Travel Diary: The Las Vegas Strip

Following our day trip to see the Hoover Dam, Roan and I headed back to the city, hoping to find a decent place to have dinner at. We had stayed at a hotel in Henderson, just 15 minutes away from The Strip, so we decided to try our luck there. After all, I have a vague recollection of what the area looked like from the last time we were in Las Vegas.

We ended up parking our car at the SLS Hotel and Casino since it was almost impossible to find a cheap and decent parking spot in the streets. As it turns out, the hotel is the northeastern stop for the Las Vegas Monorail, so we ventured on foot and took the public transportation to explore The Strip.

Disneyland Castle in Vegas? Wrong. This is, in fact, the Excalibur Hotel and Casino, but is often mistaken for the iconic structure.
No, you’re not in New York, but you’re actually looking at a replica of The Statue of Liberty by the New York-New York Hotel and Casino.

The night had fallen by the time we alighted the monorail, and we were greeted by a swarm of people [literally] from different directions. Ah, welcome to Las Vegas. Note that we went on Labor Day weekend, so this scene combined with lack of food and muggy weather weren’t doing us any favor.

800 Degrees Neopolitan Pizzeria, S Las Vegas Blvd, Nevada
Clearly the only photo I managed to take because H A N G R Y

Roan and I surveyed both sides of The Strip once for potential dinner place, and because I was beginning to get irritated by people passing that were either drunk and rowdy or high on weed, we settled at 800 Degrees Neopolitan Pizzeria. I remember feeling so hungry that I almost finished the entire pan all to myself.

When we finally satisfied our tummies with good food, we started to walk back towards the nearest monorail station, stopping every now and then to check out some stores on the way. I remember walking into a store with all the weird stuff one could find. I couldn’t remember the name of the store, but if you’ve been to, then you know exactly what I’m talking about.

If I’m being completely honest, the experience remains to be a blur—not because it’s been awhile since I actually wrote about it (nine months!!!)—but because The Strip is a crazy place to be. It was so easy to get lost amidst the crowd if that’s what you came to Vegas for. I haven’t exactly partied in Vegas (though I don’t really look forward to it), so I wouldn’t know how much crazier things get. Until then, the jury is still out…

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  • Haha yeah I have mixed feelings on Vegas. I’ve only been there once, and it was only for a day, but I sort of loved it in a way. Except for the dudes trying to hand my boyfriend stripper cards even though I was clearly his girlfriend. But that’s Vegas for you! I just loved all of the lights and sounds and craziness of it all. But I think if I were to be there for an extended period of time, it might be hell!

  • I have such fond memories of my visit to Las Vegas 5 years ago. I don’t usually like cities but there is just something about the craziness of Vegas that is hard not to love!

    • Hi, Renee! I’m so sorry for the late reply! We were busy having fun on 4th of July weekend! Belated happy 4th, by the way! 🙂 Vegas is truly one of the most interesting cities here in the US!

  • Although I may not really want to party in Vegas, I do want to go there to feel the vibe, see the lights, just people-watch… Nick has been there before, and we haven’t yet been to the States together, but when we do go, we are probably going to add Las Vegas to our list.

    I’ve seen the action in a lot of videos and it’s unreal – I don’t think I have ever seen a city like it. It seems like a huge experience and definitely a nice sight for the eyes

    • You’re right! If not for partying, I’d be more interested with the Vegas vibe. I do think you both should make a trip out there!

      P.S. I read your comments yesterday, but forgot to reply to them ASAP. So sorry!

  • I think your photos are stunning!! These are absolutely insane! My mom loves places like this because she really enjoys people watching, hahaha!

  • I totally agree – The Strip is a crazy place to be. Ever since we moved to California in 2007, my family’s actually visited Las Vegas yearly aaaaand I hated it. The only part of it I genuinely enjoyed was the shopping xD I can’t stand The Strip, it’s too busy for me. I do like the photos though!!

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    • Hi, Laura! Yes, I agree about the food part, but I haven’t tried shopping around! It’s just crazy out there, but definitely one to try at least once.

  • I know so many people who have gone to Vegas! I guess it’s a fun place to be lol I would definitely like to visit it. I feel like it wouldn’t be an idea vacation though because I’m kind of tired of always be surrounded by people. But, it looks like there are palm trees and lots of entertaining stuff so I think I’d like it 🙂

    • Yes, I think one should experience Las Vegas at least once. Oh, you wouldn’t run out of shows to watch there! We saw “Rock of Ages” in Vegas two tears ago.

  • I have never been to Vegas before, but it is definitely on my bucket list! Your photos of the strip are so pretty!

    • Haha I know! It’s right by the New York-New York Hotel and Casino, so that’s probably why they had a replica situated there, but still…

  • I would have totally been irritated by all of the people, too!! There are definitely a few things in Vegas I want to see since I have never been, but sometimes that much crazy is just too much for me! Maybe one day!

    • You and me, both, Carly! The Strip ain’t going anywhere, so I don’t really feel like I’m missing out on the “craziness” much. Maybe that’s just me, though. Haha! 😉