What to Do for a 24-Hour Stay in Las Vegas?

A lengthy stay in Vegas is always ideal. The city is brimming with excitement and many things to see. Unfortunately, we don’t always have a week or even just a few days to enjoy the desert escape.

That’s not to say you can’t make the most of a day, though. 

If you’re in town for 24 hours, we have a few ideas for exploring Vegas, seeing some great attractions, and grabbing a bite at an iconic local eatery before heading back home.

Be sure to start the day with a strong coffee or an energy drink, because we’re packing in plenty!

24 hour las vegas itinerary

24 Hours in Vegas Itinerary  

With only a day to get the full Vegas experience, we’re starting off early. 

Morning: 

Have a Big Breakfast:

You’ll need your energy, so don’t skip breakfast. There are some wonderful spots to grab a hearty breakfast, but a few favorites include:

  • Sadelle’s at the Bellagio 
  • Peppermill Restaurant & Fireside Lounge on Las Vegas Boulevard
  • Hash House a Go Go at The LINQ
  • Terrace Pointe Cafe at the Wynn

Tip: Check out many of the cheap breakfast options along the strip.

explore Vegas in this 24 hour itinerary

Explore the City:

With a full stomach and still a few morning hours left to burn, use this time to start exploring the city. You could feasibly walk the entire Strip and have time to spare, but when you factor in stops for photos and sightseeing, you could run out of time. 

So, to help, we’ve laid out a few of the best stops to make. Since efficiency is key to your 24 hours in Vegas, we’ve laid these out from the south end of the Strip heading north: 

  • The Las Vegas Sign
  • The Spinx at The Luxor
  • The Park and/or Big the Apple Coaster at New York, New York 
  • The Eiffel Tower at Paris Las Vegas
  • The Conservatory & Botanical Garden at the Bellagio
  • The Forum Shops Statues at Caesars Palace
  • A Gondola Ride in the Grand Canal Shoppes at the Venetian
  • Bellagio Fountains
  • Lake of Dreams at the Wynn

Related: See a complete list of the top free things to do on the strip.

wynn lake of dreams ideas for a one night stay in vegas

If you’re worried about time, there are several monorails you can take. These run:

  • Mandalay Bay to Excalibur (Free)
  • MGM Grand to Sahara Las Vegas (7 stops, $6 per ride / $15 for 24 hours)
    • Stops at Horseshoe/Paris, Flamingo/Caesars Palace, Harrah’s/The LINQ, the Las Vegas Convention Center, and the Westgate
  • Mirage to Treasure Island (Free)
  • Park MGM to Bellagio (Free)
cosmopolitan Vegas has many great lunch spots

Afternoon:

A Light Lunch

By the time you’re done exploring the Strip, it will be time to eat again. After a big breakfast, you may want a lighter, quicker lunch. Especially considering the recommendations we have for dinner. More on that later, though. For now, go easy for lunch at:

  • The Crack Shack at Park MGM
  • Bobby’s Burgers by Bobby Flay at the Paris
  • Haute Doggery at the LINQ Promenade
  • Snacks at the Mirage/Hard Rock Hotel
  • Secret Pizza at the Cosmopolitan

If you don’t mind exploring off the Strip a little, we recommend a quick stroll through the Arts District (just north of the STRAT), where you’ll find antique shops, art galleries, and favorite eateries like:

  • Viva La Arepas
  • Good Pie
  • Nightmare Cafe
catch a show in las vegas

Catch an Earlier Show

We have some big plans for your night in Vegas, so if you want to see a show, catch something later in the afternoon or earlier in the evening. These won’t be your Cirque du Soleil productions, but they’re a good representation of Vegas’ entertainment:

  • Blue Man Group at the Luxor
  • Paranormal Mind Reading Magic at the Horseshoe
  • Nathan Burton Comedy Magic Show at the Nathan Burton Theater
  • Mac King Comedy Magic Show at the Excalibur

Related: Top magic shows in Las Vegas

You can also spend some time at the Shark Reef Aquarium at Mandalay Bay, see the sculptures at Madame Tussaud’s at the Venetian, or hop over to Area15 and explore the depths of Omega Mart.

Wynn las vegas buffet
The Wynn Buffet

Evening Itinerary: 

Enjoy Fine Dining:

You’ve probably heard about how good the food in Las Vegas is, and some of the best is tucked away on the exquisite menus of high-end restaurants. When making reservations, we recommend: 

  • Prime Steakhouse at the Bellagio 
  • Delmonico Steakhouse at the Grand Canal Shoppes
  • Joe’s Seafood, Prime Steak & Stone Crab at Caesars Palace
  • Mastro’s Ocean Club at the Shops at Crystals
  • STK Steakhouse at the Cosmopolitan
  • Lakeside at the Wynn

Tip: You can also visit one of the top buffets in Las Vegas like the Wynn Buffet.

hakkasan las vegas

Experience the Nightlife

You may need to tailor your nightlife experience based on when you are leaving the following morning. If you have a little time to sleep in, at least until it’s time to give up the hotel room, then some time at one of Vegas’ premier nightclubs is in order. They may close well after midnight, but you can get a lot of time in without overexerting yourself!

Related: Three-day itinerary in Las Vegas

If you really want the Vegas experience, consider checking out these top Vegas nightclubs:

  • Omnia at Caesars Palace
  • Hakkasan at MGM Grand
  • LIV at Fontainebleau
  • XS at the Wynn
  • Marquee at the Cosmopolitan

If clubs aren’t your thing or if you’re too worried about being exhausted the following day, there are some wonderful lounges that are great for kicking back with a drink and simply enjoying being in Vegas.

  • Skyfall Lounge at the Delano
  • Velveteen Rabbit in the Arts District
  • The Chandelier at the Cosmopolitan
  • Rhumbar Tropical Ultra Lounge at the Mirage/Hard Rock Hotel
  • Vanderpump Cocktail Garden at Caesars Palace
  • The Cabinet of Curiosities at the Horseshoe

Nighttime Attractions and Things to See

If you are not interested in Nightlife or gambling, another idea is to experience one of Las Vegas’s unique attractions.

A few ideas are:

  • High Roller Observation wheel at LINQ
  • NYNY Roller Coaster
  • FlyLINQ Zipline
  • Fremont Street Experience
  • The STRAT Thrill Rides

Saying Goodbye to Vegas 

It’s never easy to say goodbye to Las Vegas, even after spending just one day here. Before you turn in for the night, get one last good look at the Strip, all lit up and lively. It’s a sight to behold and one you can look forward to seeing again during your next whirlwind stop in our desert getaway. 


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