LAS VEGAS: Top 5 Tips. One Quick, Memorable Visit.

Famous sign in Las Vegas Nevada

Vegas is a great place to spend multiple days, but if you’re just stopping in quick for one day and night before heading to another destination, here are the Las Vegas Top 5 Tips for a memorable visit.

Las Vegas Top 5 Tips

Tip #1 Walk the Strip
Tip #2 Explore the hotels
Tip #3 Ride a thrill ride
Tip #4 Dine in style
Tip #5 Experience a show

Walk the Strip (Tip #1)

First, put on some comfy shoes and start to walk the strip. All the hotels are so different, and honestly, you can spend days just walking through them and exploring. 

Just a warning, though, from personal experience: a hotel may look like it’s pretty close and an easy walk, only for you to discover that a half-hour later you’re still not there! Save your energy where you can and order an Uber or Lyft.

Speaking of Uber/Lyft, use one to at some point get yourself out to the iconic Las Vegas sign and snap a photo for your memory book. It’s a mile or more from the strip, so walking is probably not the best choice if you have limited time. 

It’s highly likely that you’ll experience an Elvis sighting there – it is Vegas, after all.

Las Vegas Nevada Famous Sign

Next, have your Uber/Lyft driver take you on a quick loop around the strip (20 minutes or so). In my opinion, this “city tour” – with all that there is to see – is well worth the money spent. 

Or, if you’re budget allows, take a limo! Surprisingly, the price of one in Vegas really isn’t all that outrageous, especially if you have a group of people chipping in. 

Las Vegas Strip view from car

Explore the hotels (Tip #2)

Truly, exploring the many Vegas hotels is a great way to spend the day as each one is so different. 

At the Bellagio, there are two very cool attractions that are both FREE. The first is right outside in front: the Fountains of Bellagio. The show runs every 15 or 30 minutes, depending on the time and day.  

Bellagio Hotel Fountain Show

Inside, is the Bellagio Conservatory and Botanical Gardens. This is stunning. Five times per year, there is a brand-new floral extravaganza. Take a stroll through for even just 15 minutes. 

At the Venetian, take a gondola ride, or just walk through this neat hotel as there are plenty of things to see. 

While I have not ridden in one of the gondolas myself, I can imagine it would be a great place to rest your tired feet from all the walking on the strip. 

Additionally, a unique place in the Venetian (and also at Mandalay Bay) is the minus5 Ice Experience.

Gondola Ride at Venetian Hotel

The Paris Hotel is another beautiful stop to explore (or stay overnight!). 

Eiffel Tower outside Paris Hotel Las Vegas

Ride a thrill ride (Tip #3)

Next tip: ride one of the cool thrill rides on or near the strip. There are lots of options, if you’re up for it. First, is the rollercoaster at New York, New York.

Rollercoaster at New York New York Hotel

Second, there are four rides at the STRAT Hotel (formerly Stratosphere) – one of which is The Big Shot. This hotel is the tallest structure in the state of Nevada. I’m sure the view of the strip from this ride is amazing, but just going to the observation deck and rotating restaurant at this hotel is good enough for me.

The High Roller is more my style: awesome views from an enclosed cabin on a giant Ferris wheel. 

Or, the Rio Zipline promises some pretty epic sites and thrills. 

Dine in style (Tip #4)

With all the walking, you’ll surely be ready to sit down for a memorable dining experience. You can find any kind of food imagined in Vegas, especially a buffet in probably every hotel. 

Actually, Excalibur has a unique dinner show experience called Tournament of Kings which is for all ages. It takes place in a 900-seat theater-in-the-round arena where, according to the website, “Knights ride mighty steeds and prove their chivalry amongst special effects and pyrotechnics.”

Excalibur Hotel exterior

Experience a show (Tip #5)

You can’t go to Vegas without seeing one of the showsTickets do sell out – especially the really popular ones, and the weekend shows are the hardest to get – so it is best to buy online in advance. 

If you’ve never seen a Cirque du Soleil show, then, well… just go see one, and thank me later! You will not be disappointed. Or, there’s also tons of concerts, comedy shows, and magic shows (I’ve always wanted to see David Copperfield). 

OK, that is probably more than you’ll have time for in just a short one-day visit, but hopefully these Las Vegas Top 5 Tips gives you a few ideas during your stay. 

More time? Add to your Las Vegas Top 5 Tips.

  • Shark Reef Aquarium – one of the largest exhibits of its kind, complete with a shark tunnel.
  • Fremont Street Experience – a five-block entertainment district in historic downtown Las Vegas.
  • Hoover Dam – just 40 minutes from Vegas, a tour of this manmade marvel is definitely worth your time.

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