* You can watch the YouTube video of our trip at the bottom of this post or at the link here! *
How does my family spend our grandparents’ 50th anniversary? In Las Vegas! We spent a whole weekend there in April, which gave us just enough time to see what we wanted and kind of be ready to leave by the end. I’ve written everything we did in the following itinerary, along with other recommendations and tips at the bottom of this post, so be sure not to miss them!
Arrival from airport.
Mason and I stayed at the Elara, which was at the south end of the Strip.
After unpacking, we made our way to the Venetian to meet my family — it was stinking beautiful and made you think you were in Italy.
We ate dinner at Trattoria Reggiano, which was located in the mall connected to the Venetian. This definitely wasn’t our favorite restaurant, but it was good enough for our Italian fix.
Our night ended with exploring the Strip to get a feel for where everything was located.
We had some unplanned “explore time” on our way to breakfast (we got lost).
When we finally arrived at Hash House a Go Go, the wait was an entire page and a half full of names, so we walked to Guy Fieri’s Vegas Kitchen and ate burgers for breakfast (at this point it was closer to lunch time).
Does anyone watch Pawn Stars? I don’t, but we went into Old Vegas to tour the Gold & Silver Pawn Shop. Chumlee built a candy shop right next door, which also has a barbecue restaurant, so we had lunch there.
Then we explored Freemont Street (which is downtown “Old Vegas”). I would have liked to go there at night to see the light show, but we didn’t have enough time.
That night we saw The Beatles Cirque Du Soleil LOVE show at the Mirage, which was FANTASTIC.
We had dinner at the Oyster Bar inside Harrah’s, which was also delicious, and ended the night at the Venetian Casino.
Y’all… the Wynn breakfast buffet was honestly one of the best meals I’ve ever had. It was pretty pricey, but I would 100% eat there again.
We spent a few hours at Red Rock Canyon, which was probably my favorite part of the trip! There were 20-30 trails, but we hiked off the path anyways to see some beautiful views.
On our way to dinner we stopped by the Bellagio Fountains to see them dance to Beatles music.
We ate at Delmonico Steakhouse inside the Venetian — which is apparently one of the top 50 steakhouses in the US — and it did not disappoint!
The night ended at the Venetian Casino, once again. Mason, along with my dad and uncle, played blackjack and craps while I watched (and played the slot machine a couple times).
Since this was our last morning, we were in a small rush to make our flight and ate breakfast at The Henry inside the Cosmopolitan. This was another restaurant that wasn’t an absolute favorite, but the food was pretty good, so we were happy. Then we took an Uber to the airport and flew back home to Houston!
The following list includes recommendations that people gave us and things that we found out about but didn’t get the chance to do. I just thought I’d share them with y’all.
Freemont Street light show at night
The Volcano at the Mirage (pretty much dancing fire shooting in the air)
Absinthe at Caesars Palace
Tape Face at Harrah’s
The Mirage Exhibit with dolphins and tigers
High Roller – highest ferris wheel in the world
Stratosphere Tower rides
Roller coaster at New York, New York
Gondola rides at the Venetian
Helicopter Ride over the Grand Canyon
Valley of Fire State Park
Heart Attack Grill
Any of Gordon Ramsay’s restaurants
Mon Ami Gabi
Hash House A Go Go (breakfast)
Flour & Barley
• GET A BUS PASS!!! Seriously, it’s $8 for an entire day or $20 for three days. We didn’t know this, so we rode in taxis half the time and let them charge us up the butt. The other half of our time we used Uber, which was significantly cheaper than taxi service, but not as cheap as a bus pass would have been.
• Bring cash, especially for tipping. You also don’t want to get caught somewhere that doesn’t accept card, or the dreaded *card is declined* message. 😉
• Wear comfy shoes — there is a LOT of walking. If you want to wear those cute (but reluctantly uncomfortable) heels, bring some sandals with you to change into while you walk around.
• Schedule your ride home from Red Rock (or any hiking) ahead of time, because the service is very spotty.
• Bring sunscreen! I got a horrible sunburn while we were at Red Rock, and the next week or so was not fun.
I hope this helps you plan out your next Vegas trip, or if you decided to read along just to live through our adventure, here’s the video to make it more fun:
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