In 2017, I vowed I would never return to Las Vegas in the summer… but here I am. My best friend Peter wanted to celebrate his debut single HOT while he was spending time in Las Vegas, so I flew across the country to support him. Since it was a holiday weekend, I decided to stay longer than the day of his event with some other friends and we got to do some other fun things. While I stayed with friends this time around, I previously stayed at The Flamingo on the strip and enjoyed my stay (aside from my heat sickness). I didn’t manage to avoid the heat sickness this time around, but I do have a few recommendations based on some of the things my friends and I did in Las Vegas last weekend!
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Nighttime Fun at KAMU Karaoke
KAMU Karaoke is a luxury karaoke lounge located within the Venetian/Palazzo hotel space. I have been itching to go to a karaoke lounge with private booths and we had a large enough group to justify renting one of the rooms for a few hours. KAMU is pretty pricy, but it was such a fun, luxe experience and great memories were made. The korean fried chicken and truffle fries were heavenly!
There are many luxury karaoke suites within the lounge, each with a different theme. Since the system is connected to an iPad, there are endless options as to what songs you and your friends can sing along to. KAMU Karaoke is open from 6 PM to 8 AM and more information can be found on their website.
Go Hotel Hopping on the Strip
One of my favorite things to do on the Las Vegas Strip is to go hotel hopping. This time around, my friends and I explored the Bellagio, more specifically the Bellagio Conservatory. They change their botanical garden seasonally, so my group caught the end of their summer garden. It was absolutely stunning! Eco: A Season of Earthly Awareness represents the elements (earth, wind, water, and fire), and each display was gorgeous. If I were to ever go to Vegas with my mom, I’d have to take her there.
By the time we finished walking through the garden, my friends and I had worked up an appetite for the brunch buffet. Buffets are huge in Vegas, and this was my first time trying the one at the Bellagio. I normally don’t eat enough in one sitting to justify buffet prices, but what happens in Vegas… right? There was a bit of a line to get into the buffet and the price was ~$45 per adult. The food selection was vast and the food was good but not impressive.
We might have explored some other hotels if it wasn’t 108 degrees outside during our stay.
Seven Magic Mountains
I have been looking forward to visiting Seven Magic Mountains since stumbling across the installation on Instagram in 2017. My friends and I ignored the excessive heat warning and headed to the middle of nowhere to bring our 2017 dreams to life. We got lucky that it wasn’t too crowded to get good pictures without people in the background, but I was still surprised by the number of people focused on staging photoshoots in the burning sun.
Some important tips: wear sunscreen, bring iced water (preferably in an insulated bottle) and bring a camera (or multiple ones) because your phone will most likely overheat if the temperature is above the high 90’s. Thankfully, the drive from the Las Vegas Strip isn’t too bad.
Despite struggling through the heat again, I had an amazing time in Las Vegas and look forward to going back sometime in the autumn, spring, or winter. I’m so glad I got to spend some time and make new memories with some amazing people.
Let me know your Las Vegas recommendations in the comments, or if you have done any of the suggestions in this post!