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US Travel: Las Vegas Guide

The USA has it all -- mountains, beaches, islands, big cities, backroads and so much more! It's so important to get out and explore your backyard.

Starlight2Travel loves to help book trips of all kinds, including vacation packages, all-inclusive resorts, cruises, Europe trips and more! We also love to help plan US trips. With Las Vegas, we can create a travel package that includes most of your major trip components. We'll help you prepare for additional expensive during our planning process!

In our "US Travel" series on the Travel Like a Star Blog, we feature US destinations' history, things to do, places to stay and more! Happy exploring from one adventurer to another!


Welcome to Las Vegas! Situated in the middle of the desert, Las Vegas is the city to come for adventure, risk and fun-of-all-kinds. There's a million reasons to visit Vegas and most tourists love to come back time and time again. The "strip" is miles long and is always over-crowded with people, hotels and entertainment around every corner. "Old Vegas" or "Downtown" is where you'll find classic Vegas and that's an incredible experience at this destination, too!

The best times to visit Vegas are from March to May and from September to November. While you'll find plenty of travel deals throughout the year, the spring and fall shoulder seasons offer the most moderate and tolerable weather.

Here are some things to keep in mind as you plan your trip to Sin City.

Vegas Travel Tips:

Hotels always have an additional fee to be paid at check-in/check-out of about $35-$65/day on average. No matter where you stay or how you book, you will always find the Las Vegas hotels impose an additional service fee to be paid at check-in or check-out. You will always be asked to put a credit card on file at check in which will be used when paying this fee.

Consider staying on the strip for a part of your time, and choosing a hotel off-site for another part of your trip. The Strip can be a lot, especially if you've never experienced Vegas before. There is a lot happening there and ordinary items can become quite expensive. For example, we've paid $35 for two bottles of water. Las Vegas has a lot to offer and you can save some dollars by exploring off the Strip, too!

You have to stay in Downtown Vegas at least once in your lifetime! If you've never stayed downtown near Fremont street before, you should make it a point to. There has been a ton of new building with brand new must-see resorts, casinos and bars on this once classic Vegas site.

Be ready to walk! You will most likely be exploring a lot of shops, restaurants, bars and more around your hotel. Don't be fooled by how far something looks. Considering using google maps to see how far of a walk something actually is.

Prepare for unexpected traffic in Ubers and taxis. The Strip's traffic can get congested without notice often. This can make for an increase in cab fare and time delays! Prepare for the unexpected if you're attending shows or trying to make reservations on time.

The hotel buffets are highly recommended for breakfast, lunch and/or dinner! Buffets have some great food that changes menus by time of day! Be sure to check these out and stay a while if you'd like.

Leave the strip to eat! Many world-famous chefs own local restaurants about 10 minutes off the strip! These can be truly amazing to eat at for a fraction of the cost.

Book reservations for restaurants you WANT to visit. You deserve at least one fancy, fancy dinner, right!? We think so! If you want to visit a particular place like the Stratosphere or Hell's Kitchen or anywhere else, it's a great idea to make reservations even a month or more in advance.

Leave the Strip and go explore! Las Vegas has some great hiking spots, museums, tours, and more. Plan a ride share to save on a taxi there or rent a car for the day! Or take our previous recommendation of staying off the strip for a portion of your trip.

Get free drinks while gambling even on the penny slots. Have some fun and stay while to get a few free drinks and spirits at every casino.

You can walk around with your drinks. Unlike most places around the world, in Las Vegas it's totally legal to walk around with your alcoholic beverages and walk wherever you want. Feel free to ask for your drink to-go!

You may be able to find free things to do. There are lots of timeshare presentations offered on or near the Las Vegas Strip. In exchange for sitting through a one or two hour presentation, you can be offered free tickets to shows, excursions or even restaurant meals. At the end of the presentation, they will try to sell you the timeshare. However, you are under no obligation to do so and most do not. If they get rude, just walk away. This is all part of the process.

Get to the hotel pool early if you plan on having a pool day. Check what time your hotel pool opens to see what time you should arrive. The line starts to build up early! People wait a long time for prime chairs. Get your spots quick!

Buy tickets and make reservations for events and shows you WANT to see. It's easy to do a quick search to see what events are happening during your travel dates. If there is someone or something you have always wanted to see, book the ticket! Studies show... The more you look at it, the more the price can increase online!

Take the High Roller at Dusk. The High Roller is the tallest observation wheel in the world at 550 feet high (compared to the London Eye at 443 feet tall). Try to board it as close to dusk as possible, that way you get specular views in daylight and in nightlight. The lines are typically long, but they move fast! There are bars in some of the pods, but we recommend grabbing a drink in the middle of line while you're waiting so you can have more time enjoying the view. The time can fly by!

You may be offered drugs or sex on the strip. ALmost anything goes on the Strip. It's obviously important to be very safe and avoid unsafe situations. Don't be surprised if you're approached with these sorts of things.

Stay hydrated. The desert sun can be intense. All the walking that is required in Vegas can be extremely intense. Drink as much water as possible.

There aren't a lot of places to sit and relax. You have to be creative when it comes to finding places to hang! Relax at the penny slots. Order an app and beverages to split at a restaurant. Ride the Venetian water boats. Get a neck massage from the people offering services on the side. It's worth the extra breath and cool down moments.

Find your vibe and have fun! There are way too many places to visit or things to do in Las Vegas to waste your time on some place where you are not happy. Prepare for extra spending on entertainment so you can spend more freely.


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