Las Vegas Honeymoon

Las Vegas Honeymoon Travel Guide

If you decide on a Las Vegas honeymoon, you will find that this desert valley has grown from a simple wide spot in the sand to a Mecca for gambling, entertainment, nightlife and shopping and continues to grow and evolve to continue to attract more than 36 million visitors a year. It’s a very tourist friendly town with the airport just blocks from the mega-resorts along the strip and many find that wandering along the strip on foot is an activity that is well worth the effort. For both destination weddings and those going on their honeymooner, the city of Las Vegas has so much to offer. Every large resort has a wedding chapel, a restaurant to feed a crowd and luxurious hotel rooms for the honeymoon that comes afterwards – all in a wide range of prices. Whatever happens, just don’t take Las Vegas too seriously, after all the experience can be described as an alerted sense of reality with some sensibilities.

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Why Honeymooners Love Las Vegas

Las Vegas is one of the best places in the United States for visitor value. Although there are lots of ways to get separated from your hard cold cash, there are just as many ways to spend it wisely. First and foremost, plan ahead and book a discount airfare as far in advance as possible. For the best overall savings, avoid being in Las Vegas on a Friday, or Saturday night or major holiday weekends. These are peak times in Vegas where airfares and hotel rooms can be three to four times higher than by checking in on a non holiday Sunday and checking-out on a Friday morning. Sign-up for exclusive resort deals at the resort websites or for a players club card online. They offer everything from huge discounts to pre-sale concert tickets.

Travel Tips

Those planning a trip to Las Vegas should make most of their plans ahead of time to get the most out of a visit. Large conventions, sporting events and concerts, will sell out along with guestrooms months in advance. Same goes for shows, restaurants, spas and even sightseeing tours. Booking airfare in advance will loosen up some money for the casino tables without the guilt while deciding on a restaurant in advance will assure you of not being left wanting or worse yet get dazzled into confusion by all the choices after arrival. With that being said, allow for sometime off the program to wander, explore and perhaps enjoy a bit of Las Vegas unscripted. Unless you’re a gambling pro or addict, expect to get bored with the casinos rather quickly. So, it’s best to plan for other activities and leave the casino time to a minimum. On the other hand, many do enjoy Vegas with just minimal planning. Arrive, play, leave is their mantra. However, these people tend to return to Glitter Gulch frequently, so what they don’t get done this time they will do next trip.

Getting Around

Nothing easier than getting around in Las Vegas, it’s one of the best things about it! If you are trying to get to a hotel and traveling alone or in a party of 5 or larger, then a shared airport shuttle or limousine is the best deal. Otherwise couples and parties up to four are best taking a taxi. The fare breaks down to about the same or a bit less not including the tip but the immediate, private direct service is the added value. Las Vegas Monorail connects several resorts along the strip. The clean and sparkling cars and stations make it a joy to use, but and pricey fares and having to snake though the large casinos get to the boarding platform is not.

Many Las Vegas visitors don’t seem to know that many hotels are linked via a series of free trams or rails. All are free and some are easier to find than others. The first is one that connects the Mandalay, Luxor and Excalibur along the south strip. There is another that connects the Monte Carlo to the Aria and the Bellagio while a third connects the Mirage and Treasure Island all have frequent service and are clean and comfortable. Lastly, the Deuce Bus is probably the best option to get up down and around the strip. For under $10 one can buy a 24 hour unlimited ride pass. The service is frequent, stops are easy to find along Las Vegas Boulevard, and include service to Downtown Las Vegas and outlet shopping malls for no additional fare.

Las Vegas Hotels

First time visitors will have to make decisions about what hotel to choose. Accommodations range from the upscale, affordable and simple, shiny and sleek functional and fun, large or small, on strip or off.

These choices can be dizzying. However, for the first time visitor, choose a strip hotel. Something mid-strip or south strip areas will place you in the heart of all the action.

These hotels range from the ultra modern Aria and Cosmopolitan to the opulent and luxurious Bellagio, the romantic Paris and even the more moderately priced Excalibur, Monte Carlo and New York, New York. Although these large casino resorts hotels have every amenity imaginable, many feel that finding their way in, out and around the casino can be daunting at the larger resorts and it is, by design.

Aria

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ARIA Resort & Casino
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Las Vegas Strip, Las Vegas, United States
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“City Views”, “Ultra Modern”, “Great Pool”

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Cosmopolitan

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The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas
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Las Vegas Strip, Las Vegas, United States
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“Big Balcony”, “Very Trendy”, “Very Modern”

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Bellagio

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Bellagio Las Vegas icon

Las Vegas Strip, Las Vegas, United States
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“Lake Views”, “Romantic”, “Superb Dining”

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Paris

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Paris Las Vegas Hotel
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Las Vegas Strip, Las Vegas, United States
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“Great Shopping”, “Great Location”, “Good Value”

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Excalibur

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Excalibur Hotel & Casino
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Las Vegas Strip, Las Vegas, United States
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“Great Value”, “Good Location”, “Good Service”

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Monte Carlo

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Monte Carlo Resort & Casino
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Las Vegas Strip, Las Vegas, United States
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“Lazy River”, “Fantastic Bar”, “View of the Strip”

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New York, New York

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New York – New York Hotel and Casino
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Las Vegas Strip, Las Vegas, United States
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“Great Bar”, “Excellent Dining”, “View of the Strip”

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Things to Do in Las Vegas

See a Show

Some of the best running shows in Las Vegas are those by Cirque du Soleil. But all Cirque shows are not created equal. Some shows feature smaller venues and themes based around a music genre or a hybrid combining Cirque performers with magic. But by far the best can be found at the MGM Grand. Ka is technologically advanced stage production in Las Vegas with story line that includes elements of conflict and fire. Others who prefer a more ethereal experience opt for O at the Bellagio that features synchronized swimmers and multiple aquatic performances. Either show runs upwards of $100 a seat but worth every cent.

Clubs

Las Vegas continues to take the club experience to heights unknown. A myriad of choices, themes, expectations and experiences, it’s probably the most difficult choice to make. However, a good strategy is to visit more than one which includes at least the newest, the most unique.

The newest club along the strip is at the Mandalay Bay. Again Cirque du Soliel strikes out again along the strip with a new club concept at the Mandalay Bay. The Light is a hybrid of club, music and high energy performance. Certainly a stretch for Cirque’s CEO Guy La Liberte, but it’s a good choice for a quick stop even if it’s just to say you did.

The most original concept of nightclub in Las Vegas is the indoor/outdoor club perfect place to escape the crushing crowds for the warm summer evening air. One of the clubs that does this best is XS at the Encore. Sunday evenings, this massive opulent club opens the doors to the pool for evening fun and frolicking.

Tao reigns as the most popular club in Las Vegas. Located in the Wynn Resort and Casino, this Asian themed club is spacious and energetic and best of all honeymooners can wrap up an intimate Tao dining experience with an all night club extravaganza

Red Rock Canyon

Couple who prefer the outdoors over the nightclubs will enjoy a day trip to Red Rock Canyon. Just a 30 minute drive from the strip, the park is easy to find and breathtakingly beautiful.  The experience is done best with a rental car, lots of water and a stop at the visitor’s center for maps and trail information.

Mount Charleston

Those who prefer shushing over slots will embrace the slopes and wintry weather at Mt Charleston. Just an easy 45 minute drive from the strip. Mt Charleston is a secret spot fro those ho want to escape the casinos and crowds. The resort offers skiing, snowboarding and other winter sports along with equipment rentals and lift tickets during winter months. In the summer Mount Charleston is a great spot to escape the heat and to enjoy the scenic views.

New Zealand: An Island Getaway Like No Other

On a New Zealand honeymoon, you will be able to explore a country full of Maori culture and famous for its breathtaking backdrop to the Lord of the Rings trilogy of movies. New Zealand is an island country made up of two main islands and many smaller ones, all located about 1500 km east of Australia in the southwest Pacific Ocean.

New Zealand Honeymoon

New Zealand offers a unique mix of Māori culture, Western influence, and spectacular natural beauty.

The two major islands are separated by the Cook Straight, some 22km wide at its narrowest point, with the two islands being topographically diverse, one sporting the Southern Alps, and Mt. Cook, the other dormant volcanoes. Thousands of miles of coastline, unique creatures like the kiwi bird, a mild maritime climate and many diverse things to do all make New Zealand a wonderful honeymoon destination.

The country is also blessed with hot springs, some of the best scuba diving spots in the world, and beautiful natural places like the famous Milford Sound and Waimangu Volcanic Valley. Some visit New Zealand for her natural attractions, others go for an adventure vacation while still others go for her fabulous wines and culinary wonders or to explore the major cities like Wellington, Auckland, or Christchurch.

Come along as we discover some of those can’t miss features and culinary treasures that make New Zealand an island getaway like no other.

When to Visit Las Vegas

Sin City is open 24/7 all year and anytime is a great time to visit. Yes, the summer temperatures can reach well over 100 degrees in this desert valley, but many find that the dry heat combined with fantasy-like ambiance of resort pools, open-air nightclubs and that most of the Las Vegas experience is air-conditioned, the summer heat does not make Las Vegas a deal breaker. Unfortunately, the amazing resort pools do not stay open through the winter. Cooler temperatures reign but those who may want to enjoy a bit of snow sports may want to opt for a winter visit to combine a bit of gambling with an easy day trip to ski the slopes at Mount Charleston. Otherwise, come anytime.

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