Vegas makes it easy for you: few cities (if any) are so
completely tourism based. Thus, navigating the clusters
of lights and crowds of gamblers is usually pretty easy
for the average tourist, but that doesn't mean that
there aren't any Las Vegas travel tips that are
good to know.
Any casino you venture into will have a fairly similar
array of games available. Pros tend to drift towards
the downtown and Fremont areas of the city, so it's
probably best to avoid those if you are going to be playing
poker. The Bellagio has
one of the nicest layouts, though you probably won't
be able to get a low limit blackjack game on a busy night.
The Excalibur is often a little
less crowded at that side of the strip – the same
goes for the Sahara on the northern
edge. The best sportsbook is located at Caesar's
Families in Vegas
Though the city is shedding its family friendly image
just a little bit, there is still plenty for children
to do, from Gameworks Las Vegas to the arcade and shows
at the Excalibur. Circus
Circus is still pretty enjoyable for children, and
a good way to keep costs down as one of the last bastions
of cheap Las Vegas travel.
Las Vegas is a fairly walkable city, as long as you
stick to the strip.
And while walking from Mandalay
Bay to the Stratosphere is hardly advisable, you can usually get around to the
nearby casinos with little problem. If you plan
to stay on foot, one Las Vegas travel tip is to make as
much use of the free monorail services amongst the hotels
on the southern end. Everyone else uses rental cars
or taxi cabs – the former can be a bit unnecessary,
unless you are planning on heading to the Grand
Canyon or Grand Coulee Dam, as taxis are a fairly
cheap Las Vegas travel option.
Inside the casinos, the constant presence of police
and security, not to mention millions of video cameras
above the floor makes crime virtually non-existent while
indoors in Vegas. The strip itself is equally trustworthy,
though occasional pickpockets scour the crowds.
Once you leave the well-lit areas of the strip, however,
walking throughout the city can be a little sketchier,
especially if you are alone near the less populated hotels
like the Stratosphere or Bally's and in the areas of the gentlemen's clubs.
You should probably get a cab.
Everyone in Vegas wants a tip. Don't be shy, and don't try to do that thing where you slip a bellhop or doorman a dollar with a handshake. Unless you've practiced, you're just going to look stupid. For most services a dollar or two is acceptable, though if you really want to impress the staff, toss them a $10 or $20. They'll remember you.
Cheap Las Vegas Travel
One Las Vegas travel tip everyone knows is where the
discount rooms are. The Imperial Palace is currently
the capital of budget lodgings, while the Tropicana and Excalibur offer a good mix of quality and value.
Bet a lot. And make sure to ask. One myth of Las Vegas is that winners get comped. But not unless you ask – and assuming you are playing for high enough stakes. Each hotel has a different limit that leads to free meals, hotel rooms and other benefits. Again, if you are playing $100 hands of blackjack, you won't have to worry. Casino staff will find you. For everyone else, though, drop a hint to your dealer and see what the story is.
Remote check-in is a fairly new feature in many Vegas
hotels. Guests at Bally's, Hilton, Paris, New
York New York, Caesars, Flamingo or the MGM Grand can check in at
McCarran airport. If you really want to get to the
tables, this Las Vegas travel tip can save you precious
minutes. You can also take advantage of the late
checkout option, if you have a late flight out of the
city. It's a small fee (and every hotel is
more than happy to watch your stuff for you at the baggage
desk), but if you really want to sleep in, this Las Vegas
travel tip is a necessity.