Although I am more of a nature lover, I love taking a trip to a city, especially if it’s Las Vegas. It is a great destination no matter what time of the year you go. I have been a number of times before, but I recently traveled to Las Vegas just before Christmas and there truly is something to do for everyone.
Here is the Ultimate Guide to Las Vegas!
When to go
Since Las Vegas is in the desert, temperatures in the summer are known to easily reach over 100 degrees. During the winter, the temperatures during the day will be warm but you will want to have a jacket for night. I recommend going March-May or Sept-November for less busy and better weather times of the year. If you’re on a budget, I recommend going during the week, Sun-Thurs, and avoiding holidays and weekends.
How long to stay
To be completely honest, I have been in Vegas for 2 days to 5 days and I have to say 3 days is the perfect amount of time. Any less and you won’t have time to explore as much as you’d like, and any longer you’ll be asking yourself why you decided to stay so long in the first place.
Every hotel has a resort fee on top of what you will pay per night so always make sure to research these before you book your hotel. Most of them start at $35.00 a day and go up from there. Below are my favorite hotels.
Uber/Lyft/Taxis – This is probably the best option rather than renting a car. The city is full of these and it is easy to get around.
Here is a link to get $5 off your first ride with Uber.
Monorails – Some of the hotels around Vegas have their own transportation that will take you to a few hotels.
Walk – Almost everything is walkable on the strip but make sure to wear comfortable shoes and see if there are buses or monorails that can take you some of the way.
In Vegas it is easy to spend more money than you’d like, but finding cheap places to eat isn’t as hard as it may seem. Chances are if you walk into a more expensive hotel, the restaurants will be pricey. Always pay attention to the menus because there are cheaper options almost everywhere you go. Here are some of my favorite places to eat on the strip.
Buffets around Vegas (sign up for a players card if you’re 21 for special discounts on drinks and meals!)
Steak-N-Shake at Hooters (the BEST shakes)
Miracle Mile Shopping Center Restaurants at Planet Hollywood
Burger Lounge at the Aria
B&B Ristorante at the Venetian
Prime Steakhouse at the Bellagio
Nightlife & Drinks
Make sure to research happy hours at bars around the strip before you head to bars! One happy hour I found recently was that Margaritaville has 5 cent beers everyday from 5-6pm! Here are my other favorite places to grab a drink.
The Chandelier at the Cosmopolitan
VooDoo Rooftop bar at the Rio
Margaritaville on the strip near the Flamingo
The Foundation Room at Mandalay Bay
Hakkassan at the MGM Grand
The Marquee at the Cosmopolitan
Frozen Drink Bars located all around the strip
Things to do (free)
Take a photo in front of the Las Vegas Sign
Fremont Street Experience
Walk the Strip at night
See the Flamingos at the Flamingo
Visit the Coca Cola, Hershey and M&M stores on the strip
Travel “Around the world” and see the Eiffel Tower, Pyramids, New York, Italy, and more on the strip!
Bellagio Fountains (these go off every 15 minutes and is a must see attraction in Vegas)
Bellagio Botanical Gardens and floral art on the ceiling
The Pirate Ship located in front of Treasure Island
Things to do ($)
New York New York Roller Coaster
Helicopter Ride over the strip or the Hoover Dam
Go to a Las Vegas Knights Hockey Game
Venetian Gondola Rides
Ride a zip line between two hotels
See a show
Visit the Pinball Hall of Fame
There are casinos everywhere you go in Vegas and sometimes it can be fun! Its easy to lose money quickly so make sure to set a budget on what you can afford to spend. Here are my top tips for gambling:
Go to Hooters and play $1 Blackjack! It is the only place that you can play a dollar a hand, otherwise on the strip minimum bets go from $10-$25 dollars minimum bet a hand.
If you want to play poker, always look for the table that has the drunkest people so you have a higher chance of winning.
Roulette is one of my favorite games but the chances of winning are pretty slim and you can lose money fast.
Remember to tip your dealers if you are winning a lot!
If you are gambling you also can order free drinks so make sure to always tip your cocktail waitress. They work hard and chances are if you don’t tip, they won’t go out of their way to serve you.
If you are gambling and want a drink, wait for your waitress because if you walk up to a bar, they will charge you full price.
Pull money out of an ATM off of the strip or somewhere away from a casino. I once had a transaction fee of $10 just to pull money out of my account.
For the Adventure Lover
Stratosphere Amusement Park Rides
Zip Line down Fremont Street
Day trip to the Red Rock Canyon (28 mins), Hoover Dam (40 mins), Valley of Fire (1 hour), Zion National Park (2 hours), or the Grand Canyon (4 hours).
Seven Magic Mountains
Things to be aware of
Show girls, male strippers, street performers, and characters: Chances are you will see anywhere from 2 to 10 people on the street dressed in minimal clothing to disney characters while walking around the strip. They are there to make money so if you chose to take a photo with them, make sure to tip them a few dollars.
Guys handing out stripper cards: There will be men holding cars that they will click together and hand them out to you to promote “Girls delivered directly to your room,” regardless if you are with your grandparents, family or friends.
Promoters: Often times these are the people to see if you want tickets to a show or event. No matter the time of day or night they will try everything they can to get you to purchase tickets for dirt cheap or free. Say no thank you firmly to avoid being dragged into purchasing things you weren’t planning on.
Smoking is allowed almost everywhere
You can drink outdoors on the strip, just no glass is allowed.
There are many homeless people on the strip begging for money. This can come as a shock if you are not use to this.
Other important things to know
Always carry cash!
Make sure to drink enough water especially in the summer to avoid dehydration.
Renting a car can be beneficial if you plan on traveling to downtown or places off the strip.
Be aware of parking fees and traffic.
The walks are longer than they look so be prepared.