How to Spend 48 Hours in Las Vegas Without Gambling

There is more to Sin City than slot machines alone. Here is how you can spend two days in Las Vegas if gambling isn’t your thing. Because really, 48 hours is all you need.

Day 1: 


Plan to arrive at McCarran International Airport around noon. This really is the best time to get acquainted with the city.   

1pm: Check in to your hotel (we recommend the Wynn or the Cosmopolitan) and pop a bottle of celebratory champagne on your balcony. You don’t need an excuse because you’re in Vegas!

2pm: Time to get nourished before the fun begins. Grab tacos and margaritas at Pink Taco (Hard Rock Hotel). 

3pm: Walk off those calories at the Strip where it is a mecca for people watching. If you feel like doing something more touristy, can ride the roller coaster at New York-New York, go for a glide down a canal on the Venetian gondola or take a selfie in front of the Bellagio fountains. Just remember – Vegas gets HOT during the day, so be sure take some catch a breather inside the air conditioned casinos. Alternatively, if you want to do some damage to your credit card, this is perfect time. Shop till you drop at The Forum shops at Caesars. 

8pm: After you get dolled up for your first night on the town, head to Caesars Palace for dinner at Bobby Flay’s Mesa Grill.

10pm: Grab after-dinner drinks at Paris, where you can head up the Eiffel Tower for the best view of Vegas at night. Once you have your buzz on, walk the strip again to see how it transforms at night.

1am: Drinks and dancing at Hyde Bellagio, our favorite lounge overlooking the Bellagio fountains with an amazing view of the strip. Don’t go too hard tonight because you still have another day tomorrow!

Day 2: 


You might be tempted to sleep off last night’s hangover, but there’s no time for that in Vegas (sorry). If you’re really struggling you can go to Reviv at the MGM for a revitalizing IV drip! 

10am: Get your brunch on as Vegas is home to some of the best buffets in the world. Head straight to Wicked Spoon at the Cosmopolitan where they serve everything you could ever want, and we mean EVERYTHING. For an extra $15 you can even get bottomless mimosas but do think twice as starting your day of debauchery may not last you till bedtime.

1pm: No trip to Vegas is complete without joining a pool party. Our favorite is Marquee Day Club at the Cosmopolitan where you can sip on frozen pink lemonades spiked with Belvedere while dancing to world-class DJs on the rooftop party deck. Don’t forget your pool party essentials: sunglasses, sunscreen, a cute bikini, and a waterproof phone case. Insider tip: if you are with a group of friends then it is worth splurging on a VIP cabana.

5pm: After a day of partying in the sun, there’s no shame in sneaking in a quick nap (you’ll thank yourself later).

9pm: Dress up and have dinner at Momofuku at the Cosmopolitan. The brainchild of chef David Chang, Momofuku is known for its famous ramen and pork belly buns, but the piece de resistance has to be their raw bar featuring broiled oysters and yellowtail sashimi. If you have room after dinner (and aren’t wearing a crop top), head next door to Milk Bar and grab an Instagram-worthy dessert.

11pm: Clubbing time starts with Hakkansan at the MGM, the ultimate Vegas nightclub experience. With resident DJs including Tiesto and Calvin Harris, this extravagant mega club gives you five rooms to explore, each with their own unique atmosphere and experience.

1am: On to the next nightclub XS at the Wynn. The undisputed leader of Vegas dance clubs, XS offers a fun yet elegant environment with top performers such as the Chainsmokers and DJ Snake. It is also home to a seriously lavish signature cocktail: the $10,000 “Ono” which comes with a set of sterling silver Mont Blanc cufflinks and an 18K gold black pearl necklace (if you can’t afford that price tag you can always order a vodka soda). 

3am: Keep the party going at Drai’s After Hours, an intimate place to wrap up the night to the backdrop of vintage mansion-inspired décor. 

Day 3:

You’ve almost survived 48 hours in Vegas! Before catching your flight, go off the strip for brunch at the trendiest spot in town, Kitchen Table.

Let’s go all the way

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Shannon Valdes Leiderman

Shannon is a true Southern California girl at heart with an insatiable love for bikinis, craft beer, and Mexican food. While she’s typically on the hunt for sun & sand, she’s also a snowboard powder hound and an aspiring ice cream sandwich connoisseur.

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