Visit: Las Vegas

Location: Las Vegas, Nevada
Entrance Fee: That’s up to you, folks
Must-see: The Strip, The Hoover Dam

This post will be short and sweet, because I’ll be honest with you: when I made a quick stop in Vegas for a night, I went to bed at 11:00 p.m. I know, that’s less 1990s kid and more 1890s kid of me, but when the bizarre party never ends, you don’t have to stay up all night to have fun. Or do. Either way, Vegas can’t be missed.

Excalibur Hotel in Las Vegas

When we made our way here in between stops at the Grand Canyon and LA, we were really just looking for a comfy bed, a nice pool and a few fruity drinks. We weren’t disappointed. We stayed at Excalibur, and even if we hadn’t left the hotel, we would’ve seen plenty of Vegas. But thankfully we did make it down the Strip, past the luxurious Bellagio, the Marilyn Monroe and Hangover impersonators and the guy promoting “The World’s Largest Titty Bar.” After an overwhelming list of restaurants, we decided on Margaritaville. We had a few drinks, got some balloon hats and headed on our merry way back to our hotel.

Balloon hats at Margaritaville

Food and drinks might be pricey in Vegas (I paid $7 for a grande iced coffee at Starbucks), but for you budget-travelers out there, this place has the most free entertainment of anywhere I’ve ever been. Stop and watch the street performers. Go inside the fancy casinos. Gamble away your pennies. Live it up. Because the best part of Vegas is that literally no one cares what you do. NO. ONE. That’s a real can-do city. A true 90s kid destination.

The pedestrian bridge at the Hoover Dam

Side note: On your way into Vegas, be sure to check out the Hoover Dam. Park for free at the entrance and walk across the bridge for the best (and cheapest) views. Or, pay $10 to park right next to the dam.

As always, comment with questions.

Bye, Bye, Bye,

Erica

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