Rising up from the Mojave Desert, Las Vegas can seem like an alien city from another planet, with its glaring lighting, 24/7 entertainment and party atmosphere. A city that never sleeps, Vegas is packed with experiences that are so stimulating and fun that it can be hard to leave – something that makes a vacation here well worth anyone’s while.
Advance planning and a little research is advisable for an ideal visit to Vegas, including checking out hotels and attractions beforehand as well as making travel arrangements and deciding on a budget that the individual is comfortable with. Although credit cards are the main method of payment in Vegas, it pays to also bring some cash, as discounts for those who pay with greenbacks may be available at some stores.
Booking travel tickets well in advance is a good way to get the cheapest flights and save money for spending in Vegas itself. The city is well served by domestic and international airlines, so there is plenty of choice available. Several hotels provide a shuttle service to and from the airport, and there are also plenty of limousines and taxis available for hire. For a special treat, try renting a stretch limo for arrival at the hotel – heads will always turn!
The cost of hotel rooms in Vegas can be surprisingly reasonable, as hotels want to offer rooms at rates that will attract guests and then persuade them to spend in the casinos. If planning a trip with a small group of friends, it’s worth considering sharing a room between three or four people to reduce the individual cost of accommodation.
Many hotels have free shows and spectacles. For a taste of the Big Top, try Circus Circus, which has a regular free show during the day featuring trapeze artists, high wire acts, acrobats and jugglers.
At The Mirage, guests and visitors can see the spectacular eruption of its iconic volcano during evening hours, when fire and smoke shoot high above the water.
Food in Las Vegas can be as upscale or downmarket as the visitor chooses, but be assured that there is always plenty of it. When booking accommodation, check if free breakfasts are offered or if there are any special meal deals available. There are dozens of restaurants for fine dining, and though the hotel will provide good quality meals, it is always worth branching out and trying different places while keeping an eye on the budget.
Las Vegas is a show city, with any number of top acts and musicals playing regularly. The large hotels provide shows that come as part of a package, but travelers who wish to see other shows should try to book them at the same time they make travel and accommodation reservations, as they will be cheaper.
For free entertainment, check out the $1,000,000 slot pull at Planet Hollywood or make a visit to Ethel’s Botanical Cactus Garden for a small slice of peace among the 300+ species of ornamentals, cacti and other succulents, before hitting The Strip again for a night of partying and gambling.
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