Explore Las Vegas: Get Off The Strip

Updated: Sep 13, 2020



Usually when we think of Las Vegas, we think of flashing lights, shows and pool parties. Living on the East Coast, I love switching up my environment with the deserts of the West Coast. I've been to Las Vegas before and never seemed to really like it but this time exploring past the dazzling lights of the strip, I loved it! Las Vegas can actually be a very peaceful and cleansing trip, believe it or not. This was a spontaneous trip and turned out to be just the reboot I needed.


LET'S TALK FLIGHTS

I found my flight on google flights for a total of $133 USD on American. I flew out less than 12 hours later from Miami International Airport to McCarran International Airport (Las Vegas). What I've noticed about flight prices during quarantine, especially domestic flights, is that the closer to departure the lower the prices seem to be. From the parking lot of the MIA airport to my gate took about 20 minutes total. Getting through Miami airport has never been that quick for me even though it was still busy. It was organized and everyone had masks on. Most of the restaurants were already open. This was weird to me since Miami had closed restaurants back down unless outdoor seating.



My temperature was never checked by airport staff or American Airlines staff. Some seats at the gates were taped off but not all gates.


In my humble opinion, I don't think American is doing anything extensive to protect their customers besides requiring you to wear a mask. If you read their website or some of their emails you would think they are doing top of the line protocol. The gate was packed. They boarded regularly unlike other airlines that have started to board back to front. There was no social distancing or order to get onto the plane. When I say no one was social distancing - I was amazed. Everyone was packed in like sardines. I don't think I was even on an American flight this packed before quarantine.


Personally, I feel like American is making their way down there with United and Spirit. I've noticed American having older planes with no TV, no outlet and smaller seats than newer planes. They gave me a bag as I walked on with a small bottle of water and a tiny packet of hand sanitizer. They are not doing regular service. No middle seats were blocked off or limiting how many people could be in each cabin.


WHAT ABOUT ACCOMMODATIONS

I stayed in Las Vegas for 2 days. Since I had an 11pm flight, I booked my hotel for two nights. I booked the MGM Grand off of booking. It's typically around $349 USD a night before taxes but I got it for $310 USD for 2 nights after taxes and resort fees. They were on top of the new protocols. You had the option for contactless check-in, mask and hand sanitizer available to you everywhere and staff manning the floors to make sure people are wearing masks.


It was way busier than I thought it would be. On my first day there the pool was at capacity. They would add people to a waitlist using a QR code. The restaurant menus were on QR codes as well. The casino floor was bumpin’ like it was a regular day but the spa was not reopened. Bars and nightclubs are closed, but restaurants are open.


TOP TWO LOCATIONS

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Red Rock Canyon: "Mankind could neva." The pure natural beauty of RRC is breathtaking. I loved every moment there, nothing but peace and serenity. The canyon is really large with a one way road that's about 15 miles going through it. It is $15 per car. There are multiple viewing points and parking lots at each one. There are also restrooms at some of the parking lots. Also, if you drive you have somewhere to place all the water you'll need. Please stay hy