las vegas


I was lucky to have my cousin living in Los Angeles, who offered us a road trip to Las Vegas. It was an exciting adventure, especially during the summer season. The trip was long, but we made the most of it and had a lot of fun along the way. It was a journey I never imagined myself experiencing.

The road journey from Los Angeles to Las Vegas typically takes around 5 hours. The direct route doesn’t pass through many notable places, with occasional stops for burger joints being the main options. However, the vast expanse of flat desert terrain provides a unique and mesmerizing backdrop.

As we approach Las Vegas, we notice the Mojave National Preserve in the right side. This stunning wilderness area is often overlooked by visitors, but it can be a perfect opportunity to break up the drive and explore the natural beauty of the region. It’s important to consider the desert’s scorching summer heat and take necessary precautions to stay hydrated and cool during the journey.

 The anticipation of reaching Las Vegas and the excitement of what awaits there make the journey even more thrilling.

I lost most of my photos

Unfortunately, I faced a setback during the road trip as I lost most of my photos. I hadn’t synced them to the cloud, and as a result, they were unable to be recovered. It was a lesson learned the hard way, reminding me of the importance of backing up precious memories.

Although I couldn’t retrieve those specific images, the memories of the journey remained vivid in my mind. Sometimes, it’s the experiences and moments shared with loved ones that leave a lasting impression, even without the visual reminders.

While it was disappointing to lose the photos, it served as a reminder to be more diligent in safeguarding memories in the future. Now, I make sure to regularly back up my photos and documents to the cloud or external storage, ensuring their safety and accessibility.

Though I may not have physical snapshots of the road trip, the memories and stories shared with family are still cherished. It’s a reminder to embrace each moment fully, capturing them not just through photographs but also in our hearts and minds.

The Hotel

Treasure Island And Casino

Despite losing most of my photos, I’m grateful for the ones I shared on Facebook. They offer a glimpse into the journey and provide a tangible connection to the incredible memories I made during that unforgettable road trip. Though not as comprehensive as I had hoped, these saved images serve as a visual reminder of the breathtaking landscapes and exciting adventures I experienced along the way

The Hotel We Stayed

If you're in limited time and looking for a condensed experience of Las Vegas, I suggest focusing on the following key activities

If you’re planning a one-day tour of Las Vegas, here are my top activity recommendations:

Start off your day by visiting the Shark Reef Aquarium. This is a great chance to see apex predators and explore the fascinating underwater world. Plan for about 1 to 2 hours for this activity.

For a touch of romance, don’t miss the gondola ride at The Venetian. You’ll be transported to the charm of Venice right in the heart of Las Vegas. It’s a 30-minute experience you won’t want to skip.

To get breathtaking panoramic views of the Las Vegas Strip, head to the LINQ High Roller, which happens to be the tallest observation wheel globally. Expect to spend around 30 minutes on this impressive ride.

If you’re in need of a break from the hustle and bustle, take some time to relax at the Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens. This serene spot showcases beautiful seasonal displays, and you can explore it for about 30 minutes to an hour.

For an interactive and fun experience, check out the Marvel Avengers S.T.A.T.I.O.N. channel your inner hero as you interact with the exhibits. Give yourself 1 to 2 hours to enjoy this attraction.

Before you end your day, make sure to snap a memorable selfie at the famous “Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas” sign. It’s a quick 15 to 30-minute stop that’ll help you capture the essence of your Las Vegas adventure.

These activities will provide you with a taste of the distinctive attractions Las Vegas has to offer. You’ll be able to maximize your time in the city and get a glimpse of some of its most noteworthy highlights.

Another option

Considering time limitations, completing all these activities in one day can be challenging. Here’s a rough idea of how much time to allocate for each:

  • Shark Reef Aquarium: 1-2 hours.
  • Venetian Gondola Ride: 30 minutes.
  • LINQ High Roller: About 30 minutes (plus waiting time).
  • Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens: 30 minutes to an hour.
  • Marvel Avengers S.T.A.T.I.O.N: 1-2 hours.
  • Big Apple Coaster: 2-3 minutes for the ride itself (plus waiting time).
  • Indoor Skydiving: 1-2 hours, depending on the package.
  • Zip lining: Roughly 1-2 hours, including prep.
  • “Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas” sign: 15-30 minutes.
  • Red Rock Canyon: At least 2-3 hours.
  • Fremont Street: 1-2 hours for a walk, but you can stay longer if you wish.

Remember, these times are just estimates and may vary based on your preferences and the crowds. Adjust your plan accordingly to make the most of your day in Las Vegas.

Two Days Itinerary

Here are some additional activities to consider for your two-day Las Vegas itinerary:

Day 1:

  • Morning: Begin your day by exploring the Shark Reef Aquarium (1-2 hours of aquatic wonders).
  • Mid-morning: Experience the charm of Venice with a romantic gondola ride at The Venetian (30 minutes of Venetian magic).
  • Afternoon: Soar above the city on the LINQ High Roller, the world’s tallest observation wheel (allow time for boarding and queueing).
  • Evening: Satisfy your taste buds with a delightful dinner at a Las Vegas restaurant of your choice.

Day 2:

  • Morning: Delight in the seasonal beauty of the Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens (30 minutes to an hour of natural splendor).
  • Mid-morning: Immerse yourself in the interactive world of Marvel Avengers S.T.A.T.I.O.N. (1-2 hours of superhero fun).
  • Afternoon: Get your adrenaline pumping on the Big Apple Coaster (consider waiting time).
  • Evening: Enjoy a leisurely dinner at a restaurant within the New York-New York Hotel & Casino.

Additional activities to explore:

  • Visit the Neon Museum and Boneyard to discover vintage Las Vegas signs and delve into the city’s history.
  • Attend a live show or performance, such as a mesmerizing Cirque du Soleil show or a concert by a renowned artist.
  • Wander through the themed hotels along the Las Vegas Strip, including iconic spots like Caesars Palace, Bellagio, and Mirage.
  • Explore the intriguing Mob Museum, offering insights into the captivating history of organized crime in Las Vegas.
  • Elevate your experience with a thrilling helicopter tour over the Las Vegas Strip, providing breathtaking aerial views of the city’s famous landmarks.

Remember that these time estimates are flexible, allowing you to tailor your itinerary to your interests and available time. Be sure to check the opening hours of each attraction and plan accordingly.