Greetings from the great American West! I spent the last week — yes, week — in Las Vegas kicking off what’s going to be an epic trip around this corner of the country. I’d hoped to get this post up yesterday as we drove away from the neon lights of The Strip but turns out much of Route 66 is completely off the grid, including cell phone service!
If you’ve been following along on my Instagram or Snapchat (@wanderlandalex) you know I had quite the week in Vegas with various friends bopping in and out along the way. Most people reacted with a look of horror when we revealed we were spending six nights on The Strip, but I think I paced myself well. Three nights of serious clubbing, one night of local bar hopping, and two nights of straight-to-bed. I squeezed in shows, dinners, tours, pool time, and even some real life realities like work and working out. Five trips later, and I’m still not sick of Sin City! It was an awesome week and I can’t wait to share some of my favorite new Vegas discoveries with you all eventually.
But for now, I’m back on the road spending the next five days circling the Grand Canyon in a JUCY camper with my girl Zoe. Which is to say I’m sure next week’s check-in will have a totally different vibe! While working from the passenger seat of a camper is already proving to be much more challenging than I expected, I’m hoping to get some great posts from my time in Cayman Islands up this week — my final posts from my Central America/Caribbean trip before I move onto my US summer.
But for now…. can’t wait to hear your thoughts on Photo of the Week!
Exploring Downtown Las Vegas
Emma gambling for the first time!
The incredible Neon Museum
Inside Drai’s Nightclub
Splashing out at The Cromwell
Which photo is your favorite?
Photo C! I love everything about it
We really lucked out with perfect lighting 🙂
An overall fine selection of Vegas shots! Going for A though because I’m intrigued by the ceiling & because my husband’s been using the coolness of downtown Vegas to try and lure me there for years.
It’s the Brooklyn of Vegas! Let me know if you go… I had suggestions!
I love D because I’m so not a clubber, but like living vicariously through others. I do love Vegas, and can see how it could actually be a pretty relaxing and fun trip if you weren’t trying to fit a week’s worth of debauchery into 2 nights (which is usually the way things pan out for me while I’m there). Can’t wait to read more!
I mean… I still wouldn’t call it relaxing ha. I think it could have been had we started with a weekend and ended on the week and not vice versa. We were exhausted by the time it got to Sunday!
There’s a Neon Museum? Photo C for sure!
It’s AMAZING! They have very strict photography rules and thus I think it gets a lot less press than it could!
B. I hope she had some beginner’s luck!
Not quite a jackpot, but not much of a loss 😉
Photo C! That museum sounds amazing and the photo is great. I have to say, though – I totally feel Emma’s excitement. The first time I went to Vegas was a week after I turned 21, and I had my first-ever gambling experience there, too.
I’m not much of a gambler, but I did think playing slots for the first time was fun!
What’s your snapchat?
Sorry Amy, tried to add it into the post! It’s @wanderlandalex 🙂
Photo C for sure. I love how vintage looking it is.
6 nights does seem crazy to me but spacing it out definitely would have helped. My friends spent 2 days clubbing here and still managed to almost get arrested, one of them lost their passport and get very sick. But they are pretty crazy!
HA! That sounds like a classic Vegas trip, Britt. Sounds like they did Vegas right… ha!
I just learned about the Neon Museum recently via another travel blog (Here & Air), and I’ve been dying to go ever since I saw photos! Looks truly incredible. Good on you, surviving such a long week on the Strip! Can’t wait to hear about your Southwest travels 🙂
Oooo, you’ve given me a new blog to check out, Katie! Going to have to go take a look…
I love Vegas and I hope to go back one day soon. I LOVE photo C and hope to go there and see it for myself.
Cant wait to read all your posts.
Thanks Christine! Itching to write them already 🙂
Photo E, because I love the carpet in the room on the right! I never knew I needed a carpet with writing on it, now I found out I do!
The Cromwell was gorgeous! We loved it — I want to come back.
Las Vegas has got to be the world capital of kitsch. I feel like one could spend months there just to photograph all the weird shit that’s hidden throughout the city. I’ve only been once but it’s obvious I could stand to give it a closer look…maybe a little *soberer* this time. I really like the pool shot so my vote this week is for Photo E. 🙂
I mean, it’s kind of a city best seen with a buzz on 😉
Alex, I’m choosing c. Neon signs are what I most associate with Vegas.
You’ve got to make it to the Neon Museum, then 🙂 It’s awesome!
Love the look of joy on her face!
She’s a cutie 🙂
Ah! I’ve been wanting to go to the Neon Graveyard for years! I love your gorgeous photo of it.
I’ve been wanting to go for ages as well. Worth the wait!
I totally must have missed that you used Snapchat! 😀 I’d love to follow you there – what’s your handle? 🙂 My favorite photo is Picture B because it just seems to be quintessential Vegas – bright colors, gambling & fun! 🙂
@wanderlandalex — sorry, tried adding it to the post when I wrote it but it took me hours to upload on this crappy wifi as is!
Ahhhh this post is getting me so excited!!! I am going to Vegas for the first time in 8 days for Labor Day Weekend. Downtown Vegas looks amazing!
Oh my gosh Elisa, you’re going to have so much fun! Enjoy!
The neon graveyard is always so fascinating, I wish I’d been able to go when I was there.
Your current adventure around the Grand Canyon sounds much more my speed than Vegas – can’t wait to read about it!
Ugh, I can’t wait to start sharing it — lack of internet and service has been a pain!
I want to put on my bikini, jump into the pool in photo E and stay there forever.
Ha! I don’t blame ya…
Photo E for me…because I would kill to be in that pool after spending the past three weeks in this Phnom Penh heat!
Vegas heat was pretty intense too — up to 114F! At least it was a dry heat 🙂
LOVE Photo C. I remember coming across these when we were in Vegas and thought they were just such a telling story of the history of Vegas.
They are! Definitely any photographer’s dream to visit…
I’d choose Photo E- Well, the first half of Photo E. It’s weird that’s my choice for photo of the week since I’m definitely more of the backpacker type. But there’s something about that photo that says, “I’d like to try that.”
If there’s one place to go glamorous, it’s Vegas! I tried doing the hostel thing there once, and it just wasn’t working. Vegas is for finding killer hotel deals on the strip 🙂
Photo E for the decor in the 2nd image because it is so cool. Love those mirrors!
The Cromwell was full of amazing little details like that. Such a crazy cool hotel.
Wish I had known about the Neon Museum last week when I had a few hours to kill in Vegas! Looks like fun!
Put it on the list for next time, Leigh! It’s amazing!