If there’s a city deserving of both love and hate, it is Las Vegas. Look past the glittering lights, and you’ll see a riveting reality of its flamboyance. Gambling, gluttony, sex, and alcohol are not the only subjects that highlight this city. In a local’s perspective– it is home. Tourism heavily affects our economy as we rely on visitors to make an honest living. Hah! Honesty, now that’s an irony welcomed in an adult’s playground.
Still, my love for this city extends great heights as it caters to its locals. Talk about, $1 margarita, $6.99 steak and eggs, affordable buffets, super cheap entertainment, FREE entertainment, and gambling– if you say you have nothing to do in Vegas, you’re doing it wrong! The following is how I would do Vegas (in Downtown Las Vegas):
We Know Alcohol
Gravity Defying Zipline
When you’re in Downtown Las Vegas, trying Slotzilla is a MUST! There’s nothing like zip lining at the Fremont Street that satisfies both locals and tourists! Being afraid of heights myself, I would try this over and over again! There are two options in riding: a lower and an upper line. The lower line is in a sitting position, and it takes you to half of Fremont Street. The upper line is a “Superman” position, and the line will take you to the end of Fremont. It costs $25 and $45 respectively. Try it at least once!
Food For Days
Garden Court Buffet at Main Street Station
Garden Court Buffet (Monday-Friday)
Lunch – $8.99
Garden Court Buffet (Saturday & Sunday)
Paradise Buffet & Cafe in Fremont
Paradise Buffet Breakfast – $8.49
Paradise Buffet Lunch – $9.49
Prime Rib Night Dinner (Sunday, Monday & Thursday) $15.49
Seafood Fantasy Tuesday’s – $21.99
Steak Night Wednesdays’s – $15.49
Enjoy Free Stuff
Free Photo Op With A Million Dollars – Ever seen million dollars right before your eyes? At Binion’s, take a glimpse of it! Photos are taken in between 10AM-11PM everyday. And guess what? The photos are free of charge!
Free Brewery Tour – Sign up for a free guided tour at Banger Brewing! It’s near the SlotZilla zip line tower! This is a must-try for beer lovers! Sign up for your tour here.
Free Slots – Enjoy free slot machine pulls at the Fremont Street! You’ll find one at Binion’s and Four Queens. You could win up to $2,500 in cash and free coupons all around the casino are available too. The odds of winning may be slim, but did I mention that it’s free?
Sharks! – The Golden Nugget’s pool is an incredible stunner with a marvelous feat of engineering. This is a 200,000 gallon tank full of sharks. Viewing is free, and the pool is open to the hotel’s guests.
|The welcome sign to Nevada at the Hoover Dam Bypass.|
|View of the Hoover Dam from the Hoover Dam Bypass|
I took a tour to Grand Canyon today. It’s amazing how long I’ve lived in Vegas, but I’ve never been there before. Considering that it’s only 2 hours away, I really don’t have an excuse as to why I shouldn’t have gone sooner. The tour itself was interesting as I’m not used to someone making an itinerary for me. But I did appreciate the day trip. The tour guide was filled with so many entertaining facts and tips about the canyon and anything related to Vegas.
The first stop was at the Hoover Dam bypass. We were only there for about twenty minutes until we hopped back on the bus to travel to Grand Canyon. May I just add how amazing it was to be in two different time zones? I mean, at one step, it was 8 AM and then a step forward, you’re in Arizona at 9 AM! How cool was that? Anyway, for a two-hour road trip, I thought that I was going to get a little antsy, but I didn’t. I loved every minute of it! After all, I was in good company.
|Guano Point literally meaning bat dropping was one of the spots to be to get a 360 view of the canyon.|
|Rain happening on the over side of the canyon.|
|The high peak at Guano Point. People hiked and sat at the tip of it. I couldn’t bare to do it since being there was enough to shake a fright!|
I have to admit that I was starting to question its existence. I know, it’s silly! It was not until… BAM! It was there! And it took my breath away. You only see the Grand Canyon in photos, but there’s nothing like being one with nature to justify its beauty. It was all shades of thrilling as I had to fight my fear of heights! Totally worth the anxiety, though.
I went on a cloudy day which was an easy tour because I imagined that it was going to be super HOT! Instead, there was rain on the other side of the canyon. At some point, you could see lighting which honestly scared the f*** out of me! By the end of the tour, it started raining. My friend and I planned to go to Eagles Point where the Skywalk, but it the rain continued to pour! Now, I can only wish I was there again. Is there a repeat button?!