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A Fun 3 Days in Las Vegas, Nevada

As a person who has been to Las Vegas many many times, there are still things I have not done. It is even better when you go with someone who has never been because then you get to experience it in a whole new way! There are a ton of options of what you can do with your time there, so I teamed up with Expedia.com to bring you this ultimate guide to Las Vegas.

Where We Stayed

Planet Hollywood ©2018 HollyDayz

Hotels are plentiful in Las Vegas. There are so many to choose from it just depends on your budget and where you want to be located. On this trip we stayed at 2 hotels, Planet Hollywood Las Vegas Resort and Casino, which is in the center of the strip and Rio All Suites Hotel and Casino, which is off the strip, but not too far away. Why two hotels you ask? We decided to stay a little longer last-minute and the price was right at the Rio! Check Expedia.com to see an extensive list of Las Vegas hotel options for every type of traveler.

Rio All Suites Hotel ©2018 HollyDayz

What We Did

The Linq Promenade ©2018 HollyDayz

Like I said before there is plenty to do. Far more than just drink, gamble, and party. If you want different ideas you can check here for different ideas. For this trip we roamed around the strip. Checking out the Bellagio Conservatory, The Linq Promenade, Miracle Mile Shops, and in and out of different hotels center strip. Each hotel has its own theme and something to offer. There are a sight to see in their own right. Just be sure to wear some good walking shoes.

Bellagio Conservatory ©2018 HollyDayz

We also headed out to Boulder City to go zip lining with Flightlinez Bootleg Canyon. I have zip lined before, but still found myself a bit nervous at first. A thrilling ride up the mountain in a camo school bus and zipping back down was a good time. There were also so many great views of Lake Mead, different animals, and beautiful mountain landscapes.

Flightlinez Bootleg Canyon ©2018 HollyDayz

Although our room had an amazing view of the Bellagio Fountains we decided to head down and watch them in person. We also obtained a great view. After 8pm the fountain show happens every 15 minutes till midnight. So you can watch it till your heart’s content. I know I did, especially from the room.

Bellagio Fountains ©2018 HollyDayz

Back out to Boulder City we went to the Hoover Dam, even crossing state lines into Arizona. There are tours that can be taken, but we just walked around and enjoyed the view from different angles. The dam’s generators provide power to private and public utilities in Nevada, California, and Arizona. It is definitely a sight to see.

Hoover Dam ©2018 HollyDayz

Seven Magic Mountains is an art installation in the middle of the desert. It is about a 30 minute drive from the center of the strip. What are they? Colorful rocks. It looks cooler than it may sound. Parking is free and it is a pretty fun thing to see with the beautiful mountains in the background. A great photo-op as well. The ride out there alone with the scenery was well worth it.

Seven Magic Mountains ©2018 HollyDayz

Relaxing was also a big part of this trip. We relaxed in lounge chairs by the pool. Enjoyed our suites in both hotels, especially Planet Hollywood where there was a huge bathtub!

Where We Ate

Upon arrival we headed over to Blueberry Hill which is located off the strip, but not too far from the strip. The food was as usual delicious. If you are looking for a great meal to start your day this is where you want to be. We ordered chocolate chip pancakes, bacon, eggs, and hash browns as well as an omelette with toast.

Breakfast at Blueberry Hill ©2018 HollyDayz

Over by the Linq Promenade we stopped and ate at Virgil’s Real BBQ. They have a stage for live music as well as televisions and projector screens to watch sports and such. We ordered a shrimp po’ boy with french friends and the Southern Style Surf and Turf combo platter. This platter included grilled shrimp, choice of BBQ meat, two sides, and cornbread. The food was great minus the cornbread, that didn’t taste too good.

Shrimp Po’Boy ©2018 HollyDayz
Surf & Turf Platter ©2018 HollyDayz

When in Vegas you have to check out at least one buffet. We headed over to the Bellagio’s Buffett for brunchThe amount of things we ate while there I couldn’t even tell you it all. It is a buffet after all so you are supposed to try all types of things. I have to say my absolute favorite thing I ate was a made to order omelette. I had them add crab meat, cheese, green peppers, and spinach. It was so delicious! All the food was really good as well as the deserts we tried, my favorite being the bread pudding.

One of many plates we tried at the Bellagio Buffet ©2018 HollyDayz

Babystacks was another breakfast spot we tried. There are a few locations, all off the strip. They have a great looking menu and it was pretty hard to choose. I opted for lemon ricotta pancakes, eggs, bacon, and hash browns. I was definitely not disappointed. It was very good.

Lemon Ricotta Pancakes, bacon, eggs, and home fries from Babystacks ©2018 HollyDayz
Omlette & home fries from home fries ©2018 HollyDayz

If you are looking for a themed spot, the Rainforest Cafe is pretty cool. There are a couple of locations on the strip, we went to the one near Planet Hollywood. We ordered a pot roast with veggies and mashed potatoes dinner as well as hickory smoked chicken. Both were delicious. We also enjoyed the animatronic animals and thunderstorms that happened throughout the meal.

Rainforest Cafe animatronics ©2018 HollyDayz

Earl of Sandwich is located at a few hotels on the strip including inside Planet Hollywood. We had some breakfast sandwiches from there a few times and there were delicious. Worth an early morning meal to get you started for the day. We also went to some fast food places including In N Out, Sonic Drive- In, and Taco Bell. I mean when you are on the move you just stop and grab some quick good eats.

I am looking forward to going back to Las Vegas as it is constantly changing. There is so many new places to eat, things to do, and see. Hopefully where we stayed, what we did, and where we ate helps you figure out what you may want to do. As we said before there is so much to do! Our itinerary works great for solo travelers, friends, couples, friends, and yes even family travel to Las Vegas.

What do you like to do when visiting Las Vegas? 

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  • Christopher

    This place i would love to visit. I hear so much and see so much about Vegas . Those buildings are huge and the food looks delicious

    • Holly Dayz

      Oh yea definitly a must visit. There is so much to see and do there. The food was really good.

  • Jenn and Ed Coleman

    Sounds like you had a classic Vegas trip and so cool that you got to share it with a newbie. It’s always amazing to see people’s reaction when they first see the strip. I love the walking tour from Luxor/ MGM to TI / Venitian and back, hitting both sides of the strip as I go. Also, I’m a sucker from Freemont Street. It’s that old timey Vegas feel that just draws me in. A lot of crazy going on there.

    • Holly Dayz

      Yea, I enjoy going to Vegas. Yea, it was too hot to do that much walking, but we did a fair amount. Freemont Street is cool and has its own vibe. I did the zip lining there once.

  • Carol Colborn

    We have been to Vegas 3x this year. And I haven’t even gone to that Seven Magic Mountains. I want to go there!!!

    • Holly Dayz

      One year I went 6 times lol. So I don’t blame you. Oh yea head out there, it is pretty cool.

  • Blerim Norja

    I love this place! Hope one day I could visit it!

    • Holly Dayz

      I hope you can too.

  • Vanessa Workman

    I regret that I didn’t visit Las Vegas more when I lived in the US, it truly is a not-to-be-missed city. You covered a lot of turf in 3 days, well done! And you are right, it is constantly changing always something new to experience. I’d especially like to see those 7 Magic Mountains. They remind me of a toy us kids had back in the olden days, called ‘Magic Rocks’. Drop a color fake stone in water and it expanded to look like an underwater version of a tiny colorful mountain range. 😀

  • Holly Dayz

    Yea, I go often and since stuff is always changing there is plenty to see and do. I have been waiting to see the Seven Magic Mountains for awhile now. I was happy I was finally able to. I remember those toys. I actually remember the commercials they had for them too.

  • Kita

    I’ve heard the food and the shows are some of the best in Las Vegas. I have never been but I would love to visit. I don’t know about such a long flight. I will have to work my way up to it.

  • sherianne

    I just love the Bellagio Fountains. They are really fun the watch from the top of the Paris Eiffel tower too. It’s always fun to get out the the casinos and have some fresh air too,. Last time I ws in town I wentto Valley of Fires, it’s beautiful

  • Honeycomb Moms

    I’ve been to Vegas so many times, but I’ve never stayed at Planet Hollywood. A lot of people stay there though. I’ve got to check it out.

  • Joyce Brewer

    I’m trying to convince my husband to go to Vegas for our 10th anniversary next year. All I want is a good show, several buffets and to lounge by the pool.

  • Tomiko Harvey

    I am going to vegas the first week of November. I havent been in years. Maybe 8 I think so I am excited. This post was right on time

  • Keisha Adinkra

    Vegas is one of my favorite places to visit stateside! I’ve never been to hoover dam I tend to get caught up in life on the strip lol.

  • Leslie Heigh

    They have the most amaxing shows in Vegas. Michael Jackson One was awesome. Checking out live entertainment is my fave thing to do in Vegas. And eat. And drink. Lol

  • Alli

    You certainly enjoyed so much delicious food it looks like! Yum! I’ve visited Vegas only once and I made sure to get to Hoover Dam and Grand Canyon! I stayed at the Venetian and it was very nice. At the Bellagio fountains, do they still blast Celine Dion music??

  • Mansoureh

    I have never been to Las Vegas, to be fair, I have never been to the US. I know Vegas through the movies and as you said I think Vegas is where you can’t get bored and you can visit it again and again.

  • Lia World Traveler

    I have never been to Vegas thank you for these tips. There is so much to do i am almost overwhelmed about where to start sometimes.

  • Kim

    I had a room booked at the Wynn for this October for my husband’s 40th, but canceled it. I am going to have to re-visit Las Vegas one of these days to do some of the things you did.

  • Gina

    I love that you covered all the fun stuff there is to do in Vegas other than gambling. When I visit, I always go for the food. Next time, I’ll venture off the strip into the desert for some adventure

  • Himanshu

    Hey Holly,
    Love the way you have written the article. It felt as if I am right there in Las Vegas and exploring it with you. Linq Promenade looks awesome. Wow, you had the view of Bellagio Fountains from your room, that’s incredible. First time read abut seven magic Mountains. Hey Holly,
    Love the way you have written the article. It felt as if I am right there in Las Vegas and exploring it with you. It looks you have some great insider tips on Las Vegas so book marking it. Linq Promenade looks awesome. Wow, you had the view of Bellagio Fountains from your room, that’s incredible. First time read abut seven magic Mountains.

  • Punita Malhotra

    That is a good fun and food filled holiday in Vegas! My cousin is going in December and she will find this post very useful. Did you have lucky days at the gaming tables?

  • Kiwi

    Ive only been to Vegas once but I need to go back. When I went I had such an experience I went to pool parties and elaborate clubs where celebs were performing so next time I go I want to see a good concert!

  • Carissa

    This looks amazing! My husband and I have been talking about doing a trip to Vegas, he’s been before but I have never been so I am excited about going!

  • Lindsay Nieminen

    When I go to Vegas I don’t seem to get out of the casinos or the pool! I hope next time to visit the Seven magic Mountains! They look super cool! I haven’t done the Hoover Dam either!

  • Mimi Green

    I love zip lining, I would do it everywhere I go if I could. I have never been to Vegas, it is on my list though. I don’t want the Hangover experience but I was to try all of the things, eat all of the things, and shop stupid.

  • Suruchi

    Now that is a erfect 3 day s fun itinerary for Las Vegas. You enjoyed at some of the great places. Ziplining will top our list along with a walk to the fountains and Dam. The conservatory too looks quite well done and amazing. Food has already made me craving for some now. Great pictures.

  • Joanna Teris

    If I ever make it back to Las Vegas, this is exactly what my itinerary would look like. Since I’m not big on gambling. Didn’t know they had zip lining, that sounds awesome. And lemon ricotta pancakes, whaaaa? I need to try that. Looks like a great trip.

  • Tysheira

    I’ve never been to Las Vegas! I hope to go someday and with these suggestions it helps planning a trip easier.

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