Destination: Las Vegas, Nevada (Oct 2021 Edition)

It has been a minute since I last wrote about my US road trip I took last fall, but I’m concluding it here! After a week of driving and visiting the natural parks in Arizona and Utah, we reached the final leg of our trip in Las Vegas, aka “Sin City.” I had not been back in over a decade, so to revisit after so long was rather nostalgic for me.

Las Vegas had not changed one bit since my last visit. We returned to our old haunts along the Strip, including the Venetian, the Bellagio Conservatory, and views of the Paris Las Vegas, Bally’s, Caesar Palace, etc. We just walked along the Strip, taking in the chaos of the crowds and traffic surrounding us. Honestly, I didn’t feel very safe walking, as there were many drunk tourists, aggressive peddlers, and the occasional drugged-out homeless person to avoid. But we got it done!

20211014_134350Inside the Venetian

20211014_142305Inside the Bellagio Conservatory

20211014_143132Views of the Strip from the Bellagio

Besides strolling the Strip, I also wanted to do a couple of things to relive my past experiences in Vegas. One of them was enjoying the buffets, and I’d put down a reservation at 3PM at the Wynn’s. I’d gone over a decade ago, and I wanted to check out the selections and see what has changed. It cost $65/person, and honestly, I don’t think it’s worth all of the hype. There’s an abundant selection of seafood and international food to choose from, but the quality is a hit-or-miss. Plus, I couldn’t eat as much as I could, and I was stuffed by the second round. Overall, I’d say that Vegas buffets are done for the experience– not necessarily for food quality.

20211014_152657Seafood selection at the Wynn Buffet

However, I did enjoy the food outside of the Strip, especially in Las Vegas Chinatown. We went to a hole-in-the-wall place where we got some incredible Xi’an cuisine. Also got a cute rainbow crêpe cake and butterfly latte at a trendy café just down the street. So although the buffet wasn’t that great, we made up for it elsewhere in town!

20211015_102958Delicious Xi’an dishes

20211015_114818Rainbow crêpe cake and butterfly latte

Another thing I wanted to do in Sin City was to check out the free night shows. We started with the Viva Las Vegas: Fremont Street Experience, located on the eponymous street in the older part of Las Vegas (the “classic” Vegas). We watched the overhead light show in tune to some of The Killers’ songs, before heading back to the Strip to check out the fiery volcano show at The Mirage and then the famous fountain show at the Bellagio. Timing the Bellagio water show as our last activity made for a wonderful end to our two-night stay in Vegas.

20211015_180616Viva Las Vegas– The Fremont Street Experience

20211015_190653Volcano show at the Mirage

20211015_193632Bellagio fountain show

Just before leaving the city for good, we stopped by the Seven Magic Mountains on our way home. They look like massive, colorful Pop Rock candies in the middle of nowhere, and it’s popular with kids and Instagrammers. It was then goodbye to Las Vegas (and our week-long road trip), as we returned home to Los Angeles in the mid-afternoon.

20211016_090331Seven Magic Mountains

Overall, it was a rejuvenating road trip. Considering that I hadn’t traveled extensively in over two years due to COVID, I was beyond happy to go out somewhere, even if domestically. I also got to see more of the US Southwest, and I long to return soon– perhaps sooner than anticipated!

Thanks for reading. I hope you have a wonderful day! 🙂

— The Finicky Cynic

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4 thoughts on “Destination: Las Vegas, Nevada (Oct 2021 Edition)

  1. Somehow I never managed to get to Las Vegas, even though it is often the only US city known to many Canadians! I have always been fascinated by the human genius of building such a complex and profitable city out of nothing.

    1. rebbit7

      Las Vegas is world-renown, but it isn’t imperative to go, especially if you’re not interested in gambling and/or blowing a lot of money for pricey hotels and restaurants/bars/clubs. Really is incredible, though, how the city was built in the middle of the desert and has since attracted millions to its site every year!

  2. Loved reading your recap! And oh man, that cake! I had the rainbow cake from Buddy Vs Bakery and ughhhh the frosting to cake ratio was amazing!

    I also recently came back from Vegas from a girls trip 😂! I’ve been to Vegas so many times, thanks to my bestie living there. Also put together some tips and observations from seeing Vegas evolve in recent years! I just blogged about my last trip ( if you wanna check it out!

    1. rebbit7

      Yes, anything rainbow has my heart! Las Vegas certainly has no shortage of things to see, do, and eat. Thanks for reading!

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