Famous for being ‘the city that never sleeps’ there’s so much on offer. Here’s my 3 days in Las Vegas itinerary to help you out.
How To Get Around Las Vegas
Getting around Las Vegas is pretty easy with a few options available.
If you like walking and want to stay strictly in the Las Vegas Strip area, it is possible to walk everywhere.
However, during the very hot summer months you may want to choose one of the other options. (The Strip is just under 7 miles long)
Running the length of the Vegas Strip, the Monorail offers travellers a fast and convenient way to navigate this area. Taking you from one end to the other in less that 15 minutes.
The Las Vegas Monorail offers mobile tickets to suit travel needs, from a one-way trip to an unlimited-ride pass.
The Deuce is Las Vegas’ public transportation operated by the Regional Transportation Commission.
While the bus runs throughout the destination, there are two routes you can specifically take for the Strip and downtown.
In addition, to hit all the top tourist attractions in one go, the Hop-on Hop-off Sightseeing Bus Tour is a great choice.
With several companies to choose from, taxis in Las Vegas are a reliable way of getting around the city.
However, unlike some other cities, you cannot hail a taxi on the street in Las Vegas. Taxis are required to pick up passengers at a physical address, such as a hotel taxi line.
Uber and Lyft ride sharing is also available in Las Vegas.
If you are looking to travel independently and further afield than the main Las Vegas Strip, car rental is a good option.
There are several standalone rental sites across Las Vegas and a few on site at hotels. However, the airport is probably the most convenient with 10 different companies in the one location.
So for those short on time, or those that prefer everything to be organised for them, there are some awesome tours on Get Your Guide available to book in advance.
For example, if you don’t mind splashing out and fancy something a little different, the Sidecar Tour of the Las Vegas Strip by Night is a fun choice!
Best Time To Visit Las Vegas
Las Vegas has a hot desert climate, so you can look forward to lots of bright sunshine and heat all year round.
If you don’t mind it really hot, one of the quietest times in Las Vegas is the month of July. With average temperatures reaching highs of 100°F and lows of 80°F many people stay away.
If you prefer the temperatures a little cooler, spring and autumn are usually pleasantly balmy during the day and cool at night. This is when Vegas is at its busiest.
December is also a really busy and exciting month to visit Las Vegas, with the National Finals Rodeo, Christmas and some awesome New Year’s Eve celebrations.
The cheapest time to visit Las Vegas is mid-November through the end of February and mid-May through mid-September. Also, mid-week stays are obviously cheaper than weekends.
Remember, this is just a guide, so you may want to mix it up and add/subtract different attractions.
What To Pack
3 Days In Las Vegas Itinerary
Valley Of Fire Tour
Located in the Mojave Desert, 50 miles north east of Las Vegas, this is a great way to start your 3 days in Las Vegas itinerary.
From canyons and petroglyphs, to unique red and orange stone formations, the Valley of Fire State Park is a pretty spectacular place. It also has some great hiking opportunities.
For a choice of hikes, the Valley of Fire Guided Hiking Tour from Las Vegas offers easy, moderate or difficult hikes. All depending on your level of fitness and experience.
Alternatively, From Las Vegas: Valley of Fire State Park Tour is a small group day trip, with a guide.
You get to trek between the towering sandstone formations and learn about the history of Valley of Fire. Including the Indigenous Americans that once lived here as well as discover some incredible petrified trees.
Filled with swirling reds and oranges, visiting this magical place is a big Las Vegas bucket list tick for many people.
Dinner On Fremont Street
After your tour to The Valley of Fire you are probably ready for a good meal and what better area to head for than Fremont Street.
Fremont Street is the epicentre of food, fun and nightlife in downtown Las Vegas and there are plenty of great restaurants to choose from.
We tried Park on Fremont and were not disappointed. Located in the Fremont East Entertainment District, it’s a quirky gastropub with an open-air layout.
The interior decor includes an eclectic art collection, chandeliers and a 1940s juke box. In addition there’s a magical outdoor area that makes you feel like you’ve stepped into a fairytale.
More importantly, Park on Fremont serves a choice of food that’s as delightful as its surroundings. From hammered chicken topped with baby spinach to veggie sliders made with sprouts and avocado and much much more.
Whilst you’re in Fremont Street, and to finish your day on a ‘high’, I can recommend riding the Slotzilla Zipline. This 11 storey, slot-machine inspired ride is one for the Las Vegas bucket list for sure.
The enormous slot-machine ride features all the fun Las Vegas icons. Including a giant arm, large coins, show girls, a martini glass, a pink flamingo and oversized dice, as well as a light show.
SlotZilla offers two ways to fly – the lower, seated Zip-Zilla (Zipline) that covers 850 feet. Or the upper, laying prone Super-Hero Zoom (Zoomline) that covers 1,750 feet.
Once harnessed in, the face of the slot machine opens and you fly out and soar down the length of Fremont Street.
Lasting just over a minute and reaching speeds of 35 mph, the Zoomline ride is definitely breathtaking. As well as being possibly the closest you’ll come to actually flying Superman style!
Slotzilla Zipline will definitely make for an unforgettable memory on the first day of your 3 days in Las Vegas itinerary.
If you’re a bit of a ‘petrol head’, or even if you’re not, this is without doubt, be a great start to day 2 of your 3 days in Las Vegas itinerary.
Dream Cars offer the opportunity to get behind the wheel of one or more of your favourite race cars. Including Lamborghinis, Ferraris and Porsches.
Their track is a 1.2 mile, 9 turn road course located in the centre of the Las Vegas Motor Speedway. With the average cornering speed for the course ranging from 80 kph to 135 kph.
There are various experiences, from the ‘Ride Along’, where you are driven around the track by a professional (from $99.) Right up to a Combo Package (from $349) where you get tuition and then drive solo in your choice of some of the most popular race cars.
The team at Dream Cars are super safe, professional and friendly and I can’t fault my time spent with them.
In my opinion, one of the best things to do in Las Vegas!
Daybed At Hotel Pool
I’m pretty sure that after your dream racing experience you may need to relax for a while and let the adrenaline disperse! What better way than to rent a daybed at one of the many hotels.
Usually on offer to non-hotel guests, this a great way to soak up some sun or relax in the shade.
The daybeds are usually poolside and are comfortable foam covered beds with colourful covers and pillows.
If you really want to splash out, you can even rent a cabana. A covered area that can range from a tent to a room with TV and air conditioning.
However, if you are just looking to grab some R & R for a while, renting a daybed is definitely the way to go.
Meow Wolf’s Omega Mart Experience
Now you feel relaxed and refreshed, how about an interactive art installation created by American arts company Meow Wolf.
Set in what appears to be a normal supermarket this is actually anything but! As you walk the ‘aisles’ you uncover amazing, hidden interactive artscapes.
With tunnels to crawl through, slides to ride, videos to watch and some very psychedelic sounds and colours, your senses will be buzzing. In addition, there’s an underlying mystery to solve if you are up for it!
There are no time limits, so you can just soak in the artwork as you move through the portals. Or alternatively, you can engage and interact with the activities and stay for longer.
For an incredibly cool art exhibit/experience this has to be on the 3 days in Las Vegas itinerary.
To book your ticket in advance visit Meow Wolf’s Omega Mart Ticket.
Drinks At BrewDog Rooftop Bar
Time to visit one of the rooftop bars and grab a drink.
Situated in the heart of the Strip, Brewdog Rooftop Bar offers an amazing choice of craft beers. Along with one of the best views of the Las Vegas Strip.
The patio area of the bar has comfortable lounge chairs to relax in and soak up the sunshine. Or alternatively, in the evenings, to get cosy around the fire pits and take in the lights.
If you are into your beers, Brewdog specialise in the Scottish brewery’s craft beers, along with regular guest brews.
With spectacular views and a great ambience this is the perfect place to stop off for a drink.
Dinner At Vanderpump A Paris
You have to treat yourself to an upmarket dining experience whilst in Las Vegas and Vanderpump A Paris, located in the Paris Hotel, is the perfect spot.
Created by reality star Lisa Vanderpump, it exudes chic, vintage, Paris glamour. However, don’t expect a typical French Bistro when it comes to dining.
They serve delicious sharing dishes, including a selection of cheeses served in a birdcage plus main dishes such as French onion mac n cheese and coq au vin pot pie.
Proving that Vanderpump A Paris definitely has a nice little French/American cuisine crossover!
Tour The Strip
To finish off the evening, I can highly recommend a tour of the Strip to take in some of the top attractions.
Top of everyones Las Vegas bucket list, the original and iconic ‘Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas’ sign!
Erected in 1959, this 25 foot tall classic sign marks the official start/end of the famous Las Vegas Strip. It is also one of the most loved and historic Las Vegas landmarks.
You also have to see the famous Bellagio Fountain. This world renowned fountain offers spectacular and regular free shows.
Using 1214 water nozzles shooting water 460 feet high, as well as 4792 lights choreographed to music, this show is truly mesmerising.
Don’t forget to visit the famous Venetian luxury hotel and casino. Themed after the Italian city of Venice, it has replicas of many of the city’s most iconic landmarks.
Incredibly including the Grand Canal, where you can actually take a gondola ride, as well as the beautiful Saint Marks Square.
For a spectacular finish to the second day of your 3 day Las Vegas itinerary, it has to be a ride on the High Roller Ferris Wheel.
To book your ticket in advance visit The High Roller at The LINQ Ticket.
Billed as the ‘world’s tallest observation wheel’, it offers spectacular, bird’s-eye views across the entire Las Vegas valley.
Furthermore, sunset and after dark are recommended as one of the best times to ride the wheel and take in the shimmering lights of Las Vegas city. Perfect for the end of day 2 of your 3 days in Las Vegas itinerary.
For an arranged tour the Bright Lights City Tour with High Roller Ticket is an open-air, Jeep Wrangler ride to all the famous sights plus a ticket for the High Roller Ferris wheel.
Alternatively, the Panoramic Night Tour is an open-top, double-decker bus tour that showcases the city’s famous landmarks at night.
On the last day of your 3 days in Las Vegas itinerary I can highly recommend spending some time at Stadium Swim. This is the perfect pool party spot, especially if you’re a sports fan.
Located within the luxury Circa Hotel & Casino on Fremont Street, it’s proving to be a very popular attraction for good reason.
Swim Stadium boasts six pools over two levels. Including two swim-up bars, and a 40ft wide HD screen showing all the biggest sporting events of the day.
In addition, it has over 300 chaise lounges, along with day beds and numerous cabanas. As well as outdoor gaming if you want to keep busy and a resident DJ if you like your music.
Stadium Swim is open every day, all year round 8am – 11pm.
Dinner at Nomad Library Restaurant
After a day at the pool there’s nothing better than going for a really nice dinner.
Nomad Library Restaurant, located within Park MGM Resort on Las Vegas Boulevard, serves contemporary American cuisine in beautiful, opulent surroundings.
True to its name, the walls are packed with over 25,000 vintage books. Along with traditional red leather seating, dark wood tables and tiered chandeliers all adding to the majestic ambience.
Sharing courses are served alongside a selection of salads, pastas and entrees, complemented by large-format dishes for two.
Specialising mainly in American classics, the menu also includes some great veggie/vegan options.
For delicious food in sumptuous surroundings the Nomad Library is faultless.
Drinks At A Speakeasy
To round off your final day of your 3 days in Las Vegas itinerary, there’s no better way than having drinks at one of the iconic speakeasies.
I visited Barbershop Cuts & Cocktails, where I was greeted by a slick, retro barbershop offering authentic hair cuts and razor shaves.
However, hidden away behind a secret door within the barbershop was a glamorous, prohibition style parlour.
Fitted out in 1920s-inspired barbershop decor, there was also lots of modern touches. Including comfortable sofas, opulent detailing, friendly waitresses and great music.
Furthermore, with a great choice of craft beers, whiskeys and delicious cocktails, you don’t have to worry about prohibition style drinks!
Where To Stay In Las Vegas
Set behind the famous Fountains of Bellagio, this luxury Las Vegas Strip hotel and casino offers multiple dining options and elegant rooms with marble en suite bathrooms.
The richly-decorated rooms of the Bellagio come with a flat-screen satellite TV and electronic drapes. Soft bathrobes, a minibar and an iPod docking station are available.
Bellagio guests can enjoy one of 5 beautiful courtyard pools and lush botanical gardens. A wide-range of dining options are available, including Sadelle’s, Prime Steakhouse and the Mayfair Supper Club.
Featuring an outdoor pool, poolside bar and lounge area, this Las Vegas casino and resort provides plush bathrobes in each elegant room.
Offering a separate vanity area off the marble en suite bathroom, each room provides a pillow-top mattress. A 40-inch flat-screen cable TV, white linens and rich wood and leather furnishings are also on offer.
Guests can relax in lounge chairs on the poolside terrace or sauna at Las Vegas Golden Nugget Hotel & Casino. Slots and tables are available in the on-site casino.
Massage services are available in the Spa. Dry cleaning services and concierge services are also available. Nine restaurants and two Starbucks are onsite.
Near the Fremont Street Entertainment District in the heart of exciting central Las Vegas, Nevada, this economy hotel offers convenient amenities such as free parking.
Downtowner Hotel features a refreshing outdoor swimming pool. Guests will also appreciate free local calls and in-room satellite TV.
Visitors at the Hotel Downtowner can enjoy world-class dining, fine shopping and exciting gaming only minutes away.
For more places to stay in Las Vegas, you can check the latest prices on Booking.com.