Las Vegas is too much and over the top and you’ll either love it or you’ll love to hate it. The Strip is like a giant amusement park for grown-ups and I have yet to experience my first dull moment in this fascinating, hyper-active neon oasis. Las Vegas has something for all tastes, whether you’re into fine dining, all-day shopping or all-night clubbing, and the party never stops.
Some people would probably tell you that one visit would be more than enough, but Las Vegas is one of those cities that I’m always looking forward to see again. There’s always a new restaurant opening, or a nightclub, with a new name and concept, so you’ll never get bored, and that’s from someone, who has visited Las Vegas 7 times so far:
2007: My first time to visit Las Vegas. I was taking an aerobatics course in Livermore, and after finishing, my classmates and I went on a 9-day road trip including Las Vegas. It was short, but sweet and I was immediately won over.
2010: I visit Las Vegas with my sister Trine. We spend the days by the pool and party at night at Pure and LAX.
2011: Poul and I get married at A Little White Wedding Chapel and splurge on a corner suite at Bellagio. We’ve brought our friends from home and Elvis was also so kind to stop by (for a hefty fee). For my bachelorette party, my friends take me on a stripper lesson at Strippers 101 and in the evening, we go and watch Chippendales at Rio. Our wedding dinner was at Michael Mina and it was exquisite. The last couple of days, it is raining, so we spend most of the time in our suite.
2013: My Swedish friend AC and I go on a Vegas vacation together. For AC’s birthday, we’re having dinner at MIX and continue the evening at XS. This time we’re staying at The Palazzo, which is one of the nicest places I’ve stayed in Las Vegas. Best night out: Marquee.
2014: This time I’m in Las Vegas with another Swedish friend Cecilia and an old classmate from university. We stay at The Linq and love the location, but not so much the noise from the bar right outside our window. We spend most of our nights at XS and Marquee. I ride a mechanical bull.
2015: I’m in Las Vegas on my own for the first time. My friend Jessica arrange that I meet up with her friend Susan. I also join a MeetUp group and meet a really cool girl from Oklahoma, with who I hang out most of the week.
Traveling solo to Las Vegas was interesting and I met some really nice people, but except for gambling, most of the city’s primary attractions are more fun to experience in the company of friends.
2016: I go to Las Vegas with Trine for the second time. Oh how she’s been missing those buffets! We eat so many crab legs that we start getting worried that we might get kicked out.
Another culinary highlight is dinner and dessert at Raku. It really sparked my curiosity to explore all the great independent restaurants off the Strip. Man, there’s so much tasty food out there! We also checked out the new nightclub Intrigue at Wynn, but the best night out is at good old VooDoo at Rio.
I had really been looking forward to staying at Cosmopolitan, but to be honest, it wasn’t as awesome as I thought it would be. It’s a nice hotel at a great location, but that’s about it.