Viva Las Vegas, Route 66 & The Hoover Dam #9

I think we are now on Day 20 of my trip in America. After an amazing couple of days in Monument Valley & the Grand Canyon, we set off on our way through the desert towards Las Vegas. En route to Vegas Baby (I can’t even begin to tell you how many times “Vegas Baby” was screeched throughout the trek) we had some really exciting stops along the way.

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The first stop was a town called Seligman and this was actually the birthplace of Route 66. This town was pretty incredible with so much to see and so many places I needed to photograph. Seligman is quite the tourist destination but I’d say it’s a place definitely worth visiting. The whole Main Street is decorated with American flags, Route 66 signs and there are also iconic vintage cars in front of all of the stores. There was plenty of gift shops which we ended up going in most of them. There was literally so much you could buy.

Seligman, Birthplace of Route 66 - Las Vegas USA Diary - Rachel Nicole UK Blogger Seligman, Birthplace of Route 66 - Las Vegas USA Diary - Rachel Nicole UK Blogger Seligman, Birthplace of Route 66 - Las Vegas USA Diary - Rachel Nicole UK BloggerThe next stop en route to Las Vegas was highly requested from yours truly. I’ve heard so much about the fast food chain IN-N-OUT Burger which you can only really get on the West Coast of America. If you know about this place, you’ll know about the hype. I’m not even kidding when I say that this burger I had was life changing. For only seven dollars you’ve got the most delicious burger, fries and a drink. IN-N-OUT is probably one of the top things I miss from being in America.

IN-N-OUT BURGER - Las Vegas USA Diary - Rachel Nicole UK BloggerIN-N-OUT BURGER - Las Vegas USA Diary - Rachel Nicole UK BloggerThe final stop off before Las Vegas was the Hoover Dam. The dam is situated right on the state line between Arizona and Nevada meaning that it is two different times zones. Obviously, the Hoover Dam is a massive landmark and there was nothing like it when it was originally built. I wouldn’t exactly say it was a must visit but I suppose it’s pretty cool to see if you are passing.

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After the Hoover Dam, we were finally on our way to Las Vegas. I cannot tell you how excited we all were about arriving in Sin City. As you are driving towards the city, the skyline can be seen from 16 miles away. Our tour guide drove us from one end of the strip to the other so we got to have the full experience of seeing all of the different hotels and casinos as Elvis Presley’s Viva Las Vegas played on the radio.

Our hotel for the next two nights was The Golden Nugget which is situated on Fremont Street which is right at the bottom of the Las Vegas strip. Fremont Street is a really cool area with a massive light show and old casinos. The location isn’t great though, it’s about a 10-minute car ride to the main strip. I wouldn’t advise walking in between the two areas as it’s not the best but it’s super easy to get Uber’s around.

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The plan for the evening was to experience the strip from a party bus which was included in our Trek America tour. Before our first night out in Vegas, we checked out the amazing swimming pool in The Golden Nugget. The Swimming pool actually went round an aquarium which made you feel like you were swimming with the fish and sharks. There was also a water slide which went through the aquarium but sadly was closed. I have to say, I very much underestimated how cold Las Vegas would be in November. It was freezing.

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After ordering a delicious steak on room service and spending a couple of hours getting ready, it was time for the party bus. I believe we spent around two hours driving up and down the strip on the bus and we were allowed our own alcohol. I’m not going to lie, the whole bus situation did get a little bit messy but we had the time of our lives. The bus took us to the famous Las Vegas sign, the little chapel where Britney Spears got married, we passed the Bellagio Fountains before getting off at the Wynn resort.

The Wynn resort is home to the XS nightclub which DJ Marshmellow was playing that night. Back in November, I had no idea who DJ Marshmellow, turns out he’s a big deal now. After spending a couple of hours at the XS nightclub (which was pretty insane), I was determined to have an explore of some of the other hotels on the strip.

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One of the hotels that I was most looking forward to visiting when I was in Vegas was the Venetian hotel. I’ve seen some of the photos of this hotel and the interior and exterior just look incredible. The hotel replicates Venice with canals, St.Marks Square and gondola rides. The ceilings were even painted with blue skies and clouds, the attention to detail is incredible. I was surprised that even though it was the middle of the night a lot of the places were shut down so there was barely anybody about. This meant we got to explore the canal area and get some really good photos without a lot of people being there.

The next day was quite a late start due to all the sore heads. Our first stop was the Fashion Show Mall. Las Vegas has thousands of different shops from the biggest souvenir shop in America to all of you designer boutiques in the hotels such as the Bellagio and Caesars Palace. We decided to go to the Fashion Show Mall as there were shops such as Forever 21, Sephora, Macy’s which were more affordable.

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The Fashion Show Mall is also home to the Sugar Factory which I’d previously seen promoted on social media by various celebrities. The menu looked incredible with the craziest inventions like Rainbow Burgers and even having burgers in a milkshake. In the end, I went for waffles with caramelised bananas, fruit and whipped cream. It was delicious, all of the meals that were being served around us just looked so yummy.

Exploring Las Vegas did become a struggle. The night before had kinda turned us all into walking zombies. That afternoon, we only ended up going back to The Venetian. One of the things I really wanted to do whilst in Las Vegas was to go on a gondola ride. The gondola rides are quite pricey at $30 each so three of us nearly came to $100 for a 12-minute gondola ride but in my opinion, I rather enjoyed myself.

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That evening we booked to go see the Chippendales at the Rio hotel which is just off the main strip. We decided that we should go to some sort of show after Vegas and it turned out to be a really fun night out for us girls. As it was our last night in Las Vegas, I really wanted to explore a lot more of the hotels on the strip so we went to Caesar’s Palace. You have probably seen this hotel featured in The Hangover and yes, I did ask if he’s actually live there. In Caesar’s Palace was the first time I actually had a cheeky gamble. I won $60 of my first dollar on the slots! I’m not sure how that happened but I think I’m a very lucky person.The Chippendales, Las Vegas USA Diary - Rachel Nicole UK Blogger

When you’re walking through these hotels it is incredible to see all the great details in the themes and how extravagant everything is. A couple of other things I wanted to see in Las Vegas was the Belaggio Fountain Show & New York, New York roller coaster. Unfortunately, by the time we got to these places they were both finished or closed. We did get to explore the hotels though and the Bellagio was insanely beautiful. The theming of New York, New York is so cool. The food area is just like Greenwich village so you feel like you’re walking along the streets of NYC. We also went into the Cosmopolitan hotel which I believe is one of the newer hotels on the strip and had some amazing restaurants such as beauty & Essex, STK & Eggslut.Las Vegas Strip USA Diary - Rachel Nicole UK Blogger New York, New York, Las Vegas USA Diary - Rachel Nicole UK Blogger

Although my stay in Las Vegas was short but sweet, I was fully swept away by it all. I’ve never been to a place like this before and I was left wanting more. If you followed me on social media, you’ll know I did actually end up going back for a few days. I’m going to leave this post here as it’s already super long. In the next one I head over to California for a few weeks!

Have you ever been to Las Vegas? Do you want to go?

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8 Comments

  1. March 4, 2018 / 11:13 pm

    What an amzing trip, you have packed in so much and shared some beautiful photos of your whole trip. It looks so inviting , I would love to do the same trip.

  2. March 5, 2018 / 7:33 am

    Oh wow, what a wonderful adventure to go on! I’d love to do that too one day – you’ve stirred my wanderlust!

  3. March 5, 2018 / 2:09 pm

    Brings back lots of memories as we did the same route to Las Vegas almost 10 years ago. Love all your photos.

  4. March 5, 2018 / 5:17 pm

    Gosh and Wow! How fabulous is all this adventure? Amazing! Route 66 is so iconic, what a great place to visit. For me you’ve sampled some of the wonderful side of America, and looks like you really enjoyed it. I have friends who have been to Las Vegas, but I’ve never been myself. One of our friends got married there!

  5. March 5, 2018 / 6:54 pm

    We love Vegas. There is so much to see and do in the city and surrounding area. We took a helicopter trip over the Hoover Dam but would have loved to have seen it close up. Well done on winning on the slots! Did you get free drinks when you played? Marcus did but ended up spending over 100 dollars on his ‘free drink’ lol

  6. March 5, 2018 / 8:26 pm

    I love Las Vegas! My Dad lives in Utah, only a few hours drive away, so I’m lucky enough to have been twice when I was younger. Both times I was under 21 though, so I never had the opportunity to experience the gambling and nightlife there. Hopefully one day I can go back!

  7. Fatima
    March 6, 2018 / 1:52 am

    I’ve always wanted to visit Las Vegas but will seriously have to plan something now. The gondola rides are always pricey, even in Venice they charge quite a lot but the views are amazing!

  8. March 6, 2018 / 2:40 pm

    Vegas baby!! Looks like you had a fab trip with the look of you awesome piccys – I have travelled a lot of America and deffo Vegas is a unique place to visit for sure x

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