Raoul Duke

I love Vegas. There, I said it.

I know that’s not unusual, especially for someone who lives in L.A., but it’s unexpected for someone like me. I’ve always hated crowds and noise, but for whatever reason, Vegas and I just click.

Rabbit had never been before, so for her third trip out to L.A., we headed to Sin City. We were only there for two days, so we didn’t have time to see everything on this list, but in a perfect world, these would be the top 5 things you’d see in Vegas:

1) Downtown Las Vegas

There’s no part of Vegas more iconic than the downtown district. Go at night, when all the lights are on, park at Binion’s, and pretend you’re Raoul Duke.

2) The Bellagio Fountains

The fountain show is impressive no matter what time you see it, but the night version adds more elements of color and light.

3) The Atomic Testing Museum

Once upon a time, the Nevada desert was a popular site for nuclear bomb testing, and this museum showcases some of the artifacts from that period. (Bonus trivia: The testing schedules were sometimes made public, so people would host wild, bomb-viewing parties.)

4) Wynn Lake of Dreams

If Terry Gilliam dropped acid and climbed into bed with a schizophrenic light show director, this would be the result.

5) The Little White Chapel’s Tunnel of Love

‘Cause it ain’t Vegas unless someone’s married a total stranger in a drive-through wedding!