Vegas is a city that lets you be exactly who you are. And if you want, you can be a totally different person (and if it happens in Vegas, it stays in Vegas).
It’s one of the reasons that I enjoy my trips to Vegas so much.
You can spend your time pool-partying and clubbing, gambling and shopping, or eating and drinking to your heart’s content. And that’s not even the half of it. Vegas also has shows, museums, and visual attractions that could keep you busy for days. Food options are abundant and easily fit every budget.
Splurging travelers and budget travelers have a myriad of options to customize a trip that plays nicely with their bank accounts.
Surprise Attractions Around Every Corner
On my first trip to Las Vegas, I stumbled upon one of the most exciting galleries I’d ever visited.
In typical Michaela fashion, I was wandering around Vegas looking for something interesting to add to my “awe”some scrapbook.
At sunset, Vegas had quickly turned dark and chilly, and I was trying to cover as much ground as I could before calling off my exploration. I’d just snapped some pictures in front of Aria Hotel’s water wall when the most eye-catching sculptures I’ve ever seen drew me in like a moth to the flame.
They sparkled in a rainbow of colors and grew from their bases into a myriad of shapes stretching to the sky.
Getting lost in a new place is one of the best ways to discover hidden treasures that you might not find on popular websites or with internet searches. These are sometimes the places that tourists frequent and love to keep to themselves. That’s why it’s good to get a local’s recommendation on what to do during your trip.
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My travel group is full of people who live all over the world. Not only do they have awesome suggestions, but they also will meet up with people when they’re in a bind.
One of the best things a person can do to travel more is to hang with more people who love to travel. The next best thing is to seek out unique experiences that everyone isn’t clamoring over. Those activities make the best travel stories.
I’ve discovered so many cool places by leaving some unplanned time in my itinerary and walking a bit off the beaten path until I bump into unexpected, but welcome surprises.
Just like these breathtaking sculptures.
Chihuly’s Sculptures Add Glitz to Vegas
The artist who’d lit up the Vegas night with his colorful and creative sculptures was Dale Chihuly.
He is the mastermind behind “Fiori di Como,” the stunning sculpture of 2,000 hand blown flowers that adorn the Bellagio ceiling. If you have yet to see this gem in person, you’ll want to check it out during your next trip to Sin-City.
Besides a view of the stars on a cloudless night, it’s not every day you get a magnificent scene just by looking up.
The cozy gallery that I stumbled into is the Chihuly at City Center in Las Vegas. Inside you’ll find spectacular pieces that are sure to bring a smile to your face and motivate you to keep traveling to see even more of his creations.
Checking off the most popular tourist attractions gives you plenty of bragging rights and awesome selfie-stick opportunities. But the most unforgettable and unique travel experiences come from chasing what you’re passionate about all over the world.
For example, foodies are on cloud nine taking cooking classes from Johannesburg to Bangkok, while animal lovers flock to safaris and underwater dives to get up close and personal with the natural world of fins and feathers.
It’s so much better to make your favorite things a part of your travels instead of hunting down the “top ten” of other travelers.
I was lucky to run into this exhibit because I’m crazy about quirky pieces of art. And for others who craze sparkly, rainbow-colored attractions, a visit to this gallery is a perfect addition to a Vegas itinerary.
If you love what you see at the City Center in Vegas, Chihuly’s work is found in other locations around the world.
Chihuly Exhibits Across the World
Chihuly is a revolutionary artist whose works are featured in hundreds of museums worldwide. His exhibitions and showcases are in high demand for public and private displays.
The artist works with a full spectrum of colors to create sleek and bold designs that are full of imagination. And because I could imagine the glass flowers spraying a mist of colored sunshine across my walls, I added the purchase of a Chihuly masterpiece to my “101 in 1001-Someday” list.
These works of art of expensive, but I have a soft spot for pretty trinkets.
I usually splurge when I’m on vacation. Not for travel and accommodations – I can stay at a hostel or take a bus from location to location – but I don’t mind spending money for experiences and souvenirs. My home is full of decor like lamps, pillows, and paintings that I’ve collected across the world. And I use and enjoy them way more often than I do the 40 shot glasses I collected during my early travels!
Packing as few clothing and toiletries as possible, I leave plenty of space in my suitcase for souvenirs that are specific to the places I visit – like spices and tea from India, beaded jewelry from Kenya, and custom gold jewelry from the United Arab Emirates.
While I would have loved to add a Chihuly to my souvenir collection, with starting price-tags near five figures, I was in no position to lay down those dollars. Six-thousand dollars would buy a lot of vacations!
I’m eager to see more locations where these marvelous glass artworks are located. One of the coolest is the Franklin Park Conservatory which features art mixed within the plant life. It’s an exciting balance of nature and fun, that I’m eager to explore one day soon.
Do you have a fav Chihuly exhibit location? Tell me about it in the comments below.