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I flew from Connecticut to Las Vegas for a 48-hour weekend getaway.
I didn't need a ton of time to enjoy what the city has to offer, but I'm glad I planned ahead.
I'd definitely see some entertaining shows again, but I probably wouldn't gamble if I returned.
I recently took a weekend trip to Las Vegas for the first time in several years.
I live in Connecticut, which meant some long flights and timezone changes. But once I arrived, I was quickly reminded of just how unique the city is — I'd recommend anyone visit at least once.
Throughout my 48 hours in Sin City, there were attractions worth checking out and a few things I'd skip in the future.
I recommend enjoying at least one of the city's many incredible shows.
Las Vegas is a magnet for entertainment. From popular musical artists and bands in residency to Cirque du Soleil's acrobatic spectacles, no trip is complete without a night out enjoying a show.
Some shows even have multiple performance times each night, so you can be flexible with your schedule.
I saw the U2 concert while I was in Vegas, and it made for an incredible night.
It's worth taking a trip by the Sphere.
Las Vegas' newest attraction is the Sphere, a performing-arts venue that doubles as a stunning lights display.
The structure is a sight to see in its own right, and you don't have to buy a ticket to whatever performance is happening inside to appreciate the engineering and technology.
But if you can get inside, it's pretty incredible. This is where the U2 concert was held, and I loved the show.
I had a blast scoping out the best restaurants.
The city is home to some of the best restaurants in the country, many of which are led by world-renowned chefs like Bobby Flay, Guy Savoy, and Masaharu Morimoto.
It's easy enough to find your favorite chain restaurant in Las Vegas, but I recommend filling your itinerary with exceptional, one-of-a-kind eateries.
Walking around all of the resorts was a fun, free activity.
The resorts found up and down the Strip the iconic stretch of Las Vegas Boulevard are all open to the public. You don't have to be an overnight guest to enjoy the ambiance.
Many of the hotels in Las Vegas have beautiful artwork, shopping, dining, and attractions throughout, like St. Mark's Square at the Venetian.
Even if the hotel you're staying in has everything you need, it was a lot of fun to check out the other properties (and maybe even scope out a hotel for my next visit).
On the other hand, I wasn't really into the gambling.
Sin City is known for its casinos, but I think gambling is the least interesting thing about Las Vegas.
I can justify throwing $20 into a machine just for the experience. But I don't want to blow all my hard-earned spending money for the trip in less than 10 minutes.
I underestimated how expensive the short trip would be, and I'd cut down on excess spending next time.
Like any major city in America, there's an added cost when enjoying Las Vegas. There are tourist traps and overpriced souvenirs galore.
I was tempted by some of the fun treats along the Strip, but I don't think I'd pay $6 for one doughnut again — especially if I'm trying to stick to my budget.
Waiting until the last minute to decide where to eat made me waste a ton of time.
If you're a foodie who wants to check out as many restaurants as possible, it's important to book reservations in advance.
I definitely spent a little too much time on my phone looking for available dinner reservations. Every minute counted, especially since I was only in town for 48 hours.
I wish I hadn't spent the whole weekend in the city.
My time constraints got in the way a little bit during this trip, but I wish I'd trekked outside the city to find some of the country's most stunning landscapes.
Las Vegas is only a 30-minute drive from Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area and two hours from Death Valley National Park.
I was basically on the Strip the whole weekend, but it would've been cool to explore more.
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