They say that “what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas.” But that’s false because any trip to Sin City is going to involve incredible experiences that you’ll take home with you in the form of memories! (Some blurry perhaps).

You could just wing it in Vegas and end up having an amazing time.

But a better modus operandi would be to structure your visit around a basic skeleton of must-sees and must-dos and then fill in the blanks with whatever Sin City throws at you!

That’s what this guide is all about.

But make sure you read right until the very end because that’s where you’ll learn how you can WIN the Ultimate $10,000 Itinerary to the USA thanks to American Airlines and Brand USA! Competition ends next week so ENTER now!


Where to stay


The Strip is the heart and soul of Las Vegas – always has been, always will be. Heaving with resort hotels, casinos and pulsating with that electrifying Vegas vibe that’s ever so contagious, this colourful, neon-lit boulevard is iconic Vegas, and so there really is no staying elsewhere!

The sprawling MGM Grand Hotel & Casino is located at the southern end of the Strip, smack bang in the middle of the neon-lit action. It has its own 24/7 casino (duh!), four pools, a lazy river, nightly live entertainment, tons of fine dining and casual restaurants and multiple room categories – including some with Strip views.


Where & what to eat & drink


Thankfully, you won’t have to gamble with food in Vegas, as the city is a bonafide foodie paradise! As a cosmopolitan city, you’ll find all culinary styles represented, from French to Fries to Fusion, catering to all budgets – from street eats to casual restaurants to fine-dining.

Make a reservation at Bardot Brasserie for a sit-down meal in the Parisian-style restaurant in the Aria Resort and Casino serving delectable French fare. Try the Mussels Marinieres – sublime!

For a classic American diner experience, stroll into Vickie’s Diner on the Strip and order the corn beef and hash and a chocolate milkshake. You’re welcome!


What to do


After taking an obligatory selfie in front of the “Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas” sign located just south of Mandalay Bay Hotel & Casino on the Strip, it’s time to get stuck into Sin City.

Try your luck in any of the casinos, dive with sharks at the Shark Reef Aquarium at Mandalay Bay, or strap yourself in for a 108-story controlled free fall at SkyJump at the Stratosphere Tower. Or leave the manic city for the day and get amongst nature at the nearby Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area where you can hike, cycle, or unwind with a spa treatment at the Red Rock Resort.

In the evening, Vegas shines, literally, and your options are limitless.

Besides the obvious casinos and plethora of dining options, make sure you book some tickets to see the world-famous Cirque du Soleil, a 90-minute spectacle of music, dance, acrobatics and illusion that’s been a part of the fabric of Las Vegas for over 20 years. With a choice of different show styles to suit every taste and age group, this is one evening the whole family can enjoy and remember forever.

For something totally unforgettable, go on a Night Strip Helicopter Tour (with Papillion Group) and gaze at the bright lights of Vegas from the best-ever vantage point: looking down at it all from the sky!


Win the ultimate $10,000 itinerary to the USA


We can’t predict whether you’ll be lucky at the casinos in Vegas, but we strongly suggest you visit American Airlines and Brand USA’s microsite and share your knowledge of American Airlines and the U.S.A. by building your ultimate U.S. itinerary using their all-American fare. Because if you do, you may just win an incredible $10,000 Itinerary to the States including a stay in Sin City.


What will you win? An EPIC USA trip for you AND a mate is what!

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WIN: Two Round-trip American Airlines tickets from Sydney to Los Angeles in Premium economy AND all internal flights on American Airlines. That’s you AND your bestie!


2 incredible nights in Los Angeles…


INCLUDING: 2 Nights at the NoMad Hotel LA, 2 Front of Line Passes for Universal Studios Hollywood, 2 x 1 Day GO LA attraction passes, 2 Starline Tours 24-hour hop on hop off bus passes, 1 x $150 USD Westfield Century City Shopping gift card AND 2 x return LAX airport transfers!

2 mind-blowing nights in Las Vegas…

Pic: KA, Cirque Du Soleil

Pic: KA, Cirque Du Soleil

INCLUDING: 2 nights MGM Grand Hotel & Casino valued at up to $460 per twin share for two people, Cirque du Soleil show valued at up to $140 per person, Night Strip Helicopter Tour valued at up to $200 per person (with Papillion Group), AND Private Transport valued at up to $150 per vehicle.

And one unforgettable night in New Orleans


INCLUDING: 1 complimentary room at the Sheraton New Orleans Hotel on March 24th and 25th, a voucher for 2 for a cooking demonstration at New Orleans School of Cooking, 2 passes to The National WWII Museum, 2 vouchers for Cafe du Monde for beignets and beverage of choice and Airport transfers on Airport Shuttle.

How amazing is that?!

Five finalists will be shortlisted after creating their amazing itineraries and then flown to Sydney for free to compete in an All-American Dream Itinerary Challenge on 21st March where they’ll have to show the judges who know American and America best and compete for the EPIC grand prize.

Runners-up will still walk away with 2 x Return Premium Economy tickets SYD-LAX, so this is definitely something worth entering!

To enter this fantastic contest visit the American Airlines microsite at NOW!

READ: Win a dream US Holiday! More details on the competition

READ: Gordon Ramsay’s Hell’s Kitchen opens in Vegas: Gets 25,000 reservations

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