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3 Days in Vegas: The Perfect Sin City Itinerary

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|by Melanie Curtsinger |

Three days in Vegas is all you need and this itinerary will help you make the most of it

The average visitor to Las Vegas doesn’t stay for five days or a whole week; in fact, the average Sin City vacationer only visits the City for 2-3 days, with the majority of the guests being weekend warriors. Therein lies the problem – there’s a lot to see and do in Las Vegas, so how do you condense it down into just three days? While there are limitless possible combinations of fun that can be tailored to your personal taste, let us attempt to help you with the perfect three-day Sin City itinerary that will appeal to the majority of visitors!

A quick but exciting tour to go on to experience Vegas in all its glory is the Vegas Nights Helicopter Tour (Photo: Vegas Nights Helicopter Tour)

A quick but exciting tour to go on to experience Vegas in all its glory is the Vegas Nights Helicopter Tour (Photo: Vegas Nights Helicopter Tour)

Day 1
Morning/Afternoon: You’ve landed in Las Vegas, so what’s the first thing you want to do? After you check in to your hotel, hit the pool! If you arrive before 3 p.m., chances are good that your room won’t be ready yet. So take out your swimsuit before you hand your luggage to the concierge and take advantage of that Las Vegas sunshine with an afternoon poolside! The Sin City pool scene can be anywhere from calm and family-oriented to a full-on club atmosphere, and most of the major hotels feature a good mixture of both options.

After you’ve hit the pool and checked in to your room, the first place you should go is straight to a casino! Play some black jack or poker, or hit the slot machines. But whatever you do, don’t lose all your money on the first night!

Nighttime: The perfect evening in Las Vegas is dinner and a show, and you can go all out in Sin City! Check out one of the fine dining establishments for a great first night meal (Nobu, Le Cirque, Picasso, Joel Robuchon are among some top choices) followed by a Cirque du Soleil show. Las Vegas has seven to choose from, and the most popular include O by Cirque du Soleil, Mystère by Cirque du Soleil and Michael Jackson ONE by Cirque du Soleil.

Dinner and a show may seem like a full night, but in Vegas, the night is still young! Check out the Vegas Nightlife Pass, which offers VIP access to nearly 50 of Sin City’s top venues.

Day 2
Morning/Afternoon: After a wild night out, sleep will undoubtedly be on the agenda for the beginning of day two. Once you do awake from your slumber, head over to brunch at the infamous Mr. Mamas. And then once you’re well rested and have a full belly, relax and take an Open Top Sightseeing Day Tour of Las Vegas to see the sights from a different perspective. Finish off your afternoon with a little competition at TopGolf Las Vegas or shopping at the outlets, malls or high-end boutiques that litter Sin City.

Nighttime: No Las Vegas trip would be complete without a good magic show! Choose a quick dinner that night at Secret Pizza, In-N-Out Burger or Yard House before taking in one of Las Vegas’ most popular magic/comedy shows, such as David Copperfield, Mat Franco: Magic Reinvented Nightly, Criss Angel Mindfreak Live or Penn & Teller. Top off your evening with a trip to the Eiffel Tower Viewing Deck before hitting the town again with the VIP Party Crawl or VIP Club Hop by Nite Tours packages.

Day 3
Morning/Afternoon: You may be wiped out on your last day in Vegas, but if you can muster up the energy to get up at the break of dawn (or if you haven’t gone to bed yet – no judgment here!), you can see the city from up high at sunrise via Vegas Balloon Rides. Whether you choose that morning excursion or not, today IS the day to splurge on a buffet in Vegas! For one of the best brunches in town, head over to the buffet at the Wynn (reservations suggested). Depending on the day of the week, take the short walk or cab ride down to the Bellagio for the Bellagio Fountains (shows begin earlier on the weekends), and grab a Starbucks next door for some extra caffeine for your last night!

Nighttime: You have one last night in Las Vegas, so now is the time to visit any restaurant that has caught your eye the previous two days. Then, hit up another quintessential Las Vegas show, like Le Reve, Blue Man Group, or check out what musical acts are conducting resident shows in Sin City during your trip – from Cher to Celine Dion to Rod Stewart, you never know who may be there! Since you may have an early flight the next day, keep your last night quieter with either one last trip to the casino, a walk down the Strip or a farewell view of Sin City with Vegas Nights Helicopter Tours.

However you choose to see Sin City – there is no wrong way, but let not only help you with ideas, but also with discounted tickets to all of the attractions and shows above!

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