If there’s something I’m good at doing, it’s flying from one coast to the other with zero rest and sleep. Having only 3 days means a jam-packed day full of Vegas activities. People always wonder why I do this to myself, but nobody said Vegas ain’t worth it. The flight from NYC to Vegas only takes 5 hours, and the time difference of 3 hours gives me more chance to explore.
It takes around 10-15 minutes to get from Las Vegas airport to The Strip via car/cab. In my opinion, renting a car is not necessary for a very short trip, especially when staying on The Strip. I also live in New York City, so I prefer and can get around by just walking anywhere or taking the cab. Exploring The Strip is fun, as you can just go from one hotel/casino to the other. There’s so much to see, but don’t let the distance deceive you! The hotels may look like they’re close to one another, but it takes a moment to get from one place to the other. Make sure to stay hydrated to survive the desert weather, and wearing comfortable shoes makes a whole lot of difference.
Las Vegas Tip: $40 can go a long way. Upon checking in at Caesars Palace, my friend sandwiched 40 bucks between her ID and credit card. Between smiles and a simple “I hope you are having a great day!!”, we got upgraded to the Octavius Emperor Suite (at least $800 per night!), with floor to ceiling glass windows and views of The Strip and the Bellagio Fountains. I didn’t know what to do with all the space!
Vegas is known around the world to be a city full of casinos. Fortunately, I do not like gambling and have no interest in it. There are so many other things to do in Vegas besides winning and/or losing all that hard-earned cash.
Las Vegas is all about the many many many massive pools. During summer time, Las Vegas pools come alive with some of the most fun, craziest, wildest parties with beats by some of the world’s best and most popular DJs. From Diplo, Gareth Emery, Calvin Harris, Bingo Players, Dash Berlin, etc etc etc etc. The list of these celebrity DJs are endless, especially during and around the time of Electric Daisy Carnival. EDC is an annual 3-day electronic music event in Las Vegas that attracts some hundred thousand party-goers from all around the globe.
What about those Vegas buffets though? If you’re down for some unlimited steak, pork chops, lamb chops, snow crab legs, sushi, desserts and everything else in between, then you should not miss this novelty. I had the fortune to try out the Bacchanal Buffet at Caesars Palace, and the Buffet at Bellagio as well. But of course, a West Coast trip is not a West Coast trip unless you eat at In-N-Out Burger!
Yes, we all know that Las Vegas is insane. But there’s also more to it than just painful hangovers from all the day drinking that started at 10:30 AM. The shows in Las Vegas are unmatched by any in the world. There are many different kinds of entertainment for different kinds of people. But of course, I will never pass on a Cirque du Soleil show. I went to see KÀ first, and was completely, utterly mind-blown by the acts and the talents of the performers that I have to see another one. The following evening, right before catching a 12 midnight flight back to New York, I was able to sneak in one last Cirque du Soleil show. Mystère was ridiculously amazing and the performers were so incredibly gifted with their skills. I realized while watching the Cirque du Soleil shows, that if the world ends and you have to escape the people that want to kill their neighbors, and buildings will start collapsing and you have to jump from one roof to another, and the only chance of survival means hanging upside down on a thin line for 12 hours and such- then cirque performers are the ones at the top of the food chain and will live through any catastrophic situation.
“We’d be fools not to ride this strange torpedo all the way out to the end.”
-Hunter S. Thompson, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas