What is the Ultimate Three-Day Las Vegas Itinerary for a First Timer?

Planning your first trip to Las Vegas?

It’s an exciting opportunity, even if you’re only coming in for a whirlwind three-day getaway. There may be a lot to do in the shimmering desert city, but you can squeeze in quite a bit during your stay. 

In fact, let’s save you the stress of having to think about it and put together a 3-day Vegas itinerary for you.

Seeing how it’s your first time in Vegas, we’ll cater our choices to ensure you get the best impression of Vegas and are inspired to book a return trip. 

Las Vegas 3-day itinerary for a Vegas first timer.

When Should You Book Your 3-Day Trip?

If you already have a time of year in mind, then you can skip this. However, if you’re looking at the calendar and don’t know where to begin, we have you covered.

First and foremost, you might want to skip the middle of the summer unless you plan to park yourself inside or at the awesome Vegas pools all day.

Tip: What is the best month to visit Las Vegas?

Instead, consider somewhere between March and May or September and November. Yes, the pools are open during some of those months, and you could be swimming as early as late-March and as late as mid-September.

With the rise in sporting events, you need to look at specific weekends. For example, a weekend in November will be reserved for Formula 1. However, you must also look out for significant events like Super Bowl and March Madness Weekends.

Your 3-Day Las Vegas Itinerary

Once you know when you’re coming to Vegas, it’s time to consider what to do while out here.

Day 1 Vegas Itinerary

After You Arrive, Enjoy the Hotel Room and Explore the Resort

After your flight or a long drive in, take some time to enjoy your room and get to know the resort. Start scoping out possible restaurants and on-site shows, look for the pool, and find the best section for slot machines.

Maybe find the spa and reserve a treatment to relax and wash away the jet lag.  

Related: One Day Itinerary in Las Vegas

Day 1 Vegas Itinerary - explore the wynn

Explore the Strip and Casinos

Since it is your first time in Vegas, one of my favorite things is to see the sights, people watch, and walk through many of the casinos on the strip.

Tip: There are always new casinos, attractions, and venues, even if you have been to Vegas several times. Keep in mind that the distance between casinos may look short, but it takes time to walk between each casino on the strip.

Evening: A Fine-Dining Welcome and The Deuce or the Eiffel Tower

The first night is perfect for getting a feel for Vegas. The best way to do that is to try one of the many unique restaurants in Las Vegas. There is an endless amount of suggestions and plenty of options at each casino resort.

I would reserve at least a few weeks in advance.

Some suggestions include:

  • Gordan Ramsay Hell’s Kitchen at Caesars Palace
  • SW Steakhouse at Wynn, overlooking Wynn Lake of Dreams
  • Yardbird at Venetian
  • Spago or Picasso overlooking the Fountains at Bellagio
  • China Poblano or Holsteins at Cosmopolitan
  • Carbone at Aria Resort

Top off your first night in Vegas with a view of all the city offers. You can do this by riding the double-decker bus called The Deuce, which starts south of the Strip near the rental car center and stops at the Fremont Street Experience.

There are also Big Bus Tours on the strip.

There are more than 20 stops along the way, including the iconic Welcome to Las Vegas sign. Our advice? Don’t wait in line for a photo. Grab one while you’re on the bus. Otherwise, you could be waiting quite a while for a rushed shot.

view of las vegas high roller - things to do

See the Strip by purchasing tickets to the Eiffel Tower Viewing Deck. You may be tempted to check out the High Roller, but the Eiffel Tower offers a much better view of the strip, is far less restricting, and has a much lower probability of breaking down mid-ride.

The High Roller also has smudged plexiglass, whereas the Eiffel Tower uses a metal mesh barrier that’s easier to see and take photos through. 

You could always do both, though!

Day 2 Itinerary

Morning: Go for a Walk or Stay In and Swim

Since this is your first day, you should start by seeing the city. If weather permits, start your walk down the Strip early.

At just over 4 miles long, walking the full length can take about 2 hours. However, you should plan to make some stops. You don’t need to see every casino or resort. Some favorites you should consider stepping inside, and their main attraction(s) you should look for include:

View of the fountains of Bellagio - 2 day itinerary
View of the Bellagio Fountains

The Bellagio Hotel & Casino

The Mirage

  • Volcano

The Paris Las Vegas

  • The Base of the Eiffel Tower

Caesars Palace

  • The Forum Shops
  • Many sculptures and statues

The Venetian Las Vegas

  • The Canal Shoppes

Wynn Las Vegas

  • Lake of Dreams

These are just a handful of sights to see. There are many free things to see or do on the Strip.

If you’re not up for a walk, now’s the time to head down to the pools. During busier seasons, available seating gets snatched up very quickly. Morning is great for the pool because the sun isn’t at its strongest.

Las vegas pools

There are many excellent hotel pools on the Vegas Strip, but if you are looking for a pool party, check out:

  • Drai’s atop the Cromwell
  • Wet Republic at the MGM Grand
  • Encore Beach Club at the Encore
  • Marquee Dayclub at The Cosmopolitan

Afternoon: Grab a Casual Bite, Then See an Attraction

If you went for a walk or spent your morning swimming, you’ve probably built up quite the appetite. There are so many places to eat on the Strip, and many are higher-end establishments. There are some tried and true eateries to try for a simple or casual lunch.

You may be drawn to places like Gordon Ramsay’s Fish & Chips for the name power, but for a more well-rounded Las Vegas lunch experience, we recommend:

  • Sadelle’s at the Bellagio
  • Mon Ami Gabi at the Paris
  • Peppermill Restaurant and Fireside Lounge
  • Yardbird Table & Bar at The Venetian
  • The Crack Shack at Park MGM
  • Holsteins at The Cosmopolitan
Fremont Street Experience
Fremont Street Experience – Downtown Las Vegas

After you’ve eaten, you should do something touristy. There are several attractions worth seeing, and it’s possible you can squeeze in more than one before your evening starts. To fill in the time and have some fun, check out:

  • Shark Reef Aquarium at Mandalay Bay
  • Madame Tussauds Wax Museum at the Venetian
  • Area15 on Rancho Drive just off the Strip
  • Gondola Ride at the Venetian
  • Fremont Street in Downtown Vegas

Evening: See a Show, Then Hit a Nightclub or Lounge

Luckily, Las Vegas’ nightlife doesn’t end early. So, you have plenty of time to make the most of your night. First, see one of the city’s finest shows. There are a few to choose from, and we recommend:

  • The Beatles LOVE by Cirque du Soleil at Mirage/Hard Rock Hotel
  • Michael Jackson ONE by Cirque du Soleil at Mandalay Bay
  • The Mac King Comedy Magic Show at the Excalibur
  • Absinthe at Caesars Palace
  • Vegas! The Show at Planet Hollywood
  • Penn & Teller at the Rio

After the show, you can find something quick to eat to stay energized as you enter the second leg of the evening. Vegas is home to some of the nation’s finest nightclubs, and now is your chance to experience one of the best.

Experience a nightclub on your first time vegas trip and itenarary

Regardless of which of the following clubs you choose, be sure to buy tickets in advance or book a bottle service to really get a taste of what it’s like to be a VIP:

  • Hakkasan at the MGM Grand
  • Omnia at Caesars Palace
  • Drai’s at the Cromwell
  • Marquee at the Cosmopolitan
  • TAO at the Venetian

If clubs are not your thing, there are many casino bars and lounges within each casino.

Day 3 Itinerary:

Morning: A Big Vegas Breakfast

Room service is one of the best parts about staying in a Vegas resort. On the day you leave, don’t even scramble to find a restaurant that does breakfast.

Have it brought to you and relax in the comfort of your hotel room. Ordering room service also gives you time to pack and prepare for the day so you’re not rushing around to get things done before leaving for your flight. 

Tip: You can enjoy many breakfast buffets on the strip as well.

Before You Leave: Hit the Casino One Last Time or Hit the Spa

Living in Vegas, you always hear about the tourists who put their last $20 into a machine right before leaving for the airport and walk away with 20 times that amount. Give it a try. You have to pass the casino to leave anyway, so why not? Maybe you’ll be the next last-minute Las Vegas success.

You could also book one last trip to the spa as a way to relax your body after a very active few days. It’s a great way to prepare for the flight or drive back home, as a massage or other treatment can refresh and relax your body.

At the Airport: Don’t Catch Up on Gambling

We get it. Maybe you didn’t do as much gambling as you wanted during your stay. The machines at the airport, though, aren’t where you should be spending the last of your gambling cash. Research has shown that the airport slot machines actually pay out less frequently than those in the Strip resorts.

Instead, at the airport, reflect on your experience, look through the many photos you took, and start planning your next Vegas getaway.

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