Heaven on Earth- Part 2
Continuing with places that I consider “heaven on Earth,” Las Vegas is no exception. Although this would seem ironic as Las Vegas is deemed Sin City, in my experience, Las Vegas can meet your every need for adventure and excitement: my own version of heaven. Set in the middle of a barren desert, the oasis offers everyone’s fantasies from tasting the finest cuisine, becoming a millionaire overnight and rubbing elbows with the who’s who in Hollywood.
The “Strip” has been a haven for college students and other 20-something-year-olds that have saved up enough funds for a few days of pool parties, clubbing and exploring Sin City. What may seem as an ultimate party town that has been and will always be, the desert jewel has not always been the neon city as we know it today. Mobsters Bugsy Siegel and Meyer Lansky poured money into the city from illegal bank accounts and built The Flamingo in the mid-1940s. Thanks to the illegal acts of these two individuals and several other wealthy investors later, Las Vegas quickly became the exciting destination that we all know today.
My most recent visit to Sin City was the first time since turning 21 and I got to experience all the excitement with six of my closest friends. I had visited twice before but the city felt completely different just 10 years later. This is one of the first reasons why I have considered Las Vegas to be one of my favorite cities and heaven on Earth in my opinion. I crave constant change and this city delivers just that.
Las Vegas also offers a wide variety of award-winning cuisine from gourmet chefs such as Giada De Laurentiis and Guy Fieri. This also makes the city one of my favorite places on Earth. I can enjoy a gourmet eggs benedict for brunch, a handmade cocktail and a five-star steak dinner all in the convenience of my own hotel.
This brings me to my last and perhaps favorite part about Las Vegas, the convenience. Sure the six hour drive from San Diego can be a drag, but once you are there, you are centrally located to food, entertainment and more. You can visit a world-class spa, go shopping at designer stores, dance at a rooftop bar, eat a delicious meal and, most importantly, take a much needed nap after all of this, all in the same building. This concept is absolutely mind-boggling to me.
I’m not certain of when my next trip to this desert oasis will be, but I do know that I will enjoy all that this heaven on Earth has to offer.