We are lucky that TravCon chooses to host their annual event in Las Vegas. Not only is the conference one of the top meetups of the travel nursing community each year, but the city of Las Vegas has so much to offer from an entertainment perspective. We’ve compiled some of our favorite sights, bites and scenes that you can take part in while you’re in the desert.
The Bellagio Fountains and Conservancy
Just across the street from Bally’s is the Bellagio, famous for its spouting fountains that shoot up to 100 feet in the air. No trip to Vegas is complete without seeing the water move in sync with classic Vegas tunes from Frank Sinatra. As a bonus, step inside the hotel and check out the Conservancy, which offers an over-the-top floral display from all four seasons. The Bellagio’s buffet is also known to be one of the best on the Strip.
See the Strip from the High Roller
Built just a couple years ago is the High Roller at the LINQ Hotel – known as the highest observation wheel in the world (beating out London and Singapore). At 520 feet tall, the wheel offers 360-degree views of the Strip and the surrounding mountain range. The ride lasts about an hour and yes, drinks are available on board.
Take a gondola ride at the Venetian
Once the largest hotel in the world, the Venetian has a full canal in the second floor of the hotel. You can transport yourself to Venice with a gondola ride on the indoor canal or outdoor pool, complete with a singing gondolier.
Check out TravCon’s programming
The TravCon sessions are always great and well worth attending. Be sure to check out the keynote with Jeff Solheim: A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Jungle. Jeff is an exciting and engaging speaker who brings his wisdom to the stage with humor that will have you laughing in your seat. He is the President of the Emergency Nursing organization ENA. Jeff is also the Founder and Director of a humanitarian medical organization Project Helping Hands which deploys medical teams around the world to provide care to tens of thousands of people every year.
Jump off the Stratosphere Tower
829 feet above the Strip is the top of the Stratosphere Hotel. It’s hard to miss from anywhere on the Strip and known for its adventurous activities at the summit. You can do a controlled free fall from the top to the bottom, ride a roller coaster or take on a tilt-a-whirl that spins you face-down so you can see all the way down. Not for the faint of heart!
Get a steak, old-school Vegas style
Nestled inside the otherwise run-down Circus Circus is The Steakhouse – a throwback haunt from a bygone generation of Vegas. An old hangout of the Rat Pack and countless other Vegas celebs, The Steakhouse serves up dry aged USDA Prime beef complete with leather chairs, dim lighting and white tablecloths. It’s a meal you won’t forget!
Ride the Deuce to Downtown Vegas and Fremont Street
For just a few bucks, you can get from the Strip to Downtown Las Vegas and Fremont Street, where you’ll see the other side of Sin City. Also, nearly everything is cheaper there! The unique double-decker buses are also perfect for sightseeing and traveling the Las Vegas Strip at your own pace. The Deuce runs from the Fremont Street Experience in Downtown Las Vegas all the way to the Mandalay Bay, stopping at nearly every hotel along the way, including Bally’s.
Treat Yourself to a Spa Day
Many of the hotels in Las Vegas are known for their sprawling spas, all with their own relaxing amenities that go well beyond plush treatment rooms. And the best part is, many of them offer day passes for people who just want to use the aforementioned amenities minus getting a pricey massage or body scrub. For example, spa day passes are $50 for non-hotel guests at the Spa at Aria and include use of their fitness center, outdoor therapy pool, heated stone beds, Shio salt room and wet areas. Other spas that offer day passes include the Spa at The LINQ Hotel & Casino, Canyon Ranch SpaClub at The Venetian and the Spa at Mandalay Bay.
Do some shopping!
Right outside of Bally’s is the Grand Bazaar Shops, which lets you browse and buy in an outdoor setting. Modeled after some of the best open-air markets in the world, shop everything from apparel and beauty products, to jewelry and footwear. You can also hop across the street and shop the Forum Shoppes at Caesar’s or turn left and hit the Miracle Mile shops near Planet Hollywood. There is no shortage of fashion in Vegas.