USA Week 3: On to bustling Las Vegas
Last week we were in Los Angeles
and this week we are staying in the famous Las Vegas.
About Las Vegas they sometimes say “Youlove it of you hate it”.
Curious what we think of this bustling city? Read our experiences of last week here!
Road trip to Las Vegas
The road from Los Angeles to Las Vegas we travelled through the Greyhound bus. These comfortable buses run to and from different cities throughout the USA. They are slightly more expensive but more comfortable and faster than, for example, a typical city bus or metro. The road from Los Angeles to Las Vegas is beautiful. You drive past mountains and we even did a bit of route 66! The bus ride took five hours and that is also about the maximum time we would recommend to drive these buses. Longer than this is very tiring,but five hours is really still doable. For longer distances we definitely recommend a flight!
Arriving in Las Vegas we immediately felt at ease. Before we came here, we were quite skeptical about this place. We mainly heard negative comments about Vegas. People say it stinksthere – it’s chaotic and small, and so on. We had a very different view of Vegas first. The people there were friendly,the views fantastic and the streets very clean. We saw our time here completely!
As in the movies
Our hotel (Rio hotel) was as impressive as Las Vegas itself. It was a huge building lit up with red and blue colors. The ground floor was completely converted into a huge casino. Furthermore, there were several shops, bars and restaurants and even theatres where certain performances were given every evening. In addition, our hotel had a rooftop bar with views all over Las Vegas. We had only seen something like this in movies! Our hotel room itself was spacious with two king beds, a nice bathroom, a dressing room and a separate living room. And as if that wasn’t enough, we also had an excellent view of the hotel’s pool and beyond the world famous Las Vegas Strip. Especially in the evening this was a beautiful view of the illuminated buildings, attractions and casinos.
De Strip van Las Vegas
The Las Vegas Strip is vegas’ largest and most famous street. You can find all the major hotels and associated casinoshere. Each hotel also has its own casino. Furthermore, this street is a mix of chain stores, bars, restaurants, shopping centers and attractions. And all this is illuminated with all kinds of bright colors. We understand that some people may experience this chaotic and busy, but we love it and a spectacle in itself! Nowhere have we seen so many lights together and nowhere in the world is there so much to do in one street. We don’t exaggerate when we say the Las Vegas Strip is an adult playground.
Take a chance
It’s hard to come here and not take a chance. We have therefore decided to stick to a certain budget per day. We did not raise more than a certain amount and admittedly, this is not always easy. The atmosphere, the staff and the fun of the casinos just lure you to the machines over and over again. The chances of getting hooked are real. Fortunately, we know our limits and we haven’t really lost money. On the contrary, we have won money a number of times and so our bet was always paid back. It’s a nice experience if you don’t over-exaggerate it.
More than casinos
If you don’t come here to gamble in the numerous casinos, there are plenty of other things to do. For example, we visited the impressive shopping centre of Caesar’s Palace. Everything here is built in Roman style and the shops in themselves are also gems. We especially liked the shops where you could buy autographed stuff from famous people quite an experience. The rebuilt monuments such as the Eiffel Tower, and cities such as New York and Venice, also give a nice impression. All this is free to visit and as fun as walking around the casino! And the best? Everything is open here 24/24!
Fremont Street, London
Besides the bustling (night) life of the Strip, there is another street in Las Vegas where there is a lot to do. Fremont Street, like the Strip, is a long street with shops, bars, restaurants and casinos. Only Fremont Street is the old Las Vegas that made this city famous in the past. This is Old Town Las Vegas and you can tell by the outdated buildings. Just those outdated buildings and less modern lighting, make Fremont Street a must-see. Especially in the evening it is beautiful!
We enjoyed our four days in Las Vegas so much that we decided to add another week. So we’re not heading to Washington DC,but we’re staying in Las Vegas for a week longer because it’s so nice here. This is a top destination! In our opinion, we can certainly refute the negative comments about Vegas. To get a good impression of Las Vegas, you’d better stay there for a week or more. This bustling city has more to offer than you think!
Our next destinations are the National Parks
around the Grand Canyon. These parks are a few hours drive from Las Vegas and are already so impressiveon camera, that we definitely want to visit a few. Next Friday you can read our experiences of the National Parks of
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