Las Vegas in Summer

Whoever said Las Vegas is Disneyland for adults is right. Equal parts spectacular and tacky, Sin City overstimulates your eyes.

We visited in June. My first trip there. It was between 100-104F each day. Everyone says it’s a “dry heat.” They are right. It feels like an oven. I’m used to the humidity of Midwest summers, so I was OK with this. Plus you can dash into a casino to cool off as you make your way down The Strip.

I’ll be honest, Las Vegas was the end leg of a hiking trip out to Zion National Park and Bryce Canyon National Park in Utah. I didn’t give much thought to an itinerary. After doing some pretty serious hiking, we really just wanted to veg, relax by the pool, and eat at some buffets–so that’s what we did.

We stayed at New York New York. In the summer, prices for Las Vegas hotel rooms are quite economical. We upgraded to a nicer “Strip view” room and still paid around $65/night. Yes…and that’s for a *nice* room. You can pay even cheaper at some more dated hotels on The Strip like the Riviera or Circus Circus. Here are a few pics from NYNY:

OK, so I *thought* my hiking trip was done. I should have accounted for walking the length of The Strip–because that’s some hike too! It’s fun to go in each casino and visit the stores and see the different atmospheres.

So we wanted to try a good buffet. I had heard good things (see Wall Street Journal) about the Wicked Spoon at the Cosmopolitan. I believe the price fluctuates: we paid $38/pp for a weeknight dinner.

What I loved about the Wicked Spoon is that it wasn’t the big spoon-in-the-hot-pan type of buffets that are common. It features small plates and individual portions. You can visit the different stations, sample lots of different foods, and then go back for more (if you want to–ok, you know you want to!).

We feasted on watermelon gazpacho, morel risotto, pork belly sliders, tasty little baskets of fried chicken, seared salmon, prime rib, pork carnitas tacos, and the list goes on…

Here’s my dessert plate (well, one of the my desert plates!):

Wicked Spoon buffet, Las Vegas

Wicked Spoon buffet, Las Vegas

The other highlight of the Las Vegas trip was to try out the new High Roller observation wheel. At 550 feet tall, it’s the highest observation wheel in the world. You get great views of the The Strip, Las Vegas, and the surrounding desert landscape. Here are a few pics:

Las Vegas was a great ending point for our trip out west. I’d like to spend more time there the next time. For more pics, check out my Las Vegas Flickr album.

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