Your Weekend Getaway Guide to Las Vegas

Las Vegas makes for a great Weekend Getaway. After all, it has cheap and plentiful hotels, frequent flights, plenty of things to see, and the kind of fun that usually only lasts a few days before the regret kicks in.

So if you only have 48 hours in Las Vegas, what should you do and see? Luckily for you, we’ve assembled this Weekend Getaway Guide to Las Vegas to get you started with the Top 10 Things to Do:

1. Snap a picture of the quintessential Las Vegas sign

It might be the only thing on your camera from the whole weekend, but at least this will prove to your friends (and to yourself) that you were there!

Las Vegas sign

Trover photo by Robert Elsishans

 

2. Take a Gondola Ride at The Venetian Hotel

It’s basically like the real thing! Or at least, it will look like it after a few drinks…

The Venetian Gondola Ride

Trover photo by Adrian Roberts

 

3. Party hard in a club like the Marquee at the Cosmopolitan Hotel

You’re only young once, right?

Marquee Club

Trover photo by Alexis Ng

 

4. Watch the famous Fountains of Bellagio from the Eiffel Tower at Paris Las Vegas

Shows happen every 30 minutes in the evening, so you have no excuse to miss it.

Fountains of Bellagio

Trover photo by Nathan Mays

 

5. Have a drink (or two or three…) like one of these from the Hard Rock Cafe

Luckily for you, drinks are available pretty much everywhere in Vegas: poolside, mini bar, party buses, bars, clubs, casinos, and even on the street!

Drinks at the Hard Rock Cafe Las Vegas

Trover photo by Megan

 

6. Cool off at a pool party like this one at Drai’s Beach Club

No shoes, no shirt, bar service!

Pool party at Drai's Beach Club

Trover photo by Karla Tovar

 

7. Devour the famous Frozen Hot Chocolate from Serendipity 3

This could be the thing you least regret all weekend.

Frozen Hot Chocolate

Trover photo by Nica F!

 

8. Check out the signs at the Fremont Street Experience

Ooh flashy!

Fremont Street Experience

Trover photo by Kenneth Adkins

 

9. See an over-the-top show like Le Rêve at Wynn Las Vegas

It doesn’t count as a Weekend Getaway to Las Vegas unless there are sequins, feathers, and/or smoke machines.

Le Reve at Wynn Las Vegas

Trover photo by Jesse I.

 

10. And finally, take a walk of shame (or pride!) down the Strip

No Las Vegas Weekend Getaway is complete without one!

The Strip Las Vegas

Trover photo by Michelle

 

Need more ideas on how to spend your 48 hours in Las Vegas? Check out more things to do in Vegas here, and don’t forget to share your own Weekend Getaway discoveries on Trover!

 

 

7 Fake European Towns That Won’t Break the Bank

So you want to go to Europe but don’t quite have the time or money to make it over? Believe it or not, you’re in luck! Hundreds of places around the world have been inspired by the architecture and culture of major European cities. Some have even gone so far as to replicate the original.

If authenticity doesn’t matter to you as much as budget, you may just find the European escape of your dreams right in your own backyard. Here are 7 of our favorite Fake European Towns That Won’t Break the Bank:

1. Solvang, California

Nicknamed the “Danish Capital of America,” this Santa Barbara-area town was founded in 1911 by a group of Danes who wanted to establish a Danish colony outside of the cold Midwest. The town features Danish bakeries, shops and restaurants, and a replica of the famous Little Mermaid Statue in Copenhagen.

Trover photo by The Snowmads

 

2. Thames Valley Khao Yai in Ban Mu Si, Thailand

This unique hotel in the lush Khao Yai region of Thailand was designed to resemble an English countryside village along the River Thames corridor, complete with tea rooms and traditional English pubs.

Trover photo by Nita Gulati

 

3. Frankenmuth, Michigan

Nicknamed “Little Bavaria,” this Michigan town is home to many Bavarian-themed shops and restaurants, as well as Bronner’s Christmas Wonderland, a 7-acre store billed as the “World’s Largest Christmas Store.”

Trover photo by Marisa Heilman

 

4. Leavenworth, Washington

This formerly sleepy railroad town in central Washington was transformed into a mock Bavarian village in 1962 and is now home to a popular Oktoberfest celebration and the Leavenworth Nutcracker Museum, which houses more than 5,000 nutcrackers!

Trover photo by Michelle Finseth

 

5. Québec City, Québec

Okay, Québec City is not exactly a fake European city. But it is heavily influenced by its French heritage. Besides hearing Canadian French spoken around every corner, you can expect to see romantic architecture, sidewalk cafes, and traditional French bakeries all over this beautiful and historic city.

 

6. Helen, Georgia

Modeled to look like a Bavarian alpine village, this small town of 500 keeps it “authentic” with street performers, Oktoberfest celebrations, and a Denny’s that is actually designed to fit the Bavarian architectural style!

Trover photo by Michael Schuier

 

7. Las Vegas, Nevada

Of course, if you’re looking to get the most European flair from a non-European city, there’s no better place than Las Vegas. Where else in the world can you visit the top of the Eiffel Tower and ride in a Venetian gondola within the same hour? Well, maybe in Europe if you hurry. But Vegas is definitely the next best thing.

Trover photo by Lauréanne Pelletier

Trover photo by Adrian Roberts

 

Fake European towns won’t satisfy all of your cravings for a classic European adventure, but they will provide a taste of Europe and will keep your wallet happy at the same time. To see more fake European towns around the world, check out the full list here, and don’t forget to share your own European discoveries (real or otherwise) on Trover this summer!