USA’s Most Entertaining Cities Vol 2: Las Vegas
After going to Los Angeles, known as the Entertainment Capital of the World, it made perfect sense to continue my journey to Las Vegas, yet another city with an abundance of entertainment options. Although L.A. and Vegas are just 269 miles apart, they are like whole different worlds.
As I sat back in the bus, enjoying the passing scenery, I noticed that the landscape is constantly shifting. The beautiful California coastline filled with enormous palm trees steps back and Nevada’s Mojave Desert, where cactus flowers are the usual dwellers, comes forward. Somewhere in the middle of that sprawling desert lays the hidden gem – Las Vegas.
As I headed to the most famous street in the city, Las Vegas Boulevard (The Strip), I felt like visiting another planet – a surreal, neon colored fantasy straight out of the movies. The Strip offers an endless selection of spectacular hotels, shows, world-class dining, and supreme shopping experience. It is the only place where you can wake up in Egypt, have breakfast on the Eiffel Tower, ride a gondola, watch an erupting volcano, and play blackjack in the pool, all in the same day.
Regarding the hotels on the Strip, the famous Bellagio, Paris, and Mirage are not merely places where you can sleep, but rather mythical cities where you can spend your entire stay and have the time of your life. Inside, there are huge casinos offering a variety of games to test your luck and either win or lose big. I was surprised to see people playing even at 5 a.m but that is simply the natural flow of Vegas. The casinos are not equipped with clocks, as time is irrelevant in Sin City. Almost any of your desires can be instantly gratified 24/7 as long as you have the needed finances.
Apart from the casinos, common to every hotel on the Strip, I felt that each hotel has its own unique look and vibe. Inside Caesars Palace you enter a modern-day mall with the architecture resembling the one from the Roman Empire. There you can enjoy world-class shopping in famous boutiques like Louis Vuitton, Chanel, Gucci,and gourmet dining in the famous Gordon Ramsey Steak. I felt that you do not even need to leave because there you can have everything you need. Nevertheless, I did step outside so I could go and sample the incredible experience that the other hotels can offer.
I couldn’t miss going to the Paris Hotel, where you enter a half-size replica of the Eiffel Tower and get transported to the City of Lights, without leaving Vegas. Within the hotel, you can find numerous small streets that mimic those in the French neighborhoods, thus, creating an alluring and romantic atmosphere. There, you can enjoy some delicious French pastries and dishes, and get a sense of the French lifestyle.
Another hotel worth visiting is The Venetian. It is filled with canals, gondolas, bridges, strolling performers, and plenty traditional restaurants that make the spirit of Italy vivid. This hotel is replicating the beauty of Renaissance Venice with its lavish decoration, and even having a piazza in Venetian style. To make the experience even more enchanting, the ceiling of The Venetian is painted as a sky.
While all the mentioned hotels are filled with numerous entertainment options, the ultimate Las Vegas iconic landmark is the dancing fountains at the Bellagio. I was impressed and left speechless by the spectacular performance of the fountain that uses a dramatic combination of water, music, and light. The water dances and is perfectly choreographed to famous songs of Frank Sinatra, Michael Jackson, and others.
If you are feeling tropically inclined, test the waters of the pools in some of the famous hotels. The best feeling for me was to dip in the water and retreat from the midday heat of Las Vegas. Some pools here are like real life oases with their palm trees, sea water and sand.
It’s Vegas Baby – the ultimate escape, the place where there is something for everybody. It doesn’t really matter if you spend your time playing games or sampling the unique atmosphere of the hotels – you will leave the town convinced you have had the time of your life.