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Planning a 3 day trip to Vegas? You have come to an excellent place! A long-time local (over 20 years living in Las Vegas), prepared The Ultimate 3 days in Las Vegas Itinerary including all Las Vegas MUST sees and dos, just for visitors like you. Let’s dive in!
Known as one of the world’s most famous travel destinations, Las Vegas resides on the bucket list of many. And with good reason too, the entertainment capital of the world is a city that quickly built its name since it started in 1905. From the non-stop parties, gambling, and a city that is known for fun all around, you truly can’t go wrong with planning a trip to Las Vegas AKA Sin City.
Lucky for you, I have been a Las Vegas local for over the last 20 years of my life, so it is safe to say that I know a thing or two about this city. In this ultimate Las Vegas itinerary, I will give you all the insider tips to have the most amazing 3 days in Las Vegas.
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- 1 Where to stay in Vegas?
- 2 Best time to visit Vegas?
- 3 Here is my Las Vegas 3 day Itinerary:
- 3.1 Day 1
- 3.2 Day 2
- 3.3 Day 3
Where to stay in Vegas?
First things first, you will want to get yourself checked into a hotel. With over 100 casinos in the Las Vegas district, finding a nice hotel room to spend your 3 days in Vegas won’t be hard. I always recommend for people to stay in the middle of the strip as it is closer to all the action, and just a nicer area in general.
While hotels a bit further from the main area of the strip and in downtown are cheaper, always remember that you get what you pay for. This saying is especially true in Las Vegas.
My top three favorite hotels are:
Based on the roman time, Caesar’s Palace is one of the best and most popular hotels in Las Vegas. With a mall that is home to over 157 stores and an immense choice of restaurants, this hotel is worth every single penny to stay at. Also, conveniently located right in the heart of Las Vegas Boulevard, this hotel is the perfect pick for any Vegas trip.
Paris Hotel and Casino
What I love about The Paris Hotel, is that not only is the location absolutely perfect but this casino is definitely a more cost-friendly option and won’t break the bank. But don’t let that fool you, it is still one of the nicest hotels in Vegas. The Paris Casino has everything from an exact (but smaller) replica of the Arc de Triomphe and a replica of the Eiffel Tower as well. It will have you questioning if you are really in Vegas or Paris, France.
Aria is one of the more upscale hotels in Vegas but the perfect place to spend your 3 days in Vegas. It is one of the latest additions to Sin City as it was just recently built-in 2009. With that being said, everything in the casino is brand new and has a very modern feel. Including a high-end mall with all the latest fashions.
You can also search for other available accommodations below:
Best time to visit Vegas?
Although Las Vegas attracts visitors all year round, the best time to visit this small Nevada town is spring and autumn. It’s no secret that summer Vegas temperatures usually reach above 115° and winter temperatures get freezing cold. Coming during the spring or fall will allow you to enjoy perfect temperatures while visiting the city.
Here is my Las Vegas 3 day Itinerary:
Start your day by taking a walk on Las Vegas Boulevard
One thing that I love about taking morning walks along the strip, is that in the early morning hours you will be greeted by empty streets and it is the perfect time to explore. Take in all the beauty of each different casino as you get ready for your day.
Hit up a day club
There is nothing wrong with starting the party early. Las Vegas is not only known for their out-of-this-world night clubs, but also for their amazing day clubs as well. While most day clubs are poolside, don’t forget to bring your swimsuit and some sunscreen. There is nothing better than catching a nice tan while enjoying a few drinks.
Check out this guide on what to pack for your trip to Las Vegas, including how to dress appropriately!
Visit The Bellagio’s Botanical Gardens
The Bellagio constantly goes above and beyond to woo their guests. The Bellagio’s Botanical Gardens are redesigned each season with thousands of different vibrant flowers that make up a unique chosen theme. It is definitely a sight worth seeing and also makes for the perfect photo opp to add to your Vegas itinerary.
Ride the New York, New York roller coaster
If adrenaline rushes are your cup of tea, the New York, New York has an amazing rollercoaster which I strongly recommend. With all kinds of twists, turns, and loops, this rollercoaster is one of the most popular attractions in Las Vegas. Located right on Las Vegas Boulevard, you will also catch some great views of the strip.
If you would like to see the real New York, here is a one day itinerary for you!
Visit the Fashion Show Mall
The Fashion Show Mall is a huge indoor shopping mall located in the heart of Las Vegas Boulevard. With close to 300 stores and around 25 restaurants, the Fashion Show is the perfect place to go to for a nice day full of shopping. The stores include none other than all the most famous stores and department stores, including Macy’s, Forever 21, Dillards, Nordstrom, and so much more.
Ride the High Roller
Standing at an impressive height of 550 feet, the High Roller is the tallest Ferris wheel in the world. It takes a total of 30 minutes to go around, and while you can opt-in for just a ride around, you can even rent a pod with an open bar included. Enjoy a nice cocktail while catching some seriously breathtaking views of the city.
Insider Tip: Many times lines can get long, so I suggest for you to buy a skip-the-line ticket in advance.
Check out the Bellagio Fountains
Bellagio is known for its world-famous fountain show. During your three days in Las Vegas, make sure to add the Bellagio fountains show to your Vegas itinerary. I highly recommend watching it as night as it is that much better while surrounded by the glistening city lights. The water dances so perfectly to a song picked out by The Bellagio. Truly a sight that is not to be missed.
Start your day with a morning hike at Red Rock
Located a short 45-minute drive from Las Vegas, Red Rock is a great off the beaten path activity for when you’re visiting. There truly is no better way to start your day than with nature. With a variety of fun hikes through the red tainted mountains, Red Rock is a must-add to your Vegas itinerary.
Note: You can join a small tour from Las Vegas on a half day trip. They pick you up from your hotel too. You can book in advance online through GetYourGuide.
Visit the shark reef at the Mandalay Bay
With a tank of over 1.3 million gallons, the shark reef at the Mandalay Bay is one of the biggest aquariums in North America. Featuring 15 different species of sharks and over 2000 animals, visiting the shark reef on your Vegas trip is definitely a great experience to have.
Go see one of Las Vegas’s world-famous shows
It’s no secret that Vegas is known for its over-the-top entertainment shows. From the blue man group, to the different Cirque du Soleil shows, mind-blowing magic shows and so much more. During your 3 days in Las Vegas, it is an absolute must to go see one of the shows out here.
Vegas being known solely for its entertainment aspect, they always go above and beyond to put on the best performances for its guests. So with that being said, a Vegas show will not disappoint.
Indulge yourself in a Las Vegas buffet
One thing that I will forever vouch for in my home city is the food scene. Just as casinos go over-the-top with their nightclubs, day clubs, shows, etc… It is no different with their restaurants. And what better way to try out all the different, delicious gourmet meals than to visit an all you can eat buffet?
Vegas has an abundance of different buffets, all with amazing cuisine. I would highly suggest visiting one during your trip.
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Walk around downtown Las Vegas
Let’s take it back to before the strip made its debut. Downtown Las Vegas, aka Fremont was the original Las Vegas. Home to all the oldest hotels, Fremont is the perfect place to have a fun night in Vegas.
With a suspended ceiling with over 12.5 million LED lightbulbs, Fremont offers a free 6 minute light show, every hour. While the show in itself is a must-do in Vegas, also make sure to check out all the downtown hotels. There is also a great Fremont street walking tour.
PRO TIP: Downtown Las Vegas is considerably cheaper than the Las Vegas strip.
Take a helicopter ride to the Grand Canyon
An activity that is definitely not for the weak-hearted but on the other hand is so much fun; Taking a helicopter ride to the Grand Canyon.
We all know that the Grand Canyon is one of the seven wonders of the world, well what better way to get a glimpse of it than from a birds-eye view? Las Vegas has some killer helicopter tours that will take you over to the Grand Canyon for the experience of a lifetime.
Tip: There is also available a helicopter flight over Las Vegas during the night time.
Take a gondola ride through the Venetian canals
You don’t have to be with your honey to take a gondola ride through the Venetian canals. While it is known to be a romantic activity, I’ve seen everyone do it from parents and children, friends, and even strangers.
If flying to Venice, Italy is a little bit out of your price range then no worries. The Venetian is made to represent Venice, Italy.
Check out this post: Tips for visiting Venice, Italy
Take a hot air balloon tour
Another famous Vegas activity is a hot air balloon tour. See the city from high above with this breathtaking tour and gorgeous views of the city while gliding across the sky. While I personally never got to do that, it’s been on my bucket list for as long as I can remember.
Party like there is no tomorrow
What better way than to end your 3 day Vegas trip than with a bang? Go to one of the many nightclubs Vegas offers for a night full of dancing, good company, and some boozy drinks! They always have different promotions going on at all the different clubs, so make sure to keep an eye out for a good deal.
Here are some nice nightclubs to check out:
OMNIA – From an outdoor deck, a shapeshifting chandelier, and 4 entire stories, it’s not hard to see why OMNIA is one of the best clubs in Las Vegas. After investing over $107 million into building this out-of-this-world club, Las Vegas surely have outdone themselves. Located in Ceasar’s Palace, OMNIA is one of my top recommendations for a Las Vegas night club.
Drai’s – There are a few reasons as to why Drai’s is one of Las Vegas’ best clubs. Not only is it a night club, but during the day it turns into a day club. So whether you like to party under the moonlight or in your bathing suit, under the sun, Drai’s is the place to be.
Hakassan – Located inside the MGM, Hakassan is one of the biggest and most popular nightclubs in Las Vegas. You will find only the best DJ’s in the world performing here so get your dancing shoes on, because you are in for a wild night with this club.
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Take a free gambling lesson
One thing that many people do not know is that the casinos out in Vegas offer free gambling lessons for new-comers. If you’re not too sure how the table game’s works, take a lesson and quickly become an expert. But also, gambling could be highly addictive. Always make sure to gamble responsibly.
I hope you enjoyed my guide on how to spend 3 amazing days in Las Vegas. This city is filled with an abundance of things to do and is finally ready for you. Viva Las Vegas!
This is a guest post: by Caresa from the blog This Spontaneous Life
About the author: Hi! I’m Caresa. Minimalist, traveler, blogger and owner of This Spontaneous Life. I recently sold all my belongings to be able to travel the world without any materialistic limitations. I thrive on helping people follow their travel dreams and motivating them to get out there and see the world. I am a firm believer that we need to make the most of our time while we are on this earth so follow me on my journey and let me help you live your best life. Until next time! xx
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