Las Vegas – Disneyland for Adults

Vegas Baby!!! Sin City! Disney Land for Adults! This city is known by many names, and it’s one of the biggest party travel destinations in the United States. But does it really live up to its hype?

Fun Things About Vegas

There are plenty of fun things about Vegas. You can carry your drink around with you outside in the streets! Isn’t that fabulous? There are nightclubs, bars, restaurants, shows, gambling, the list is endless! Actually, the list isn’t endless. There are a few novelty museums and attractions in Vegas, but that’s about it.

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Sin City is Over-Rated.

Booze and Games

There are really only two main things to do in Vegas – Drink and Gamble. Both will cost you quite a bit of money. If you love gambling – love the slot machines, the sparkling lights, roulette, Texas Hold ’em, Craps, and all of those games, then Vegas is the city for you. No other city in the country can rival the gambling experience of Vegas. Well, maybe Atlantic City can, but I’ve heard it’s kinda scuzzy. Never been though. 

Party Time!

Vegas has done an excellent job of also marketing itself as a party city. I guess this is true, almost every casino also has a club (lounge) or a bar that you can party in, but these clubs aren’t much different than the ones you can go to in your home towns, or any large city. They also tend to be more crowded and more expensive. I tried to go dancing at one of the Casino clubs, but it was jammed so full of people that I could barely move. That isn’t dancing.

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If you are going to Vegas for the party atmosphere, you could save yourself a lot of time and money by taking an Uber to your nearest city or college town, bar hopping there, and taking an Uber back. You get the party, don’t have to worry about driving, but also don’t have to pay for a plane ticket or a hotel room. You can have just as much fun at a club in Kansas City as at a club in Vegas (I actually had more fun at the KS bars!). The saying “what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas” is just a marketing scheme.

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Another downside to Vegas (to me at least) is the smoke. Nevada is one of the few states that still allows smoking indoors. Now if you are a smoker, this will be great news to you, so go enjoy Vegas! If you are not a smoker and come from a city that bans indoor smoking, this will be a great shock. And it will not be pleasant.

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Buy all the things!

Vegas is also very well known for its shopping. There are some huge malls in Vegas, most of which have all of the fancy designer stores you could imagine. It’s fun to window shop and imagine, but most of the items in these stores are priced far beyond the reach of any middle class shopper. The malls cater to us poorer folk too though, they have H&M, Forever 21, and all the other typical mall stores. But I have all of these stores at home too. I don’t see the point of going to Vegas to shop.

Misery

Vegas in the middle of summer is miserable. The heat is incredible. You can hardly walk a block before being overcome with dehydration. Mixing alcohol with this heat is dangerous. The place to be in Vegas in the summer is the hotel pool. Most hotels have a nice pool with a great bar and cabanas. The problem is you have to rent a cabana well in advance for who knows how much money (more than I can afford!). Many hotels also go so far as to make you rent a beach chair! I mean, I don’t hate, because I understand why.  The pools get very crowded very fast. Unfortunately, a fun pool party quickly turns into shoving as many bodies into a pool as humanly possible. It’s the only way to beat the heat, and its gross.

Seriously Though, You Should Go

Despite all of its downfalls, I would recommend that everyone go to Vegas at least once. The shows are spectacular. I highly recommend the Cirque Du Soleil “Love” show (but I am a Beatles fan). The other Cirque Du Soleil shows I have been to have all been fantastic as well. It’s also fun to see the dancing fountains of the Bellagio, the Pirate show outside of Treasure Island, and the dancing light show of Old Town. The buffets are ok, they give you a lot of bang for your buck which is nice, but the fancy restaurants are rather over priced and pretentious.

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I guess the slogan “Disney Land for Adults” is rather apt. It is touristy, expensive, crowded, and fun for the first day or so. But, much like Disney Land, the magic fades and it gets old fast.

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3 thoughts on “Las Vegas – Disneyland for Adults

  1. Vicki | MakeTimeToSeeTheWorld Reply

    I won’t lie – I love Vegas, it might be flashy and overpriced – but it just makes me smile whenever I think about it.
    l rode a limo down the strip (with my head stuck out of the sunroof!), went on the rides at the top of the stratosphere, watched the Freemont street light show by laying on the ground and loved the Bellagio fountains.
    Vegas might be tacky – and maybe my fascination comes from the fact that living outside the US it isn’t somewhere I can just visit on a whim, but either way – Vegas is awesome in my eyes 🙂

    1. shadowygirl32155@gmail.com Reply

      Thanks for the perspective!! Actually, I know I’m in the minority in my opinion, most people I know love it! I thought it would be fun to post my contrary opinion lol. Its also only a 4 hour drive from me, so maybe that is why it kind of lost its appeal for me. I’m glad you enjoy it though 🙂

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