Woohoo, new travel guide up today! Enjoy this Las Vegas Itinerary that covers everything to do over 3 days.
Las Vegas is known for being the city of excess, and with so many options for food, clubs, shows, and more it can be a bit overwhelming to research things to do in Vegas.
After my fair share of day trips, weekend trips, and week-long trips from San Francisco, I’ve decided to create this travel guide that includes a mix of well-known must-dos on the Vegas strip, as well as a few hidden gems off the beaten path.
Cheers to knocking things off your bucket list!
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Las Vegas 3 Day Itinerary
Day 1: Las Vegas Itinerary
Since Vegas is basically just a giant strip of hotels with a ton of stuff inside them, your hotel options are pretty endless.
We stayed at Aria for the weekend and I usually have a pretty good experience there.
It’s centrally located, nice, and usually reasonably priced.
Vdara is next door is also a good bet and is usually a little cheaper than other hotels since there is no casino or you can always try staying at the infamous Caesars Palace for the classic Vegas experience.
I’d also recommend The Sahara Las Vegas (SLS) if you prefer something slightly off the strip and out of the fray, but still close enough to easily hop in a cab and be on the strip in ten minutes.
I stayed there during the week (that’s where the Marie Antoinette-inspired room pics are from) and loved it.
You’ll probably be hungry when you arrive in Vegas, and nothing is more Vegassy than a buffet for lunch—you really can’t go wrong with never-ending food.
Bacchanal Buffet at Caesar’s Palace has been voted best buffet several times, and I found it to be pretty delicious.
While the dumplings and sushis in the Asian section are good, don’t fill up on those like I did first thing.
Where you’ll really get the best bang for your buck is at the primo meat station, as well as the seafood station.
Save room for the giant dessert bar.
I’ve also heart the Buffet at Wynn is super yummy and has super cute decor/ambiance. You’ll find the buffet to be decked out in floral arrangements and insane fruit carvings.
The glass ceiling only adds to the extravagance.
Start your trip out with a blowout so your hair is looking fly all weekend long. Why not treat yourself while you’re on vacation?
I’m sure you’ve seen a Drybar before they have them everywhere! But the one in Vegas is super cool and unique.
There’s a DJ and a full bar—why not look good and have fun before going out. It also saves you time from having to style it and spending hours getting ready.
You’re probably not going to be hungry yet at this point after that huge buffet lunch, but at some point (probably when you’re drunk) you should try to fit in a hot dog from Dirt Dog.
The Dirt Dogs are super popular and can get pretty crowded—the line gets long!
They make super yummy loaded hot dogs and have a huge menu giving you plenty of fun options. They also serve more than just hot dogs!
Make sure to try their elote cups that are loaded with roasted corn, cheese, mayo, and hot sauce.
Head over to The Linq to walk around and explore. Make a stop at the infamous Sprinkles Cupcake ATM while you’re out there—I’m sure you’ve seen these all over insta!
The cupcakes here are so good and they have so many flavors to choose from! The red velvet flavor was my fav and I want to go back already to try out a classic chocolate flavor.
If you love dessert as much as I do, then enjoy the novelty of one of Sprinkles’ few cupcake ATM machines and have dessert before dinner, because why not?
Take a ride on the world’s largest observation wheel!
The High Roller has amazing views of the strip and takes 30 minutes to go all the way around.
The cabins can hold up to 40 people, with benches on either side and plenty of space in the middle to just stand.
Try to time your trip so that you can catch the sunset from up there—it’s spectacular and almost as good as a sunset on the beach.
You have the option of hopping on a ride with a bar inside it, or you can grab a drink from the bar downstairs beforehand and bring it up on your ride with you.
I’ve done the High Roller a couple of times now with friends and everyone has just loved it!
You can also get a happy hour cabin to get a 30 min ride with an open bar inside. You can also do a chocolate tasting paired with your choice of wine.
If this is your first time in Vegas and you’ve never drunk a sugary drink out of an oddly-shaped container (like the Eiffel Tower or a long-necked Fat Tuesday’s cup), you probably need to experience that.
You can plan your visit at the main Purple Zebra location at The Linq or there’s a smaller bar inside of The Linq Hotel as well.
They have some yummy options and will let you sample and mix and match.
I ended up with a pina colada strawberry daiquiri situation that I drank out of a zebra hoof cup and I was pretty pleased about it.
The bartenders are so nice here and it doesn’t get too crowded—a major plus!
This spot is super cool because you get to have dinner while watching a show. You can reserve a table outdoors to get a view of the waterfall that turns into a movie screen—how cool is that?
A large frog pops out wearing a Frank Sinatra-style hat and all the shows are different. The ambiance here is definitely a mood and makes eating here really fun.
The food here is so delicious! They serve Hawaiian-style seafood and are most known for their lobster, crab, and steaks.
This is a four-star restaurant that I would come to again!
After dinner, grab a drink inside the beautiful Chandelier bar at the Cosmo. They have a huge drink selection so you don’t need to worry about anything.
This was seriously one of the most stunning bars I’ve been to. I felt like I was in some elite New York City bar in Sex in the City.
This bar was super cool because it had a bunch of different levels and each level served a different menu. So you could spend hours in there just trying out all the different mixed drinks on every level.
Things are a little bit more on the pricey side here, but worth it for the atmosphere, you’re getting. If you want to have dinner here you’ll have to book a reservation on the other levels.
Check out the Vegas EDM Calendar to see which DJs are performing at clubs in Vegas while you’re in town.
Text a Vegas promoter and let them know which club you’re interested in going to and they’ll help you get on the guest list.
I mentioned one promoter, Michelle, who we worked with for my Vegas Bachelorette, and her number is (908)770-3570.
XS is my favorite club in Vegas, and I’ll talk more about it on Day 2 of the itinerary.
Day 2: Las Vegas Itinerary
Nurse your hangover, get some sun and drink, and relax at the pool.
We opted to hang out at Aria’s more relaxing pool, rather than their clubby pool since we’re not 21 anymore and just the idea of listening to loud music all day and all night gave us a headache.
Room service or lunch at the pool is always a good way to go after a first night in Vegas.
If you’re looking for a beautiful pool be sure to check out the Mandalay Bay Resort.
Get ready for a night out!
Start your evening by taking a trip up to the Eiffel Tower at the Paris Hotel.
It’s totally silly but really fun and made us nostalgic for our honeymoon in Paris. 🙂
The views are great, and again I’d recommend timing it so you can watch the sun go down from the top.
You’ll also have great views of the Bellagio Fountain Show!
The Bellagio Fountain show is a must-see while you’re in Vegas—literally, everyone sees the show at least once!
There’s just something about water and lights that just look so so good.
If you love traditional French Bistro fare then head to The Venetian for dinner at Bouchon (make reservations in advance).
The food is absolutely delicious here and if you decide to come multiple times a year, you’ll get to try their seasonal offerings since they’re always serving the freshest ingredients.
Also, you might as well continue the Parisian theme with some steak fries, since you just finished visiting the Eiffel Tower. 😉
Depending on your schedule and which DJs are playing, be sure to work XS into your club itinerary at some point!
It’s my absolute favorite club in Vegas.
They always have great DJs (I’ve seen David Guetta and Kaskade most recently perform there and it was SO FUN) and I love that they have an indoor and outdoor area.
The outdoor area has a pool in the middle and there are some platforms and shallow areas where (if you’re like me, and have no shame) you can kick off your shoes and dance.
After that experience, dancing in a pool barefoot is basically the only way I want to party at a club from now on.
XS has become really popular so a couple of extra tips are in order.
I remember when I went with Omied years ago and it was pretty easy to get in just by chatting with a promoter on the street.
This time around, our promoter hooked us up with ladies getting in free + a drink ticket, and guys having to pay $30.
However, once we entered the outdoor part of XS, we were told that if we wanted to go into the indoor area of the club, we would have to go back outside and pay another $40 (both guys and girls).
We opted to pass on this and stayed outside and were pretty happy with our decision.
Omied walked through the indoor area of the club to get to coat check and said it was a shit show, and I actually love the outdoor area because it’s its own scene with the pool, booths, some places for seating, and a smaller dance area.
Did I mention the dancing in the pool with your shoes off part?? The best.
Check XS’ calendar because looks like they’re also doing a “Sunday Night Swim” with their DJs which sounds so freaking fun!
After a night of Vegassing, Secret Pizza is in order. While there are no signs, it’s pretty easy to spot this “hidden” pizza place on the third floor of the Cosmopolitan by the line of hungry drunkards jonesing for a delicious slice of pizza.
Day 3: Las Vegas Itinerary
The Neon Museum in Vegas is one of those off-the-strip tips that I mentioned earlier.
Known as the “Neon Boneyard,” this outdoor museum has tons of old Neon signs from Vegas hotels of yore.
It almost feels like you’re in an abandoned amusement park or someplace they would have an episode of Ghost Adventures.
You must book a guided tour beforehand.
If it works with your schedule it would be fun to do a tour around sunset time, so you can see the signs during the daytime and lit up in the evening.
For our schedule, we went during the daytime and it was still really cool.
If you’re a coffee lover, you need to try the rainbow lattes at the Monte Carlo.
Basically, enough said. I did it all for the ‘Gram. Nothing beats super cute and aesthetic coffee drinks.
You would totally think that super colorful and stylish coffee wouldn’t taste good, but I definitely give the latte a 10/10.
Fremont Street Experience or Old Vegas is where Vegas locals hang out.
It was fun to walk around and explore here and I loved all the neon signs at sunset.
All the signs also make a great photo op—giving you major vintage vibes.
If you haven’t heard about Nobu, now you have and you totally need to make a stop.
Before trying Nobu, people kept telling us that we had to try it. While it was a bit pricey and the portions were small, the food was delicious.
My recs are the Japanese snapper with dry miso, miso cod, and rock shrimp.
Plus, if you’re from Southern California you can enjoy Nobu year-round since they have their two popular locations in La, Malibu, and Newport Beach.
Gotta catch a show while you’re in Vegas! It’s just so entertaining you won’t be able to take your eyes off of them.
Mystere is a quintessential Cirque du Soleil show and just amazing. I’ve seen a few Cirque du Soleil shows and Mystere is definitely one of my favs!
Seriously nothing beats their shows—I totally prefer a Cirque du Soleil shows over a broadway performance.
It’s just so crazy seeing what they can do with their bodies. I could never.
Those are all my tips and recommendations for things to do in Vegas! It’s a crazy place and I’ll also say that three days in Vegas is plenty.
You can honestly do things in one day and you would feel satisfied. Any more than that and it starts to get a bit exhausting and overwhelming (for me, at least!).
If you’re looking to not party and escape the Vegas strip, I recommend spending some time at the Shark Reef Aquarium to chill out or spend time in the outdoors.
The Grand Canyon is a very popularly visiting National Park in the United States that everyone has to go to at least once!
What are some of your favorite Vegas spots?? If you decide to go on a trip to Vegas be sure to tag me on insta (@wtfab) so I can see all your pics.
The best time to visit Las Vegas is anytime from March to May or September to November.
The hottest month of the year in Vegas is in July when it can get as hot as 106 degrees Fahrenheit.
The cheapest months to travel to Vegas are January, February, April, and September.