Las Vegas As A Tourist

For my 21st birthday (June of 2016), I booked a week long trip for my boyfriend and me to visit Las Vegas, Nevada (yes, this is where we live now). I pretty much planned every single one of our days that we’d be there before we even went. I made reservations for restaurants and bought tickets for all of the museums and events I wanted to attend. I did a LOT of research on all of Las Vegas’ “must-see’s,” “must-do’s,”  and “must-eat’s” before I visited. I figure other folks do the same thing when they’re about to head out on vacation, right? It can’t just be me… (right?!!)

So, if you’re planning on going to Vegas someday… here’s a quick review of all of the things I saw and experienced that you just might want to see and do as well. 😀

Restaurants I Reserved:

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Honey Salt
1031 South Rampart Boulevard
Las Vegas, NV 89145
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This restaurant was the farthest away from our hotel we drove the whole time we were in Vegas. It was the only farm-to-table restaurant that I could find and we just had to try it! It was absolutely wonderful and definitely worth the drive.

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Carson Kitchen
124 South 6th Street
Las Vegas, NV 89101
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This is the restaurant we dined at for the actual day of my birthday. It was so nice sitting on the rooftop but, I remember it was quite windy once the sun went down and the server shouted “hold on to your chicken skins!” because they serve chicken skins for an appetizer. The food was spectacular and so unique.

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Table 10
3327 Las Vegas Boulevard South at The Palazzo
Las Vegas, NV 89109

We had to try one celebrity chef’s restaurant on our vacation and we both love Emeril Lagasse so we chose to make a reservation for a 3-course pre-fixe dinner at Table 10. Everything was so perfect and this is where we fell in love with Sangrias. Sadly, I think this restaurant has closed down now since I can no longer find it on the Venetian nor the Palazzo website. Emeril still has two other restaurants open between the two casinos though.

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Le Café Ile St. Louis
3655 Las Vegas Boulevard South at Paris
Las Vegas, NV 89109
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We didn’t make reservations for this restaurant, actually. We just found it on a day that I didn’t make us one. It was so cute, it really gave off that street café, Paris vibe!! The food was really freaking tasty, too! It was casual but still kind of fancy.

Museums:

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The Mob Museum
300 Stewart Avenue
Las Vegas, NV 89101
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This was the best and most fascinating museum, ever. It was filled with so much information and history about The Mob and how Vegas came to be. My boyfriend and I spent over half of our day here reading everything and watching all of the videos. There was SO much to learn. I highly recommend you go to this museum if you visit Las Vegas.

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The Neon Museum
770 Las Vegas Boulevard North
Las Vegas, NV 89101
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The tour guide was actually rather annoying. I would have preferred to have been allowed to roam around and read little signs or something but, there weren’t any signs so you have to listen to the tour guide explain everything and she doesn’t let you move until she’s finished blabbing away. There is a day tour and night tour… I’d suggest the night tour so you can see the lights turn on– the ones that are still working, at least. It was definitely interesting to learn about and to see the actual old lights that used to light the streets and skies of Las Vegas.

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Pinball Hall Of Fame
1610 East Tropicana
Las Vegas, NV 89119
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Ooh, we had so much fun here!! Not only do they have super old pinball machines to ooh and aww at but, MOST of them in are in working order! So yes, you can play them! We spent so much time and quarters at this place!

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$1,000,000 Stack
128 Fremont Street at Binion’s
Las Vegas, NV 89101
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It is free to get your picture taken behind this stack of a million real dollars! I don’t know if you would consider this a museum but it’s definitely a sight to see!!

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Madame Tussauds
3377 Las Vegas Boulevard South Suite 2001 at The Grand Canal Shoppes
Las Vegas, NV 89109
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We had so much fun taking photos with these seriously, life-like, made-out-of-wax celebs!! There weren’t tons of people when we went so we were able to take as many photos as we wanted and use all of the fun props they had out.

Lounging, Partying, Drinking:

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The Chandelier Lounge
3708 Las Vegas Boulevard South at The Cosmopolitan
Las Vegas, NV 89109
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This is absolutely the most beautiful lounge in Las Vegas that we went to/have ever been to. I ordered my first legal drink here!! I don’t really remember what it was but it had a fancy made-out-of champagne ice sphere floating in it. They also gave me flowers in a pot and lollipops as a birthday gift! The drink was sweet and didn’t at all taste like alcohol. It was perfect for my first drink!!

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Lily Bar & Lounge
3600 Las Vegas Boulevard South at The Bellagio
Las Vegas, NV 89109
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I’m pretty sure the Hibiscus Margarita I had at this lounge is still the best cocktail I’ve ever had. I’ve been back a few times to have one since I’ve lived here.

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Parasol Up/Down
3131 Las Vegas Boulevard South at The Wynn
Las Vegas, NV 89109
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The drinks were tasty but not the strongest. The main reason why you need to go to this lounge is the decorations and seating! It looks and feels like a super fancy circus tent.

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107 SkyLounge
2000 Las Vegas Boulevard South at The Stratosphere
Las Vegas, NV 89104
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If you want the absolute best view of Vegas but, don’t have hundreds of dollars to spend at The Top of the World restaurant… have a drink at the 107 SkyLounge instead! (You can even see the restaurant right below you.) It was seriously magical up there!

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Bahama Breeze
375 Hughes Center Drive
Las Vegas, NV 89169
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This was actually a restaurant I had made reservations for but, it wasn’t for the food. We only ordered appetizers and drinks here. We have returned a few times since we’ve lived here but only for their amazing, unique, and super tasty cocktails. The interior design is so tropical, I love it!

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Rehab Beach Club
4455 Paradise Road at The Hard Rock
Las Vegas, NV 89169
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We only went to this one day/beach club the whole time we were there. There was free entry on certain days so we chose one of those days. It was super nice and relaxing with a DJ playing awesome music in the center of it all. The alcoholic slushie we had was strong enough to get us tipsy and helped keep us from overheating plus, the refills weren’t so expensive. I really liked that there was sand on the floor of the pools, it gave off that beachy vibe!!

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Turnt Up Tours
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We bought tickets to this party bus. You pay one fee to get to the front of the line of 3 different, popular nightclubs on the strip and you get free drinks while riding to and from each location on this dope ass tour bus!! It was totally worth the price, we had so much fun and we don’t even like nightclubs. I highly recommend booking a tour with them if you enjoy the party scene but just have no idea where to start when you get here!

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Eyecandy Sound Lounge
3950 Las Vegas Boulevard South at Mandalay Bay
Las Vegas, NV 89119
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Not only did we have some of the tastiest (and strongest) drinks here but, the lounge itself was more like a super intimate nightclub equipped with little, private booths and a dance floor! We met our Turnt Up Tours host here and we loved it so much we went back on our own once before our vacation ended and have even returned to get the cocktails a couple times since we’ve lived here.

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Light Nightclub
3950 Las Vegas Boulevard South at Mandalay Bay
Las Vegas, NV 89119
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Our first nightclub stop with Turnt Up Tours was here. The club was obviously large with fun lighting and music but it was rather empty. It was a bit early, I guess, for Las Vegas and it was also EDC weekend so most people in town were there but it was boring here. We actually left to eat at the 24/7 restaurant across the way and finished just on time to meet up with the group and get on the bus to the next stop.

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LAX Nightclub

This was our second stop on the bus tour. It was located in the Luxor but, I think it has closed down now since it’s no longer listed on their website. It was really fun but rather small. It had caged women dancing and an urban feel to it. We all had tons of fun dancing here! It forced us to party with the people on the bus with us since the dance floor was so intimate– it turned out to be a good thing, though!

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Foxtail Nightclub
2535 Las Vegas Boulevard South at The SLS
Las Vegas, NV 89109
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Our last stop with the tour bus was here. The SLS is a newer casino so it’s super elegant. This nightclub was definitely “poppin'” though!! They had go-go dancers on mini stages in the front of the dance floor so they got everyone wanting to dance, too. The dance floor and club itself was spacious. There was a lot of room to just stand around and also, enough room to dance in your own space but, it still was totally cool if you danced with a stranger. There was a lot of fun people everywhere!! I remember my boyfriend having the most fun and dancing around A LOT here.

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Hakkasan Nightclub
3799 Las Vegas Boulevard South at The MGM
Las Vegas, NV 89109
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This is the only nightclub I specifically chose to go to. I even bought us tickets beforehand. There was some EDM DJ performing the night we bought tickets for (I forgot which one!) and I reeeally wanted to check this place out! I didn’t want to not get in for any reason so I bought tickets even though everyone says you shouldn’t buy tickets to a nightclub in Las Vegas since they usually let you in for free. But come on, there are FIVE floors to this club! There’s a restaurant and a lounge, a dance floor, of course, and so much more. It was nuts!!! I might have had to pay to get in but I didn’t have to wait in the extremely long line! There was a VIP line for those with tickets… so ha!

Snack Stops and Shops:

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Hershey’s Chocolate World
3790 Las Vegas Boulevard South at Showcase Mall
Las Vegas, NV 89109
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You will want to buy every single treat that their bakery has to offer. I bought two s’mores but, I hope to go back soon to try so many more things!!

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M & M’s World
3785 Las Vegas Boulevard South at Showcase Mall
Las Vegas, NV 89109
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There is no bakery here but, there are all things M & M’s. It is so fun to shop around this store. I never knew there were so many colors and flavors of M & M’s! I bought a super cute M & M’s cookie jar that I still use!! There are so many cute souvenirs you can buy!

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Chinatown Plaza
4205 Spring Mountain Road
Las Vegas, NV 89102
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I love all Chinatowns and Chinatown malls. This little mall is so cute, right in the middle of all of the restaurants. I actually kind of forgot about this little mall until now and now I’m itching to go again! There are a few little shops, bakeries, and restaurants in here but there’s not a whole lot… it’s still fun and super cute to walk through though.

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Fremont Street Experience
498 Fremont Street
Las Vegas, NV 89101
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If you have been following my blog for awhile, you probably already know how much I love the Fremont Street Experience. I advise you buy all of your knick knacks in the shops here… they’re the cheapest and they have the largest variety!! This is the best people watching spot in all of Las Vegas, trust me. There is an outstanding amount of bars, nightclubs, shops, entertainment, gambling, and restaurants all within walking distance from each other on Fremont Street. You could spend 24 hours walking back and forth and never get bored!!

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Downtown Container Park
707 Fremont Street
Las Vegas, NV 89101
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This is right across from the Experience. It is filled with a bunch of little shops, a little playground with a tree house, and a stage for live entertainment. I didn’t get to look through all of the cute boutiques because everything is outdoors and it was nearly 120 degrees this day… I was melting. There is a bunch of different sculptures and artwork everywhere. It’s really a neat little place. It is only open to people over 21 years of age after 9p though because it becomes a little party park. It’s awesome! There’s also a huge dome in the front that you can buy tickets to watch movies in.

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In-N-Out Burger
Various Locations
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Of course, growing up in the Midwest, we had never tried an In-N-Out Burger before so when in Vegas, we had to try it!! Honestly… it wasn’t the best thing in the world and the “animal sauce” isn’t anything to write home about… but hey! You gotta try everything people rave about once, right? We bought a cool T-Shirt from here, too. Yay for souvenirs!

Pools & Waterparks:

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Wet’n’Wild Las Vegas
7055 South Fort Apache Road
Las Vegas, NV 89148
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Maybe I lied earlier about Honey Salt being the farthest away we drove from our hotel. This waterpark was quite a ways away, too. I honestly wouldn’t even recommend going here, though. It was not worth the drive. All of the tubes you sit on seemed deflated so my ass and back kept getting fucked up on the water slides which had barely enough running water. We didn’t spend more than an hour here. Also, it’s pretty small, with not that many rides… and the lines were EXTRA long. The cement is freaking hot, too, so you can’t run around bare foot.

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Garden of the Gods Oasis
3570 Las Vegas Boulevard South at Caesar’s Palace
Las Vegas, NV 89109
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This pool was really so dang beautiful!!! You can get in for free even if you aren’t a hotel guest and you’re allowed to sit on the lounge chairs (not the day beds) for free, too! Some places charge for that and only allow you to lay on the ground with your towel or stand in the pool. I noticed the most children playing here so it’s also kid-friendly! The water here was freezing COLD, it made me shiver and the temperatures outside, like I mentioned before, were above 110 degrees Fahrenheit! If you are too hot and can’t do anything else, go here and get refreshed!


Those were the most memorable places I visited on my week-long vacation in Las Vegas!! There is definitely more, more, and even MORE to see and do in Las Vegas that I haven’t gotten a chance to experience yet… and I’ve also found a ton of new spots to drink, lounge, relax, and eat at while living here but when I was a tourist; all of the places I listed (above) were my priority destinations and I highly recommend most of them if you ever visit Sin City!!

Have you ever visited Las Vegas? What were the most memorable things you did? What was your favorite and unforgettable thing you saw? Did you try any fancy cocktails? Go to any nightclubs? Remember any crazy desserts? See any talented but strange street performers? Do you believe “whatever happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas”?

XO, Hunida


Featured Image by Daniil Vnoutchkov

26 thoughts on “Las Vegas As A Tourist

  1. Hunida, this post is so much fun!! And you look absolutely gorgeous in every photo! You and your boyfriend are so cute ❤ Man, the wax celebs are super realistic! I did a double take, seriously!

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  2. I have not yet been to Vegas, but I know I’ll eventually get out there. 🙂 The main attraction that stuck out to me that you listed was the Pinball Hall of Fame. We have a pinball museum close to where I live and it’s awesome! You only have to pay for the ticket to get in and all the machines are free to play! My fiance and I spent hours there last year for his birthday.

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  3. Hunida, omg girlfriend you brought tears to my eyes with this post!!!! Three years living there and you talk about some of the places that I knew and remembered. When I go back in June, God willing for the NHL Awards , I’m going to go into some of these places that I didn’t get the chance to go to. I’m glad you spent so much time in Downtown Vegas. You forgot the Preying Mantis insect in front of Container Park that lights up at night, cause you know EVERYONE is an entertainer in Vegas, lol. Glad you focused on Downtown Vegas cause not many tourists go there. I didn’t know that info about The Garden of the Gods . Caesars Palace is on my bucket list so gotta try it out . Thanks again for this wicked awesome post. VIVA LAS VEGAS !

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  4. You always find a way to bump Las Vegas up on my list of places to visit, it’s gonna be like I’ve never been out of the house lol! And this is now another one of my favorite posts, I know you worked very hard on this one too. You’re doing so good with your blog girl!💖

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  5. Lots of amazing places, I’d love to experience the nightlife over there even though I’m pretty sure I won’t like the music they play lol. I did like the sky lounge and the chandelier one, they looked amazing.
    And I can’t believe you guys have in-n-out over there.. I mean technically we have one here too but it’s like 3 hours away lol…sucks you didn’t like it as much, I really like it just as much as Helvetia which is in Hillsboro and really really good lol.
    I hope I can visit someday, I may not go to bars or night clubs but there’s plenty to do there

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