Most people will tell you that one day is not enough time to get to know Las Vegas. However, whether you have a layover in Vegas or if you are only passing through, there are still plenty of ways to experience the city in just a few hours. Here is a guide to maximizing your time for the best way to spend one day in Las Vegas.
Get Off the Strip
One of the biggest misconceptions about Vegas is that you have to drink and gamble to enjoy your time here, but that is simply not true. Make sure that exploring off the strip is part of your day to get a picture of just how much this big city has to offer. This iconic pop culture city in the middle of a vast beautiful desert has something for just about anyone.
Since I road tripped in from California, I began my Vegas experience at the Seven Magic Mountains art installation. What struck me most here was the juxtaposition between art and nature. The bright rocks interrupt the vast desert wilderness, almost like a preview for what’s to come just a few miles down the road. Check out my full post on why the Seven Magic Mountains is definitely worth the stop!
Next, I recommend heading to the opposite end of the Vegas Strip to the Neon Museum. Barely off the strip, the Neon Museum was one of my favorite experiences because it exposed me to a different area of downtown Las Vegas. It is impossible to visit without feeling nostalgia for Vegas’s iconic pop culture history.
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Where to Eat in Las Vegas
Although Las Vegas is doable in one day, the biggest downside to having such a short time here is not being able to sample more food. These are the spots that make my shortlist with only a few precious hours to spend here:
- Mon Amie Gabi: Brunch with an iconic view of the Bellagio fountains as you dine at the foot of the Paris Las Vegas.
- Jardin at the Wynn: Home of the famous flowerpot dessert cake.
- Black Tap at the Venetian: Craft burgers and the renowned “Crazy Shake.”
The Best Places to Experience the Las Vegas Strip
A trip to Las Vegas just isn’t complete without experiencing the strip. In terms of being noisy and crowded, the strip lives up to every expectation. However, I was surprised by the cleanliness of the streets and public areas. Maintenance staff was out cleaning sidewalks even as the sun began to set.
Take the tram that runs between most of the resorts to maximize time. Simply walking into each resort lobby is an experience in itself. I wish I had more time to explore the Bellagio and the Venetian as they had the best themes in my opinion. Being short on time, I would also make seeing a show and watching the Bellagio Fountains a priority. I saw “O” by Cirque du Soleil and cannot recommend it enough!
**Pro Tip: I found the cheapest tickets on Vegas.com. However, if you are booking multiple experiences I recommend booking them one at a time. After I bought all my tickets I received a promo code via email almost immediately- I wish I would have waited to book one of the experiences so that I could have taken advantage of the discount!**
What do you think? Is Vegas doable in one day? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments.