Among the many destinations on my long bucket list of places to visit in this world, Las Vegas, has always been at the top 10. I never dreamed that I would actually go there any time soon, especially not this year!
It all started when a few friends wanted to plan a couples trip somewhere. The aim was easy, someplace within the continental United States and preferably warm…off course when dealing with a group, there will be different ideas and needs to be met, especially when dealing with six of us.
We all research individually on where we wanted to go, threw out some ideas and BOOM! Las Vegas was the chosen destination for us this year.
So here we go, off into the online search of which hotel is best for our Vegas vaca….and after some digging we came across The Aria Resort Hotel and Casino. The Aria is rated five stars, has tons of fabulous reviews and most importantly was centrally located on the strip (for the most part – as I’ll explain in a bit). For further details on how sites we visited to find the best vacation packages see below.
Scroll down to check out my list of must see and do activities and photo highlights from my trip to Las Vegas in March 2018!
For First Timers make sure to check out Vegas.com for all the inside news, shows, and info on all things happening in Vegas. They have an awesome updated map that was super helpful for us in choosing the right hotel.
In the end we chose to book a vacation package with JetBlue Vacations. The total cost for two round trip airline tickets and a four night stay at the Aria Resort Hotel was an incredible $1300. That was the very best price available at that time. We could not pass it up!
Beware of Resort fees that are additional to your booking. These fees can only be paid at the hotel. The Resort fees cover amenities that come with your stay, such as the use of the pool, towels (at the pool), gym and in some case snacks, water and/or parking. Be sure to check with your hotel on these fees and what they include.
Make sure to check the average weather temperatures for the time of year that you plan on visiting Las Vegas. We booked for March, which meant that the days were a comfortable 65-70 degrees, but the nights were cool at around 50 degrees. Also the pools open around this time of year, so unless you want to be literally “chillin” at the pool, then choose a warmer time to visit Sin City. I’d recommend May or June because it gets scorching hot during the summer months.
What to See and Do in Las Vegas
From my research on visiting Las Vegas, everything is within walking distance. Please know that this doesn’t mean that because everything is on the strip that you can get there by walking a few steps. Try a few thousand steps! The strip is about 4 miles long. Depending on where you hotel is you may have quite a walk to get to your place of interest. For us ladies who love to wear high heels for our night out, its not cool when you’re walking a far distance in them. By the time you get to your destination, your sweating and your feet already hurt, and you haven’t even had your first cocktail! Not a good look!
Take an Uber to get around Las Vegas! It may seem silly, but boy did it ever come in handy for us and saved time to get back and forth, not to mention saved some aches and pains on our already beaten up feet.
Speaking of being “out and about” and other thing I learned was to book as many sight seeing tours and activities BEFORE you get to your destination. Vegas is big, busy and beautiful and its gets expensive with all the onsite purchases for show tickets, tours and night club admissions.
Think about what type of activities or experiences that you’d like to partake while in Vegas and purchase as many tickets prior to flying in. You will save some serious cash, that can go towards those extra drinks at The Chandelier Bar in the Cosmopolitan Hotel.
What to Pack for your Trip to Las Vegas
Now that you planned and booked your trip and activities, you’ll want to think about the appropriate outfits to pack. If you’re anything like me, and love fashion, this part is fun! Time to go shopping (or shopping in your closet)! What to pack for your trip will depend on what activities you have planned. Here are some ideas of what to pack for your first trip to Las Vegas! #vegasbaby
Search Engines for the Best Rates on Vacation Packages:
Jetblue Vacations, Orbitz, Hotels.com, Groupon and Individual Hotels in Las Vegas (there’s always deals directly on their website, sign up to to get the lastest deals sent to your inbox)
Here are some awesome highlights of my Las Vegas Trip. See you on Strip!