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Greetings from the great American West! I spent the last week — yes, week — in Las Vegas kicking off what’s going to be an epic trip around this corner of the country. I’d hoped to get this post up yesterday as we drove away from the neon lights of The Strip but turns out much of Route 66 is completely off the grid, including cell phone service!

If you’ve been following along on my or Snapchat (@wanderlandalex) you know I had quite the week in Vegas with various friends bopping in and out along the way. Most people reacted with a look of horror when we revealed we were spending six nights on The Strip, but I think I paced myself well. Three nights of serious clubbing, one night of local bar hopping, and two nights of straight-to-bed. I squeezed in shows, dinners, tours, pool time, and even some real life realities like work and working out. Five trips later, and I’m still not sick of Sin City! It was an awesome week and I can’t wait to share some of my favorite new Vegas discoveries with you all eventually.

But for now, I’m back on the road spending the next five days circling the Grand Canyon in a with my girl Zoe. Which is to say I’m sure next week’s check-in will have a totally different vibe! While working from the passenger seat of a camper is already proving to be much more challenging than I expected, I’m hoping to get some great posts from my time in Cayman Islands up this week — my final posts from my Central America/Caribbean trip before I move onto my US summer.

But for now…. can’t wait to hear your thoughts on Photo of the Week!

Photo A

Downtown Las VegasExploring Downtown Las Vegas

Photo B

Gambling DowntownEmma gambling for the first time!

Photo C

The Neon MuseumThe incredible Neon Museum

Photo D

Drai's Las VegasInside Drai’s Nightclub

Photo E

The CromwellSplashing out at

Which photo is your favorite?

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48 Comments...
  • Sarah
    August 25 2015

    Photo C! I love everything about it
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    • Meihoukai
      August 26 2015

      We really lucked out with perfect lighting šŸ™‚

  • becky hutner
    August 25 2015

    An overall fine selection of Vegas shots! Going for A though because I’m intrigued by the ceiling & because my husband’s been using the coolness of downtown Vegas to try and lure me there for years.
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    • Meihoukai
      August 26 2015

      It’s the Brooklyn of Vegas! Let me know if you go… I had suggestions!

  • Kacy
    August 25 2015

    I love D because I’m so not a clubber, but like living vicariously through others. I do love Vegas, and can see how it could actually be a pretty relaxing and fun trip if you weren’t trying to fit a week’s worth of debauchery into 2 nights (which is usually the way things pan out for me while I’m there). Can’t wait to read more!
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    • Meihoukai
      August 26 2015

      I mean… I still wouldn’t call it relaxing ha. I think it could have been had we started with a weekend and ended on the week and not vice versa. We were exhausted by the time it got to Sunday!

  • Jamie
    August 25 2015

    There’s a Neon Museum? Photo C for sure!

    • Meihoukai
      August 26 2015

      It’s AMAZING! They have very strict photography rules and thus I think it gets a lot less press than it could!

  • Jason
    August 25 2015

    B. I hope she had some beginner’s luck!

    • Meihoukai
      August 26 2015

      Not quite a jackpot, but not much of a loss šŸ˜‰

  • Marni
    August 25 2015

    Photo C! That museum sounds amazing and the photo is great. I have to say, though – I totally feel Emma’s excitement. The first time I went to Vegas was a week after I turned 21, and I had my first-ever gambling experience there, too.

    • Meihoukai
      August 26 2015

      I’m not much of a gambler, but I did think playing slots for the first time was fun!

  • Amy
    August 25 2015

    What’s your snapchat?

    • Meihoukai
      August 26 2015

      Sorry Amy, tried to add it into the post! It’s @wanderlandalex šŸ™‚

  • Britt
    August 25 2015

    Photo C for sure. I love how vintage looking it is.

    6 nights does seem crazy to me but spacing it out definitely would have helped. My friends spent 2 days clubbing here and still managed to almost get arrested, one of them lost their passport and get very sick. But they are pretty crazy!
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    • Meihoukai
      August 26 2015

      HA! That sounds like a classic Vegas trip, Britt. Sounds like they did Vegas right… ha!

  • Katie
    August 25 2015

    I just learned about the Neon Museum recently via another travel blog (Here & Air), and I’ve been dying to go ever since I saw photos! Looks truly incredible. Good on you, surviving such a long week on the Strip! Can’t wait to hear about your Southwest travels šŸ™‚
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    • Meihoukai
      August 26 2015

      Oooo, you’ve given me a new blog to check out, Katie! Going to have to go take a look…

  • Christine
    August 25 2015

    I love Vegas and I hope to go back one day soon. I LOVE photo C and hope to go there and see it for myself.

    Cant wait to read all your posts.

    • Meihoukai
      August 26 2015

      Thanks Christine! Itching to write them already šŸ™‚

  • Dominique
    August 26 2015

    Photo E, because I love the carpet in the room on the right! I never knew I needed a carpet with writing on it, now I found out I do!
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    • Meihoukai
      August 26 2015

      The Cromwell was gorgeous! We loved it — I want to come back.

  • Leah
    August 26 2015

    Las Vegas has got to be the world capital of kitsch. I feel like one could spend months there just to photograph all the weird shit that’s hidden throughout the city. I’ve only been once but it’s obvious I could stand to give it a closer look…maybe a little *soberer* this time. I really like the pool shot so my vote this week is for Photo E. šŸ™‚
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    • Meihoukai
      August 26 2015

      I mean, it’s kind of a city best seen with a buzz on šŸ˜‰

  • Steve
    August 26 2015

    Meihoukai, I’m choosing c. Neon signs are what I most associate with Vegas.
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    • Meihoukai
      August 26 2015

      You’ve got to make it to the Neon Museum, then šŸ™‚ It’s awesome!

  • Janice Stringer
    August 26 2015

    Photo B.
    Love the look of joy on her face!
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  • Susan
    August 26 2015

    Ah! I’ve been wanting to go to the Neon Graveyard for years! I love your gorgeous photo of it.

    • Meihoukai
      August 26 2015

      I’ve been wanting to go for ages as well. Worth the wait!

  • Melanie Fontaine
    August 26 2015

    I totally must have missed that you used Snapchat! šŸ˜€ I’d love to follow you there – what’s your handle? šŸ™‚ My favorite photo is Picture B because it just seems to be quintessential Vegas – bright colors, gambling & fun! šŸ™‚
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    • Meihoukai
      August 26 2015

      @wanderlandalex — sorry, tried adding it to the post when I wrote it but it took me hours to upload on this crappy wifi as is!

  • Elisa
    August 26 2015

    Ahhhh this post is getting me so excited!!! I am going to Vegas for the first time in 8 days for Labor Day Weekend. Downtown Vegas looks amazing!
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    • Meihoukai
      August 26 2015

      Oh my gosh Elisa, you’re going to have so much fun! Enjoy!

  • Mary B
    August 26 2015

    The neon graveyard is always so fascinating, I wish I’d been able to go when I was there.

    Your current adventure around the Grand Canyon sounds much more my speed than Vegas – can’t wait to read about it!
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    • Meihoukai
      August 26 2015

      Ugh, I can’t wait to start sharing it — lack of internet and service has been a pain!

  • LC
    August 26 2015

    I want to put on my bikini, jump into the pool in photo E and stay there forever.
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  • Justine
    August 26 2015

    Photo E for me…because I would kill to be in that pool after spending the past three weeks in this Phnom Penh heat!
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    • Meihoukai
      August 30 2015

      Vegas heat was pretty intense too — up to 114F! At least it was a dry heat šŸ™‚

  • Kerri
    August 27 2015

    LOVE Photo C. I remember coming across these when we were in Vegas and thought they were just such a telling story of the history of Vegas.

    • Meihoukai
      August 30 2015

      They are! Definitely any photographer’s dream to visit…

  • Rashaad
    August 27 2015

    I’d choose Photo E- Well, the first half of Photo E. It’s weird that’s my choice for photo of the week since I’m definitely more of the backpacker type. But there’s something about that photo that says, “I’d like to try that.”
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    • Meihoukai
      August 30 2015

      If there’s one place to go glamorous, it’s Vegas! I tried doing the hostel thing there once, and it just wasn’t working. Vegas is for finding killer hotel deals on the strip šŸ™‚

  • Sanura
    August 27 2015

    Photo E for the decor in the 2nd image because it is so cool. Love those mirrors!
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    • Meihoukai
      August 30 2015

      The Cromwell was full of amazing little details like that. Such a crazy cool hotel.

  • Leigh
    September 21 2015

    Wish I had known about the Neon Museum last week when I had a few hours to kill in Vegas! Looks like fun!

    • Meihoukai
      September 24 2015

      Put it on the list for next time, Leigh! It’s amazing!