USA Guide: Las Vegas

Las Vegas is a place that is not to everyones taste. It’s somewhere that I have visited numerous times over the last few years I get asked the question am I never bored of Las Vegas. There is no way that you can ever be bored in Las Vegas with something to do for everyone, it doesn’t have to be all drinking and gambling.

When booking your trip to Las Vegas one of the hardest choices is choosing which hotel to book. On previous visits I’ve stayed at Planet Hollywood, Paris, Monte Carlo, Mirage and Treasure Island, personally my favourite hotel to stay at is the Mirage. Depending what you are wanting from your stay in Las Vegas will depend what hotel is best for you as some hotels are basic and then you have some which are more luxurious. Each hotel has something within them which will attract people that are not staying at the hotel as you are free to browse around the hotels along the Las Vegas Boulevard which is also known as The Strip.

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Bellagio
One of the most famous hotels in Las Vegas where they have a free fountain show at the front of the hotel which operates every 30 mins during the day and then of an evening its every 15 minutes until midnight. Inside the hotel you are able to wander around as you are able to see a giant chocolate fountain. At the Bellagio a visit to the conservatory and botanical gardens is a must where they have wonderful displays which change each season. When visiting Las Vegas I think it’s not a visit without going to see a show, for my last visit we went to see O Cirque du Soleil at Bellagio and it is a show that I would recommend everyone to go and see.

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Caesars Palace
A hotel with a Roman theme where you are able to see Elton John, Celine Dion who do residencies at the Colosseum located within the hotel. In the grounds of the hotel there is a shopping mall called Forum Shops where you can browse shops such as Sephora, Bath and Body Works, Michael Kors, H&M, Pandora and Victoria Secrets. The Cheesecake Factory can be found in Forum Shops which is definitely worth visiting especially if you are a cheesecake fan.

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Flamingo Hotel
This is one of the oldest hotels in Las Vegas at the moment you are able to go within the hotel gardens to see a small number of flamingos. If you are doing a trip to Las Vegas on a low budget this is one of the hotels to look at.

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Linq
One of the newest hotels situated on the Las Vegas strip you will find the high roller which is a giant wheel giving you views high above the hotels. A ride on the high roller is a must so that you can enjoy the wonderful views of Las Vegas, it’s best to do this during the morning when its quiet as you will have more chance of having a pod to yourself.

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MGM Grand
This hotel is mostly known for holding boxing fights as well as being the former home for lions. Visitors can visit the CSI Experience where you are able to experience a couple of hours as though you are working on a crime scene as an investigator.

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Mirage Hotel
Located just off the middle of the strip, a hotel which is my favourite in Las Vegas as it has one of the comfiest beds I’ve slept in at a hotel. I also find that the rooms are a nice size as well as being bright enough, where as some of the other hotel rooms in Las Vegas can be dark. Within the hotel you can find the Secret Garden and Dolphin Habitat, it’s definitely worth a visit as you are able to see dolphins, white tigers as well as white lions. Depending on the time of your visit to the garden you may get the chance to see the tigers being walked through the garden. If you are wishing to catch a show whilst in Las Vegas you are able to see a Beatles themed Cirque du Soleil at this hotel or you can see ventriloquist Terry Fator who won America’s Got Talent in 2007. There is a cafe located in the hotel called The Pantry which is worth going for breakfast as they serve lovely omelettes, if you are going to go be prepared to wait in a queue.

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Paris Hotel
As the name of the hotel states obviously this is a hotel that is based on the city of Paris. Outside the hotel you are able to a replica of the Eiffel Tower which you are able to take a ride up for a fee, inside the hotel you are able to wander down a small street which gives the feeling of walking around in Paris. One of my favourite places to go for breakfast in Las Vegas is at the Paris hotel, where they have a buffet style breakfast called Le Village Buffet as they serve freshly made crepes.

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Venetian Hotel
A hotel which is based on the city of Venice, as you walk around the hotel you are able to see the inspiration they have taken from Venice. You can enjoy a drink as well as some food as though you are sitting in St Mark’s Square, also take a ride in a gondola where you can choose to ride in them inside or outside the hotel. Located within the hotel you will also find Madame Tussauds as you are able to see wax figures of Beyonce, Bruno Mars and Kobe Bryant. If you watch Cake Boss on the TV then you will be familiar with Carlo’s Bake Shop which is also located within the Venetian Hotel.

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Other hotels located on the strip include:
Circus Circus
Excalibur
Luxor
Mandalay Bay
Planet Hollywood
Stratosphere
Treasure Island
Wynn

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Other attractions within the hotels or within Las Vegas include:
Freemont Street
Mob Attraction
Shark Reef
Neon Boneyard Museum
(there will be a post coming up about my visit to the Neon Boneyard)
Hoover Dam
Grand Canyon

If you are a shopping fan I would recommend going to one of the shopping outlets which are located either end of the strip, each known as north or south premium outlet. I’ve visited the north outlet, where you can shop at Michael Kors, Tory Burch, Disney, Marc Jacobs, Levi as well as many more.

If you have any questions for Las Vegas or further recommendations feel free to send them my way.

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