Sunday, March 23, 2014

What to do in 3 days in Las Vegas!

Written by Tiffany Milligan – A Vegas Local

Here’s your guide to 3 days in Las Vegas. We’re keeping it simple. We’re keeping it real. You will likely be wore out by the end of each day and you’re guaranteed to swoop up enough fun to last you until your next trip!

Day 1
guide to 3 days in Las Vegas - Las Vegas Strip
Photo Courtesy of Daniel Ramirez
Strip (5-7 hrs) – Las Vegas Blvd is jam packed with everything “Vegas”. You’ll spend hours touring the hotels and casinos taking in the glitz and glamour. Huge buildings, neon signs larger than life, restaurants and bars, street performers, shops, chapels, and tattoo parlors…that’s what Vegas is famous for.

guide to 3 days in Las Vegas - Grand Canal Shops
Photo Courtesy of Jeffrey Turner
Shopping (2-3 hrs) – Forum Shops at Caesars and the Grand Canal Shops at Venetian can be tied into your time exploring the Strip. Hundreds of boutiques and restaurants line an extravagantly decorated mall, adding some gusto to your shopping experience.

guide to 3 days in Las Vegas - Britney Spears
Photo Courtesy of Sam Lavi
Britney Spears (2 hrs) – You’ll be ready to SIT DOWN and enjoy a show. Britney is here to stay…at least for a while! This reasonably priced show is chalked full of dancing and singing and pure entertainment. Don’t care for Britney, try out Absinthe (unless you cringe at vulgarity)!

Day 2
guide to 3 days in Las Vegas - Valley of Fire
Photo Courtesy of Mike Miley
Valley of Fire (5 hrs) – Day 2 of your guide to 3 days in LasVegas starts with a trip to the Valley of Fire. Have some fun riding ATVs around these well-known dunes! Let your hair down and have some dirty fun while soaking up the beauty of desert.

guide to 3 days in Las Vegas - Gondola ride 
Photo Courtesy of Tanya Hart
Gondola Ride (1 hr) – Venice in Las Vegas. Yes please! Ride a traditional Gondola while being serenaded as you float down the river and under the bridges. A truly magical and fun experience. 

guide to 3 days in Las Vegas - Fremont Street
Photo Courtesy of Steven Gitter
Fremont Street (6 hrs) – Fremont Street is home to the original Las Vegas. Where neon has replaced light bulbs on the Strip, this part of Vegas holds on to nostalgia. There’s plenty of cheap eats and entertainment on Fremont Street. You’ll likely spot an Elvis, a tin man, and a man doing spray paint art while enjoying bands playing on the strategically placed stages. 

Day 3
guide to 3 days in Las Vegas - Lake Mead
Photo Courtesy of Graeme Maclean
Lake Mead (5 hrs) – Finishing up your guide to 3 days in Las Vegas is Lake Mead. This man-made lake houses the River Mountains and the Muddy Mountains. It is nothing less than jaw dropping and provides a great photo op for photographers! If you do love photography and want to get some good shots AND a little workout, the historic railroad tunnel trail is 4.4 miles of old railroad bed turned trail, that tunnel through volcanic rock, reaching all the way to Hoover Dam.

guide to 3 days in Las Vegas - Hoover Dam
Photo Courtesy of Ralph Arveson
Hoover Dam (2 hrs) - Lake Mead Nevada is the home to Hoover Dam. It took six companies, five years of working 24 hours around the clock to complete this feat! What a grueling task! It is absolutely amazing to descend down the shaft and get a look at the interior workings of such an architectural anomaly.

guide to 3 days in Las Vegas - Bellagio Fountains 
Photo Courtesy of Marc Smith

Bellagio Fountains (1 hr) – By now you’ve walked by and caught glimpses of the fountain show but you HAVE to see it at night! It fills up the sky with dancing lights and twisting waters. It’s far beyond anything you’d expect from an ordinary “fountain”!

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