Recently, I decided that I’m going to try and visit all 50 states and so far I’ve hit 19 of them.
The newest state I decided to explore was Nevada and I got to explore the crazy streets of Las Vegas. And oh my god, I love Vegas!
Despite the smell, the city is lit up with bright colors, blasting with loud music, flooded with people from all over the world and filled with great vibes.
I was lucky enough to go with my friend Sophia, Sara and Sara’s family where we celebrated Sara’s birthday and her parent’s 30th anniversary.
Driving from the airport to the hotel, I was loving all of the different aesthetics that the exterior of each building had to offer.
We stayed at New York New York and our room had a cool view of the infamous Big Apple Coaster which we did ride on one of the nights!
The first night, Sophia, Sara and I started our night off at the Bellagio after arriving too late for guest list to see Migos at Dria’s Nightclub.
Womp womp, but it ended up working out, because the promotor at the Bellagio gave us a ton of drink tickets, so we each enjoyed a few drinks and began to dance the night away.
After those drinks, we were pretty lit and walked the strip after leaving the Bellagio. Everything after that was pretty fuzzy but through collective recollection we all agree that we ended up at Planet Hollywood in another club.
The rest of the night was a blur, but Sara’s sister said we came back at around 4 A.M., so it’s safe to say that night one was a success.
The next day sleeping in was a must due to having a huge hangover. Unfortunately, it’s true that you just can’t drink like you used to as you get older.
Sophia and I ended up venturing out on the strip at 2 P.M. and tried out 800 Degrees Pizza for lunch. It’s cool to see the strip during the day as well as at night, but both times are just as mesmerizing.
At 800 Degrees, we got a Caprese and the Tartufo which was topped with truffle cheese, mushrooms, roasted garlic and arugula. Both were really tasty, so I would definitely recommend it if you have a location in your area.
In the afternoon, we took a ride to the Graceland Chapel to renew Sara’s parent’s vows. The ceremony was so sweet, especially when tears started forming in their eyes.
Photos weren’t allowed inside the chapel, so here’s one I took on my phone in the lobby.
To celebrate, we had an early dinner at the Il Fornaio Italian restaurant in our hotel.
I had the Linguine Maro Chiaro which was a thin pasta with clams, mussels, prawns, and scallops that are seasoned with tomatoes, crushed red peppers, garlic and Trebbiano wine. The dish was really good, especially the scallops!
After a looong nap, we walked our way through the hotel to ride the Big Apple Coaster, which was definitely the craziest coaster I’ve ever rode. The coaster has a 144 foot drop and went up to 67 mph!
My eyes was constantly opening and closing during the ride, because it goes so fast that you barely have time to react until the next loop or drop. The wildest part for me was the corkscrew and I swear my body ached the next day due to being ruthlessly tossed around during the ride.
Later that night, we partied at the Encore Beach Club for free, thanks to being on the guest list. The party was packed with people in the cabanas, in the pool and around the perimeter. I swear it was something out a movie with all the flashing lights, DJ set, and drunk and dancing people.
The performer that night ended up being Kygo, so that was cool to watch for a while. We turned in around 4 A.M. again, so night two was a success.
Waking up early the next morning was rough due to the lack of sleep, but it was a must because I haaad to see the Seven Magic Mountains before my flight at 11:50 A.M.
The Seven Magic Mountains is about 30 minutes outside of Las Vegas, but should definitely be on your list because it’s such a spectacular sight and is only there until May 2018. There were snake warning signs so I was pretty freaked out but enjoyed it nonetheless.
Our Lyft driver was such a gem for waiting for us while we explored the 30 to 35 foot eye-catching structures. The rock columns were so bright, large and very interesting to look at from all the different angles, so you know we made sure to get lots of photos among the rock mountains.
Although I didn’t win any money in Vegas, my true luck came when I made it to my flight with 5 minutes to spare. I was that girl running through the airport as they called her name over the intercom.
It was truly a miracle because I had to make it back to the hotel from the Seven Magic Mountains, catch a ride to the airport, check in my luggage, go through security and get to my terminal, which was at the complete opposite end of the airport.
Despite all of that, my overall time in Vegas was so much fun. I truly love the city and definitely plan on making multiple trips out there because each time would be a completely different experience since there’s so much to do and see.
It felt so weird to get back to our hotel in the wee hours of the night and see tons of people that are still awake drinking, gambling and socializing as if it was still daytime.
Las Vegas truly is a wild place were everything that happens should stay a secret, but where’s the fun in that!?
What’s your favorite thing to do in Vegas? Let me know in the comments.
Thanks for reading and stay hungry to learn, create and grow!