There has been an itch that I have not been able to scratch since this pandemic started, and it was the itch to get out and travel to places. With the Delta variant being more contagious than the COVID-19 strain we’ve been trying to flatten in the last year, I was taking every precaution that I could to not catch or carry this variant home.
That being said, I was very fortunate that my boyfriend’s family picked to go to Las Vegas for this trip, because there is more to do than just party the night away and then go into gambling debt during the day. I’m going to tell you a few of my favorite things that I did on my trip in today’s post.
1. Comedy Shows
When you ask my boyfriend what is something I have an interest in, he will answer, “Comedians.” Or at least, that’s what he said when I asked him. So he wasn’t too surprised when I asked him if we could go watch a stand-up show. Specifically, we went to watch Jo Koy. It seemed to be a good pick on my part, because my boyfriend doesn’t typically enjoy himself at these shows, but he actually found Jo Koy to be very funny.
What I thought was cool about this experience is that I am in the middle of reading Jo Koy’s biography, and I’m at the point where he talks about how he started his career in Las Vegas and how school at UNLV wasn’t what he ever saw for himself. It felt kind of surreal to me that the timing of our trip worked out like that.
2. Cirque Du Soleil
So here’s a confession: my boyfriend and I are not party people. We love and appreciate a quiet night in between the two of us, and we don’t mind having to keep to ourselves. So instead of going out to the clubs, we made sure to book ourselves some shows to attend. We were able to book tickets to both Mystère and O of the Cirque Du Soleil shows.
What I love about the branding of Cirque Du Soleil is that it is truly unlike anything else. It’s so playful, and nothing really goes together, but somehow all of the odd parts work together. If I had to choose between the two shows, I would say that I liked O more than Mystère because there is something more playful about the aquatic aspect of the show. But maybe my opinion doesn’t really count, because the O show was so much later that I dozed off a little in the middle.
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You can’t take me to a new place without me wondering about whether or not there is an independent bookstore in the vicinity. Then when our plans fell through when it came to going to see the Grand Canyon, I went ahead and suggested that maybe we make the stop.
I was a little worried when I gave our Lyft driver the info and he started talking about how it was a little coffee shop. When I got there, the reality was that the coffee shop was the front of the unique space. That’s what I like about independent bookstores, the fact that they’re not your typical Barnes and Noble. While The Writer’s Block didn’t have the book that I was looking for, the eclectic nature of the store front was charming. From a pseudo-bird sanctuary to a little penguin display with holiday lights, I found something that will be unique to my trip.
4. Walking Through the Hotels Along the Strip
We stayed at a hotel on the strip, which I would recommend because it’s central to a majority of things you’ll do in Vegas and I think it’s cool to look out your hotel window and see the strip at night.
I would say that if you love architecture/interior design and don’t mind a long walk, take the time to wander through all of the hotels located on the Vegas Strip. They are all so unique and different in style that it’s kind of like traveling but not. My favorites would be The Venetian and The Cosmopolitan. I think The Venetian did the best job at cultivating the vibe of walking and shopping along the streets of Venice. The Cosmopolitan stood out to me because it made me feel like I was in an episode of Gossip Girl, and I had an amazing drink at The Chandelier Bar that was so refreshing I wish I could have it all the time.
What are your favorite things to do in Las Vegas? Have you been traveling yet this year? Is there something you have done this year that you didn’t get to do last year that has made you very happy? Tell me in the comments below!
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