From Bride to Bridesmaid: Chapter Three
A few weeks ago I had the honor of celebrating a friend's bachelorette weekend in Las Vegas, Nevada. When people think about Vegas, their minds immediately go to the "Sin City," aspect. While there is some trouble to get into, I assure you that there is something for everyone in Vegas. Instead of giving you our itinerary, the below list is a small sampling of things you and your besties can enjoy, no matter who they are . . .
Seven Magic Mountains
photo by @hannahbananagram
Located 10 minutes from the Las Vegas airport, the 7 Magic Mountains art installation is a must-see when visiting the desert.
Sprinkles Cupcakes - Cupcake ATM
If you need a cash withdrawal, you visit an ATM; if you're going through sugar withdrawal, you visit a cupcake ATM. The Sprinkles Cupcake ATM is open 24 hours a day and can be found on the strip at the Linq Hotel. Not a cupcake lover? Fear not! They [also] have ice cream and cookies to accommodate your sweet tooth cravings (during business hours).
The Neon Museum
The Neon Museum a.k.a. The Neon Boneyard is "dedicated to collecting, preserving, studying and exhibiting iconic Las Vegas signs for educational, historic, arts and cultural enrichment."
Red Rocks Canyon
Hike, bike or climb your way through Red Rock Canyon. Located only 15 miles from the strip, Red Rock is a convenient way to escape the hustle and bustle of the city.
Valley of Fire State Park
Valley of Fire State Park is located a little further from the strip, but is open dawn until dusk, 365. The $10 entrance fee (per car) is an absolute steal for the attraction list.
Photo: Wet Republic
While there is no shortage of partying in Las Vegas, I wanted to highlight a few of the entertainment spots that I love.
- Wet Republic
I have been to many-a-show in Las Vegas and now that many artists are taking up residence in major hotels, there are endless options to keep you entertained each and every night. This particular trip we saw Thunder Down Under and it was an awesome evening full of laughing, screaming and large "Australian" men.
- Shows: magic, comedy, music, burlesque, art, etc.
- High Roller Happy Hour: a sky-high happy hour while riding the Linq's High Roller ferris wheel
- Old Las Vegas: gamble, sight-see and zipline through downtown Las Vegas to really appreciate where Sin City started
- Museums: historical or not, ie. Mob Museum or Neon Museum
@hannahbananagram enjoying the Cookies 'N Cream Supreme Shake at Black Tap Las Vegas
One of my absolute favorite things about Las Vegas is that its food scene is comparable to NYC or LA, all in one centralized location and it's way easier to get a reservation. Many world renowned chefs have restaurants near the strip that offer international cuisine options to satisfy any palette.
- The Buffet - The Aria
- Chandelier Bar at The Cosmopolitan Hotel
- Robot Bar
- China Poblano
- Beijing Noodle No. 9
- Gordon Ramsay Steak
- Taco Bell Cantina (yup)
- Black Tap
- Milk Bar
There are millions of ways to enjoy Las Vegas. I have been more times than I can recall and I encounter something new every time I go. That being said, it's the perfect location for a bachelorette party. Go on, Sin a little . . .
Meredith Alcala | Photographs by J&K Photography