Travel & Culture

A Day in Las Vegas

Day 1 of our 2×4000 summer road trip! We announced this trip a few months back, but for those that aren’t caught up, we’re doing a road trip around the Western half of North America for 2.5 months. We’re going to lots of places, from Zion National Park in Utah to Denver to Vancouver, then down the West Coast back to Los Angeles.

On the official first day of our road trip, we stopped by Las Vegas to check out the Strip because Annie has never been there before. Some highlights:

Packed car and ready to go

For this road trip, we rented a car through Costco. A lot of people we talked to were surprised this was possible, and were also surprised at how reasonable the rental price was. On the day of pick up, the only car they had on hand was a KIA Sportage, which is considered a mid-sized car. We reserved a compact car, so we got a free upgrade! Thankfully we did because the KIA barely fit all our stuff.

The “Welcome to Las Vegas” Sign

We finally made it to Las Vegas after a few hours of driving. Obviously had to stop and take a photo of the sign! After that, we met up with our college friend Bella and headed towards the Strip.

The Palazzo

We parked at the Palazzo because of free parking, and who doesn’t like free things?! Walking through all these hotels in itself could be a day trip. What’s cool about checking out these hotels is that each one has their own unique interior design and architecture. The Palazzo is the tallest completed building in Nevada and has an Italian Renaissance ambiance.

Caesars Palace

Many of you may know this hotel because it’s one of the oldest landmarks on the Strip. Caesars is supposed to make you feel like you’re in the Roman Empire. Like everything else on the Strip, Caesars is grand with a huge shopping area, famous buffet, casino… it’s a lot to take in.

Earl of Sandwich and Milk Bar

Two suggestions from Juliet’s sister: Earl of Sandwich and Milk Bar.

We were a little doubtful about eating on the Strip because it’s so touristy. Maybe it was because we were tired, but that Chipotle Chicken Avocado sandwich was delicious!

Milk Bar is a dessert restaurant created by Christina Tosi. She has won several James Beard awards, and worked several years as the pastry chef for all of David Chang’s Momofuku restaurants. It’s a huge deal! It’s hard to describe what’s so special about it because the menu is cookies and ice cream, but it’s worth a shot to see if you’re into all the hype or not.

Fountain Show in front of The Bellagio

There’s a lot of things that Las Vegas is known for: crazy pool parties, big buffets, crazy humidity, “what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas”… and the Fountain Show at the Bellagio is one of them. If you’re ever here in town, you have to go watch! It’s prettier after dark, but we watched an afternoon show because we were on a schedule.

Haus of Gaga

This was recently added to Park MGM, and Juliet really wanted to check it out cause LADY GAGA IS EVERYTHING. It was a free museum that housed Gaga’s most famous looks, including the meat dress. Cue the song Shallow

A wonderful day hanging out with friends and checking off the first city on our road trip!

Annie & Juliet

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