I recently took a trip to Las Vegas and had the time of my life.  Of course, I did the typical things that most people do in sin city, like gambling, drinking, see the strip, etc.  But, I did find a few other things to do, that were pretty cool as well.  Keep in mind, some things just stay in Vegas.

The Strip

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This was a no-brainer. I mean, who doesn't see the strip while in Vegas.  The first night I was there, we cruised the strip playing poker at every casino we could until the early morning hours.  Keep in mind, when you gamble, you get free cocktails.  Yeah buddy! I stayed at Planet Hollywood which gave us a great view of the strip, particularly The Bellagio hotel, where they had this fountain light show that was pretty cool. The strip is definitely a cool place to party and gamble, but there was another place even better which I'll talk about below.


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As I mentioned several times in another blog, heights kind of freak me out. So, going up to ride some rides on top of the Stratosphere was a big step for me. The view was awesome, but the rides are pretty gnarly. One of them, called X-Stream, is sort of a giant teeter totter that slides off the roof of the Stratosphere. You can also do a controlled free fall from the 108th floor or do the Bigshot, which is kind of like Superman at Six Flags. Whichever ride you do, if not all of them, I guarantee that your heart will jump up in your throat. Judging by the sky roof windows, several people have lost their lunch there.

THEhotel at Mandalay Bay

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THEhotel at Mandalay Bay gives you one of the coolest views of the strip. On the top floor, there is a club where you can go out on the balcony and hang out and throw down a few beverages, smoke a cigar or whatever. I will say, the drinks are pretty pricey, but most things in Vegas are anyways. It's a pretty cool vibe, and again, the view is amazing.

Fremont Street

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If you want the real Vegas experience, you have to check out Fremont Street.  Sure, the strip is cool and all, but Fremont Street is just one huge party!  Live music, wall to wall casinos, drinks, and just pure craziness is what you can expect when you check out Fremont Street.  If you have ever been to Beale Street in Memphis, Tennessee, it's a lot like that, but there is this huge screen that covers the party, and gives off a light show every 30 minutes or so.  You can check out some of the pictures from the light show in the gallery below.

Exotic Racing at Las Vegas Motor Speedway

This was one of the highlights of my trip. We were actually on our way out of Vegas to Utah, when we saw something going on at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.  We pulled over and saw that they have Exotic Racing at the track, and you can drive 5 laps in a Lamborghini, Porsche, Ferrari, Aston Martin, or any number of exotic cars for a price.  Or, you can ride along in a Corvette with a professional driver for a much smaller price.  I chose the cheaper of the two, since I had already lost most of my money at gambling.  Anyway, so the professional driver took us around for a couple of laps at over 140 mph, drifting most of the way.  Talk about an adrenaline rush!

So, that's a look at some cool things to do in Vegas. Again, some things are just meant to stay there.

Pictures of Vegas Trip