Las Vegas : Love It Or Hate It?

Day 8 of Blogtober, and today we are talking holidays!  Now, since the children came home in 2015, we really haven’t been on holiday. In fact the last time we went on holiday was back in 2013.  Before we had the children, we would go on holiday at least once a year, and we’ve been lucky enough to go to most countries in Europe and head to the USA a couple of times too.  But out of all of the places I’ve been, my most favourite remains as Las Vegas!

Love it or hate it, Las Vegas is one of the most vibrant places to visit. Check out why we loved it so much!

From talking to other people who have visited Las Vegas, it turns out that you either love it or hate it!  A lot of people dislike the ‘fakeness’: the long lines, creepy guys on the corner selling you a ‘good time’, the heat, the gambling, the tourists, the expense!  Yep, there are loads of reasons to dislike Las Vegas.

But I didn’t!

Las Vegas - you either love it or hate it! Check out the reasons why The Newby Tribe love it!


Nope – not even a little bit!  In fact I fell in love with it!  We don’t gamble so didn’t spend our time in the gambling part of the casinos.  I’m not bothered about long queues – after all you get them at Disney and this is a bit similar (just for adults!).  We were tourists so….that really couldn’t bother me.  The heat on the other hand – that was a bit much but everywhere is air conditioned so we were fine. 

Love it or hate it, Las Vegas is one of the most vibrant places to visit. Check out why we loved it so much!

Gondola rides in the Venetian

So, why did I love it? Well, to my eye it was all just a little big magical.  After all, where else can you take a gondola ride on the second floor of a hotel? Where else can you pretty much see the wonders of the world all in one place (admittedly really really small versions but still!).  We spent pretty much our whole time wandering from one hotel to the next checking out the ceilings in the Venetian (they go light and dark depending on the time of day), the fountains in the Bellagio and visiting Paris in the Paris Las Vegas hotel.  

Love it or hate it, Las Vegas is one of the most vibrant places to visit. Check out why we loved it so much!

Taking in the sites of Paris.

Now, to those naysayers out there – I know that it’s not real! I know the purpose is to get people to gamble and drink. But, that’s not to say that it’s not a huge amount of fun. To me, it was a little like going to Disney.  I could suspend my belief and just immerse myself in the ridiculousness of it – I felt a little like a kid in a candy store!  


Love it or hate it, Las Vegas is one of the most vibrant places to visit. Check out why we loved it so much!

The beautiful ceilings in the Venetian.

Saying that, I wouldn’t be in hurry to go back. We went for 4 days and that was more than enough.  At the end we were pretty glad to drive out of the neon strip and head back into the calm of the desert and back to reality. I think once you’ve seen Las Vegas, you don’t really have the desire to do it again – once was enough – but, to me at least, that once was pretty magical!


Love it or hate it, Las Vegas is one of the most vibrant places to visit. Check out why we loved it so much!

The stunning foyer in the Bellagio

Have you ever been to Las Vegas – or would you like to go? Is it your cup of tea or do you prefer something a little less ‘fake’? I’d love to know!

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  1. October 9, 2017 / 9:42 pm

    I went to Las Vegas at the end of a 3 week road trip in 2010. I was actually there for a two day conference but I did get out and see a lot of the hotels on the strip. I think I spent a grand total of $5 on the slot machines and that was all the gambling I did. It was a brilliant place to visit – I loved the fountains at the Bellagio and the Pirate show at Treasure Island. Like you though, I’ve seen it now and I have no real desire to go back! #Blogtober

    • cherrynewby
      October 9, 2017 / 9:57 pm

      I think we spent about the same gambling – I couldn’t bring myself to put more than $1 into the machine – it literally felt as though I was throwing away money!!!! x

  2. October 11, 2017 / 8:25 am

    We’re planning on doing Las Vegas next year, a break from 6 years going to Walt Disney World. I do plan on some gambling and drinking haha, but also want to see the famous strip and the different hotels. x

    • cherrynewby
      October 11, 2017 / 1:36 pm

      I seriously rate Las Vegas up there with Disney – they both had me enthralled! You’ll have a wonderful time!! x

  3. October 16, 2017 / 10:29 pm

    We went to Vegas a few years ago and LOVED IT! I seriously cannot wait to go back one day, but with an 18 month old it’s probably going to be a fair few years away! There really is no place like it, everywhere you look there is something exciting going on; it’s a very surreal place. #blogtober17

    • cherrynewby
      October 18, 2017 / 9:38 am

      It’s incredible isn’t it!!! It really is one of my most favourite places on earth! x

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