Las Vegas in 4 Days: everything you need to know

Las Vegas is a truly fascinating destination, with a myriad of attractions for all tastes. Here's everything you can't miss in Sin City if you only have 4 days.

Nicolas Reffray

Nicolas Reffray

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Las Vegas in 4 Days: everything you need to know

Las Vegas | ©Paul IJsendoorn

Believe it or not, 4 days in Las Vegas can be more than enough to take a look around and enjoy the surprises that await in this incredible city.

If you are organizing your trip, want to know what to see and do in Las Vegas and don't know where to start, don't worry, in this article I will tell you what things you can't miss in Fabulous Las Vegas, Nevada. Are you ready? Here we go!

Day 1: Walk the Las Vegas Strip, tour the most incredible themed hotels and enjoy a tour bus ride

Sightseeing bus ride through the streets of Las Vegas| ©Tomás Del Coro
Sightseeing bus ride through the streets of Las Vegas| ©Tomás Del Coro

Welcome to your first day in Sin City! A day full of amazing experiences awaits ahead of you. Be sure to wear comfortable shoes - here we go!

See the highlights of the city on a tour bus.

Las Vegas has the quality of being one and at the same time many cities. It is one of the few places in the world where you can feel like you are in many places at once, one of the few places where, for example, Paris and its Eiffel Tower are just a few meters away from Venice and its canals.

To find out what this city is all about, a very good option is to start by hiring a tour in a tourist bus. On board one of the best tourist buses in Las Vegas you can visit the key points of the city, and then return to them, according to the ones you are most interested in.

These buses allow you to have a general idea of the different attractions and their location, as well as the distances between one and another.

Book the Las Vegas sightseeing bus

Stroll along the main artery of the city: the Las Vegas Strip

Undoubtedly, the Strip is the most famous and interesting avenue of the city. Along its almost 7 kilometers you can find the most incredible themed hotels, where the best casinos in Las Vegas operate. Strolling along this impressive avenue is an experience in itself, where you can feel yourself in the city with the most neon lights in the world.

Although its hotels have gained their fame thanks to their exuberant luxury and ostentatious casinos (which are capable of making you a millionaire in the blink of an eye), their attraction goes far beyond that. They are true architectural marvels that emulate a city or a culture, creating a very realistic illusion.

Book a tour of the Las Vegas strip

Behold the decor of the New York New York

The New York New York Hotel, for example, has a décor, both inside and out, that will make you think that part of the Big Apple has been relocated and placed in the middle of the Mojave Desert, for the delight of tourists.

In addition, among the skyscrapers of its facade runs an incredible roller coaster, the Big Apple coaster, everyone's favorite.

Climb the observation deck of the Eiffel Tower in Las Vegas

View from the observation deck at night| ©Allen McGregor
View from the observation deck at night| ©Allen McGregor

But the Strip is more than just an avenue, you will feel like you are in an amusement park, surrounded by so many things to see and do.

And there are hotels that offer truly incredible shows without having to enter or stay in them.

Inside the Hotel Paris, for example, you can live the experience of being in the City of Light, and if you look up you can even see a Parisian sky 24 hours a day.

At the entrance, a huge replica of the Eiffel Tower completes the fantasy. Tickets for the Eiffel Tower observation deck start at 27 U$S per person.

Book tickets for the Eiffel Tower in Las Vegas

Grab a bite to eat to recharge your batteries

You can spend the whole day on the Strip, so I recommend that when hunger strikes you duck into one of the many restaurants, inside or outside the hotels.

If you are one of those who die for a mega burger I recommend Shake Shack, Five Guys or The Black Tap, where you can also try some delicious shakes.

Although if you are one of those who wouldn't trade pizza for anything in the world, you should go to Grimaldi's without hesitation. There is one at The Venetian Hotel, you won't regret it.

But as with everything here in Las Vegas, when it comes to food you also have to choose the one you like the most, so explore a little and bon apetit!

Don't miss the Stratosphere Tower

After recharging your batteries you can continue strolling along the Strip until the sun goes down.

A very good idea to close this first day in the most sinful city in the world, is to climb the Stratosphere Tower. This is nothing more nor less than the highest viewpoint in the United States, with 350 meters high, from where you can get unparalleled views of the illuminated city. Tickets start at 22 U$S per person.

Book tickets for Stratosphere Tower in Las Vegas

Day 2: Try your luck at the casinos, visit The Mob Museum and enjoy one of its incredible shows

The Mob Museum| ©Viator
The Mob Museum| ©Viator

Start the second day in this incredible city early in the morning, so you can make the most of the day. Of course, you can't be in Las Vegas and not try your luck. Who knows, maybe tomorrow you'll be a millionaire... Come on!

Meet and play a little in its imposing casinos

Undoubtedly, the city of Las Vegas has become famous over the years for its casinos and shows. Nowhere else in the world can you find so many entertainment venues all together, so it's almost a must to try your luck. Who knows, you might be able to afford that luxury suite at Caesar's Palace after all.

Entering one of these casinos is to lose track of time, the hundreds of thousands of flashing lights and constant sounds manage to hypnotize even the most reluctant.

And I can assure you that if you get on a winning streak you won't want to leave. There are games of all styles, some with truly multi-million dollar prizes. There are many stories and movies about this city and its casinos, so it is not strange to have the feeling of having been here.

While all of them are absolutely incredible, I recommend the casino of the luxurious Bellagio Hotel. Its gaming room is truly huge, and has many automatic options to play if you don't speak English, including electronic roulette.

It won't be strange to hear people speaking in different languages, as Las Vegas and the Bellagio are true gambling meccas.

Visit The Mob Museum

A museum dedicated to the mob? If any city could have one, it's Las Vegas. With several floors dedicated to the history of organized crime in the United States throughout the twentieth century, The Mob is a truly interesting and eye-catching museum.

You will be able to see objects and documents of some of the most famous gangsters and learn all about the place of weight they had in the city of Las Vegas, as well as in other cities in the United States.

A completely different museum. Visit it, you won't regret it.

Book tickets for The Mob Museum in Las Vegas

Enjoy a show in the mecca of entertainment

For those who are not very fond of gambling, or just a small sample is enough, there are endless entertainment options, from magic shows, musical shows with some international stars to others such as Cirque du Soleil, which offers mega shows that include music, acrobatics and much more.

This is one of the favorites of the city, and in addition, usually this company offers several shows simultaneously.

Get ready to enjoy the best shows in Las Vegas, here as you will see nothing is spared, see a show in this city is something incomparable, you can be more than sure of that.

If you are going to buy tickets for a sporting event, or to see a musical concert, keep in mind that they sell out easily, so I recommend that you book in advance, it would even be preferable to buy them online before traveling, to ensure your place in the event.

There are many renowned artists who make a pass through Las Vegas, some have already become a classic of the city.

Book tickets for the best shows in Las Vegas

Day 3: Visit Hoover Dam, Red Rocks Canyon National Park and end the day on Fremont Street

Red Rock Canyon| ©Exothermic
Red Rock Canyon| ©Exothermic

Third day in Las Vegas, today I have reserved for you some excursions outside the city that I am sure will surprise you, and to end the day a trip through Vegas' past, Fremont Street.

Take a trip to the monumental Hoover Dam

Just 30 miles from the city of Las Vegas is one of the most important engineering works in the United States.

The incredible Hoover Dam is located on the Colorado River and is responsible for the existence of the artificial Lake Mead.

Being so close to the city of Las Vegas, it is an indispensable excursion to include in a trip like this one of 4 days. The Hoover is also responsible for supplying power to all of Nevada, Arizona and part of California.

Guided tours start at 43 Euros, and last approximately 4 to 6 hours. You will visit the interior of the hydroelectric plant, learn about how it works and how it was built. You can also enjoy the breathtaking views from the outside.

This tour will take you all morning, so I recommend you stop for lunch on the way to Red Rock Canyon, as it is on the other side of town.

Being short distances, it is preferable to dedicate a full day to the excursions outside of Las Vegas, so we can focus on the city on the other days.

Book a tour to the Hoover Dam

Visit the incredible scenery of Red Rock Canyon Nature Park

Another destination close to Las Vegas (just 30 minutes), where you can completely change the neon panorama for a truly breathtaking natural setting. Red Rock Canyon is an immense landscape of the Mojave Desert with an intense reddish color. You can breathe in the fresh air and take some absolutely incredible photographs.

You can hike , bike or even take a horseback ride, like a real John Wayne. Hiking enthusiasts will find many interesting routes here, with different levels of complexity.

This is an excellent way to get to know a little more of the natural spaces of this beautiful country. Do not miss the hills of Calico Hills and Ice Box Canyon, they will leave you speechless for its majesty and the color of its rock formations.

From Las Vegas you can hire a bus tour, or simply rent a car. On the way you can stop as many times as you want and contemplate the scenery from its many viewpoints.

Book an excursion to the Grand Canyon

End the day on Fremont Street

If you still have some energy left after so much walking in the middle of the desert, be sure to visit the fascinating Fremont Street.

Behind the Strip is one of the most popular streets of the old city of Las Vegas. Today most of the hotels and casinos are no longer located here, but it retains a certain mystique of yesteryear that generates a strong attraction.

There's something about Fremont. In addition to its festive atmosphere, its number of concerts and street musicians, it has a multimedia show every night. Much of this street is under a roof, but be aware that it is not just any roof, it is nothing less than the largest screen in the world, under which hundreds of people crowd to enjoy the show.

The Fremont has some kitsch and some demodé, to deny it, but it is a good place to eat for much less than you would eat on the Strip, and certainly much more abundant.

Here you will also find the Neon Museum, with all the illuminated signs that made history. You can take all the pictures you want. Ideal for the most nostalgic.

And for those who still do not want to go to sleep at the hotel, the Fremont Street area at night is full of nightclubs and bars, where it will be impossible not to follow the rhythm around you. A very Vegas experience... but remember what the saying goes: What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas.

Book a night tour of Las Vegas

Day 4: Las Vegas Sign, Shark Reef Aquarium, visit the Bellagio Hotel and ride the High Roller

Las Vegas welcome sign| ©Sung Shin
Las Vegas welcome sign| ©Sung Shin

For this last day I've booked some of the classics and a couple of jaw-dropping attractions. Get ready because your fourth and final day in Vegas is about to begin!

Take the traditional photo with the most iconic sign in Las Vegas

You can't leave Sin City without posing in front of this classic sign. It is located on the south side of Las Vegas Boulevard, next to a monumental Harley Davidson store.

At all hours you have to wait in line to take the souvenir, so have a little patience. From the sign you can see the imposing Mandalay Bay Hotel, where one of the favorite attractions for the little ones is located, the highly recommended Shark Reef Aquarium.

Visit the Shark Reef Aquarium

A few meters away from the mythical Las Vegas sign is one of the most fascinating attractions you can visit. Did you ever think you would be able to see sharks in the middle of the Mojave Desert?

As you may have already realized, Las Vegas can do it all. This is an ideal tour for the whole family: The Shark Reef Aquarium, located near the South Convention Center of the luxurious Mandalay Bay Hotel.

Thanks to its glass walkways you can enjoy up to 15 different species of sharks passing just a few inches from your body. In addition to sharks you can see other smaller species, such as manta rays, crocodiles, piranhas, eels and jellyfish.

For the more daring, the aquarium offers the experience of diving and swimming with the sharks for about 45 minutes. This is the Shark Reef's dive with sharks program, and can only be done by certified professional divers.

Visit the traditional Bellagio Hotel

After leaving the aquarium you can take the El Deuce bus and in just 20 minutes you will find yourself in front of one of the most important hotels in Las Vegas: the Bellagio.

Famous for its dancing water show, the Bellagio is one of the most important hotels in Las Vegas. You've probably seen it in the movie Ocean's Eleven.

But beyond the spectacle of its fountains, I recommend you tour it inside. Inspired by the Italian village of the same name, located on Lago di Como, its lobby boasts an impressive work of art by sculptor Dale Chihuly. With more than 2,000 blown glass flowers, this work has become a true classic.

Another of the Bellagio's must-see attractions is its enormous Conservatory and botanical garden, which changes according to the season in which you visit. With a concept as surreal as it is surprising, I assure you that it will not leave you indifferent.

Strolling through this botanical garden with giant flowers and arrangements of infinite colors will make you feel like you are in Alice in Wonderland.

Hop on the High Roller and have a few drinks at The Linq

The last hours of this trip are coming to an end, and there is nothing better than ending this fourth and final day in Las Vegas with one of the most beautiful views of the city.

Located at The Linq, an entertainment and dining complex that belongs to Caesar's Palace, the giant Ferris wheel High Roller will allow you to enjoy the Las Vegas landscape at sunset. The full ride lasts 30 minutes, allowing you to take as many aerial photos as you like.

Then you can stroll along the new The Linq Promenade, relax with a few drinks or dine in its many restaurants and lounge bars, to say goodbye to this tireless city, or at least "see you next time".

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A few things to keep in mind on our 4-day trip to Las Vegas

Las Vegas Monorail| ©
Las Vegas Monorail| ©

Before I finish I would like to give you some practical tips to make your trip to Las Vegas perfect.

What should I pack?

The preparation of the suitcase is always very particular, as it will depend on the time of year you plan to make your trip, and if you are more or less cold.

What you should keep in mind is that all, absolutely all hotels, shows and casinos in Las Vegas have air conditioning (do not forget that, although it may not seem like it, we are in the middle of a desert), so a sweater or a light jacket will never be superfluous.

Can I stop a cab on the street in Las Vegas?

No, you cannot hail a cab on the street, this is one of the most common mistakes made by first time visitors to the city. Cabs are ordered by phone only or from the hotel front desk.

In general, within the Strip attractions, it is most common to walk or take the monorail. Unless you need a transfer to the Las Vegas airport.

Is it true that in Las Vegas you can drink alcohol in the streets?

It is one of the only places in the United States where you can drink alcohol on the streets, so you can walk around with your cocktail in your hand without any problems.

Do I have to pay for cocktails in casinos?

No, cocktails inside the casinos in Las Vegas are absolutely free. This is a way to stimulate gamblers to stay in the hotel rooms, consuming and leaving their good dollars in bets.

Be careful, if someone approaches you with a drink and tells you that you have to pay for it, he/she is probably trying to scam you. The best thing to do in such cases is to politely refuse the drink and continue enjoying yourself.

Avoid dates close to a mega event

Las Vegas hosts numerous sporting events and big music shows. When you organize your trip, try not to have it coincide with a highly anticipated fight or a mega concert, because you will surely overpay for your lodging, plus everything will be much more crowded than usual.