Summer Vacation 2018 -Vegas style

Summer 2018 is in full effect, which only means one thing: summer vacation. You need ideas? We got ‘em. Because let’s be honest, there are four things that make summer, summer. In no particular order: barbecues, fireworks, swimming pools and you guessed it, Las Vegas. So, while you can technically “experience” those first three things in Vegas, not all are exactly “legal” at some of the hotels in Las Vegas. So, maybe just learn from our mistakes and leave the grillin’ and fireworks at home. In any case, we’re here to give you the lowdown on all of the super rad things to do in Las Vegas for summer vacation 2018. So sit back, relax and fuel up at a Las Vegas restaurant, because it’s going to be a summer to remember.

Hotels

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First things first, you’re going to need a place to stay. And we’re not sure if you know this or not, but Las Vegas hotels are kinda like a big deal. Hotels are to Las Vegas what Pusha T is to hip-hop, “we’re top 5 and all of the rest are Dylan.” And if you want to dominate the hotel game, look no further than The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas. It’s chic, it’s cute, it’s sassy to boot. Ok, maybe “sassy” isn’t the correct word, but it’s definitely one of the most modern resorts on the Strip. With all their contemporary art and minimalist features, the rooms here feel more like a private hipster condo in the city than your typical hotel room. And even better, most of these rooms have their own private terrace for you to slide out onto and enjoy Strip, mountain or Bellagio Fountain views. But if you’re feeling more of the “Vegas-y” vibe, it’s tough to beat MGM Grand. The granddaddy of ‘em all has been the standard for all things cool and innovative in this town since its inception in 1993. The rooms are fresh, modern and flat out comfortable, but perhaps our favorite thing is that they provide instant access to some of the best attractions and shows in Las Vegas.

Shows

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And speaking of Las Vegas shows, we have some really, REALLY good ones. If you know, you know, you literally can’t go wrong with any of our shows, but since you’re looking for advice, we’re going to recommend two. Michael Jackson ONE by Cirque Du Soleil at Mandalay Bay is everything you’d expect from a “King of Pop” – Cirque collab. It’s over-the-top, it’s non-stop action, it has a bomb.com soundtrack AND if you couldn’t already have guessed, it has the moonwalk. Ticket sold? We think so. However, if you happen to be less musically inclined and would prefer some raunchy comedy, Absinthe at Caesars Palace is the show for you. Before we continue, let us repeat: THIS SHOW IS RAUNCHY! If you’re easily offended, please walk away now, because the show’s host, The Gazillionaire, is probably going to publicly shame and/or humiliate you. But if you can stomach the jokes, the mix of acrobatics, sexiness and all-around entertainment is well worth it. Trust us on this one.

Attractions

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There’s nothing like Las Vegas. And there’s nothing like seeing Las Vegas from a new angle. Show of hands here, folks, how many of you have rode in a helicopter above the Strip? Whether your hands are up or down right now, you gotta take the Vegas Nights tour. For the uninitiated, Vegas Nights is the tour so nice you have to do it twice. With roughly 15 minutes of flight time above the Las Vegas Strip, you’ll guaranteed to catch more feels than a Beyoncé concert. Heights not your cup of tea? Pole Position Raceway is the real life “Need for Speed” your inner child has been dreaming of. Put the pedal to the metal as you rip around a quarter-mile European-style track in a souped-up go-kart. These aren’t just regular karts though. No, these bad boys can reach speeds up to 45 miles per hour. What Ricky Bobby said, “Slingshot engaged!”

Nightlife

Courtesy of Drai’s Nightclub

No summer vacation (or a regular trip in general) in Vegas is complete without a trip to the club. And this summer, it’s tough to beat the music lineup that Drai’s LIVE concert series offers at The Cromwell. We’re talking 2 Chainz, Chris Brown, Migos, Meek Mill, Logic, Fabolous, Big Sean, Big Boi and way too many others to count. But let’s be honest, music aside, it’s just plain cool to party 11 stories above the Strip. And for our friends that’re allergic to heights, beat the heat with a stop at Wet Republic at MGM Grand. At this point, we think it’s safe to say that Hakkasan Group knows how to throw a party. And once you combine all-star DJ’s like Calvin Harris, Tiesto and Steve Aoki with some pineapple-print swimwear, this place just feels like summer.

Now that you have the keys to a super sick, fun-filled summer vacation in your hands, the only thing left for you to do is to book your trip! Because you already know that we have the drop on the best Las Vegas shows, Las Vegas Attractions, hotels in Las Vegas and more. So, what’re you waiting for? The Las Vegas pools are calling your name.

Comments

It gets cold in Northern Nevada. Like, Leo in “The Revenant,” type of cold. Maybe that’s a bit of a stretch, but after spending the majority of my life up north, I was ready to kick the crappy weather to the curb and start working on my year-round tan. Initially, my desire to move to Las Vegas solely revolved around the weather, and that’s it. Little did I know what this city truly had to offer. Where else can you pop into a grocery store at 3 a.m. and see a showgirl buying almond milk and kale, or hit the local dry cleaners to catch a Cirque performer dropping off their costume? This town is 24/7 excitement, and I haven’t even mentioned gettin’ down at the hottest nightclub or the questionable decisions you make at sketchy downtown dive bars. Adventure in abundance is why I love Vegas. And it’s usually available where you least expect it.