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Traveller advice: New York and Las Vegas



So, this isn’t my usual sort of blog post, but I thought I would put this out there, as I would really love some travel advice!

Basically, in August one of my best friends is getting married in Las Vegas, and this means one thing: I will be visiting the States for the first time ever – I’m just a little bit excited!

With such long flight times, me and Lee decided to make the most of being in America and take a little trip to New York whilst we’re there. Neither of us have ever visited either New York or Vegas before, and there are a million things that all the guidebooks recommend doing, but, in my experience, the best advice doesn’t come from guidebooks but from the experiences of others – and so I’d love to hear from ย anybody who has spent time in Las Vegas or New York, and can recommend anywhere to go, things to do, places to eat.

New York:

The Statue of Liberty is the most touristy, but still super keen to visit her.

We’ll be spending four days in New York, and so have a bit of time to do various things – provided we plan our time properly! We’re obviously going to be doing some of the typical touristy things – Ellis Island, Central Park, Times Square, Empire State building, but would love to mix this is with some ‘off the beat’, lesser known places. Anybody been there before (naybe a few times?) and found an amazing eatery, or a lovely, lesser-known park, bar or garden?

Las Vegas:

Las Vegas Strip – I’m so excited to see this in the flesh!

We have eight days in Las Vegas, but several of these will be spent on wedding preparation (Bridesmaids duties) and, of course, the actual wedding! But we’ll have a couple of days at the start of our holiday and at the end to go off and do our own thing, so would love to know what people have done and really enjoyed? Or equally, if there’s been something that wasn’t really worth doing?

Please get in touch at leahroxanne@gmail.com, or leave a comment below if you have anything you would recommend – any advice would be so appreciated!

Leah xoxo

Journalism Graduate, Fashion/Lifestyle Blogger and Crafting Enthusiast. Bristol, UK.

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  • Reply Amy 14/08/2014 at 6:54 pm

    I might be a bit late for this – maybe you’ve been and come back! I went to NYC in April for the first time, which was my first time to the States too. We only had 3 nights and wanted to cram in as much as poss. I can’t recommend getting a sightseeing bus enough (although the locals will tell you otherwise, “traffic!” but, it is barely an issue). I used Big Bus tours and for a very reasonable price you got unlimited use of two routes (Uptown and Downtown), plus a Brooklyn tour and a Night tour to see Manhattan all lit up at night, which crossed the Brooklyn bridge too! We saw sooo much in our short time thanks to these busses because at least it takes you right to the place, and ALL the decent places. Have a great time anyway! I write a travel blog so maybe you can find info on there for your future travels ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Reply Leah 15/08/2014 at 12:36 pm

      Thanks Amy! That’s super useful – I’m off next Thursday, so good to get get some last minute tips ๐Ÿ™‚ I hadn’t thought of the sightseeing buses so will definitely be giving those a go – the traffic won’t bother me much, as it just means more time looking at all the surroundings! And seeing it all lit up at night sounds amazing.

      I’ll let you know how I get on! And will definitely check out your blog too!
      Leah xx

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