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Not prepared to face Sin City in the cold (make that warm and sunny) light of day? No problem. Each of the hotels lining the glittering Strip is designed so that you don’t ever have to. Read on to find out exactly how to spend a perfect 24 hours inside a legendary Vegas resort without once leaving it.

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How to spend 24 hours in a Las Vegas resort without ever leaving it

By Jason Heidemann

Walking the glittering Las Vegas Strip at night, flush with cash and cocktail in hand, is a thrill of a lifetime. But so, too, is exploring the resorts that make the Strip so famous. Each one is a self-contained world offering a dizzying array of dining, shopping, gaming, theatrical and nightlife experiences, and so much more.

Strip legend Mandalay Bay, with its 3,300 rooms, Shark Reef Aquarium, “Michael Jackson ONE” by Cirque du Soleil, sandy beach, 24 restaurants, world-class spa, convention center and both a Four Seasons and Delano Las Vegas, offers the perfect excuse to never leave. Literally. Here’s how to do it:

Rise, shine and resist Starbucks (yes, there are two on property) and instead grab morning coffee and a pastry at 24-hour Citizens Kitchen & Bar.

PRO TIP: Grab a patio table for stellar people watching.

Yes, there are tons of sharks, but the golden croc and giant octopus at Shark Reef Aquarium are legit bonkers. Also, the limited time Polar Journey installation doesn’t feature live animals, but it’s still pretty—ahem—cool.

The Wagyu burger at celeb chef Hubert Keller’s Burger Bar will set you back $65. Instead, build your own burger and choose between fat and skinny fries.

PRO TIP: Don’t skimp! Get it on a fluffy and salty pretzel bun.

Soak up summer’s rays at 21-and-up “Toptional” Moorea Beach Club overlooking a 2,700-ton sand beach and 1.6-million-gallon wave pool. In winter, it converts to a family-friendly s’mores and hot tub escape!

Soak, plunge, sweat, repeat at Spa Mandalay, a Strip favorite. In addition to hot and cold pools, a eucalyptus steam room and Redwood sauna, there’s a full spa menu (and plenty of plush robes!).

Get spendy at The Shoppes at Mandalay Place. The endearingly non-partisan America! store is full of kitschy treasures. Be a stable genius and snap a pic in front of the presidential podium.

Beat it to “Michael Jackson ONE by Cirque du Soleil,” the dazzling King of Pop and Cirque mashup. The high-energy show offers hit after MJ hit. As for showstopper “Thriller,” all we can say is O-M-G…or make that, Oh, MJ!

Grab a table at Shawn McClain’s bustling and cool Libertine Social and nosh on a caviar “fried egg,” pot of foie gras with country toast and gnocchi in parmesan broth (exactly in that order).

Get the party started with an over-the-top frozen drink. Grab a souvenir glass at Evening Call and fill it with a chilly and boozy libation of your choice.

PRO TIP: Mix pinã colada and Hurricane.

En route to Skyfall Lounge atop Delano Las Vegas, grab your squad for a selfie in front of the 7-foot banquette across from Della’s Kitchen. At Skyfall, booze and groove while admiring jaw-dropping Strip views.

Time to make a drunken decision (we’re not talking a quickie wedding). Head to Starlight Tattoo and get a permanent imprint of your wild Vegas weekend.

Surrender to the call of those one-arm bandits, but know that the table games offer better odds.

PRO TIP: Do yourself a favor and learn craps; it’s every casino’s most convivial game.

Retire to your guestroom and snooze off all that booze.

PRO TIP: North facing rooms offer the best Strip views; south-facing rooms overlook the pool.

8am Wake up hungover and hit up Border Grill for the best small plates and bottomless mimosas in Sin City.
PRO TIP: Get a table overlooking the Lazy River and don’t miss the churro tots!

Ready to at last leave the resort? Stroll a few blocks south of Mandalay Bay and snap a selfie in front of the iconic Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas sign. Sit back and let the likes on social media roll in.  

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Jason Heidemann

Jason Heidemann

Jason is a Lead Content Specialist for Expedia Group, and manages content initiatives across numerous Expedia-owned brands. His work has been featured in the Chicago Tribune, Time Out, the Huffington Post, Chicago Magazine, Passport and many others.

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