Whatever Happens in Vegas, Stays in Vegas!
The Entertainment Capital of the World, famous for its hotels and casinos, establishes a fantasy-like environment. Also known as the Sin-City of America, it is primarily known for its gambling, shopping, entertainment, and nightlife experiences.
Las Vegas has a lot of interesting trivia which is inconsequential to you but can be enjoyed a lot. Things to do in Las Vegas include trying your luck at premier casinos or seeing one of the many dazzling shows or just wandering around the Strip to thrill up yourself.
The touristic part of Las Vegas is majorly divided into 2 parts, the Strip and the Downtown and both are consist of many places to visit in Las Vegas. The Strip is a stretch on the south of Vegas with an approximate length of 4.2 miles. With many large hotels, casinos and other various attractions, this boulevard is the highlight of the city. The Strip is the place where you will spend most of your time because of its wide range of alluring attractions. The Downtown is the old and the original townsite of the city. It dwells various business, government, and historic buildings and was the gambling district of Las Vegas before the Strip. Downtown is where the whole concept of Las Vegas was born and it is now famous for its flashy Freemont street.
An interesting fact about the city is that out of the 20 biggest hotels in the world, 11 are in Las Vegas (source). Each and every hotel in the Strip offers a unique experience be it decor, food or attraction, for example,
- if you like Egypt, visit the Luxor for Egyptian experience
- If you like Venice, visit the Venetian for best Italian food and canal-like Gandola ride
- If you like Paris, visit hotel Paris to experience the grandeur of Eiffel Tower
- And many more…
3 days are good enough to explore and enjoy the dazzling city of Vegas. You can get ample time to see the touristic places, to try your luck in gambling and to get wasted in the clubs of Vegas.
There are many places to visit in Las Vegas, therefore, the Hop-On Hop-Off bus is a great option to see what Las Vegas is all about. They offer the most informative and interactive sightseeing tours of the city and the best part is that you can disembark at any point, explore the place at your own pace and then take another HOHO bus to continue your site seeing. Taxis, Limos, and rentals are the other few options which you can choose from.
Being the first day of your trip, you will be mostly charged with energy and can explore more. As there are many things to do in Las Vegas, so today will be a busy day. You will start your trip with the Paradise of Las Vegas called the Strip. Yes, I know that people say that “Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas” signboard is the 1st thing you should see, but trust me and follow the below itinerary to see the most of Vegas with less time spent on conveyance.
Bellagio Hotel & Casino (Fountain & Botanical Garden)
Bellagio is a luxurious resort, hotel & casino located at the Strip. Apart from its majestic elegance, it is also famous for its musical fountain and botanical garden.
A small lake in between the hotel and the Strip features a fountain show, named the Fountains of Bellagio which is a stunning water show. The dancing fountains are synced with music to create a magical aura. It is a 15 minutes show which you can experience once in an hour and is free of cost. It is worth appreciating once in the day time and once in the evening when lights shimmer through it.
After the stunning water show, head to the Bellagio’s conservatory and botanical garden. The display of nature is astonishing and they change its theme from season to season.
Caesars Palace (Forum Shops)
Caesars Palace is another luxurious and largest hotel & Casino adjacent to Bellagio. Caesars palace is famous for its iconic Forum shops known as the “The Shopping Wonder of the World”. Most of us go to the mall just for shopping and then leave. But with a 50,000-gallon exotic fish aquarium, talking statues, renowned restaurants, and approximately 160 stores, you will just lose the track of time while roaming here.
Know more about this giant shopping center. https://www.simon.com/mall/the-forum-shops-at-caesars-palace/stores
The Venetian (Madame Tussauds & Gandola Ride)
2nd largest hotel in the world, Venetian is an Italian-themed resort which offers a wide range of shopping, dining, gambling and entertainment experience. The two most attractive entertainment options are Madame Tussauds wax museum & Venice-like Gandola Ride.
Madame Tussauds in Las Vegas was the very first venue of the States. It features the wax statue of approximately 100 celebrities from various genres like movies, TV series, sports, and music which look very realistic. It also features a 4D movie theatre and a Hangover Bar.
You can book tickets for Madame Tussauds from here (https://www.madametussauds.com/las-vegas/en/tickets/).
It is said that no trip to Venice is complete without a balletic ride down the Grand Canal in a Venetian Gandola. The Venetian also provides this unique Italian experience of a Gandola ride which passes through the cafes, bridges, and a man-made Italian village. The person who rides a Gandola is called a Gondolier who sings throughout the ride making it a serene experience. It provides an indoor ride as well as an outdoor ride, both of which are equally captivating and unique.
The best time to take a Gondola ride is around dusk when you have a little light to enjoy the ride and enough to take photographs.
The Mirage (Volcano Show)
Mirage is a Polynesian-themed resort located at the Strip. Apart from its grand hotel and casino, it features a unique Volcano show after the sunset. Every night a volcano erupts with fire, smoke, and music just at the entrance of Mirage hotel. This is a must-see man-made attraction which is free of cost. You can literally feel the heat coming out of the volcano during the show which lasts for approximately 5 minutes.
The show timings are 8 PM and 9 PM or 7 PM and 8 PM depending on the season. So please confirm the timings beforehand and do not miss this interesting show.
High Roller & Strip or Night Club
Now you have 2 options to end your day.
High Roller is the World’s tallest observation wheel which is 550 feet above the ground level. Take a spin on this giant wheel to soak up some of the amazing and panoramic views of the Paradise Strip. It also has an open bar to add some extra enjoyment while riding. After High Roller, take a stroll of the strip and enjoy the sights of gleaming Las Vegas.
The second option is to visit any of the renown Night Club of Vegas. Trip to Vegas is incomplete without enjoying the nightlife of this dazzling city of Vegas. Night Clubs are not open every night, you need to pick one from many and confirm that they are open. Few of the best nightclubs are:
Money-saving Tip – Drinks in the club are generally costly. So I will recommend going to a nearby liquor shop and have some shots before entering the club.
With a little hangover from the previous day, today you can explore the Downtown of Las Vegas i.e an older Las Vegas. After tiring 1st day, I know you will start your day a little late today and hence below itinerary is designed keeping that in mind. Enjoy!!
Circus Circus Hotel
Though this hotel is also located at the Strip, it is approximately 2 miles from the center of the Strip, therefore, we can cover it on the way to Downtown. The major attractions of this hotel are the circus acts and carnival games.
It features World’s largest permanent circus where you can be astonished and fascinated both at the same time. The best part about this attraction is that it is free of cost.
Stratosphere (Rides & Observatory)
The stratosphere is a hotel, casino and a tower located at the north end of the Strip. The signature attraction is the Stratosphere Tower which is the tallest observation tower in the United States and also the tallest structure in Las Vegas.
It has 2 observatory decks at the top of the tower with a revolving restaurant known as “Top of the World”. An indoor observatory deck in on the 108th floor and an outdoor observatory deck is on the 109th floor and both provide the stunning and magnificent views of Vegas.
It also features 4 thrilling rides to pump adrenaline rush within you. These rides are amongst the few highest rides in the world namely Big Shot, Insanity, Sky Jump, X-Stream. This is a must-visit place for all the adventure junkies. You can get more information about the rides and tickets here https://stratospherehotel.com/ThrillRides
Freemont is a crowded street and is located at the heart of Downtown. It is a car-free zone expanded in 5 blocks which features a lot of bars, casinos, restaurants, street performances, and free concerts.
Freemont Street Experience is an enormous pedestrian mall with Viva Vision and Slotzilla being the central attractions. You can experience this part of Sin City in various ways such as walking tours, segway tours or private tours which takes somewhere between 1 to 2 hours. Apart from hosting some of the great casinos and restaurants, following the famous things to do on Freemont Street of Las Vegas:
1500 feet long and 90 feet wide, Viva is the “World’s Largest Single Display Screen” which features sound and light shows every evening. The screen is made up of 12.5 million LEDs making it a dazzling and high-resolution show. This free Viva Vision light show is a must-see thing which runs every hour starting from the dusk. Therefore, the night is the best time to visit and encounter the Freemont Street Experience.
SlotZilla Zip Lining
Flying through the Freemont streets during the Viva Vision show is a unique and spectacular way to explore the pedestrian mall and SlotZilla Zip Line makes it possible. This will be a thrill experience to be remembered. SlotZilla offers 2 levels, one at 77 feet height and other at 114 feet. The lower zipline travels halfway down the mall whereas the upper zipline covers the whole Freemont street.
Freemont street is the best place in Vegas to experience free live music. You can check out the calendar here (https://vegasexperience.com/calendar/) for various events. Apart from live music concerts, this open mall also hosts some of the great street acts and performances.
Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas Sign
Finally, the time has come when you visit the most famous landmark in Las Vegas. This 25-foot tall signboard is one of the most touristy things in Las Vegas. It is said that your trip to Vegas is incomplete without the picture of this legendary signboard which says “Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas Nevada”. Try to reach a bit early in the morning as there is a long queue of people who wants to take a picture.
New York (Roller Coaster)
New York-New York is a hotel and casino on the Las Vegas Strip which is designed to appreciate the architecture of New York City. This hotel includes several buildings resembling the renown towers of NYC such as the Empire State Building, Ellis Island, etc. It also features the replica of Statue of Liberty and the Brooklyn Bridge. The whole hotel is architected to look like a Manhattan skyline.
The Big Apple Coaster, formerly known as the Manhattan Express, is the major attraction of the place. Starting at the height of 180-foot, this can be a thrilling experience and can be a natural remedy for your previous night’s hangover :P. The ride costs around $15 per head.
Cirque du Soleil
Cirque du Soleil or the “Circus of the Sun” is an entertainment company and the largest contemporary circus creator in the world. Shows are theme-based and storylined circus featuring live music. Sulk yourself in the musical show and enjoy your last evening with a bit of relaxation.
Cirque du Soleil hosts following 7 shows in Las Vegas at different locations:
- The Beatles Love
- Michael Jackson ONE
Click here (https://www.cirquedusoleil.com/shows) to know more about the shows and tickets.
Paris Las Vegas
If you still have some time left, you can visit this beautiful and romantic hotel called Paris Las Vegas located at the center of the Strip. This is one of a kind resort offering the Parisian experience. 540-foot tall replica of Eiffel Tower is the major attraction of this place. Ascend to the top of the Eiffel Tower (which is the 46th floor) and experience the Parisian cityscape from inside and also admired the grandeur of the city outside.
Best Time to Visit
Though Vegas can be visited throughout the year but days in summer are very hot making it a bit difficult to roam around. The best time to visit Las Vegas is from October to February when the days are pleasant and mild evenings make a great time to walk through the Strip and explore. Since there are many places to visit in Las Vegas and tonnes of things to do in Las Vegas, winters promise to be the good times to explore.
Vegas has got some of the most luxurious accommodation options in the World.
If your pocket allows, you can stay in any of the most prominent hotels at the Strip. You can decide on the experience you want and book your accommodations accordingly. For example, if you want the Egyptian experience book The Luxor, if you want the Italian experience book The Venetian, if you want the French experience, book Paris and many more…
There are several other budget-friendly hotels which won’t make a big hole in your pocket.
If you are on a low budget or in a group and want some separate villa or house to party and get wasted, go for Airbnb.
- If your hotel is at the Strip, Shuttle buses are available at the airport which can drop you to your hotel at the cost of only $8.
- Another option is to hire a taxi which will cost you approximately $30-$40 depending on the distance.
- If you want to make a grand entry or if you want to start your trip with a blast, then hire a Limo at the cost of $100-$200.
In and Around
The best way to explore the strip is by walk, however, there are other options too:
- Hop-On Hop-Off buses
- Rent a car or a scooter for the whole day
- You can also book Uber or Lyft
So this was my experience of Las Vegas and I hope you liked the itinerary. Please share it with your friends who are planning a trip to this amazing place. Also, please let me know in the comments if you want some more information about it or if something is not right here.
Keep traveling and keep sharing experiences!