Las Vegas is a location you can visit year after year and still have new items to place on your 3-day itinerary. If you are interested in nightlife or just want to explore Vegas by day, you can create a vacation just for YOU. Use this 3-day itinerary to start planning your vacation to Las Vegas.
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Night 1 – Arrive in Las Vegas
First, you will need to check into your Las Vegas hotel. Most hotels offer check-in later in the day, around 3-4 p.m., so keep that in mind. If you are flying into Las Vegas, you may want to schedule an afternoon/evening flight so you can check in once you land. Those of you who are driving into town will have more flexibility as you can store your luggage in your vehicle. In any case, make sure to give yourself plenty of time to check in unless you have high status with your hotel.
After you settle into your hotel, take advantage of your hotel spa and have a massage. One of the fastest ways to start relaxing on vacation is by heading to the spa. The Qua Baths & Spa at Caesars Palace is an excellent escape. Check your hotel’s spa hours as some close in the evening. If the spa is closed, plan to do this on Day 2.
If you are ready to start your vacation on the other end of the spectrum, grab an early dinner and head out to a show (think Cirque du Soleil or Absinthe). Those who want to dance the night away may want to visit Marquee Nightclub at The Cosmopolitan Heart or OMNIA at Caesars Palace. Las Vegas does have a dress code (albeit, sexist one like many nightclubs) so avoid flip flops and tank tops. The nightclubs on the strip have headliners so plan in advance if you want tickets.
Itinerary Day 1 – Walk the Las Vegas Strip & See a Show
Wake up early and grab breakfast at Mon Ami Gabi. This french style bistro at Paris Las Vegas has an amazing outdoor patio that is a perfect way to start the day. Make your table reservations in advance and be sure to enjoy their gluten-free eggs benedict.
Walking the strip is a must for people watching and finding new things to try on vacation. If this is your first time in Las Vegas, stop at the Bellagio fountains after breakfast. After you see the water show, walk over to the Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Garden. Located next to the hotel lobby, the Conservatory team creates a new scene to enjoy every season (even New Year!). If you walk along the strip, wear comfortable shoes or use public transit to get to and from each end of the 4.2-mile (1.6 km) strip. This suggestion is just the start as there are many things to do on the strip.
If you have not already, have a meal at the Bacchanal Buffet at Caesars Palace. This is the best buffet Las Vegas, offering everything from crab legs to taki street corn, tacos, falafel, klabi short ribs, sushi, mango rice pudding and sorbet (gluten-free menu here). Make a reservation in advance or purchase VIP tickets for a seating time.
Get ready for your chosen entertainment of the night. Whether you are in Las Vegas to see Mariah Carey, Van Morrison, or the newest star, you must see a show while visiting. This city has some of the best entertainment in the world. If you did not purchase your tickets in advance, stop at Tix4tonight the day of to see what shows have tickets available that evening. They have many locations on the strip, you can find them by looking for a yellow ticket sign.
Itinerary Day 2 – Pool & the LINQ Promenade
Next on the itinerary, is a day filled with a relaxing morning followed by activities. Grab brunch at Hash House A Go Go at the LINQ. If you want something fun, get Fruity Pebble French Toast or a Lolly-Waffle from Maxie’s, where you can also try gluten-free pancakes.
There is no better way to enjoy the Las Vegas sunshine than by adding a pool day to your itinerary. Las Vegas offers some of the best pools, whether you are sipping frozen drinks at the Flamingo Go Pool party or lounging at the Temple Pool at Caesars Palace. Leave all your non-essentials in the hotel room, as most pools do not allow you to bring in any outside food, beverage or empty water bottles (items will be confiscated). If your spa day did not happen on arrival, plan for a massage today (you might be a bit sore from walking the strip!).
If you are not a pool person, sign up for a Big Bus Tour. This tour company takes guests to popular Las Vegas locations on a double-decker bus. Day tours are hop-on hop-off, giving you about an hour to visit Fremont Street, (night tours do not). Purchase tours that meet at the LINQ Promenade so you can stay on the strip. Arrive early as seats are first-come-first-served and remember to tip your guide.
Next, walk over to the LINQ Promenade and check out the High Roller, the world’s tallest observation wheel. After your time at the observation wheel is up head over to Brooklyn Bowl. This bowling alley offers comfy chairs & great food and drink specials. If you time it right, you can visit on Selena Night! As with most Las Vegas attractions, make a reservation in advance.
Itinerary Day 3 – Breakfast and Las Vegas Airport
The last day of your 3 day Las Vegas itinerary will start with packing and preparing for the post-vaycay blues. You may be tempted to fit another morning of activities in your trip. Be warned: The Las Vegas airport may be very busy! Most hotels recommend arriving 3 hours early just because of the crowds.
If you plan to leave later in the day or are driving out, consider a trip towards Downtown Las Vegas. The downtown container park has several restaurants and activities to see. Plus, you can walk off your buffet meal while seeing all the murals around town. The Arts Factory also has numerous art galleries throughout the building. Great spot to find local artists and support their work! Visit this area on First Fridays for a fun outdoor experience.