It might sound like a ridiculous notion that you should ‘make the most’ of a place like Las Vegas, but the fact of the matter is that this huge desert oasis of fun and debauchery can easily get side-tracked if you don’t know what you’re doing and where you’re going. A city that looks small is actually sprawling, and a distance that looks walkable, rarely is – put simply, Vegas is a mirage in the truest sense.
If you want to make the most of your time in the desert, here’s a few tips to help you out.
Always wear comfortable shoes
Vegas is big, even the Strip is big, and your brain might tell you that you are able to walk that distance, but honestly, it’s going to be a lot longer than you think! Save your feet and blisters by wearing comfortable shoes and taking your time.
Always book your attraction tickets through reputable vendors
Vegas is full of ticket touts, and 99% of them are not official. Stick to official Box Office vendors or reputable websites, such as BestofVegas.com, to ensure that you a) get official tickets, and b) get the best deal.
Get up as early as possible
Don’t fall into the trap of partying all night and not seeing daylight, because Vegas in the day really is something very special indeed. It’s easy to stay inside, perhaps in the casino, and never venture outside, but most large hotels have fantastically idyllic swimming pools, and the Strip by day is just as vibrant as it is by night.
The ‘Welcome to Vegas’ sight is actually on a dual carriageway
In order to see this iconic sight, a good tip is to jump on the hop on/off tourist bus and head there as part of a tour. The sign is on the way to the airport, and it isn’t that easy to walk to – the tourist bus pulls in at the sign and stays a short time, allowing you to take pictures.
Don’t forget the Grand Canyon
When one of the biggest natural wonders on the planet is so close by, it would be a crime not to visit it. You can book an excursion or you can hire a car and drive, but whichever option you go for, make sure you factor this fantastic attraction into your plans.
The helicopter tour over the Strip at night is short, but very worth it
Generally speaking, this tour takes around 15-20 minutes, and you will pay quite a lot for it, but it is definitely one of the most sought after trips for a reason. Checking out those countless twinkling lights from the sky is a fantastic sight, so make sure you put this onto your list.
Aside from giving yourself a strict gambling budget, these tips will help you make the most of your time in the desert.