If there’s anywhere in the world you’re allowed to be a tourist, it’s Las Vegas… and probably Disney World, but Vegas is basically Disney for adults #happiestplaceonearth.
Seriously, if you don’t embrace the kitschy opportunities the strip has to offer, then you’ve missed the point entirely. Whip out your selfie stick and just let it happen.
The old adage used to be “What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas,” but ever since the smartphone’s invention, the reality is more like what happens in Vegas ends up on your Instagram feed and Snapchat story.
Look, everyone’s got a little bit of Basic in them. Embrace it for a few awesome photo ops and experiences you’ll be laughing about it for the rest of your life.
Take a Gondola Ride at The Venetian
It’s one of the cheesiest things Vegas has to offer, but it’s one of my favorites. I did it with my mom the first time I ever went to Vegas… I was 13 and I thought it was the coolest thing ever. The second time I dragged my boyfriend because I wanted it to be a bit of a tradition. It’s corny AF but the pictures are a cool memento. You can choose to take you ride outside, along the strip or inside along the Grand Canal Shops. It’s not that expensive at $21 per person and it’s a nice, short thing you can do to take a break from walking the strip.
Rides At the Strat
If you are just “so over” long days by the pool and shopping, then going on the rides at the top of the Stratosphere is a great alternative. It’s one of the best views of the Vegas Strip you can get, and the rides are fun. If you’re feeling more daring, you can even jump off the top.
The rides include the Big Shot! (think the Tower of Terror but on top of a building), Insanity (which is a ride where a giant arm takes you off the side of the building and spins you as you stare down at the Strip), and X-Scream, where you’re strapped into a car and catapult head first off the side of the building.
If you choose to do all the rides and want access to the observation tower, it’ll cost $39.95, which is the best deal because you get unlimited access, but prices are scaled down if you only want to do one or two rides.
Get a Ridiculously Oversized Drink
The first time I came to Vegas and saw people guzzling out of huge drink containers, I thought it was ratchet AF, but honestly, that’s kiiind of half the fun. I want to have fun and give zero fucks. Vegas is a no judgment zone. DO YOU BOO BOO.
You’re going to be drinking a lot when you’re in Vegas, so why not do it out of a ridiculously large container shaped like a guitar, or some other object you never thought you’d be pipelining daiquiri mix out of? You’ll get over the embarrassment halfway through the drink.
It can also help you save money because the refills are usually discounted, and you’ll also get a memento to remember your trip by. My personal fave is Paris’s hot air balloon shaped cup… mug… chalet… vat for alcohol… whatever. It’s ceramic, so it actually makes for a legitimately nice keepsake.
Watch the Bellagio Fountains and Look At the Glass Ceiling
Even if you know nothing about Vegas, if you’ve ever seen an Oceans 11 movie, you know about the Bellagio fountains — and the movies don’t even do it justice. It’s honestly gorgeous. If you have a soul, you’ll pose in front of its beauty with your selfie stick #blessed.
And while you’re there, pop into the Bellagio to see the glass ceiling — which is equally as gorge — as well as their botanical gardens that are decorated to correspond with each season.
Take a Picture with the Iconic Las Vegas Sign
You have to do this. Out of all the pictures I’ve taken, I treasure the picture I have in front of this sign with a group of my friends the most. There’s obvi nothing more Vegas than the sign, and there’s something cool about standing right in front of it. It’s like going to NYC and not seeing the Empire State Building. It’s just wrong, unless you’re one of those people who hates touristy things. But if that’s you, why are you in Vegas? (And why are you reading this?!) Pop your ass in an Uber, whip out your selfie stick and #SLAY with your girls.
You never know how many chances you’re going to get to do dumb touristy shit with your friends, so you may as well take advantage of all the cheesy-ass opportunities Vegas has to offer. It’s worth doing it once, and you’ll have selfies to treasure for a lifetime.