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Las Vegas' famous welcome sign

72-Hours in Las Vegas

By Charlette Krane & Bob Barnes

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Las Vegas is a city with plenty to offer, making it difficult to figure out exactly what is — or isn't — worth your time and money. That's why GAYOT has put together this jam-packed 72 Hour Guide, to make sure you get to experience as much of Sin City as possible. From the lights of the Strip to reborn Downtown and out to beautiful Summerlin and Mount Charleston, GAYOT's guide takes you all over the Las Vegas valley to explore the best of this once-sleepy desert watering hole.

LAS VEGAS DAY 1: The Las Vegas Strip

The bright lights of Las Vegas seen from above

Start your day with breakfast at Verandah at the Four Seasons Hotel, or on its stylish outdoor patio overlooking the lush gardens and pool area. A couple of blocks farther south on the Strip, visit Mandalay Bay's Shark Reef, relax on the resort's sandy beach (complete with a wave pool) or peruse The Shoppes at Mandalay Place between Mandalay Bay and the Luxor.

A complimentary tram connects Mandalay Bay, the pyramid-shaped Luxor and King Arthur's Camelot-inspired Excalibur. Take it to Tropicana Avenue, then cross to New York New York's Big Apple Coaster, the world's first coaster to feature a 180-degree "heartline" twist and dive maneuver. From there, cross Las Vegas Boulevard to the MGM Grand to test your inner crime-solver at the CSI: The Experience! attraction, where you'll be guided by videos featuring cast members, alongside real-life forensic scientists, and play the role of a crime scene investigator in this hands-on interactive challenge based on the hit TV show.

The iconic fountain show at the Bellagio in Las Vegas

A few blocks north of the MGM Grand and Tropicana is the Paris Las Vegas. Take a ride to the observation deck at the top of the “Eiffel Tower” and enjoy the view, then dine outdoors on Mon Ami Gabi's sidewalk patio, which includes a dazzling view of Bellagio's lake and its iconic fountain show across the Strip. Or, take the elevated pedestrian skywalk to cross the street for lunch at the Trevi patio next to the statues, complete with waterfalls. Catch the Forum Shop's complimentary show, Fall of Atlantis, presented several times daily.

Just because it's the desert doesn't mean that we don't have an abundance of wildlife. Cross the Strip to Flamingo Las Vegas, where the lush pool area's Chilean flamingos, brown pelicans, swans, turtles, Mandarin ducks and Koi fish live in luxury surrounded by three-story-high waterfalls.

Continue north a short block to The Quad to tour The Auto Collections. Just steps away is The LINQ, an outdoor plaza with several shops and restaurants leading to the new High Roller, the world's highest observation wheel. Resuming your trip up the Strip, stop in at The Venetian to pose for a photograph with the lifelike wax recreations of famous figures from the past and present at Madame Tussauds, before heading onward to visit the beautiful Wynn Las Vegas, with its water features, fine art adorning the casino area's walls and array of outstanding restaurants, such as SW Steakhouse, Bartolotta Ristorante Di Mare and Lakeside. Cross the Strip and set your sights north once again for Circus Circus and its family-oriented Adventuredome Theme Park.


The relaxing Spa Mandalay at Mandalay Bay Las Vegas

Get the night started with dinner at Hubert Keller's Fleur or Rick Moonen's rm seafood, followed by a concert at House of Blues or cocktails in the Minus 5 Ice Lounge, Red Square or in the Foundation Room.

As for post-dinner diversions, the very hip new Brooklyn Bowl at The LINQ hosts concerts from the hottest bands nearly every night. Las Vegas also has a stronghold on the nightclub craze, with seven of the nation's top ten earners calling it home. There's XS at Encore, Marquee at The Cosmopolitan, Hakkasan at MGM Grand and Surrender at Wynn, which claim the top four positions, respectively.


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* Top image of the city by Las Vegas News Bureau; Vegas Strip photo courtesy of Mandalay Bay; Bellagio fountain photo courtesy of the Bellagio; and Spa Mandalay photo courtesy of Mandalay Bay

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