• Michelle Saulters

How To: 24 Hours in Las Vegas

*Best read with Katy Perry's Waking Up In Vegas playing in the background*

I'm sure you've all heard of the quaint little town in Nevada known as Las Vegas. Okay, maybe "quaint" isn't the right word, but did you know the Las Vegas strip is actually only about 4 miles long? (Definitely little!) Obviously there is quite an assortment of hotels, casinos, restaurants, clubs, shopping, and other attractions jam-packed onto that little 4 mile stretch of Las Vegas Boulevard. I think it's safe to say that Las Vegas has become somewhat of a "must-see" & "must-do" place in America.

I recently took a road trip from San Diego to Las Vegas for my mom's 60th birthday (shout out Lori, the greatest of all time) What better place to celebrate than Vegas, right? The car ride from San Diego to Las Vegas was a little over 4 hours - not bad at all, considering there are some pretty cool pitstops to make along the way! Personally, this was my first time visiting Sin City. We were only staying for 24 hours, so we tried to pack as much as we could into that short amount of time... and I think we did a pretty good job doing so.

Now, it's no secret that planning a trip to Vegas can be a bit overwhelming - no matter your time frame. From the luxurious pools and hotels, to the endless nightlife and casinos, the over-the-top shows, and amazing cuisine... I've rounded up my top 5 favorites in each category for you to check out below!

Where to Stay

  1. The Palazzo/Venetian (where we stayed)

  2. The Bellagio

  3. Caesars Palace

  4. The Wynn/Encore

  5. The Cosmopolitan

Honorable mention: Paris Las Vegas (budget friendly)

The "Luxury Suite" at The Palazzo Las Vegas

Where to Brunch

  1. Mon Ami Gabi (French cuisine)

  2. Yardbird (Southern cuisine)

  3. Bacchanal Buffet (Named best buffet in Vegas)

  4. Giada at the Cromwell (Italian cuisine)

  5. Eggslut (For a quick brunch)

Honorable mention: Terrace Pointe Cafe at Wynn (American cuisine)

Brunch at Terrace Pointe Cafe

Where to have Dinner

  1. STK (For the steak lover)

  2. Sushi Samba (For the sushi lover)

  3. Costa di Mare (For the seafood lover)

  4. Canaletto Ristorante (For the pasta lover)

  5. Pizza Rock (For the pizza lover...obviously)

Honorable mention: Giada at the Cromwell (again...but hello it is Giada De Laurentiis)

Patio View from Canaletto Ristorante

Where to Shop

  1. Fashion Show Mall (For an entertaining atmosphere)

  2. Forum Shops at Caesars Palace (For a luxurious atmosphere)

  3. Grand Canal Shoppes at The Venetian (For a European atmosphere)

  4. Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood (For a glamorous atmosphere)

  5. Las Vegas North Premium Outlets (For a budget friendly atmosphere)

Entrance to The Grand Canal Shoppes at The Venetian

Where to Pool Day

  1. The Cromwell Pool (For a rooftop experience)

  2. Garden of the Gods at Caesars Palace (For a Grecian experience)

  3. Marquee at The Cosmopolitan (For a club-like experience)

  4. The Palazzo/Venetian Pools (For a Venetian experience)

  5. The Beach at Mandalay Bay (For a "beach" experience)

Honorable mention: Encore Beach Club at Wynn (For a Vegas pool party experience)

The Palazzo Pools (top) and Venetian Pool Cabanas (bottom)

What to See/Do

  1. Bellagio Fountains and Gardens

  2. Gondola Ride at The Venetian

  3. Go see the Gardens at the Wynn

  4. The Beatles LOVE Cirque du Soleil

  5. Take a ride on The High Roller

Honorable mentions: Go see the original "Welcome to Las Vegas" sign (or just go to Fremont St. to see old Las Vegas in general)

The Fountains at The Bellagio

& of course... the casinos! I'll let you take a gamble on which ones are the best... ;)

What's your favorite thing to do in Vegas?

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