48 hours in Las Vegas


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JUNE 2017

Las Vegas is a city that was made for entertainment, carved out of the Mojave Desert with escape in mind. Now’s never been a better time to discover why it got its nickname as ‘the party capital of the United States’.

Day one

10.00: Exploring the Las Vegas Strip

Your fun begins on The Strip, Las Vegas’ main artery and home to bustling casinos, world-class restaurants, ornately designed resorts and over-the-top shows. Take a photo at the famous “Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas” sign on South Las Vegas Boulevard, then it’s off to start your adventures.

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12.00: Make a splash

Spend the day diving with sharks at the Shark Reef Aquarium at Mandalay Bay, or strap in for the 108-story controlled free fall at SkyJump at the Stratosphere Tower. The ideal spot to catch your breath is the three-level Chandelier Bar at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, offering signature drinks and its own multi-story visual spectacle.

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19.00: Place your bets

You can test the waters at the festive Foxtail Pool and Nightclub at SLS Las Vegas, or for a more relaxing sojourn, take tea at Mandarin Oriental’s Tea Lounge high above The Strip. End your evening with a meal and a great view at the Country Club at Wynn Las Vegas.

The ideal spot to catch your breath is the three-level Chandelier Bar at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas

  • Chandelier Bar at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas. ©The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas.

    Crystal ball

    This three-storey bar is set inside an enormous chandelier of 2 million crystals. The cocktail menu is equally impressive.

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  • SlotZilla Zip Lines. ©Fremont Street Experience.

    Flying high

    Grab your gopro and capture eveything that's synonymous with Vegas on this 12-story, slot machine-inspired zip line attraction at SlotZilla.

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  • Mandarin Oriental’s Tea Lounge. ©Mandarin Oriental.

    High tea

    Enjoy a moment of calm from the dazzle of Las Vegas in Mandarin Oriental’s Tea Lounge. A classic English afternoon tea is served daily.

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Day two

11.00: Beyond Las Vegas Boulevard

Off the Strip, an equal amount of fun awaits you. Head over to Fremont Street, and try the SlotZilla Zip Lines under the Viva Vision video canopy of the Fremont Street Experience. Passengers on the upper line “fly” over all the excitement of Fremont Street below.

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13.00: All at steak

Besides the shops, dazzling lights and nightly shows, the Bellagio Hotel is modelled on an Italian village on the shore of Lake Como and features. Plus, it lays claim to the first ever nightlife experience in Vegas and it featured in iconic film Ocean’s Eleven.

19.00 Casino-hopping

Other Downtown Las Vegas favourites include The Shark Tank Pool inside Golden Nugget, the pool deck at the Downtown Grand, the intimate Downtown Cocktail Room, the beer garden patio at Park on Fremont, and the Prohibition-era feel of Commonwealth. You’ll find live music at Backstage Bar & Billiards, Downtown Container Park (which also features open-air shopping and dining), or TAO nightclub at the Venetian Hotel. Back closer to the Strip, Southern hospitality and cuisine await at The Orleans, while Ghostbar nightclub atop the Palms offers sleek sophistication.

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  • Red Rock Canyon located in west side of Las Vegas. ©Narawon.

    The scenic route

    Hire a car and take a 13 mile scenic drive looping Red Rock Canyon.£503 pp

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Day three

10.00: Nature and Culture

Take a break from the bright lights and visit nearby Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area for hiking, biking and climbing adventures, and then unwind with a spa treatment at the Red Rock Resort. Las Vegas also offers access to white water rafting at the Grand Canyon, zip lining in Boulder City, year-round golf and dune buggy tours through the sand dunes.

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14.00: Bright lights

Check out the Neon Museum to tour the signs that once adorned Las Vegas hotels and casinos. Also sure to capture your interest are the Mob Museum, officially the National Museum of Organized Crime and Law Enforcement; the National Atomic Testing Museum and Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art.