This post is a bit overdo but I decided I had to share my amazing experience in Las Vegas. Funny story is that although I’ve been wanting to go to Las Vegas for a while, I found more of a reason to make it happen when I won a little contest on the radio. The prize included a hotel stay and tickets for Cirque du Soleil. Can we talk about how that has been on my bucket list for a while now?? Needless to say, I was very excited.
My sister and close friend, Gaby, joined me on this trip and the cool part is that we already knew some friends who currently live in Vegas so we knew we would get some local experience as well. After all, getting the local feel is 10X better than the touristy stuff. Don’t get me wrong, we did the touristy stuff too, but thankfully our friends in Vegas gave us a whole new perspective.
For the sake of keeping this post at a decent length, I’m going to break it up into the travel portion and the fashion portion which will come later on…stay tuned! 🙂
So the next day after arriving in Las Vegas, we walked the whole Strip. I’ll list some of the hotels that I got the opportunity to check out below for you first-timers! That same night, my friend who lives in Vegas took me to Fremont Street. This was the more local atmosphere. Be prepared to see street performers and just crazy stuff in general! Think a lot of LED lights, entertainment, music, and you got it!
The hotel was booked for the first 3 days. After that, we stayed with our friend who lived in the area. Gotta love good hospitality! 🙂 Throughout the trip we got to try a lot of good food (also listed below) and get some of the fall experience while in Las Vegas. Living in Florida, Fall is just a pretend thing so it was nice to see orange leaves and feel the chilly air at night.
Here is the breakdown of the trip based on my first-time experience:
THE STRIP (HOTELS):
While touring the Strip, we checked out the Monte Carlo, MGM, the Cosmopolitan, the Bellagio, and Caesar’s Palace. Although I’m not a gambler and wasn’t too attracted to the casinos, I loved just looking at the unique decor at each hotel. They all have a different vibe! My favorite hotels were the Cosmopolitan and Caesar’s Palace. You can even do some window shopping at Caesar’s Palace. I also loved seeing the gorgeous decor at the Bellagio! A store filled with Christmas goodies and a chocolate fountain at the crêpe place were just a few things I loved about the Bellagio.
While I wasn’t so lucky testing out the slot machine on Fremont Street for the first time, I was pretty lucky to get free Cirque Du Soleil tickets! I’ll take it:P As far as entertainment goes, Fremont Street was very lively. I heard the daytime and nighttime vibes are very different over there, which makes sense.
Our first breakfast was at Bruxie. Most filling waffle I ever had! This is a great brunch spot with a ton of waffle sandwich options. Yum! That same night, my friend took me to ReBAR which is in downtown Las Vegas. If you want something local, this place is it. ReBAR is super indie! They even have a live band outside sometimes. The inside is filled with antiques which you can actually buy on the spot! How cool is that?? We got vegan nachos from the food truck outside and played some board games inside. Definitely an unique place to check out! I’m also a fan of coffee shops so if you love coffee as much as I do, you will want to go to PublicUS or Vestas Coffee Roasters in the Arts District. As a little bonus, both coffee shops have really nice decor! There were a lot of firsts for me in this trip, including trying pho at Viet Noodle Bar. Will definitely be eating pho again in the near future. If you know me, you’ll know that my diet is plant-based so I loved getting vegan curry at VegeNation.
Right around the corner of the VegeNation restaurant is the Container Park on Fremont Street. You may be thinking that it’s a kid’s attraction but this place is actually a really nice spot for adults to grab a drink, hang out, and even listen to live music. I heard it’s very fun at night! For our next adventure, we went to Gilcrease Orchard. What’s Fall without a pumpkin patch? The scene of mountains in the background also got me excited since I don’t see that on a normal basis. The next day, we got more of the nature feels when the girls and I went to Spring Mountain Ranch. It’s not exactly in Las Vegas but it is pretty close! And the ranch is so scenic, it’s perfect for pictures! The last adventurous activity we got to do is explore Zion National Park. This required a little road trip because it’s actually in Utah and just about three hours from Las Vegas. This park is filled with different hiking trails ranging from beginner to more advanced. We all agreed to do the more advanced trail (Angel’s Landing) which also has an amazing view. I’m all about the views so it was so worth it!
Scroll below to see some pictures from the trip:)