Welcome to fabulous Las Vegas, Nevada! I spend a couple of weeks every year in this excessive, light-up part of the desert - not because I like to spend a little too much time at the poker tables, but because I have family in town. It’s crazy to think that people could live a mere ten minute drive away from one of the most famous and buzzing strips in the world, but it’s true!Carrie wears the Olive shorts and the Fennel bag
Carrie of Wish Wish Wish headed to the bright lights of Las Vegas this summer, join her as she reveals her favourite destinations to visit and discover why the city is one of her annual summer haunts.
Experiencing the city like a local means I have a slightly different perspective on it, but that doesn't mean I don’t enjoy trekking up and down the larger-than-life casinos and making the most of what the city has to offer - and that’s a lot!
On the strip alone you can eat just about every cuisine at the world-famous buffets, catch shows from the likes of Celine Dion and Britney, jump on a roller coaster ride at the top of the city’s tallest tower - the Stratosphere - and even get married in about 15 minutes, if that’s your thing! It’s safe to say that gorging on the buffets was the only activity listed above that I took part in!
If you’re like me and prefer a slightly more vintage vibe, hop on a bus down to the old part of town, Fremont Street, and feast your eyes on the old neon signs at the original Vegas strip. Here you’ll find trendier bars - all the parties happen on the first Friday of each month!
Whilst gambling doesn't get me going, one of my favourite things about coming to Vegas is picking up outfits to wear whilst I'm there! My hometown London never (ever) reaches highs of 45°C, so a bit of a shift in tactics is needed to avoid melting. Light colours, tropical prints and easy-to-wear fabrics are where it’s at, which is why my Reiss ensemble was ideal for a sunset stroll before pizza at New York New York.
My three must-sees in Las Vegas:
If you fancy a break away from the busy strip, hop on a bus to Springs Preserve, a little oasis in the middle of the desert with botanical gardens, nature trails and museum exhibits.
The Neon Museum
This is where all the glittering lights of Las Vegas go to die. Lovingly preserved, neon signs that go as far back as the ‘50s are displayed, and you can book guided tours. A must-do!
The Buffet at Rio
Now, I’m not claiming to have tried all the buffets in Vegas (or I’d be a few stone heavier!) but my favourite has to be at Rio. Their carnival world buffet features almost every cuisine you can imagine. I managed to clear an Italian, Chinese and American plate on my last visit. Phew!