Las Vegas. An oasis in the Mojave desert known for its neon lights, striking accommodation and unanticipated landscapes that are located just 20 minutes off the strip.
Spending 4 days in this wondrous city won't be nearly enough to explore everything, but we have a fabulous itinerary that will make the most of what time you do have!
If you are new to Twosome Travellers blog, let us first give you a little bit of insight into the kind of itineraries we provide. We are a travel couple that focus on couple adventure, we love being outdoors and soaking up the sights, but will also include some downtime activities too. If you're a foodie and love a landscape, then keep reading. If you would like to read more about how we got started, check out more at our about us page.
A Quick Snapshot
- Visit the Red Rock canyon, hike or take an off-road experience like the Pink Jeep adventure tours
- Treat yourself to mind-blowing views of the Grand Canyon by helicopter
- Take a ride on the High Roller Ferris wheel for views across the entire city (our suggestion is to go at night when Vegas is all lit up)
- Fly the Linq, a zipline across Vegas
- Watch a show such as Le Reve at the Wynn Hotel & Casino
- Ride the gondolas at the Venetian
- Watch a ball game at the brand new Las Vegas Ballpark
Restaurants we visited
- Catch at Aria Hotel & Casino for Asian-inspired seafood
- Eiffel Tower Restaurant for an unforgettable dinner with views over the fountains
- Afternoon tea at the Waldorf Astoria
- Lunch at Estiatorio Milos for a trip to the Mediterranean
- The Cosmopolitan for a cocktail stop at the Chandelier Bar
- Blue Ribbon Sushi at Red Rock Casino, a short drive off the strip for a different scene
- Soak up the art scene at Unknown Bar at the Palms Hotel & Casino
For more photos and a juicy Vegas itinerary details then keep reading...
First, lets cover the basic bits like when to go and how to get there..
Still trying to decide what month is best to go? To be honest, all year round Vegas has something for everyone, in general Las Vegas has a dry climate with hot summers. Here's a run down of Vegas months to help you consider which temperatures are best suited for you:
Spring - March to May
Can still be cool in March, heating up towards May as day time temps on average around 25°C - 28°C nighttime temps in the region on 15°C
Summer - June to August
Average high is 38-40°C (104°F) low humidity helps keep the temperature from feeling as hot as it is. Also manageable as all indoor in air conditioned. Nighttime drops to on average 20°C.
Autumn - September to November
September can still look a lot like Summer, but daytime can cool to region of 20°C towards November time, nighttime temps are in the region of 8-19°C.
Winter - December to February
Much cooler with daytime average being 15°C / 60°F, nighttime can drop to as low as 1-4°C / 34-40°F.
Getting to Las Vegas
Las Vegas is located in the Mojave desert in Southern Nevada. If like us, you aren't too familiar with USA state locations, we've pinpointed on a map its location to help give you an idea of airports you can fly in and out of.
We flew from Sydney International airport to Las Vegas McCarran International Airport via Los Angeles which took 17 hours flight time. (There are no direct flights from Sydney to Las Vegas.) On the return journey, we decided to drive from Vegas via Joshua Tree to Los Angeles, and took a direct flight back to Sydney from LA.
On arrival in to Las Vegas airport, the cheapest and most convenient way to reach your hotel is by Uber, we found it to be of similar price as in Sydney.
A cheaper option may be to take an airport shuttle minibus which will drop you off at your hotel. There are several different companies but they all leave from just outside the airport’s baggage reclaim and charge around $10 each way. If you are travelling as a couple, it could work out cheaper to share a taxi.
Once you have reached the strip, it’s easy to get around the Strip on foot, but distances can be longer than they first appear! The Deuce (double decker buses) run up the strip to Fremont Street 24 hours a day and are frequent (every 15 minutes). We paid $6 for 2 hours, there are other pass options for a longer period - $8 for 24 hours or $20 for three days
We reached Paris Las Vegas hotel which is located on the strip within 15 minutes after jumping into our Uber at the airport.
This can fluctuate pending the month you are visiting Vegas, but this provides an indication of costs when we visited in June;
All in USD $
Hotel (On the strip)
Economy hotel - From $40 p/n
Mid Range Hotel - From $70 p/n
Luxury (4* plus) - From $100 p/n
Public Transportation such as the Deuce bus is $8 for 24 hours. There are also free trams between certain hotels which you can utilize.
Uber -$1.50 base fare and $1 for every mile beyond this
Car rental - most hotel/casinos offer free parking, some may charge an overnight fee
$ - such as In and Out Burger, Subway, $10 +
$$$ - $25 + pp such as a sit down meal on the strip or in the hotels
$$$$ - $65 + pp - it's worth noting there are many fine dining restaurants that offer significantly reduced costs on Lunch time specials such as Estiatorio Milos who offer a $29 pp lunch menu!
We have given some indication of pricing per activity in the below itinerary
We thought it would be good to mention this as unlike the UK or AUS, it is a practiced social custom that a gratuity charge is included it most hospitality scenarios. We were advised the following by a local:
Restaurants - 15–20% of the amount of a customer's bill (before tax) is customary when good to excellent service is provided.
Uber/Taxi -10-20% of total charge
Hotel Porter - $1-2 per bag is the norm.
Tour guides - $5-10
Welcome to Las Vegas! Check into the hotel and drop off your bags.
We arrived in the morning and were able to get a room from 11am, if you are arriving on an early flight, it is worth asking for early check-in as most hotels will try and accommodate where possible.
Paris Las Vegas is one of Vegas’ iconic resorts that has awesome views of the Strip, we found it to be a great location to explore on foot in both directions. Plus, (a big plus!) it was directly opposite the spectacular Bellagio fountains that dance to music every 15-30 minutes!