Forget about Panama City Beach and South Padre Island. No one does spring break like Las Vegas. The reason why is simple: every night in Las Vegas is a party. Pair that celebratory spirit with warm March weather and crowds of college students looking to have fun and you have a recipe for the perfect spring break.
If you’re thinking of skipping the beach and heading to the desert to get wild this spring, here’s everything you need to know about where to stay, where to eat, what to do, and most importantly, where to party.
Choosing the Right Hotel
The ideal hotel for a great spring break in Las Vegas has a few key features: enough space for your whole crew, a spacious bathroom for getting glam, comfy beds for sleeping off a hangover, and most importantly, the right location. The Strip is 4.2 miles long, so to avoid walking for an hour in heels, choose your hotel based on the location you want to spend the most time at. In other words, don’t stay at Mandalay Bay if you want to party all day at Encore Beach Club. If you’re unsure which area appeals most to you or you want to check out every inch of the Strip, choose a center Strip hotel like the Flamingo, Planet Hollywood, Caesars Palace, or The LINQ.
It’s All About the Dayclub
In Las Vegas, there’s no need to wait until the sun goes down to party. Spring break is pool season. Never been to a dayclub? Imagine a nightclub and add water, skimpy bikinis, and plenty of sunshine and you’re there. Popular options include Drai’s Beachclub, Marquee Dayclub, Wet Republic, and Daylight. If you’re traveling with a large group, spring for a cabana or daybed.
Don’t Forget to Eat
Spring breakers cannot survive on a champagne and tequila diet alone (though many have tried). Las Vegas is an incredible culinary destination, so take advantage of all the great restaurants while you’re in town. Experience celebrity chef driven restaurants like Giada, Hell’s Kitchen, Momofuku, Jaleo, Nobu, and Mesa Grill, and look for all-week brunch spots like Hexx Kitchen and Bar, Chica, and Tom’s Urban.
Las Vegas is so much more than just the Strip. Even if you’re staying on Las Vegas Blvd., take a day to experience another neighborhood in the city. Downtown Las Vegas is just a quick Uber ride away and offers a taste of vintage Vegas plus hip bars and gastropubs. The Arts District features antique shops, galleries, live music, and cocktail lounges. Just west of the Strip, you’ll find Chinatown, which just might be one of the best—and most underrated—culinary neighborhoods in the city. Feast on late night pho, ramen, omakase, Korean barbecue, Thai cuisine, and more at one of the area’s many plazas.
Experience the Natural Side of Vegas
Develop a new appreciation for the desert by leaving the neon lights behind for a nearby wilderness destination. You can hike or rock climb at Red Rock Canyon, kayak Lake Mead, camp at Valley of Fire, or even venture to national parks like the Grand Canyon, Zion, or Death Valley.
Plan Your Recovery
When you’re hitting up dayclubs by day and nightclubs by night, the resulting hangover can hit that much harder. Recover by unwinding at your hotel’s spa, ordering room service, or in truly desperate situations, ordering in-room IV hangover treatment.