Viva Las Vegas

Looking for a great escape? Whether you’re craving a dose of glamour or you fancy your chances at the roulette wheel, Las Vegas holidays are bound to entice you.

Offering the perfect fantasy getaway, there’s nowhere quite like Sin City. If you like things big, brash and beautiful, you’ll love it here – from the old-fashioned feel of Downtown to the glitz of the famous Vegas strip. You’ll never be bored for entertainment in this destination too, with plenty to keep you captivated. Couples and groups can enjoy a varied nightlife of the biggest names in show-business, hottest circus acts and unique performances. Those holidaying with children will be spoilt for choice in the famous Adventuredome. Whatever you’re looking for in your next adventure, you’ll be wowed by holidays to Las Vegas.

Recharge and relax

Despite being known for its hustle and bustle, there are a great number of things to do in Las Vegas for those seeking a laid-back time. Whether you’re seeking peace and quiet or you’ve had a hard night in the city, a gentle cruise on a gondola through the Venetian hotel is sure to set you right. Built into the hotel itself, this is a unique experience – and the ideal place for a romantic kiss! Venture further from the Vegas strip and you’ll discover the Red Rock Conservation Area, where you can breathe in fresh desert air and linger beneath the stars. With its vast cityscapes and neon lights, Vegas isn’t known for its star-gazing opportunities and a visit to the desert will give you a glimpse of this destination’s natural beauty.

Wine and dine

You won’t go hungry in Vegas! Instead, get ready to enjoy every kind of cuisine imaginable – from All-American cuisine to a range of international flavours. There is an unimaginable range of choice and you’ll find food to suit any budget, whether you fancy a quick burger or the finest in haute cuisine. Planet Hollywood’s spice market buffet offers Mexican, Italian, Chinese and Japanese all under one roof, so you can get your fill of just about anything. Those looking for something more sophisticated might like to check in to world-renowned seafood restaurant Bartolotta, where you can even book a private cabana in a stunning setting. Drinks are plentiful in this part of the world, with an endless amount of places to linger over a cocktail or two. Devour something fruity at a kitsch tiki bar, or head to Hofbrauhaus, a german-themed bar where’s it Oktoberfest every day and the beer is always flowing.

Action and adventure

This is the destination that never sleeps, so there are many Las Vegas attractions for adventurous souls. If you want your adrenaline sky high, why not make a memorable experience of your holiday and do a skyjump from the Stratsophere Tower? Reaching 350m above the Vegas strip, it’s the tallest of its kind in Western America and guaranteed to get your pulse racing. If you’d rather explore the outer areas of Las Vegas, visit Red Rock Canyon. With its scenic surroundings, this area of desert is a great place to go biking and takes you past many notable wildlife areas. Alternatively, don your hiking boots and embark on a challenging climb through the Canyon; guaranteed to refresh your head after a night on the Vegas strip!

Family fun

It might be known for its raucous nightlife and casinos but there are a great many things to do in Las Vegas for kids. Adventuredome, America’s largest indoor theme park should be top of your list. Aside from its carnival atmosphere, you’ll find an array of attractions to keep the kids captivated – whether they’re roller coaster enthusiasts or fancy a game of mini golf. There’s also plenty of rides and attractions to be found across Las Vegas. You’ll never be too far away from a 4D simulation ride, adrenaline-inducing rollercoaster or fun water ride. After all, a holiday to Las Vegas is all about having fun. If you’re thinking of doing a spot of shopping, don’t forget to take the young’uns to M&Ms world and Hershey’s Chocolate World. Even those without a sweet tooth will be amazed by the 800-pound replica of the Statue of Liberty carved completely from chocolate!

Nightlife

Its eclectic nightlife is one of the main Las Vegas attractions and with so much to do, it’s no surprise. Whether you fancy spending your time bartering with Lady Luck at the roulette table or showing off your best moves in its nightclubs, there’s something for everyone. Hakkasan is undoubtedly one of the biggest nightclubs, often with superstar DJs playing on the decks. Go all-out VIP with a trip to XS club with its private poolside cabanas, or experience twisted burlesque in Absinthe on the main strip. If you’re looking for retro appeal and something a little more low-key, visit Fireside Lounge. A neon-lit coffee shop and casino, it serves as the ideal place to kick back over a kitsch cocktail alongside, you guessed it, a flickering fireside.

 

 

6 breath-taking spots to take a picnic

While the weather might not always be on our side, summer serves as the ideal time to dine al-fresco. If you don’t fancy delving into soggy sandwiches in your local park, you might just want to take a look at our top 6 breath-taking spots to take a picnic. Don’t forget to pack your camera!

Park Güell, Barcelona

If the thought of Spanish sunshine and tasty tapas gets you in the mood for lunch, take a trip to Barcelona. While there are numerous parks to choose from, Park Güell is particularly picturesque due to its Gaudi-inspired architecture and colourful scenes.

Champ de Mars, Paris

Looking for an Instagram-worthy picnic to make your friends jealous? Settle yourself in the scenic Champ de Mars located underneath the iconic Eiffel Tower. There’s an endless amount of food shops nearby – so you can spend your afternoon gorging on brie, petit pain and pastel-coloured macarons.

Botanical Gardens, Singapore

Those seeking a spot of sophistication should head to Singapore’s stunning Botanical Gardens. While you could lay down your blanket just about anywhere, you’ll find an ideal spot beside Symphony Lake. You might even be lucky enough to visit when the city stages one of their regular free music concerts.

Rievaulx Abbey, North Yorkshire 

Proof that you don’t have to travel to a far-flung destination to experience somewhere beautiful, this striking abbey is a great setting for a summer picnic. Situated in the North York Moors National Park, there’s plenty of romance to be found in these medieval ruins.

Yosemite National Park, USA

With a wealth of wildlife and stunning surroundings, there’s more than enough to explore in Yosemite National Park. The Cathedral Picnic Area is a serene setting with breath-taking views across the Sierra Nevada Mountains – perfect for enjoying your fried chicken and root beer!

The Green Canal, Bruges

Winding its way through the centre of Bruges, the Green Canal is a great place for some frites, a waffle or a bottle of Belgian beer. Lined with stunning 17th-century townhouses and quaint bridges, you’ll feel a million miles away from the hustle and bustle of Belgium’s favoured town.

Have you got a dream location for your next picnic? Tweet us and tell us where you’d love to go.

 

 

11 weird and wonderful reasons to visit LA

There are plenty of reasons to visit the City of Angels– from the iconic Golden Gate Bridge to the All-American cuisine found on every corner. If you’re still not convinced, take a look at our 11 weird and wonderful reasons to visit LA.

Its shopping hotspots are one of a kind

Forget the designer shops and thrift stores of LA’s trendy neighbourhoods and head to the Time Travel Mart. A designated convenience store for time travellers, you can pick up everything from dinosaur eggs to robot milk.

There are four times as many hamburgers consumed in LA than in the rest of California

It’s not hard to see why either. With roadside diners and burger bars a mainstay of LA, you won’t want to miss the opportunity to gorge on a burger or two.

Los Angeles and San Francisco become 2.5 inches closer each year

This is due to the fact that they are on opposite sides of the San Andreas Fault. So take a holiday to LA and you could be closer to San Francisco than you think…

You can take a hike under the stars

LA is renowned as a great place for hiking, but what about at night? Take a trip up to Griffith Park, where you can follow one of the many trails through LA lit only by the lights of the city and the glow of the moon.

It has a museum dedicated to scientology

The L. Ron Hubbard life exhibition is located in LA and shows visitors the mysteries of scientology as well as its fascinating history.

It is illegal to lick a toad in LA

Perhaps something to bear in mind on your next trip?

The iconic Hollywood sign didn’t always look that way

From 1923-1949, the sign actually read ‘Hollywoodland’ and was built as an illuminated advert for a real estate development of the same name.

There are hidden tunnels underneath the city

There are said to be 11 miles of tunnels under the city of Los Angeles. In the past, they’ve been used for everything from transporting prisoners, bodies and large sums of money. They were also used to shift bottles of prohibition era alcohol to LA speakeasies.

It was the original inspiration for Disneyland

Walt Disney came up with the idea for Disneyland as he watched his children ride a merry-go-round in Griffith Park and wished there was a theme park for families to enjoy together. Years later, the dream became reality.

You can visit the Museum of Death

Fancy doing something different? Pop in to the Museum of Death, where you’ll encounter the world’s largest collection of serial murderer artwork as well as a body bag and coffin collection and even pet taxidermy. Not for the faint-hearted.

It’s the top place to find fast food

It is said that the average Los Angeles local eats 28 pounds of friend chicken, 50 pounds of French fries, 22 gallons of ice cream and 12 pounds of tortilla chips each year. We told you the food was good!