48 Hours in Las Vegas

When the lights of Sin City beckon, you’ll be ready with this itinerary!

By Matthew Stewart

DAY 1
4 PM Check in to the Las Vegas Hilton Hotel & Casino. Just east of The Strip, this resort is centrally located with easy access to other resorts via the Las Vegas Monorail.

5 PM Now that you’re settled, it’s time to live the Vegas life with some pre-dinner cocktails. Napoleon’s Lounge at Paris Las Vegas lets you unwind while dueling pianists entertain.

7 PM As The Strip lights up, it’s time for dinner. A taste of France awaits at the Eiffel Tower Restaurant where Chef J. Joho prepares fine French cuisine. For rustic Mediterranean, across the street is Chef Todd English’s Olives at The Bellagio. Both offer views of the famous Bellagio Fountains and reservations are recommended.

9 PM You can’t do Vegas without seeing a show and with eight distinct performances, Cirque du Soleil has one to suit every taste. For reviews, tickets and times Vegas.com has everything you need.

DAY 2
9 AM Nothing says vacation quite like brunch. Loosen your belt and get your fill of pastries, custom-made omelets, fresh fruit and much more, at The Buffet at Wynn Las Vegas.

11 AM Once brunch has settled, Las Vegas Indoor Skydiving, will have you soaring without (hardly) leaving the ground. If big toys are more your style, Dig This Heavy Equipment Playground lets you drive bulldozers and excavators.

3 PM After a tough day, grab a spot (and a drink!) by the hotel pool. If the spa is a must, The Spa at LVH has a variety of restorative treatments including massage and aromatic facials.

6 PM For dinner tonight, where else can you dine on Mexico City soul food while watching gondolas drift by? Taqueria Cañonita at The Venetian serves expertly-prepared Mexican dishes. Or, dine on award-winning Italian near St. Mark’s Square at Zeffirino and choose from over 600 wine selections for that perfect pairing.

9 PM Time for some nightlife! For classic ’80s, The Bourbon Room at The Venetian has the rock, pop and all the acid wash you want. For more modern sounds, Voodoo Rooftop Nightclub at Rio Las Vegas plays top 40, hip-hop and dance, with a spectacular view of LV from the 51st floor.

DAY 3
10 AM If a wild night out had you sleeping in a little this morning, head downstairs to the Superbook Deli for a quick bite. If you did manage to roll out of bed a little earlier, Treasure Island’s Kahunaville will whip up quick and filling waffles, eggs or breakfast burrito.

11 AM For some classic Vegas, Fremont Street features hotel casinos like the Golden Nugget and 4 Queens along with lots of entertainment and shopping under a giant video screen canopy. For a little history, be sure to check out The Neon Museum and their collection of vintage Las Vegas signs or The Mob Museum, showcasing the city’s checkered past.

4 PM As you leave, count your winnings and know you’ve only scratched the surface of what this desert oasis has to offer.

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