Whether you lose your credit card and find yourself counting the loose bills in your pocket, or just want to experience Las Vegas on a tight budget, there’s no reason your wallet should stop you from taking the weekend trip you’ve been longing for.
You can take on Las Vegas for under $50 a day, and if you’re traveling with a significant other, you can do it for $100. Use this guide to map out your day and break free in Las Vegas without breaking the bank.
Start your day downtown at this local spot and try breakfast plates for $9 and under. Located inside the nearly 71-year-old hotel, you can experience “Old Vegas” by walking through the massive gaming area. You can also see the live shark tank located outside at the pool.
Bonus: Explore downtown art murals after you’re done with breakfast. You can find larger-than-life art hidden on the sides of buildings and tucked in unassuming places. Some popular items to look out for are The Horned Lizard (Stewart Avenue and N. 6th Street), Chrome Fish (Fremont East and 6th streets), and “Bicycle Without Brake” (The Market on Fremont Street).
Lunch: Le Thai Downtown
Located between trendy bars in the Fremont East District, Le Thai is a local favorite and has a killer lunch special. For $9.99, you can pick from nine dishes and a nonalcoholic drink menu. People-watch from the front patio’s seating to get your full Vegas experience.
After lunch treat: Donut Bar
Don’t let the “bar” part confuse you − unless you can get drunk on deliciousness, this local joint just serves up unique donuts, like Oreo birthday cake, maple bacon and more. Specialty donuts start at $2, a perfect affordable treat for midday.
Dinner: Beerhaus at The Park
I mean, does anyone hate hot dogs and beer while playing bar games? For $4, you can get draft beer and hot dogs from 2-6 p.m. And for those looking for a late-night bite, $4 dogs are offered 10 till close. There’s also free live music by the bar, 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.
Activity: Botanical Gardens at the Bellagio
This 14,000-square-foot floral garden transforms with every season, and is completely free to view and enjoy. You can also step out to the front of the hotel and watch the Fountains of Bellagio show from 3 p.m. to midnight.
Bonus Activity: Akhob by James Turrell at Louis Vuitton
Located within The Shops at Crystals, this art installation is comprised of two huge chambers filled with slow-changing light. The hues blend into one another and create a soothing experience with a plethora of colors. It also makes the perfect Instagram photo backdrop (every vacation needs worthy social media coverage).
Breakfast: Ocean One Bar & Grille at Miracle Mile Shops
Miracle Mile Shops inside Planet Hollywood is known for it's vast variety of shops, but it's also a great place to begin your day with a delicious breakfast. Omelets at Ocean One Bar & Grille start at $8.99 and Belgian waffles are $6.99.
Bonus: You can also enjoy the free Rainstorm and Fountain show in the center of the shops. The feature has lighted water effects, changing fogs and original music, and runs daily every hour from noon till 11 p.m.
You can indulge in a lavish three-course lunch special at Milos for just $25. The upscale Greek seafood restaurant is rated one of the best in the U.S., perfect for a romantic (and affordable) lunch.
Specialty pizzas start at $15.50, and during happy hour (Monday−Friday, 2-6 p.m.), drop down to $10 with $5 draft beers and $6 cocktails. The restaurant has patio seating that opens to the entertainment district with a view of the 550-foot High Roller, a must-see while in Las Vegas.
Sweet treat: Sprinkles
The only time you’ll have to stop by the ATM during this challenge is to get a cupcake. For $4.25, you can get a specialty dessert made fresh daily.
Activity: See the Eiffel Tower
Check Paris off your bucket list and get the Eiffel Tower experience for just $14/person during the day and $19 after 7:30 p.m. From the top, you’ll see 360-degree views of the Strip, and if you arrive at a half-hour mark, you can even see the Fountains of Bellagio show.