USA: 5 Of Our Favourite Things In & Around Las Vegas

USA: 5 Of Our Favourite Things In & Around Las Vegas

Las Vegas is one of those places that everyone should visit at least once in their lifetime. Luckily for us, we have visited together twice, with Mr ESLT visiting a third time with his friends. There is so much to do, not only in Las Vegas itself but also in the surrounding area. Therefore, I don’t think we would ever tire of visiting. There are so many types of accommodation in the city, competition is fierce. Therefore, picking up a bargain is easy. Meaning a visit to Sin City does not have to break the bank. From the casino hotels on The Strip to Airbnb there is something for everyone’s taste and budget. 

Red Rock Canyon

Red Rock Canyon, USA

Your visit to Las Vegas may be part of a larger road trip, like our last visit to Sin City was. Therefore, we hired a car and had the luxury of being able to explore the wider area. Many people head to the Grand Canyon, which of course we recommend. However, another great place to visit is Red Rock Canyon. It is only about a 30-minute drive outside Las Vegas if you fancy making the journey yourself or you could take an organised trip. The scenery in the canyon is amazing. The rock ranges from yellow to red and black to light grey. There are many trails in this area, so if you are up for a hike remember to take the right equipment with you.

A Gondola Ride At The Venetian

Gondola Ride at The Venetian, Las Vegas, USA

Regardless of where you are staying in Las Vegas, you must visit the Venetian if you want a taste of Venice. As Venice is extremely close to our hearts as the city we got engaged in, any excuse to visit anything that reminds us of the City of Bridges gets a big thumbs up from up. The decor is amazing and the shops and canals have been constructed just as they are in Venice. It is a great place for romantic moments especially if you take a gondola ride with your very own gondolier.

The Bellagio Fountains

The Bellagio Fountains, Las Vegas, USA

The Bellagio is a beautiful hotel, taking a prime position on The Strip and one that you should visit if you have the time. The first thing I would recommend you visit is the Conservatory at The Bellagio. It is always decorated to reflect the season. I have therefore seen it decorated for winter and summer. Fingers crossed I get to see the spring and autumn decorations in the near future. However, the main pull The Bellagio has are its breathtaking fountains. They are great (and free) to watch. We would recommend visiting after dark when the fountains are lit up and look extra special.

Hoover Dam

The Hoover Dam, USA

Who would have thought a dam would be that interesting? However, the Hoover Dam, originally known as the Boulder Dam, which is built in the Black Canyon of the Colorado River is one of the most visited places from Las Vegas, with numerous organised tours making the journey on a daily basis. This structure is an amazing example of modern human engineering. Standing on it and looking down can be overwhelming, especially if you are not great with heights. In fact, it may even make you feel a little queasy.

The Stratosphere

Mr ESLT & Vicky at the top of The Stratosphere, Las Vegas, USA

The Stratosphere is located at the furthest end of The Strip and if I’m being honest it did not feel like the safest place to venture after dark. However, the hotel itself is iconic and has a number of things going for it. First of all, you can always pick up a bargain room at the Stratosphere, proving that even if you are travelling on a budget you can stay on The Strip. However, the two biggest and unique selling points can be found at the top of the tower. Firstly the rides and the SkyJump which are certainly not for the faint-hearted (i.e. me!) and secondly and the pièce de résistance, the view all the way down The Strip from the observation deck. We visited at twilight and had the pleasure of watching the sunset over sin city. A great experience!

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