48 Hours In Las Vegas

by Travelbag on 20 February 2015, 15:02PM

Las Vegas is a city like no other, an eccentric place that is constantly reinvented with bigger and better buildings. Found in the middle of the Mojave Desert, it is the gambling capital of the world and the neon-lit buildings that are carved into the land attract millions of tourists each year.

There are so many things to do in Sin City and it is perfect for a bit of debauchery. From top class food to culture to aesthetics to history to casinos, it will be 48 hours you’ll never forget – a rite of passage some even say. So, when your plane touches down in Nevada on the west coast of the United States, this is what you need to know for a two-day turn around.

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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 recognisable Mandalay Bay and the iconic Las Vegas sign before embarking on the walk that is 4.2 miles long. A proper holiday workout, it takes about an hour and a half at normal pace but take your time and be a tourist about it. From the fountains at the Bellagio to the Venetian canals at Viva Italy there are a plethora of options for detours en-route to the Stratosphere Hotel.

1pm – Stratosphere Hotel Observation Deck

Often voted the best place to view the city, get the perfect perspective of Las Vegas from the Stratosphere tower that stands at 1,149 foot tall. Get fed and watered up there at the Tower restaurants, 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 have got your bearings and are ready for the rest of your trip.

3pm - Go up 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 quiet atmosphere gives you a great chance to see the Bellagio Fountains in all their glory and now you can say you’ve been up the Eiffel Tower! Want a different perspective? Try heading up in the evening for a sunset experience.

8pm – Dine and Gamble

Freshen up and get ready to enjoy the nightlife of Las Vegas. Cut by Wolfgang Puck is a wonderful steakhouse, a AAA Four Diamond award winner, so if that’s your tipple try their incredible selection of meats in The Venetian hotel. Once you have filled up, you can then hit the casinos and get the ultimate Vegas excitement from table games, slots and poker tournaments in the extravagant setting of this world-class resort. Depending on how you feel after that, there’s the exotic Tao nightclub to round off proceedings.

Day Two

9am – Air Tour

The Grand Canyon is a bit of a drive away from Las Vegas but it’s a lot quicker as the crow flies. Choose from a helicopter or airplane tour and enjoy a four to five hour trip that incorporates views of the Hoover Dam, Grand Wash Cliffs and often a picnic at the foot of the incredible Grand Canyon. This is an unforgettable experience of natural landscape away from the bright lights of Sin City.

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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 are vegan or a meat eater. Perfect for afternoon refuelling.

4pm – Shopping

The majority of the premier hotels come with a selection of world-class brands like Prada and Louis Vuitton within their grounds. Perfect for you to spend any gambling wins in. However, you can also find a few bargains at the Las Vegas Premium Outlets which has cut price deals from some recognisable stores.

9pm – Catch a show

When you think of Las Vegas, you think of shows. There are a plethora of productions right in front of you 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, the Blue Man Group are a big hit at Monte Carlo while the ‘Le Rêve’ colourful water show at the Wynn is incredible. Not just those though because Jersey Boys, Celine Dion and Diana Ross are also all available. Take your pick and finish in style.

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