Travel Nursing Assignments: Live Like A Local – Las Vegas!
Welcome to Las Vegas, Nevada
Everyone knows Vegas. It’s a resort city famed for its vibrant nightlife, centered around 24-hour gambling joints and a wealth of other entertainment options.
Its main street and focal point is the Strip, just over 4 miles long. This boulevard is home to themed hotels and casinos, with elaborate displays such as fountains synchronized to music, as well as replicas of an Egyptian pyramid, the Venetian Grand Canal, and the Eiffel Tower. But, Las Vegas is not just glamour and gambling – it’s a city full of world class shows, designer shopping, extravagant nightclubs, award-winning restaurants and adventurous outdoor activities, and there is definitely something for everyone here.
Around the City
Las Vegas has a skyline like no other city – the Strip’s neon glow can be seen from across the valley. For the best skyline views, locals recommend heading to The Foundation Room at Mandalay Bay for a view of the entire Vegas Strip. For something a bit different, the Boulevard Pool at the Cosmopolitan is positioned at eye-level with a lot of the surrounding buildings, so offers a unique view of the city. Or for a more lavish experience of the skyline, book in for a romantic meal at The Top of the World at the Stratosphere, where the 360-degree revolving restaurant slowly shows you the breathtaking views of the city over an 80-minute rotation.
Boulevard Pool – Cosmopolitan
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For those looking for an adventure outside the city, some amazing national parks such as the Grand Canyon (4/5 hours drive away) and Death Valley National Park (between 2 and 4 hours drive, depends on if you go the fast route or the scenic route!) are easily accessible for day or weekend trips.
It goes without saying that there is never going to be a shortage of things to do in Las Vegas – it’s the entertainment capital of the world, known for everything from lavish shows and performances, to the unusual and offbeat.
The Arts District is known as “the heart of art and culture in Southern Nevada,” and is made up of dozens of independent businesses and creative spaces, including galleries, museums, theaters and shops, with an abundance of regular events taking place.
Some of the most quirky museums around the city are the Pinball museum (a display of the world’s largest pinball collection, belonging to the Las Vegas Pinball Collectors Club), or the Mob Museum (the national museum of organized crime and law enforcement).
The iconic Fountains of Bellagio are unmissable, and while you’re there it’s worth checking out their gardens, courtyards, pools, restaurants, spas, and gallery. Las Vegas is full of ostentatious hotels like this!
For the geeks and nerds, there’s the ever-popular Millennium Fandom Bar, with its weekly themed events for the avid cosplayers and trivia experts.
Food and Drink
Near the hustle and bustle of the infamous Fremont Street Experience lies Fremont East, a more relaxed area of town which is home to the entertainment the locals love. This includes awesome bars such as the hipsterish speakeasy-style Downtown Cocktail Room or Corduroy, a retro rock’n’roll style bar, and relaxed lunchtime eateries such as trendy PublicUs and the gorgeously quirky Park on Fremont. For beer lovers, head to Banger Brewing for delicious, and often experimental, craft brews.
For tasty dirty comfort food, head to Monta Japanese Noodle House for a big bowl of ramen, or Benny’s Smokin’ BBQ & Brews for barbecue food and craft beer. Or if eating as part of a big group, Block 16 is the perfect spot – it houses six different dining concepts (including Italian, Thai, Mexican and Nashville) in one big room!
The District at Block 16 – Cosmopolitan
Alternatively, for a more indulgent feast, locals recommend Pamplona in the West Valley for authentic Spanish tapas, Lakeside at Wynn for scenic views and fresh seafood (or their famous Jazz Brunch Sundays), the Black Sheep in the Southwest area for seasonal American/Vietnamese fusion food, or Esther’s Kitchen downtown for farm-to-table Italian soul food.
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