Happy Monday! I’m up at our lake house in northern Minnesota still and for the first time, it’s gloomy! I figured it was a perfect time to keep recapping some stop from my sister and my epic road trip. Last week, I recapped our time in the Utah National Parks –> read that here.
After we left Zion National Park, it was a short drive to our next destiation…Las Vegas!!!! Liz and I had never been, so it was a must stop for us. Honestly, I guess I was surprised at how much I loved Las Vegas, although when I thought about it, all it really consisted of was gambling and eating/drinking…so what’s not to love?!
Our first day in Vegas, we rolled in with some crazy scratching noises coming from our back tires. Not wanting to take any chances, I called a local Toyota dealer to set up an appt. the next morning to have it looked at…while we were bummed to have to spend some of our Vegas time at a car dealership, we knew that safety was a priority! We had a wonderful experience at Findlay Toyota, as they got our car fixed quickly and were relatively straight/honest with me regarding the repairs.
But enough on that, here were the major faves from Vegas:
The Beatles Cirque De Soleil Show:
This was my first Cirque show! While there weren’t as many acrobatic acts as I would have hoped for, the choreography to all my fave Beatles songs kept me entertained! They also included some less-popular Beatles songs, which was a nice change of pace.
Fave Restaurant: Hash House A Go Go.
OMG. Amazing. We stopped here because my friend Shelly recommended it. At first I was a little leary because it was a very midwestern menu, and that’s what we eat all the time so I was like, do I really want this in Vegas? But ohhhh myyyy goooshhhh. We got the Indiana Tenderloin and it was unlike any other tenderloin I’d had. The dishes are big enough to split so I’m glad Liz and I split this. The creamy barbeque sauce was so unique and the mozzarella cheese was a yummy touch!
Hot Days in Vegas = Ice Cream at BLVD Creamery.
A friend from college who lives in Vegas recommended this place to me and it was great! Plenty of flavors to choose from and we ended up getting the ice cream sandwiches. They have a bunch of alcohol infused sorbets here (beer, liquor, wine) and while I tried all of them, I wasn’t a huge fan of their taste, which was surprising.
The Bellagio Fountains.
One of the most iconic things to do in Vegas, in my opinion. The fountains exceeded my expectations, mainly because they do a different performance to a different song every 15 minutes! One minute it was a classic “All That Jazz” and 15 minutes later it was “Bille Jean” by MJ. At night, they are lit up like whoa. And these are fo’ free. #winning
Hexx Restaurant at Hotel Paris:
My sis and I had heard that across the street from the Bellagio there was a great restaurant with outdoor seating so you could see the fountains. We headed over to Hexx Restaurant and had a great view…which I somehow forgot to capture on my camera. Womp womp. Anyway, this restaruant is kinda pricy, but we did love their pulled pork fries with cheese curds! It was a fabulous late nite snack while we were oooohing and aaaahhing at the fountains.
Practically all the hotels on the strip have amazing pool scenes. We stayed at the Luxor, which had a large pool area, drink bar, and private VIP pool and area. While the luxor is mid-range on the price scale (we got our room for $50/night on weekdays), I still realized I was out of my league when the pool attendent asked us if we wanted to rent a cabana for “250” and I seriously responded “Only $2.50?”. Yes, I was met with a blank stare in return. Yes, I’m pretty sure my sister was embarassed. I don’t know what I was thinking, other than you pay 2.50 and get to share with others?! haha nothing like revealing my small-town roots! Anyway, definitely soak up the sun for awhile at your hotel. And maybe bring your own drank, cause they are expensive!
Things I Think You Can Skip In Vegas:
Australian Thunder Down Under. If you’re expecting what you saw in Magic Mike, think again. While I was definitely entertained and the men were definitely good looking, they needed to go to a dance class in my opinion! I probably would just save my $30 and put it towards the black jack table next time.
And that’s that! It was a fast two days! What else are your faves in Vegas?