The Perfect Girlfriends Getaway to Las Vegas

Group Travel, Nevada — By on June 14, 2011 at 8:35 pm

By JoAnna HaugenGroup of Girlfriends
Special to The Lost Girls

Las Vegas appeals to visitors of all sorts—families, budget travelers, adventurers. But one of the increasingly popular segments of travelers choosing Sin City as a vacation destination are groups of women who are looking for a fun, affordable, and memorable getaway with their closest friends. Whether you’re making plans for a bachelorette party or simply want to escape for the weekend, there are plenty of things to keep you and the girls busy when you visit Vegas.


Pick a pad with high energy and a vibrant atmosphere in order to get your girl’s weekend started right. Among the hotels,, that might pique your interest are Planet Hollywood, which offers a great central location and lots of bars and lounges, and the Palms, home to several fabulous restaurants and fun suites (should you choose to splurge). Hard Rock Hotel is also a good choice for a g

Las Vegas Pool

irl’s getaway—and it’s where you’re most likely to rub elbows with celebrities while you’re in town.


During the day, enjoy the sights and sounds of Las Vegas as you wander up and down the Strip. There are tons of places to go shopping in Las

Vegas,, so don’t leave your credit card at home! Of particular interest to ladies is the Stripper 101 class, a completely innocuous (no nudity allowed) and entertaining workshop where you’ll learn the basics on lap and pole dancing. During the summer months, check in at one of the many day clubs (TAO Beach and Rehab are two tried-and-true favorites, while Nikki Beach is just arriving on the scene) and spend the day lounging by the pool.

In the evening, grab a drink and head to the Bellagio fountains before hitting up a show, You and the girls will appreciate the Thunder from Down Under at Excalibur or American Storm, which is located in the Miracle Mile. Of course, if you’re looking for something a little less female-centric, there are plenty of other shows worth checking out. Finish the night off at one (or two or three) of the many nightclubs. Some, such as Blush and XS, are small and intimate, while others, like Rain at Palms, are open and spacious with numerous bars and huge dance floors.


Tapas are all the rage in Las Vegas. Order a few small plates and pass them among yourselves. Julian Serrano at Aria, La Cave at Wynn Las Vegas, and Jaleo at The Cosmopolitan are the hottest tapas spots on the Strip, but if you’d like something with a little more atmosphere, head downtown to Firefly, which is located in The Plaza. In addition to offering a relatively affordable tapas menu, the view from the restaurant looks out over all of Fremont Street, which offers a spectacular view after sundown. If you’d prefer to splurge on something a bit fancier, nothing says you can’t crash the romantic party in the Eiffel Tower Restaurant at Paris Las Vegas for a stellar view of the Strip at night.

JoAnna Haugen lives in Las Vegas and is the voice behind ( WhyGo Las Vegas, a Las Vegas travel guide. Stay up-to-date on the latest in Sin City by following her on (

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