As you already know from last week’s post, Las Vegas, Nevada was a destination of mine this summer. This was my third time in Vegas, and the first time I had a room off of the strip. My boyfriend, Chris, and I stayed with his mom at her beautiful Summerlin home. If you have traveled to Sin City before and don’t like the traffic or crowds of the strip, I highly recommend staying in a suburb for your next trip. Summerlin was very peaceful, and we were only 15 minutes away from all of the fun activities the City had to offer. We also had easy access to a luxurious outdoor shopping mall, Downtown Summerlin, without fighting tourist crowds. This mall offered exclusive restaurants, and stores you wouldn’t find in Po-dunk, Arkansas.
If you haven’t been to Vegas before, you should definitely check out some of the casino hotels on the strip. They all vary in price ranges, so don’t worry if you think you can’t afford it. Also, keep in mind that you are not limited to touring the hotel in which you are staying. All of the resorts have unique aspects about them. The Venetian, for example, is home to the famous Grand Canal Shoppes. Modeled after the canals in Venice, Italy, the Venetian storefronts depict intricate artwork and architecture. The floors are mosaic, and the ceiling is painted a sky blue, with a touch of white clouds to enhance the outdoor feeling. The sidewalk is divided down the middle by a waterway, where you can find the gondolas. Just like Venice, a boatman stands on the back of the gondola, and boasts quite a voice over his passengers. He sings Opera classics that can be heard throughout the hotel.
On top of the Venetian tower is where we spent most of our afternoon. There is where you will find three exclusive pool areas, with full access to bar and restaurant. We also had VIP access into Tao, a day club within the pool area. Inside the club, you will find a small pool next to the DJ booth. This is where most of the party-goers hang out for drinks and dancing. If you enjoy night clubs, and have never experienced a day club, Tao is the place to be.
On this trip, we wanted a little bit of amusement, so we visited Pole Position, just off the strip. No, this isn’t some pole dancing school for beginners. Inside the facility you will find the fastest go-karts in America. Reaching speeds of 45 mph, the experience is quite thrilling. It feels as if you are engaged in a high-intensity race to the finish line. At first, we were a bit weary about driving, especially after the instructor warned us that we may become trapped under the barriers if we crash into them. After the fear passed, and the adrenaline kicked in, I felt one with the track. 12 laps passed in no time, and I ended up placing 5th. Not too bad for a first timer.
My next trip to Las Vegas will be just as exciting as this one. I have yet to see the famous Fremont Street in the “old” part of Vegas. This street is lined with exclusive bars, restaurants, and thrill rides. At night, the entire ceiling of the street is illuminated with beautiful casino lighting. Though I am terrified of heights, I plan on trying the zip-line, which I hear is the full tour of Fremont.
Of course, this is only a small portion of what Las Vegas has to offer. I could spend weeks, maybe even months exploring everything this city has to offer. Viva Las Vegas.