So recently I went to Las Vegas. It was a family trip, so it wasn’t as boujee as you’re probably thinking, although my best friend who now lives in Cali did join us, and she’s gotten to be pretty extra.
We did A LOT in the four-ish days that we were there, and a lot of people have been asking me about it. Because i’m so f*cking generous, I’ll give you a review on what to do/ not to do if you go to Vegas…
(Rated out of 5)
- WestGate Hotel: 🏨🏨🏨
Here are my thoughts. The hotel is located in the backside of the famous strip, so it’s not in the hustle and bustle of Vegas. Which is nice if you’re either a. at a convention there, which there was many (including a Darts convention- S/O to the Michigan boys we met there, you guys were weird AF) b. been to Vegas a lot or c. don’t mind that its smaller and not as extravagant as you might think when you think “Vegas.”
The lobby area isn’t bad, it’s got a small casino right when you walk in, smoking allowed (ew) and a small-ish bar next to the check-in. There’s a couple of really nice restaurants including Benihana, where we went to dinner our first night. The food was good, wine had a good pour. Otherwise, we really didn’t eat much at the hotel.
Let’s talk about the room. Now, me and my bff stayed in a non-smoking double overviewing the golf course outside, so it was a pretty nice view but reeeeeeeked of cigs.. so like, that was gross. There was a mini fridge, not stocked (disappointment) and the bathroom was smaller than I anticipated. The room was not glamorous.. in fact, the whole hotel really wasn’t but the floors with rooms especially had this nasty puke mustard color with these weird as water color paintings of chicks with their tits/cleavage out. The hallways were also weird and confusing as fuck. There was three main towers in the hotel but they were interchange withe each other depending on where in the hotel you were? Idk, maybe we were just dumb. Or drunk. Or both. Not impressive.
The pool area was okay, it was on the third floor rooftop next to the Fitness Center/ Spa (didn’t get a chance to walk in there, but the spa had all glass window walls around it. I wouldn’t want to be rubbed up on while drunk gamble-holics walked past me, no thank you.) The pool was decent size and there was small cabanas available for rent, which were a good touch. It was decently crowded with people, including some wasted hick man coming over and PULLING DOWN my friend’s bathing suit bottoms to “see her tan line.” IDFK whether thats a Vegas creep or a WestGate creep all I know is, he was a creep.
Rating: 3- for the fun pool, good Benihanas food and not too far off the strip for the price location
2. The Monorail: 🚄🚄🚄🚄
Small little inside tip- take advantage of this! We only used the monorail on our last night there to get from hotel to hotel, but it was 12 bucks for 24-hour access and went to basically every spot along the strip, and outside of it! It wasn’t crowded at all, and if you don’t mind walking a bit (which, you shouldn’t, because you’re in Vegas and its like 893829048 degrees nicer than most places) then I would highly recommend taking the Monorail instead of calling an Uber- it’s way cheaper (aka, you can gamble more/ spend more money on da booze)
Rating: 4- convenient and helped save my broke ass money.
3. Grand Canyon Tour: 🏜️🏜️
Okay here is where our trip got a little messy. So, originally my mom and I bought a Groupon for the North Rim Grand Canyon tour. I can’t even remeber the name of the company we went through because I blocked it out of my memory.. Listen to this.
We thought it was going to be like 6/7 hours total.. we were sadly, mistaken. This tour was a 16 hour total tour. Like, literally we left at 6:30 am and got back at 10:30 pm. It was, f*cking exhausting, long, hot, and honestly not that great. So on top of being annoyed at ourselves and wasting a day in Vegas on the best weather we got all trip, we had to sit on a bus for (I can’t make this shit up) 6 hours at time. Our tour guide, Mike, god bless his soul, must of taken something before he picked us up because he was wide awake talking our ears off about Vegas history before it was even 7am, I wanted to kill him.
He brought us to the Hoover Dam, very cool spot, highly recommend a quick drive by if you can. The drive there is beautiful. But then we took off to from Nevada to Arizona, through the middle of effing nowhere, to the first town on Route 66. Like, the town the Pixar movie Cars was based off of. There, we got a boxed lunch w a f*cking turkey sandwich, apple, and bag of chips. Thank GOD I wasn’t starving because it would’ve made the trip 10x worse (You best believe mama brought snacks for her fat ass) After we stayed there and explored, the uh, dirt, we ventured on for another 5 hours to the North Rim.
The North Rim of the Grand Canyon is absolutely breath taking. The weather was crystal clear, not a cloud in the sky. It was the perfect temperature for the short-ish hike we went on (about three miles) and the view is literally picturesque. Like, it looks like a backdrop. We snapped a lot of Instagram pictures, attempting not to get too close to the edge like the three people the prior week had done (they actually fell off and died.. RIP)
After we got a few hours to explore the Canyon, we headed back, stopped at a luxurious restaurant (In & Out Burger, LOL) and finally arrived back at our hotel around 10:30 PM. It was a long day, but the Canyon views made it worth a good 3/4 of the while.
Rating: 2- Both going directly to the amazing view, I am #blessed to have seen the Canyon, but the trip was so effing long I can’t ignore that.
4. P!NK Concert/ T-Mobil Arena: 🎆🎆🎆🎆🎆
OMG. YOU GUYS. PINK WAS AMAZING. So my mom loves Pink which is exactly why we went to Vegas in the first place. I’ve always known (what I thought was) a few Pink songs here and there from the radio and my mom jamming out to her while she cleans the house and I sit there on my ass, but turns out I actually knew a good majority.. anyway, she was AMAZING.
Like, it was the best concert I’ve ever been to, hands down. This bitch was flying through the air while singing to perfection. Her tone was never off, her voice was never shaken, she never once pretended to be singing. It was, f*cking unreal. PINK = 10/5. And, on top of that, the T-Mobil arena was awesome. We waited in line for literally 5 minutes, showed our tickets, and were in. There wasn’t a crazy line, no crazy bag checks, no obnoxious ticket checkers. 1, 2, 3 we were in getting our drinks and singing along to the pre- concert DJ!
Rating: 5! I love you Pink I want to be your friend/daughter !!!!!
5. Sun Buggys ATV: 🌵🌵🌵🌵
We’re a pretty adventurous group (kind of) so we decided to trust strangers with our lives and take us into the desert for the cheap Groupon price of like 100 bucks per ticket. Lol i’m kidding, it actually was an overall awesome experience. They picked us up at our hotel, brought us to their little headquarters not too far away, gave us a bandana, helmet, goggles, made us watch a few short videos on safety, then shuttled us to the desert where we split up into small groups and took on the sand! It was absolutely beautiful, the scenery was really cool and we looked like total hottie bad-asses (great for the Insta photo @lexibelezos & @millennialbyday) Our tour guide was awesome and he even helped my dumb ass step mom find her phone in the dessert for literallllllyyyy 35 minutes! Good guy.
Rating: 4! It was so much fun, a little windy but overall dopeeeee.
Soooo yeah those were the main things we did, besides drink and gamble of course. Obviously we explored the tourist spots, tried to visit all the hotels we could, and found our way through old Vegas, too! It was an awesome experience that I definitely want to do again when I’m not poor as sh*t and I’m with my homegirls and we can do some dirtyyyyy things without my mom having a heart attack.
I’m 23… Ugh, I need to move out.
If anyone has a different opinion, story they want to share, feel free to comment below! I’d love to compare Vegas stories and see how much cooler you are than me.