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Pack your bags: Viva Las Vegas

I recently visited Las Vegas and it should come as no surprise that it was a great time. Tiring, but fun. When you think of Las Vegas, the first thing that may come to mind is gambling, but I'm not much of a gambler. The closest I came were the penny slots, and only because I was waiting for a dinner reservation (FYI the slot machine seats do make very comfortable chairs). This was my big win of the trip:

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So, here are some enjoyable things to do if you're not a gambler and you find yourself in Vegas:

The High Roller

The High Roller just opened at the end of March and it's the world's tallest Ferris Wheel, offering one of the best views of Las Vegas. The Ferris Wheel holds cabins of around 30 people and is about a half hour ride. This was definitely a cool experience. The Ferris Wheel moves pretty slow and you don't even realize you're going anywhere, so no need to worry if you're afraid of heights. I'd recommend grabbing a drink at the bar right before hopping on so you can enjoy Vegas over a glass of wine! Also, the views were spectacular. The featured image at the top of this post is from the High Roller. The tickets are $24 during the day and $35 at night - it's worth it to pay a little extra at night. If rides are really your thing, also check out the roller coaster at the New Yorker.

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Pool Parties

In my opinion, the best time to go to Las Vegas is in April and May because it's not too hot (about 80-90 degrees) and the pools are just opening. I went to Wet Republic at the MGM on a Thursday, so it wasn't crowded, but on the weekends, the pool parties can get packed quickly. My friend and I stayed at the Polo Towers and the rooms were awesome. Plus there's a low-key rooftop pool to head back to when the larger-scale pool parties get too crowded.

Food

One word: buffet. Waking up in Vegas can be rough and the best way to do it is to eat...at a buffet. I ate at the Planet Hollywood Spice Market Buffet and it has varieties of food such as Mexican, American, Italian, Asian, Mediterranean and more . I've also heard the buffet at the Wynn is highly recommended. In addition, I ate at the Sugar Factory, where this glorious milkshake is from:

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Grand Canyon/Hoover Dam

Unfortunately, I didn't have enough time to do this, but if you're someone who needs to be active and can't sit still, this is for you. View the Grand Canyon through a helicopter tour. I visited the Grand Canyon when I was younger with my family, but this is now on my bucket list.

The Strip

Just walking along the strip is interesting, it's not quite like anything else I've experienced. There are street performers everywhere and people generally say and do whatever they please. If you want a break from that though, stop into the Venetian (pictured below with gondolas and all.) You'll feel just like you've stepped into Venice. Another option is to head over to the Bellagio for the Conservatory and Botanical Gardens.

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Old Las Vegas

If you want to get away from the strip, head to downtown Las Vegas. It's tacky (and maybe even a bit sleazy), but it's an experience to be had for sure.

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These are a few of the great Vegas options that I have in my back pocket to make the most of this oasis in the desert.

Have you ever been to Las Vegas? What are some of your favorite activities?

About the author: Shana is a friend of House Party. She enjoys hiking, traveling, and concerts. Her party tip: Dessert, specifically chocolate.

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