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For my first two nights, we stayed at Treasure Island located on the more northern end of “The Strip”. A great location to experience the hustle and bustle of everything that goes on – both day and night - plus it's easily accessible to a lot of shops and prime hotels that offer great restaurants and entertainment. This is a very busy area!

Must-dos:

  • Play some ‘original’ style slot machines
  • Take a Gondola Ride outside the Venetian – don’t forget to walk through the lobby and shops inside!!
  • Watch the Volcano Explosion at 8pm outside The Mirage
  • Have a fabulous margarita at Margarita's!
  • Take a roller coaster ride at New York New York Hotel & Casino and maybe stop to have a bite to eat in the New York themed eateries
  • Go along to a Cirque du Soleil show at MGM Grand
  • Visit Fremont Street in the evening
  • Check out the many hotel lobbies – Caesars Palace, Paris, Circus Circus…

During my stay in Vegas, I took a morning tour out to the Hoover Dam and Eldorado Canyon.

The tour took us through Boulder City, along the edge of Lake Mead and to the Mike O’Callaghan-Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge, where we were able to get out and view the Hoover Dam from above. The memorial bridge is a bypass highway which opened in 2010 and has a walkway the whole way along that connects the states of Nevada and Arizona. It has amazing views down to the Hoover Dam and of the Colorado River - and is also the second tallest bridge in the USA! #fact

We then carried on to Eldorado canyon to visit the historical Techatticup Mine, the oldest and richest mine in Southern Nevada that's been used in Hollywood movies!! A family run business, the tour was informative & delivered by enthusiastic staff.

One of my favourite things I did while in Las Vegas was to experience Fremont Street in the evening! Located in downtown Las Vegas - or the old Vegas - just north of ‘The Strip’. I stayed at The Golden Nugget Hotel & Casino, which was the perfect location as you can walk straight out of the hotel and onto the Street – this part is closed off to traffic and is a huge covered walkway. During the day there are buskers, shops, stalls, people, a zip-line running through and plenty to see, buy and experience. At night it turns into an even more lively atmosphere with music, bands playing on stages, bars on the street, people dancing…

Seriously, everyone needs to do Las Vegas at least once. :)

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