How to Plan a Las Vegas Itinerary

Man Holding a Long List With a Vegas Strip Background

Las Vegas is the greatest resort destination in the world. No matter how many different cities I visit, Las Vegas remains my favorite. Sin City has so much to see and do that you’ll never cover all the possibilities there, not even if you move there.

Most people are lucky to get to Vegas once a year, and they’re the die-hard fans.

If it’s your first time or your 10th time, you should plan a Las Vegas Itinerary that includes fun stuff to do without destroying your budget.

In this post, I’ll explain how to plan the perfect Las Vegas itinerary.

The Most Important Stuff to Do in Las Vegas

The first thing you should do in Vegas if visiting on the weekend is to start the day off right and check out some of the amazing brunch options.

Life’s too short for bad breakfast buffets.

After that, you should spend time visiting various casinos along the Strip. You can’t go wrong here, just pick either end of the Strip or start in the middle and work your way north or south. You won’t be able to visit all of them, but take in a few of them and do some daytime gambling while you’re at it.

Specific Things You Should See and Do on the Strip

The High Roller is one of those can’t-miss Vegas attractions that doesn’t cost a lot of money. It’s the largest observation wheel in the world. Almost 1,200 people at a time can experience The High Roller.

First of all, the High Roller is the world’s largest observation wheel. You’ll get the best view because it’s located at the heart of the Las Vegas Strip. You can see that it has 28 transparent pods, and each pod holds about 40 passengers. You’ll find The High Roller at the LINQ Promenade, and you should buy tickets. They’re about $20 to $30 per person, give or take.

High Roller Observation Wheel in Las Vegas

But you’ll get to see some of the best views of Sin City ever. They also have a zip line (FLYLINQ) about 12 stories above the Promenade. The tickets for this attraction are slightly more expensive.

You should definitely go take your picture in front of the “Welcome to Las Vegas” sign while you’re in town. And that doesn’t have to cost you anything.

What Should You Do for Lunch in Las Vegas?

I once read a Las Vegas guide that suggested you go to In-N-Out Burger for lunch. I live in Texas, so I can go to In-N-Out anytime I want. If you’re from somewhere else in the country, you might give In-N-Out a try if you’re on a budget and love burgers.

But I suggest trying something more iconic and more “Vegas.”

Try Secret Pizza at the Cosmopolitan. It’s not listed on the hotel’s official site, but it’s on the third floor down the hallway with the album covers. You can buy traditional New York-style pizza here by the slice for $5.

It’s not fancy, but it’s cheap, fun, and screams “Vegas.”

An Afternoon at the Wax Museum and Shopping

After lunch, go to the Venetian and visit Madame Tussauds, the wax museum. You can take pictures with the many different wax versions of the celebrities there. Tickets range from $20 to $40 depending on the timing of your visit and the options you choose.

On their website, Madame Tussauds’ marketing people point out that they’re not running a wax museum, they’re running a wax ATTRACTION.

What’s the difference? Everything at Madame Tussaud’s is meant to be immersive and fun. They claim that it’s more of a 4D experience. The music and sets make it more than most people would expect.

I know you’re skeptical. But you should go anyway. You’ll love it; it doesn’t matter who you are or what you’re into.

Wax Model of Mike Tyson

While you’re at the Venetian, you should also spend some time shopping in the Grand Canal Shoppes. It feels like Venice, but it also feels like a luxury shopping mall. You’ll find over 160 different luxury stores to choose from at the Grand Canal Shoppes.

They always have something new and interesting going on there, too, based on the time of year that you’re visiting. If you catch them at the right time, you can experience Chinese New Year here.

The Waterfall Atrium shouldn’t be missed either. It’s located right at the entrance to the mall. You’ll never see anything so colorful in your life at the flowers decorating this area. They’ve spent at least two years designing the latest version of the Atrium.

I’m a fan of any topiary, and you’ll find plenty of that to gaze with wonder here. If you’re not tired enough to need a nap, go to the Bellagio next. You need to check out the flower arrangements in the Bellagio Conservatory. Even if you’ve been before, you should go again, because they’re updating the flowers there constantly based on what’s going at the time. It depends on the time of year.

The best thing about the Bellagio Conservatory? It’s free.

Dinnertime and What to Do in the Evening in Las Vegas

For dinner, I recommend trying Mon Ami Gabi at Paris Las Vegas. It’s probably the most highly-recommended restaurant in the city and with good reason. It’s the best spot in town to have dinner before your evening show of choice.

Mon Ami Gabi is best defined as a classic French bistro. If you like red meat, I suggest the steak frites for dinner with the chocolate mousse for dessert.

Mon Ami Gabi Restaurant in Las Vegas

You should also check out the Bellagio Fountains at some time during the evening. It’s a free show that happens every 15 minutes starting at 8 PM and not ending until midnight. The fountains shoot up to 480 feet into the air and feature more exciting lights and music than you could possibly expect.

You have no shortage of shows to choose from, but the one I recommend most is Absinthe. It’s like Cirque du Soleil, but not really. The humor is more raucous and adult. I’ve never seen anyone give Absinthe a bad review.

You should spend the rest of your evening gambling and checking out some of the nightlife in Sin City. You’ll find no shortage of interesting bars and nightclubs to visit, no matter what your age is or what kind of drinking establishment you prefer to frequent.

The Best Gambling in Las Vegas

If you’re looking for the best odds, you should avoid gambling in the casinos on the Strip. Instead, you should seek out some of the action in Downtown Las Vegas or on the Boulder Strip. The slot machines and video poker games there have higher payback percentages. You’ll also find better versions of blackjack and roulette in such casinos.

If you’re looking for Las Vegas blackjack action, try to find a casino which offers a hand-dealt game from a single deck. This will provide you with the best probability of winning.

If you’re looking to play craps, find a casino that offers you a big multiple on the odds bet. The more money you can put into action on the odds bet, the better off you’ll be. Always take the max odds bet if you can afford it.

And if you don’t know how to place the odds bet in craps, study up on it before you play. If you’re looking for roulette, try to find a casino that offers a wheel that only has a single zero. Be prepared to play for higher stakes on such a wheel, but the house edge is dramatically lower on such a wheel.

As far as slots go, you’ll face better odds on Boulder Highway, but I’d still try to steer you away from slot machines. They’re a money sink in a way that table games aren’t.

If you MUST play on a gambling machine, try video poker instead. You’ll face far better odds, and you’ll have the opportunity to put your brain to work making meaningful decisions while you gamble.

Some Examples of Cool Bars in Las Vegas to Consider

It’s hard to imagine going to Vegas and not spending some time in some of the cool bars there.

If you only visit one bar in Las Vegas, you should go to Atomic Liquors. It’s the oldest freestanding bar in the city. The family-owned bar was opened in 1952, when the US government was still conducting A-bomb tests in the deserts of Nevada. Some of the most notable characters in Las Vegas history have hung out at Atomic Liquors, including Frank Sinatra and Barbara Streisand.

Street View of Atomic Liquors Las Vegas

Saddle N Spurs Saloon is another cool bar to check out in Las Vegas. It’s open 24 hours a day. And as you might expect, they play a lot of country music on the sound system. They even have country karaoke night. Bring cash; they don’t take credit cards.

Conclusion

That’s just one example of how to play a Las Vegas itinerary. You might hate buffets and pick a different restaurant. You might not want to go to any kind of variety show, preferring a sporting event. You might just want to play poker 24/7.

It’s all okay, because Las Vegas has something for everyone. We hope that planning your itinerary is easier with the information we’ve provided above. Enjoy your visit to Sin City!