The challenge of having only one day in Las Vegas is there is so much to do. How do you work up the energy and know the right places to go that are actually worth your time? No need to worry because, in this guide, I’m going to guide you hour by hour through the perfect day so you can leave knowing you made the best of one day in Las Vegas.
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7 a.m: Morning Photo At The (New) Las Vegas Sign
Rise and shine for a morning photo at the new Las Vegas sign. If you have read or watched my 17 Unknown Instagram Spots in Las Vegas guide then you are already familiar with this place. Keeping an efficient route is key, therefore, start here on the north part of The Strip and work your way down to breakfast at Peppermill.
8-9 a.m: Breakfast at Peppermill
The Peppermill Restaurant & Lounge has been serving hearty dishes in the same location since 1982. It remains unchanged today from its ultra 80’s interior and servers in long black ball gowns. A true reminder of the way Las Vegas used to be. A city classic that will stand the test of time.
When I say these dishes are gigantic, I mean it. A breakfast omelet (with I don’t know how many eggs) also comes with a huge muffin, hashbrowns, and toast. This can easily be shared by two people. Should you get too full, that’s all good because for the next few hours you get to walk it off as you explore the world-famous Las Vegas strip.
9-2 p.m: Explore The Las Vegas Strip
Explore The Strip (heading south) stopping for free attractions and photo ops. Here are a few of my top favorites:
Bellagio Fountain is an obvious choice but for good reason. Easily one of the most iconic spots on the Las Vegas Strip. Never ceases to amaze me. If you’re lucky you will catch the “Viva Las Vegas” performance. That one is my favorite.
The Park is a relatively new addition to The Strip with the opening of T-Mobile arena. This urbanesque outdoor area is pedestrian friendly with bars, restaurants, and shall I say the “Brooklyn Bridge”. The NYNY casino mimics the best of NYC with a scaled-down version of the Brooklyn Bridge out front. Great for catching street performers (mostly jazz musician) and people watching under misters on those hot summer days.
Excalibur is one of my favorites simply because it’s a castle and used to have an awesome motion ride in the arcade. Today, you can still catch Tournament of the Kings, or the very least, a great photo in front of a castle. So many casinos are switching to modern design. I respect the Excalibur for staying true to its original form.
The Strip is 4 miles long therefore walking will be tough. Mix your modes of transportation – taking advantage of the monorail and cars for hire.
Getting Around Las Vegas Monorail
You have two choices when it comes to the monorail: the free but limited version on the west side of Las Vegas Blvd or the paid version on the east side. The paid version will cost you $13 for a 24-hour pass picking up at SLS Hotel all the way down to MGM Grand.
The free monorail on the west side is actually owned by MGM who built this themselves to make getting around their properties easier. Their monorail has 3 routes:
Treasure Island to Mirage
Bellagio to The Park MGM
Excalibur to Mandalay Bay
If you’re visiting the locations I mention above, then the free monorail is the one you want to be on.
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3-6 p.m: Explore Downtown
Downtown has increased in popularity among tourists. What many visitors refer to as “Old Vegas” is formally known as the Fremont Street Experience. In actuality, downtown can be separated by: Fremont East, Fremont Street Experience, and the Arts District.
The Fremont East is home to Container Park – a really great hangout area entirely made out of shipping containers. This was a project by the CEO of Zappos, Tony Hsieh. Come here for local mom & pop shops and restaurants. If you’re lucky, you might catch a live performance on the main stage.
After you finish exploring the Container Park, walk around the surrounding streets to admire the wonderful street art. This is where the Life Is Beautiful arts & music festival takes place. You can see all the art which debuts annually at this event. Plenty of photo opportunities.
7-9 p.m: Break for Dinner at Local Spot
Downtown is all about local love when it comes to food. From the East Side to Arts District these are a few of my favorite spots:
La Comida, Mexican
Carson’s Kitchen, American
Esther’s Kitchen, Italian
Cornish & Pasty, British
9-11 p.m: Attend a Free Concert on Fremont Street
The Fremont Street Experience hosts tons of free concerts from cover bands to big names like Good Charlotte and Nelly – to name a few recent performers. It’s a great time to dance off the day you just had and celebrate a huge achievement. That is seeing the best of Las Vegas in 1 day. *applause*
One Day in Las Vegas Itinerary
To summarize and give you a quick snapshot, here is your one day in Las Vegas itinerary:
7 am: Morning photo at the new Las Vegas Sign
8-9am: Breakfast at the Peppermill
9-2 pm: Walk / Ride down The Strip stopping at top locations (i.e. Bellagio, The Park, NYNY, and Luxor)
3-6 pm: Explore Downtown Las Vegas
7-9 pm: Grab dinner downtown at a local spot
9-11 pm: Catch a free concert on the Fremont Street Experience
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