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48 Hours in Las Vegas

by Travelbag on 20 February 2015, 15:02PM

Las Vegas strip

Las Vegas is a city like no other. It's an eccentric, dream-like place that's constantly reinvented with biggercasinos, better parties and extravagant hotels. Found in the middle of the Mojave Desert, Vegas is the gambling capital of the world and the neon-lit buildings attract millions of tourists every year. Some would say that a wild weekend in Las Vegas is a rite of passage when you visit the USA.

But it's not just about the casinos. There are so many things to do in Sin City, and it's surprising how much you can you can pack into a couple of fun-filled days. From the top-class restaurants to the surrounding natural landscapes, it's sure to be two days you’ll never forget. So, when your plane touches down in Nevada, here's how you should spend 48 hours in Las Vegas. 

 

Day One

9am – Walk the Strip

It’s a long walk, and the heat rises quickly in the morning sun, but everyone who visits Las Vegas needs to take in the whole of the Strip. Start at the infamous 'Welcome to fabulous Las Vegas' sign, then soak up the sights of the four-mile Boulevard. By the time you've gawped at all the round-the-world landmarks and themed hotels – expect to see a pyramid, a castle and a palace – it'll take you at least two hours. It's best to take your time. From the dancing fountains at the Bellagio, to the gondola-filled canals at The Venetian, there's plenty to see. 

Fabulous Las Vegas

1pm – Go up to Stratosphere Hotel Observation Deck

Often voted the best place to view the city, this spot gives the perfect perspective of Las Vegas. At the top of the Stratosphere tower – 1,149 feet above the ground – you can get fed and watered, have a drink in the bar and, if you’re daring, get the adrenaline pumping with the rides found up there. Stunning 360-degree views mean you’ll soon have your bearings, ready for the rest of your trip.

 

3pm – Enjoy the views from the Eiffel Tower

If you didn’t see enough from the Stratosphere, this will give you another chance to look out over Las Vegas. Some say it is a better view than the former, and the quieter atmosphere gives you a great chance to see the Bellagio fountains in all their glory – and you can say you’ve been up the Eiffel Tower. Move over, Paris. Want a different perspective? Try heading up in the evening for a sunset experience.

roulette wheel

8pm – Have dinner and a flutter

Freshen up and get ready to enjoy the nightlife of Las Vegas. There are a million and one excellent restaurants in Las Vegas, but our pick of the bunch is The Venetian's award-winning steakhouse, CUT by Wolfgang Puck. It's not ideal for vegetarians though – so if meat's not your thing, check out VegeNation near the Plaza Hotel. Once you've filled up, you can then hit the casinos and enjoy the ultimate Vegas experience playing poker, black jack or roulette. If you're a novice, there's no need to feel nervous or intimidated – the dealers are very used to tourists. After you've had a flutter, you can round off the night in one of Sin City's many nightclubs. 

 

Day Two

9am – Visit the Grand Canyon

The Grand Canyon is a bit of a drive away from Las Vegas – but it’s a lot quicker as the crow flies. We'd recommend booking a helicopter or plane tour, which includes views over the Hoover Dam, Grand Wash Cliffs and, depending on your tour, a picnic on the floor of the incredible Grand Canyon. This truly is a must-do experience – seeing the canyon in person is a real jaw-dropping moment.

Grand Canyon tour

2pm – Eat at the Bronze Café

Continuously known as one of the best restaurants in Las Vegas, this eatery on South Maryland Parkway offers delicious and diverse dishes. From the outside it looks like a standard café, but chef Peter Bastien has fused together different foods for healthy meals whether you're vegan, vegetarian or a meat eater. Perfect for refuelling after a busy morning.

 

4pm – Shop 'til you drop

The majority of the premier hotels come with a selection of world-class brands like Prada and Louis Vuitton within their grounds. So if you've won big the night before, why not treat yourself? Alternatively, you can find a few bargains at the Las Vegas Premium Outlets, where brands' prices have been reduced to give you a great deal.

Las Vegas shopping

9pm – Catch a show

When you think of Las Vegas, you probably think of shows. After Broadway in New York, the performances in Vegas are the most famous in America. There's a whole range of musicals and shows available along the Strip. Live entertainment is a must-see here, so make sure you do it right. The ‘O Cirque du Soleil’ with its complex combinations continues to sell out at the Bellagio, while Blue Man Group is a big hit at Monte Carlo. And that's not all. Several singers have residencies at some of the Vegas hotels, including Celine Dion, Robbie Williams and Lady Gaga. 

 

Feeling lucky? Go all in and book a holiday to Las Vegas. Or, if you want to see more of America, you can visit Sin City as part of a multi-centre holiday.ew York and Las Vegas Twin Centre Holiday Deals 2016/2017


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