There are plenty of things to do in Vegas, whether you stay on the strip or venture off the beaten path.
On our recent visit we took a day trip to see two ghost towns, we rode the High Roller, went to Freemont Street, shopped, spent plenty of time eating good food and walking the strip.
Before we left home, we purchased night tickets to ride the LINQ’s 550 foot tall High Roller. Currently it is the tallest observation wheel, at 107 feet taller than the London Eye. We decided to walk to the wheel since it was only ½ mile from our hotel. When we walked over to the LINQ, we did not think it was running that evening because it appeared not to be moving. But as we drew closer we could see that it was moving as it was rotating very slowly. It takes 30 minutes to complete one full revolution.
With tickets in hand we went inside and got in line.
If you have never rode on the High Roller, there are several different packages to purchase. One is the happy half hour package, includes one 30-minute ride and an open bar with unlimited beer and mixed drinks. We didn’t think we would get our money worth out of that package so we purchased the night ride only.
The High Roller contains 28 glass enclosed cabins holding up to 40 people each. We only had about 20 people in our cabin making it comfortable to move around to take pictures. There were two benches on either side of the cabin if you did not want to stand the whole time.
When boarding and departing the cabin, the wheel moves at a gentle speed of one foot per second. It is a very smooth ride as we never felt the movement or rocking like a regular Ferris wheel.
Once inside, we selected a spot at the windows and got our cameras ready to take pictures for the next 30 minutes. The overhead monitors talked about the history of the wheel, your elevation, when you reach the top, and prepared us to exit the wheel. Also a time elapse video was shown on the complete construction of the wheel. We took pictures the whole time. The spectacular view of the strip at the top were amazing.
If you have never been to Fremont Street, go at night for the light show. This section of the strip contains the older casinos for when the strip started. There are lots of street performers, bright lights, a zip line, but not a place to bring kids.
Shopping in Las Vegas
If you love to shop, Vegas has plenty of shopping whether it’s at the Las Vegas North Premium Outlets, Las Vegas Premium Outlets South, Fashion Show Mall or the many places on the strip.
The Grand Canal Shops connect the Palazza Hotel and the Venetian Hotel. With the variety of stores available you would never have to venture outside. Whether shopping, or eating at high end restaurants, a variety of bake goods to pick up breakfast, Teavana to sample some tea, Tacos & Rita’s for a drink to carry around, or a food court to pick up a sandwich, you could find it in the Grand Canal Shops.
Inside the Canal Shops, there was a man-made river that snaked along the way. Gondola rides were available copying the actual rides in Venice Italy. Note the special effects of the ceiling mimicking the sky.
Mon Ami Gabi
Located directly on the strip at the Paris Casino, the outdoor patio at Mon Ami Gabi was my favorite place in Vegas to eat. As with any good restaurant, we waited forty-five minutes in line for lunch. We were able to sit outside on the patio surrounded by portable heaters with a view which looks across Las Vegas Blvd to the fountain show at the Bellagio. When we were there they cut back on the water show at the Bellagio, so we missed having a front row seat. If that is important to you, check the times before going there to eat. Even without the fountain show, we enjoyed the view of watching people walk the strip.
To start our lunch, the waiter brought a small baguette of authentic French bread and pot of butter. The staff could not have been any friendlier. We never felt rushed during our meal.
We both had a sandwich and shared an order of profiteroles for dessert.
Pampas Brazilian Grill
Another place we ate was the Pampas Brazilian Grill. This method of eating was new to me. After directing us to the buffet, of which it was a meal in itself, the main course consists of traveling meat cutters. They would show up with the meat on a spit and slice off the section.
The only way they stopped bringing meat to the table is when the marker on the table displayed the red side. The other side is green which means bring me more. We had a fabulous meal at Pampas Brazilian Grill located inside the Miracle Mile shops.
One can spend hours walking the strip and going into each hotel.
At night the strip gives off a different vibe.
The Bellagio Fountains
The Bellagio Fountains did not run as often as they have in the past, but we were able to catch a show.