Sunday, September 21, 2014

A Vegas To Do List

Written by Tiffany Milligan – A Vegas Local

Who can pick just pick just five things to put on a Vegas to do list while visiting Vegas? Narrowing it down to five would mean missing out on something! Here’s what I’ll do… I’ll put a “few more” than five on this list BUT I’ll put them in order or priority. That way, if you get to one and think, “That sounds like the worst idea ever”, you still have some more to move on to. Yes, I know. I’m nice. It’s a curse really.

Vegas to do list - Vegas Strip
Photo Courtesy of Marco Verch
Tour the Strip, a.k.a. Las Vegas Blvd, should be added to your Vegas to do list! It is jam packed with everything “Vegas”. You’ll spend hours touring the hotels and casinos taking in the glitz and glamor. Huge buildings, neon signs larger than life, restaurants and bars, street performers, shops, chapels, and tattoo parlors.

Go Shopping. The 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.

Vegas to do list - Absinthe
Photo Courtesy of Sandro Menzel
See Absinthe. It’s a little bit dirty and whole lot of fun! It’s acrobatics and comedy and some audience involvement. The small venue makes it all the better!

Visit 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.

Take a gondola ride as part of your Vegas to do list. Ride a traditional gondola while being serenaded as you float down the river and under the bridges. A truly magical and fun experience.

Vegas to do list - Fremont Street
Photo Courtesy of Joseph Hunkins
Visit Fremont Street. Fremont Street is the original Las Vegas. Where neon has replaced light bulbs on the Strip, this part of Vegas holds on to nostalgia (somewhat). 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 intermittent stages.

Enjoy 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.

See Hoover Dam. 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.

Watch the Bellagio Fountains. 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”!

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Vegas Things to do During the Day

Written by Tiffany Milligan – A Vegas Local

HOT. That is how to describe Las Vegas during the day. Your first thought is to hit the pool…any pool will do…big or small as long as it is filled with cool water and the cold beverages are plentiful. Ok, fine, it’s a decent way to spend the day BUT you’re totally missing out on some fun things to do during the day in Las Vegas!

things to do during the day in Las Vegas - horseback riding
Horseback riding WILL induce EXTREME enjoyment. The one hour tour of Red Rock Canyon called The Ol’ Spanish Trail Horseback Ride and Lunch will take you down the Ol’ Spanish Trail that stretched from Santa Fe to Pueblo de Los Angeles in the mid 1800’s. Once you return, you’ll stop to enjoy an authentic “cowperson” lunch ;)

things to do during the day in Las Vegas - Buggy TourA buggy tour through the Valley of Fire is another one of the awesome things to do during the day in Las Vegas! Don’t miss out on this one. Sun Buggy Tours will take you through some fun, rough terrain for some off-roading fun! Your safety is not overlooked on this wild and crazy day tour! You will want to dress in something other than your Sunday best as this Las Vegas day tour will get you dusty and dirty (isn’t dirty fun always the best kind?)!

things to do during the day in Las Vegas - helicopter tourA helicopter tour is a great way to experience Las Vegas. The West Rim Express tour is an affordable way to see the Grand Canyon’s West Rim and the Colorado River during the day. Departing from the West Rim, this tour soars high above the Grand Canyon before descending below the canyon walls, where it will land, allowing you to get out for 20 minutes, take in the immense canyon, shoot some photos, or just stretch your legs… and yes, you MUST get back in the helicopter to get back to up to the top of the rim… it’s much too steep to climb and the terrain is a “little” rough ;) I’d definitely recommend this one for one of the things to do during the day in Las Vegas!

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Opening of the SLS Las Vegas

Written by Tiffany Milligan – A Vegas Local

We want to welcome a new addition to the Las Vegas Strip; SLS Las Vegas, we welcome you! If the Sahara were a living entity it would be in utter shock. It would see its transformation and do a double take; it would take some time for it to get used to with its clean lines, white walls, and new modern feel… but it would love the change!

Why stay at the SLS Las Vegas? With its three towers and 1,600 guest rooms you will be with like-minded individuals. The World Tower, Story Tower, and Lux Tower offer function, partying, and luxury, respectively. Business folks can get around easy while staying in the World Tower with its easy hotel access and the hotel’s “mostly” convenient location.

The décor of the SLS Las Vegas is getting mixed reviews. I would call it “industrial contemporary”. It’s not for everyone but it’s very “hipsterish” and fun. It’s high end. There’s a lot of white and a lot of grey and a lot of very cool art. I’ve heard the word “vertigo” mentioned several times when referring to the impact of the flooring and wall coverings – it would really mess with the drunks ;) If you don’t like modern, you won’t like the SLS Las Vegas.

The rooms are plain and functional with great attention to detail – although you might not notice. The look again, is clean. You’re not going to find frilly mirrors and antiques adorning the suites. You WILL find great toiletries, fantastically fluffy towels, and bed linens to die for.

There are a great line up of bars and restaurants. Bazaar Meats is not for you vegans or vegetarians. Katsuya is geared towards the hipster sushi lovers, Cleo offers Mediterranean cuisine. Wanting something more casual? SLS Las Vegas has a great line up: Umami Burgers, The Griddle Café and many others…and of course, the buffet. I wonder what would happen if a hotel/casino in Vegas didn’t put in a buffet?!

You don’t think I forgot about the gambling, did you? It’s standard Las Vegas. Tables and machines, machines and tables. The dealers deal cards, the patrons get drunk and play. There were a few lights and bells going off, there was shouting at the craps table…BUT with opening, I’m guessing they’ve loosened the games a little to get the people pouring in. The casino was PACKED – players and onlookers.

It’ll take time for the SLS Las Vegas to build a reputation. You’ll like this hotel or you won’t, there won’t be a whole lot of “in between”…and if you don’t like it then chances are, the hotel wasn’t marketing your demographic anyway!

Book all of your shows and activities in advance with VegasDaze. Be prepared! Call the staff at 1.855.895.3293 or 702.851.3293 and ask them THEIR opinion of the new SLS – they won’t lie!


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