Las Vegas is America’s largest tourist city, and a world renowned hub for extravagant hotels, neon lights and lavish parties. It’s exciting, it’s wacky, and it boasts an impressive number of casinos that could easily be distracting for the first time visitor.
When done right, Las Vegas can be the trip of a lifetime. You’ll take away more memories than many other destinations can match and, most likely, a craving for food you can’t get anywhere else.
The sun always shines, the weather never gets below 15 degrees and the locals are some of the friendliest in the world. The opportunities are endless, but in the vast sea of information it’s easy to get overwhelmed by the crowds.
To help, here are 5 tips to make the most of your holiday.
Do splash the cash on a show.
Any trip to Las Vegas would not be complete without at least one performance. Whatever your interests, there’ll be something to wow.
The most highly-acclaimed are Cirque du Soleil and Le Reve. Both are often billed as the best in town, offer a night like you’ve never had before, and are residentials so perform in luxury hotels The Wynn, Bellagio, Treasure Island and more.
If acrobatics are not to your taste, magic and comedy play a big part of The Strip nightlife. There’s also an abundance of musicals and bands to whet your appetite, and always chart topping artists passing through.
With so much on offer, turning anything down would definitely lead to regret.
Don’t spend too long on the strip
The most infamous view from Vegas has to be that of the Strip, with it’s bright lights and palm trees – but don’t become so enthralled you miss out on the rest of the city. Some of the best sights are far from the centre, and really shouldn’t be missed for a casino or all-you-can-eat dinner.
Stepping away from the main street could take you to The Neon Boneyard, Fremont Street (Old Vegas, easily a day trip), town Square, or even Red Rock Canyon. There are plenty of helicopter and bus tours to get away, and so much to do in Vegas you’ll never be bored.
Do experience the food
If there was ever a place to gorge, Las Vegas is it. The list of must-visit restaurants is extensive, and includes online favourites such as Creamberry and Black Tap.
If you want to try a candy floss burrito, there’s a place for that. Want to eat at Hell’s Kitchen? Vegas is the place. Like seafood? Water Grill is your dream. Tacos? The mexican restaurants are some of the best outside mexico – and not to be missed. Taco Y Taco is a personal favourite but Birria El Compa also holds its own.
Don’t forget resort fees
Resort fees are a common occurrence all over the world, but luxury hotels on the Strip boast some of the most expensive. Fees start at $14.99 for budget hotels, but can rise above $40 for luxy accommodation. If you’re planning to stay at Encore, Palazzo or Bellagio you’ll be expected to fork out $45 per night.
These are not included in room rates, so if you don’t check them out beforehand you might find yourself with a very expensive surprise.
Do hire a car
Hoover Dam, Death Valley, Henderson, Boulder City and Lake Mead are all within driving distance. With a car, your freedom is unlimited.
The outskirts of Vegas offer some amazing views, and within 20 minutes you could be in the desert. If your staying in the city for more than a couple of days, a car will make life so much easier and will enable you to really appreciate where you are.
Of course, it limits drinking but with pre-planning you can always get an Uber.
If this is to be the trip of a lifetime, then you should experience every second of it – the best way to do that is to get around as much as possible.