February 26, 2018

Hi guys,

As you may have seen on my social media – I spent 5 days last week in Las Vegas, Nevada with the best group of girls – Rosie, Niamh and Lauren. We were invited over by the Tourist Board to explore everything Vegas had to offer and we had an absolute ball. To see what we got up to, watch my video here, but to learn a little more keep reading 😊

How we got there

We travelled to Las Vegas McCarren Airport with British Airways from Dublin via Heathrow. The flight to Heathrow was about 1 hour, we had a two hour layover and then a 10 hour flight to Vegas. The flight back was 2 hours shorter.

There are direct flights from Dublin too – and if you book in advance you can usually get a very reasonable rate for flights 😊

The Vegas Airport is literally 10 mins from the main strip. You can see all the hotels when you land so it’s very handy.

Where we stayed

We stayed in the MGM Grand hotel. It’s one of the largest hotels in Vegas with over 5,000 rooms. It has lots of outdoor pools (Wet Republic is based here in the spring/summer months), a gym, a food court and lots more 😊

What we got up to

We had a jam-packed itinerary for our 5 days in Vegas. Here’s what we got up to:

  • Seven Magic Mountains: About 30 mins from Vegas in the middle of the desert, visiting these colourful stacks of rocks was the perfect start to our trip. It was so unusual and cool to see.
  • Yoga in the High Roller: This hour long experience was one of my favourites from the whole trip. We had the best view of Vegas and learned some new moves from new heights in the High Roller.
  • Helicopter ride to Grand Canyon: We flew with Maverick Helicopters – it’s a 4 hour experience (hotel – hotel). Then flight takes about 45 mins, we stayed in the Canyon for 30 mins and then flew back again. The views were just out of this world. I had been to the Canyon once before by bus. It took 8 hours each way – so we lost a full day in Vegas – the views both times were equally amazing – but different. The price difference is about $400/$500 for the helicopter and $70 for the bus.
  • Visit the Neon Museum: it’s a ‘junkyard’ type museum filled with old Neon signs from hotels, casinos, restaurants and so on.
  • Go on the New York New York Rollercoaster (it was closed while we were there)
  • Nightclubs – I visited 3 nightclubs during our time in Vegas: Hyde at the Bellagio (overlooking the fountains and the Eiffel Tower), Haakasan in the MGM, and Omnia in Caesars Palace. Omnia was my favourite it had a terrace over looking the strip as well as an EDM and Hip-hop room.

Where we ate

  • Avenue in the MGM hotel (the best American breakfast we could have asked for)
  • The Yard House on the Linq Promenade (casual lunch dining)
  • Holsteins in the Cosmopolitan (smart casual dining, great burgers!)
  • Jardin at the Wynn Hotel (glamourous evening dining – the decor was stunning)
  • Chica in the Venetian (amazing latin/ mexican food – my favourite meal in Vegas was here)
  • Shake Shack (true american dining – the best burgers!)
  • In N Out (A fast food chain based only on the West Coast of America!)

How much money will you need?

Vegas caters for everyone in terms of both activities and budgets. We treated ourselves to nice meals in the evening but during the day grabbed breakfast at Starbucks, Delis and Fast food restaurants. There are of course convenience stores (CVS, Walgreens) that have food/ drinks for a lower price than you’ll pay in bars and restaurants – we stocked up on water here for our rooms.

Bear in mind Vegas ATM machines do tend to charge you (between $3- $9) to withdraw money – I would withdraw as much as possible before arriving so you don’t get hit with all the extra fees each time you take out money.

Uber is really handy for saving money while in Vegas. This how we got around most days – and you’ll usually get a better rate than a standard taxi (unless there is a surge charge) so make sure you download that app before you go.

Anyway I think that’s everything, I hope you found this blog post useful. This trip marked my 4th time visited Vegas (twice for work, twice for fun) – so if I’m still a fan at this stage I promise you can take my word for it when I say it’s an amazing city. I always refer to it as a playground for Adults. It’s just so much fun.

I want to give a big thanks to the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority for inviting us on this amazing trip – it’s one that I’m pretty sure will be hard to top,

Lou x

Louise Cooney

Fashion, Lifestyle & Travel blogger from Limerick, Ireland.  

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