by Julie Malonzo, Epsilon Rho – University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Can you believe that Grand Convention is just DAYS away?! As someone who has lived in Vegas for roughly 10 years, I have discovered that there’s more to “Viva Las Vegas” than the stereotypical casinos and shows. Not everyone in Vegas lives on the Strip – I know, surprising. Here’s what I recommend from a local’s perspective:
If you’re feeling hungry:
In n Out: This is a classic fast food option known for its burgers, fries, shakes, and classic diner-style atmosphere! It is definitely a go-to if you don’t have it in your hometown.
Sprinkles: With only 8 locations nationwide, this ice cream and cupcake option (featuring a cupcake ATM machine!) is a perfect place to satisfy your sweet tooth!
Black Tap: Unique to Las Vegas, Black Tap is known for its giant milkshakes with colorful cake and any type of candy you can imagine topping it off! Black Tap is located inside the beautiful Venetian Resort on the Strip which is home to an array of shops, restaurants, and its well-known photo-op “LOVE” sign.
Sugar Factory: Located in the midst of Fashion Show Mall, the Sugar Factory acts as both a candy shop and a restaurant! Its menu features all kinds of different dinner eats and is a versatile space to accommodate large parties of sisters. Alongside dinner eats, it’s known for its smoky drinks, giant sparklers, and lollipops topped on desserts to celebrate birthdays. Celebrities including Kylie Jenner, Drake, Eva Longoria, and others have been known to endorse the restaurant and have even been seen dining inside!
If you want to stay around Red Rock:
Regal Cinemas Red Rock 16 & IMAX: Located inside the Red Rock Resort, the Regal movie theater is perfect if you are feeling like having a relaxed night with sisters. In the same vicinity, the Red Rock Lanes bowling alley is available. We will be having our sisterhood bowling night here on Friday evening, so make sure to join us on the fun!
Downtown Summerlin Mall: Walking distance from Red Rock Resort, this outdoor mall is available to shop till you drop! It even has the TruFusion gym studio that provides workout classes such as Hot Pilates, Yoga, and Cycling if you’re feeling like getting sweaty with sisters!
Red Rock Canyon: Known for its bright orange rock formations, the Red Rock Canyon is the perfect place to explore if you want to go for a little hike and discover one Vegas’s few National Conversation Areas.
If you want to explore Vegas:
The Strip: How do you travel to Vegas and not visit the Strip? What usually comes to mind when people think of “Vegas” is the iconic strip with hotels, shows, and tourist attractions. The Hardrock Café, Coca-Cola, M&M World, and the Bellagio Show are in the midst of it all!
The Linq High Roller: New to Vegas, the Linq is a fun place to eat, explore, and even ride the High Roller. You can get a perfect view of Las Vegas 550 feet up in the air! If you don’t feel like getting on the ride, there’s so much more to do in the vicinity, such as the new Fly LINQ zipline. You can even try out Sprinkles ice cream and the In-n-Out Burger diner here!
Container Park: Downtown Las Vegas is underestimated, but there’s so much to do on Freemont Street! There’s definitely a lot of picture opportunities and smaller, but delicious, restaurants such as Eat, and my personal favorite Maker & Finders. If you’re lucky, you can even catch a free concert or movie inside Container Park!
Tivoli Village: Tivoli Village is definitely a local’s place to explore. There are a bunch of restaurants, cafés, and little shops! Fun fact- a lot of people in Vegas take their homecoming and prom pictures here because of how fancy the area looks.
If you want to take pictures:
Welcome to Las Vegas Sign: This iconic sign is an essential part of your Vegas experience, especially if it’s your first time visiting. Don’t forget to throw up diamonds if you visit! BOOM BOOM <>
Downtown Las Vegas: Known for being an artistic area, this street has a bunch of murals and artwork to strike a pose in front of! It definitely is a laid back setting that most tourists don’t know about!
Seven Magic Mountains: Located in midst of Las Vegas’s desert and along the Interstate 15, these giant colorful rocks have made their way all over social media and has become a great tourist spot!
Jacobs, Madeline. “Nevada: Seven Magic Mountains.” Maddily, Maddily, 20 Dec. 2016
I hope these ideas will help you navigate and enjoy my hometown, Viva Las Vegas! Have the best time ever. We can’t wait to see you at Grand Convention!
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