We found seven Las Vegas tips that you need to know before you leave. Given to us by Las Vegas locals, casino employees, and veteran travelers.
7. The Show Won’t Go On
If you’re heading to The Mirage for the nightly volcano spectacular, keep this in mind. On particularly windy-nights or when the weather is sub-par (for Las Vegas standards), you may see red flashing lights at showtime. This means the show is cancelled. Likewise, if you’re looking to see The Bellagio Fountains, you may hear a friendly voice letting you know the show has been postponed due to bad weather.
6. Get Out of Town
We all know there is a vast amount of things to do and places to eat on the Strip. However, check out what there is to do outside of the glitz and larger-than-life properties. Check out Red Rock Canyon, drive to the Hoover Dam, or if you hit it big on the Craps tables take a helicopter to the Grand Canyon. I wouldn’t recommend driving to the Grand Canyon in one day from Las Vegas, it’s about a 4-hour drive each way.
5. The Monorail Beats Walking
There are numerous monorails in Las Vegas. The official Las Vegas Monorail costs a couple bucks per ride (various day passes are available too) and gets you to multiple major casinos on the east side of The Strip starting at MGM Grand on the south end and SLS Las Vegas on the north end. There are free trams in front of Mandalay Bay, Luxor, and Excalibur you can catch and quickly hop back and fourth between hotels and puts you within 15-20 minute walk of the “Welcome to Las Vegas” sign. There is another free tram between Monte Carlo, Aria, and Bellagio on the west side of the Strip.
4. Cash is King
Nothing speaks royalty in Las Vegas louder than cash. Whether you’re hitting the club, bar, casino floor, or restaurant, cash always comes in handy for tips and fast service. There are cash breakers everywhere in Las Vegas, so don’t worry about being stuck with $100 or $50 bills. These machines will break your bills for free located inside almost every casino.
3. Go Off-Strip for Food, Alcohol
There are some great food options off the Strip in Las Vegas that will blow your mind! Ask a local for their favorite off-strip food spot. Lots of casinos off the Strip offer great prices on buffets and steak dinners to bring you in. You will also find great watering holes with low prices throughout the entire city. Plus, who could resist a stop at In-N-Out Burger?
2. Never Taxi on the Strip
Just don’t do it. Rent a car, take a bus, ride the monorail, or put on your walking shoes. The reason is the Strip can be very congested. Sitting in a taxi and not moving can end up costing you a lot of money. An all-day bus pass will cost less and get you almost anywhere you want to go. If you’re heading to an off-Strip casino, look up to find when and where a free shuttle to their property may take place.
1. Save Money, Travel Midweek
Most midweeks in Las Vegas are very cheap. Unless there is a major convention, music festival, or event, this will be true. Checking in on a Sunday night and leaving on a Wednesday has always been one of the surefire for an affordable stay in Las Vegas. Sign up for the players card in advance at the casinos and resorts your considering to start getting special deals and sale prices before you book your stay. If you have to stay on a weekend, look for one without many events.