When you are planning a trip to Vegas, there are many things you would do research on and whenever you feel like you’ve done enough of that, new cool stuff pops up and you are curious to find out more again.
In this post, I will show you how to plan a Vegas trip step by step.
This comprehensive guide consists of 9 steps, and if you follow through all the steps, you are going to be well prepared for your upcoming Vegas trip.
Picking the dates and duration of travel
Before you make any plans, you should figure out the time you want to travel. In general, Vegas hotels are going to be very expensive on weekends or holidays, and relatively cheap during midweek.
Figure out your motivation of this trip. If it’s for nightclub and for a specific DJ, you need to check out their calendar and see if he’s performing on the dates you are coming.
The recommended trip duration for Vegas is 3 days & 2 nights. If it’s shorter than that you may feel like you didn’t have enough fun and if it’s more than 5 days you would start getting bored unless you are here to gamble.
If you wish to save money, it is always better to plan ahead than book last minute. In most cases, you will get a better deal if you plan and book things well ahead of time.(3 weeks prior to departure at least)
Search for flights (or flight+hotel package)
There are a few sites that I would visit when I want to book a flight.
Fly.com, Kayak.com or Expedia are all good flight search engines. You can also just use google flights if you simply just doing flight research.
However, before you make your decision, try to check out flight and hotel package, sometimes they can be good for you. Generally speaking, if you are more flexible on flight date and time, and would not want to make any changes after you book, then flight and hotel package could be good for you.
There are three major travel websites I would check out first for a flight+hotel package (or even for rental car).
Vegas.com – They offer really competitive deals compared to all other major travel companies. Also when you book through them, they will send you a coupon that you can use toward your show or other purchases.
Expedia – In general, their deals are pretty good. Plus you can accumulate points if you are an Expedia fan.
Priceline – Personally I’ve never used them simply because the previous two options offer better deals than Priceline most of the time. However, I would still spend some time to check what they have to offer.
Search and compare hotels
Bellagio Salone Suite, Image credit: Bellagio hotel
Most of the hotels have a policy that allows you to cancel 3 days prior to check-in for a full refund. So if you didn’t book flight+hotel package and you find a really good hotel deal, you should book first, as Vegas hotel rates generally only increase as it gets closer to your desired travel dates.
If you have already noted down a couple of hotels that you are interested in, you can go ahead and compare prices and proceed to find a good deal. Most of the time I would still check out via Vegas.com simply because they are always up to date on all the hotel promotions. (If a hotel offers a free buffet per stay, they are not going to miss that, and will definitely hook you up for that. However, some other site might not be aware of that hotel’s promotion. You are paying the same rate, but getting extra stuff is always nice isn’t it?) After that you can check out sites like Expedia, Priceline, Booking.com, Hotels.com etc.
Another thing you might want to consider is to check out hotel price comparison using sites such as Trivago. They essentially save you time and help you find the best available rates online.
There are actually so many things I’d like to cover for choosing and finding the right hotel deal. I’ve put together a very in-depth guide so definitely check that out.(click the link below)
Pick a show to watch
Le Rêve – The Dream, Image credit: Vegas.com
Watching a show is one of the must-do things in Vegas. However, if you really aren’t interested in shows at all then you can skip this step.
Websites to check out for show tickets:
Find the nightlife style that fits you or your party
Some people may be interested in nightclubs and bars while others don’t. Figure out if it’s something that your party would be interested in and plan ahead.
In most cases, guys will have to pay slightly higher cover charge than girls (sometimes girls don’t even need to pay). Although you could probably search online to see if you can get on the guest list for free, or sometimes if you run into a promoter on the strip they could also offer you free entry or drink vouchers that you can use inside the club.
Besides nightclubs, there are also bars on the strip that has a really good vibe or great strip view. Find the nightlife that is best for your party.
Plan attractions that you want to visit
Grand Canyon National Park, Image credit: CHD tour operator
There are many attractions that you may want to stop by and take a picture. Make a list of them or even build an itinerary yourself. If you feel like there are just too many places that you want to visit then you can simply just walk on the strip during your trip and check out things as you go.
In general, the strip is the place you would be spending most of your time at, then it’s downtown. You could also find a tour that takes you to Hoover Dam, the Grand Canyon, Antelope Canyon, Zion National Park, or Red Rock Canyon.
In addition to natural attractions, you can also find fun things to do on or near the strip such as machine gun shooting, dream car racing, and much more.
Image credit: SpeedVegas
Find restaurants and make reservations
Gordon Ramsay Steakhouse at Paris Hotel, Image credit: Caesars
There are some really nice restaurants in town. Depending on what kind of cuisine you are looking for, there is a wider selection of them. Check out Yelp and reviews online to pick a restaurant you like. You don’t necessary need to make a reservation but knowing one to two places you would like to dine at before you go is good.
Also, buffets are very popular in Vegas, so if you don’t know what you want to eat, you can simply join a line at the buffet as they have everything in there.
Best buffets I’ve personally been to and enjoy are at Wynn, Caesars Palace, The Cosmopolitan, Bellagio, and Paris-Paris.
Without a doubt, one of the most troublesome things to do when it comes to planning a trip is arranging transportation. Although, for a Vegas trip, you really don’t need to worry as much. Practically speaking, there are many ways you can get around in town, and you don’t necessary need to rent a car.
Trip overview and preparation
I’ve pretty much covered all the stuff you need to know to plan your awesome Vegas trip. Once you finish all previous steps, all you need to do now in step nine is to review everything. Make sure you’ve got your flight and hotel confirmation email with the correct date, time, and name on them. If you booked a show ticket online, remember to pick them up at the box office prior to the show.
Then, you can make a list of things you want to pack. Overall, you should try not to pack too many things but try to pack the basic daily needed stuff like toothbrush and toothpaste as most hotels don’t offer them anymore and it cost quite a bit if you were to buy at the convenient store at the hotel. Also, most of the hotels have a really nice pool, so be sure to bring your swimsuits!
Now that you’ve completed all nine steps, you are all set to go!
Enjoy and have a wonderful time in Vegas!