Las Vegas, Nevada Travel Guide

Las Vegas, Nevada Travel Guide

Travelling to Las Vegas? This guide will tell you everything I got up to there including some of the best places to eat and things to check out. 

I have to be honest, Las Vegas was never even on my to-do list, never mind near the top. I’m not a huge party animal so I didn’t think I would enjoy it or be able to keep up buuuuut I was so wrong, I loved it. I actually can’t wait to go back. No matter what you are into, Vegas can cater for it making it an absolutely brilliant holiday destination. If you are heading soon I am SO jealous and excited for you. There is so much to do in Vegas so make sure you have some sort of plan/outline of what you want to do or else the few days will fly by and you’ll realise you haven’t seen half of it.

Where to stay

Las Vegas is known for it’s extravagantly themed hotels. Our whole group stayed at the MGM Grand. This is one of the most iconic hotels in Las Vegas as it is the home of entertainment. It even hosted the Billboard Music Awards the Wednesday after we left.

I was quite happy with the hotel and our room. It was on the 22nd floor and we had an unreal view of the North Strip. Caesars Palace, The Cosmopolitan, Aria and loads more were in our line of view (the banner image above is the view from our room). The bed was big and comfy and the bathroom was plenty big too. The light on the mirror was to die for! It made all my makeup selfies look so good. lol.

Once I ventured around the other hotels I noticed that the MGM isn’t as exciting decor wise when compared to some of the hotels with themes such as New York, New York or Paris but it’s still an amazing hotel nonetheless.

Where to eat

Gordon Ramsey’s Hells Kitchen – Hell’s kitchen is part of the Caesars Palace complex. If you are looking to treat yourself to a nice meal while in Vegas I would definitely recommend going here. The decor is very cool and Hell’s Kitchen is so iconic that for me it was a must-do. Even if you don’t plan to eat here, check it out as they have the Hell’s Kitchen Logo on fire outside of the restaurant. We got SUPER lucky when we were here as Gordon Ramsey happened to be there and came over to say hello. But this is very rare so don’t get your hopes up too high. In regards to price, it is a little pricey but not as bad as I had expected. I opted for the set menu which was 3 courses for $80.

Dicks Last Resort – This is an experience, to say the least. lol. It was actually great craic. The staff are super rude to you which makes for an entertaining night. When we asked for cutlery the waitress literally threw it on the table and said: “here sluts”. They also give every a paper hat with something rude on it that you have to wear for the night. I didn’t like the food at all. It’s just cheap fast food but if you are looking for somewhere cheap and good craic then this is a great spot. Plus it was one of the few restaurants in Vegas that would take a booking for a group as big as ours.

Hexx Kitchen & Bar – This is one of the best places we ate in while in Vegas. We got up super early (jet lag) and went for breakfast around 7am. Although early, there was still a lot of people around the street. We sat outside as it was starting to heat up. There was SO much on the menu that I wanted to try but opted for the eggs benedict as I wanted something right to start off the day. Of course, this was accompanied by a HEXX cauldron though. This is a prosecco based punch that is served in a disco ball. SO COOL! and delicious. Make sure to try it.

MGM Grand Buffet – From what I have read the majority of the big hotels offer a buffet. As we stayed in the MGM grand we ate here most mornings. It literally had every type of food you could think off and as much of it as you wanted. At the weekends, the buffets are bottomless brunch style so you can have as much prosecco as you want.

Tap Sports Bar – If you are looking for a good burger then look no further. Located in the MGM Grand, the captain’s burger is one of the best burgers I’ve had.

Chilli’s Grill and Bar – We went here on our first night in Vegas. All of us were very tired and just wanted some food and a few drinks and this did the job nicely.

Overlook Grill – I saved the best for last. 😉 This was my favourite place out of everywhere we ate. We went here for brunch on our last day (because our flight was delayed so we had extra time) and I was so thrilled because I had been dying to see the Cosmopolitan. The restaurant is situated right beside the pool so it’s very chilled and relaxed. While outside, it is still covered so there is nice shade from the sun and the food was so YUM! I had the eggs benedict and it was so so tasty. But I couldn’t bar to leave without trying the white chocolate brioche french toast. Oh my god. If you are in Vegas you HAVE to try it. It’s soooo good. We also opted for the bottomless option – as many bloody marys or mimosas as you want for $25 was a good deal as far as I am concerned. 🙂

What to do

Slotzilla Zoomline – I loved this. There are two options, the zip line which is lower and shorter and you are seated for or the zoomline which is when you are lying down (as if you’re flying) and higher and longer. Of course, I opted for the zoomline. It was so exhilarating. Flying past everyone, waving down and giving the thumbs up. So much fun. All the website says there is a huge wait time but I didn’t find it that bad. We bought our tickets for a time slot and had to wait 20 mins, then you go up and you wait in queue to get in the harness which takes about another 20/30 mins and then you go up as a group to the top and depending on how many and where you are in the queue in the group you could be waiting another 20/30 mins. It sounds like a lot but it’s not really. I would recommend going up 5/10 mins before your slot time though just to make sure you are first in the queue.

I did this during the day which was very cool but I would love to do it at night too. It’s more expensive at night and apparently the queues are longer but with all the lights I would say it would be amazing.

The Big Apple Roller Coaster – This surrounds the outside of the New York, New York hotel and it totally got me by surprise. I wasn’t expecting it to be a full-on roller coaster. I thought it was more of a novelty thing and there for effect by my god is it a full-on roller coaster. If you like roller coasters make sure to add it to your list. 🙂

Bellagio Fountain – The Bellagio fountains are breathtakingly beautiful. From Monday-Friday they are shown every 30 mins from 3pm-8pm and every 15 mins from 8pm-12am. Each time they are shown is a new song. If you wanted a very romantic dinner, you can book to have a window seat at the top of the Eiffel Tower in the Paris Hotel which is right across the road from the fountains.

The Volcano at the Mirage – Another very cool and free show. The Volcano erupts every day at 8pm, 9pm and 10pm. We went to the 8pm show and then over to the Bellagio Fountains for their next show.

Absinthe – This was so funny and entertaining. I have never seen a Cirque de Soleil show but from what I think it is, this is like a raunchy/sexy version of it. There is a lot of audience participation and the performers are brilliant. While the show was great I found it so hard to stay awake. Purely because the tent was quite warm and we had just eaten. The drinks in there were very expensive so I only had the one to try wake me up.

Wet Republic Pool Party – I think this was the highlight of the trip for me. I really loved it. We had such a good day just chilling by the pool, having a few drinks and splashing around. When we went there wasn’t a named DJ playing so the private areas were cheaper than usual. Seeing as there was so many of us we thought we may as well splash out and it was so worth it. We had our own private jacuzzi as well as sunbeds and a covered area to stay out of the sun. Again, the drinks at the pool party are quite expensive. They do buckets of cans which were decent value. The barman said if you want to get the best value for money get blue moon as it’s one of the cheapest beers with the highest alcohol percentage. 😉 Pro tip for you there. lol.

Shark Reef Aquarium at the Mandalay Bay – I thought I had seen it all until I went to the aquarium in the Mandalay Bay and saw that they had a shark thank that you can walk through in the hotel! So so cool. Unfortunately, we literally had to run through it as we only had 15 mins. I would have loved to have spent more time in there.

Viva Vision Show – This is super cool. There is a screen over the top of Fremont street and every night they had light shows and the whole street comes alive. It’s on every hour on the hour from 6pm-12am but these times vary depending on the season so make sure to look it up.

Fremont Street – This is downtown Las Vegas and is ‘old vegas’ – IT’s like jumping back in time to when you’ve seen vegas in movies from years ago. Brilliant and tacky. People drinking on the streets, showgirls and casinos with a low buy-in. If you want to gamble but on low stakes then go to Fremont street. They have $1 buy-ins on some tables whereas in the MGM grand and most other hotels the min was $10-15.

Go to a gig/club with special guest – Every single night in vegas there is a gig worth going too. From Calvin Harris to Duke Dumont to Tiesto and so much more. I wouldn’t advise getting tickets to any of these though because the chances are you will bump into a promoter that will get you a good deal. Promoters are all over the hotel and street. If you can’t find one just post on Instagram and use the hashtag #vegas and set your location as Las Vegas and about 5 will DM you. Majority of the promoters I talked to offered free in before a certain time and then some threw in free drink for girls and a party bus.

Party Bus – If a promoter offers you a party bus TAKE IT! They’re so much fun. We bought some drink in the local shop and set off for a great night out. The bus collected us from where we had dinner (Dick’s) and brought us to the famous ‘Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas Nevada’ sign and to the Viva Vision Show on Fremont street. Make sure to check if the party bus will do this. We were supposed to stop at the Bellagio fountain too but got caught in traffic.

Las Vegas Sign – It is impossible to get a picture in front of the sign at night. There are photographers that wait there to take pictures for you and then airdrop them to you. There is no charge they just say give me whatever you feel was worth it. The pictures (as you can see below) were brilliant quality and he made the whole group do so many poses so well worth it.

Grand Canyon Trip – Some people have mixed feelings about the Grand Canyon trips. Yes, it is a lot of money to go and look at a ‘hole’ for a few minutes but it is one of the 7 natural wonders of the world so for me it was well worth it. I couldn’t be that close to it and not see it. Again because there was such a big group of us we were able to book out a small plane to fly us out. A bus collected us from our hotel, brought us to the airport where we fly out to the canyon and then we were given a tour and lunch. The lunch was surprisingly good and I really enjoyed the day out. There was the first thing we did on day 1 and I would recommend doing it first. I think we had to be up super early – around 6 maybe? So it made sense for us because we were so tired after travelling that when we got there we went for food, went to bed early and then were fresh when we got up for our Grand Canyon Trip. We booked our tour with Maverick Helicopters.

If you have any questions about travelling to Vegas feel free to comment below or message me on my Instagram. Also, make sure to check out my Vegas highlight on Instagram.

Hope you enjoy your Vegas holiday. All the places I mentioned above are marked on the map below to help you get around.

Ciara x

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