Vegas Vacation : The highs & lows

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You may have seen from my Snapchat (StephanieOQ), that I spent a week in The City of Sin in September for the second time. My first Vegas trip was for work so play was minimal however, I got a taste for the party-land and wanted to return for more.

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To help or encourage any of you thinking of spending time in Vegas, I wanted to round up some of my travel tips for you based on my experiences. I hope to provide some honest feedback, no candied covered travel diary here…

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THE HIGHS

Slotzilla over Fremont Street

Not for the faint hearted! Fly 114ft above the city of Las Vegas for a whirlwind, memorable experience. Book far in advance, slots are limited! This was possibly the best experience I had in Las Vegas and I would 110% recommend it.

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Downtown Las Vegas

Only recommended for the night lights as the daytime can be a little seedy. Fremont street is a stones throw away from the strip but can be easily forgotten as its hidden from the main stage of Vegas. Stroll around and soak up the urban atmosphere and if you’re feeling naughty, visit the famous Heart Attack Grill for dinner – Major junk food overload!

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The eclectic street action will keep you entertained throughout the evening. For some laid back, all American dining, I recommend Du-Pars for a break from the buzz.

Breakfast buffet at Wynn

The Buffet at Wynn is the first place I’ll visit next time I am in Vegas and if you like food, you need to visit Wynn.

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I love breakfast, fancy places and buffets…the Wynn has it all in elegance. For a $26 entry, you can walk repeatedly up and down each isle savouring every single breakfast item you have ever dreamt about, cooked to perfection. The artistic surroundings make this a must-do experience. I’m so happy I ticked that one off my bucket list – just look how happy I was…

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Shows, concerts and comedy acts

Believe it or not, the main reason for our trip to Vegas was to see Celine Dion. However,  there is SO many shows in Las Vegas, you really are spoiled for choice. Britney, Rod Stewart, Calvin Harris are all some who have a residency in major hotels along the strip .

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The opportunity to see major worldwide stars in Vegas is another reason to visit the city. My advice? Plan ahead what you are going to do and then book with your Box Office at your hotel for the very best value…you definitely get 40%-50% off at least.

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Shopping

The North Premium Outlets in Las Vegas are THE BEST value I have ever seen in shopping outlets. Not only is there a vast selection of brands, there is an outlet center at both North and South of the strip. Definitely recommend the short taxi ride out if you’re looking for bargains to fill an empty suitcase.

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You’re also spoiled for choice for shopping on the strip too. The Forum at Caesars Palace and the Grand Canal Shoppes at The Venetian are both locations you can spend hours and lots of $’s in.

THE LOWS

Money, money, money

Everywhere you go, everything you do, requires cash. There is no laying around in Vegas ; you even have to tip the guy at the pool. A quick 3 minute roller-coaster ride in the New York, New York will cost you $14 and the 60 second zip-lining down Fremont Street will cost you $50. Great experiences don’t come cheap and time is expensive!

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My advice would be to plan days ahead, go for buffets instead of sit-down meals and book Box Office tickets to get money off shows. The best way to enjoy Las Vegas is to go full force so save those shillings before you splurge. Spending money is something you just might have to accept!

cakes-at-wynnEating out

Vegas is home to some of the best restaurants in the world. Fine dining, however,comes with a price. If you can’t afford to splash out on $60 for an entree, you’re heading down the slippery slope of cheap, fast food. Unfortunately, there is no in between in Las Vegas.

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Since FroYo won’t do for breakfast, lunch and dinner, I did some research into ‘off the beating track’ places to eat. Some of my restaurant recommendations include :

Cheap eats :

The Egg & I, Mr.Mama’s, The Cheesecake Factory, Hash House a go-go,  Taco’s el Gordo, Peppermill, Yardbird, Gilley’s,  Du-Pars.

Fancy dining :

La Cave,Wynn Buffet, Spago,  Mon Ami Gabi, Gordon Ramsey BurGr.

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For next time…


Have you had any Las Vegas memorable experiences? Let me know, I’ll surely be back again! Also, Tweet, Snapchat or Facebook me if you have any more questions. Happy to help!

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