10 Helpful Travel Tips for Your First Trip to Las Vegas
A trip to Las Vegas can be overwhelming for any Sin City virgin, but with a little planning, preparation and luck, you can pretty much bet on a great time. Here are some general things to keep in mind before venturing into the country's biggest adult playground.
Learn a New Casino Game
Craps and Baccarat may seem complicated and intimidating, but they’re a lot of fun once you master the basics. Just be sure to read up before you hit the tables. You don't want to be that person asking for help.
Stay at The Venetian
You’re going to need a suite large enough to accommodate your massive hangovers and The Venetian offers some of the best on The Strip. In fact, they currently hold the Guinness Record for "largest standard hotel room in the world."
See a Show Every Night
It’s no secret that Vegas has some of the best entertainment in the country. Aside from the 10,000 Cirque du Soleil and magic shows, musical acts from Celine Dion and Mariah Carey to Britney Spears and newly-announced Backstreet Boys are excellent ways to feel old af, but in the best way possible.
Drinks Lots of Water
You’re in a desert, after all. Stay as hydrated as humanly possible, but buy all of your water bottles at Walgreen's to save money for important things like gambling, fortune tellers and cat ears from sidewalk stands.
Book a Fancy Dinner
Las Vegas’s high-end food scene rivals any other city in America. But some restaurants come with very Vegas-y perks. At Beauty & Essex, for example, you can pre-arrange a menu for larger groups and ladies also get champagne in the bathroom line, which is a great, albeit counterproductive way to the kill the time.
See the Bellagio Fountains
The water show runs frequently and is a great temporary escape from The Strip's sensory overload (think Times Square, but after a few too many tequilas). Also be sure to check out their conservatory and botanical garden for seasonal displays of beautiful flowers and awkward talking trees.
Club Hop for Free
There’s always a famous DJ in town spinning, but prices and crowds can be heavy. To avoid depleting your bank account and the desire to punch everyone in the face, try to get access to a promoter. They’re more common than you think (friends of friends or the random, well-dressed guys lurking in front of casinos) and can help you skip lines and an entrance fee with a simple name drop. It's worth the friendship, no matter how superficial.
Escape The Strip
Sometimes it’s best to leave the bright lights behind for some natural light in the desert. Book a day trip to the Red Rock Canyon Preservation Area for a necessary recharge.
Visit a Museum
Vegas isn't all about killing brain cells. In fact, exhibits at the Mob, Neon and Titanic museums just may teach you a thing or two about organized crime, old signs and a famous ship.
Carefully Consider Your Return Flight Time
You are guaranteed to feel terrible on your last day. Either book an early morning flight and party all night or nap all day and fly out in the evening. Next to purchasing extra-strength Advil, it will be the best decision you make all trip.