birthday weekend in las vegasMonday, January 18, 2016
Tyler and I took a trip to Las Vegas at the beginning of the year to celebrate my birthday. We were there January 2nd - January 5. It was such a fun trip! It was actually our third time to Las Vegas together. First we took a trip to Phoenix and Vegas and then we took a trip to Vegas with a group of friends.
On our trip this time we stayed at Excalibur and really liked the hotel. It was very clean and also in a great location. Last time, we stayed at Treasure Island which was at the complete opposite end of the strip. It was nice to be on the other end so we could explore some of those hotels! Our favorite hotel is New York New York and Excalibur is right next door. We loved being so close to it!
We arrived in Vegas very early on Saturday, so our first stop was breakfast at Tiabi Coffee & Waffle. This is a couple blocks off the strip, but we had a rental car so it was easy to get to. I would highly recommend this place if you venture off the strip! It had such great food and was very reasonably priced. I ordered the bananatella (bananas + nutella) waffle and it was SO good. Delicious coffee and waffles makes for one fab breakfast.
After we had breakfast, we made a stop at the 'Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas Navada' sign for some pictures. I was surprised to find that someone is employed to stand there and take pictures. Whole tour buses of people were lining up to take pictures at the sign, but luckily we were on our way out when they arrived haha. There's not much to see here besides get pictures, but I have always wanted to see it so I was glad we finally made the stop. After pictures we went and shopped at the outlet mall.
That evening Tyler and I went to see Britney Spears at Planet Hollywood! My birthday present was tickets to the concert. I have wanted to see this show since her residency was announced, so when Tyler suggested the tickets be my birthday present I was more than thrilled haha. The show was SO good. Tyler even said he enjoyed it! I would have felt bad if he hated the entire show. There was such great dancing during the show, which I really enjoyed. In the lobby of the arena, they had some of our iconic outfits on display. I took a picture with the "Toxic" outfit (pictured up above). They also were playing her music videos in the lobby. It was special as soon as you walked in to the arena. I had so much fun singing and dancing to all of her music!
The next day was dedicated to visiting the Grand Canyon. The Grand Canyon is just over a two hour drive from Las Vegas. It was SO cool to see in person. I've already done a post about our trip there because I felt like I had so much to talk about. You can read the whole post here. We rented a car for only $10 a day and drove ourselves there. It was a great day trip from Vegas! (The drive there, lunch, hiking, and the drive back took about 7 hours.) That night we went to New York New York for pizza (our favorite!), listened to dueling pianos, and played roulette.
The next day was my birthday and we spent the day walking the strip. We went through Luxor and Mandaly Bay, and I really liked both of the hotels! We have never been in Luxor before, but it was so cool inside! I love how themed all of the hotels get. That evening we went out to dinner at Battista's Hole In the Wall for some Italian food. We went to this restaurant last time we were in Vegas and loved it so much that we had to go back. It is one block behind the Flamingo and it is SO good. Your meal comes with salad, bread, a cappuccino and all you can drink wine. We gambled after dinner. I won $7.50 and quit haha. Tyler also surprised me with a birthday cookie cake from Nestle Toll House and it was sooooo good. He definitely made me feel very loved on my birthday this year!
I had such a great time in Las Vegas for my birthday. As it was our third time there, we've got a list of some of our favorite things from our trips. If you are going to Vegas for the first time, I highly recommend you go to Battista's for dinner, go on the High Roller for views of the strip, head to New York New York for some pizza, walk the Forum Shops at Caesar's palace, and see a show (I would recommend a cirque de soleil). If you have an extra day, I would also recommend taking a trip to the Grand Canyon or Hoover Dam. If you are planning a trip and have any questions, send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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