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Short Stay in Vegas? Here Are 3 Las Vegas Itineraries

Las Vegas is a vast majestic being that overwhelms even the savviest of travelers. There’s so much to see, do, and eat that it seems impossible to even get a taste of what the city has to offer in a short getaway. Whether you’re staying one or three days, maximize your time in Sin City with our in-depth itinerary guide.

Choose an itinerary based on the duration of your stay:

 

One Day In Vegas Itinerary

View of the strip on August 06 , 2013 in Las Vegas.

Day 1:

What to Do

With only one day in Las Vegas, focus your exploration along the Strip. Head to The Venetian for shopping and a gondola ride in The Grand Canal Shoppes. Afterwards, catch the animatronic Fall of Atlantis Show at Caesars.

Gondola Rides at The Venetian Hotel Las Vegas

Next, live it up at The Cosmopolitan’s Marquee Dayclub, a year-round day club and pool party with great music and a lively crowd.

If there’s time, stop by the Mandalay Bay Hotel & Casino for casino play. Check out their Lotus Room, a high-limit experience with American games and an Eastern décor.

Catch a show in the evening like Cirque du Soleil. If you prefer musical performances, check out the spectacular shows by the Backstreet Boys or Celine Dion at Caesars or Cher at MGM Resorts.

Where to Eat

Have a lovely breakfast buffet in a French village setting at Le Village Buffet in Paris Las Vegas. Go casual for lunch by hitting up Lobster ME at the Venetian or Pronto by Giada at Caesar’s.

For dinner, make a reservation at Picasso, a French and Spanish-inspired eatery in the Bellagio with original Picassos along the walls.

Where to Grab a Drink

The Center Bar at the Hard Rock Las Vegas is a popular spot for tourists and celebrities. Drinks are half price during happy hour which is great for specialty cocktails.

Where to Stay

If you only have one day in Las Vegas, treat yourself by staying at Bellagio Hotel & Casino. Enjoy elegant upscale rooms, a spa, and casino with over 2,000 slot machines. Request a room facing the fountain and enjoy the famous light show from your room at night.

The front of the Bellagio Hotel in Las Vegas

2 Days in Vegas Itinerary

Freemont Street in Las Vegas

Day 1:

What to Do

Start your morning exploring the astonishing flower, plant, and water features at the Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical.

After that, head to Paris Las Vegas for a stroll through a re-creation of Paris, France. Enjoy lovely views at the top of the Eiffel Tower and walk through the Louvre and L’Arc de Triomphe.

In the afternoon, head to Fremont Street in Downtown Las Vegas for a quirky explorative experience. Play two free slot machines at Binion’s and Four Queens. At Main Street Station view a piece of the Berlin Wall in the men’s bathroom. Take a picture with sharks at the Golden Nugget’s impressive 200,000-gallon shark tank.

As night falls, enjoy the Viva Vision Light Shows, catch a free musical performance, and strap in and sail down the street on the SlotZilla Zip Line.

Where to Eat

Sleep in and hit the Champagne Brunch at MGM Grand Buffet. For lunch, enjoy Italian cuisine at the Lago, a Bellagio restaurant, or French cuisine at Mon Ami Gabi, at Paris Las Vegas. Both have views of the Bellagio fountains.

Paris Hotel Restaurant in Las Vegas with view of Bellagio Fountains

While on Fremont Street, have a steak dinner at Oscar’s Steakhouse in the charming dome of the Plaza Hotel.

Where to Grab a Drink

Stop at the historic Atomic Liquors which has a retro design and a dive bar feel in Downtown Vegas. Oak & Ivy offers patio space and a large array of whiskey.

If returning to the Strip for drinks, head to Caesar’s Vista Cocktail Lounge. Not only are the drinks popular, but the bar is surrounded by LED screens that offer views of places like Shanghai and New York City.

Where to Stay

Stay at the MGM Grand during your two-day trip, as it’s the center of entertainment on the Strip. Rooms are chic, and the Wet Republic Ultra Pool is a popular daytime destination for guests. Plus, with shows by David Copperfield, Jabbawockeez’s JREAMZ, and Cirque du Soleil you don’t have to leave your hotel for an evening show.

Day 2:

What to Do

Start Day 2 with a luxurious spa experience at Caesar’s Palace. In addition to a tea sommelier, they offer an Arctic Ice Room (with falling snow!), massages, and Nobu-branded treatments.

Spa Treatment at Caesars Palace Hotel

Then, shop through the Forum Shops and catch the Fall of Atlantis Show. Later, take the Deuce, a public transportation bus along the Strip, to the Mandalay Bay Resort to see the Shark Reef Aquarium, and then to New York-New York Hotel for a thrilling rollercoaster ride.

As soon as night falls, hop onto the High Roller Ferris wheel for astonishing views of Vegas.

Where to Eat

Start the day at MGM Grand with mini doughnuts from Dapper Doughnuts. Since you’ll be in Caesar’s around lunchtime, enjoy sushi and Japanese favorites from Nobu Restaurant.

Have dinner at MGM Grand and choose from New American dishes at Wolfgang Puck Bar & Grill or upscale Chinese cuisine at China Tang Las Vegas.

Where to Grab a Drink

Hakkasan Nightclub at MGM Grand is one of the hottest nightclubs in Las Vegas. Grab a drink and dance for a few hours before falling into bed.Nightclub inside MGM Grand Hotel in Las Vegas

3 Days in Vegas Itinerary

Welcome to Las Vegas sign

Day 1:

What to Do

Put your walking shoes on and make it a goal to see all of Las Vegas casinos’ most famous sights.

Head to Treasure Island first to take photos of the beloved pirate ship. Next, go inside the Mirage Casino to see Siegfried & Roy’s Secret Garden home to white lions, tigers, and a dolphin exhibit.

Enjoy a quick viewing of the Fall of Atlantis Show at Caesar’s, followed by a ride on the Linq’s High Roller Ferris Wheel. Go to the top of the Eiffel Tower at Paris Las Vegas. See the New York skyline from a rollercoaster at New York-New York Hotel. Then go from taking pictures of castles at The Excalibur to pyramids and a replica of King Tut’s tomb at The Luxor.

New York-New York Hotel in Las Vegas

After posing with the “Welcome to Las Vegas” sign at the end of the Strip, hop on the Deuce to return to your hotel, stopping at the Bellagio Light Show and erupting volcano at the Mirage.

Where to Eat

Divulge in chicken and waffles on the patio of Jardin, the Wynn’s American eatery, for breakfast.

China Poblano at The Cosmopolitan has a funky Chinese-Mexican fusion menu and colorful design that’s perfect for lunch.

After a full day of walking, you’ll be exhausted so have dinner at Wynn’s Lakeside, a classy American seafood restaurant with lake views.

Lake View Restaurant Wynn Las Vegas

Where to Grab a Drink

Harrah’s Carnaval Court Bar is an energetic outdoor bar with tall drinks and bartenders with a flair for carnival-like theatrics.

In the evening, try Parasol Down bar at the Wynn. Not only are the cocktails superb, but it offers lovely views of parasols and a 40-foot waterfall.

Where to Stay

Stay in the center of Las Vegas at the Wynn Las Vegas. You can reach any major casino or attraction within 12 minutes by car whether it’s the Luxor Hotel & Casino or Fremont Street. The Wynn is also outfitted with a golf course, spa, casino and a great nightlife scene.The Wynn Hotel in Las Vegas

Day 2:

What to Do

Start day two with a round of golf at the Wynn or a lovely gondola ride through The Grand Canal Shoppes of The Venetian, where you can also visit Madame Tussauds wax museum.

In the afternoon, visit Fremont Street. Catch a live musical concert or zip down the street on the SlotZilla Zip Line. Stop at various casinos for casino play like The Fremont Hotel & Casino or The Golden Nugget. When night falls, enjoy the Viva Vision Light Show.

The Fremont Hotel and Casino Las Vegas

Where to Eat

Order room service for breakfast at the Wynn if you choose to golf, otherwise, have a Mexican-inspired breakfast at Canonita in The Venetian.

Share a deep-dish pie at Chicago Brewing Co. in the Four Queens Casino & Hotel. With craft beers on tap and a cigar lounge, it’s a nice spot to relax during lunch.

Have dinner at Siegel’s 1941 in El Cortez. Think of it as a sophisticated diner with large dishes and a stellar style that will take you back to the 1940s.

Restaurant at the El Cortez Hotel in Las Vegas

Where to Grab a Drink

While in Downtown, enjoy the prohibition-era bar, Commonwealth, a modern speakeasy with a rooftop patio.

For a glitzy atmosphere, try the Furnace at the Downtown Grand Las Vegas Hotel. It’s surrounded by slot machines which makes it easy to grab a drink and play a few slots.

Hotel Bar at Downtown Grand Las Vegas

Day 3:

What to Do

Make your last day in Las Vegas all about relaxation. Rejuvenate with a lavish spa experience and massages at The Encore.

After the spa, sunbathe at the Beach at Mandalay Bay which has a 1.6-million-gallon wave pool and 2,700 tons of real sand.

Wave Pool at the Mandalay Bay Resort in Las Vegas

In the evening, gamble at MGM Grand or play in the adults-style arcade called LEVEL UP which provides beer pong and one of the largest games of Pac-Man.

Where to Eat

Dine on large breakfast portions at Terrace Point Café at the Wynn, while admiring views of the pool.

At Mandalay Bay, eat lunch at Border Grill, which has a charming blend of SoCal decorative elements, patio space, Mexican food, and great selection of margaritas.

Eat your filling of Japanese cuisine at Morimoto Las Vegas at MGM Grand, a swanky spot with a black-and-white photography montage behind the sushi counter.

Where to Grab a Drink

A cigar and whiskey are the perfect combo for a relaxed evening at Whiskey Down in MGM Grand.

Whiskey Down Hotel Bar at MGM Grand Las Vegas

If you prefer to party it up on your last night, head straight to the Marquee Nightclub at the Cosmopolitan for a fist-pumping night of drinks and dancing.

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