Las Vegas is one of the most iconic destinations in the world, which is why it is such a coveted hotspot for travelers. With its gravity-defying architecture, round the clock casinos, epic nightlife, and mouth-watering restaurants, it is impossible to be bored in Vegas. Even the most die-hard fans will find something new to explore on every visit, so if you’ve been thinking about heading here for a city break or vacation, here are a few tips to ensure that you get the most out of your trip.
Remember the rules
If you’re not from Vegas, it can be easy to forget that the rules are different here than other states. IDs are checked almost everywhere, you can’t hail a taxi on the street, and the city is very much like a Disneyland for adults. Just remember to brush up on the local policies to make sure you have a great time!
Set your budget
Las Vegas has a magic all of its own and it can be very easy to get carried away while you’re there. But there are plenty of ways to save money in Las Vegas. You just need to be smart about your budget before you go. Set a daily limit on how much you are happy to spend and try to stick to that so that you don’t end up with any surprises at the end of your trip.
Head out of town
Many people end up staying in the city center, but actually there is so much to see once you head out of town. Take a tour of the Hoover Dam, go boating on Lake Mead, or take in the views at Red Rock Canyon. There are also plenty of awesome hikes at Charleston Peak, Instagram-worthy moments in Nelson Ghost Town, and incredible views at Death Valley National Park. Embracing the great outdoors is also an excellent way to keep the spending down.
Pack a sweater
Yes, you’re heading to the Nevada Desert and it’s going to be very, very hot but hotels, casinos, restaurants, theaters, and malls counteract the heat with some pretty intense air conditioning. Remember to pack a light wrap or sweater to beat the chill when you’re inside. It’s also a good idea to check out dress codes before you pack your suitcase. Many establishments have rules regarding hats, shorts, and sandals, so make sure you pack a smart set of clothes to stay on the safe side.
Plan your food options
Vegas used to be famous for its all-you-can-eat buffet scene, but these days the options are a lot more varied and exciting. There is a celebrity chef restaurant on every corner, bringing fine dining and mouth-watering cuisine to the fore. From Nobu Matsuhisa and Joël Robuchon to José Andrés and Bobby Flay, whatever your stomach desires you will be sure to find it in Vegas. With so many options, it’s worth working out a food budget before you go and creating a list of the eateries you’d really like to visit during your trip.
Use public transport
It can be tempting to get a taxi whenever you need to go somewhere, but the bus system in Vegas is excellent and a whole lot kinder on the wallet. A day ticket costs from $8 and will take you just about anywhere in the city, while taxi fares can easily rack up and eat into your spending budget.
Catch a show
You can’t really visit Vegas without catching one of its legendary shows. While some of the bigger productions can be expensive, your hotel will usually have special discounts for many of the shows on offer, so it’s worth asking your concierge whether they can do you a deal.
Whether you’re heading to Vegas for business or pleasure, there is so much to see and do here that having a plan is an essential way to make sure you don’t miss out on anything while you’re there. Whatever you choose to do, just remember to pack plenty of sunscreen and stay hydrated – that hot Nevada sun is a scorcher!
Have you ever been to Las Vegas? I’d love to hear your tips!
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