Day 0-1: Las Vegas and Rent Car
Starting your trip in Vegas is great for two reasons: 1- It makes for a night to remember with the options of hitting the table or seeing a show or a mouth-watering dinner and 2- a myriad of cheap flights into the area rather than beginning in Salt Lake City.
Once you get settled into your hotel, check out some of the activities below for your night in Vegas.
Accommodations in Las Vegas
This first night in Las Vegas is up to you and your budget. We recommend that when choosing , remember that your hotel room in Vegas is really just a place to sleep since you're going to be up most of the night gambling or checking out one one of the many shows.
Staying on the strip or near by allows you to hop from hotel to hotel checking out the Caesars Palace or the Bellagio fountains. Staying off the strip offers cheaper accommodation options but may require a short cab ride to the strip. Check out Booking.com for more options! Below is a map of the numerous accommodations along and around the strip.
Activities to do in Las Vegas
Making the most of your night in Vegas depends on what you are looking for. For those that want to gamble, you don't have to go any farther then the lobby of your hotel to find slots, blackjack, or any other game you want to play. On the other hand, walking around the strip offers all kinds of entertainment. Below are some suggestions on what to see around town:
Bellagio Fountains: A fun (and free) activity is to go watch the Bellagio Fountains shoot off to the beat of songs ranging from Celine Dion to Bruno Mars. Monday through Friday, fountains go off every 30 minutes from 3pm-8pm, and then every 15 minutes from 8pm-Midnight. On Saturday's/Holidays, every 30 minutes from noon-8pm and 15 minutes from 8-Midnight, and Sunday's every 30 minutes from 11am-7pm and every 15 minutes from 7pm-Midnight.
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Go See a DJ or Show: Las Vegas is known for their incredible clubs with famous DJ's from Calvin Harris to Diplo coming into town and performing every week. Places like MGM and Aria are great venues to experience along with plenty of other hotels. Click here for the current DJ schedule and options to buy tickets. If you're interested in seeing a production show like Cirque Du Soleil or Magic Mike, click here for the entire schedule list.
Food in Las Vegas
There are all kinds of food options that you can find in Vegas that will fit your budget. For white table cloth dinner, we suggest Joe's Stone Crab; an incredible sea food restaurant which offers fresh sea food and meat options (we highly recommend 2 pounds of the cold King Crab with mustard sauce!) It's definitely worth it to check out the 3-story "club" Taco Bell on the Strip; here you can buy alcoholic slushy drinks and dance the night away. If it's your first time out west and want to grab something quick on the way out, In-N-Out Burger is another great fast food option.
For budget food options of all kinds, click here. For other Yelp options, click here.
In addition to food, recreational marijuana is legal in the state of Nevada so you can find dispensaries on and off the strip. If you're interested in buying some gummies or other edibles for your trip, Reef Dispensaries is a great store that have plenty of "Budtenders" to help guide you through your purchase.
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