With 24 hour gambling, cocktails on tap and wild parties it’s easy to see why Las Vegas has been dubbed Sin City.
But after visiting the party capital of the world I discovered there’s much more to fabulous Las Vegas than meets the eye.
The first thing to hit me was the sheer scale of the place.
And checking in to the MGM Grand with the imposing giant golden lion guarding the exterior it was clear subtlety was not something on the agenda in Vegas.
There’s so much on offer at the MGM that we could literally have stayed in the hotel for the duration of the trip and still found something different to do every day.
With swanky suites, friendly staff, bars, casinos. pools and some of the best restaurants in town all under one roof it’s easy to see why the MGM Grand is one of the most popular hotels on the strip.
In fact top notch cuisine is a big part of the appeal in Vegas so to arrive in time for the Vegas Uncork’d Festival was a bonus.
The annual food festival has become a key date in the diary for food lovers from across the globe and features a host of unique events revolving around Vegas’ celebrity chef-run restaurants.
A Highlight of the festival included a tasting menu event at Monte Carlo’s Yusho from veteran Chicago chef Matthias Merges.
Here Japanese street food meets refined cooking in laid back surroundings and the home brewed gin and tonic on draft and the quirky and cool cans of sake are a must.
Those who dismiss Vegas as a holiday destination because they don’t enjoy gambling are way off the mark.
Don’t get me wrong I did enjoy a few successful and not so successful stints on the Blackjack table.
But if you don’t fancy a flutter there’s hundreds of other tourists attractions, shows and cultural gems to sink your teeth into.
One of the most popular shows in town is Zarkana the newest Cirque du Soleil show at the Aria and it quite literally blew our minds.
It’s not often a show leaves you speechless but we spent the majority of the performance open mouthed in amazement.
And flying the British flag in the show were twins Kevin and Andrew Atherton from Manchester who were my personal favourites.
When visiting Vegas it would be a crime not to visit the Grand Canyon - one of the wonders of the world.
And the best way to take this in is by Helicopter for a truly breathtaking experience you will not forget.
And from the rocky terrain of the Grand Canyon to tearing up the Las Vegas landscape on a bulldozer - let me explain.
Dig This is quickly becoming one of the most popular tourist attractions in Vegas and involves driving around on bulldozers tearing things up.
My life did flash before my eyes on a few occasions as I manoeuvred my bulldozer around but it’s fantastic fun if you fancy something a bit different.
Painting with the dolphins at Siegfried & Roy’s Secret Garden and Dolphin Habitat at The Mirage is also a must if you fancy getting up close to the dolphins and taking home a custom made piece of art.
And a trip to Vegas wouldn’t be complete without sampling the unique nightlife on offer and Hyde at the Bellagio is worth a visit. The trendy club is the perfect place to dance the night away with a front row seat of the stunning Bellagio fountains display. I fell in love with Vegas and I’m sure it’s a love affair that will last a lifetime.
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