Las Vegas: Not Just for Adults

Lizette Bernardino, Staff Writer

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Traveling to New York City, Seattle, Paris, or even back in time sounds great, but for most people getting up and going isn’t an option, because of either time, finances, or technology not invented yet. Luckily, there is a place where you can get a little feel of all of this, plus more, and probably for a whole lot cheaper.

Where is this place, you may wonder? Look no further than Las Vegas. In fact, this city located in the desert of Nevada is much more interesting for teenagers than advertised.

Photo via Visit Las Vegas

This city is known for its wide variety of themed hotels, entertainment, and outlets that the whole family can enjoy.

If you ever get a chance to travel to this “entertainment capital of the world,” I would recommend staying at the Excalibur Hotel. Once you enter, it’s like taking a step back through time to the age of knights in shining armor, chivalry, kingdoms, and jousting. The whole hotel is in the shape of a huge castle. The rooms are decorated as if they were from that century. Excalibur gives an amazing show for both young and old, with a delicious dinner included.

For those of you thrillseekers, there is a hotel called New York, New York that has a roller coaster that wraps all the way around the entire building and even runs through the actual hotel. You have to go up a couple of floors to get to the ride entrance, but once you get there, a huge arcade waiting for you with open arms.

Photo via Wikipedia.

They boast a great ticket package, and the ride is open late, so you can go anytime you want. Personally, I found that the best time to go is right at sunset. You’re chugging up the tracks to the first drop and as you’re slowly going up and up and up, you look out and see the beautiful mountains in Red Rock Canyon with the setting sun pouring its captivating rays out, into the sky, giving it a stunning orange-red color you’ll never forget. Honestly, I think it helps ease the nerves and anticipation of going up a roller coaster. Once the sun goes down, you can see the bright lights of the Vegas strip and the unique hotels that surround it.

Hotels aren’t the only attraction. Along the strip, you may see some interesting people, but you can also visit some amazing stores. For the fashion lovers, there is a bountiful amount of high-end stores such as Louis Vuitton, Chanel, Gucci, Balenciaga, and Versace.

There are also many tourist shops including the Coca-Cola Factory, where you can take a picture with the bear mascot, and buy as many collectibles as your heart desires.

Photo via Trip Advisor.

One of my favorite stores, though, is the M&M factory. It has a whole wall with every M&M flavor and color you know (and some you don’t). You can go right up and fill your very own bag, and you can even get customized M&Ms that say your name, sports number, or favorite saying – anything you want!

 

But while Las Vegas can cater to teenagers, there are some annoyances depending on when and where you go.

You have to pick the right time to go because, in the winter, temperatures can plummet to 32 degrees and below, and in the summer, it gets to 100 degrees and higher. Spring is highly recommended.

There is also an unpleasant smell of smoke that floods the casinos and sticks with you for the rest of the night (yes, the rest of the night), even when you leave the casino! To avoid some of these problems, just simply stay out of the casinos (or at least try your best to).

They say what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas…but, maybe it doesn’t have to for teen travelers.

About the Writer
Lizette Bernardino, Staff Writer
Lizette Bernardino is a first year Staff Writer for, The Highland Fling. She is in 10th grade and plays volleyball and varsity softball. Lizette enjoys hanging with her family, friends, playing sports, shopping and cuddling with her very sassy cat named Nala (yes, she was named after The Lion King). She is very outgoing,loves meeting...
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