checking out the inside of the Hard Rock Hotel
~Taco bell with the margarita bar in it!
~Stratosphere rides at the top & the jump!
~Helicopter tours of the Strip, Grand Canyon & Hoover Dam
~Le Thai Restaurant
~Naked City Pizza “Check out the Naked City Tavern for the full experience, including the edible bacon candle”
Tips & Tricks Continued…
Yes you can legally drink while walking the strip, just dont act a fool 🙂
**But it is way cheaper to buy alcoholic beverages at the store and make your own drinks opposed to paying crazy amounts at the bars or places lining the strip**
Something you won’t want to miss is if flights are available try to fly into or out of Vegas at night. The best view of the city was from the airplane!
Lets face it, if you aren’t loaded & you don’t want all of your meals to be liquid ones then you will want some meals that won’t break the bank… that way you can splurge on the places that are worth it! Here’s a couple restaurants that will help you stay under budget without compromising taste…
Blaze pizza – 11 inch pizza & $7.65 regardless of the toppings you choose.
Coronado Cafe – Open from midnight – 6am with things on the menu like a seven ounce steak, eggs and hash browns all for just $4.95 **21 and older here**
Frijoles & Frescas – Tacos for $4.49, burritos for $6.49, platters with meat, beans, rice, tortillas and side salads for $7.99? Why not? Make sure to order the $2.25 Mexican Street Corn.
Marilyns Cafe -Breakfast is served all day at the Tuscany, so try the all you can eat pancakes for $3.99. (It’s open 24 hours) If you choose to dine between midnight and 5 a.m., the New York Steak & Eggs are only $5.99.
Tacos El Gordo – Cheap tacos with prices in the $2 to $4 range. Can’t be beat in Vegas!
Monta Ramen – With two locations in the Las Vegas Valley, Monta is widely known as the best ramen shop in Vegas. It’s small, stylish, stupid cheap & also serves booze. What’s not to like?
Viva Las Vegas in a Nutshell:
It was an amazing one of a kind experience… but seriously, plan to spend twice the amount you think you will!
Did we miss any must do’s??? Drop a comment below and let us know your favorite things about Sin City!
until next time….