Day Planner: Las Vegas Boulevard and Harmon Avenue Offer Lots of Fun

Hello Sunshine; it’s time to face the day! While lounging around in your underwear all day might be an interesting idea, you can do it at home, you’re now in Vegas. If you need a little planning to get you motivated, this installment of our ongoing daily planner series features a weekend itinerary for the area around Las Vegas Boulevard and Harmon Avenue. So jump off that plush hotel bed and get going! Two tips: wear good walking shoes and allow 15-20 minutes between locations.

8am: Order room service for coffee and tea. Yes, it will be expensive for a cup of coffee, but the magnificence and convenience of having a pick-me-up delivered on a white tablecloth this morning is priceless. (And it delays the inevitable moment when you have to put your pants on for the day.)

9:30 a.m.: Head to Bellagio, where you’ll discover the Conservatory and Botanical Gardens. It only takes about 15 minutes to walk around this free attraction, and until May 14, you’ll experience the Flights of fancy exhibition, with butterflies, birds and hot air balloons floating in the middle of boats full of flowers. When you’re done, you’ll head to Aria for brunch.

11am-1pm: There are plenty of places to grab brunch in Vegas, but this weekend you’re dining at Capture. It’s a good thing you booked early, as seats can go quickly. This seafood restaurant offers tartare, sashimi, oysters and many rolls. And vegetarians will appreciate the royal vegetable roll, with king oyster mushrooms, cashew nuts and spicy mayonnaise. It’s yum. But that’s not the extent of the menu: Burgers, waffles, cinnamon pancakes, beetroot salmon Benedict… the dishes here are familiar, but also very creative.

1-3 p.m.: Ready to shop? You have two options here: The elegant environment of Crystals shops east on the west side of Las Vegas Boulevard at Harmon; you’ll find boutiques like Alexander McQueen, Cartier, Fender and Hermes, as well as The Original Van Gogh Immersive Exhibit in Las Vegas. Diagonally down the boulevard you will find Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood Resort, with stores like Desigual, Original Penguin and Marciano.

4-6 p.m.: It’s been a long day so far. It’s time to quench your thirst! Head toward Canteen Cabo Wabo at Miracle Mile Shops, sit on the patio and order a flight of tequila, which lets you try several varieties of the agave spirit. Add a signature margarita and tacos and life is good. Cabo Wabo is across from Bellagio so you will also have a fountain show. Or go to your room and take a nap. Your choice; we will not judge.

6-7:15 p.m.: Dive into your hotel room and dress for the night; then leave.

8 p.m.: Planet Hollywood’s Zappos Theater is home to many musical acts, from Shania Twain to John Legend. This week, The Doobie Brothers start an extended run. And for fans, Zappos has long been a Vegas favorite; small enough to feel a connection with the performer and big enough for the excitement of the audience to energize you.

10pm-midnight: Watch another fountain show on the way back to your hotel, then play a bit. Saturday nights are especially fun in the casinos, and you’ll often find a jackpot waiting for you!

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