There is an infinite number of possibilities for things to see and do while in Vegas. When my mom and I recently visited to celebreate my birthday, my goal was to streamline the trip (and my bank account) by hitting as many grammable locations and free opportunities that we could. I usually spend HOURS scouring the internet to find other blogger guides, website reviews and city calendars to put together a basic master itinerary for any trip. So sit back, relax and profit from all my anal-retentive Googling with my budget blogger guide to LAS VEGAS!
Day one – The strip
Spend your first day doing the most “I’m visiting Vegas” thing you can and hit the STRIP. I recommend starting at the Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas sign to start off with a classic grammer photo opp and then work your way down to the Wynn. You could spend a whole day checking out all the hotels and shopping options that line Las Vegas Blv. Each hotel is a little universe of its own with a unique look and cool things to do, both at cost and for free. Here is a listing of some of my favorite things to explore in this area:
The Bellagio – You must see their iconic fountain water show right in that starts every 15 to 30 minutes in front of the hotel. Look for the crowd of people gathering…you can’t miss it. Venture inside to check out their free conservatory botanical garden and a fine arts museum with rotating exhibits (GA tickets are $10).
Eiffel Tower Viewing Deck at the Paris – Get a view of the Eiffel Tower without having to book a ticket to Europe!
Venetian – Such a beautiful hotel! Wander around the marble halls and then book a gondola ride around their outdoor Grand Canal.
The Rio – If risking your life sounds fun check out Voodoo Zipline at The Rio. 490 feet above the ground and strapped in around your waist only by a tiny belt. Watch some YouTube videos and try to muster the courage.
The Linq – Take a spin on the worlds tallest observation wheel and see a beautifully unique view of Vegas. The whole ride takes about 30 minutes so sit back and enjoy!
The Westgate Las Vegas – Easy to access via the monorail – they have a bronze statue of Elvis Presley in their lobby open to the public for free, a fun Vegas photo opportunity!
Day Two – Old Town Vegas
Spend your second day checking out the “old” strip by heading to Freemont Street. Here are my favorite finds:
The Neon Museum – SUCH a cool place – about a 10-minute drive from Freemont Street! Who knew vintage neon signs could be so pretty. Guides are peppered along the path through the sign yard to answer and questions about basically anything you could possibly think to ask about the origins of each work of art. I went during the day so I could take some photos, but I’ve heard the night tour with all the signs lit up is a sight to see too.
Freemont Street Experience – The worlds largest video screen hangs above a large portion of Freemont street. Once every hour from 6pm-1am a six-minute “Viva Vision” light and music show plays above you and transforms the street. It truly is a cool experience! Check out the SlotZilla zipline over the street while this is happening and just take in all the music, people-watching and local flavor!
Binion’s – Get your FREE printed photo with a million dollars at Binion’s casino. It takes about 30 minutes to print so hit up some slots in the meantime. My mom won $30 on a 30 cent spin while we were waiting!
Donut Bar – after buying some tourist trinkets snack on some yum from LA Donut Bar. It’s been unofficially deemed “the world’s most award-winning donuts”.
Golden Nugget – Check out the 61 pound “Hand of Faith” pure gold nugget in the lobby of, you guessed it” The Golden Nugget. It’s the biggest golden nugget in existence.
Lappert’s Ice Cream – right down the street from the Mob Museum is the California Hotel and Casino, home to Lappert’s Ice Cream. Started in Kauai – it has arguably the BEST tropical flavored ice cream that you have ever tasted. Don’t forget to rub the famous Budda belly statue for good luck as you leave the hotel!
Day Three – RELAXXXXX
Most hotels on the strip have an onsite spa and if you book even the smallest service you have access to all the extra spa amenities for the whole day. My mom and I decided to spend our last day at the SPA in the Delano. We booked 90-minute massages and then spent five hours lounging in plunge pools, soaking in hot tubs and laying around in aromatherapy saunas. It. was. HEAVEN!
No matter what you do – remember to wear good walking shoes and leave time to just chill in your hotel room. That “dry heat” can take a lot out of you. Is there anything else you would add to this list?