Known as the 'Entertainment Capital of the World' Las Vegas is a city built on the vision that freedom and luxury can be available to all. The Las Vegas Strip is one of the most popular and iconic tourist destinations in the United States where you'll find over 500 restaurants, 50 bars and nightclubs, and 30 shows and attractions. With such an ample selection of casinos, shops, fine dining, entertainment and nightlife our Las Vegas holiday itinerary guide highlights some of the best attractions and locations to visit whether you have 5 days to explore or are just visiting for a short 3 day break.
If you've not visited Las Vegas before, the thought of so many attractions to choose from may be a little daunting if you only have a long weekend to explore. We've put together a Las Vegas holiday itinerary guide to pick out some of the best on offer as well as a few Las Vegas hidden gems, should you have a little longer to spend in the city that never sleeps.
An itinerary guide for 3 days in Las Vegas
You're probably wondering how it's possible to create a Las Vegas holiday itinerary for just 3 days to discover the entertainment capital of the world! What better place to start your holiday than by exploring the Las Vegas Strip. Admire the dancing fountains and impressive flower display at the Bellagio, ride the High Roller Observation Wheel at the LINQ or sail an authentic gondola through the Grand Canal at the Venetian.
Bellagio Las Vegas
If you make it to the Stratosphere and you're feeling brave, why not have a go at SkyJump, a controlled free-fall that will send you hurtling toward the ground from 829 feet up in the air. Or if you can't stomach that, there are tamer rides such as Big Shot, X-Scream and Insanity. If thrills are not your style take the Stratosphere Tower elevator ride for an evening cocktail and panoramic views of the Strip.
On day 2 head downtown to Fremont Street where you will find classic neon signs, gift shops and the famous zip-line where you can fly superhero-style over the 'Old Strip'. After working up an appetite for lunch, our Las Vegas itinerary guide recommends you check out Heart Attack Grill where you will be greeted by staff wielding hospital gowns in anticipation of your gastronomic experience!
On day 3 visit the Forum Shops at Caesars Palace where you will find some of the biggest names in fashion. Admire the recently renovated Fall of Atlantis animatronic fountain show, featuring fire, water and nine-foot-tall talking statues or marvel at the impressive 50,000-gallon aquarium home to more than 300 saltwater fish.
Your 3-day Las Vegas holiday itinerary by would be incomplete without a visit to a casino. Combine a spot of gambling with a delicious lunch at the Bardot Brasserie at the Aria, Lago at Bellagio or Restaurant Guy Savoy at Caesars Palace.
An itinerary guide for 5 days in Las Vegas
If you have an extra couple of days here are some more adventurous suggestions and Las Vegas hidden gems to add to your holiday itinerary. If you have time to venture outside of the Strip you may be surprised to find that the city is surrounded by mountains and canyons. Take a scenic drive out to Red Rock Canyon, a national conservation area that attracts hikers, cyclists and rock climbers. It's a beautiful place to watch the sun set on a summers evening.
Another brilliant day trip not to be missed in our Las Vegas itinerary guide is a visit to the iconic Hoover Dam. Situated on the Nevada-Arizona border in the Black Canyon of the Colorado River this 726-foot-high curving cement facade makes for a breath taking experience. Book on to a tour to learn all about its history and architecture.
You could also venture into the criminal underworld at the Downtown’s Mob Museum, which exhibits organised crime around the world and in Las Vegas, as well as law enforcement’s efforts to gain control. Located in a former courthouse, exhibits include a vintage electric chair and a section of brick wall from Chicago's 1929 St. Valentine’s Day Massacre. Afterwards, head to the nearby Mob Bar across the street for a Prohibition-era cocktail.
If you're inspired by large scale art, one for your holiday itinerary if you have 5 days are the impressive Seven Magic Mountains just 10 miles south of Las Vegas. The exhibition comprises seven colourful towers of stacked boulders standing more than thirty feet high, and is the creation of Swiss artist Ugo Rondinone. A creative expression of human presence in the desert, the Seven Magic Mountains are a spectacle to behold, and are a must see in our Las Vegas itinerary guide.
Las Vegas Shopping Guide
With catwalk fashions, designer brands and haute couture, the Las Vegas Strip attracts shoppers from all over the world. There aren't many shopping locations where you can browse brand-name boutiques round the clock, or buy diamonds from a 24-hour casino jewellery shop.
Most hotels even have their own shopping malls such as the Forum Shops at Caesars Palace. Known as 'The Shopping Wonder of the World', you'll find over 160 specialty and luxury stores, fine restaurants and attractions. If you have a penchant for art visit the world’s largest privately owned art gallery Martin Lawrence Galleries, which features a wall of Andy Warhol pieces.
If you're looking for a designer deal then take a bus or taxi to downtown's Las Vegas Premium Outlets North, a 540,000 sq. ft. shopping mall spread across an impressive 40 acres. The indoor/outdoor layout means you can enjoy the Vegas weather whilst picking up some serious bargains.
For something more quirky Downtown Container Park is a unique retail attraction made up of re-purposed shipping containers. A shopping, dining and entertainment destination this concept employs creative, innovative retail strategies resulting in an array of modern and trendy boutiques and restaurants.
For outdoor lovers another great store in our Las Vegas holiday itinerary guide is Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World. With a firing range, archery range and a gunsmith this 165,000 sq. ft. store is a sport-enthusiasts’ paradise. With a facade to replicate an 1800's Adirondack hunting lodge, this impressive store features a waterfall that feeds a 40,000-gallon fish tank and a daily fish feeding session for all to enjoy.
For casino-themed souvenirs check out the Gambler’s General Store downtown where you can buy customised poker chips and decks of cards. If you're after an Elvis T-shirt or neon Las Vegas memorabilia to remind you of your trip then Bonanza Gifts (just south of the Stratosphere Tower) is full of weird and wonderful novelty gifts. It's worth a visit just to say you've been to the world's largest gift shop!
American Shopping Holiday Guide