I remember going to Las Vegas a lot when I was younger. I guess people who have never been to the US (also known as my lovely relatives), find some sort of allure in Vegas, whether it is simply the fame and hype in general, or the multicultural influences displayed ever so exuberantly in the architecture and thematic interior decoration of each hotel, or the extreme materialistic culture built around tourism that offers everything from casinos to strip clubs to shopping (for daysssss) to all you can eat buffets and cirque du soliel shows...no matter what it is, one this is for sure. Vegas itself is a show. And whether its a low budget vacation for college students at a (sketchy!) motel, or a more luxurious family getaway filled with food and shopping, Vegas offers so much in such a concentrated area.
Here we go!
Rule #1: ALWAYS PACK A LOT OF SNACKS
Because you never know how much traffic you'll be caught in. On our way down, we stopped by the wonderful SGV to stock up on food before the long haul (through Nowhere, California). And good thing we did, because we were stuck basically at a stop for at least an hour and a half due to a big car accident (on a two lane street). You better hope you enjoy the people you drive with too!
Rule #2: Make 2 stops from LA. 1) Outlets 2) Buffet
Once you get closer to the destination, rather than spending time finding parking, checking in, settling in and spending time in line for food, might as well stop at M Resort for an affordable but quality buffet dinner off the strip. Once you enter a food coma, you can drive the 15 or so minutes onto the strip and once settled in, walk off the food babies and explore what Vegas has to offer in terms of free shows and shopping or even just looking at the thematic architecture. Basically anything involving walking is a good idea.
Places to Explore:
Off the Strip
One thing that just needs to happen is to truly enter a food coma via a hotel buffet. They range from relatively affordable to a big splurge and either way it's just happiness being surrounded by food. This trip, we went to The Buffet at Bellagio for Christmas brunch. I'll let the pictures speak for themselves.