Vegas is BIG, it’s BRIGHT and it’s on 24/7!
In saying all of this, I was so daunted by the idea of organising Vegas because I was worried we would miss out on something, so here are some of my tips and a few things I wish I knew before we got there…

  • IT IS HOT. Like, seriously frickin’ hot. I mean, der, it’s the desert. But I love hot weather and a good 35 degree Australian Summer day but this was really something else.
  • To combat the weather, there is frozen alcoholic slushies everywhere. AND if you keep your cup (which can range from 12 to 40 ounces, or just over a litre and nearly half the height of your body!) and refill for a cheaper price. For all of your Aussies, also remember the USA standard alcohol serving is double what ours is, so prepared to be wasted after 1.
    The most popular places are:
    Fat Tuesdays, with 7 locations on the Strip.
    Numb in Caesars Palace – and try the ‘Up All Night’ with energy drinks and vitamins added in.
    Purple Zebra – in The Linq opposite Caesars Palace and Omnia.
    Margaritaville in The Flamingo for some different flavours and cocktails.
  • If you’re staying in a Resort that’s part of a chain you can enjoy the facilities at each Resort. For example, we stayed at the New York New York which is part of the MGM Grand chain, which meant if we wanted to use the pool at any of the other MGM Resorts we could for free (Bellagio, Aria, MGM Grand, The Mirage, Monte Carlo etc.)

SHOPPING

  • If you’re not really into walking the Strip in the sunny, 40+ degree heat with a frozen daiquiri in hand, there is LOTS of shopping to be done! There’s generally shops in all of the Hotels, but there’s also malls at The Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood, The Forum Shops at Caesars Palace and Fashion Show.
    There’s also the Las Vegas Premium Outlets at the North and South end of the Strip which you can easily get an Uber to.
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CASINOS

  • I was surprised by how much I enjoyed the Casinos! I’m not really into gambling but we stayed up until 5am one night having a ball and didn’t even realise the time! It’s fun to party with other people at the tables and it really is just like the movies.
    We would spend a few hours at one Casino and then walk to the next Resort along to check out the vibe there.
    In no particular order, these are some of the most popular Casinos in Las Vegas:
    The Venetian
    ARIA
    MGM Grand
    New York New York
    The Palazzo
    Caesars Palace
    Cosmopolitan 
    Bellagio
    Wynn
    M Resort
    The Mirage

NIGHTCLUBS

  • Now, onto the Nightclubs! Again, in no particular order, these are some of the most popular clubs to:
    – Omnia at Caesars Palace – resident DJs Calvin Harris, Afrojack and Kaskade
    – XS at Wynn – lots of EDM featuring Skrillex, Diplo & the like. (Also has Sunday pool parties in Summer)
    – Jewel at Aria – a fairly new club featuring Steve Aoki, Drake, & The Chainsmokers
    – Hakkasan at MGM – probably one of the most popular clubs in Vegas featuring Tiesto & Steve Aoki. Also has the Ling Ling room with some more chill hip hop & 90s beats
    – Marquee at The Cosmopolitan – lots of EDM & top 40. Another super popular club
    – 1 Oak at Mirage – Electro & top 40, plus you might even spot yourself a Kardashian or Scott Disik!
    – Tao at The Venetian – lots of top 40 and fun techno
    – Hyde at The Bellagio – lots of top 40 and dance festuring DJs like Brody Jenner & Lil John
    – LAX at Luxor – throwback 80s & 90s rnb; need I say more!?
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RESORTS & ACCOMMODATION

  • One of the more daunting tasks I found was choosing where to stay!
    There’s sooo many options and I knew I wanted to be close to ‘everything’ so narrowed my choices down to something on the Strip. Then I went onto Facebook and put up a status to get all of my friends’ input and narrowed down my searches again from there. We chose to stay at the New York New York which I loved because it had cool themes walking through the lobby areas with New York style restaurants, decorations etc and the Casino was awesome. Plus, it was on the cheaper side of most Resorts at the time. I used trivago to compare prices of most of the popular Resorts.
    Essentially, if you want to be on the Strip and nice and close, stay within Mandalay Bay & Luxor Resort at the South end and Trump Hotel at the North end and you will be within walking distance of anywhere on the Strip.
    Some of the most popular Resorts are:
    – New York New York
    – The Linq Hotel
    – ARIA
    – Wynn
    – The Venetian
    – Carsars Palace
    – The Bellagio
    – MGM Grand
    – The Palazzo
    – Planet Hollywood
    – Treasure Island
    –¬† Excalibur
    – Circus Circus
    – Flamingo
    – Paris
    – Monte Carlo
    – W Resort

THINGS TO DO IN VEGAS
Once you have tired yourself out from partying, gambling and laying by the pool there are lots of other activities you can keep yourself busy with!
– See a show or concert. There are SO many residencies and famous acts I really don’t know where to start, it’s whatever tickles your fancy rerally!
From Britney Spears, Celine Dion or an amazing Cirque Du Solei show there is something for everyone. Hop onto Google to see what’s on during your dates.
– Have a spa day
– Attend a pool party
– Helicopter over Hoover Dam and the Grand Canyon
– Visit Fremont Street. The old school ‘Downtown Vegas’ consisting of 5 blocks of neon lights, restaurants, bars, small casinos and strip clubs. A more-chill version of the Strip
– Get drunk & get married! Famous for it’s ‘Little White Chapels’ you can find a heap of Wedding locations…most closer to Downtown