3 Days in Vegas: What to Do if You’ve Got Limited Time and Want to See it All

While there certainly is no shortage of things to do and see in Las Vegas, there is the issue of fitting everything into a short three-day vacation.  To ensure that you get a top notch Vegas experience, we’ve compiled a day-by-day itinerary of must do’s and must see’s.

DAY 1:

welcome to las vegas sign

• Every good day starts with a good meal. We’d dare say that The Buffet inside the Wynn Hotel has the best breakfast and brunch selection in all of Las Vegas. If you’re not up for a buffet, walk through to Encore, the Wynn’s sister property, and enjoy a nice meal at Society Café.

• Now that your stomach is happy, you’re free to enjoy the rest of your day. The Bellagio, which is a quick trek from the Wynn, offers must-see attractions both indoors and out. During the week, the world-famous Bellagio Fountains dance to music every half hour between 3 p.m. and 7 p.m., and every 15 minutes from then until midnight. On weekends, shows begin at noon and keep the same schedule. Once you’ve caught the dancing fountains, pop inside the Bellagio to check out the Conservatory & Botanical Gardens. The garden is changed regularly to match the season. So even if you’ve visited previously, you can expect to see something different than the last. When you’ve had your fill of beautiful scenery, go next door to Caesar’s Palace and take in the cool Roman-inspired architecture. And no, Caesar doesn’t actually live there.

• If you don’t take a picture with the “Welcome to Las Vegas” sign, were you really even here? You’ll want to catch a cab for this one, as it is quite the journey. Settled at the very end of the strip, the famous sign has an entire platform for photo opps. Say cheese! Then, as the day is winding down, visit the brand new LINQ and take a ride on the High Roller. What better way to experience sunset than from 550 feet up in the Las Vegas atmosphere?  It will give you a whole new perspective on the city.

• Following this jam-packed day, you’ll probably be in the mood to take it easy, but don’t tap out quite yet! Vegas offers a number of shows, including the new “social experiment”, Rose. Rabbit. Lie. at the Cosmopolitan, and world-famous Cirque du Soleil shows at both the Aria and the MGM Grand. Check out one of these before heading off to dream land.


DAY 2:

Grand Canyon helicopter tour

• Plenty of people see the breathtaking Grand Canyon, but not many can boast that they’ve seen it by helicopter. There are a few different ways to experience an adrenaline-pumping helicopter tour of this world wonder, including a canyon floor landing complete with picnic lunch and champagne. Sounds like a fairytale!

• The tour comes to an end and drops you off around 4 p.m., so you’ll be back by sunset with plenty of time to grab a quick bite and get ready for a night out on the town. Biscayne at Tropicana is one of Las Vegas’ better-kept secrets and they specialize in steak, seafood and wine. Yum! If you fancy something a little less fancy, you can’t go wrong with Secret Pizza inside the Cosmopolitan, or Yardhouse restaurant at the LINQ. After dinner, a club perhaps? The Vegas Strip is home to some of the top nightclubs in the world, including Cosmopolitan’s Marquee, Wynn’s XS, and the brand new Hakkasan inside the MGM Grand.


DAY 3:

Explore Freemont Street

• There is no better way to spend your final day in Vegas than exploring downtown, or “old Vegas.” Start with breakfast (or brunch, depending how your night out went) at the Arts District’s gem  Bar & Bistro. Home of the “hangover brunch” and an assortment of $6 morning-friendly libations, Bar & Bistro is just what you need to kick start your day. Bonus: it is within walking distance of the heart of downtown.

• If you’re a fan of gambling and people watching, downtown is the place for you. Unlike the Strip (and every liquor store, grocery store and gas station in this city), a number of the casinos downtown still spit out coins – just like the good ol’ days. Mermaids, for example, provides coin buckets for gamblers. Also inside Mermaids are deep fried Twinkies and Oreos. Make sure to grab one of each for a sweet and savory treat!

• Downtown is also home to the Gold and Silver Pawn Shop (as you’ve probably seen on TV).  You can take photos outside of the shop, or brave the line and actually enter to have a look around. After standing out in the sun, you’ll no doubt be ready to retire indoors and have a couple cocktails. The Lady Silvia, a speakeasy-style bar modeled after the Strahov Monastery Library in Prague, is the perfect spot to kill a couple hours and enjoy great decoration, a black-and-white film and nice conversation.  That should bring you right about to sundown.

• During the day, the giant LED canopy provides shade for Fremont Street visitors to walk from casino-to-casino, shop-to-shop. As soon as dusk hits, the canopy is illuminated and LED lightshows play to music, once an hour on the hour, from 8 p.m. until 1 a.m. The Fremont Street Experience, as they call it,  is one of the better-known attractions in Las Vegas, and one that you certainly don’t want to skip! You’ve got a long day of travel tomorrow, so it’s probably best to turn in shortly following the light show.

When we said that you would have issues fitting in all of Las Vegas’ greatness, we weren’t joking! Of course the greatest of all, and most unique, will be the Grand Canyon helicopter tour. Your friends and family members may be able to say they’ve seen the Grand Canyon, but how may will be able to say they’ve seen it quite like you have? Give GC Flight a call today and book your helicopter tour! 1-800-871-1030


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