I recently had the opportunity to visit Las Vegas, Nevada for my birthday. Las Vegas is one of my favorite cities in the country. It’s live 24-7 meaning that there is always something going on.
I booked my flights to and from Vegas separate. The total price was $317 including baggage. That’s a great deal in my opinion. I flew American going and Frontier on the way back home. I have heard mixed reviews about Frontier Airlines so I decided to try them for myself. Make sure you check out my Frontier review post coming within a week.
During this trip, 3 of my friends and I stayed at the Harrah’s Casino. We booked two rooms (2 people per room). I found a deal on Bookit.com for 3 nights (Fri – Mon). The price for each room was $469.22. Each person paid about $235. *Note: Three of us got in town Thursday evening. I used some of my MyVegas points to get a “free” room at the Luxor hotel. Even though the hotel was free, I had to pay a $29 resort fee.
The Harrah’s was a pretty good hotel. The location was perfect. It was in the middle of the strip, almost directly across from the Mirage.
On Friday, we decided to check out The Strip for a little bit. That night we ended up going to this club called “The Bank” which was located at the Bellagio. The reason that club was on my radar was because they were one of the few clubs on The Strip that played majority hip hop. In Las Vegas, EDM (Electronic Dance Music) is the wave right now. I can’t lie, I hate that sh*t. I made it a priority to find someplace that didn’t play it. The Bank was that place.
I was expecting to pay between $30-$40 for entry into the club. Boy was I in for a surprise when I saw a club host passing out free passes right outside the club. My crew and I won. The club itself was jumping. The DJ played great music all night.
Saturday started off real slow. I didn’t fall asleep until after 6 AM, so I slept to about noon. After I got up, I linked up with the fellas at this restaurant/sports bar called Tilted Kilt. If you’ve never been to the Tilted Kilt it’s similar to Twin peaks. Tilted Kilt was a great spot. They had TV’s nearly everywhere. We ended up staying there for a while to watch some of the college football games. Once we left Tilted Kilt we checked out the shops at Caesars. I’m not big of a shopper, but they do have a Niketown. I love Nike shoes so I had to see if they had any exclusives.
That night we went to Freemont Street. Freemont Street is the 2nd most famous street in Las Vegas. There are casinos, bars, and restaurants in that area. We checked out two bars while we were down there. Both of them were fun. The first spot was called Commonwealth. They had a $5 cover charge. To get to the 2nd level they charged another $20, but 2 drinks were included with that deal. WIN! The DJ played top 40 and hip hop. The next spot was less than a block down the street. I can’t remember the name of the place, but it was free to enter. The DJ played everything from Prince to Lil Jon. He had the crowd rocking all night. I would recommend Freemont Street to anyone who wanted to get off the Strip for a while.
Sunday was a chill day. I ended going back to Tilted Kilt to watch some of the NFL games. After that, I grabbed a few souvenirs and went to the sports book in my hotel to finish watching the games.
Las Vegas was fun. I used Uber to get to and from the airport and to and from Freemont Street. Uber just started back up again in Vegas. They have been in and out of court with the Las Vegas taxi drivers. Technically, one of the conditions is that they aren’t supposed to take people to and from the airport because they can get ticketed. I strongly believe in the saying where there’s a will there’s a way. With a little maneuvering, I was able to get dropped off to and from the airport. I’m not going to go into details, but if you’re interested feel free to e-mail me or contact me on twitter. Do y’all want to know the total charges for those Uber rides? *Drumrolls* the total charges were $2.46 (not including tips). I’ve been telling y’all that these free rides are a lifesaver especially if you’re frugal like myself.
My Uber Experience
This was a great trip. I didn’t even go over budget. It’s also my last trip of the year. I have two debts that I will pay off before January 1st (Speak it into existence). The grind is real. I also am starting to prepare for what is going to be an EPIC 2016 travel year.
Have you ever been to Las Vegas? What is your favorite hotel? What is your favorite attraction there?