Las Vegas Itinerary – 3 Days in Vegas for First Timers

Spending a few days in Las Vegas? See the best of this delightful city and experience all the highlights with our 3 days in Las Vegas itinerary.

Jam-packed with classic Vegas sights and attractions, this popular 3 day itinerary encompasses a wide variety of things to do to showcase the best that Las Vegas has to offer in a limited amount of time.

This 3 day itinerary includes:

  • Hop-on Hop-off Big Bus Sightseeing Tour
  • Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens (free!)
  • Fountains at Bellagio (free!)
  • Show at the V Theater
  • Madame Tussauds Las Vegas
  • High Roller Observation Wheel at The LINQ
  • Eiffel Tower Experience
  • Grand Canyon South Rim Tour

Spending less time in Las Vegas? We’ve also put together a sample 1 day itinerary and a weekend in Vegas itinerary.

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Day 1

Stop #1: Big Bus Las Vegas

The Big Bus hop-on hop-off bus tour of the Las Vegas Strip and downtown is the most convenient way to see all the sights of Sin City.If you really want to see what Las Vegas is all about, then a trip with Big Bus is in the cards for you. They offer the most informative sightseeing tours around, with insider tips and historical trivia for all to enjoy.

Best of all, it’s a hop-on hop-off option, so if you find something you just *have* to explore during your travels, you can disembark and spend some time checking it out.

If you stay on for the entire route, it should take between 3 and 4 hours.

Getting In: Big Bus Las Vegas Sightseeing Tour tickets are included with the Go Las Vegas Card.

Stop #2: Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens (free!)

Check out the seasonal displays at the Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens, prepared by a team of 140 horticulturalists.

Bring your camera for memorable photo opportunities, displays include incredible flower formations and water features that are nothing short of mesmerizing.

Dinner at a Las Vegas Buffet

Home to some of the best buffets in the country, be sure to allot a little time in your Las Vegas itinerary to hit up a classic buffet.

For an unbelievable selection of food choices ranging from Chinese dim sum, to wood-fired pizza, and crab legs, bring your buffet-sized appetite straight to the Bellagio, one of our top 5 buffets in Las Vegas with a Vegas-style decadent dining experience.

Stop #3: Fountains at Bellagio (free!)

After filling up on the Bellagio buffet, stroll over to the Fountains of Bellagio, one of the most popular things to do in Las Vegas, for a mesmerizing musical water show.

This stunning water show features choreographed fountains timed to famous musical numbers. Shows feature a variety of recognizable music, from concert opera and classical to Broadway tunes, for an always entertaining show.

Best of all, it’s totally free to enjoy.

Stop #4: Catch a Show at the V Theater

Shell-Vegas-V-Theatre-Show-2Don’t leave Las Vegas, the “Entertainment Capital of the World”, without seeing one of the shows that uphold the city’s title.

Head to the V Theater, home to the a huge variety of Vegas shows, right on the Strip to catch one of their award-winning performances. Owned by the famed Las Vegas producer David Saxe, the V Theater is home to some of the most entertaining features on the Strip.

Choose from a number of different shows, including: VEGAS! The Show; V – The Ultimate Variety Show; The Mentalist; Zombie Burlesque; and several more! There are plenty of kid-friendly options, too like pet-based shows and comedy shows.

Each show creatively pays tribute to the spectacle that is Las Vegas’ unique entertainment culture.

No reservations required are required for this event. Please check online for show schedules before your visit.

Getting In: V Theaters Shows are included with the Go Las Vegas Card.

Day 2

Stop #1: Madame Tussauds Las Vegas

Be sure to work some celebrity sightings into your Las Vegas itinerary.

Head to Madame Tussauds for an interactive and entertaining experience with all your favorite movie stars, athletes, celebrities, and more.

Pose with Lady Gaga for the paparazzi, relive a crazy Vegas night with Bradley Cooper, sing on stage for Simon Cowell, and fight crime alongside Nick Fury.

Touching and interacting with the wax statues is highly encouraged with props that visitors can use for unforgettable (and highly believable) photos.

Getting In: Madame Tussauds Las Vegas tickets are included with the Go Las Vegas Card.

Stop #2: High Roller Observation Wheel at The LINQ

LASHigh Roller_Hero Shot (1)Take an afternoon spin on the High Roller, the world’s tallest observation wheel — just about 550 feet above the ground! Your 30 minute ride will feel like it ends too son, as you soak up amazing panoramic views of the Las Vegas Strip and the scenery below. Don’t forget to keep your phone or camera charged for this attraction!

Ready to get the party started? Grab a drink from the High Roller’s wheelhouse bar before boarding.

Insider tip: Head to the right side of the observation cabin for the best views.

The High Roller Observation Wheel operates from 11:30 am to 2:00 am, daily. Please note: The Go Las Vegas Card provides daytime admission only, and is only valid 11:30 am to 5:00 pm.

Getting In: Las Vegas High Roller tickets are included with the Go Las Vegas Card.

Lunch and Entertainment at The LINQ Promenade

After taking a ride on the High Roller, poke around the many shops to grab a fun souvenir or grab a bite at one of the restaurants located at The LINQ, an outdoor shopping, dining, and entertainment destination.

Stop #3: Eiffel Tower Experience

Eiffel-Tower-Experience-at-Paris-Las-Vegas-1Visit Paris without the transatlantic flight! Head to the Paris Las Vegas Hotel for one of the most unique local things you’ll get to do on this vacation.

Their Eiffel Tower Experience is just like setting foot into a magically recreated Parisian cityscape. Ascend to the top of their Eiffel Tower (46 stories above ground level), and then stroll through replicas of L’Arc de Triomphe, the Louvre, and more.

This is a great way to experience the grandeur and opulence of Las Vegas casino culture, and makes for some awesome photos, too.

Getting In: Eiffel Tower Experience tickets are include with the Go Las Vegas Card.

Dinner at Buddy V’s

Fans of TLC’s “Cake Boss” have to check out Buddy Valastro’s first restaurant location, Buddy V’s, right on the Strip.

Visitors will enjoy the upscale casual dining atmosphere and the homemade Italian-American fare. Try the melt-in-your-mouth Eggplant Parm, the Pizza Margherita, or Lisa V’s Linguine & Clams, but make sure you save room for the biggest draw—dessert.

Sample some of Buddy’s V’s signature dishes, including Italian Birthday Cake, Cannolis, and the famous, Flake Cream-Filled Lobster Tail Pastry.

Day 3

Stop #1: Grand Canyon South Rim Tour

Grand-Canyon-South-Rim-Bus-Tour-1You simply can’t visit Las Vegas without taking the time to see the natural wonders in the neighborhood.

Take a guided bus tour out to the Grand Canyon, where you’ll see many of the South Rim’s signature spots, like the historic (but still operational!) Grand Canyon Railway, Mather Point, Yavapai Point, and many sites in Grand Canyon Village.

You’ll also pass by the Hoover Dam on the way, which is a nice included extra that also makes for some great photos.

This tour will take the entire day, so sit back and relax before you reach your destination. You’ll enjoy a buffet dinner during your trip to the Canyon, but dinner is on you, so why not consider our suggestion?

Getting In: Grand Canyon South Rim Tour tickets are available as a premium attraction option with the 3-, 4-, and 5-Day Go Las Vegas Cards.

Dinner at In-N-Out Burger

Head back to the Strip after a long day of sightseeing for a bite to eat at the ever popular In-N-Out Burger.

The fast-casual restaurant is an authentic nod to retro Las Vegas culture and a must-see for visitors.

Insider tip: Be sure to get your double-double with a side of french fries prepared “animal style” for a smothering of the restaurants’ famous secret sauce.

Let’s Recap

This 3 days in Las Vegas itinerary features a variety of activities and attractions that cover all the best non gambling Las Vegas highlights.

The itinerary is jam-packed with fun but features a schedule that’s easy to do in three days.

If you visit each of the stops in this Las Vegas itinerary, you can save up to 55% off combined admission prices with a Go Las Vegas Card or Explorer Pass.

The pass offers flexibility to pick attractions you want to visit from over 10 choices, making it the perfect way to explore Las Vegas for any length of stay.
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