Las Vegas truly does have something for everyone. Once a haven for only the most serious gamblers, it now boasts much more: world class entertainment, amazing food, and plenty of family-friendly activities. Depending on your interests, there are endless places to find expert tips and tricks to make the most of your trip to Las Vegas. But here are just a few general hints to get you started.
Research your Las Vegas trip well in advance. It's worth the effort up front to see what types of experiences other people have had. If you don't know anyone personally who has been there, you can easily find travel forums online, with members who have plenty of helpful information and advice to share.
If you plan to spend a lot of time outside or walking around, visit Las Vegas when the weather is a bit cooler. Early spring or autumn usually are good times. Bring clothes that can be layered, as well as comfortable shoes for walking!
Choose a hotel in a good location at the best price you can get. If you won't be spending much time in your room, then don't worry about staying at a fancy hotel. You can visit the casinos, restaurants, shops, and other parts of the expensive hotels for free whenever you want.
Don't be afraid to ask for a different hotel room, if you don't like the one you receive when you check in. Say you reserve a room on the strip in order to have a great view. Then you certainly won't be satisfied looking out your window at the back parking lot. This is your chance to experience the wonder of Las Vegas, so it never hurts to ask for an upgrade!
If you want to see a particular show or attend a special event, purchase your tickets well in advance. The same rule of booking in advance applies to certain restaurants. If you have your heart set on eating at a specific place, be sure to make a reservation. Plan your trip through an online travel service, so that you can do everything at once: reserve your plane tickets, hotel room, event tickets, and also make restaurant reservations.
Join the free players' clubs at the casinos that you visit. They offer discounts, giveaways, and other special promotions attached to their membership cards. Regardless of how much you plan to gamble in the casinos, it is worth checking out the opportunities offered by becoming a players' club member.
Tips and Warnings
- Don't try to cram too many activities into your trip. Make a tentative itinerary and modify your schedule as needed. Depending on what you plan to do, three to five days probably is a good length for a first trip to Las Vegas.
- Beware of scams! Prices and offers that sound too good to be true usually are just that. It pays to do your research ahead of time and find advice that you can trust.