In April 2019, I along with 11 other people got the opportunity of a lifetime to travel to the sin city – Las Vegas for a conference. We were caught up in the conference for the daytime, but we had some free time in the evening.
Obviously, we couldn’t waste the opportunity to see this fabulous city, and it was truly an experience I will never forget.
After we landed, we were greeted by slot machines right in the airport which was quite bizarre if you ask me. Then we proceeded towards the hotel we stayed at, called Circus Circus, which has an indoor circus show along with an adventure-dome filled with various thrilling rides. After grabbing some breakfast we went to the hotel where our conference was being held, which is called Vdara Hotel & Spa, and is one of the most expensive hotels in the city.
Finally, when we were done for the day we went back to our hotel where we soaked in some sun by laying next to the waterpark/pool which was a part of our hotel. The Vegas heat truly was a necessary break from the chilling winds of the Chicago weather.
Around 5 p.m. we freshened up and got dressed to actually experience the Strip. We took an Uber which dropped us off at the heart of the city where the Eiffel tower stood all mighty.
Clearly being tourists we were snapping every picture of every piece of the city we could. All the Uber drivers we had since the morning told us a list of things we could and must do in this city. We roamed around the Parisian area of the town which was right opposite to the Bellagio hotel. We then had dinner at the Wahl-burgers shop and then proceeded to walk around this part of town. The Bellagio is famous for its musical fountains and waterworks, and I am glad we spent an entire 30 minutes there, standing in awe having witnessed something so beautiful. We next visited the world famous Caesar’s Palace hotel. The inside of the hotel is decorated like ancient Greece and contains endless rows of casinos filled with every type of slot machine one can ever dream of. We also saw Gordon Ramsey’s famous restaurant from the equally famous TV show "Hell’s Kitchen" located right next to the hotel.
The next day after the conference, we went to the old Las Vegas strip. It’s locally called Fremont Street, and oh my god what a wonderful place it is. We spent hours walking down the strip containing the most bizarre and weirdest things possible. Endless casinos topped off with a live music performance and a dancing DJ. The best part about Fremont Street was the light show where the entire ceiling was covered in LED displays, which was shown every hour.
After getting back from Fremont street we went inside the Bellagio where they had a Japanese garden on display, complete with soft soothing music and cherry blossom trees. Fun fact- every artifact displayed was made of flowers. Next we visited the Venetian hotel which is built on the concept of looking like Venice, Italy. They went to such an extent that they even built an indoor gondola. Mind you every hotel had an endless row of slot machines. Being underage, most of us couldn’t do much, but the rest who were tried their luck and let's say nothing much came out of it.
Our very last experience in Vegas was going to the top of the Eiffel Tower to view the city, and it looked splendid. It was lit up like a Christmas tree, and I could have just stayed there forever.
I felt Vegas was something of a dream. The entire experience, especially with the great friends I made on the trip, is something I will cherish forever.