Vegas on a Budget

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Las Vegas Nevada “The city of lights”, a place for fun, adventure, and often times to get married by Elvis Presley. Las Vegas is the place to be Spring 2016, with it’s variety of free shows and events. Have fun and spend your budget wisely. Photo Courtesy of

Las Vegas Nevada “The city of lights”, a place for fun, adventure, and often times to get married by Elvis Presley. Las Vegas is the place to be Spring 2016, with it’s variety of free shows and events. Have fun and spend your budget wisely.
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Spring break is just around the corner, and it can be difficult choosing that right route to adventure without worrying about a budget. So kick back, relax, and take Vegas on a budget for spring break.

First, decide if Vegas is the route, then grab friends for a carpool. The more people that tag along, the less money everyone will need to spend on gas, food, and hotels. Splitting the costs is a sensible way to go.

Second, Why spend more money staying in Las Vegas, when you can stay in Mesquite, which is less than an hour-and-a-half from Vegas? The Casa Blanca Resort has a variety of things to do including a casino, golf course, spa, entertainment, and dining services. The price for each night is $49. Not too bad compared to hotels in Las Vegas that reach thousands of dollars a night.  Mesquite’s hotel dining is pretty inexpensive as well.  The Casa Cafe, located in the Casa Blanca, serves appetizers, breakfast, soup, and salads. The price range for Casa Cafe is $1.99-$9.99. On Saturdays and Sundays, the hotel offers a Mesa Buffet called Mimosa Morning served on Saturday 7:00 AM to 12:00 PM and Sunday 7:00 AM to 2:00 PM $8.99 per person. The Casa Blanca Resort entertainment can be free, depending on the day and event. This is a great way to spend a night before heading down to Vegas. It saves money on hotels, and there is the option to eat at the resort.

If the Casa Blanca Resort isn’t the place to be then check out the Virgin River Hotel and Casino. Price ranges from $27-$58 a night, depending on the day, but most weekdays the price is $27. Right inside the hotel is the Virginia River Cafe opened 24 hours. The menu includes breakfast, lunch, and dinner with prices ranging from $3.99-$10.99. The Virgin River hotel includes an arcade, bowling alley, casino, and free live entertainment. Mesquite has great spots for nightlife as well.

Third, once in Vegas go explore. Either plan the day ahead of time or venture out and discover the limitless boundaries. Live entertainment can get pricey in Vegas but the strip does offer free shows and attractions, including: the Aquarium at the Silverton Hotel, which holds a 117,000 gallon aquarium home to more than 5,000 exotic fish, including sharks, and stingrays. There is a big vibrant garden in the Bellagio Conservatory. Every season the Conservatory changes it’s floral showcase representing the Chinese New Year in spring, summer, fall, and winter. The conservatory is open 24 hours so no need to worry about missing out on the garden.

If a show is what catches your interest then don’t miss out on the Fall of Atlantis at Caesars Palace. The fountain show is located inside Caesars Palace displaying special effects and animatronic figures reenacting the myth of Atlantis. The next attraction is a choice for the whole family, the world’s largest permanent circus at Circus Circus hotel-casino. The Amusement Park inside the dome holds death-defying stunts. said, “You’ll ooh, you’ll ah, you’ll cover your mouth and hope the highwire and trapeze artists don’t fall because, how would you explain that to your kids?”   Visitor free favorites also include the Bellagio fountains, the Mirage volcanos, and Treasure Island’s pirate show.  

Finally, shopping is always a fun way to relax and calm down from all the excitement. The Venetian hotel-casino has many Grand Canal shoppes right inside the hotel. The Venetian adds streetmosphere to the shopping experience as actors and actresses perform and entertain throughout their shopping experience. The strip can get crowded so go on down to Fremont street located in downtown Vegas, near the Plaza hotel-casino. Fremont street is always open, and it includes live entertainment, a Viva Vision canopy light show with a large video screen and an electric atmosphere.

Las Vegas is known to be a wild city, but it does deliver it’s many amenities for thousands of people. It’s a great place to people watch and meet the legendary Elvis Presley right on the main streets. For more information on planning a trip go to and

Ileana Brown was born on August 27th, 1995. Originally from Garden City, Kansas, she currently resides in Layton, Utah. She has many hobbies, including film, photography, and writing. During her high school days at Edgren High School, she was the Captain of the JV volleyball team and participated in Student 2 Student. At Northridge high she was a student officer in both Future Business Leaders of America and Family, Career and Community Leaders of America. After high school she attended Snow College continuing her leadership roles by being a Resident Assistant for on-campus housing and working for the school newspaper, writing and taking photos. Ileana has chosen to major in communications and film, attending the University of Utah next fall semester 2016-17.

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