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Top Vegas Hotels and Activities

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  I dreaded writing this post because after my last trip I vowed I would never return to Vegas and then I ended up going with my mom. Nothing against the city but I’ve been to Vegas at least 5 times, including NYE, Labor Day weekend and 25th birthday. There is only so many times you can go before you realize you can't keep up anymore. However, as I write the post I remember how much there is to do. It is a great fun destination for a girls trip, co-ed trip, couples and I have also seen families on the strip. Here’s what I can tell you about Vegas that didn’t stay in Vegas! :)

Nightlife

You can’t go wrong here and if you are a woman it’s easy to get in free or at a significant discount. As you walk the strip you will meet promoters you will get a sense of who is legit.  Keep those numbers handy for texting to get onto lists.  I liked all of the places except for the clubs in Palms. They are off the strip and my least favorite. Be prepared to stand unless you spend big bucks on a table. Don't talk to those promoters that make bird noises and flick cards they are promoting ummm shows you don't want to go to.
Rehab on Sunday -Open during the summer for pool parties. It’s not directly on the strip so you must cab or drive to Hard Rock Hotel. When I went it was $25 for ladies $100 for men. Drinks provided in a souvenir plastic cup for around $30.
Marquee on Mondays -During warm weather it’s a nice rooftop pool club.  On Mondays this place is very hard to get into, as it is located in one of the newer hotels Cosmopolitan. The music is mostly house out by the pool. They do have a smaller room for Hip Hop.
Tao -Nice spacious club located in Venetian. Music was great service was just okay considering we paid for bottle service.
Chateau -Paris Hotel, Labor Day weekend and Diddy was hosting a party. Enough said? I like this place because of the rooftop but what I did not like is you have to take a small elevator up to the rooftop so due to the lines to get on elevator; you should pick a level and stick to it.
Hyde Bellagio -This place offers a more Los Angeles vibe, not much room for a dance floor, but offers awesome view of Paris Hotel and the fountains. It was a nice pregame spot; I probably would not stay there the whole night. Too uppity and music was just ok.
  I’ve been to others that have either closed or not worth mentioning. Hotels  Ranking based on where I’ve stayed
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Food

In Vegas, a lot of places tend to be overpriced for small portions. I remember going to a restuarant in Cosmopolitan and having to pay a la carte for breakfast and they charged me $6.00 to add cheese and onions to eggs. I tend to go for buffets in Vegas to get more for my money. I feel like every meal is about $20+ pp. Drinks are also expensive, pack alcohol in a checked bag if you can. It's cool when Hotels like Aria offer a dining credit to help.
   Some of my favorites: Sirrico’s Pizza in New York New York -open for late night fast food, the pizza is awesome! Don't go out of your way for it but if you need late night snack. Check it out.
Grand Luxe Cafe -Sister of The Cheesecake Factory with similar menus and decor, not many cheesecake options. Open 24/7 in the Venetian.
Buffet at the Wynn Hotel -My favorite bufffet, good selection and food but this is located on the far north end of the Strip.
You really can't go wrong in Vegas for food, it's just a matter of price point and preference. I'd rather pay for a buffet and eat enough to keep me full for two meals (don't judge me).  Since Vegas is constantly changing I recommend using the yelp app to learn about the closest restuarants. Yelp and Foursquare have specials for check-ins.

Holidays in Vegas

NYE in Vegas- The whole strip shuts down and you can’t drive on it. Rooms are very expensive so we stayed off the strip in a holiday inn for NYE and moved to the strip Jan 1st. Since we couldn’t drive on the strip we had to park a couple of blocks away and walk to the Party. Most parties start at a minimum of $100. NYE in Vegas was fun and cold. It gets cold in Vegas contrary to its scorching dry summer. We attended a party at a Place called Poetry that Ray J Hosted. It was fun, I hate they closed Poetry down. Labor Day - Very crowded but there were alot of fun parties, expect long lines to get in and crowded hotels, restaurants.
Winter- Bring a light jacket and sweaters. I loved the Christmas decorations and live holiday music on the strip. There is even a rooftop ice skating rink at the Cosmopolitan Hotel. Its very quiet during this time of year just before NYE. A refreshing change, it worked out perfect since I was visiting with my mom.
   

Casinos

I'm not a big gambler but I return to the casinos where I win money! :) Aria, Cosmopolitan and the Wynn have all been good to me. I only win about $200 on BlackJack and Roulette and I leave lol. 

Getting Around

Taxi from airport to hotel and walking around the strip or take the monorail  on the strip is the most common. I have rented a car a couple of times but wasn’t necessary. The taxi line can be long at some hotels and at the airport. If you do rent a car, parking is free at each hotel. 

Tourist Activities

Vegas is not just for parties check out the Gondola ride in the Venetian, going to top of the “Eiffel Tower” to see the city or the latest addition the  High Roller which is claimed to be the world's Highest Observation wheel.  You can also check out a show such as Michael Jackson, One (Cirque du Soliel). Purchase tickets ahead of time and search for legit discount tickets. I purchased advance discount tickets from  showtickets.com and paid $108 (about 25%off) for Category D tickets, view shown below. Do your research on the best discount tickets as it may have changed since. If its not a full house they may move you up but don't count on it. I LOVED the show. If I ever make it out to Vegas again I will try a trip to the nearby Canyons or ski resort. What are your favorite Vegas shops, buffets or hotels? Comment below!
 
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