48 Hours in Las Vegas - A Travel Guide
My long-awaited post on my Las Vegas Travel Guide is finally here! The thing about travel guides is that it's fun to read them but it's a bit overwhelming for me to write because I usually have so much to stay that I don't always know where to start, what to include and what to leave out. Still, I actually had a lot of fun writing this because Vegas is a fun place in general. I hope you guys get a good sense of the Vegas I experienced through this guide.
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Where to stay
- We stayed at the Signature Suites, which is connected to the MGM Grand. We liked that the Signature Suites are more like condos than typical hotel rooms. We even had a refrigerator for our leftovers, and a stove and microwave if we needed it. One Vegas tip: it's often really cheap to stay during the week; we got a great rate on our Wednesday-Friday stay.
- We got a great look at the Bellagio! We didn't stay here, obviously, but we loved the Conservatory (more on that later), and the general vibes.
- I personally loved the Venetian, just because of all the shoppes and the European-Metropolitan vibes.
- Brian had a great time walking around the Paris Las Vegas Hotel since he spent a year living in Paris. It's very kitschy, but isn't Vegas about embracing kitsch? And we got some good photos by the (fake) Arc de Triomphe.
- My friend recommended swinging by the Cosmopolitan as it's her favorite hotel in Vegas. It's very modern and hip place with a three-story bar. We only walked through but I do wish we could have spent more time there as the whole place has a very lounge-bar feel which is right up my alley.
Where to eat
- Try Emeril's New Orleans Fish House inside the MGM Grand. We went during happy hour (which is a great way to save money when you're eating out on the Strip) and stuffed ourselves silly! If you've seen Emeril's show, you know he's all about the Creole and Cajun food. You will not leave disappointed.
- If you're willing to leave the Strip, I HIGHLY recommend Esther's Kitchen. It was about an 8 minute drive off the Strip and after my first bite of food there, I can only describe what I felt as a religious experience. It is so delicious!! It's seriously the best Italian food I've had outside of Italy. Even better? The food is far more affordable than anything on the Strip so it's worth it for just that, I think. Pro tip: Be sure to order the bucatini dish if you can handle your spice. It tastes heavenly!
What to do
- Be sure the go to the Conservatory at the Bellagio because it's gorgeous! It changes often but it's always full of flowers! When we went, they had a floral version of Italian plate art and it was so beautiful! Plus, the whole place is very Instagrammable so there's that.
- Speaking of the Bellagio, be sure to check out their fountain show! It truly is spectacular! On Mondays through Fridays they play every 30 minutes from 3pm to 8pm, and then every 15 minutes from 8pm to midnight. When we saw the show, the fountains coordinated with the song, God Bless the USA.
- Vegas has a lot of "mini cities" but I really liked New York, New York Hotel because of its super kitschiness. Brian and I snapped a few photos on the fake Brooklyn bridge and I caught the fake Statue of Liberty.
- If it's not too unbearable, walk around The Strip, but be warned - a Vegas block means something completely different than, say, a Washington, DC block. Brian and I walked a total of 11 miles before we got exhausted and took an Uber back to where we started but we weren't even halfway down the Strip. When we went, it was unseasonable cool for July (meaning it was only 96 degrees as opposed to 110) because of thunderstorms. It was definitely hot out but there are a LOT of casinos, hotels, and restaurants to duck into with air conditioning and they had these interesting water misters along the way to help keep cool.
- The Monorail is a great alternative to taxis, Ubers, and (of course) walking. We didn't actually take this because we thought our DC walking in heat and humidity experience would prepare us for Vegas travel. I'm so regretting not getting tickets for it. It's a bit pricey (which was another reason why we didn't think to get them) with $5 for a one-way ticket, but it's $13 for a day pass.
- Taxis are everywhere in Las Vegas and it's not too difficult to hail one to get to where you need to go.
- I feel a bit silly even writing this because everyone knows about Uber. We lucked out because Brian was sent a 40% off all rides coupon from them for that week so our fares were a lot lower than it could have been.
- Of course the cheapest way to get around and really take in the sights is to walk like we did, but be warned - if you go in the summer, the heat can be awful! Like I said, though, you can duck into hotels or casinos for a bit to cool down. Make sure you have a lot of water on you though because it can get really dehydrating!
Have you been to Las Vegas? Tell me about your experience in the comments!