Travel Diaries – Las Vegas

When I was asked to visit Las Vegas with the Las Vegas Tourist Board, I couldn’t believe it! Las Vegas was somewhere I had never travelled to but was definitely on my list of places I would love to visit so what better way to do it than with the people who know the city inside out. And the best part, I got to experience this trip with three of my close friends – Niamh, Louise and Lauren.

Getting there –

We flew from Dublin to London Heathrow, and then on to Las Vegas with British Airways and they were a pleasure to fly with. We had a two hour layover in Heathrow to grab some lunch before our 10 hour flight to Las Vegas. I don’t travel long haul that often, but I popped a face mask on, ordered myself a drink watched some movies. As we flew into Las Vegas you could see our hotel and the whole strip from the runway. The airport was only about 10 minutes from the main strip.

Accommodation –

We stayed at the MGM Grand hotel which is HUGE! Very easy to lose your way inside it but we found our bearings very quickly and they also give you a map incase you get lost – something I am prone to!!  The hotel has over 5,000 rooms so you can see what I mean! ( Fun Fact – Las Vegas has more hotel rooms then EUROPE!!)

The hotel itself has everything you need – pools, clubs, restaurants and shops.

Activities –

Our schedule was jam packed from the moment we arrived as we only had 4 days to experience the best that Las Vegas had to offer but I cant complain about that. It’s not a city that you go to to relax!

The Seven Magic Mountains – Designed by Swiss artist Ugo Rondinone, Seven Magic Mountains is an art installation in the middle of the Las Vegas desert. Seven colourful boulders measuring 30 feet in the air…this activity was one of my favourites, especially for amazing photo opportunities. It is located about 30 mins from our hotel and is definitely worth a visit.

Yoga in the Las Vegas High Roller – This was such a fun and different experience than I expected from Las Vegas but one I would highly recommend. We had our own Yoga instructor who gave yes headphones playing relaxing music but also her voice through them. We did two full rotations in the wheel which lasted about 1 hour in total. The views here were breathtaking.

The Bellagio fountains – The famous fountain show is performed on the half hour throughout the day and it something you simply cannot miss when visiting Las Vegas. The stunning water features dance to a different song each time and is something you just have to experience.

Le Reve show at the Wynn Hotel – I don’t think my jaw left the floor for this whole show. 2 hours of pure magic. Think Cirque Du Soliel but better and all performed in and above water. The minute it ended I wanted to watch it all over again. You know when all the locals have seen it multiple times, that it must be good.

The Neon Museum –  This is a yard filled with all old neon signs from famous hotels, shows and casinos. Another great place for some cool photos.

Zip lining down Freemont street  – Myself and the girls decided to do the zip line on SlotZilla, giving you an amazing view of Freemont street and the old town Las Vegas. Definitely something for the adrenaline junkies out there, but even if you’re a scaredy cat like myself, you’ll enjoy the rush!

Gondola ride at the Venetian Hotel – I have never been to Venice but this was the next best thing. Located within the stunning Venetian hotel, it  transported me to a different world. Our tour guide sang to us while we took in the atmosphere from our own private gondola…Magic!

Street Art Murals in Old Town Vegas – Our fab guide Sara took us on a walking tour of the Art Murals in the old part of Las Vegas and it didn’t disappoint. If you have the time after zip lining on Freemont, its a must.

Food and Nightlife –

We had some great food during our stay but the stand our places for me were the Jardin at the Wynn Hotel (super glam with the most incredible interiors – exactly what you’d expect from the Wynn) and Chica at the Venetian. Chica was a mix of Latin and Mexican food but was by far the best meal of the whole trip. I also tried Shake Shack for the first time in Las Vegas, and I am officially HOOKED! I had it twice in 24 hours…I blame Lauren for this one! She is the burger queen!

We visited two nightclubs on our trip – HYDE at the Bellagio and Omnia at Caesars Palace. Hyde has the most incredible views of the Bellagio fountains and Eiffel Tower from within the club. Omnia was an incredible experience as we sat within the DJ booth and had a ball for our last night in Las Vegas.

Things to consider –

Las Vegas can be expensive if you don’t plan out your trip. The ATM’s have a charge of about $8 per transaction so be sure to take some cash with you before you travel. I also found the hotel shops were expensive for things like water etc. so be sure to head to the nearest convenience store to stock up.

In terms of food, there are expensive and more affordable options to suit every budget so be sure to leave your hotel and explore what the whole of Las Vegas has to offer.

We used Uber to get around during your stay but just be sure to download and set up the app before you travel. I didn’t and it wouldn’t work for me, so luckily we used our tour guides and Louise’s apps. Its super easy to download and install so you can even do it in the airport before you leave.

Dont forget to visit the infamous Welcome To Las Vegas sign during your trip. You may have to sue for a few minutes to get a pic but its definitely worth it!

A massive thank you to the Las Vegas tourist board for inviting me on the trip of a lifetime, and for allowing me to experience the very best that the city has to offer. I will DEFINITELY be back soon!

Happy travelling –

Rosie x

Shop my Las Vegas wardrobe below


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