How to Plan an Epic Staycation in Las Vegas (2024) – Deals & Packages

Who says you have to get on an airplane or pack up the car and drive hundreds of miles to enjoy a vacation? Well, that may be the case for the rest of the country, but for Las Vegas locals, we’re lucky enough to have some of the greatest amenities right in our backyard that we can take advantage of when we’re looking to get away, unwind, or relax a little.

Today, we want to walk you through everything you’re going to need to know to get the perfect staycation in Las Vegas planned!

Often, we hear people looking to plan their at-home getaway ask whether they should buy an all-in-one Las Vegas staycation package or put one together on their own. What we recommend is that you build your own staycation package.

Why? Glad you asked! Number one—you usually end up paying more for these packages, even though they tend to look like a deal. They’ll throw in some random goodies to muddy the water and make you think you’re getting more than you actually are. And as you’ll see when you read on, you can still get all of these deals (and better ones) a la carte.

Number two—you’re a local! You know what you want. Packages are great for tourists who don’t know what they want. Instead, spend a few minutes and make sure you and your people are getting exactly what you want without all the unnecessary extras you don’t care about.

With that said, let’s now walk you through the steps of planning your own Vegas staycation.

With the housekeeping out of the way, let’s get your staycation Las Vegas planned! The first question you need to figure out is how many days you want your “trip” to be. Obviously, if your work or other obligations only lets you do the weekend or a 3-day weekend, that’s your answer. But if you have some flexibility, you’ll want to decide the right number of days.

What do we recommend? We’d say 3 nights is probably the most ideal. Two nights is a little short because you really only get one day you can sleep in and not worry about unpacking or packing. Three nights lets you settle in and really feel like you’re getting away. Anything five nights or longer might be a little long for a staycation, but that’s just our thoughts.

Here’s what these look like to help you visualize:

  • 2 Night Plan – Arrival Day – Full Day – Departure Day
  • 3 Night Plan – Arrival Day – Full Day – Full Day – Departure Day
  • 4 Night Plan – Arrival Day – Full Day – Full Day – Full Day – Departure Day
  • 5 Night Plan – Arrival Day – Full Day – Full Day – Full Day – Full Day – Departure Day

Now that you know how many nights you want to stay, it’s time to pick out your hotel. Your hotel is your home base for your Vegas staycation. While you can build a staycation package around an event, show, restaurant, etc., and then fill the hotel in later, it’s not what we recommend. Your hotel is probably the most important aspect of your staycation because it sets the tone for everything.

Here are a few questions to ask yourself that can help you make a decision (and we’ll share a few recommendations).

On the Strip or Off the Strip?

The biggest question you have to answer is if you want your Vegas staycation to feel like you’re a tourist (on the Strip), or if you want it to feel like a getaway escaping Vegas (off the Strip). Is either better than the other? Not at all! It all comes down to how you like to unwind. If feeling like a wild tourist in Vegas sounds amazing, go for it! If escaping all the people sounds best, then stay far away from the Strip.

High Energy or Relaxation?

The second question you have to answer when planning your Las Vegas staycation package is if you want it to be high-energy or relaxing. Again, there are no right or wrong answers here. You just need to think again about what the goal of your “trip” is and choose accordingly.

Some Recommendations for a Las Vegas Staycation Hotel

  • High energy on the Strip staycation recommendation – Caesar’s Palace or the Cosmo
  • Relaxing on the Strip staycation recommendation – The Venetian/Palazzo or Wynn/Encore
  • High energy off the Strip staycation recommendation – Red Rock in Summerlin
  • Relaxing off the Strip staycation recommendation – Green Valley Ranch or anything at Lake Las Vegas

Depending on what your plan is, you’ll want to plan either some entertainment (shows, attractions, etc.) or relaxation (spa, salon, pool, etc.) or a mix of both. When doing this, make sure, make sure, make sure you take advantage of Las Vegas local’s discounts (there are a lot of them, over 90 in our guide we linked).

Staycation Entertainment Deal Las Vegas

If you haven’t heard about Plug In Vegas (that’s us 😊), you should be excited. It’s an incredible way to save on your staycation while enjoying entertainment like a VIP!. Here’s what you need to know.

As a local, you have access to Plug In Vegas, a secret club to get free tickets to shows, events, and attractions all over town! And since you’re planning a staycation, we’re just going to go ahead and assume you’re a local and are eligible to take advantage of this.

Here’s how it works. When shows and events have leftover tickets, they need a secret way to fill those seats so the shows don’t look empty to tourists. This is where Plug In Vegas comes into play. Plug In Vegas has arrangements with all the major casinos, shows, and events in town so that when they need help filling these unsold seats, they send the tickets to Plug In Vegas, and we share them with our members (you) to use for free (click here to read more about how it works).

Sounds too good to be true? It’s not!

All you have to do is pay a no-commitment monthly membership fee (starting at $9.99) and you get private access to use these tickets for free. Literally all you have to pay is your monthly membership dues, and then you get to go to shows completely free. No per ticket costs, no hidden fees, no processing charges—nothing. This includes everything from concerts, to plays, sporting events, comedy shows, festivals, nightlife, and more!

If you’re looking to add some entertainment to your Vegas staycation and want to save some serious cash (that you can spend on other things now), this the way to go!

Some Other Staycation Entertainment and Relaxation Planning Tips

In addition to that tip, we want to give you a few more suggestions about planning the fun part of your staycation.

  • Most spas offer locals discounts – In the guide we linked above, you’ll see that most of the spas on the Strip offer 10%-25% off of services. Make sure you’re taking advantage of these!
  • See something you’ve never seen before – Remember, Vegas is packed with thousands of shows, many you probably haven’t even heard of before. This trip could be a fun time to try something new because there are so many hidden gems throughout the city just waiting for you to see them.
  • Spa day passes are great – If you want to relax, some of the spas on the Strip (usually only on weekdays) will sell you a day pass where you can use the amenities all day long (gym, sauna, pools, steam rooms, etc.). Sometimes you’ll be required to purchase a service to get access, but on slower days and seasons, you should be able to get a day pass for $30-$60.
  • Don’t Overdo It – There can be a temptation when planning a staycation, especially in a busy city like Las Vegas, to over-plan. Yes, plan some fun and relaxing things to do, but don’t forget to leave a little time for yourself to do nothing and unwind.

You’re almost there! Our FAVORITE part of a Vegas staycation plan is figuring out food and drinks. Here are some really helpful tips to help you when planning this part of your trip.

  • Remember you’re eating every meal away from home. – Because you’re still in Vegas, it’s easy to forget that you won’t be at home at all. This means you need to have a plan for all meals, including breakfast and lunch. You’d be surprised how often this gets overlooked.
  • Bring things from home to save money. – If you want to save a few (or a lot) of bucks, bring some stuff from home. The number one thing we recommend bringing is a case or two of bottled water. It’s WAY less expensive from the grocery store than at the hotel. Second, you could consider bringing some stuff for breakfast like cereal, fruit, granola bars, etc. This is a quick way to save a lot without impacting the quality of the trip. And if budget is really important, you could also bring things to make sandwiches for lunch (although, it is a vacation/staycation, so maybe eating out for lunch is good if it’s in the budget). Lastly, bringing alcohol from home if you drink is another great way to save a lot.
  • Look for a room with a refrigerator. – If you’re planning on bringing a lot of things from home, make sure you get a room with a fridge in it. That way you can keep your groceries nice and cold.
  • Don’t forget to make reservations. – As locals, we can forget that some restaurants do get busy at weird times of the year. This is especially true if you’re at a hotel with a convention you didn’t know about. To avoid any issues, go ahead and make reservations ahead of time when you’re getting everything booked.
  • Restaurants have locals deals too. – In the locals discounts guide we shared earlier, we outlined a lot of restaurants that have special deals that you should definitely be taking care of. These include things like free appetizers or desserts, 10%-50% off, and even a free beer!

Now that your trip is planned, it’s time to get packed! Here are a few important packing tips to help you with your upcoming staycation in Las Vegas.

  • It’s okay to overpack. – Since you don’t have to get on an airplane or drive hundreds of miles for your trip, it’s okay if you bring a little extra to make sure you’re extra comfortable. This can help you to save a lot of money as well with items that normally don’t travel well on an airplane.
  • Here are some of the items that don’t always travel well or that will help to enhance your trip!
    • Sunscreen
    • Portable speaker for music in the room
    • Video game consoles
    • Streaming devices (like an Apple TV)
    • Your favorite pillow or blanket
    • Large coolers
    • Board games
    • Comfy slippers
    • Refillable water tumbler/glass
  • It’s not okay to underpack. – Just as we’re saying that it’s okay to overpack, we want to make sure that you’re not traveling too light. Why is this more important with a staycation? Because people tend to say, “Oh, well I’ll be right down the road from the house, so I can just run get it.” While this is true, having to go home during your staycation just destroys the vibe.

As we close, we want to share a few last-minute tips and tricks to help you get the most out of your time at home away from home.

  • Treat it like you’re 1,000 miles away. – The key to getting the most out of a Vegas staycation is treating it like you’re actually 1,000 miles away from home. This ensures you treat it like an actual vacation and lets the rest and relaxation actually kick in.
  • Don’t tell people you’re in town. – If people (and your work) know that you’re taking a staycation instead of a far-away vacation, they may not respect the boundaries of your time away. If you need to, maybe don’t let everyone know that you’re just a few miles away until you “get back”.
  • Create memories. – Just because you’re in your home city of Las Vegas does not mean this staycation can’t be special and full of memories. Take pictures and do things to remember the trip by, especially if you’re taking it with someone special.
  • Try something new. – Because Las Vegas is your home city, you probably have a routine of things you like and don’t like. As you would with a normal vacation, consider breaking out of that pattern! Consider trying something new. Explore. Look around. You may be surprised at what you find that has been just a few miles away for so long.