Last summer was definitely the summer of traveling to new places. Before jetting off to Europe, we celebrated my mom’s birthday but she had no idea what she wanted to do. I knew she loved Celine Dion so I jokingly suggested going to Vegas to see her perform during her residency at Caesar’s Palace. Not thinking she would actually consider it seriously, we found ourselves booking flights and here I was sitting on a plane to Sin City.
I’m used to flying right over Vegas on a plane heading to LA but when we landed in Vegas I was excited to visit somewhere I’d never been. I didn’t really have anything in particular I wanted to see being as there’s not much sign of life past the strip and everything involved gambling, clubbing, drinking, and dining. When I say there wasn’t much that was illegal there, I mean pretty much anything was legal. I was literally drinking a pina colada strolling down the streets at 10am (you cannot do that in NYC)!!!! It was just funny to see all suggestive things we would probably get arrested for in the city, just right in front of you. But I was fortunate enough to stay at the Bellagio with a fountain view room, which is their famous staple.
There was so much to see within each hotel casino, it definitely gave you a good cardio workout. Within each is a huge shopping area lined with designer boutiques (where you would drunkenly spend your millions when you win the slots) and plenty of fine dining restaurants. You can also choose from the many superstar performers to see like Britney Spears, Jennifer Lopez and Celine Dion, to name a few. The fun part about the hotels is that a lot of them were connected so you didn’t have to go in and out of each. The trick was finding out where that hidden walkway was. Good luck if you aren’t sober.
Being that it was my mom’s birthday, she decided on most of the itinerary and of course seeing Celine Dion. We obviously know she’s an incredible vocalist but you really get to appreciate it when you see her live. Every note she hit was perfectly executed, the way she interacted with the fans made me love her more, and the glamorous outfits and production made it a true Vegas show. I’m used to attending concerts where you stand the entire time and scream the lyrics out but this was a nice change of scenery. Try hearing My Heart Will Go On live and not getting chills. Not possible.
Something that was on all of our bucket lists was to visit the historic Route 66 and the Grand Canyon. Be warned – you need to set aside an ENTIRE day for this. The drive alone is super long and adding the dry heat to the equation made it feel like the workout of the century. But it was worth every second. First, seeing Route 66 was like stepping into a time machine. Everything looked as it was years ago and it was just something really cool to take in. Snap all the pictures and visit the gift shops for some really cool souvenirs. Getting to the top of the Grand Canyon felt like you were on top of the world. I suggest taking a North Rim tour because that’s where you get all the truly breathtaking views of the Canyon. You see this wonder in photos but when you see it with your own eyes, you almost can’t believe it’s real. It really takes your breath away. You can get close to the edge and get some amazing pictures but don’t get to close (there’s nothing to hold you back!).
I did have ONE café that I had to visit before I left since they only have them on the west coast. Another very Instagram worthy latte that will make you burst with happiness. It’s called the rainbow latte and you can find it at the Sambalatte Torrefazione in the Monte Carlo. I use Instagram pretty often to find new coffee spots and eateries and this was exactly how I discovered Sambalatte. My mission on this trip to Vegas was to get my hands on this magical latte and I’m so glad I did. Every time I visit a new state or country I try and find at least one new café and make it a point to visit and I think it changes things up aside from just having a set itinerary. It provokes a bit of exploring which is what I encourage everyone to do when they travel!