My two favorite twins were turning 30 and wanted nothing more than to spend their birthdays in the Sin City with their closest friends. So, when we got the invite, we immediately accepted and started counting down the days!
If you’re anything like me, going to a new place without an itinerary gives you total anxiety. Well we had an entire year to plan the perfect Vegas trip so we made sure to DO IT UP!
Now, I can’t take credit for this AMAZING itinerary, because I had very little involvement in creating it. What I can say though is, if you’re going to Vegas… MAKE ONE.
Day 1 – Thursday
We woke up at 3:45am to make it to the airport by 5 and after a super smooth 4 and a half hours of flying through four time zones, we landed in Las Vegas at 8am sharp.
Whew. We were exhausted already, but with 3 taxis full of luggage and a fire in our eyes, 13 Floridians headed down The Strip and straight for The Aria.
Once we dropped off our bags, we freshened up… which in our circle meant ripping off our dirty airport clothes, slapping on a full face of makeup, and slipping into our boujie-ass Vegas outfits.
Since all of us were STARVING – finding a breakfast spot was our first order of business. EggSlut located on the second floor of the Cosmopolitan looked cute and was within walking distance so we set off.
After breakfast, we walked to the Bellagio where we spent the majority of our afternoon. The Conservatory & Botanical Garden was out of this world… literally. Since our trip was in spring, they had their Japan showcase and we were able to see the super pretty Japanese spring designs. From gorgeous cherry blossoms and huge floral butterflies to Japanese huts and mechanical cranes. It was beautiful.
When we finished exploring Japan, we stopped at the CVS to stock up on snacks and adult beverages. I don’t know about you, but every single time Paul and I go on vacation we buy the same snacks and only ever eat them if/when we’re vacationing. Paul always gets a Cadbury Chocolate Bar (fruit and nut flavor), I get a package of Lifesaver Gummies (the berry flavor) and we split a big bag of Jalapeno Cheddar Cheetos. It’s just the way it is.
When we got back to the hotel we made a few mixed drinks and then headed down to the pool!
The pool was pretty much what you would expect a pool in Vegas to be (girls in high heels, full glam makeup and lips that looked like they had a few too many syringes of Juvederm)
After 2 rounds of sunblock and spending $32 on one single frozen drink, we decided a nap was in order before we continued with Day 1.
We had an 8:30 reservation at PBR Bar, which was delicious! Paul and I had their BBQ chicken pizza and their buffalo chicken bites. Was it healthy? Eh, not the best… but it was 100% worth it in my opinion. I was always told that calories consumed on vacation, don’t really count anyway.
The next plan was to hit up the Davidoff of Geneva Cigar Bar but honestly, I don’t think anyone could anticipate the level of tired we would all be. So, after PBR bar (around 10pm Vegas time, 1 am Florida time) we headed back to the hotel, where Paul and I took our overly tired asses to bed.
Day 2 – Friday
One of our favorite things to do when we’re on vacation is to wake up, grab some lattes, come back to the room and watch the sunrise. Don’t ask me why, but this has always been our “thing” and being 4 hours behind our body’s internal alarm clock made this super easy.
After we were sufficiently caffeinated and ready to start the day, Paul and I made our way to the hotel gym to sweat out the beers from the night before. But, before you roll your eyes, let me make something clear. Paul and I weren’t always the “pack your gym clothes for vacation” type of people and making time for the gym wasn’t always important to us. But, the on our past three trips we made staying healthy a priority. It gives us energy, keeps us focused and plus… it makes eating 3 pounds of fried chicken smothered in a chipotle cream sauce atop a sweet waffle drizzled with maple bourbon syrup just a little easier to justify eating.
Breakfast reservations were at 10am at Hash House a Go Go (one of our favorites!). We decided to walk since the restaurant was only 1.2 miles from the hotel and it wasn’t blazing hot yet and hello… Vegas. Paul and I ended up splitting the Chicken & Waffles which happens to be our go-to and I ordered a flight of mimosas to get me in complete vacation mode.
After brunch, we were on to our next reservation, zip lining at the LINQ. Everyone had such a great time but the actual zip lining experience only lasted a minute or two. We didn’t snap any photos or take any videos but picture this…. Paul and I… side by side, superman position, racing down The Strip and laughing our asses off. It was hysterical.
On our way back to the hotel, we stopped at this indoor-outdoor bar, played a few rounds of beer pong and then headed back to the pool for some good old-fashioned R&R and a nap to close out the day.
On our way to dinner, we had the greatest Uber driver of all time. His car had a full-blown karaoke system with microphones, and neon lights that lit the car up! 5 stars sir, 5 stars.
For dinner we had reservations at a place called Sake Rok, where upscale Japanese cuisine and sushi is served amongst choreographed dances and lip-sync battles. Friday night was apparently “boy-band” night and we had a full-blown Nsync & Backstreet Boys battle. The food was incredible, the dancers were so much fun and the Sake Bombs were KILLER! We had at leave 3 or 4. This is definitely my new favorite Vegas spot and anytime we come back, we will be making reservations. So. Much. Fun.
After dinner, we all had tickets for Cirque De Soleil – Zumanity at the New York, New York Hotel. Now, I’ve seen Cirque De Soleil shows before and I really enjoy them but to be real honest, I had no idea what Zumanity meant. I didn’t know it was an erotic, “adult-themed” show where naked dancers twirled and flipped in the air with absolutely nothing left to the imagination. It was hot, it was steamy and I was THERE FOR IT! Totally recommend it if you’re looking for a sexy night out with your partner. MEOW.
After the show a few of our friends headed to Freemont Street (Old Vegas) and we headed to bed. #tiredoldpeopleprobz No but seriously, Freemont Street is super fun, so if you have time, I recommend going, but don’t beat yourself up if you can’t make it, it’s not going to make or break your trip.
Day 3 – Saturday
This was by far, our favorite day! We started the day off with our usual latte, morning sunrise and on this day we chose to indulge in a blueberry muffin. We squeezed in a quick workout and met at the pickup location for one of the coolest excursions we’ve ever been on.
At about 10am a bus arrived and all 13 of us drove out to the middle of the desert where we hopped on some ATVs and drove through the sand dunes of Nevada.
Without a cloud in the sky the desert heat was intense. The views… ahhhh the views were unreal. We were surrounded by piles of rock and sand and it truly felt like we were deep inside an ultra HD virtual reality on another planet. As we zoomed through the mounds of sand, the desert soil flew through the air and all we could hear was the sound of the engine behind us.
Paul and I decided (well… I decided) that we would do the “easy tour” while a few of our braver friends did the advanced one. At first, I was petrified. My hands gripped the handlebars like my life was slowly slipping from them. I took the inclines slow, but not too slow where I might get caught in the sand. I was careful to lean right when we turned left and lean back when we went downhill so I didn’t flip my vehicle. It was terrifying and my adrenaline was at an all-time high. But after 10-15 minutes, I was a pro and going faster and faster. I couldn’t get enough and now all I want is my very own ATV!
We jumped rocks, scaled the side of a sandbank and made it to the top of a beautiful ridge where the sight of Mount Charleston quite literally took my breath away.
It was hands down THE BEST day trip I’ve ever experienced. Truly, if you’re the type of person who goes on vacation seeking out thrills and adventure, do an ATV tour. You won’t regret it.
After the tour, we were all sunburned, STARVING, and drenched in sweat. It was time for lunch and Paul and I decided we were going to try “The Pub” on the first floor of our hotel. We shared an order of Chips and homemade French onion dip. Yum! We also split an order of Fish and Chips and it wasn’t bad either.
When we finished lunch Paul and I grabbed an ice-cream cone, went back to the room and collapsed on bed until it was time for dinner.
We slept HARD. We woke up even more tired than before we fell asleep! I think the whole “city that never sleeps” thing is a big fat lie because I could have slept another 10 hours! But the night must go on and this night was the one I was looking forward to the most!
After all of us finished getting super dolled up and put on our “Vegas” clothes, it was time for dinner at Lavo. Lavo is this super lavish Italian restaurant inside the Palazzo Hotel where all the celebrities go when they come to The Strip. Ooh la la. The dim lighting, the soft and sexy music and the decadent dishes made this spot perfect for our last night!
After we spent a few hours filling our bellies with campaign, wine and lots and lots of pasta, we set out to find THE HOTTEST nightclub in Sin City, Club Tao.
I have to remind you… the twins were turning 30 and they spared no expense in celebrating the death of their 20s. For their birthday, they booked a VIP section and had the bar stocked with the good stuff. I’m talking Don Julio, Belvidere, Bacardi and everything you need to have THE BEST NIGHT EVER!
We had two bouncers who escorted us to and from the bathroom, two bottle service girls who topped our drinks off after practically every sip we took and we felt like the biggest, baddest crew in all of Vegas.
The music was D O P E!
We danced until we took our shoes off (yes, we were those girls…)
We drank and drank and drank some more until we had no other choice but to call it a night and head back to the hotel.
That was a night I don’t think I’ll ever forget and I am eternally grateful that we were invited to such a special event.
Day 4 – Sunday
This was another amazing day, mainly because it was one of those “go out on your own” kind of days, where we all did our own thing.
Vacation Tip # 1… Whenever you take a trip with family or friends I highly recommend incorporating one of these day in your trip. It makes a world of difference in the vibe and your general sanity.
We started the day as we always do, except on this day we chose to skip the gym. #hangover
After we finished our breakfast, we decided it was time to really do some sightseeing so we did what anyone visiting Vegas does… we saw the Bellagio Fountains. We both watched in amazement as the synchronized water show blasted towards the sky to Uptown Funk by Bruno Mars.
The show lasted about 5 minutes and then we were off to have a drink at the Cosmo’s Chandelier Bar and then to walk through the shops at Cesar’s Palace.
By this time, we were pretty hungry so we had a quick and easy lunch at this delicious sushi burrito spot called Jaburritos where we both ate our Long Beach burritos in 6 minutes flat.
Our last stop on this amazing trip was the High Roller. It’s something I’ve always wanted to do and since we were in the area we knew it was the perfect way to close out the trip. We slowly moved up in giant ferris wheel until we were 550 feet above the city. It was unbelievable to see the Vegas Valley and The Strip at that height. It was a great experience and I absolutely recommend it if you have time.
We had an exhausting 4 days in Vegas – but it was incredible and we made some amazing memories together. I am so obsessed with the crazy, fast-paced life we live and I wouldn’t change a thing about it. I’m not sure where our next trip will take us, but I can hardly wait to find out!