There's nothing like getting married in Vegas, right? The city is full of chapels, and there are more than 3000 weddings a month. But be careful, because everything is official and recorded. The oldest in the city is the Little Church of the West, located at the very beginning of the Strip, and almost opposite the sign "Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas". It is very cute and all white, with a beautiful interior. This was where Angelina Jolie married Billy Bob Thornton!
Beside the famous Venetian Hotel and Casino in the heart of the Las Vegas Strip, the Grand Canal Shoppes is one of the main shopping centers and malls in the city and undoubtedly one of the most enjoyable. Inside, you'll find a large number of American and international brands, all in a decidedly Italian decor with marble, gilding, and even canals and gondoliers in the mall!
Located about 5 miles from downtown Las Vegas, Nevada, and easily accessible by bus or taxi (about fifteen dollars for up to 4 passengers from New York City Hotel on the Strip) Las Vegas Premium Outlets mall is the kind of thing you'll only find in America! There are more than one hundred outlet stores, with leading brands available at unbeatable prices ... Gap, Converse, Nike, Levi's, Aldo ... the choice is amazing! There's a nice food court, too, with free internet. Be warned that it gets very crowded at the weekend.
It was unexpectedly very cool. We entered this museum without much hope as we were trying to flee the classic tourist hotels in Las Vegas. The monitors said that it would take at least 3 hours to get through the whole museum but I didn't believe it until we started walking around. Each floor was really cool and there were lots of cool things to see! Everything was very well maintained and tidy and full of historical items, photos, videos, documents and many interactive machines. It's located in the former headquarters of the court in Las Vegas and admission costs $19. It's a bit far from the center but you can catch a bus to get there.
It seems odd to put a clinic as a tourist attraction, but this mental hospital in Las Vegas isn't just any clinic. The building was designed by Frank Gehry, the same architect behind the Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles and the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao. Like the other buildings, this is all modern with metal plates. It's worth a visit just to see that amazing, creative, crazy architecture!
Located on the road between Hurricane and Las Vegas, near the famous Hoover Dam and the border between Arizona and Nevada, Hot Springs is a natural curiosity worth stopping to see if you're in the area. It's a small lake and river with particularly warm water. Surrounded by nature, it's a calm and soothing place to stop on the way to Las Vegas. Look out for the wild turtles!
This is another fixed show showing at the Mirage Hotel. It's been on for 5 years so the ticket prices are a bit cheaper now. You can pay up to $70 for seats in the third balcony. The stage is an arena and the people sit around it. The theme of this show is the Beatles and is like a circus with dancing, music and effects. And because it's also a tribute to the Beatles, all of the songs are Beatles' songs. It's both beautiful and exciting. You can't photograph or film.
Located in the heart of Las Vegas on the Strip, the Coca Cola World is a store that you should really visit! You can find everything here with the famous Coke branding ... cups, glasses, t-shirts, accessories, decorative items ... and of course, there's a Coke bar upstairs! A great glimpse of Americana!
Located on the northern part of the Strip, across from the Wynn hotel casino, the Fashion Show is one of the major malls in Las Vegas. It includes all the expected American and European brands, including Gap, Banana Republic, Abercrombie & Fitch, Zara, Mango ... A real heaven for shopaholics, especially as the mall is very nice, air-conditioned, and has a nice little food court.
Time flies when you're in Las Vegas, but it's still worth taking an afternoon to try this helicopter tour. They pick you up from your hotel and, after some safety instructions, you get onboard! There are six people plus the pilot, and the views are spectacular as you fly over the Hoover Dam and the Grand Canyon. After a while in the air, the helicopter lands on a point of the canyon, where they offer a picnic with champagne and give you time to take pictures. For fans of U2, we were also shown the real Joshua Tree. The way back is best because as dusk sets in, you fly over a beautiful, colorful sunset, then finish the journey on the Las Vegas Strip. Awesome.
Las Vegas has something more than hotels and gambling ... art. When I was there, a bus guide told me about First Friday which as the name suggests, takes place on the first Friday of every month. The event began in the house of a local artist, who opened her home to show her work to the neighbors. Then it grew ... and today there are 20 blocks of houses and open studios with works on display. We went downtown, and it didn't feel like a safe neighborhood, but it's known for the number of artists who live there, and the First Friday event united everyone! It's a really interesting event with so much art, not at all what we expected from Las Vegas.
Nestled on the ground floor of the MGM Grand Hotel Casino, between Las Vegas Boulevard and Tropicana Avenue, the Rain Forest Café is a bar / shop with a wildlife theme. There are stools shaped like animals (would you prefer giraffe, elephant, or frog?), and a huge aquarium filled with colorful fish. The drinks are relatively reasonably priced, but most people come here for the amazing atmosphere. Don't forget to visit the attached store, too.
An almost vertical climb, hanging from a thin rail between the skyscrapers of New York ... even if they are fake. You'll see a split-second glimpse of light becoming darkness before suddenly getting sucked into a dive ending in a loop the loop that spins up for a moment before diving into a casino. I've been on plenty of rollercoasters, but none that compare to that in New York New York, Las Vegas. It's not as technologically advanced or extreme as others, but it's built in a unique setting. It's not cheap ($14), but worth it.
Miracle Miles Shops is a gallery of more than 170 international stores, restaurants, cinemas, etc ... Located inside the Planet Hollywood Hotel & Casino, overlooking the Strip, this huge gallery is amazing, with a fake Parisian sky. You can find H & M, Urban Outfitters, Guess, Benetton .... And more!
From Paris to New York in 5 minutes, walking under palm trees ... anything is possible in Las Vegas! Sin City has paid a tribute to the French capital, as well as Venice and New York. Other casinos take their themes from ancient history (Egypt, Rome) and legends (Treasure Island, Aladdin, the Mirage). You can see the Eiffel Tower and the Statue of Liberty very close together!
Besides the palatial casinos of the Strip, the major artery of Las Vegas, there are plenty of small chapels. These are the "Wedding Chapels", with official licences, enabling the daring to enjoy a real Vegas wedding! You can get married quickly, the ceremony completed in less than an hour, and there are all-inclusive packages: limo, corsage, rental of the chapel, music, 7 photos and a certificate for about $ 220. In addition, $ 50 will cover the cost of the officiant. There are even agencies that will help you have your marriage recognized back in your home country!