Back to Vegas

I’m leaving on Saturday for a much needed vacation. Two of my best friends from Texas and I planned a trip to Las Vegas. At first it was just going to be the three of us. Now I think our group total is 5 or 6. We will be meeting in the airport Saturday evening, taking a taxi to our hotel and beginning our 4 days of non-stop fun.

This won’t be my first trip to Vegas. I’ve been 4 or 5 times before; I’ve actually lost count. I tried to convince my friends to take a cruise this time, but they wouldn’t go for it. I know. I don’t understand either. Who would choose a busy dirty city over a relaxing ship and white beaches? But I digress. I’ve accepted the fact that we’re going to Vegas and now I’m excited about this mini-vacation.

The first time I went I was 11 years old and it was a family vacation. We stayed at The Stratosphere and Caesar’s Palace. I wasn’t too impressed with The Stratosphere, but there was a roller coaster on top of the building and that was cool for my 11 year old self. At Caesar’s Palace I loved that there was a shopping mall inside the hotel AND there was a phone (!) in the bathroom.

Throughout high school I went back to Vegas a few more times for dance conventions. A group of 10 of us girls would go (most often with a few moms) and spend a week on the strip. We spent the days inside hotel conference rooms learning new dance routines and at night we would walk up and down the strip exploring the casinos and gorgeous hotels. On those trips we stayed at Alexis Park resort, The Excalibur, and New York New York.

My last trip to Vegas happened the week after I graduated from college. I was 21. I was only there for one day so I didn’t get into too much trouble. My friend and I gambled for a few hours, ate dinner, met some new friends at a bar, and went to bed. You can read the whole ordeal here.

Me in front of Caesar’s Palace, 2006

So Saturday I will be going back. I’ll have 4 days to explore the city. I will be trying craps for the first time. I will be frequenting the buffets. I will be (hopefully) seeing Cirque de Soleil again. I will be spending hours laying out at the pool (75 degree weather all week!). I will definitely be eating at In-n-Out.

Since I’ve been to Vegas before I feel like I know the city pretty well. I know the Bellagio has the best buffet, The Wynn has the best pool, and Ceasar’s Palace has the best shopping. But what about you? Have you been to Vegas? Am I missing anything that I must see/do?

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62 responses to “Back to Vegas

  1. I would take mandalays pool over the wynns anyday!

  2. I would take mandalays pool over the wynns anyday!

  3. If you haven’t checked out the “old” Vegas, it is worth the trip. They have this light show tunnel thing and I won $100 off of $2 I put in a slot machine over there.

    Also the restaurant, Mixx, at the top of Mandalay Bay is awesome. Expensive, but awesome.

    We also went to see that male review- Thunder from down Under and it was a blast. We were cracking up. The guys are hot, but it is just funny to see them in thongs dancing!

  4. If you haven’t checked out the “old” Vegas, it is worth the trip. They have this light show tunnel thing and I won $100 off of $2 I put in a slot machine over there.

    Also the restaurant, Mixx, at the top of Mandalay Bay is awesome. Expensive, but awesome.

    We also went to see that male review- Thunder from down Under and it was a blast. We were cracking up. The guys are hot, but it is just funny to see them in thongs dancing!

  5. I have never been, but I hope you have an awesome time! And you totally deserve this.

  6. The Wynn buffet is way better than Bellagio’s.

  7. I have never been, but I hope you have an awesome time! And you totally deserve this.

  8. The Wynn buffet is way better than Bellagio’s.

  9. You’ve got to go to the Rum Jungle. A great bar where they have people “flying” over you at the bar that will pour you shots of rum (they don’t do it on Sundays though, FYI). Last time I went, it wasn’t that great – but the first time was the most fun I’ve ever had. The bartenders are great there. When we went for my friend’s bachelorette party they took our cameras and took pics for us all night long and kept our clutches behind the bar so we could walk around and dance without worrying about them. πŸ™‚

    Right next door there is a Russian vodka room where supposedly you have to wear one of those cool looking fuzzy hats bc they keep it cold in there for the vodka. They were closed for renovation or something when we went, but a friend of mine has been and says that it is so cool.

    Both are in Mandalay Bay.

    Have a great time – I need a vacation like that so bad!

  10. You’ve got to go to the Rum Jungle. A great bar where they have people “flying” over you at the bar that will pour you shots of rum (they don’t do it on Sundays though, FYI). Last time I went, it wasn’t that great – but the first time was the most fun I’ve ever had. The bartenders are great there. When we went for my friend’s bachelorette party they took our cameras and took pics for us all night long and kept our clutches behind the bar so we could walk around and dance without worrying about them. πŸ™‚

    Right next door there is a Russian vodka room where supposedly you have to wear one of those cool looking fuzzy hats bc they keep it cold in there for the vodka. They were closed for renovation or something when we went, but a friend of mine has been and says that it is so cool.

    Both are in Mandalay Bay.

    Have a great time – I need a vacation like that so bad!

  11. go to Boa at the ceasars palace shops and order a blackberry smash for a drink and the goat cheese baklava appetizer. you WON’T be disappointed πŸ™‚

  12. go to Boa at the ceasars palace shops and order a blackberry smash for a drink and the goat cheese baklava appetizer. you WON’T be disappointed πŸ™‚

  13. Have fun!! The weather sounds fantastic and if you could get a picture of Barry Manilow for me I will love you forever. πŸ™‚

  14. Have fun!! The weather sounds fantastic and if you could get a picture of Barry Manilow for me I will love you forever. πŸ™‚

  15. i’ve never been there but really want to go! have fun, you deserve it!

  16. i’ve never been there but really want to go! have fun, you deserve it!

  17. I’ve always wanted to go to Vegas!! Have a great time!

  18. I’ve always wanted to go to Vegas!! Have a great time!

  19. Let’s see…last time the Boyfriend and I were in Vegas we went to Tao (a bar/nightclub in the Venetian) and it was a lot of fun. I’m not sure if these Cirque du Doleil shows are still playing, but we saw “O”, Ka, Mystere and Zumanity and they were all great. Oh, and the Mandalay Bay pool is a lot of fun!

    Have fun! You deserve it. xoxo

  20. Let’s see…last time the Boyfriend and I were in Vegas we went to Tao (a bar/nightclub in the Venetian) and it was a lot of fun. I’m not sure if these Cirque du Doleil shows are still playing, but we saw “O”, Ka, Mystere and Zumanity and they were all great. Oh, and the Mandalay Bay pool is a lot of fun!

    Have fun! You deserve it. xoxo

  21. Gwen B. (aka skinny bitch)

    I love Cirque de Solie! Have fun.

  22. Gwen B. (aka skinny bitch)

    I love Cirque de Solie! Have fun.

  23. Hey! I came across your blog last week – I actually finished up my internship and Masters in counseling last May, so I know where you’re coming from! Good luck on the job search!

    Also, my husband and I loved Vegas so much we actually flew our family out there and got married at Caesars in 07. I definitely recommend the world buffets at the Rio or the Mirage though! But I also could have In-N-Out every day! And, I think Ka is by far the best Cirque show. Have fun!

  24. Hey! I came across your blog last week – I actually finished up my internship and Masters in counseling last May, so I know where you’re coming from! Good luck on the job search!

    Also, my husband and I loved Vegas so much we actually flew our family out there and got married at Caesars in 07. I definitely recommend the world buffets at the Rio or the Mirage though! But I also could have In-N-Out every day! And, I think Ka is by far the best Cirque show. Have fun!

  25. have fun!

  26. have fun!

  27. have fun!!

  28. have fun!!

  29. i’ve only been to vegas once, but if i would go back i would love to see the old strip. at night i hear it’s cool because there’s some sort of roof (or covering) over the street, and it lights up at night? i don’t know, that’s what i hear. but it would be neat to find out.

    have a great trip!

  30. i’ve only been to vegas once, but if i would go back i would love to see the old strip. at night i hear it’s cool because there’s some sort of roof (or covering) over the street, and it lights up at night? i don’t know, that’s what i hear. but it would be neat to find out.

    have a great trip!

  31. i’m really only jealous of the in-and-out part. πŸ˜‰

    have fun!

  32. i’m really only jealous of the in-and-out part. πŸ˜‰

    have fun!

  33. The rollercoaster on New York New York is amazing..you MUST do it! Worth the money!

  34. The rollercoaster on New York New York is amazing..you MUST do it! Worth the money!

  35. insomniaclolita

    Awesomeness, have a great time. Have a great time with cute boys, especially!:P

  36. insomniaclolita

    Awesomeness, have a great time. Have a great time with cute boys, especially!:P

  37. About three years ago, my aunt got married at Caesar’s Palace, and we spent about a week there. Though I was only seventeen, it was still pretty exciting.

    Have fun!

  38. About three years ago, my aunt got married at Caesar’s Palace, and we spent about a week there. Though I was only seventeen, it was still pretty exciting.

    Have fun!

  39. have so much fun in vegas! i’m going in two weeks and i’m so excited. can’t wait to hear about it when you get back.

  40. have so much fun in vegas! i’m going in two weeks and i’m so excited. can’t wait to hear about it when you get back.

  41. I LOVE the Ventian. And I second the old strip suggestion. We went downtown and gambled at the Golden Nugget and that was pretty fun. I also toured Hoover Damn, which I don’t know if you’ll wanna venture that far outside the city, but it was really neat. We also toured the Liberace museum which was a total trip.
    You gotta to the top of the Eiffel Tower and watch the Bellagio fountains from up there. Amazing!
    Have fun! I live in St. Louis and I love your blog!

  42. I LOVE the Ventian. And I second the old strip suggestion. We went downtown and gambled at the Golden Nugget and that was pretty fun. I also toured Hoover Damn, which I don’t know if you’ll wanna venture that far outside the city, but it was really neat. We also toured the Liberace museum which was a total trip.
    You gotta to the top of the Eiffel Tower and watch the Bellagio fountains from up there. Amazing!
    Have fun! I live in St. Louis and I love your blog!

  43. rachel elizabeth

    the old strip is so much fun! i stayed at the palazzo when i was there in september and it was SWEET. it’s definitely worth a walk through and maybe catching a gondola ride or something. ummm. i went to the steakhouse in the flamingo when i was there too… i forget what it’s called but my god they had this chicken that was to die for. it’s the only chicken thing on the menu and it’s fabulous.

    enjoy the sunshine!!

  44. rachel elizabeth

    the old strip is so much fun! i stayed at the palazzo when i was there in september and it was SWEET. it’s definitely worth a walk through and maybe catching a gondola ride or something. ummm. i went to the steakhouse in the flamingo when i was there too… i forget what it’s called but my god they had this chicken that was to die for. it’s the only chicken thing on the menu and it’s fabulous.

    enjoy the sunshine!!

  45. I’ve never been to Vegas but I hear the Wynn and the shows are great. Have a great time and enjoy your vaca!

  46. I’ve never been to Vegas but I hear the Wynn and the shows are great. Have a great time and enjoy your vaca!

  47. I cant stand the fact that I have never been on your blog before..wow..I guess there are to many..but I found it…loves it..

  48. I cant stand the fact that I have never been on your blog before..wow..I guess there are to many..but I found it…loves it..

  49. Clubs!! Go to them!! Encore is a pretty new hotel run by the Wynn (it looks exactly like the Wynn) and their club, XS, is AMAZING. You MUST go there. Tryst at the Wynn is also awesome for similar reasons. Tao is really cool, as is Playboy Club (and supposedly the other clubs at the Palms are also but I’ve never been to the others). Pure is awesome. I can go on for awhile. Non clubs – the volcano at the Mirage and Bellagio fountains are obvious must-sees (and free!). I saw Zumanity when I was there a few weeks ago and it’s cool but lots of boobs in it. And as far as gambling, I really like Casino Royale – low stakes tables and no pretentiousness. ENJOY!! =)

  50. Clubs!! Go to them!! Encore is a pretty new hotel run by the Wynn (it looks exactly like the Wynn) and their club, XS, is AMAZING. You MUST go there. Tryst at the Wynn is also awesome for similar reasons. Tao is really cool, as is Playboy Club (and supposedly the other clubs at the Palms are also but I’ve never been to the others). Pure is awesome. I can go on for awhile. Non clubs – the volcano at the Mirage and Bellagio fountains are obvious must-sees (and free!). I saw Zumanity when I was there a few weeks ago and it’s cool but lots of boobs in it. And as far as gambling, I really like Casino Royale – low stakes tables and no pretentiousness. ENJOY!! =)

  51. Oh, have so much fun! I’ve never been to Vegas but need to get there some day soon.

  52. Oh, have so much fun! I’ve never been to Vegas but need to get there some day soon.

  53. Wickedly Scarlett

    Fabulous trip!! Have a great time, then come back and tell us all about it πŸ™‚

  54. Wickedly Scarlett

    Fabulous trip!! Have a great time, then come back and tell us all about it πŸ™‚

  55. You should plan to go back in June for an unofficial blogger meet-up! πŸ™‚ Hope you’re having fun!!!

  56. You should plan to go back in June for an unofficial blogger meet-up! πŸ™‚ Hope you’re having fun!!!

  57. Oh, take me!

    Every time things get rough around here lately, E and I say “palm trees” to each other, like our secret code for “We’re going to Vegas soon and everything will be lovely.”

  58. Oh, take me!

    Every time things get rough around here lately, E and I say “palm trees” to each other, like our secret code for “We’re going to Vegas soon and everything will be lovely.”

  59. I hope you get to see a Cirque du Soleil show!! One of my life goals is to see all of their shows because I’m so in love with them.

  60. I hope you get to see a Cirque du Soleil show!! One of my life goals is to see all of their shows because I’m so in love with them.

  61. I have never been to Vegas but, like you, I would prefer (at least I think I would) REAL sandy beaches and a vacation on a ship or the coast!

    One of my best friends goes all the time and she loves it. They always stay at The Golden Nugget?? I have no idea what hotels are where and what they feature!

  62. I have never been to Vegas but, like you, I would prefer (at least I think I would) REAL sandy beaches and a vacation on a ship or the coast!

    One of my best friends goes all the time and she loves it. They always stay at The Golden Nugget?? I have no idea what hotels are where and what they feature!

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