A Guide To Exploring Las Vegas


Hello there, Miss Indie readers, I'm Danielle of Ghosts Waltz. Since Mandy is off having adventures in Las Vegas, I thought I would share a few of my favorite things to do in Sin City that are decidedly less sinful than the usual. I'm not big on gambling, but I still love visiting Las Vegas because there are so many fun things to do that don't involve slot machines or dark, smoky rooms. Here we go...

Sample some sweet treats. The Venetian is my favorite hotel on The Strip, not only because the interior is sort of like a Disneyland version of Venice, but also because their Bouchon Bakery has some of the most delicious macarons I've ever tasted. Plus, they're way bigger most macarons I've seen. I absolutely must grab a box of them every time I'm in town. The other place I love to visit for dessert is Serendipity 3, for their very tasty ice cream. They're also pretty well known for their trademark frozen hot chocolate. If you go and want to eat inside, be prepared for a long line, or you can order from the outside window, which has a slightly limited menu but is still wonderful.

See history up close. I have gone to see the Luxor's Titanic Artifact Exhibition twice, and I would definitely go back a dozen times more. The exhibit is fascinating and moving, to say the least. There are hundreds of items recovered from the ship, including personal belongings of passengers, and pieces of the ship itself. One of the most amazing things on display is the Big Piece, a large salvaged piece of the hull. There is a full-scale recreation of the Grand Staircase, the outer deck, and a few other parts of the ship. Unfortunately, photography is not allowed, but still this is one experience that I highly recommend.

Take silly photos with wax celebrities. Some of the best pictures we've taken in Las Vegas are from Madame Tussauds Wax Museum. You can get right up close to the wax figures, and some of the displays even have props and costume pieces for you to use for photos. They add new celebrities fairly regularly, but they still have the classics like Elvis and Marilyn. My husband Jose is much better at posing with the figures than I am; I still laugh when I see some of the ridiculous things he's done in his pictures. We always leave Madame Tussauds with our faces and stomachs hurting from laughter.

Watch dolphins play. I loved going to the Mirage's Secret Garden and Dolphin Habitat; I could probably sit and watch the dolphins swim and jump all day! You can also see them beneath the water's surface in the underwater viewing area. The Secret Garden portion of the park houses a variety of big cats: lions, tigers, panthers, and leopards.

Venture out to the desert. The last time we went to Las Vegas, we took a drive out to the desert with Lisa Devlin, Amy Bartlam, and Kat Williams to shoot some photos. It's nice to get away from all of the bright lights and pushy salespeople for a bit, and it's so beautiful out there! Though if your experience is anything like ours, you might run into some random, angry drunken people out in the middle of nowhere, but hopefully that's not a normal thing. The first desert photo was taken by Amy and the second by Lisa.

Whatever you might decide to do if you find yourself in Las Vegas, be sure to take lots of pictures! Have you been to the city? Is there anything you think is a must-see when you're visiting? I'd love to know about it!

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I was so excited to read this post! I've never done any of these things, so I am really excited to cross these things off my to-do list. I've always wanted to try macarons! Driving out to the desert sounds like a blast, and ice cream at Serendipity? Oh my goodness, sign me up! xo mandy

12 comments :

  1. Great pics! I´ve never been to Vegas but this looks very inviting and I looove macaroons ;)

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  2. Eeee if I ever travel anywhere, I want to make Danielle take me! You really have the best eye for finding fun things to do! xo

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  3. I had no idea about that Titanic museum! Thanks for all your suggestions and for shedding a different light on Vegas. :) I'll definitely have to see it all for myself someday. xx

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  4. I am such a fiend for macarons! Those look so delicious and pretty too! If I am ever there, I will hunt them down!

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  5. Last month I went to Vegas also, and we too stopped by the desert to take some pictures and it really was beautiful. I didn't think it would be but there's something about it...:-D

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  6. Great post. If I went to Las Vegas I would definitely have to visit the Neon Museum. A graveyard for old vintage signs! http://www.neonmuseum.org/

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    1. I've always wanted to go there, it seems like it'd be amazing!

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  7. Where those photo booth pictures taken in las vegas? I live there and have been dying to find a photo booth like that one!!! (I hate the ones at the mall, they are cheesy). I would love to know where you found that gem if so! :)

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    1. Unfortunately those strips are from about two years ago, when Circus Circus had *FIVE* old fashioned photo booths... but last I heard they had replaced them with digital booths, sadly. I'm not sure if there are any old fashioned booths elsewhere in Vegas, but I have yet to find any others. So sorry!

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  8. these are amazing tips! I'm not planning on going there any time soon, but this is worth a read :)

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  9. The boyfriend wants to go to Vegas some time, so I'll have to remember these. The desserts especially! Thanks for sharing!

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