MAPLE LEOPARD: How to Spend a Girl's Weekend In Las Vegas

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

How to Spend a Girl's Weekend In Las Vegas

MapleLeopard Blog: A Girls guide to Vegas

Happy Wednesday Friends!

It's time share another Wednesday wonder: Las Vegas, Nevada . It's a great place to vacay for so many reasons! This last trip was my 4th time to go. Each time I visit, I come back loving it more than before.

The end of October it was my best friend's birthday. She invited me along with her niece, to spend a 3 day weekend in Vegas. We had the best time ever, and it's definitely a great spot to hang out with your besties! Here are my tips for making the most of your weekend trip:

Take an Early Flight:

If you only have a few days to spend in Vegas, it is best to fly there early in the day. This last trip, someone else arranged my flights, and we got in too late. We had a enough time to get dinner and go out for awhile, but it made for a long day. There is so much to do and see, so make the most of your weekend by getting there early.


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Where to Stay:

This time we stayed at the Mirage. It was my first time to check in there, and I loved every minute of it! The pool was my absolute favorite part of the stay. It reminded me of a Hawaiian beach, even though there were no ocean waves, ha! Palm trees galore, views to die for, and the hot October sun- it doesn't get any better!

A little tip about to consider when planning pool time:  If you are only staying 2-3 days, I would definitely ask the pool schedule at check in.  Of course all hotels have their pool times posted, but they don't always stick to them! We found out the hard way, and made plans the 2nd day to swim later on. When we came back from town , we found out the pool was closing early for a wedding.  We were so bummed!


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If you've been to this desert oasis, you know the choices for accommodations are endless! I don't know about you, but I refuse to spend big bucks on a hotel room. Most vacationers, spend very little time in the room. Seriously though: if a hotel is clean, updated, and has a pool- that is all a girl really needs! I would rather save my dollars for shows, shopping, and tours.

When you go, plan some time to stroll through as many hotels as you can. They are each a unique attraction to behold.  I featured some of them in a post I wrote last winter.



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Another affordable hotel, (which also has an amazing pool) is the Golden Nugget, in Old Town Las Vegas. It is a landmark boutique hotel, with vintage charm you will fall in love with. Walking through the halls , whisked me back to my childhood days in the 70's. The d├ęcor is fabulous, with amazing retro vibes,

Visit Fremont

Fremont is one of the best kept secrets of Vegas! It is where the Las Vegas strip first got its start. When people speak of "Downtown Las Vegas", they are usually referring to this area. 
Fremont street dates back to 1905, when Las Vegas was founded.
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How to spend a girls weekend in Las vegas

The "Fremont Street Experience",was born in 1994. This is when the canopy was added overhead of the street, and it became a destination in the city.  This street offers so much fun and nostalgia. It's one of my favorite experiences in Vegas, be sure to ad it to your itinerary. There is zip lining, stages with entertainment, shopping, and every kind of zany street act you can imagine.


Not to mention, there are 4 huge casinos , many buffets, and shops to keep your interest. There is one
eatery, you just can't miss!! The Heart Attack Grill is one of the most interactive dining experiences I've ever had! Set your teeth into a burger stacked 4 patties high (enough to feed 4, we split it!) sing karaoke with the waitress, or get a whack with a paddle for not finishing your food! If you go, be prepared to be outfitted in a hospital gown, it's all part of the experience.

Where to Find Nightlife:

Although Las Vegas is known as a huge party city, you don't have to drink there to have fun. I'm not much of a drinker, but do like to enjoy a blue Hawaii now and then . I mostly just love the fun vibes at all the different hotels and lounges.



 Vegas has several rooftop bars, with views to take your breath away: day or night!  The Mandalay, Rio, and Stratosphere are all ones I have visited. None of them offer dancing, but the views are enough to keep your attention for hours.  

The girls and I visited a unique nightlife spot, inside Ceaser's Palace. It was called Cleopatra's Barge , a little floating lounge off the casino floor. The band playing that night, was probably one of the best I've heard. They played all 70's and 80's Motown music.

If you love glam and glitz, then the "Chandelier" at the Cosmopolitan is the place for you! There are 3 distinctive platforms spanning 3 floors, that are encased with crystal. It feels like sitting inside a huge sparkly wine glass!  Each lounge has a different vibe, so I'm sure you can find one to suit your tastes.




What to Wear:

Wondering what to wear while in Vegas?  Check out my Ultimate Style Guide . It will take you from day to night in style, in the city that never sleeps!

If you have never been to Vegas, I hope you get to go soon! It is very reasonable to plan a trip there, from most major cities in the U.S.

Where is your favorite place to spend a girl's weekend?

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34 comments:

  1. Looks like you had an amazing time in Vegas! I've only been there for work conferences so I'd love to make it there for a girl's weekend. Thanks for all the tips!

    Jenn
    www.honeydewblog.com

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    1. Thank you Jenn...it is an amazing place..I hope you go back for some fun!

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  2. Vegas is so fun!! Looks like yall had a blast!!

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    1. Thank you Ruthie, it was the best time ever!

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  3. Photos clearly show that you had fun with girls. Thanks for sharing your tips.

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    1. Thanks for stopping by..yes it was loads of fun!

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  4. I adore Vegas, so any type of trip there is my favorite, LOL! Looks like you had a great time, and I love the Chandelier Bar, too!

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    1. Thank you for stopping by, I do too..its one of my favorite places now...I could live there!

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  5. Great tips! I will definitely utilize them in my trip there this coming year. This post makes me even more excited to go ASAP!

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  6. Vegas seems like such a fun spot for a girls trip. Your photos are beautiful. I've always wanted to visit the Chandelier Bar ever since I planned an event there many years ago (when I worked as a corporate event planner). It looks incredible!

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    1. Thank you so much for the kind comment! I hope you get to visit it sometime..so gorgeous!

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  7. OMG I love Vegas! I can't wait to visit again in the future and use your awesome tips here, Valerie! Like flying in early. That's such a great one because you can use up the rest of the day to do tons of activities and it's not just wasted on flying!

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    1. Thank you Sophia, I am so glad it was helpufl! I hope you can return soon with your besties!

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  8. I am yet to visit to the party capital of the world...Hope to do so soon :) Looks like you girls had to much fun. I agree with you on not spending too much on hotels as we tourists usually spend very less time(ofcourse!) Thanks for such nice recommendations!!

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    1. Thank you..yes spending on hotels can be a huge waste of money! And thanks for stopping by!

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  9. I will probably never visit Las Vegas. I'm not a party person or a drinker, so it seems like there's not much there for me. Glad you had fun though!

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    1. Thank you..There is really a lot more to do there besides party..I am not a party person either, I just like a drink now and then. There are tons of shows and touristy type stuff to see.

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  10. I've been to Vegas only once but we did checking out the hotels along the strip. Every one is unique.

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    1. Very true indeed, that is one of my fav parts of visiting VEgas...checkint out the hotels..I still don't have them all covered!

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  11. Nothing better than a girls trip to Vegas! I need to spend more time on Fremont Street next time, so many fun things there!

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    1. HI Chelsea,

      I sure hope you can check it out next time...its so much fun!

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  12. Looks so much fun! I've never been to Vegas and I'm returning to the states next year so I cant wait to check it off my bucket list. I'll be with my partner tho who is more excited to go than I am :)

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    1. Oh I hope you can go..you will love it!!

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  13. Love the ideas! I planned on doing this for my 25th birthday (2019) and now I know of a few cool things to do! Although...hubby MAY tag along lol

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    1. Thank you Kim, it is a great time no matter who you are with..ha!

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  14. Food, drinks, pool, dancing, rooftop bars....sounds like you indeed had the right ingredients for a nice girls getaway! Thanks for sharing those tips! They would come in handy to many!

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    1. Thank you so much for the nice comment, I am glad the tips were helpful!

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  15. The only time I have been to Vegas was for a girls' weekend. We stayed at the Mirage, too! For a weekend of eating, drinking, shopping, and hanging by the pool, Vegas was perfect. Next time I'll have to check out Fremont.

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    1. Wow cool Erin, sounds like my trip on repeat..ha! I was just bummed that we only got one day by the pool- it closed early one day!

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  16. Looks like you had the best weekend. I stay at the Mirage for a friend's wedding one year and LOVED the pool as well. Though I have to admit I avoided the heart attack grill while living there haha, I had no idea you had to wear a gown! The chandelier bar is a fav of mine too, both of my Vegas exes work there HAHAH.

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    1. Thank you Susanna, I know you lived there and prob could add a lot more tips here! Ha ha yeah Heart attack grill is a trip..but lots of fun!

      HAHHAH on the exes..I thought all those were in Texas...lol..ok corney joke!

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  17. I'm going to Vegas in the spring -- so this was a perfect read. Now I'm even more excited.

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    1. HI Emily..great that is exaclty what I love to hear when I write a post about a destination, I am so happy it inspired you!

      xo

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