Las Vegas is the self-proclaimed entertainment capital of the world, and rightfully so. Las Vegas Boulevard South, or better known as The Strip, boasts the largest casinos, the most luxurious hotels, and dazzling shows with such stellar attention to detail that evokes a one-of-a-kind fantasy-like environment. Before venturing into the Sin City, there are 10 things you need to know.
1. There really is something for everybody.
Vegas has so much more to offer than just casinos and adult entertainment. Activities for the whole family include a wide array of themes with everything from indoor-skydiving, horseback tours, lavish golf courses, and of course, the casinos.
2. Everybody loves a must-see show.
On any given day there are a plethora of shows including plays, musicals, magic shows, and acrobats. Some of the most popular include Blue Man Group, “V” The Ultimate Variety Show, Cirque du Soleil, and Phantom.
3. July and August are the most affordable months to visit.
As temperatures rise, many hotels offer deep discounts to encourage business in the off-season. Rates also tend to drop after the holiday season in January and February.
4. Be prepared for the weather.
Daytime temperatures can range from 70 to 100 degrees depending on the time of the year, with very low humidity. Desert climate trends limit the amount of precipitation so you will likely see an abundance of sunshine. Nighttime temperatures can drop considerably however, so you will want to bring a sweater for after sunset.
5. Many conventions are open to the public, but plan ahead.
Las Vegas is home to some of the most popular conventions including the largest tattoo convention, the Consumer Electronics Show and the Adult Entertainment Expo. Many conventions offer the opportunity for individuals to participate but public attendee passes go quickly so plan far in advance if you’re hoping to score tickets.
6. Buy a coupon book.
Effortlessly slash the cost of your Las Vegas vacation in half with the purchase of a coupon book. The $35 purchase has over $15,000 in savings on everything from restaurants, shopping, and attractions throughout the city.
7. Sight-see outside of the city.
Ghost towns, Indian villages, and even the Grand Canyon are just a short drive from Vegas. Plan a daytrip to the Goldfield Ghost Town or the Chloride Mining Town, taking in the breathtaking views along the way, and be back to your hotel before nightfall.
8. The Freemont Street Experience
Be prepared to be blown away! The Freemont is a unique mall structure designed with an astounding canopy of screens revealing jaw-dropping visual effects. This is one shopping trip you will not forget.
9. Smoking is allowed at most Vegas casinos.
The majority of casinos allow smoking throughout their facilities. If you would like to gamble with your money instead of your health, head towards newer hotels with improved ventilation or check out The Bellagio and MGM Grand which designate some gaming areas and tables as non-smoking areas.
10. Carry cash for tips!
Vegas has cultivated a generous tipping atmosphere. Don’t forget to tip your cab drivers, cocktail waitresses, spa personnel, valet attendants, hotel maid services and any other assistants during your stay. A little gratuity goes a long way for the hard-working individuals catering to make your vacation memorable.
Don’t wait until the week of your Vegas vacation to start your planning. Whether it’s your first time in Vegas or you’re a veteran visitor, a well-planned trip is the first step to capturing that once-in-a-lifetime experience in the Sin City. Remember to bring your camera; you’re going to need it!