In early January, I still hadn’t confirmed any travel plans for 2016. I had a big trip in mind, but I wasn’t sure when it was going to happen. I also didn’t have my passport yet, and I wasn’t sure when it would arrive. So I spent the first two weeks of the year trying to plan quick little trips I could take within the country to keep my wandering heart happy in the interim.
I considered San Francisco, Austin, and New Orleans, but a flash Frontier airfare sale landed me with a $60 round-trip ticket to Las Vegas. I hadn’t necessarily thought to go to Vegas, but it was impossible to say no to that price. I thought about my first trip to Las Vegas back when I was 12 and decided it would be fun to revisit as a full-grown adult. Gambling, drinking, and partying aren’t exactly my favorite things to do, but I was up for the challenge of entertaining myself in Sin City without indulging in the usual debauchery.
To start, I opted to book a hotel in Downtown Vegas instead of staying on The Strip. The recent revival of the downtown area (thanks to the Downtown Project) intrigued me. I spent most of my trip there, taking the time to experience the local businesses, coffee shops, and restaurants. The hip vibe of the area has definitely attracted the young creative types. I hope to see it grow even more.
Of course, I couldn’t fly all the way to Las Vegas without stepping foot on The Strip at all. I spent a few hours walking around and visiting a handful of the crazy hotels. Bright lights, loud music, and crowds of people came as no surprise, even on a Wednesday afternoon in February.
I was most interested in visiting the LINQ Promenade, and it didn’t disappoint. Home to the High Roller and lots of cool shops, bars, and restaurants, this was a great place to grab a drink (just juice for me) and walk around for a bit.
I didn’t do much in the way of attractions or “sight seeing”, but I did make a stop at the Neon Museum just north of downtown. The “boneyard” is filled with old Las Vegas signs, some of which have been fully restored.
I spent most mornings lounging around my hotel thanks to my hip being totally thrown out of whack (walking really started to hurt by the final day)–my brand new, not-yet-worn-in boots may have had something to do with it too. I was back in my room by 8 pm most nights, opting not to go out to any clubs or bars, and I didn’t gamble at all. Not even one slot machine.
Even so, I had a lot of fun in Vegas, and I think I proved that there is plenty to do outside of partying and throwing money out the window. Maybe I sound like a total grandma, but I mean…I am kind of a grandma sometimes, and that’s the way I like it!
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