It was hard to wake up early in a cold and freezing morning, snuggling against the warmth of our bed. However, today is the start of our exciting tour in Las Vegas, so we have to eat breakfast, take a shower, and get dressed for the long day ahead. My niece Miko and husband Derick who sponsored our trip will bring us to famous hotels and casinos and we will revel in a unique dining experience. We are thrilled to explore and see the charm and elegance of the famous Las Vegas.
Las Vegas is known primarily for its gambling, nightlife, and entertainment. However, it has more than that. You may also indulge in shopping, fine dining experience, and embark on a myriad of activities you would surely enjoy.
The city has many nicknames which include the famous Sin City, the Gambling Capital of the World, the City of Lights (Paris too), the Entertainment Capital of the World, and the Marriage Capital of the World.
Another thing about the city is that it now ranks as one of the world’s most visited tourist destinations. So imagine how excited we are as we head off to our first-day family getaway!
Here are the places we visited in our Day Two
The Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas Sign
We started the day visiting the famous Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas Sign. It was past twelve noon and there was already a long queue for picture taking. We went to the left side of the Sign and took selfie photos. Then after, we approached a tourist to take us whole body shots. Unfortunately, there are photo bombers on both sides.
The iconic Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas sign was created in 1959 and was designed by Betty Willis, a female commercial artist.
A bit of trivia. The Sign is not actually located in Las Vegas but in Paradise. It is about four miles south of the Las Vegas city limits. Never leave this gleaming city without a photo with the Sign to complete your fabulous Las Vegas experience.
The Sign is open 24-hours. Some opted to start it early and head off to the Strip while others at sunset until night for perfect lighting. It is best to get early to avoid the long queue and take photos with no intervening people around.
Address: 2001 N Grand Ave, Las Vegas, NM 87701
Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino
I had known Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino because this is where the previous fights of Philippine boxing legend, Manny Pacquiao were held. I heard this is his favorite venue. It felt surreal as we set foot in one of the most gorgeous and best casinos in the Las Vegas Strip.
The shimmering gold building of Mandalay Bay was stunning. Getting inside is another thing. We did not play in the casino, we enjoyed walking around. It has 4,000 hotel rooms and a casino with 122 table games and 2,400 slots.
It has many awesome amenities: the 11-acre pool area with a beach, a lazy river, world-class restaurants, the House of Blues concert hall, shopping stores (The Shoppes), the Shark Reef Aquarium, night bars, the 12,000-seat Mandalay Bay Events Center, and a lot more.
Indeed, it was a complete resort that will make your Las Vegas experience truly unforgettable.
Address: 3950 S Las Vegas Boulevard, NV89119
The Boiling Crab
After our visit to Mandalay Bay, we head off to The Boiling Crab for a late lunch. It was just a few blocks away from the Strip.
The Boiling Crab is a popular Louisiana-style Cajun seafood restaurant. It is famous for its fresh crabs, crawfish, and shrimps, steamed or boiled in the Cajun-style blend of spices. The restaurant started in a small town in Southern Texas in 2004. Through the passing of time, the family-style restaurant started to expand into branches bringing fun and taste of a backyard crab fest to the world.
What is so unique about the restaurant is that we will eat on white liner paper on bare hands. Plastic bibs were distributed to protect our clothes from getting messy. Miko and Derrick being regular customers of The Boiling Crab wanted us to try one of their best sellers. They ordered Gumbo (with rice, shrimp, sausage, and Cajun fries). Our dipping sauce is lemon pepper.
Our appetizer was Cajun fries. It should have been for the kids only, but we ordered an additional three because it was so crispy and tasty. The Gumbo was served in a plastic bag. The shrimp was seasoned well with the spicy Cajun sauce. The sausage was tender. What a great time sharing good meals with the family while exchanging happy stories!
Address: 4025 S Decatur Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89103
Contact Number: (702) 386-0808
Monday to Friday: 3:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Saturday to Sunday: 12:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Paris Las Vegas Hotel & Casino
Every hotel and casino has its striking feature. Like for Paris Las Vegas, its theme is the city of Paris, France where it has the replica of Eiffel Tower standing at 540-foot. It has the casino with over 1,700 slot machines and rooms with a chic European look.
It has many things to offer too like shopping to its charming boutiques, a happy meal to any of its 13 restaurants and coffee shops, full-service spa, a relaxing swim at Soleil Las Vegas Pool, viewing at Eiffel Tower, a night out in any of its bar and a lot more.
A visit to Paris will take you to its sister property, Bally’s Las Vegas. It is within close proximity to High Roller (giant Ferris wheel) and LINQ Promenade. Paris is owned and operated by Caesars Entertainment Corporation. Feel the European’s most romantic city in Paris!
Address: 3655 Las Vegas Blvd. South, Las Vegas, NV, 89109, US
Bellagio Las Vegas
I had known Bellagio when I watched Ocean’s Eleven, a heist movie that starred George Clooney, Julia Roberts, and other famous actors way back in 2001. However, its striking attraction is the Fountain, a massive and choreograph water musical feature that synchronized with light and music. The show takes place in the afternoon and early evenings, and 15 minutes from 8:00 pm to midnight.
Bellagio is a luxury hotel, resort, and casino owned by The Blackstone Group and operated by MGM Resorts. If The Venetian is known for being a “romantic hotel”, Bellagio is famed for its elegance. It offers elegant hotel rooms and suites, pools & cabanas, spas, salon, best shopping, group and private dining options, lively entertainment, sports venue and so much more.
Truly, you can feel Bellagio’s elegance and sophistication from inside and outside.
Address: 3600 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89109
Hell’s Kitchen is a restaurant adjacent to Caesars Palace’s main building. I had seen some seasons of global hit reality television show Hell’s Kitchen with its host, the world-renowned Chef Gordon Ramsay.
Getting inside the restaurant was amazing. I felt I was in the studio as a guest. The restaurant can seat more than 300 guests that serve lunch and dinner menus. It has a bar, private dining room, and glass windows overlooking the famous Strip.
Address: 3570 Las Vegas Boulevard South Las Vegas, NV 89109
Tel: (866) 227-5938
It was getting late in the evening and there are kids in the group, so we cannot stay long hours in casino hopping. Our last stop for the day is in Caesars Palace, a luxury hotel and casino, owned by Vici Properties and managed by Caesars Entertainment. Caesars has stylish rooms, suites, and modern casino facilities.
What is so unique about Caesars is its Roman Empire theme. Upon entering the main building, three statues will initially bring you to the Ancient Room. Near the entrance is the statue of Augustus Caesar.
What I love aside from strolling and window-shopping at The Forum Shops is taking good photos of gods and goddesses in the Fountain of the Gods. It was a good spot to sit awhile and marvel at the statues of Jupiter, Poseidon, Minerva, and Pegasus. They were tall and impressive. It was relaxing too to watch the changing sky ceiling.
Caesars also offers shopping (Forum Shops), buffet and fine dining options, a swim to Garden of the Gods Pool, relaxing spa, the Fall of Atlantis show, bar parties, and a lot more.
Address: 3570 Las Vegas Boulevard South Las Vegas, NV 89109
End of Tour
That ends up our first tour in the City of Lights. Never in my life did I imagine that one day we would set foot in this amazing city! Las Vegas is full of life, elegance, and charm. It was a tiring day but a well-spent one. We have our last day to explore Las Vegas tomorrow and we are looking forward to another amazing day ahead!
Good night shimmering Vegas!
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