We used a previously purchased Hilton Grand Vacations package to get a much cheaper-than-usual hotel rate just down the strip near Circus Circus, and then booked our flights. Before we knew it we were touching down in Vegas! It was surreal.
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After spending four days in "Sin City", here are a few places we feel that for first time visitors to Las Vegas must see, things you shouldn’t do, and a few things we wish we’d had time to do!
The Welcome to Las Vegas Sign
The first thing we did after landing was take some pictures at The Welcome to Las Vegas Sign. When we pulled up, we all thought, “Holy crap? What is the deal with this?” There was a line of people about 50 or so long and what appeared to be a full parking lot. We luckily found a spot and walked up to assess the situation.
It turned out that every single person in line was waiting to get a straight on shot, but you can just walk right around them and take pictures from the side of the sign! We took probably 50 photos if not more and were in and out in less than 15 minutes. No line at all!
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The ARIA Resort & Casino
We checked into our Hilton Grand Vacation to spruce up for dinner before meeting my parents at their hotel, The ARIA. My parents had made dinner reservations at Jean Georges Steakhouse inside The ARIA. We all enjoyed a wonderful dinner of steak, seafood, bone marrow, and all the sides we could share before heading down to the casino for a little gambling.
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Next, we walked to the Cosmopolitan to grab drinks at The Chandelier Bar. It was standing room only, because all the tables were reserved. It was beautiful to see, but we didn’t stay long enough for a cocktail.
Here is where we should have stopped walking around for the night. We ended up walking over TEN MILES just looking for “the best” place. Each hotel had a casino, each was huge, and they were all pretty much the same.
We continued walking and made it over to Caesar’s Palace. Little did we know that the place was huge and we ended up walking for what felt like hours inside Caesar’s.
At this point, we were exhausted from all the walking and decided that we needed to turn it around and walk back to The ARIA before our feet fell off.
The next morning, we met up with my parents at The ARIA pool to spend a day in a cabana relaxing outside. We checked in, found our space, unpacked our stuff out, and got comfortable. We had the cabana all day from 10-7.
We ordered some lunch platters, a few cocktails, and my sister even ordered a poolside massage! It was a very relaxing, stress-free day beating the heat in luxury at The ARIA.
When we had enough of the sunshine, we convinced our parents to drive us to Fremont Street aka “Old Las Vegas”. They didn’t really want to go, and now we understand why.
Old Las Vegas isn’t quite what it used to be. The glamor and glitz have been taken over by street performers and cheap tourists looking for loose slots and dollar tables. It was nowhere near what we expected.
We didn’t stay as long as we thought we would at all. We didn’t feel very safe after being accosted a few times, so we left Fremont Street and grabbed a quick bite at Evel Pie.
After an afternoon nap, we barely missed the last gondola ride at The Venetian Hotel. We arrived just after midnight, and the last riders were exiting their boats. It was a bummer, but we kept walking through The Venetian and wandered the “streets” of the luxury shops and sipped on drinks from the casino bar.
We had passed signs for Biwon all around The Hilton, so I insisted we try it out. It was a score! For $100, tax and tip included, we got to eat all the sushi and appetizers we could stomach plus a bottle of sake. We ate all our stomachs could handle and ordered round after round of rolls, sushi, and soups.
We’d made plans to meet a friend of ours in Las Vegas, and he recommended meeting at The Nerd just off Fremont Street. We got a ride back to Fremont, found The Nerd, and enjoyed a night of laughs and stories.
Our final morning, we stopped at another all-you-can-eat restaurant, but this time it was a brunch buffet! We went to The Cosmopolitan Hotel and enjoyed their brunch bar at Wicked Spoon.
This was another steal. For only $38 each, we were able to eat all the bone marrow, crab legs, pancakes, desserts, lox bagels, and steaks we could handle. It was unreal, and we gorged ourselves.
We could not have found a better final stop in Las Vegas.
There were a few things we missed:
We had the most incredible introduction to Las Vegas, and we cannot wait to come back and explore more of what this incredibly vibrant city has to offer us. We only saw the parts most tourists see. On our next trip, we will find some places off the beaten path!
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