A Weekend in Las Vegas
This past weekend I went to Las Vegas to celebrate my best friend’s 25th Birthday. We had three full days to run around and explore Sin City. In this post I'll be giving recommendations on what to do in a weekend in Las Vegas.
01 DAYTIME ACTIVITIES
When most people think of Las Vegas, they usually think of two things: partying and gambling. While that is a pretty darn accurate description, there are actually quite a few things to do during the daytime!
walk the strip
The Las Vegas Strip is jam-packed with resort hotels and casinos, shopping, and restaurants galore. There are so many things to do and see along the strip that it's hard to get bored. Oh yeah, it's also 4.2 miles one way so make sure to bring some decent walking shoes with you.
EXPLORE THE HOTELS
One of my favorite things to do during the daytime (if I'm not nursing a hangover) is exploring all the hotels. Most of the hotels are themed so it's fun to go inside and see how they decorated the place. The attention to detail in some of the resorts is amazing.
I highly recommend checking out the Bellagio Conservatory and Botanical Gardens. They change up the display every so often which is nice because you leave with a different experience each time. The display we saw was Japanese themed in honor of all the cherry blossoms blooming. It was SO beautiful and my favorite display out of all the ones I've seen.
I also recommend checking out the Flamingo Wildlife Habitat because who doesn't love flamingos? The habitat is open from 8AM to 12AM daily and it's free.
SHOP 'TILL YOU DROP
Las Vegas definitely has your back if you love to shop. There are multiple shopping malls along The Strip to choose from. The two I went to the most during this most recent trip was the Miracle Mile Shops and The Forum Shops at Caesars. If you're into designer brands and upscale shopping then The Shops at Crystals will be your place. If you love a great deal and have some extra time then I recommend checking out the Las Vegas North Premium Outlets.
RIDE THE HIGH ROLLER
See the Las Vegas Strip from above on the world's tallest ferris wheel. Regular tickets are $25 for an adult but there are a lot of coupons online that you can find.
They also have a Happy Half Hour ticket that includes one 30 minute rotation and an in-cabin open bar! Full price tickets are $35. Groupon usually has some coupons for the High Roller so I suggest checking before you go. I still think it's a good deal even at full price if you take into account how expensive drinks are in Vegas plus you get a great view!
The resort hotels along The Strip have some of the most stunning pools. My favorite ones are at The Bellagio and Caesars Palace.
Another option is to go to a pool party. During my last trip to Vegas, I went to Wet Republic at the MGM Grand. I've also heard great things about Encore Beach Club.
02 NIGHTTIME ACTIVITIES
DANCE THE NIGHT AWAY
Las Vegas is the place to be if you love to party and dance. There are so many clubs that you can choose from. Some things that have helped me narrow down my search is first deciding what kind of music you're into. The two main genres that I've encountered in Vegas are hip-hop and EDM. After deciding what genre you want, do some research to see what clubs play what and also who will be DJ-ing that night.
My biggest tip that I can give is to find a good club promoter to get the best deal. There is usually a cover fee (anything from $20 on) so getting on a VIP list will save you some money. To get the best deal for bottle/table service, contact multiple promoters for quotes and tell them that you're shopping around. Don't pay for anything until all the details are confirmed.
TEST YOUR LUCK AT THE CASINOS
There are SO many casinos in Vegas. You can literally go casino hopping all night. I'm personally not a huge gambler (the most I spend is $20 and after I lose it, I'm done) but I'll be crossing my fingers for you!
Just north of The Strip is the famous Fremont Street. Also known as Old Vegas, this area is home to some of Las Vegas' oldest establishments like the Golden Nugget Hotel and Atomic Liquors. Bright, neon lights light up the entire street as well as a huge overhead video screen known as Viva Vegas. One of the most popular attractions here is Slotzilla - a 12 story replica of a slot machine that you can zipline from.
One bar we discovered this trip that we loved is Corduroy. There is a small room in the back called the Lightbox where you and your friends can have a mini photoshoot. Seriously so much fun.
GO TO A SHOW
If you're not into gambling or partying then a great option is to see a show. There are a ton of great ones including shows by Cirque du Soleil. Big performers like Celine Dion, Britney Spears, and Backstreet Boys also have shows every once in a while. Check ahead here to see who will be performing during your visit.
Milk Bar - Award winning bakery located in the Cosmopolitan.
Nacho Daddy - The BEST nachos I've ever had. Order the filet mignon nachos. This place is also known for their scorpion shots.
PinkBox Doughnuts - Delicious doughnuts. We tried the S'mores doughnut and loved it.
My favorite place to get a drink in Las Vegas is at The Chandelier Bar in the Cosmopolitan hotel because who doesn't want to sit inside a huge chandelier while sipping a delicious cocktail?
If you're down to try something new, order the Verbena (it's not on the regular menu). The Verbena is a lemon verbena and ginger infused margarita garnished with a Sichuan flower. The proper way to drink this experimental cocktail is to first take a sip, eat the flower, then enjoy the rest of your drink.
The Verbena will make your entire mouth tingle and actually feels like it's giving your taste buds super powers. If you've ever eaten Sichuanese food then the numbing/tingling feeling should be familiar.
Thanks for reading and I hope this helps you plan your trip to Las Vegas. For those of you who have been, what were some of your favorite things to do? Let me know in the comment section below!