Las Vegas needs no introduction! This place is famous for its night life, casinos, flamboyant lifestyle and amazing entertainment.
Las Vegas is located in Nevada’s Mojave Desert in the United States of America.
Read more to find out my 3 day itinerary to this famous resort city.
How to get there?
Airport: McCarran International Airport is connected to all major cities in the US and the world.
You can get access to free shuttles to your hotels/resorts, book a cab to strip ($18) or use shuttle to the strip ($8) – 2016
Hotel: 3 star hotels in the vicinity of the Strip will cost you around $50 + resort fee for each day’s stay
There are lots of vacation options- all inclusive packages available to Las Vegas from Canada and US. Packages from Canada are priced as low as $500 with round trip, hotel on a double share basis. (2016)
Day 1 ~
I flew from Saskatoon in Canada and arrived in Las Vegas late afternoon. The airport welcomes you with tons of casinos slots. I don’t gamble, but it was a pretty sight to see people engrossed with their slot machines
I took a shuttle to my hotel in the strip. The reservations were done at the Excalibur Hotel. Cost of stay at this hotel was $49 with $30 resort fee per night. The hotel was shaped like a medieval castle. It had a casino, shopping centers and restaurants in its arena. This hotel also boosts of a medieval themed restaurant.
After checking-in, I got ready and ventured outside, into the strip lanes to enjoy the night.
Later that evening, I hoped on to an Evening Tour – that took me around the strip and the downtown area in an open bus top. It was amazing.
The tour dropped me at the Hotel Excalibur and I wandered off to New York New York Hotel-restaurant for a quick dinner.
Day 2 ~
Nice and early next morning!
The view below is from my hotel room. You can see the castle/towers from my window.
The night tour (the day before) helped me figure out the entire strip. I walked around the strip during the day!
There are tons of things to see during the day and many of it are free, including the water fountains at the Bellagio
I started my stroll from my Hotel Excalibur with the medieval castles and then made my way to Luxor, a pyramid shaped hotel. This was followed by Hotel Aria, New York New York, Paris Hotel, Bellagio, Flamigo, Caesar’s Palace, Treasure Island
Venetian was the last stop for the day and it was very serene inside. I loved the painted walls, ceilings and the gandola ride inside the hotel. Take a look
View of Gondolas from the entrance- Venetian
After a stop at the Venetian, I decided to take a ride to the Downtown Area of Las Vegas. Fremont Experience is what its called – loud music, happy faces, dancing the night away!
You can expect free entertainment here as well as great cheap food. My hot dog and drink was $1.49 only!
I came back to the hotel later that evening. I loved the free-spiritedness of that place so much, that I ventured out again – into the lights outside
I had a great day!
Day 3 ~
This was my final day in Las Vegas. I had planned to visit the underground aquarium at the Mandalay Bay. I know I know – of all entertainment events in the city and I choose this.
Well my reason to visit Las Vegas – was not to gamble away money, or shop or drink (tons!), but it was basically to explore the city and enjoy a few days away from work 🙂
Anyway, this was my first visit to an underground aquarium and I liked it 🙂
After the aquarium, it was boarding call and I headed to the airport to take my flight back home.
Vegas Weddings and Chapels
Las Vegas is also know for its quick weddings. Some of the city’s chapels are very old and very vintage-y. You can even get Elvis Presley get you married, isn’t that cool?
I heard there is a drive through wedding window as well. There is no waiting period to getting officiated in LV. You will have to get a marriage licence from here
There are tons of options to choose from with regards to venues, from big parties to elopements. Now I did a fair bit of research in finding a perfect chapel for my wedding cum elopement 🙂 I zeroed down to Chapel of the Flowers – they offer many different types of packages (hair and makeup for brides, restaurant reservations, photography- all under one roof)
However, in my case, I ended up doing an intimate wedding in the midst of the Canadian Rockies, which was great 🙂