If you have yet to visit the Strip in Vegas and have never gambled or hopped on the roller coaster at New York New York, there are some things you need to know before you board a plane. While you will have a great time in Sin City no matter how much you know about it before you arrive, there are some insider tips that can help you make the most of your getaway. Take a look at these 6 tips before you pack your bags for Vegas.
You can’t walk to every place on the strip.
While your next destination may not seem that far away, the hotels are much further apart than they first appear. The strip is actually over four miles long so it will take you about 15 minutes or more to walk from one hotel to the next.
It is fun to walk at least parts of the Strip, though, if you have time. There are lots of walkways along the street and tons of sights to see and places to snap photographs. Don’t forget these top travel essentials like comfortable shoes – you don’t want to wear high heels 24/7.
Bring cash to avoid ATM fees.
It isn’t easy to find your own bank ATM and most of the Vegas ATMs charge $5.99 – an amount that adds up quickly. Come with cash; you want to save every penny so you can enjoy all of fun activities Vegas has to offer instead of wasting your money paying fees.
There is a lot of art to see.
Many people head to Vegas to enjoy the sunshine, gamble and enjoy time with adults. Take a moment to look around and you will see art all over the Strip. There are sculptures by famous artists in the lobbies, along the street, and certain hotels even feature their own art galleries with collections from all over the world.
Downtown Las Vegas is far away.
Downtown Vegas is not close to the Strip, but it’s worth visiting. It’s a nice change of pace from the expensive strip and fun to see a different area of the city. There is still gambling and remnants of Old Vegas – the hot spot before the Strip was built. Take a look around and dine at one of the local establishments while you are there, too.
Consider gambling lessons.
It’s okay if you feel intimidated by blackjack and poker and other table games. While you are there, you can learn your poker personality to up your game. Hotel casinos offer gambling lessons free of charge where you can learn about the rules of the games and pick up tips like where to sit at the table and dealer-speak. If gambling isn’t for you, don’t worry! There are lots of shows to see and plenty of other things to do that are unique to the city.
Avoid peak meal times.
If you head out to dinner at a peak time in Vegas, you may wait for hours to get served. If you can be flexible, it’s smart to eat before 6 pm or after 8pm. Lines can get unruly during the peak times and you can wind up spending much of your evening waiting for a meal in a restaurant instead of out having fun.
Make sure to head to Sin City with an open mind and be prepared to take a deep breath, relax and go with the flow. Las Vegas is a place all its own, so don’t forget to charge your phone and camera so you can take photographs of every experience.