How Exactly to Plan the Ultimate Girls’ Las Vegas Trip
Las Vegas is a classic travel destination in the United States.
It’s vibrant, usually packed with people, larger than life, and there’s probably something to do for ANY personality type – even if you’re not much into gambling or drinking.
That said, Vegas is also a notorious party spot and a great place to host a girls’ weekend or bachelorette party.
Whether you want to hit the town or relax by the pool, Las Vegas aims to please.
Some people love it, some people say it’s not for them, but I say every adult should visit Sin City at least once, just for the experience. As someone who has been there many times over the years, I thought I might give you some tips for your next trip.
Here is what I would do:
1. Stay at the Cosmopolitan — more on the WHY soon!
You’ll want to stock up on drinks before you arrive (either in your suitcases, if you’re checking in a bag; remember, you can pack unopened and sealed alcohol), or take a quick grocery run with your Uber driver en route to your hotel or rental property. You’ll probably pay a little more for drinks in Las Vegas, but that goes for almost EVERYTHING in the city, especially on the Strip.
It is therefore worthwhile to be able to prepare drinks in your hotel room, rather than buying them in casinos, bars and restaurants. Plus, as we just said: prepare for a major shock with the stickers on most Vegas items.
Oh, and you can walk around with your drinks!
But like I said, the Cosmopolitan is your place. It’s stylish, centrally located, modern, there’s a dry bar (blowing lounge), and it’s also packed with great bars and restaurants. We’ll cover more details soon!
2. See a live show or type of event.
I’m a bit particular about how I spend my time on vacation, and I’ll be honest: at first, I didn’t love the idea of sitting still for two or three hours instead of exploring a new city. But I saw “Love”, which is a Beatles-themed Cirque du Soleil show, in my early twenties, and took my then-boyfriend to a Floyd Mayweather boxing match at MGM years later.
Both were definitely worth it! I feel like you can’t escape Vegas without an experience like this.
And although the tickets for live boxing are quite expensive, I think a lot of the shows and concerts are a little more moderate. Find out what’s on offer before your trip, and you might be surprised by all the options.
3. EAT as much as you want.
OMG, this could be an article on its own.
I’ve been to Las Vegas at least seven or eight times (it wasn’t such a long trek when I lived in California), and I still feel like I haven’t even eaten in a fraction of every amazing restaurants I’ve seen on TikTok. (I couldn’t afford them either!)
But if you go, do some research beforehand.
Obviously, what you want to do about the meals will depend on your personal preferences, how much you want to go, your budget, the time you have available, the number of people in your party, etc.
My last girls trip, we ate at Beauty and Essex (dinner), Wicked Hop (brunch buffet, and you MUST do a Vegas buffet; this one is adorable and everything is mini and perfect), and I made a few budget places not with the band too, like Eggslut, Hattie B’s Hot Chicken, Milk Bar and more.
See, and that’s why I recommend the Cosmopolitan for a hotel. It’s in an amazing location on the strip, as mentioned — like, right in the middle of everything the action, very walkable, and you don’t even have to leave the property for some of the best meals. All of these places I just mentioned are inside the Cosmo.
Plus, there’s a fun off-menu drink you can ask the bartenders on the casino floor that will make your mouth tingle a bit, and the Chandelier Bar is as Instagrammable as it looks.
Other Las Vegas good food includes Mon Ami Gabi (inside Paris), Wolfgang Puck (inside MGM), Nacho Daddy (on Fremont Street), Andiamo (inside The D; and if you have a Detroit connection, it’s one of those “IYKYK” situations), the patio bar outside Wynn (I think it’s called Lake of Dreams, but you must have cocktails and appetizers here; it’s gorgeous), and honestly, anything you could want from the Vegas food scene, I feel very confident saying, the city can deliver.
I have about 10,000 places on my “must eat” list, and I can’t decide if that number is exaggerated.
4. Host a pool party.
It might look a little young, but it’s really fun, especially on a girls’ trip. You can eat, drink, dance, float down a lazy river (if you’re in Mandalay Bay or MGM), or even relax in a cabana.
Wet Republic is where my friends and I went in our twenties, and I highly recommend the experience! Who doesn’t want to feel like a kid again?
5. Something outdoor
I think starting your day with a group hike or a trip to the Hoover Dam might be cool, especially if most of your trip to Vegas involves eating, drinking, and gambling. Get off the Strip! It will be a refreshing change of pace.
Here are some ideas:
The Hoover Dam, as mentioned, which is about 40 miles from the strip (not bad if you have a rental car). I did it with my brother in 2010, and it was a cool experience, even though we only spent about an hour there.
6. Take at least half a day to Fremont Street, if not a full day.
It’s just such a different experience from the Las Vegas Strip. It’s most definitely worth the $40 Uber ride, and it’s super cool to soak up the vibe of old Vegas.
Things are a little more affordable and laid back, the people watching is amazing, and you can also find some cool places off the beaten path.
The night is quite wild.
I love this park, which is an awesome space – you can even shop and have a drink there! – and that has changed so much even in the last few years.
7. And re: what to ignore, here’s what I say.
Miracle Mile Shops near Planet Hollywood (these are probably the same as the stores at your local mall, so unless you forgot to pack something important, like a bathing suit, passes. There is so much better to shop elsewhere).
Restaurant chains – with one exception: I realize that some people live in super rural areas, so you may not have TopGolf or a Buca di Beppo near you. If so, who am I to tell you no? Go live your best life!
Finally, going to Las Vegas while there’s something big going on in the background, like March Madness, can be really fun! Definitely check what time of year you will be visiting. My friends and I went on a girls’ trip during the NCAA Tournament, and the mood was electric after our team won a big game.
And finally, the people watching is simply unmatched. Whether you’re on Fremont Street or not, this is simply the best of the best.
Show up with a cocktail and admire the masses, honestly from anywhere, and the city is guaranteed to please.