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Viva Las Vegas

The Vegas Strip is one of the most recognizable streets in the world. Here you can find some of the coolest themed hotels to visit. There is SO MUCH to see across the 4.2 miles of the infamous Las Vegas Strip.

Some of the most popular spots to stay at right in the heart of the action are the Luxor, the Bellagio, Caesars Palace, Mandalay Bay, the Venetian, Paris, the Mirage, New York-New York, MGM Grand, and Treasure Island.

No matter where you stay, be sure to go gamble or walk through some of these hotels. Each hotel goes above and beyond with incredible themed decorations. With more than 150 casinos to choose from, Vegas has it all to offer.

All of the main hotels have their own casinos, so be sure to try your luck at a few of them and casino hop your way down the strip. Most of big casinos offer various shows and exhibits throughout the year, so be sure to check out events when you plan your trip. I've seen a few magic shows, Cirque De Soleil, and a few concerts.

I've stayed at the Venetian a few times, and on the top level where all the shops are, you can take a walk through what looks like Venice, Italy right here in Vegas! You can even take a gondola ride right through the hotel. Cool right???

The ceilings are painted with blue skies and the river winds past all the stores. The Venetian is dubbed the most romantic Vegas hotel, and you can definitely see why. All of the big hotels along the Vegas strip go all out on decorative themes for the ultimate ambiance, and the Venetian spared no expense.

The rooms in the Venetian scream luxury. If you want to be a pampered prince or princess, you'll love this hotel. The hallways are filled with incredible Renaissance paintings and the marble flooring throughout is so gorgeous. The entire hotel is truly a work of art. When you visit the Venetian, be sure to pay attention to the details!

One of the easiest hotels to spot along the strip is the Paris hotel, constructed to look like the iconic Eiffel Tower in France, and is a whopping 540 feet tall. When you step inside, the legs of the Tower are visible throughout the casino floor. Head all the way to the top for one of the best and highest viewpoints the Strip has to offer.

Another one of my favorite hotels is the Luxor. This Egyptian themed hotel is guarded by a 110 foot Sphinx replica and features the largest Atrium in the world. The pyramid itself is one of the tallest in the world at 350 feet tall, despite being built in the modern era.

When I stayed here, our room wall and window were actually slanted due to the shape of the pyramid. It was pretty cool from an architectural standpoint. The elevator had to be specially engineered to lift guests at a 39 degree angle due to the building's pyramid shape.

Even the dressers and headboard for the bed had hieroglyphs on them to further the Egyptian theme of the hotel. There are claims this hotel is haunted, but I didn't experience anything supernatural during my stay and I would definitely book this spot again!

If you want to take a trip back to the Roman days, head to Caesars Palace to see larger than life statues all over the casino, including an 18 foot tall replica of Michelangelo's Statue of David, clocking in at 9 tons! There are tons of impressive statues scattered throughout the hotel.

Caesars Palace also has an epic network of pools known as the Garden of the Gods, a great place to cool down from the Nevada heat. If you're looking to get married, Caesars offers the biggest wedding chapel on the Vegas Strip. But if you rather try your luck, it also boasts the largest casino in Vegas - you can actually get lost in this one....true story lol!

Right next door, step into the Bellaigo and see the exquisite display of Chihuly glass sparkling across the ceiling. Outside of the Bellagio are the infamous dancing fountains. Check out the fountain show as water moves to various songs throughout the night.

Aside from 24-hr gambling and seeing magic shows or concerts, there is always something going on in Vegas. You can hop on some rides at the Stratosphere, New York-New York or Circus Circus hotels. Also a great idea if you being kids along!

After a day of fun, grab yourself a bite to eat at countless fabulous restaurants. You can also find many of your favorite celebrity chef restaurants here in Vegas such as Gordon Ramsay's Hell's Kitchen, Bobby Flay's Mesa Grill, Guy Fieri's Vegas Kitchen, and Wolfgang Puck's Spago. If you watch any cooking network shows or stay up on celebrity chefs, this is the mecca.

If you still haven't got your celebrity fill in, you can always head to Madame Tussauds wax figure museum to pose with your favorite celebrities. This is a good activity for kids too because they can run around and burn off some energy finding their favorite fax figures. But if you want to run with the real life versions, head out to TAO nightclub, Nobu, or the Omnia.

When I went to Las Vegas as a kid, I obviously couldn't gamble or take part in most of what Vegas has to offer. If you're traveling with your kiddos take them on a road trip or helicopter tour from Vegas to the Grand Canyon. No matter what age you are, you are guaranteed to have an amazing time taking in the incredible scenery.

The city of Las Vegas is located in the middle of the desert surrounded by mountains, so if getting out into nature is your thing, be sure to set aside some adventure time, you never know what you'll find out in the desert. (I found stacks of painted limestone boulders!)

Thanks for reading my blog. What's your favorite thing to do in Vegas? Check out more pictures from my trip below:

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