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- 6 February 2024
5 really useful tips to know before booking a trip to Las Vegas
Las Vegas is known as the city of gambling and wild fun. And that’s how it is. For me, it was even more so than I had imagined. In Las Vegas it seems that everything is allowed but be careful, “all that glitters is not gold” so here are some useful and practical tips before booking a trip to Las Vegas.
Las Vegas is chaotic, fast-paced and crazy. But to enjoy it at its best, some precautions must be taken otherwise you will end up overwhelmed by chaos and high prices. Below are some tips gathered from my experience after a couple of trips to this city of Nevada.
1. A couple of nights are enough to enjoy the fun
A hangover, or rather two. On the third night the chaos of the city will begin to become stressful. If you’re not a fan of gambling, after a while everything will start to look the same: big hotels, casinos, restaurants and malls along the strip. Outside the city, there is nothing.
Plus, having fun in Las Vegas is expensive and we’ll find out in the end. It is therefore better to concentrate on a few, but well-done evenings. In my opinion it is better to use the rest of the days of your holiday to discover the wonders around Las Vegas, such as the Grand Canyon first and foremost or the great parks of Utah.
Also keep in mind that, especially on weekends, it is a chaotic city and be prepared for queues everywhere. Starbucks are busy at breakfast time and don’t be surprised to see dozens of Americans queuing for a normal coffee. All this to say that Las Vegas is not all stress free and if that goes on for several days you might not enjoy your holiday to the fullest. I’m not even going to talk about the temperatures that can exceed 40° during summer.
2. Las Vegas is not a city for children
You can see many families with children on the streets but, in my personal opinion, it is not a city for children. If you are in the USA with your family and are passing through Las Vegas, obviously, make a stop in the city anyway out of curiosity to see it, but know that the city is not the best choice for a family.
It’s true, it is a city full of entertainment for adults and children, but when evening falls, the city transforms into a place of perdition. Don’t be surprised to see Disney characters on the street ready to capture fun photos with your children, but at the same time, during a simple walk, you encounter undressed women, strange people, drunk people and the smell of smoke (the less legal one).
Children can only pass through hotel casinos, but you cannot stop to play with anyone under 21. The slot machines are placed everywhere, I think even in some bathrooms and it is difficult to hide them from the sight of the little ones! Even at various shows, children are prohibited from entering and therefore you should leave them outside. In short, it’s better to go to Las Vegas without children if you want to enjoy it 100%.
3. In Las Vegas you should go around with UBER
The simplest way to move from one point of the city to another is undoubtedly UBER. There are also taxis, but often the waiting queues are longer and several times you find yourself having to negotiate the price (higher!) because there was traffic or because it made you take a longer ride than necessary.
However, with UBER there are no surprises. The price you pay is what you actually read before getting on board. And when you get off you don’t have to worry about having to pay anyone because the money is automatically charged to your credit card.
Almost every hotel has a drop off point called UBER which are meeting points with your driver. Download the UBER App, make sure the arriving car matches the model and license plate and you’re done.
The alternative to UBER? Move on foot! The Strip, or the main street of Las Vegas, is 3-4 km long. If you like walking, you can explore it on foot and do some sightseeing. Sometimes the traffic is so congested that getting around on foot is even faster, as well as fun.
4. Take part in a show or a high-level concert
The shows in Las Vegas are from another planet. Spectacular to say the least. Even the Americans say so. My advice is to consult the events calendar on the dates you plan to visit Las Vegas. For better or worse, every week there is always some special performance. You will see advertisements and posters everywhere around the city of what is happening.
The Soleil Circus shows are the most popular, but there are many internationally renowned artists and singers. There are events for all tastes: from comedies to adult-only cabarets, from tribute shows to magic shows.
During my visit there was Elton John, Adele singing at the Cesar Palace and U2 at the Sphere. Prohibitive prices and often sold out places, for this reason you have to plan ahead if you are looking for a Top event and above all book it well in advance.
At the last minute I found a seat at the David Copperfield show, the greatest illusionist of our times who usually often performs at the MGM Grand, and in the past I had attended Jennifer Lopez’s concert at the Hollywood Planet. You will take home indelible memories.
5. Las Vegas is an expensive city: manage your budget well
Having fun, eating and drinking in Las Vegas costs a lot. Maybe more than you think. To have a “Hangover” evening, be prepared to shell out a lot of money. Las Vegas can also be for all budgets but to aim for a top night, the price you pay is high.
My advice is to define the budget you can afford and decide how to spend it before starting the evening. Dinner in a quality Steak House can cost over 70 USD per person, shows at least 100 USD to get a decent seat, throw yourself into some famous places like Hakkasan, you need another 70 USD to get in. You understand well that if you add the figures above, the cost of an evening rises quickly and without overdoing it.
Not to scare you, but even just for a bottle of water inside hotels you can pay 5-6 USD. However, just go out to some stores to save money. This explains why you see many Americans walking with beer in their hand bought on the street.
In short, money flies easily. Unless the casino breaks the bank, because then everything changes! Good luck!
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