My first experience with Vegas goes way back. It was my parents go-to vacation spot when we were growing up and my dad loves the casinos! Then when my sister decided she wanted to attend UNLV, Vegas became our meet-up spot for the holidays. It was hard to get family to visit me in Texas, all the years I attended UT-Arlington, but I can’t say never because my parents did attend my college campus visit, they came when I was about to give birth to my son, and for my college graduation. Fair enough I guess, three monumental occasions in my life. Other than that, Vegas was the go-to spot. The only reason I would hold it near and dear to my heart is because I actually threw my son’s 5th birthday party there. I know, unconventional but our family had a good time!
The common misconception is that taking kids with you for a Vegas vacation is not a good idea but believe it or not, it is! There are many family friendly go-to’s, Circus Circus being one of them. They accommodate kids who love arcades and a couple of hours away is the Grand Canyon, a sight to see for any U.S. traveler. I would consider it a gem in North America.
Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to see the “O” show at the Bellagio because the show is only on from Wednesday to Sunday nights, but there is always a next time! However, I was excited about staying at The Cosmopolitan again. I posted a video last year, and you’ll see why I love it so much. Not only is it posh, it’s modern and such a beautiful hotel! And if you’re lucky enough you’ll get awesome visible access to the Bellagio’s water show next door. This hotel features three swimming pools, several restaurants and of course a casino. We went to the Chelsea pool which was low-key and relaxing. It is located on the strip and only about a 10-12 minute ride to the airport. Walkability was excellent to other strip hotels and nearby shopping, excellent shopping I must add. Secret note, if you love paninis you must try the turkey panini at the Va Bene Cafe near the lobby of the hotel.
My visit was short this time around but I always make sure to go to at least one tourist attraction when I’m traveling. My friend and I rode on the Linq’s High Roller, a ferris wheel that is a whopping 550ft high and is known to be the tallest in the world. This year marks their five-year anniversary so from March 29-31st locals get a 50% discount. There are twenty-eight pods and each one can accommodate up to forty passengers. The ride is about thirty minutes long with stunning views of the city and Las Vegas strip. You’ll be towering over the Venetian and Wynn hotels. It’s a definite must if you visit Vegas!
Although I’ve been there many times, there is always something new to do and I can’t help but mention my three favorite hotels. I have yet to stay at the Bellagio but I’m sure I will some time this year. I’ve heard many great things about that hotel and that it is worth staying at. 3rd: The Venetian, 2nd: The Cosmopolitan and 1st: Caesars Palace. There is so much to see and do in Vegas and it is called sin city for a reason, but there is something for everyone!
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Pics- top row: Views of the Venetian and city from the High Roller, view of the hotel from the Chelsea Pool, bottom row: Mexican corn salad with chicken at the Chelsea Pool, Mandalay Bay hotel, Hazel Coffee & Cocktails in the Mandalay Bay hotel and night view from my room on the 59th floor.