48 Hours in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
What to Expect when Visiting Las Vegas
Las Vegas is definitely a marmite-kind of place. You either love it or hate it. It’s somewhere that I’ve experienced both as a child, and as an adult. With a feeling of almost make-believe, it’s definitely somewhere nothing feels entirely ‘real’.
I first touched down in Las Vegas at the age of seven. Before the age of the internet, I remember my mum and I flicking through pages of travel catalogues and books from the library to see what it was all about. My mum has always been organised, it’s where I get my obsessive travel planning organisation from, so this was no exception. As with every holiday destination, she put together a folder on all the places we would be travelling to and what there was to do there. I eagerly joined her in doing the same and proudly showed off my scrapbook to my class-mates ahead of our next big adventure.
Landing in Las Vegas
The big day came, and after a long haul flight from Manchester in England, we had arrived. One of my favourite things about Las Vegas is landing only mere metres away from the strip. Landing on the cover of darkness, you’ll immediately be hit by the glittering lights and atmosphere which never stops below.
Visiting Las Vegas with Children
Let’s be honest here, you put together adult entertainment and gambling and there’s a high chance of a certain degree of seediness to a place. As a child this was something I was blissfully unaware of. You aren’t approached on the street if your’e a family, and there’s definitely a great range of activities on the opposite side of the spectrum to do with children.
Things to Do in Las Vegas
Although Las Vegas might be home to gambling and the famous Elvis white chapel weddings, it’s not all it’s about. Visiting the hotels are a spectacle in themselves, constantly re-inventing themselves to be bigger and better. All of the hotels on the strip are happy for you to come inside and take a look around. From gambling to shopping, you’ll also find lots of food options inside the hotels too.
The Bellagio Fountains
The fountain show at the Bellagio is one of the longest running free shows on the strip. Something I can vividly remember as a child, to be taken back again as an adult to that same moment in time. It’s a great free show and it runs daily. Be sure to get there early to get yourselves a good view!
Ride the Rollercoasters
One of these days I tell myself I’ll pick up the courage to go and ride the rollercoaster around the New York New York, or drop myself over the edge on the Stratosphere, but not today. If you’re feeling up to it, be sure to have a strong stomach and be prepared to queue. It certainly is a way to see the strip like no other.
Take a Gondola Ride around Venice
One of the best things about Las Vegas is the hotels. Dine underneath the Eiffel Tower, or take a relaxing ride on a gondola through Venice whilst being serenaded. Or maybe you would rather take a trip to the pyramids at the Luxor hotel? Whatever you dream, Las Vegas will have it.
Watch a Show
Las Vegas is home to some of the best shows on earth. Although some can be pricy, they’re not too different to the cost of shows in New York on Broadway or London. Some of my favourites in the past have been the Lion King, Zumanity and The Beatles Cirque du Soleil, Love. I went to my first Las Vegas show at the age of seven on our first visit there and nothing felt real. It’s an incredible experience no matter what you see, and I urge you to book somewhere!
Walk Under the Light Show on Fremont Street
Fremont Street is in downtown Las Vegas, where you can enjoy a show featuring 2.5 million lights, shown hourly each night from 6pm until midnight. Although Fremont Street is part of the ‘old’ Las Vegas, it’s still very much relevant today and worth a visit.
Head to the Neon Museum
As a graphic designer, I’m a bit of a typography geek. With that comes a love of vintage signs and a throwback to times gone by. The Neon Boneyard Park as part of an outdoor museum, is home to more than 200 historic signs. With everything from the Palms Casino, the iconic Lady Luck, and the Sands. Each sign in the collection holds a unique story about who created it, what inspired it, and how it fits into the history of Las Vegas.
So what are you waiting for, time to book a flight right?