About Madison S
Lives in London, United Kingdom
Since Sep 2014
Hello! I'm Maddie- a native NYer whose Wanderlust has taken her abroad again and again. Having lived in six countries, and visiting others for school, work, leisure, and sport, I've adopted many localities, and am an admirer of a great many more. An avid scholar of language and culture, I hope to keep expanding my travel repertoire, and sharing great stories with the rest of the travel community. To give you some background on my travels, I spent months each year since childhood in Old Montreal, where part of my family lives. Summers were spent visiting folks in Ft. Lauderdale and L.A. My first big trip outside of the US on my own was to Australia & New Zealand at 12- I caught the bug early! I then moved to Japan where I studied for part of high school & uni. I am very familiar with Japanese cities, Sapporo and Osaka especially. Some of my favourite travel destinations include Goreme, Dubai, Marrakech, and Queenstown. (Plans for 2015 include China & Uganda!) Nice to meet you!
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When visiting Vegas, The Strip is the gateway to all the city's best in action and entertainment. Flanked on both sides by hotels, casinos, bars, and clubs, the four miles along the south side of Las Vegas Boulevard is a sightseer's paradise. By foot, take to the wide sidewalks and pedestrian bridges to view the outdoor shows at the Mirage and Bellagio, or just enjoy the dazzling skyline, roller-coaster and pyramid-studded. You can get some of the best deals in town as a bevy of ticket deals, entertainment discounts, and club promoters vie for by-passer's attention. Or, choose to see it in rapid-motion by hopping on a free shuttle between resorts, or grabbing the monorail to save your feet some effort while still feasting your eyes on everything Vegas has to offer.
First up for a tour around The Strip is the beautiful Ballagio hotel, modeled after the township of Lake Como. With stunning outdoor fountains, a large casino floor, and dining options aplenty, visitors have a lot of choice. However, the Conservatory and Botanical Gardens are not to be missed. The lobby with its glass ceiling hand-blown flowers hints at what is to come; the garden is a little oasis wonderland, with ponds of koi fish, artistic flora, and even a charming carousel hidden away among the flowers. Changed each season to incorporate new features, from live sculpture to resplendent waterfalls, the conservatory is a must-see.
The artificial lake that sprawls out across eight acres in front of the Bellagio is home to its famous dancing fountains. Expertly choreographed jets of water are synchronized in their movements to lights and music, creating a water-work extravaganza. The show (including the music it is set to) is different nearly every time over the day, and tunes range from Broadway hits, to classical and opera. It is free to watch for anyone strolling The Strip, and there are many great vantage points to catch it from.
The Eiffel Tower Experience at Paris Las Vegas is located directly across from the Bellagio Hotel. A recreation of France's most iconic monument, take the elevator up 46 stories where an outstanding view of Las Vegas awaits. With a photo kiosk that allows you to have a snapshot of your Faux-French experience, this is a fun and worthwhile venture that captures the heart of glamorous Las Vegas kitsch.
One of the largest hotels in the world, the MGM Grand is nothing short of spectacular. A must-visit while in Vegas, the MGM has it all. From a safari park with lions, to exhibition halls that let you enter the world of CSI, to a boxing arena — if you're looking to be entertained, MGM has something to offer. The massive complex includes five pools and a lazy river, gushing waterfalls, an arena and convention center, a luxurious spa, and the usual lineup of hectic gambling, boutique shopping, and fine dining.
Take to the air for a high-flying adventure. The Big Apple Coaster at New York-New York, connected to the MGM Grand via Skyway, offers visitors a thrill ride not to be rivaled anywhere else in the city. A proper roller coaster, its daring drops and twirling loops take riders through the outdoor recreation of New York's skyline for two and a half minutes of big air, exciting plunges, and great views.
The Titanic Exhibit in the Luxor Hotel is the most comprehensive collection of recovered items from the doomed voyage. Explore the many recovered items and historical treasures that fill the exhibit, including a full replica of the master staircase and cabin rooms from all three classes. An interactive experience, guests are assigned a passenger name and can search out their fate from among the relics. Visitors are invited to take a commemorative photo, and maybe even win the prints for free. A worthwhile visit to Vegas' most intricate and interesting museum.
For thrill-seekers and dare devils, the Las Vegas Sky Jump beckons. High above the ground on the 108th floor of the Stratosphere, the jump deck awaits. Suit up in a jump suit and harness, and then after a quick countdown, enjoy the view on the way down. The 17-second drop is an effortless adrenaline rush. Just remember to say cheese for the camera while you're free-falling!
After Vegas' tallest heights, find yourself on solid ground at the Venetian hotel. Or, on solid waterways at least, on a romantic gondola ride through the man-made canals. The Venetian — which boasts a striking interior lined with shops and restaurants — truly gives riders a wonderful atmosphere to journey through. Choose between an indoor or outdoor experience, and let the gondoliers warble a song at you during a charming 10 minute float: A coveted bit of downtime in a hectic Vegas schedule.
The Venetian is a wonderful place to have some down-time. Shop and grab lunch (or dinner) at the Grand Canal Shoppes; a collection of over 100 waterfront locations, from boutiques to luxury goods, from corner cafes to exquisite pasta restaurants. With a central square, streets lined with glowing lamplight, and an illuminated ceiling painted like the blue sky above, the ambiance is that of Venice itself, with charming store-front facades, frescos, and bridges across the gondola-dotted canals.
While almost every hotel in Las Vegas has a casino, regardless of where you're staying, end your night at the Wynn. With a fanciful lobby that combines art and architecture in a celebration of colors, patterns, and greenery, the Wynn is an all around experience set to pure elegance. Whatever you pleasure, be it gambling, golf, eating, shopping, live musical entertainment, or a hip nightlife scene in a bar or club, the Wynn has it.
Finish up a long day by relaxing with some cocktails. While the Wynn has both bars and clubs, at Parasol Up Parasol Down patrons can sip their drinks lakeside, indoors or out. Outside, heaters keep the night toasty for your toasting, and inside, a canopy of dazzling fabrics sets the tone along with plush couches and dense foliage which give the bar an exotic and luxurious feel. A small musical lights show takes place on the lake itself, for which patrons have a front-row seat. Nip in for a nightcap, or come here to get the party started.