Monday, March 31, 2014

Do Vegas in 24 Hours!

Written by Tiffany Milligan – A Vegas Local

DO NOT over plan what to do in Las Vegas if you only have 24 hours. Just.don’ You’ve been warned! There is so much to experience… the old adage “different strokes for different folks” holds true in Sin City. You’ll stumble onto things that “trip your trigger” and “tickle your fancy” – ok, I’m done with cliché sayings ;) I WILL tell you not to venture too far off the Strip because, well, “who’s got time for that”? (OK, so I guess I wasn’t done with cliché sayings after all!) If you’re a stickler for a timeline, here’s EXACTLY how to spend 24 hours in Las Vegas.

What to do in Las Vegas - Buffet
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Pick a BUFFET to start the day. You’ll need to fuel up because there’s a whole lotta physical activity about to be had! Buffets are “what to do in Las Vegas”, the gold standard if you will. In fact, I’m not sure how we’ve avoided the nickname “Buffet City”! Every hotel has a decent buffet so don’t get too picky.

You’ll spend most of your time walking so make sure you have on some comfy clothes, sunglasses, camera, and most importantly, good shoes – no Jimmy Choo’s for this activity! Pick an end of the Strip and START YOUR WALKING! WALK through ALL the major hotels because each one has a different ambiance and many are even themed. They spend “an arm and a leg” on décor and design, and the scale is so immense that you’ll ogle over the details.

You’re in Vegas so you have to GAMBLE. Even if you’ve never sat at a table before, when you’re asked “what to do in Las Vegas”, it’s a MUST! The dealers are friendly and helpful for the most part so don’t feel intimidated – they’re merely there to take your money ;) Tip: if you’re new to gambling try Blackjack or Craps and avoid Poker. Why? Because Poker is more of nonsocial game.

What to do in Las Vegas - Bellagio Gardens
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A must do are the BOTANICAL GARDENS AT BELLAGIO; they boast a phenomenal colorful display of flowers, bridges, and seasonal objects. Over 120 employees create whimsical scenes in this glass enclosure, which takes up over 13,000 square feet of the Bellagio, just past its main lobby. Check out the floral arrangements in the lobby as you head to the gardens…they’re fit for a palace!

Trying to decide what to do in Las Vegas next? You’re at the Bellagio already so wait around and cool off with the mist pouring off the BELLAGIO FOUNTAINS. This spectacular show is free and gorgeous! The water dances and plays to music in a gravity defying show. Colored lights add to the beauty of the twirling waters.

Head over for a GONDOLA RIDE AT VENETIAN and then walk through the Canal Shops. When you have a chance to get out of the Vegas weather, you take it! You’ll enjoy the painted ceilings and the cobblestone walks.

what to do in Las Vegas - Eiffle Tower
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It’s nearing dinnertime and while the buffet has gotten you through the WHOLE DAY, you need to eat again! THE EIFFLE TOWER Restaurant at Paris Hotel Casino is a classy French restaurant, 100 feet above the Strip. You’ll enjoy the food AND the spectacular view while the sun is setting. This also gives your “barking dogs” a chance to rest.

Wondering what to do in Las Vegas at night? Visit the VOLCANO AT MIRAGE, sometime between 7pm and 11pm on the hour, any night of the week! The pyrotechnics of the volcano with its explosions and shooting balls of fire will make you wonder if you’re at the site of a real volcano ;) Ok, not even close but it’s still pretty neat!

FREMONT STREET EXPERIENCE is the only exception I’ll let you make to staying on the Strip – you have to veer off just a bit to get there. It gives a person a taste of what Vegas was all about decades ago, with a sprinkle of 21st century flair! Fremont Street itself is a walking street covered by a 90 foot high canopy. Different themed (from 70’s to aliens) light shows fill the canopy like nothing you’ve ever seen before.

What to do in Las Vegas - Fremont Street
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End your night by walking through the casinos on Freemont Street, aka GLITTER GULCH. From The Golden Nugget to Binions you’ll experience a whole different Las Vegas! Cheaper minimums on table might draw you in OR you might just like to reflect on the more historical décor.

Vegas Daze can offer up more options or activities for your 24 hour stay in Las Vegas. Call the Vegas gurus at 1.855.895.3293 or 702.851.3293 now!

Sunday, March 23, 2014

What to do in 3 days in Las Vegas!

Written by Tiffany Milligan – A Vegas Local

Here’s your guide to 3 days in Las Vegas. We’re keeping it simple. We’re keeping it real. You will likely be wore out by the end of each day and you’re guaranteed to swoop up enough fun to last you until your next trip!

Day 1
guide to 3 days in Las Vegas - Las Vegas Strip
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Strip (5-7 hrs) – Las Vegas Blvd is jam packed with everything “Vegas”. You’ll spend hours touring the hotels and casinos taking in the glitz and glamour. Huge buildings, neon signs larger than life, restaurants and bars, street performers, shops, chapels, and tattoo parlors…that’s what Vegas is famous for.

guide to 3 days in Las Vegas - Grand Canal Shops
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Shopping (2-3 hrs) – Forum Shops at Caesars and the Grand Canal Shops at Venetian can be tied into your time exploring the Strip. Hundreds of boutiques and restaurants line an extravagantly decorated mall, adding some gusto to your shopping experience.

guide to 3 days in Las Vegas - Britney Spears
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Britney Spears (2 hrs) – You’ll be ready to SIT DOWN and enjoy a show. Britney is here to stay…at least for a while! This reasonably priced show is chalked full of dancing and singing and pure entertainment. Don’t care for Britney, try out Absinthe (unless you cringe at vulgarity)!

Day 2
guide to 3 days in Las Vegas - Valley of Fire
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Valley of Fire (5 hrs) – Day 2 of your guide to 3 days in LasVegas starts with a trip to the Valley of Fire. Have some fun riding ATVs around these well-known dunes! Let your hair down and have some dirty fun while soaking up the beauty of desert.

guide to 3 days in Las Vegas - Gondola ride 
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Gondola Ride (1 hr) – Venice in Las Vegas. Yes please! Ride a traditional Gondola while being serenaded as you float down the river and under the bridges. A truly magical and fun experience. 

guide to 3 days in Las Vegas - Fremont Street
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Fremont Street (6 hrs) – Fremont Street is home to the original Las Vegas. Where neon has replaced light bulbs on the Strip, this part of Vegas holds on to nostalgia. There’s plenty of cheap eats and entertainment on Fremont Street. You’ll likely spot an Elvis, a tin man, and a man doing spray paint art while enjoying bands playing on the strategically placed stages. 

Day 3
guide to 3 days in Las Vegas - Lake Mead
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Lake Mead (5 hrs) – Finishing up your guide to 3 days in Las Vegas is Lake Mead. This man-made lake houses the River Mountains and the Muddy Mountains. It is nothing less than jaw dropping and provides a great photo op for photographers! If you do love photography and want to get some good shots AND a little workout, the historic railroad tunnel trail is 4.4 miles of old railroad bed turned trail, that tunnel through volcanic rock, reaching all the way to Hoover Dam.

guide to 3 days in Las Vegas - Hoover Dam
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Hoover Dam (2 hrs) - Lake Mead Nevada is the home to Hoover Dam. It took six companies, five years of working 24 hours around the clock to complete this feat! What a grueling task! It is absolutely amazing to descend down the shaft and get a look at the interior workings of such an architectural anomaly.

guide to 3 days in Las Vegas - Bellagio Fountains 
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Bellagio Fountains (1 hr) – By now you’ve walked by and caught glimpses of the fountain show but you HAVE to see it at night! It fills up the sky with dancing lights and twisting waters. It’s far beyond anything you’d expect from an ordinary “fountain”!


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