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”!

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