How to Spend 24 Hours in Las Vegas

The city of Las Vegas is on the bucket list of many travellers across the world but once your plane lands in Sin City, where do you begin your adventure? Here is the perfect way to spend 24 hours in Las Vegas!

7AM: French Breakfast

Mon Ami Gabi, a French bistro situated in Las Vegas
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The old saying goes that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. So, you might as well find the best breakfast in the city to kick-start your 24-hour trip. French bistro Mon Ami Gabi might not usually be the sort of joint you’d consider but you should check it out.

The restaurant thrives off its egg-based dishes but there are tons of other breakfast options including waffles, yogurts, fresh fruit salad, oatmeal, skinny crepe pancakes, warm baguettes, and a wide range of drinks for you to enjoy as you people-watch along the Strip.

9AM: Hit the Casino!

Inside the casino room at Caesars Palace
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Now, this next activity is one you might think is a little strange to do in the morning but believe us when we say there are good reasons why. Gambling. Yes.

You might be heading to Vegas with this idea of hitting the tables in the evening dressed in your tuxedo and walking away with the jackpots. Wipe that stereotype out of your head. The early morning action is where the best gaming can be enjoyed. Lower table limits, less crowded casino floors, and a more relaxed environment make for quite the underrated casino experience.

Which casino you hit is up to you, but we’d recommend Caesars Palace with craps, blackjack, baccarat, roulette, Spanish 21, Pai Gow, and Pai Gow poker all available to play at the crack of dawn.

Wait… How old do you have to be to gamble in Las Vegas?
In Las Vegas you must be 21 or over to gamble. This includes casinos and any locations that have gambling machines on site, such as grocery stores or bars. You might be able to sneak past the security guards if you look older, but you’ll be expected to show your ID at some point. And if you win a huge jackpot but you’re under 21, you won’t get a dime. This is the case for the whole of Nevada.

Bear this in mind if you’re planning on heading to the casino during your trip to Sin City! Use our complete guide to US gambling ages by state if you need help with planning any other trips and you’re unsure about whether you can gamble.

12PM: Enjoy the Fountains

One of the most iconic scenes in Las Vegas are the stunning Fountains of Bellagio shows. On Saturdays and on holidays, these shows occur every half hour between noon and 8pm, then every 15 minutes between 8pm and midnight. During the weekdays, this will be every half hour from 3pm to 8pm, then every 15 minutes from 8pm until midnight. On a Sunday, the shows are every half hour between 11am and 7pm.

It’s not to be missed with the fantastic light and musical displays that accompany the choreography of the fountains.

1PM: Visit the Stratosphere

No trip to Vegas is complete without heading up to the top of the 1,149 feet tall Stratosphere Tower. The tallest freestanding observational tower in the US offers panoramic views of the Vegas sky-line.

It’s also host to a number of attractions including the Top of the World restaurant and four thrill rides. These rides consist of the second highest thrill ride in the world called Big Shot, the heart-pumping Insanity that dangles riders over the edge of the tower, bungee jump experience SkyJump Las Vegas, and the high-octane X-Scream. Yikes.

3PM: Check Out the Hoover Dam

The Hoover Dam, located 45 minutes outside of Las Vegas
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The Hoover Dam is one of the great structures that was built in the US during the 20th century. The dam was constructed between 1931-36 during the Great Depression and was named after former US President, Herbert Hoover.

It’s located just 45 minutes outside of Las Vegas and is well worth the visit as a listed US National Historic Landmark. And if you own a drone you’re going to get some seriously great shots.

6PM: Catch an Early Dinner at Raku

A meal from the Japanese-style restaurant Raku, in Las Vegas
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It might be drawing ever closer to sun down but the night is only just about to start. You’ll want to get some fuel inside you ahead of the night time activities.

Our recommendation would be to stray slightly off the Las Vegas Strip and make your way to the W. Spring Mountain Road where you’ll find Japanese restaurant Raku. The monthly sake sampler is a real treat and the Robata Grill is the stuff of legend. The fluffy cheesecake is also a must! Just don’t eat too much you can’t make it to the next part of the itinerary.

9PM: Take in a Cirque Du Soleil Show

After food, it’s time for the entertainment. And you can’t visit Las Vegas without taking in a show.

Mystere by Cirque Du Soleil is one of the shows that continues to leave audiences wowed. Performances at 7pm and 9.30pm live at the Mystere Theatre at Treasure Island offer showmanship in Sin City at its most elite level. We actually spoke to one of the performers to find out what life at Cirque is all about!

Of course, if Cirque Du Soleil’s acrobatic and artistic displays are not your thing then there are plenty of other performers to catch across the city instead. Vegas has something for everyone!

12AM: The Fremont Street Experience

The Viva Vision Light Show is just one of a number of things to check out at the Fremont Street Experience. Shows are on the hour, every hour, between 6pm and 1am.

The 24-hour mall in Downtown Las Vegas also houses a SlotZilla Zip Line that allows thrill seekers to ride their way through the mall above the crowds below. A number of casinos such as Binion’s Gambling Hall and Hotel, The D Las Vegas, and Golden Nugget Las Vegas are also situated here if you want to carry on your winning streak from the morning.

2AM: Smash the Clubs

The XS nightclub in Las Vegas
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You’re only in Las Vegas for 24 hours so there’s still time to hit the night clubs back on the Strip. In an episode of How I Met Your Mother, it was said that nothing good ever comes of things happening after 2am. That’s baloney!

The XS Club at Wynn boasts some of the biggest DJ acts in the world with past performers at the venue including Marshmello, Kygo, Diplo, David Guetta, Chainsmokers, and Alesso. Most clubs are open until 4am, so get your rave in before hitting the sack. Use our Vegas Nightclub Calculator to find the best one for you.

4AM: Bed Time!

A suite from The Venetian Las Vegas
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Sleeping in Las Vegas can be done in style. Don’t restrict yourself to a budget motel out of the way; live la vida loca on the Strip at one of the big resorts.

You don’t necessarily have to blow your bank balance, either. Find an offer online and take full advantage of the superb Vegas hospitality at a hotel such as The Venetian Las Vegas, The Palazzo Resort Hotel Casino, or The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas.