22 September 2014
Posted By: Sarah Deeke
Filed In: Chicago Weddings
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When you hear “Las Vegas”, you may think of Ocean’s Eleven, getting married at The Little White Chapel ala Britney Spears or Bruce Willis and Demi Moore, or stereotypical bachelor/bachelorette parties throwing dollar bills on strippers and stumbling along the strip . And while these scenarios are definitely plausible in Las Vegas, that’s not the whole story. There is so much more to Sin City than it’s name would indicate. Here are some alternative reasons to spend your honeymoon in Las Vegas:
Las Vegas is now a culinary capital of the world.
Craving Mongolian? Yearning for French cuisine? Whatever food you desire, Vegas has it. Bally’s Sunday Brunch (featuring champagne and caviar) and Cosmopolitan’s Wicked Spoon buffets are some of the best buffets in the world. Offering everything from sushi to gelato to filet mignon, you will definitely not leave hungry. Everyone who’s anyone in the food world has a restaurant here, from Emeril to Gordon Ramsay to Wolfgang Puck. One of my favorites is family-owned Italian restaurant Ferraro’s with delicious homemade gnocchi, bread, and an outstanding wine bar. While it is off strip, it is definitely a date-worthy dinner.
Las Vegas has some of the greatest live shows on the planet.
Of course Celine, Shania, and Rod (and let’s not forget Britney) call Sin City home and perform nightly. But there’s also illusionists David Copperfield and Criss Angel, and the incredibly flexible feats of Cirque du Soleil. Blue Man Group is always entertaining, and if you are looking for the quintessential Vegas showgirl performance, Jubilee at Bally’s is the longest running production in Las Vegas history.
Las Vegas has legendary shopping comparable to Fifth Avenue or Rodeo Drive.
Looking for luxury? The Bellagio has every designer from Chanel to Prada, and the Aria just opened The Shops at Crystals which houses the likes of Tom Ford, Louis Vuitton, and Fendi. But no fear; at the north end of the strip near the Wynn hotel is the Fashion Show Mall, with more wallet-friendly stores. Planet Hollywood’s Miracle Mile shops and The Forum Shops at Caesar’s Palace are also great places to shop that won’t deplete your finances.
For the more active couple, you need only rent a car to find more adventurous activities.
For the history buff, Hoover Dam is a short drive away and only takes a few hours to tour the dam and read the history behind its construction. Lake Mead is another fun option for the adrenaline junkie. Rent jet skis on an hourly basis and enjoy dipping into the lake on a hot 100+ degree day. Just off Strip, the Gene Woods Racing Experience is another great way to get your adrenaline pumping. While it may be scorching hot to race during the day, going at night is cool not only because of the weather, but you can see the lights of the Strip as you zip around the track. Interested in getting some fresh air (not to mention spectacular views)? The South Rim of the Grand Canyon is a four hour drive from Las Vegas. If you enjoy hiking or have never seen this world wonder, make it a point to stay here at least for one night. It takes about half a day to drive along the South Rim, but the views are totally worth it.
Of course, there’s still the gambling..
Vegas is not strictly reserved for the gambling greats. Want to learn Craps or Blackjack? Many casinos offer morning lessons on how to play casino card games and more since the morning is their slowest hours. Most off-Strip casinos also have $5 tables where the dealers are more than happy to help you learn. Downtown or “Old” Las Vegas is another great spot to find cheap tables to practice your newly-honed skills. Not to mention Fremont Street has some of the best street performers and people watching opportunities in the country. Grab a cocktail and watch the Viva Vision Light Show after dark, which is not to be missed.
Groupon Is Your Friend
Everyone wants to save money where they can, especially when planning you’re honeymoon. Groupon is a great resource to utilize when planning your trip. You can find Las Vegas deals on everything from the Gene Woods Go Karts to restaurants such as Senor Frog’s and on-Strip hotels such as the Mirage and the Flamingo.