Last Updated on May 20, 2023 by Jerardo Gomez
The Ultimate 3-Day Solo Vegas Trip: Exploring the City That Never Sleeps
Las Vegas is one of the most exciting and dynamic cities in the world, and it’s a destination that should be on every traveler’s bucket list. Known as the “Entertainment Capital of the World,” Las Vegas offers something for everyone, whether you’re traveling solo or with other travel enthusiasts. That is why I have created an ideal Las Vegas Weekend Itinerary!
For those traveling solo, Las Vegas is the perfect destination to indulge in some much-needed “me time.” The city is famous for its high-energy nightlife, world-class dining, and endless entertainment options. With so much to see and do, solo travelers can explore at their own pace and tailor their itinerary to their own interests on your 3 days in Las Vegas Itinerary.
On the other hand, traveling with a group of friends or other travel enthusiasts can make a trip to Las Vegas even more fun. With so many attractions and activities to choose from, it’s easy to create a trip that everyone will enjoy. From hitting the casinos and seeing world-famous shows to indulging in the city’s top restaurants and spas, Las Vegas has something to offer travelers of all types. There are so many Las Vegas Itineraries but I find this one to be ideal and realistic.
Of course, this itinerary can be customized based on your interests and preferences, but it should give you a good starting point to explore Las Vegas for planning your solo trip to Las Vegas.
I will include luxury and cheap options for things to do and include tips to save you money.
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3-Day Las Vegas Itinerary
- Arrive in Las Vegas and check into your hotel
- Head to the Strip and explore some of the iconic casinos like the Bellagio, Caesars Palace, and the Venetian
- Catch a free fountain show at the Bellagio
- Visit the High Roller Observation Wheel for stunning views of the city
- Grab dinner at one of the many delicious restaurants on the Strip
- Take a day trip to the Grand Canyon, either by helicopter or bus tour
- Explore the Grand Canyon National Park and take in the breathtaking scenery
- Return to Vegas in the evening and check out some of the nightlife options like rooftop bars or nightclubs
- Visit some of the off-Strip attractions like the Neon Museum, the Mob Museum, or the Pinball Hall of Fame
- Check out the Fremont Street Experience for some street performers and light shows
- Spend the afternoon relaxing at a spa or hotel pool
- End your trip with a show, like Cirque du Soleil or a concert by one of the many performers who regularly visit Las Vegas.
Day 1: Arriving at Sin City
Day 1 will vary depending on your arrival time. You may fly in before check-in, or fly in early and have your hotel hold your bags for you while you wait for check-in. Other options include driving to the city, where you can arrive early and park at your hotel (many hotels charge usually a daily fee).
-Start the day off with breakfast at Eggslut inside the Cosmopolitan Hotel. Be sure to try their famous bacon, egg, and cheese sandwich ~ 10$
-Alternatively, Ellis Island The Village Pub is a slight distance from the strip, and has steak and eggs for ~15.99$
– Head to the Bellagio to catch the first fountain show of the day. The fountains go off every 15-30 minutes, and each show is set to a different song.
– Explore Bellagio’s indoor botanical gardens, which are free to the public and change seasonally.
– Take a stroll down the Strip to Caesars Palace and check out the Forum Shops. This is a great place to grab lunch at one of the many restaurants, like the famous Cheesecake Factory.
– Head to the High Roller Observation Wheel for stunning views of the city. Make sure to book your tickets in advance and try to go during the day for the best views. Tickets start out at 23.50$ for adults during the day, but at 6:00 PM its 34.75$, obviously, nighttime views are better but during the day it’s cheaper and you still get good views/pictures.
– Check out the iconic “Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas” sign for a great photo opportunity. You can actually do this on your way from the Airport or if you are driving in from the West. Just ask your driver to make a stop here.
– Relax and freshen up back at your hotel before dinner, if you have not checked in already.
– Grab dinner at one of the many delicious restaurants on the Strip.
Here are my recommendations for restaurants to try on the first day:
- Mon Ami Gabi – Another great option at the Paris Las Vegas Hotel, this French bistro offers a relaxed atmosphere and delicious food. Try their signature steak frites or the escargot. $$$
- Eiffel Tower Restaurant – Also located at the Paris Las Vegas Hotel, this restaurant offers stunning views of the city and delicious French cuisine. $$$$
- L’Atelier de Joel Robuchon – This Michelin-starred restaurant at the MGM Grand offers a unique dining experience with an open kitchen and a tasting menu of French cuisine. $$$$
- Hell’s Kitchen – Another restaurant by Gordon Ramsay, located at Caesars Palace, this restaurant offers a menu inspired by the popular TV show. $$$
- Tacos El Gordo is a popular taco spot located in Las Vegas, Nevada that has become a local favorite for its delicious Mexican flavors and generous portions. Founded in 2009 by two brothers from Tijuana, Mexico, Tacos El Gordo has become a mainstay of the Las Vegas food scene. $
– Catch a show at one of the many theaters in Las Vegas. There are tons of options to choose from, like Cirque du Soleil or one of the many resident performers. Always check this site before going to see if your favorite artist is currently doing shows such as Katy Perry, Adelle, or Maroon 5.
– End the night with a drink at a rooftop bar or nightclub, like the Chandelier Bar at the Cosmopolitan or Omnia at Caesars Palace.
Here is my list of recommended nightlife on the first day:
- XS Nightclub – This club at the Wynn is known for its luxurious atmosphere and top-notch DJs.
- Omnia Nightclub – Located at Caesars Palace, this club has multiple levels and a rooftop terrace with stunning views of the Strip.
- Hakkasan Nightclub – This club at the MGM Grand has an impressive lineup of DJs and performers and offers a multi-sensory experience with state-of-the-art technology.
- Chateau Nightclub & Rooftop – This club at the Paris Las Vegas Hotel offers a unique outdoor rooftop experience with stunning views of the Bellagio fountains.
- Marquee Nightclub – Located at the Cosmopolitan Hotel, this club offers multiple levels, a large dance floor, and an outdoor pool area.
- Vanderpump Cocktail Garden – This elegant and chic bar and lounge at Caesars Palace is owned by reality TV star Lisa Vanderpump and offers creative cocktails and bites in a garden-inspired setting.
- The Dorsey – This upscale cocktail bar at the Venetian offers creative drinks and a sophisticated atmosphere.
- Vesper Bar – Located at the Cosmopolitan Hotel, this trendy bar offers handcrafted cocktails and a stylish setting.
- Foundation Room – This lounge at Mandalay Bay offers stunning views of the city and a unique atmosphere with an eclectic mix of art and decor.
- On the Record – This retro-inspired bar at the Park MGM offers a playful and unique atmosphere with a vintage record store theme.
- Laugh Factory or Comedy Cellar – Comedy shows
Day 2: Activities
– Start your day with coffee at any of the numerous coffee spots across the strip.
This would be a good time to do a few different things; here is a list of things to add to your Vegas Itinerary:
- Red Rock Canyon
- Hoover Dam
- Grand Canyon
- Fremont Street / Downtown Meusums
- Strip Activities: Shark Reef Aquarium, Exhibitions: ex. Titanic, Bodies, gambling
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
- Bouchon – Located inside the Venetian Hotel, this French bistro offers a luxurious breakfast and brunch experience with classic French dishes and an extensive wine list.
- Veranda – This elegant restaurant at the Four Seasons Hotel offers a delicious breakfast and brunch menu with stunning views of the pool and gardens.
- The Buffet at Wynn – This upscale buffet at the Wynn Hotel offers a wide selection of breakfast and brunch options, including fresh seafood, made-to-order omelets, and decadent desserts.
- Hash House a Go Go – This casual restaurant chain has several locations in Las Vegas and offers hearty breakfast and brunch options, including their famous chicken and waffles.
- Yardbird Southern Table & Bar – This Southern-inspired restaurant at the Venetian Hotel offers a delicious brunch menu with classics like shrimp and grits and biscuits and gravy.
- The Peppermill – This classic Las Vegas diner has been serving breakfast and brunch since 1972 and offers a wide range of affordable options, including omelets, pancakes, and breakfast burritos.
- SkinnyFATS – This health-conscious restaurant chain has several locations in Las Vegas and offers a range of affordable breakfast and brunch options, including avocado toast and smoothie bowls.
- Ocean One – Cheap eats and great value
The LINQ Promenade is an open-air shopping, dining, and entertainment district in the heart of Las Vegas. Located on the Las Vegas Strip adjacent to the Flamingo Hotel & Casino, this multi-level plaza has something for everyone. With more than 30 shops and restaurants, you can indulge in a little retail therapy or satisfy your cravings with a delicious meal.
The LINQ Promenade is home to several unique attractions including The Big Apple Coaster at New York–New York Hotel & Casino and the High Roller observation wheel – one of the tallest Ferris wheels in the world! Visitors can take a spin on this 550-foot tall observation wheel for stunning views of the city skyline and surrounding desert landscape.
There are also plenty of live entertainment options available at The LINQ Promenade including music, comedy shows, variety acts, and more. Every night you can experience live performances throughout the promenade by local bands, magicians, jugglers, comedians, and other performers.
For those looking to just relax and enjoy their surroundings, The LINQ Promenade is lined with beautiful fountains and greenery that provide a tranquil setting away from all the hustle and bustle of Las Vegas. You can easily spend an afternoon strolling through this outdoor mall taking in all its sights and sounds.
– Take a gondola ride at The Venetian Hotel and experience a little slice of Venice in Las Vegas. The ride takes you through the hotel’s indoor canals and past beautiful Italian-inspired architecture. A lot of people like to take the gondola ride when they are in Vegas for the first time.
If you have not had time to gamble a bit in your Vegas Vacation, this is an allotted time to do it before dinner. There are many Las Vegas Casinos to play in, and most likely you are already staying in one!
If you are not much of a gambler or want to do other things, I have included a section of other things to do at the end of the article. You can go to different bars, go to a pool party at your hotel, or freshen up a bit.
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
– Enjoy a pre-dinner cocktail at The Dorsey, located inside the Venetian Hotel. This sophisticated cocktail bar offers creative drinks and a stylish atmosphere. There are also many bars with themes and different specialties at various stays so you really don’t have to venture far if you don’t want to.
I personally find Vanderpumps Garden at Cesar’s or Minus5 Ice Bar to be a unique experience.
I personally like buffets, which are quite expensive in Vegas but still very good. This can also be substituted for a luxury dinner or a mid-level, cheap eats dinner to fit into your budget.
Buffets for your Las Vegas trip:
- Bacchanal Buffet – most expensive buffet $$$$ 79.99$
- The Buffet – Wynn $$$ ~65-70.99$
- Buffet – Bellagio $$$ 66.99-74.99$
- AYCE sushi – There are a ton of these in Vegas to pick from
A lot of shows in Vegas start around 9:00 PM so if you have a show to catch make sure you go on time, some also start between 9:30 – 11:00 PM.
Walk the Strip
Walking the strip in the evening is a must at whatever time is convenient.
Since a show was done on day 1, today will be used for walking the strip unless you prefer to watch a show and walk the strip another time.
Its the time when Las Vegas Boulevard becomes the True Las Vegas attraction. You have the Bellagio Fountain show, New York Hotel, Paris Hotel, showgirls, lights, and a great place to take pictures.
*Pro Tip* Wear comfortable shoes! The strip is long, and its a lot of walking so wearing comfortable shoes is important to enjoy your night.
– End your night with late shows, clubs, bars/lounges.
Day 3: Last few things
On this day, you probably don’t have much time do anything depending on your check-out or flight time. So, its the time to do last-minute things you never got to do, eat, etc.
Start your day with a coffee and/or breakfast
Head to the Stratosphere Tower and ride the observation deck to get a panoramic view of Las Vegas. If you’re feeling brave, try one of the tower’s thrill rides.
Last-minute fun: a few different options
Double check everything is packed
Other Things To Do
Here are some of the alternative things to do while you are in Vegas to provide a more personal Las Vegas Experience depending on your preferences:
- Visit Art Galleries at the Arts District
- Play penny slot machines (lowest odds of winning usually)
- Big Apple roller coaster at the New York-New York
- Day trip to Hover Ham with the iconic Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge
- Water sports i.e. kayaking at the Colorado River
- West Rim Grand Canyon day trip
- Go to Pool Parties at your hotel
- View Las Vegas Skyline: Eiffel Tower, The Strat
- Spend the day/evening in Downtown Las Vegas Fremont Street
MyVegas App information – Save money using the MyVegas app, this can give you many things for free such as drinks, appetizers, room comps, and more. I have written an article about it.
Viator – This site is good for booking tours and other things such as kayaking, Grand Canyon tours, and tickets
Booking.com – Hotel booking site
“20 dollar trick” The 20$ trick in Las Vegas is a theory, trick, or hack by some people to get a room upgrade when you check-in at your hotel.
Some people slip it between credit cards or discretely slip a tip, however its not really a trick. Often times you can get upgraded without asking based on availability, or you can and SHOULD ALWAYS ASK if there is any free upgrades available.
Tipping is customary. It may not always work as it can be a busy weekend or there is nothing available. A lot of times, you may just pay a few dollars at check-in to get upgraded.
The best time to visit Las Vegas is generally during the spring and fall seasons when the weather is mild and pleasant. Summer can be very hot and winter can get cold.
Yes, there are plenty of kid-friendly activities in Las Vegas, such as the Shark Reef Aquarium at Mandalay Bay, the Adventuredome theme park at Circus Circus, and the High Roller observation wheel at the LINQ.
The easiest way to get around Las Vegas is by using taxis, ride-sharing services, or the city’s public transportation system. Many hotels also offer shuttle services to nearby attractions.
The dress code for Las Vegas shows and nightlife can vary depending on the venue. Generally, casual dress is acceptable, but some venues may require dressier attire such as cocktail dresses or suits.
Las Vegas is generally a safe city, but it’s always a good idea to be aware of your surroundings, especially when walking around at night. Stick to well-lit and populated areas, and avoid walking alone in deserted areas.