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Las Vegas Vacations – 3 Day Itinerary

Las Vegas vacations are so multifaceted that we can show anyone a good time……even the non-gambler. Here’s a versatile itinerary for 3 days of tourist activities for just about anyone who’s staying either on the Strip, near the Strip or Downtown and has a car. Read about hotel locations, deals, what suits your style and more on the home page under Hotels/Casinos.

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Purchase all show tickets ahead of time and make reservations for lunch and dinner where possible. You’ll do a lot of walking… wear comfortable shoes and an outfit that’s ok for daytime, then dress it up for dinner (carry heels in your purse). For guys, casual pants, button shirt and shoes and you’re good.

Day 1

Breakfast: 8:30am – 9:30am Buffet at the hotel where you’re staying. It’s pretty hard to screw up eggs.

The Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas Sign – 10:00 – 10:15am  At the far south end of the Strip near the Luxor and Mandalay Bay. It’s in the center of the road and has its own small parking area so get out and take some photos.

Luxor – 10:30am – 12:00pm Our next stop is home to Bodies: The Exhibit and  Titanic: The Artifacts. Choose one. My first pick would be Bodies. It’s unlike anything you’ve ever seen.

Paris- 12:30pm Park at the Paris and then 12:45 – 1:45 lunch at Mon Ami Gabbi (Dine outside if weather permits) No dessert yet. PICK UP SHOW TICKETS NOW for Jersey Boys. After lunch walk across the street to the Bellagio.

Bellagio -  On to the Bellagio lobby where the ceiling is adorned with a million dollar hand blown glass flowers sculpture by world-renowned artist Dale Chihuly. Next stop; the Conservatory. Breathtaking displays of flowers and plants with various themes throughout the year. Always a delight. At  2:30pm – 2:50 Dessert awaits just around the corner at the award winning Chef Jean Phillipe’s pastry shop; home to one of the largest chocolate fountains in the world. From 3:00 – 4:00 we’ll visit the Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art. The gallery is featuring works by Monet as of this writing, but does change.  Next we go outside to street level facing the hotel, the BEST place to catch the 4:30pm show of the world famous Bellagio fountains. Dinner 5:00 – 6:15 at you’re choice of restaurants at the Bellagio. Prime, Sensi and Circo (the Lamb is outstanding!)are personal favorites, but they’re all excellent. Back to the Paris Hotel.

Paris –   See Jersey Boys, one of the best shows in Las Vegas. Show starts at 7:00 (except Tues & Sat) and runs 128 minutes. After the show, and now that it’s night time, take a ride to the top of the Eiffel Tower observation deck for a fabulous view of the Strip. For great fun it’s on to Napoleon’s Dueling Piano Bar. Starts 9pm Sun – Wed,  9:45 on Thur & Fri. Starts 10:45 on Sat. Get there early for a good seat. The car is parked here so you’re good to go whenever you want.

Day 2 – Daytime Option #1

Breakfast / Pool / Spa – Have breakfast anywhere, spend some R&R time at the pool (weather permitting), and treat yourself to a massage at the hotel Spa.

Day 2 – Daytime Option #2

Helicopter Tour of the Grand Canyon and Hoover Dam. A breathtaking view of one of natures true wonders and man’s greatest modern engineering feats. Approximately 3 – 4 hours depending on provider and tour selected. Try Sundance Helicopters or Maverick.

Day 2 – Afternoon/Evening

Treasure Island (TI) – 12noon – 1:00pm If you haven’t done lunch yet, stop at the Gilley’s Saloon for some delicious BBQ in a truly western atmosphere. PICK UP SHOW TICKETS NOW for Mystere. Now let’s walk next door to the Mirage.

Mirage - 1:30 – 2:30 Siegfried & Roy’s Secret Garden and Dolphin Habitat is a wonderful experience. If you love animals and want to go big; look into their Trainer for a Day experience that’ll get you up close and personal with the dolphins for a day you’ll never forget. More walking…across to the Venetian.

Venetian –  3:00 – Purchase tickets for a ride on the gondola (complete with singing gondolier). Allow about a 15 minute wait. From 3:30 – 4:15 visit the Double Helix Wine & Whiskey Bar in the Venetian. They have a beautiful bar with over 50 wines by the glass. You can do a full or half glass, even better do a wine flight. Add a cheese board and you’ve got a great afternoon snack.  Now that you’ve got a wine buzz going let’s go to Madame Tussauds Wax Museum from 4:30 – 5:30pm. This isn’t one of those don’t touch kind of museums. It’s all about interaction with the figures and the photo ops are endless. Shoot hoops with Shaq, marry George Clooney (you know he wants you) or be one of Hef’s new bunnies! It a blast. Let’s do dinner at Tao Restaurant 6:00 – 7:30pm for excellent Asian Cuisine. Be sure to have the Brulee Rice Pudding with Cinnamon Ice Cream!! Terrific choices of sake and sake flights available too.

Mirage Volcano 8:00pm & Treasure Island Sirens Show 8:30pm – Ok, you’ve got a couple of options here. A) Cross the street to Mirage and see the volcano up close and then walk across to Treasure Island and see the Siren’s Show. B) Watch the Volcano from street level at the Venetian (view is partially blocked by palm trees on the street meridian) and then walk next door to the Palazzo, go to Morels French Steak House bar, buy a cocktail, go out to the patio (which is elevated and has a perfect view) off the side of the bar and watch the Siren Show from there. I’d do B, but there is a chance that it may be too crowded. Take a chance.

Treasure Island – 9:00pm and we’re back at TI for the 9:30 showing of Mystere by Cirque du Soleil. This was the first Le Cirque production to reside in Vegas and is still one of the best.

Day 3

Time for a change of scenery. We’re going Downtown for the day with a much more flexible time schedule. Park at the Fremont Hotel Valet or at The Golden Nugget Valet. Both are centrally located. First stop is Dupars Diner (open 24/7) for breakfast inside the oldest hotel casino in Las Vegas; the Golden Gate (opened 1906). Dupars serves home made jams, cakes, pies and the best pancakes!! Couldn’t wait for breakfast? Try the $1.99 shrimp cocktail in the casino for a light snack, it’s a Vegas tradition. Walk east on Fremont Street, if you need anything from bottled water – chocolate covered macadamia nuts, sunscreen or souveniers the ABC Stores is where to get what you need … Next stop is the Golden Nugget to see the worlds largest golden nugget on display (you won’t believe where it was found). Need some gold of your own? There’s a vending machine by the display that dispenses REAL gold bars. Cash only in that machine. Check out the pool. It has a gigantic aquarium in the center with live sharks and a tube slide that passes right through it! Back on to Fremont and get ready to ride the Zip Line! The ride is quick and fun. Continue up Fremont Street to Third Street and turn left. Straight ahead you’ll see The Museum of Organized Crime and Law Enforcement a.k.a. The Mob Museum. Three stories of artifacts, photos and memorabilia that is presented and displayed in a way that is interesting and entertaining. Allow at least an hour. Don’t miss it. For lunch I recommend Le Thai  (a short walk back to Fremont St make left going towards 6th Street) an inexpensive casual place that all the locals love! Across the street is Insert Coina very unique bar/ game room and really cool. Lots of “Old School” video games and plenty of new stuff. Great concept. Drop in for a cocktail and play awhile.Opens at 4pm -4am. Across the street is another unique place; Don’t Tell Mama. This piano bar is closed on Mondays and is open from 8pm – ? The best time to go is around 10pm. It’s the best free entertainment in town! Read more here. Your best options for dinner are: Vic & Anthony’s Steakhouse in the Golden Nugget (one of the best places for steak in the USA & amazing wine list), Hugo’s Cellar in the Four Queens Hotel (a romantic Las Vegas landmark) or the Second Street Grill inside the Fremont Hotel (THE place in town for Ahi tuna, get it blackened or lobster tails). Let’s not forget the Fremont Street Experience! The huge overhead canopy that is covering Fremont St. is an amazing light and sound show that comes to life on the hour starting at 7pm in the winter and 8pm in the summer and the last show is at midnight. Every hour is a different show. Try to catch more than one if possible. There are three stages set up along Fremont Street and have bands rockin the block all night! Along the way you’ll see lots of street performers, vendors and artists. The most free entertainment in Las Vegas all in one location.

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