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Destination: Las Vegas

While many travelers spend countless nights in hotel rooms, it would take “288 years for one person to spend one night in every hotel room in Las Vegas” (

Las Vegas, also known as Sin City, is one of my favorite cities in the United States. Known for its entertainment, casinos, hotels, and nightlife, there is always something to see or do.

I have compiled a list of some of my favorite activities while there.

Cirque Du Soleil Shows
Hands down one of my favorite shows to see in Vegas. From aquatic based “O” at the Bellagio Hotel to Beatles music “LOVE” at The Mirage Hotel, these shows never cease to amaze me. The acrobatics of the performers as well as the music, scenery and costume design are magnificent. You can attend these shows over and over and still see something you did not catch previously. Some of my other favorites include:

Mystere at Treasure Island (one of the original Cirque Shows)

Michael Jackson ONE at Mandalay Bay

Zarkana at Aria Hotel (no longer showing)

I have been fortunate enough to see Celine Dion (one of my absolute favorites) at Caesars Palace and Britney Spears at Planet Hollywood. Although very different from each other, both were outstanding. Depending on the time of year you are there, many other artists have performances as well. As of April 2017, you can catch Cher at the Monte Carlo Hotel & Casino, Donny & Marie at the Flamingo, or Reba and Brooks & Dunn at Caesars Palace.

Enjoy one of the many buffets
One thing there is plenty of in Vegas: buffets.
I always try and pick a different hotel restaurant buffet to try each time I’m there. Trust me, one is enough. You can often find deals on them depending on the time of day you go. 3 of my favorites so far include:

The Buffet – ARIA Hotel
Bacchanal Buffet – Caesars Palace (great for brunch)
Wicked Spoon – Cosmopolitan Hotel

Walking Around the Strip hotels
Walking around the Las Vegas Strip is another one of my favorite activities. It is great for people watching and viewing the outside of the glamorous hotels. When you are hungry, thirsty or want to gamble, it’s very easy to pop into one of the hotels.

Many of the hotels have their own theme.

The Venetian Las Vegas – This hotel is the closest thing to the city of Venice, without being in Italy. You can ride a gondola (shared or private) and enjoy some shopping at the Grand Canal Shops. You can also stop by Madame Tussauds wax museum found at the Grand Canal. Great place to take your kids!

Paris Las Vegas – If you haven’t made it to France to enjoy the views from the Eiffel Tower, you can try Las Vegas. The 360 degree views allow you to see all the famous Vegas landmarks. This hotel is known to be one of the most romantic spots in Vegas. Stop in to try one of their delicious chocolate croissants or pastries.

Caesars Palace Las Vegas – shopping at The Forum Shops, relaxing at the Roman-themed Garden of the Gods Pool Oasis and attending a wedding , all make for memorable moments.

Photo Contribution: Christian Montalvo

Mirage Las Vegas – Swing by nightly to view the Volcano erupting. You can also find the Siegfried & Roy’s Secret Garden and Dolphin Habitat here.

The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas – Stop by to have one of their signature drinks and see the beautiful Chandelier.

Luxor Las Vegas – This Egyptian themed hotel is the home of the Blue Man Group show. If you are a fan of architecture like I am, this is a must see.

Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino Las Vegas – This hotel made my list because of its swimming pool. The Mandalay Bay Beach is my favorite spot to spend a hot day. I love dipping my toes in the sand and relaxing in the Lazy River.

Bellagio Las Vegas – fountains, fountains, fountains! These fountains perform a spectacular light and music show every 15-30 minutes depending on the time of day.

Circus Circus Las Vegas – very kid friendly. Adventuredome, a theme park can be found here!

Some of my favorite clubs include:

XS at Wynn Encore – one of my favorites during the summer. You can enjoy the dance floor or the outside pool.

Hakkasan at The MGM Grand – 5 floors high and always a fun time. A favorite of many of my friends!

Many of the shows and hotels are cheaper during the week. If you ever want to try find a great deal, visit

You never know what you are going to see on the streets of Las Vegas. From Elmo, Mickey Mouse and Showgirls; “what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas!”

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