If you had to quickly plan your Las Vegas stay you would have to choose a hotel, figure out meals and find something to do. Or, you could just take this quick decision making tool and sit back and start thinking about a great spa treatment and entertaining show and that extra bottle of wine you would order with dinner. You don't really need a Las Vegas itinerary but if you did, these would be some good suggestions.
Downtown Las Vegas was considered the budget property mecca for a long time but times have changed. Well, not entirely, there are still great deals on Fremont Street but hotels look much better and deliver so much more than budget travelers are accustomed to. Stay at the Golden Gate Hotel for a feeling of nostalgia in the newly refurbished granddaddy of Las Vegas hotels. Spend a little extra and you’ll experience the suite life for the cost of an average room on the strip. Share an order of pancakes at Dupar’s Restaurant and Bakery just off the lobby and whatever you do, don’t ask about how much butter they use in making them. For a more strip like setting in Downtown drop your bags in the Rush Tower at Golden Nugget. Overcome your fear of sharks with a slide through an aquarium at The Tank or get in an early morning relaxation session at The Spa at Golden Nugget. Move off the well worn beaten path that is Fremont Street and check into the Downtown Grand. Just a few feet from the excitement of old Las Vegas this hotel is a modern version of the old Lady Luck that once stood in this spot. The rooms are larger and cleaner than most Downtown Las Vegas hotels and you are still walking distance to the Mob Museum and the Container Park.
You’ll need to start the day just right so head into Eat (707 Carson at 7th) for breakfast and do not miss chicken fried steak. However, you may need to sample the chilaquiles and the corned beef hash. This is a serious breakfast spot. If you need to venture back toward the strip step into Vickie’s Diner where it feels like time has been halted. This is a breakfast dive if there ever has been but it has charm and low prices. Yes, it does reside in an old pharmacy in what looks like an abandoned strip mall but look past the book cover and step in for a proper breakfast.
Mid-day in Las Vegas is either time for you to get started early or time for you to recuperate. If you need the party start early try a little exercise at TopGolf Las Vegas where the cocktails help with your golf swing. With over 300 TVs surrounding the hitting bays you can catch all the games while slowly starting your Las Vegas adventure. If you are a beer lover walk into BeerHaus at The Park Las Vegas and sample some of their “Rare and Unusual” beers. They keep 6 of these gems on tap for the real beer lovers. They change almost daily and some are so rare that they only have a single keg. If you need food with your drink consider a Boozy Brunch Tour with Lip Smacking Foodie Tours. 2 ½ hours of food and drink right in the middle of the day.
Now, if you just need some relaxation you need the full treatment at a Las Vegas spa. A massage is fine but why not add in a visit to the salon? Sit Down with Claude Baruk and get the haircut you have always wanted. He is definitely a hair whisperer and women swear by his magical hands and clippers. The men are not left out as a shave and cut will alter your style and refresh your look. The Spa at Wynn can help you relax with a Thai Oil Fusion Massage that dips into the deep spots of your active muscles and squeezes out the fatigue. If you are into a little mud, check out Trump Spa where clay fresh from an Australian pool is gently rubbed into your pores to lift out the toxins that rob of you of your youth. A spa day in Vegas will retrieve your energy just in time to squander it away with a late night.
Lunch should not stifle your energy so eat outdoors at Veranda at the Four Seasons and lightly indulge in a taste of Italy by way of Las Vegas. The Nicoise salad is light and a perfect supplement to a spa treatment while the Charlie Palmer Steak Sandwich can bring you back if you went too far down the rabbit hole of relaxation. If you just want to quickly transition to bad behavior you can opt to order something fried with one too many beers at TAP Vegas at MGM Grand. The Pastrami burger is massive and the Tap Fried Shrimp Bucket is perfect for instigating a long beer drinking session. Did you really decided on Vegas as a destination to be good? Be bad, be very bad.
How you take on the night in Las Vegas depends on your style. Are you a show and dinner type or do you just need a drink and some dancing? Make no mistake about your show options in Las Vegas, if you love entertainment you’ll have options but if you want a sure bet, Cirque du Soleil is what you’ll see. The Beatle’s LOVE at the Mirage has recently had a bit of a revamp and the show actually improved. That may be hard to believe since it was already very impressive. The sound quality has been updated and a few numbers have been tweaked to give the audience and even better appreciation for the music of the Beatles and the talents of the Cirque du Soleil performers. While you are at The Mirage you’ll have to check out Portofino for an Italian cuisine fix that will summon your inner Italian and force you to reconsider your palate. This meal feels like a getaway to a coastal Italian village where time stands still and allows you to descend into your own food utopia.
If your Las Vegas nightlife plan includes dancing and drinking you’ll best be served with cocktails and sushi at Nobu at Caesars Palace. Start the evening in the lounge and take inventory of the sexy cocktails on the menu and then greet your happy place with fresh fish and refined Japanese cuisine in the dining room. This experience would be enough for most people but saunter over to Omnia Nightclub where you can indulge in a grand VIP nightclub experience or mingle in the quaint yet cozy confines of Heart or just hijack your inhibitions on the terrace and let your Vegas hangout.