If you are someone who is always checking a bag, then this episode is definitely for you! Hello, my name is Holly and I am an over packer who is Team Carry-On. In this episode I talk about 5 reasons why you should be Team Carry-On too. I get that it can be hard. Hopefully this will steer you in the direction of no longer checking it unless you have to!
Las Vegas, Nevada is known as the “Wedding Capitol of the World.” You can pretty much get married almost anywhere. It can be as big or as small as you want. Vegas is also great for any budget. You can get married for a little or a lot.
What can I say, I love Las Vegas! I have been so many times and always find new things to do while also enjoying things I have done several times. It is a great place with much more to offer than what most think. I also love showing what I like to call “Vegas Virgins” around. So when my friend who had never been to Vegas wanted to go with me to see what it was all about, I was happy to take her on my quick 36 hours in Las Vegas!
There are so many things to do in Las Vegas. Drinking, gambling, and hitting the nightlife are what most know of, but there is so much more. Las Vegas seems to have it all, but I bet you didn’t realize just how important Las Vegas actually is though, did you? For example, how much of the Las Vegas strip history do you actually know? How many famous people have walked it? How many famous people (like nelson sardelli) have come from Vegas? You might think that these questions are a little random, but in order to fully appreciate Vegas, you have to know it’s history. Just so you can really appreciate it before you go out and have fun. You don’t need me to tell you how much fun you can have in the casinos, although you may be surprised to learn that you can have just as much fun playing something like paypal slots if you’re unable to visit Vegas for any reason. Last year I let you in on some Fun and Different Things to do in Las Vegas. I promised I would come back with another round and I am here to deliver. I can pretty much guarantee there will be another follow up to this. So if you are wondering what else there is to do in Sin City, keep reading.
With so many great restaurants and buffets in Las Vegas it can be hard to decide where to get some food. I have eaten at many different places around Vegas, but I have heard from a couple of locals that Blueberry Hill is the place to go for some great breakfast. With 4 locations across Las Vegas and not far from the strip, it is easy to indulge.
Las Vegas holds a special place in my heart. It has so much more to offer than many would fathom. I have visited many times and always find something new to see and do. Vegas has gone though so many changes through the years. Many hotels, businesses, and restaurants that were once there have been long gone. They have been demolished and replaced by bigger and newer businesses, the Neon Museum has made sure to preserve some of Las Vegas’ history by having the Neon Boneyard.
Jonathan McCall is a television news anchor/reporter with Cox Media Group. He had the desire to become a newsman, watching local news at the age of 4. Jonathan grew up in Houston, but his career in TV news has moved him to Texas, Louisiana, Virginia, Nevada, California and Oklahoma.
I have always been a sports fan. I enjoy playing as well as watching many different ones. I have also had the opportunity to travel and cover many different sporting events. With the upcoming Floyd Mayweather VS Manny Pacquiao fight, I wanted to give a glimpse into my experience at some of the past Mayweather fights/events I have been to. I am also going to give some tips and information if you plan to go!
The MGM Grand in Las Vegas is home base for Mayweather, where his fights have been taking place. Like many of the hotels in Vegas, the MGM is huge. Leading up to the fight the hotel only gets more and more crowded. The prices for the rooms start to sore. In fact, for the fight of the century, as it is being rightfully called, rooms are currently ranging around $1600 a night and up for Friday and Saturday at the MGM. Keep in mind that is before taxes and resort fees.
Leading up to the main event many people go down to the Mayweather Boxing Club and watch him practice. I haven’t taken that opportunity, but I am sure it is a site to see. I have however gotten the opportunity to watch Floyd receive a plaque from Guinness World Record. This was rewarded to him for the highest selling paper view against Oscar De La Hoya.
If you happen to arrive in Las Vegas early afternoon Friday before the fight there is a weigh-in. The weigh-in is free and open to the public. There is music blasting, crowds cheering, and more. All the boxers on the fight card are in attendance staring each other down and being weighed. It is a lot of fun! At one weigh-in an undercard fight between Gabriel Rosado and J’leon Love led to Love being overweight. Long story short the end result was a no contest ruling.
Many people go to Las Vegas knowing they aren’t going to attend the fight, but just to stand around the MGM and catch a boxer, his entourage, or a celebrity walking around. There are also hopes of getting to attend a party afterwards. As long as Mayweather is around promoting or boxing there is sure to be a crowd! So if your planning to head to Las Vegas for the infamous May 2nd fight here are some things to keep in mind.
1. Get your hotel room ASAP. The prices are skyrocketing. Even hotels on the north side of the strip have rooms around $600 and up for Friday and Saturday night. Off the strips places that are typically around $20 a night are over $260.
2. Tickets to the fight will be ranging from $1500 – $7500.
3. Buy your plane tickets ASAP. The price of flights went up during the SuperBowl, I can only imagine how much they will climb to for the fight.
4. Think about flying into LA or San Francisco and driving. It is a 3 1/2 to 4 hour drive from LA unless you hit traffic. Rental cars in LA are affordable.
5. Keep in mind that everyone in Las Vegas is aware of the money this fight will bring and all the prices for that weekend will skyrocket for accommodations anywhere in the vicinity of Las Vegas.
6. If you are a Money Team fan, the MGM will be selling t-shirts, hats, and more.
7. There is a huge ring that is set up in the lobby of the MGM. Great place if you want a photo op.
Will you be heading out to Las Vegas for the Mayweather V Pacquaio fight? Have you ever been to Las Vegas during a fight? What was your experience? Which fighter is your money on?
The fourth and final day in Las Vegas, and we made sure to end it right!
The first thing we attempted to do was get tickets to see Michael Jackson’s, “ONE” Cirque Du Soleil. We asked around the day before and did some research, but apparently there are no discounts to be found. All the relatively affordable tickets weren’t available.
Since we didn’t get the opportunity to go to Lake Mead the day before, we thought we would try again. So we got dressed for a day out on the water. Before we started our drive back out to the lake we decided to stop at In & Out. If you have never been there, you should when you get the chance. Good tasting burgers and affordable.
After we left In & Out we began our drive back to Lake Mead. In the distance it looked dark and cloudy, but we kept driving anyway. When we arrived to the entrance of Lake Mead, we saw huge rocks and water every where. The news van was there as well. We asked the lady in the booth what had happened, and she said a storm had come through earlier that morning. I bought the $10 seven-day pass the day before, so all we had to do was drive in.
We started driving closer to the marina, but the closer we got the worse it looked. Rocks and water everywhere. We ended up finding out that the storm that came through messed up the marina. They lost power and ended up being closed for the day. So just like everyone else we walked sadly back to the car. We quickly decided to drive over to one of my favorite places…Lake Las Vegas.
The weather by Lake Las Vegas was the total opposite of Lake Mead. Simply gorgeous!
Since it was a Thursday it was pretty quite. Not too many people around and the sun blazing. We walked over to the boats with snacks in hand. I actually ended up with the same boat I had rented a couple of years ago. It didn’t look as nice as it had then and the table was missing. It cost $65 an hour to rent. I was told they had got brand new boats and those cost about $79 an hour to rent starting that following Monday.
It was a little windy, so we were told we couldn’t go past the West in with the boat, but since there is no actual signage we just went up to the bridge and back a few times. The houses are gorgeous to look at. I couldn’t help but to plot out the ways I could one day own one of the houses. You don’t get a driver, you drive the boat yourself so we just took turns driving the boat. We also stopped it to get some good pictures.
After about an hour of driving the boat up and down we had to decide if we wanted to keep it for another hour. We decided to drive it back and go do something else. We walked over to Watercraft Rentals at Lake Las Vegas. I really wanted to try paddle boarding, but after a lot of back and forth we decided to go with the pedal boats.
First of all it just seemed like too much work and we were hardly going anywhere. The other thing was, it was too hot to fiercely pedal in circles, or to essentially no where! So we peddled our way back to the dock and decided to give the paddle boards a try.
The man operating all of this didn’t seem to want to show us how to use them at first, but he did. We initially thought we were going to stay around the dock, but we ended up on the other side of the lake. I was very proud of myself that I never fell in on my first time paddle boarding. It was upsetting not to have a camera out there. So many photo ops that were missed. It felt like forever to get back to the dock. We were out there so long I think I got a little dehydrated.
Once I finally got back to the dock, I told the guy that I never fell in and he told me I should just jump in the water since it was so hot.
Ha! Not the best idea!
I jumped in and it felt good, but it was so hard to get out of the water. The guys cute pitbull Chocolate, jumped in and started swimming and pulling at my swim suit. I was so tired and there were no steps or anything. Getting out of the water was so hard I had to get some help. I drank a couple of bottles of very warm water and Gatorade when I finally got out the water.
After drying off we headed back to the hotel to shower. My friend really wanted to see the Jabbawockees since she voted for them on the MTV show America’s Best Dance Crew. We had a coupon from the book the Luxor gives upon check in. It gave us $20 off the ticket. Then we used our MLife card (Discount card for MGM Properties) which I believe also took a discount off. So we bought our tickets, and then ran to the food court to try, and quickly eat chicken tenders and fries before the show started.
We got into the theater, which wasn’t that big, so pretty much every seat is a good one. Now they don’t allow any pictures or video to be taken whatsoever. A lady tried to take pictures anyway, and they made her delete it off her camera. I also heard one of the Jabbawockees smacked her camera down.
The show was entitled Prism and was great!
The crowd was alive and amazing. Much more alive compared to the Zarkana show. They kept the crowd engaged by being interactive, bringing people on stage, and having great comedic timing. I really liked it a lot because it also had a story line.
So if you’re in town or staying at the Luxor go see them because it is a great show!
Also with the ticket we purchased we got a free t-shirt!
After the show, we drove down the strip to park and walk to see the Bellagio Fountains, and then walk over to the new area The Linq.
The plan was to get on The High Roller, the biggest ferris wheel in the world. It goes up to 550 feet. They have tons of kiosks everywhere to buy your ticket. To go at night the tickets are $34 compared to the day time $20. We really wanted to go during sunset, but this was the second best thing to us.
We didn’t have to wait on a line, and went right in. They have a bar you can stop at before you get on. I saw some very drunk women get escorted out when their ride was over.
When you look at The High Roller, it almost doesn’t look like its moving, but in reality it doesn’t stop moving. We quickly hopped on and off while it was moving. We got really lucky and had no one in our ferris wheel pod. There are seats and air condition, but if you have to use the bathroom go before you get on because it is a thirty minute ride round trip. There are also televisions and they show you how high up you are. They also have music and a guy talking on the TVs which was a bit annoying. The High Roller was great and worth the time and money for the experience. The Linq area is pretty awesome. We walked around there for a while. They have put some many cool places such as Yard House, Sprinkles, Ghiradelli, and Brooklyn Bowl. I wanted something from Ghriadelli, but they closed at midnight. Sprinkles was still open, but they ran out of the ice cream I wanted so I was a little sad. They also had a lot of great artwork.
After an extremely long and exhausting day we headed back to the hotel to call it a night.
Stay tuned for the last part in the series!
We certainly topped off the trip with some amazing experiences!
Have you been on The High Roller? How about a show in Las Vegas?