How to do Las Vegas in a day
Set in a desert oasis, Las Vegas is probably the most glamorous city in the world. A 24 hour, neon lit playground, full of glittering lights; it’s the only place where you can spend the morning in Paris, the afternoon in New York, the night partying in ancient Rome and get married at midnight with Elvis by your side. It is THE fantasy city that knows no limits! From The Strip to downtown, the thrilling Mirage Volcano to the Stratosphere Tower, you'll find all sorts of fantastic casinos, clubs, shows, iconic buildings, shops and restaurants to explore. Giant replicas of the world’s most iconic buildings tower over the city, including The Eiffel Tower at Paris Las Vegas, which features a panoramic, bird's-eye view of the Las Vegas Strip and the 150-foot replica of New York’s famous Statue of Liberty.
For many Vegas visitors, business is the main priority. As a top destination for business meetings and conventions, the city offers delegates the best convention experience in the world. With nearly 11 million feet of exhibition space and luxurious resorts hosting more than 22,000 meetings, conventions and incentive programs annually. Many business travellers have minimal time to properly explore the glittering city but for those that do get the chance to enjoy some downtime, we have compiled a list of the must do activities (flat shoes recommended)!
The Breakfast Club
You’re a delegate on a business trip and already hungry for a taste of this fantastic city…let’s start with the most important meal of the day – breakfast! Famous for it’s all you can eat, supersized buffets, why not start the day off in true Vegas fashion at Le Village Buffet, situated at the iconic Caesars Palace. A good overnight choice for business travellers, Caesars Palace is situated on the Strip’s premier shopping destination and offers a highly memorable experience. Offering a vast range of tantalising delights, guests are given the choice of over indulging in the French theme with a range of Parisian classics including crêpes and Brie. If that’s not your thing, then how about tucking into something more local such as peel-and-eat jumbo shrimp, cotton candy, chicken and waffles or a sushi bar. Whatever you choose, wash it all down with a Bloody Mary and make it quick – you have a busy day ahead of you!
Mixing Business with Pleasure
Balancing business with pleasure is never an easy feat, but it can be done with a little forward planning. If you’re in Vegas for a business meeting, why not try and schedule it to be in the morning so you can leave yourself a little time to explore the Strip? A stroll along the famous Vegas Strip is a must do and lets you experience some of the world's most famous landmarks and exotic destinations. The south end of the Strip is full of family-friendly things to do. New York-New York has a roller coaster, Mandalay Bay has the Shark Reef, whilst Luxor’s Titanic exhibit displays real artifacts from the doomed ship but if you’d rather see something a more grown-up, Luxor’s Bodies: The Exhibition and the Tropicana’s Mob Experience are good choices. Starting from one end, the four-mile stretch takes visitors around the world in a matter of hours, but the main attractions are on a two-mile-long pedestrian-friendly stretch centered on Flamingo Avenue. Here you can see a miniature version of New York City; catch views a 50-storey replica of the Eiffel Tower at Paris Las Vegas and travel gondolier-style through the Italian Renaissance. Other must see attractions include the Mirage volcano and Forum Shops at Caesars Palace. Alternatively, you could always plan to arrive a day earlier in order to help you get a feel for the city – invaluable when you’re doing business with the locals.
Wining & Dining
If business doesn’t allow time for a wander down the Strip, how about scheduling a business lunch and head over to the luxury Bellagio hotel. Home of the must see Bellagio fountains where the water dances and shoots high into the sky, perfectly choreographed to the accompanying music. Enjoy a well-deserved drink here whilst you really get to know your associates, or head next door to one of Vegas’ newest hotels, The Cosmopolitan. Take some time to see the interior of this art-filled hotel and stop for a drink at the Chandelier Bar. It’s exactly what its name implies: a giant, three-story crystal chandelier.
For a city that used to be famous for it’s outpost of cheap buffets and barely edible prime-rib specials, Las Vegas is now a luxurious eating destination. With a huge choice of fine dining options and celebrity chef outlets from Emeril Lagasse and Wolfgang Puck, you can enjoy a delicious dinner any where on the Strip too. So if business runs into the evening eating out is also a great way of getting to know any newly met colleagues who will usually be more than happy to give you an insider’s tour of the Strip.
Make A Night Of It
If time doesn’t permit you to explore in the day, don’t worry. Whatever happens in Vegas happens 24 hours a day so head back to the hotel, freshen up, and get ready for a night in Sin City…
Catering for the nocturnal lot, it’s a well known fact that Vegas really comes alive at night with a nightlife that is incomparable to any other destination. Known for it’s all singing, all dancing shows, you should try and cap off your Vegas experience with a with a dazzling Cirque du Soleil show or perhaps try and snag a ticket for a huge headliner like Céline Dion. Not possible? There’s plenty to keep you entertained.
Famous for it’s casinos, Vegas is a gamblers paradise. If you’re a fish, (gambling novice) Penny slot machines are a good way to start and also really popular but don’t count on winning much. Or alternatively enjoy a poker lesson before hopping on the monorail to Excalibur, which puts you Strip-central in no time. From here, pick and choose the casinos that appeal to you. High-stakes gamblers will enjoy the enormous and extravagant mega-resorts such as The Venetian Resort Hotel Casino, Caesars Palace and Wynn Las Vegas. Whereas the smaller casinos, such as O’Sheas and Slots-A-Fun, tend to have better payouts and lower minimums.
From the eclectic aquarium Mermaid Bar & Lounge at Silverton, where thirsty onlookers can enjoy the company of several mermaids, to the more refined and dramatic Ghostbar at Palms - located 55 floors high, it offers panoramic views of the city. When you’re ready for more fun, takes a walk to discover the many ultra lounges, sip cocktails under the stars at a rooftop bar, or join in the sing-alongs to dueling pianos at the Bar at Times Square at New York New York and enjoy wherever the night takes you…
Congratulations! You’ve just conquered Vegas in a day.
If Time Permits…
If you are able to extend your business trip and take a little time out to explore then the Strip isn't the only visually stunning landmark in Vegas! If you need some breathing space from the bright lights of the city, then how about jumping behind the steering wheel and enjoy a leisurely drive to the stunning Red Rock Canyon. Here you can take in the gorgeous panoramic scenery and enjoy a landscape that really is world apart form the Vegas Strip. Drive a 13-mile loop around the canyon to admire a number of fabulous views and sights along the way, have a picnic, or take a walk. Alternatively, you could take a short tour and learn about the Native Americans who once lived in Red Rock Canyon on this quick and easy sojourn into the desert.