Las Vegas, most infamously: Sin City…not that I truly know why.
I know this post is long overdue and I was dying share my experience as a first-time Vegas visitor.
We flew on a Monday around dusk. I must say that the view of the city and mountains from the plane is something I’ll never forget, as it looked endless and majestic from the sky.
When we arrived we were tired, annoyed and hungry, especially since we still had to find our way around the airport to reach the place where we had to pick up the rental car.
The ride to our hotel was a relief though. We stayed at the Linq hotel right on the strip, which allowed us to walk to many places.
So here are a few places we visited each day that I think you should visit too if you ever find yourself in Vegas:
Caesar’s Palace was at a decent walking distance from the Linq. We entered to a huge fountain with beautiful sculptures and three different levels that could be accessed with a spiral, electrical staircase. Inside, the ceiling was a sky blue with painted clouds. Pretty realistic, I must say.
There were endless shops inside, and so we walked around and enjoyed the beautiful fountains and some mango sorbet. We came here more than once throughout our stay.
Here is where you can enjoy old-fashioned casinos and walk around with a drink. This is also the place where you can zip line out of a giant slot machine (left that for next time).
We enjoyed a magic demonstration, some music, and we even dared to dance to La Macarena right in the middle of the street.
That night we visited Javier’s inside Aria Hotel & Casino. It is perhaps the most fancy Mexican restaurant I’ve even been to. I ordered their Enchiladas Suizas and a Tamarindo Margarita, which to this day still makes my mouth water.
Red Rock Canyon:
We hit the road in the morning of our second day to visit the Red Rock Canyon with a secret purpose: a proposal!
I was only along for the ride and to pretend I didn’t know anything was going on. We were just tourists wanting to take nice pictures in nature, but who takes a Lamborghini to the desert??? Perhaps a man in love wanting something special for the woman he wants to spend the rest of his life with.
That night to celebrate we went to Lemongrass. My boyfriend and I ordered our food mild, since we can be pretty sensitive to spicy food sometimes, but somehow, our order got mixed up with another one in our same table and we ended up eating mouth-numbing noodles! Even the fact that I’m Mexican didn’t help; what helped was that someone at our table complained their noodles weren’t spicy, so we got our delicious noodles in the end.
Visiting the Bellagio gardens was perhaps the most inspiring experience I had in the trip creatively. With sculptures perfectly made with flowers, and the glass ceiling allowing light to make everything so vibrant--it was like an ode to nature.
We waited until that night to enjoy the view of the city in the High Roller. I must admit I underestimated its height when we were at the top. Everything else looked so tiny!
Day 4 & 5
We walked around the Venetian’s mall and enjoyed of some macaroons, live Italian opera singers, and the sight of the canal where people could take a ride on a gondola. By the casino, there were some amazing paintings on the ceiling!
EDC Day One:
EDC was the original reason why we came to Vegas. We headed over pretty late at night, and on the way, along the heavy traffic we saw people playing loud music and partying in their car. We came home the next day at 6 a.m., and I don’t know how I managed to stay awake the whole night, but it was worth it!
We woke up really late that day (2 p.m. I think) and had some Sprinkles before heading over with everyone to the Stratosphere. You can see the whole city from up there! And they have some rides for those who dare.
I tried to get over the fear of how high it was and went on the X-Scream ride. It was so much fun!!
EDC Las Vegas Day Three:
We skipped day two and just rested to have more energy for day 3. We arrived right when Post Malone started performing and that was perhaps the highlight of that night because of how magical it felt with all the neon lights glowing from the stages and rides. We singed along with the crowd that extended through the benches that were around the stadium. Still, I don’t know how I managed to stay awake throughout that night, but I’m glad I did. EDC is definitely an experience I’ll never forget.
In & Out:
We had to have In & Out one last time before we headed back home. I fell in love with their vegetarian burger and their French fries animal style! I must admit I felt intimidated by that name the first time, but when I saw them I instantly wanted to try them, and I’m never ordering their simple French fries again.
In a group, we went to the CSI experience and picked a murder to solve. It was so much fun feeling like a detective and taking badass pictures at the end.
Gordon Ramsay Burger:
Finally, one of the last things we did was eating at Gordon Ramsay Burger. It took us a while to get a table, but it was totally worth it! I ordered a Portabella burger, and my boyfriend ordered their Impossible burger, which is supposed to be a vegetarian burger that tastes like meat.
Neither burger disappointed, mine was heaven since I love mushrooms, and when I tried the Impossible burger I seriously thought I was eating meat! The texture, color and how it was seasoned truly fooled me.
I definitely know I’m coming back to Vegas someday. There are so many things to explore and do, which is perfect for tourists. You get to feel like you can find pieces of the world in one place!
Please email me if you’d like to share your own Vegas experience, and feel free to share this post with a friend and on social media.
Until next time!