Experience Las Vegas without breaking the bank!
Although millions of dollars are dropped in Las Vegas every week, it can be a great destination to visit on a shoestring. This vibrant gambling city has many beautiful vacation rentals for rent. If you choose to stay in a condo on the Strip, prices are pretty high, but if you choose somewhere a couple of blocks back from the main action, there are some bargains to be had. Especially since Vegas is generally done best with a group – it’s easy to keep costs low by renting a gorgeous place with lots of privacy (and maybe even a pool?!).
You can also stay in some of the outlying towns such as Boulder, within easy driving distance of all the attractions as well as trips to Lake Mead and the Valley of Fire State Park. This is a stunning area to drive through with bright red rock formations and areas of petrified wood and petroglyphs. There are plenty of viewpoints and places to stop and picnic or take a walk.
Back in Las Vegas, there is plenty to enjoy without paying a cent. Visit the Fashion Show Mall and see the runway fashion shows as well as browsing a whole range of shops from Chicos to Kenneth Cole.
All the large casino hotels are worth a visit. Most people are drawn to Bellagio to see the dancing fountains. You can stand on the sidewalk and enjoy the show which takes place every 30 minutes, and every 15 minutes from 7pm to midnight. However, there are better places to enjoy the view. Take a seat on the bar terrace just off the main casino and for the price of a drink you can have a grandstand view of the lighted fountains with jets that shoot up to 73 metres (240 feet) when the music crescendos.
Just across the Strip is the Eiffel Tower at Paris. Take a trip up the tower for great views or take a window seat in the restaurant. The views of Bellagio and the Strip are superb.
Another free attraction to enjoy is the Bellagio Conservatory. It hosts five horticultural shows each year on various themes. The conservatory covers over 13,000 square feet and the displays require a team of 120 gardeners to build and maintain them. Take your camera to capture the gorgeous water features, flower beds, specimen trees, and flowering shrubs that are brought in from all over the world.
Further down the Strip, the battle of Sirens is a wonderful show for all ages at T.I. (formerly Treasure Island). This free show has two full-size galleons battling for supremacy on the lake outside the casino. Crowds gather well before the showtimes of 5.30pm, 7pm, 8.30pm, 10pm and 11.30pm. Cannons boom, sails catch fire, crew jump overboard and eventually one of the galleons sinks. It is a truly amazing free spectacle well worth making a point of visiting.
Finally, Caesar’s Forum Shops includes a statue show depicting the Fall of Atlantis every hour on the hour and there is a wonderful aquarium full of marine fish, coral, and anemones. You may not want to pay the designer prices of clothes here, but it is worth a visit just to see the “sky” periodically change from day to dusk.