If you were to describe Las Vegas in three words, you would probably say lights, casinos and excitement. The city’s infamous mantra “what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas” has carried its reputation over the years, and for many people, the opportunity to visit Sin City means seeing the bright signs, hearing the sounds of cars and slot machines, and trying something new and exciting each day.
With increased tourism and Vegas’ growing popularity, it’s easy to become quickly overwhelmed with the different activities to do while visiting the city. Rather than worry about whether you’re experiencing the city the “right” way, read these 10 tips on traveling in Las Vegas so that your trip is one to remember.
1. Plan some (but not too much) before arriving to Las Vegas
If you’ve already arrived in Las Vegas, you can still do this! Make sure you have a general idea of the main attractions and sites you want to visit. It can help to break down restaurants, nightlife activities and other events into separate categories. Having a rough idea of what to do in the city saves you time and money and helps avoid the frustration of not knowing what to do next.
With that said, don’t plan too much because you’ll focus more on perfecting your schedule instead of actually enjoying yourself. Planning a trip to Las Vegas has to be balanced between knowing a few places you would like to visit and allowing the magic of the city to take you by surprise.
2. Make sure you dress for the weather.
Because of its closeness to the Mojave Desert, Vegas is known for its red-hot summers with daytime temperatures reaching 100F and nightfall dropping only to 90F. What many people don’t know, however, is that Las Vegas’ winters are also quite cold, so for those of you traveling to the city between October and March, dress accordingly. December and January temperatures reach as low as 26-28F which is pretty cold for the Southwestern region.
Those visiting in the summer should dress in shorts, skirts and short-sleeved shirts while winter travellers should bring light jackets and sweaters. While Las Vegas wouldn’t be considered the coldest winter destination, its drop in temperatures shouldn’t be underestimated.
3. Withdraw cash to use in restaurants, casinos and bars
Las Vegas’ luxury hotels, 5-star restaurants and world-renowned casinos all depend on one group of people to keep everything working smoothly: service workers. Make sure you withdraw cash to thank them for their service and to provide adequate tips wherever you go. You don’t want to be ‘that person’ who doesn’t appreciate those around you working to make your experience enjoyable!
4. Take a day excursion outside the city to see some beautiful landscapes
While some would say Las Vegas puts Nevada on the map, others would strongly argue that the state and the rest of the southwestern region has so much more to offer. Within Nevada, the Hoover Dam, Red Rock Canyon and Lake Mead are all gorgeous sites to visit and great opportunities to experience the great American landscape. Outside of the state, the Grand Canyon in Arizona and Death Valley in California are close enough for a well-scheduled day trip. If you get tired of the citylife, take a trip outside of Vegas and replenish your energy in the beautiful Southwest.
5. Get ready to do some walking (and don’t forget to bring a good pair of shoes!)
Whether you’re taking a stroll down the Las Vegas Strip or you’re exploring neighborhoods and outdoor restaurants and bars, be ready to do some walking. Part of the joy of traveling in Las Vegas is being able to see the city up close, and sometimes getting to your destination by foot is the best way to get to know a place. Many tourists state that things in Las Vegas feel a lot further than they initially assumed, so bring a good pair of walking shoes.
Look at the bright side: at least you can burn off the calories of everything you eat!
6. Take an afternoon nap to prepare for the magic of Vegas nightlife
There is nothing quite like Las Vegas’ nightlife. While Vegas offers many daytime activities to keep you busy and happy, nightfall brings an entire world of excitement and magic that the city is famous for. With this in mind, it could be helpful on some days to rest before evening festivities so that you’re alert and ready for the joys of Vegas’ nightlife.
Unsure about where to begin? Some nightclubs worth visiting are Chateau, Voodoo Rooftop and the Foundation Room. Do some research beforehand about parking around the clubs and make sure you keep cash on you.
To make sure you’re ready for partying the night away with drinks and great music, take a small refreshing nap. It’ll do wonders for your energy (and trust us, you’ll need it!).
7. Plan a trip to Vegas’ famous museums and shows
Love the famously bright lights of Vegas? Take a trip to the Neon Museum which features signs from old casinos and preserves the history of vintage Vegas. Bring a camera and get ready to take lots of photos!
The Mob Museum also known as the National Museum of Organized Crime and Law Enforcement is another great and captivating Vegas gem that captures the history of organized crime within the United States and more specifically in Nevada. If you’re a sucker for The Godfather and other mobster movies, you will love this museum!
Are you looking for a show to catch your attention and keep it? Recently named the #1 greatest show in Las Vegas history, Absinthe is the perfect combination of burlesque, circus and vaudeville all fitted for a 21st century audience. For ages 18 and up, Absinthe will entertain you and leave you thinking about the show for years to come.
8. Keep an open mind when planning your schedule of events and activities
Traveling to Vegas is a wonderful opportunity to try new things and keep an open mind about doing activities outside of your comfort zone. Try your best to broaden your horizons when it comes to attending events or participating in new activities. You never know what might happen when you try something for the first time. It might become your new favorite thing!
Worst case scenario when trying something new: you hate it and then you never have to do it again. Best case scenario: you love it, and you can’t wait to try it again. Either way, you learn something new about yourself, and you get a lasting memory of your time in Vegas.
9. Don’t let unrealistic expectations ruin your fun
If you reach Vegas and plan to make millions of dollars at the casinos, meet new people every hour and have thrilling fun in each moment, you might be slightly disappointed. Unrealistic expectations are the largest thieves of joy when going on vacation and traveling to a new place. While Vegas is tons of fun on its own, try not to place expectations on how each activity or event will go and instead allow yourself to be swept away in the surprise and excitement of not knowing how something will turn out.
Who knows! Maybe you will make millions of dollars, meet so many people and have the most fun of your life. But wouldn’t it be more fun if you weren’t expecting all of that from the start?
10. Squeeze in time to relax and treat yourself to a spa day
After a long day of walking in the heat and engaging in exciting activities, sometimes it takes a relaxing day of massages and baths to replenish your energy. With so much to do in Vegas in every moment, you will want to take a breath and give yourself a chance to rest and relax before your next event. With the rising popularity of wellness centers, make space in your schedule to check one out before getting back into the bustle of Vegas citylife.
Some famous Vegas spas are The Spa at ARIA, Spa Mandalay and Voie Spa. These luxurious spa facilities offer a wide range of massage therapies and treatments that will give you the boost you need to get back into the flashing lights and excitement of Las Vegas life.
No matter how you spend your time in Las Vegas, it will definitely be a trip to remember. With countless events to see, thrilling activities to engage in, and delicious food and drink to consume, Vegas remains a favorite destination to visit for many around the United States and outside the country.
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