Captivated by the buzz and neon lights of Las Vegas?
I was too and was lucky enough to visit Las Vegas when I hit twenty-one! Thankfully my parents wanted to visit this magical land as much as me and my sister so we headed over for a family trip.
If your looking to go.. my first piece of advice I recommend you don't travel here until your at least 21 years of age (the legal drinking age in America).
Believe me It will make life a hell of a lot easier for you and your family while your over there, plus there will be a lot less restrictions. After all, you wouldn't want to miss out on all the fun right?
So what's the deal with this place?
The Las Vegas 'strip' is approximately 4.2 miles in length and with its rapidly evolving skyline and with the constant modernisation of hotels, casinos and restaurants, the Las Vegas Strip has established itself as one of the most popular destinations for tourists in the United States and the world.
If you walk the entire strip you'll pretty much see every hotel Las Vegas has to offer. You can walk around and explore each one - most will entice you in with their attractions, full to the brim with shopping malls, restaurants, casinos, cinemas and even exotic zoo's!
The strip is particularly impressive by night, when the city is at its prettiest, illuminated by an endless succession of glittering neon signs and dancing, singing water fountains. It's safe fo say this city never sleeps!
With plently of options for tourists, whether that be walking and exploring, spending your days losing time in the casinos, shopping, drinking and eating or just partying till the sun comes up, there's plently on offer for all age groups and traveller types.
Having visited a host of the hotels and resorts on the strip I wanted to share with you my recommendations (which I'm sure are aligned with many others) of the top hotels and attractions you must visit:
The bellagio is known to be one of the cities finest resorts, complete with botanical gardens, spa, salon and art gallery, but only to name a few visitor attractions.
But of course you need to visit the bellagio purely to see the fountains! Tourists flock here nightly to witness it's 1200 dancing fountains, musically timed to shoot water as high as 460 feet in the air. It's a spectacle you don't want to miss.. Plus tourists gain a ringside view from the sidewalk - definitely one of the best free attractions on the strip! Fountain shows happen around every 15 minutes between 3pm and 8pm nightly!
I am very lucky to be able to say I stayed at the Venetian for the duration of my stay in Las Vegas. Known as one of the luxurious hotels on the strip I was thrilled to be surrounded by Italian inspired beauty. You can walk through the themed shopping arcade built to resemble the city of Venice, complete with blue skies, canals and gondoliers. If you haven't managed to reach Venice yet, dont fret, for a fee you can take a gondola ride.. a great way to explore the hotel complex and of course simulate a trip around Venice!
New York New York:
Heres a great example of a hotel where you can see the worlds finest monuments without leaving Vegas. Fancy seeing the big apple? The New York New York hotel has the Statue of Liberty, the Empire State Building and Central Park under it's belt.
Plus - the best bit.. If your a thrill seeker like me there's a huge rollercoaster which spans the inside and outside of the hotel. I went on this and it was so much fun, a great way to view the strip, let your hair down and enjoy the exciting ride that Vegas has to offer.
The mirage hotel is one of the most easily identifiable when walking along the strip. Let's just say, it is likely to make you jump at least once when you walk past (it definitely made me jump!) Outside the front of the resort is a volcano, which erupts at regular intervals.
The best part? Inside the hotel is the Secret garden and dolphin habitat - here you can see a wide variety of exotic animals including White lions! And of course as the name suggests, you'll also find some super intelligent trained dolphins, often doing shows throughout the day.
Still have some money left after all your gambling? Why not take your dollars for a spin at the Forum shops in ceasars palace - located in rows and floors of faux roman stores. Also waiting for you at the end is the delightful Cheesecake Factory!
Or if you'd rather spending your dollar on some more slot machines - hit the casino. But be aware - there's no windows and no clocks in these money making establishments for a reason. It's very easy to loose track of your day and your money in these places and that's exactly what they're trying to simulate. However, a trip to Vegas isn't complete without a little light hearted gambling.. Plus if your sitting, the drinks will keep on flowing and all the while your there, they are free, so at least you won't have to worry about saving your last five for a Jack Daniels and Coke!Hope you enjoyed my recommendations on Vegas.