When we moved to Southern California we always imagined doing weekend trips to Las Vegas…and that’s what we still like to do. People think the only reason to go to Vegas is to either gamble or get drunk, but that’s not us. We enjoy the one-of-a kind hotels, world class entertainment and good food. It’s one of our favorite destinations to get away. The drive from our home is about a 4 hour drive, but lately it’s been a lot of traffic and this time we decided to fly (only 45min) – which is so convenient. During this trip we experienced extreme temperatures in Las Vegas like we never had before – about 125F! It was so boiling hot that even flights got cancelled or had to be rescheduled to the night where it was “only” 115F. You know that feeling when you check on your baking pie in the oven and the hot air blows in your face? That’s how it felt the entire time – on your entire body. I thought my hair and skin were on fire. I’ve never experienced such dry and hot temperatures. We also didn’t know that there was a huge EDC (music) festival over the same dates and there were lots of very interesting teenagers in (non-existent) costumes walking around. When I say costume I mean crazy hair and boots and just patches placed in certain areas of the body. 😉
Hotels: I have a handful of hotels in Vegas that are my absolute favorite – and we stayed in two of them.
Bellagio: Our accommodation here was in an amazing Bellagio Tower Corner Suite with fountain view. My highlight: You turn the TV channel to music and follow the synchronized fountain spectacular from your room. Amazing! I also LOVE all the seasonal decoration in the hotel. This time they had Italy and Amalfi Coast as a theme…all decoration is made out of real flowers. Incredible! With these temperatures we also checked out the pools…may I say the best pool area in all of Vegas :-). Breathtaking pool scenery with hand crafted stone fountains, Mediterranean designed tiles and lush citrus trees imported from Italy.
Aria: The second hotel we stayed in on this trip is Aria. As soon as you enter the lobby you get enticed with their signature Vanilla smell … MHHHH. Usually in Vegas there’s smoke in the casinos, but not at Aria. It’s one of the greenest hotels and also is up to speed with the latest technology (you got my play of words here,right? ;-)) in the rooms and throughout the hotel. Aria has a young vibe and my favorite gym in Vegas with a fireplace to relax 😊
Buffet: We tried each day a different buffet: at Wynn, Bellagio & Aria…I know buffet sounds kind of gross…but this is a different level of buffet. While all of them are outstanding – my favorite must be at the Wynn as they have the most beautiful decoration. All flower centerpieces and the dessert section has a chocolate fountain. It’s so over the top Vegas!
Show: This time we saw Cirque Du Soleil “KA” at MGM Grand. I didn’t know what to expect but this is hands down the most visually stunning show from Cirque Du Soleil. The story is basically about good vs evil and set in the land of “Ka”. The stage is one platform that can turn and flip vertical. Then they project different sceneries on the platform. It truly became one of my favorite Cirque Shows!
Helicopter Flight to the Grand Canyon: We had planned for a Sunset Helicopter Flight to the Grand Canyon, but when we got there they told us it may not be possible to land in the Grand Canyon due to the heat. The pilot would decide it when we get close to the landing area in the Grand Canyon. At 6pm it was still 117F but luckily, we had AC in the helicopter. The flight is amazing – starting over the Mojave Desert, to Hoover Dam and over Lake Mead. Then you get to the Grand Canyon and the massive rock formations and colors at sunset keep you speechless. We were fortunate to be able to land in the middle of the Grand Canyon, an area where no other people have access to. The pilot put out a picnic and Champagne toast – but too hot to eat (for me). After a 20-minute stop we flew back and had to do one more quick stop to refuel. When we flew over the mountains back to Las Vegas we arrived shortly after sunset on the Strip. Such stunning views!
So that’s how you do Vegas without gambling or nightclubs. 🙂 What are your favorite Las Vegas experiences?