Sin City, or Las Vegas, is a resort city famed for its many hotels, casinos, malls, and more. Known for its great dining, gambling, shopping, and nightlight, Vegas is nicknamed the entertainment capital of the world. As it is known for its entertainment, there are an endless number of things to do, visit, and see throughout the city. Therefore, if you only have one day to spend in Las Vegas, it can be hard to choose how to spend your time wisely. So, in this post, I’ll be giving you the perfect one day Las Vegas itinerary.
Start off your day in the city that never sleeps… or at least Las Vegas’ replica of it! One of the strip’s most famous hotels is New York New York, a New York themed hotel and casino owned by MGM Resorts International. Its exterior architecture is made to resemble the New York skyline, while its interior is made to look like the streets of New York. Throughout the hotel you’ll find replicas of well known New York attractions, including the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, Grand Central Terminal, and more. New York New York is also known for being the home of the Big Apple Coaster, formerly Manhattan Express, the huge roller coaster that winds around the outside of the hotel. Spend an hour or so exploring this hotel, from its shops to its restaurants (where you can easily find a nice spot to get some breakfast).
(20 min walk)
9:30AM- The Shops @ Crystals
Head up the strip on a short walk and you’ll find yourself at the Shops at Crystals, an upscale shopping centre within Vegas’ CityCenter. Many pricey shops can be found within the small mall, including brands like Gucci, Chanel, Bulgari, and Prada. There are also many photogenic holiday/seasonal displays inside the crystals mall, like the huge Christmas tree pictured above.
(10 min walk)
10:30AM- Miracle Mile Shops (& Planet Hollywood)
Cross one of the many bridges that can be found throughout the strip, and you’ll find yourself at the Miracle Mile Shops. This shopping mall is home to some more casual shops compared to what you’ll find at the Crystals. Over 100 stores can be found in this mall, like H&M and Sephora. As these shops are connected to Planet Hollywood, spend some of your time checking out the hotel & casino that is one of the most historic on the strip.
(10 min walk)
11:30PM- Bellagio Las Vegas
Back on the other side of the strip is where you’ll find one of the city’s most luxurious (and famous!) hotels, the Bellagio! The most expensive hotel ever built at the time of its construction, this resort hotel was inspired by Italy’s town of Bellagio. Some of its famous attractions include its Fountains of Bellagio, which play a stunning choreographed water show every half hour, as well as its conservatory and botanical gardens, which present beautiful season garden displays. Since it’ll be lunch time around the time you’re at the Bellagio, make sure to stop at one of the hotel’s 14 restaurants for a nice meal. If you’re looking for more info on the Bellagio, check out my post all about the resort here.
(5 min walk)
1PM- The Forum Shops @ Caesars (& Caesars Palace)
The next stop of the day is yet another mall, Caesars Palace’s Forum Shops. This mall is the highest grossing mall in the whole country, with over 150 shops. Within the mall you’ll find a free show that plays on the hour, the Fall of Atlantis. The Fall of Atlantis is a robotic act set in the Kingdom of Atlantis, located near the Cheesecake Factory and Nike. Again, if you’re not in the mood for more shopping, take this time to explore possibly the most famous hotel in Vegas, Caesars Palace. Caesars is home to some of the city’s best dining, as well as some of the city’s best shows, including Celine Dion’s famous show there.
(5 min walk)
3PM- Flamingo Las Vegas
Just across the street from Caesars you’ll find the third hotel to ever open on the strip, and the oldest hotel still in operation today; the Flamingo! Opened over 70 years ago in 1946, this iconic hotel and casino is Art Deco and Miami/South Beach themed. Its main attraction is its wildlife habitat, a free-to-visit area filed with many fascinating animals. These animals include ring tailed ducks, sacred ibis, koi fish, turtles, and of course, Chilean flamingos.
(10 min walk)
3:45PM- The Venetian Las Vegas
A five star Venice themed hotel, the Venetian can be found just up the strip from the Flamingo. As it has a Venetian theme, throughout the hotel many replicas of some of Venice’s main attractions can be found. These include replicas of Piazza San Marco (St. Mark’s Square), Campanile di San Marco (St. Mark’s Campanile), Palazzo Ducale (Doge’s Palace), and the Rialto Bridge. The Venetian is also home to the Grand Canal Shoppes, a lavish shopping mall centred around the Venetian’s Grand Canal replica. The Grand Canal Shoppes are known for their gondola rides, which take riders through the shops and to the outdoor area of the Venetian. During your time in the Venetian, I’d recommend stopping for a treat or two at Carlo’s Bakery, the bakery owned by famous TV Star Cake Boss.
(5 min walk)
Right next to the Venetian you’ll find the Palazzo, another Italian themed luxury hotel and casino. Originally an extension to the Grand Canal Shoppes, the Palazzo’s main pull, the Shoppes at the Palazzo, are connected to the Venetian’s mall. Along with many brand name stores like Louis Vuitton and Christian Louboutin, the Shoppes at the Palazzo also have beautiful holiday displays as shown above.
(5 min walk)
5:45PM- Fashion Show Mall
Your next stop of the day is yet another mall, the Fashion Show Mall. This mall is the strip’s main one, and it is home to over 250 stores. If you’ve had enough shopping for the day, stop at the mall’s food court (or somewhere else nearby) for dinner. It may not be the fanciest option for dinner, but the food court there is actually pretty nice.
(10 min walk)
7PM- Beatles Love Show @ the Mirage
An essential activity while in Vegas is to see one of the city’s many shows, mainly Cirque du Soleil’s shows. One of the most well known shows in Las Vegas, the Beatles Love Show plays at a specially built theatre within the Mirage. It is a Cirque du Soleil show, and it is centred around the world renowned British band the Beatles’ top hits. I saw the show last month while I was in Vegas, and even though I barely know any of the Beatles songs I really enjoyed it. If you’re looking for a show to se while in the city, I’d definitely suggest seeing the Beatles show!
(15 min walk)
Head on another short walk down the strip before your final activity of the day- going up the Paris Las Vegas Eiffel Tower! The main pull of the Paris themed hotel, the half sized replica of one of the most recognizable landmarks in the world is over 160 metres tall. A fun way to end of your day in Vegas is to get a stunning view of the city, which is what you’ll get from the Eiffel Tower’s observation deck. For more info on Paris Las Vegas and its Eiffel Tower, read my post all about it here.
Spending more than a day in Las Vegas? Check out some of my other posts on the city for some more ideas on what to do with your other days in the city.
That brings us to the end of my one day Vegas itinerary, as well as to the end of my Las Vegas series here on my blog. As I’ve mentioned in my last few posts, this winter break my family and I went to Europe for the break and when this post is being posted I will be flying back home from Munich. So, make sure to look out for a ton of posts about that trips in the coming weeks (and months!).
Thanks for reading this post! I hope you enjoyed it as well as my entire Vegas series 🙂