There is a lot of things to do in Las Vegas if you’re not looking to party every single day for 5 days straight. The best thing to is to rent a car (I did from Budget) so you have more freedom to roam outside of the city. Here are things that I found you could do in 5 days in Las Vegas.

Here is a play by play of my weekend in Vegas:

Day 1: Arrive in Vegas and pick up rental car

There will be an easy pickup in a shuttle outside of the airport that takes you to this building were every car rental company is at. After you have your car, drive over to the hotel you have picked. I stayed at the Luxor which is the Egyptian hotel that is in the shape a temple with a beam at the top shooting into space. I checked into my hotel and then drove down the strip. When I reached the end of the strip, I ran into Pawn Stars and you can get in for free to look around. It is super tiny inside with so many people.

After, we drove back to the hotel and got ready for the Michael Jackson One show at Mandalay Bay hotel. From the Luxor, you can walk across the street to Mandalay Bay or there is a secret passageway through the shops where you don’t have to walk outside. The Michael Jackson One show was outstanding and I would see it again in a heartbeat!

Las Vegas Strip

Day 2:

Hop into your rental car and head to the Hoover Dam and Grand Canyon. This will take a full day and you will have to leave before 8 in the morning. It is a long journey but it is worth it I promise! When I got back into Vegas at around 9 p.m. I headed to Fremont Street and walked around and had a few drinks and gambled just a little. I then caught a show at the Luxor of the Blue Man Group later at night which was more of a comedy show.

Hoover Dam

Day 3:

Get back into your rental car and head over to Mt. Charleston. I don’t know if a lot of tourists know of this hidden gem of Vegas, but it is beautiful. You just drive up this mountain and take in the scenery, and there are restaurants where you can stop and have lunch and take in the mountain fresh air. I spent half a day in Mt. Charleston and then headed back to the Luxor and checked out the shops inside the hotel.

If you can find it, there is a guy who lets you use the water massage beds that shoots water on your back. It sounds weird but do it because it put me asleep. This will cost $25 but totally worth it. Later in the day, walk around the strip and do some shopping. I am guilting of buying lots of chocolate at the Hershey Chocolate World store. Sorry, not sorry.

Mount Charleston in Las Vegas

Day 4:

Do more shopping at the mall on the west side. It is a huge outlet store and has A TON of deals on name brand stuff. I took half a day doing this, and then hopped in the car and headed to the Stratosphere Tower and Casino. This is where all you adrenaline junkies out there will appreciate this. You can go up at the top of the tower and ride those rides that hang off the end of the Stratosphere! I did the roller coaster where it slides off the side of the Stratosphere and you are looking directly down onto the strip. Now, I don’t get scared but this was scary. I also did the ride where it shoots you up the needle at the top and you get this amazing view of Vegas and the mountains with it.

I recommend doing all this when the sun is going down because you’ll see a pretty sunset with awesome views. This cost about $45 a person for 2 rides. And if you just won’t go up it cost $20. After the Stratosphere, I wasn’t done with the adrenaline. I drove back to Fremont Street to Slotzilla and paid $100 to zip line across Fremont in the cold. Worth it and I’d do it again!

Zip Lining in Las Vegas

Day 5: Depart Las Vegas

PRO TRAVEL TIP: Only rent a car in Las Vegas if you plan on going outside the city like to see the Hoover Dam or Grand Canyon. Everywhere else you can walk or Uber around.