The SSA Fall Trade Show is here, which means the best of self-storage will all be gathering in Las Vegas for a week of festivities and fun. If you’re a homebody like me and you prefer to spend your evenings binge-watching Netflix, making plans in Las Vegas can seem a little overwhelming at first. There are just too many options: so many places to eat, shows to see, and places to go.
But never fear I asked around to learn the insider tips from Vegas veterans and foodies alike. Here’s what they had to say about their favorite things to do during the SSA Fall Trade Show in Las Vegas:
Dan Miller (storEDGE):
"So many good, bad and nonexistent memories of Vegas in my 100+ visits. In addition to the many good customer meetings and hosted events, it’s always great to get together with the team. Gordon Ramsay is the restaurant of choice when we have a manageable crowd, otherwise the Bacchanal Buffet is top notch gluttony."
Allison DeJaeger (SBOA):
Theresa Gallas (SBOA):
"Nerd alert! For the mafia history buff in you, check out the Mob Museum on Stewart Ave in Las Vegas."
Katelyn Wyss (storEDGE):
"People watching. I could spend all day walking the strip and just people watch. With Vegas, it doesn't matter if it is 7:00am or 3:00am - you can find people just having a good time out drinking and dancing in the street. Only in Vegas would you consider that normal entertainment while eating breakfast."
Check out our top 10 things to do during the 2016 SSA Fall Conference & Trade Show in Las Vegas to make the most out of your trip!
10. Take a ride on the High Roller
You’ve probably seen the High Roller while walking the Strip and thought, what is that GIANT ferris wheel thing? I can assure you that even if you’re terrified of normal ferris wheels, the High Roller is a must-do while you’re in Vegas. Head over to The LINQ promenade and grab a cupcake from Sprinkles before you get in line to buy tickets, or get a cheap pass for two on Groupon! Besides experiencing beautiful views of Las Vegas while creeping up to dizzying heights, the High Roller doesn’t feel like a ferris wheel at all. This is probably because there’s a bar, a flat screen TV and air conditioning on board. The ride is 30 minutes long, so if you’re nervous about heights, just drink more and you’ll feel fine by the end.
9. Belly up to a Las Vegas buffet.
Las Vegas is home to some of the best buffets in the world. But with so many options, how do you choose? Turns out Dan Miller has excellent taste in buffets. His personal favorite, Bacchanal Buffet at Caesars Palace, tops the list of dozens of food critics’ ratings of Vegas buffets. Foodies can read more about buffet ratings here and here.
If eating gourmet snow crab and made to order dessert crêpes isn’t your thing, check out these other amazing Vegas buffets:
Wicked Spoon in The Cosmopolitan.
Le Village Buffet at Paris.
Sterling Brunch at Bally's.
The Buffet at Bellagio.
Carnival World Buffet at Rio.
8. Check out a quirky museum.
Get a little history lesson and Vegas style entertainment at the same time (per Theresa’s recommendation) at the Mob Museum. Formally named The National Museum of Organized crime and Law Enforcement, the museum is an architecture lover’s dream as well as a world class collection on organized crime and the history of American gangsters. Check out this video for a sneak peek and get tickets for only $20.
The National Atomic Testing Museum, located just ten minutes east of the Strip, is another fantastic Vegas museum. Check it out if you’re interested in the Cold War era and the history of the atomic bomb. It’s also home to the Area 51 exhibit, for all those with curiosity for anything extraterrestrial. If you have an appreciation for art and design, check out The Neon Museum’s collection of iconic Las Vegas signs.
7. Dance the night away.
If you want the full Las Vegas party experience, you have to check out the nightclub scene. And you don’t have to go far: New, exclusive venues are everywhere with the world’s best DJs frequenting the Strip nightly. With so many choices and so little time, where should you go? Here is a quick guide to some of the best clubs and who’s playing during this year’s trade show week, sorted by price:
A flier's perspective of the Slotzilla Zipline.
6. Ride a rollercoaster.
Thrill seekers, you’re in luck. Vegas has everything (and more) to give you an adrenaline rush. Strap in on Insanity the Ride to dangle 900 feet above the ground over the edge of the Stratosphere Tower. If that’s not scary enough, you can freefall 108 floors from the height of the Stratosphere via SkyJump.
Check out these rides to satisfy your inner thrill-seeker:
5. Sit n’ sip poolside.
Nothing says Vegas like sipping a cold drink next to the pool. And that’s probably the only thing you’ll want to do outside while you’re in Vegas, with forecasts predicting temperatures will reach 106° F during the week of the trade show. Here are our top recommendations:
4. Walk the Strip
People watching at it’s finest, walking the Strip is entertainment all in itself. Explore the Strip at night to avoid the killer desert heat and see the neon lights in their full glory. Check out walking guides like this one to save time and energy on your walkabout.
Here is a list of our favorite things to see and do on the Las Vegas Strip:
Check out the pyramid, the sky beam and the Sphinx at Luxor.
Catch a pirate show from the sidewalk at Treasure Island.
Visit Shark Reef at Mandalay Bay.
Watch the fountains and walk through the garden at Bellagio.
Check out the volcano and rainforest at The Mirage.
Get a photo with the “Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas” sign, located on the median of 5100 Las Vegas Boulevard South.
Grab a hot dog at Pink's at Planet Hollywood and people watch.
Buy a slice of New York style pizza at Secret Pizza hidden on the third floor of The Cosmopolitan.
3. See an awesome show.
Of course, Las Vegas is famous for its amazing entertainment. There is always a plethora of shows to choose from. Here are some shows to check out during this year’s SSA trade show:
2. Place a bet at a world-famous casino.
It wouldn’t be Sin City without a little gambling. Caesar’s Palace is legendary for gambling and the casino’s lavish interior is the best in Vegas. If you’re a poker player, head to the Bellagio's poker room to play and see players from the World Series of Poker in action, or grab at a table at the famous Golden Nugget downtown. For vintage slots and classic video poker, head to the Palms or Circus Circus. Don’t forget to hit the slots at the airport while you’re waiting for your flight home.
1. Dine like a king.
The number one thing to do in Vegas? Eat. Make a reservation at Dan Miller’s personal favorite place to take the team out to celebrate a job well-done, Gordon Ramsay Steak at Paris Las Vegas. If you’re looking for best budget bites on the Strip, check out this list or this list sorted by hotel. If you’re looking to indulge in some world-class food, look no further. Here’s our curated list:
Best place to get Italian: Rao’s Restaurant
Best place to get a burger: BurGR
Best place to get seafood: Joe’s Seafood Prime Steak & Stone Crab
Best place for southwestern food: Mesa Grill
Best place to get a pizza: Grimaldi's Pizzeria
Best place to get ice cream: Serendipity 3
Best place to get Chinese: Hakkasan Restaurant
Best place to splurge: Joël Robuchon Restaurant
Best place off the Strip: Raku
Best place for carnivores: Fogo de Chão Brazilian Steakhouse
Enjoy your trip, and thanks for reading! Don’t forget to like us on Facebook to receive updates every time one of my awesome new posts goes live.