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48 hours in Las Vegas - without the hangover

Las Vegas is the perfect city to spend 48 hours in.

It may be the home of gambling, but that's not the only reason Las Vegas dubs itself the 'entertainment capital of the world'.

Step outside the casinos and you'll find a world of culture and once-in-a-lifetime experiences at your fingertips, conveniently organised around the famous Strip.

It's a lengthy 15-hour flight from Australia, but the resort city's combination of luxury hotels, vibrant nightlife and unforgettable cultural events makes the trip across the Pacific more than worthwhile.

Here we highlight everything you should check out during two days in Sin City.

Stay

Vegas is renowned for its legendary hotels, so while you may struggle to decide which one to stay in, the good news is you'll find a reasonably priced luxurious suite pretty much year-round. The Venetian captures all the excitement you'd expect in Vegas from the minute you enter its very grand lobby.

The place is huge, in fact it's the second largest hotel in the world, and every room is a modern suite meaning you'll experience the wow factor even if you book the cheapest room, which starts at about AU $200 per night.

You can choose from 17 fine dining options, even more casual restaurants and ten pools, and guests can also make use of the amenities at The Palazzo next door. Welcoming staff will always point you in the right direction!

Famously inspired by Venice in Italy, no trip to The Venetian would be complete without a romantic (depending who you're with!) gondola ride along its replica canal.

Eat/Drink 

You certainly won't be short of drinking options in Vegas, whether you're after a casual beer, fancy rooftop cocktail or anything else in between.

If you're staying at The Venetian, try out The Dorsey for a relaxed atmosphere reminiscent of a swanky Manhattan bar, with friendly bartenders who definitely know their stuff when it comes to cocktails.

It's tucked away behind the main casino floor, making it the perfect pitstop if you do decide to try your luck on the slot machines. Try the Airmail cocktail, an irresistible blend of rum, lime, honey and champagne. 

If you're after even more glamour, visit Chandelier in The Cosmopolitan. For sensational views of The Strip, Mandarin Bar is the place to be.

Vegas is almost unrivalled in its offering of big name chefs, so make time to sample some of the city's best food during your few nights in Vegas.

It doesn't come much better than Mitsuo Endo's world famous Raku, while steak lovers should dine at Wolfgang Puck's CUT.

Entertain

Vegas is, of course, the home of some of the world's most spectacular live performances. If you're spending 48 hours in town, you'll only get to see one or two - so choose wisely!

Unless you're a massive Celine or Britney fan, take the opportunity to try something completely new and go along to one of the Cirque du Soleil shows.

'O' is staged at the Bellagio and you won't be able to take your eyes of the unbelievable mix of circus acts, acrobatics, synchronized swimming and high diving.

While Vegas may not be the first destination you think of when it comes to fine art, The Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art provides an intimate space that hosts exhibitions from some of the world’s most compelling artists.

It's currently showing the inspiring I Am The Greatest: Muhammad Ali exhibition, and has previously featured works from the likes of Warhol and Picasso. Expect to pay around AU $23 for entry.

If your budget stretches a little further, a helicopter ride along The Strip, or even to the Grand Canyon, is an unforgettable experience.

Must-see 

What happens in Vegas shouldn't stay in Vegas, because if you don't post it on Instagram, did it really happen?

Make everyone back home jealous of your trip at these must-visit, Insta-friendly spots.

Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas sign

Classic Vegas shot. It's right at the beginning of the strip, so you might need to take a taxi depending on where you're staying. And be warned - even expert selfie takers might struggle to avoid getting other tourists in their pictures!

Bellagio Fountains

Dancing fountains featuring dramatic music & lights. Usually every half-hour each evening but be sure to check times. While you're there, check out the Botanical Garden too!

Eiffel Tower

When in Vegas... experience Paris! This half scale replica of the Eiffel Tower has become somewhat of a Vegas icon in its own right.

The Strip

Just wandering along The Strip itself is a photographer's paradise, with the neon lights, electric atmosphere and fascinating characters awakening all the senses. So set some time aside for the ultimate people watching experience!

The Neon Museum

Explore the epic history of Las Vegas at this unique museum, which preserves iconic signs from famous casinos of times gone by.

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