Top 10 Favorite Cities Visited
With 33 countries under my belt, I’ve experienced some of the most amazing cities that the world has to offer. From great beaches, climate, friendly people, personal interests, world-famous attractions, architecture, history and culture, there are many different factors that make a city great, let alone top ten!
#8 – Las Vegas – United States of America
While Paris may hold the official title, the City of Lights is better represented by America’s Playground, Las Vegas. This notorious destination offers visitors every opportunity to make it or break it, beckoning them with pulsating neon and the chance to win big, not to mention plenty of great restaurants, bars, clubs, and shopping venues where you can proudly flaunt your winnings. The weird thing is… it is none of these things that make Vegas part of my top ten cities in the world. With legendary remnants from around the globe, the most luxurious resorts, unbelievable shows and entertainment, and endless new adventures, Las Vegas has made my top ten.
Las Vegas has reinvented itself many times over the years. The 1990s were the heyday of the themed resort in Vegas, which resulted in a building boom of megaresorts modeled after famous places and monuments. Replicas of world-famous landmarks, statues, and buildings popped up all over the Strip including the pyramid-shaped Luxor, the Big Apple knockoff New York-New York and the French-themed Paris Las Vegas. With Vegas’ take on spots like the canals of Venice and the Eiffel Tower, you don’t have to travel halfway around the globe to see some of the world’s most famous landmarks. They might not be the real thing, but sometimes they’re so close you can hardly tell the difference.
The Grand Canal Eiffel Tower The Colosseum Statue of Liberty Trevi Fountain The largest 5 Diamond resort in the world, The Venetian & The Palazzo, is in the heart of Las Vegas. With spectacular suites, top shows, exquisite dining, and an abundance of amenities, The Venetian & The Palazzo Resort offers it all; it is a center piece, a piece de resistance, for Vegas. During our four night stay, we were able to experience all that Vegas is known for and has to offer by visiting just one resort. Amenities like “all-suite” rooms, Prestige level services, pools, gondola rides, world famous chefs, top entertainment, and the Canyon Ranch SpaClub leave the Five-Diamond award unquestioned. If this resort were located anywhere else in the world, the nightly rate would be insurmountable, but in Vegas it’s affordable because that’s what Vegas is! The entertainment list in Vegas reads like a phone book. I’ve been there four times and experienced completely different forms of entertainment each time. The Blue Man Group is oddly entertaining while Criss Angel’s Believe offers the most spectacular illusions from the magician of the century, and KA is an unprecedented, gravity-defying production. If you’re looking for more extreme forms of entertainment or adventure, take the 108th floor plunge off of The Stratosphere Las Vegas Hotel & Casino‘s Sky Jump. Not even the sky is the limit in Vegas.
Every time I go to Las Vegas it’s different. With so many things to see and do, Vegas is a cocktail for the senses. Do you want screaming adventure, luxurious resorts at great prices, world-class entertainment, and a replica trip around the globe? You can have it all in Vegas.