Back in 2012 my two favourite Californian’s and I headed off for a few days in Sin City. Funnily enough the last group chat we had before I flew out we joked that our trip would be like a girl version of The Hangover but we wouldn’t lose anyone… well we lost Karyn within an hour of being let lose on the strip on our first night haha.
Anyway, these photos are taken on my old camera before I really knew what I was doing with it, so excuse the quality of some, but I wanted to show a brief Vegas summary of my favourite things we did over the few days.
Doing Vegas properly we stayed in The Mirage hotel right in the heart of the main strip. I’ve never been in a hotel so fancy – a huge fish tank wall the length of the marbled reception, a huge tropical greenhouse and the ‘standard’ room with 2 queen size beds and all for the price of a travel lodge, mental. Lil tip – the hotels are so big in Vegas that midweek the rates are so cheap to try fill them. We couldn’t believe we managed to score an insane view from our room too, overlooking the strip!
The pool was incredible at our hotel too, themed like a tropical paradise. Behind the pool The Mirage also housed some more exotic guests… dolphins and white tigers.
Looking back I do feel sad for the animals as the tiger enclosure was nowhere near big enough but the intrigue of seeing a white tiger in person was too appealing at the time so we paid to visit them.
Oh and all the above and the hotel being home to a Cirque du Soleil wasn’t enough… there’s also a bloody volcano what erupts throughout the evening out front.
This was the first time my pasty English body had felt 100+ degree heat and in the middle of the day I thought I might die haha… the middle of a dessert in July isn’t something you can prepare for in Sheffield. We would sunbathe first thing in the morning, then head back in to nap in the aircon, shop and explore the hotels before heading back outside when it was more bareable.
My favourite thing we visited was the Neon Boneyard, the final resting place of so many vintage Vegas signs from casinos, hotels and of course, wedding chapels. I’m not sure how much of this information is still true, but the tour was run purely by volunteers that you need to book in advance of your trip. Here’s a link for tickets – it also looks like they’ve made the tour available at night with some signs lit up which would be cool.
You can’t go to Vegas and not have some cheesy tourist photos – the famous ‘Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas’ sign can be found down at the end of the strip, just past the Mandalay Bay hotel. I also found Elvis and his dreamy pink vintage car.
Fremont Street, the heart of Old Vegas is worth a trip, home to many of the famous casinos like Golden Nugget and Binions. Other than the main strip, this is probably what you’d recognise from TV and films. All the way down the pedestrianised street the ceiling is an incredible LED light show, nothing like anything you’ve seen before. You can also ride a zip wire down the length of the strip which looked really fun but sadly I wore a skirt so had to pass up the experience.
The Mandalay Bay Hotel has a cute shark reef and aquarium to check out if you fancy a couple of hours in the air con, and escaping the Vegas hustle.
Of course nothing beats exploring the gorgeous strip seeing everything on offer, from yard long slushy margaritas, Bellagio fountains, checking out all the casinos, hotels and shops, plus the rides like the New York New York rollercoaster.
I hope you enjoyed this brief Vegas summary, I would love to go back with all my girl friends for a few days to party at some point.