In this video, we’ll cover all you needto know before traveling to Las Vegas including maps, transportation, where to stay, best apps, best city views, Vegas specifics, and much more.
Here are our 12 essentials tips: NUMBER 12: THE MAP OF LAS VEGAS Las Vegas, the entertainment capital of the world, lies in the greater Mojave Desert.
Let’s start with the Strip, stretching approx.
2 mi or 6.
8 km, filled with famousresort hotels and casinos.
Downtown Las Vegas, which is located in thenorthern part of the city includes: The Neon Museum with iconic neon signs, The mob museum, Downtown Container Park, built from shoppingcontainers, featuring shopping center, and galleries, and Fremont Street Experience, an incredible entertainment and gaming destination withSlotZilla Zip Line.
If you continue south, you’ll find Art district, a place for the city's thriving culture, housing, indie art galleries, and warehouses for performances, Adventuredome Theme Park, withfun rides, and arcades, AREA15, an area dedicated to retail andentertainment events such as immersive art installations, is located in the northernpart of Las Vegas.
If you continue south, you’ll find The LinqPromenade with great dining and entertainment options, FLY LINQ Zipline Las Vegas and HighRoller, the world’s tallest Ferris Wheel.
Across the street, there is the VooDoo Zipline.
Continue down the Strip, and you'll find The Park, an engaging experience for dining and entertainment, and T-Mobile Arena.
If you’re in the mood for a coffee and tastydessert, don’t miss Hard Rock Café right next to the Coca-Cola Store, where you cantaste different flavors of Coca-Cola from all over the world.
Hershey's Chocolate World, housing a numberof sweets, chocolates, and gifts, and is located right across the street.
The famous Las Vegas Sign is located in theSouthern part of the city.
Also, don't missEthel M.
Botanical Cactus Garden and Ethel M Chocolate Factoryright next to it.
Korean and Chinatown are located off the Stripand offer great restaurants.
Vegas is known for its glamoroushotels and casinos.
Check our travel guide for more informationand the maps to easily locate them.
Here are just some of themost interesting ones.
Stratosphere Casino, Hotel & Tower withobservation deck, Encore and Wynn, Treasure Island known for a pirate show, Palazzo & The Venetian, which usesreal Venice as a basis for its design, The Mirage with erupting volcanoesand an indoor rainforest, Flamingo, home of a tropical oasiswith flamingos, Caesars palace withGordon Ramsay Hell’s Kitchen, The Bellagio hotel and its famous fountainswith lights and music shows, Cosmopolitan withBlock 16 Urban Food Hall, Vdara Hotel & Spa and across the streetAria Resort & Casino, Park MGM with Eataly, a food hall servingItalian food and groceries, MGM Grand – a huge casino resortswith trendy clubs, New York New York with famous Replica Statue of Liberty, Luxor with famous pyramids, Mandalay bay with Shark Reef Aquariumand Polar Journey.
And finally, there are other interesting attractions worth visiting just outside Vegas.
The world-famous Hoover Dambordering Nevada and Arizona and Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, as well as many other places to discover.
Las Vegas is spread out.
To get a better sense of the distances, a seven mile or approximately 12 km walk from Downtown Las Vegas to New York New York Hoteltakes about 2 hours or about 15 min by car or taxi/Uber, depending on the traffic.
5 mile or 2.
5 km walk from the Venetian Hotelto New York New York hotel takes about 30 minutes or a little over10 minutes if you take an Uber.
The main airport is McCarran InternationalAirport, located just 3 miles or five km from Mirage Hotel or abouteight miles or 13 km from downtown Las Vegas.
NUMBER 11: WEATHER & CLIMATE Las Vegas has a desert climate with mild andcold winters and very hot summers.
Temperatures in winter are mild during theday, while nights are cold, with minimum temperatures often around freezing, and ranging between41 °F and 50 °F or 4 °C and 17 °C.
There’s a lot of sunshine during the day with coldnights, and snow is very rare.
The coldest month is January with 39 °F or 4°C.
In the spring, the weather can often changefrom relatively mild to cold.
The temperatures range between 44 °F and88 °F or 7 °C and 30 °C.
Summer is very hot with the dry wind, althoughshort thunderstorms can occur.
Temperatures range between 69 °Fand 106 °F or 21 °C and 41 °C.
The hottest month is July with an average of 104 °F or 40°C, but the temperature can go beyond that, especially in July and August.
Weather in the fall is still sunny and warmin October and November, but it then quickly becomes colder in November.
Temperatures range between 43 °Fand 95 °F or 6 °C and 35 °C.
Of course, these are all just averages.
The weather and temperatures can be differentwhen you visit, so remember always to check the weather forecast before you travel.
NUMBER 10: BEST TIME TO VISIT The best time to visit Las Vegas isfrom March to May in the spring and in September to November in the fallwhen the weather is warm, and you can avoid the summer heat.
Vegas gets lots of tourists all year round.
The cheapest time to visit Las Vegas is inthe summer and before and after holidays when there are a few tourists and the prices ofaccommodation are lower.
However, be prepared for some hot weather, often for a long period of time during the summer.
And how can you figure out the best days andhours to see the attractions? Just check Google to see how crowded a specificlocation is at a particular time of day.
Of course, we recommend going early duringthe week and/or in the morning.
If you can, don’t go to Vegas when it’sthe holiday season or when there is a big convention in town.
For example, the largest convention is theConsumer Electronics Show, with 180, 000 visitors.
Check the convention calendar online to makesure you are not there on those dates.
The room prices will be much higher, sometimeseven three-time the normal price.
Many travelers stay in Las Vegasfor three days.
It depends on what you want to do since thereare many places to explore in the city.
And if you want a more relaxed experience, you can stay an extra day or two.
NUMBER 9: WHERE TO STAY & PRICES If this is your first time in Las Vegas, choose to stay on the Strip where you’ll have manyof the best sights, casinos, bars, and restaurants just minutes away.
You’ll be able to save some money sincethe sights are walking distance from each other, and there are many free activitiesto do in the Strip.
Staying at the Vegas Strip also meansyou’re close to the nightlife – where everything happens.
If you’re on a budget, you can stay at thebudget hotels near the end of the Strip or in Downtown Las Vegas.
If you’re traveling with the family, youcan stay at the West end of the Strip where it’s quieter.
You can also find kid-friendly hotels suchas The Mirage, Circus Circus, and Excalibur.
A mid-range hotel double room in Las Vegascost about $100 to $150 on average.
For budget hotels, the cost rangefrom $50 to $100.
And hostels costfrom $50 to $70.
Staying in Vegas usually includes resort fees, which aren’t included in the room rate.
The resort fees can range from $10 to $40per night, so be sure to always check what the resort fee is on top of the room rate.
Again, the prices we covered here are justaverage prices, and the ranges for different hotel categories are quite extensive.
However, with a little research online, youcan get better deals, especially if your dates are flexible and youdon’t travel in high season.
Check out our video on the best appsfor booking your stay.
NUMBER 8: TRANSPORTATION FROM AND TO THE AIRPORT To get to and from McCarran InternationalAirport, you can use: Bus: From Terminal 1 you can take the route 108, 109, and Westcliff Airport Express route.
And from Terminal 3 you can takethe Westcliff Airport Express or the Centennial Express route.
Shuttles: the Airport Shuttle.
The following companieshave shuttle services from the airport to hotels and resorts.
Taxi or limousines, Uber or Lyft, or a car rental.
ARRIVING BY CAR You can use Google Maps to getdriving directions to Las Vegas.
There are many parking garages available in the cityand most of them have parking fees.
There are still some free parking spotsand some hotels and resorts allow validation.
Parking is usually free for the first hourand then gets quickly very expensive about $9 on average for one to two hours.
By the way, there’s currently no train thatgoes directly to Las Vegas.
GETTING AROUND THE CITY While sights on the Strip all locatednext to each other, the Strip itself is very long, and whileexploring the Strip is great on foot, here's what you can do to getfrom A to B more easily: Know your shortcuts between the hotels.
There are internal corridors between different casinos such as Excalibur, Luxor, and Mandalay Bay.
Use Las Vegas Monorail.
A ticket for one ride cost $5 and passes from one dayto one week range from $13 to $56.
There are also free trams operatingin the West side of the Strip: From Mandalay Bay to Luxor to Excalibur.
From Bellagio to Crystal Mallto Monte Carlo And from Mirage to Treasure Island.
You can also use a bus.
Deuce passes along the Las Vegas Boulevard, Downtown Express passes from theStrip to Downtown Las Vegas.
And of course, you can also useUbers, Lyfts, or taxis.
By the way, if you can't hail a cab, you can go in front of the hotels.
It's important to know there are some taxi scams, but more on that later.
Limousine: You can easily rent a limoin Vegas and it will cost you almost the same as a taxi.
Of course, you can use a rental car and other transportation such as bikes.
If you use public transportation such as bus, you will pay $6 for two hours, $8 for a 24-hour pass, and $20 for a three-day pass.
The rush hours in the city are usually between7 to 9 am and 4 to 7 pm.
Check out our travel guide for more usefulinformation on transportation and prices.
NUMBER 7: VEGAS SPECIFICS Resort fees: As we already mentioned most hotels charge resort fees upon checkout, so don't forget to calculatethe fees.
There might be some hotels thatdon't charge the fees.
There are tons of clubs, pool parties, concerts and other interesting experiences in Vegas.
Check out our travel guide for more information.
By the way, our travel guide is a mobile-friendly.
pdf document covering all the things in this video, plus the Top 20 things to do inVegas including multiple maps.
If you’re driving to Vegas, avoid atrip from LA to Vegas on Friday or Vegas to LA on Sunday afternoonsince it will take you 7 hours instead of 4.
Gambling downtown: The casinos are cheaper, and the odds of winning are better downtown as opposed to the Strip.
Also, try to avoid gambling at the airportas the payouts are one of the worst.
And s peaking of gambling, some casinosoffer free gaming lessons on blackjack, roulette, poker, etc.
Get a player’s club card and get benefits such as discounts, free shows, and membership-only events.
Vegas is the city that never sleeps.
Most establishments are open 24/7, even for holidays.
You can drink alcohol in the streets aslong as it’s in a plastic cup.
No glass is allowed on the street, even ifit’s a nonalcoholic beverage.
Avoid casino ATMs: they charge a fee for$3 to $8 on average along with bank charges.
Instead, just bring the cash with you.
Smoking: Smoking and e-cigarettes arenow banned in Nevada, and only select areas allow smoking.
Time/share sales pitches: avoid thesesince they take too much time.
Loyalty programs like Ceasars reward youfor playing games or staying in their hotels.
Taxis are expensive: drivers often usetricks like long hauling or taking the longer route to get more money out of you.
For a buffet, you will usually have towait in a line, so it's best to go on a buffet during lunchtime or the weekdays.
There are some scams in Vegas like rip-offfree tickets to see the shows and others.
Check out our travel guide for more informationon Vegas scams.
NUMBER 6: GENERAL INFORMATION Here are some other things you should know for a pleasant and smoothexperience in Las Vegas.
DRINKING WATER It is perfectly safe to drink tap water in Vegas.
While some drinking water fountains are availablein hotels, if you can’t find one, just buy bottled water in a store.
TOILETS There are many public toilets in Las Vegas, located in hotels and casinos.
If you want to see where public restroomsare located, you can use an app on your phone.
More about that later.
FREE WiFi You can get free WiFi at plenty of outdoor and indoor hotspots all over the city, includingrestaurants, hotels, and casinos.
Some casinos, like those that are partof the MGM Resorts, allow free internet access in public areas.
CROWDS & LINES Las Vegas is a popular tourist destination, so be prepared to wait in line, especiallyduring the weekends, holidays, major events, etc.
The same goes for restaurantsand other public places.
Even if you can't avoid all the crowds, youcan do some things to make your trip to Vegas more pleasant.
You can, for example, avoid peak seasons, avoid traveling during rush hours, make reservations or book in advanceto skip the line, use Google Maps or similar apps to check how crowded a specific location is at a particular time of day SAFETY Las Vegas is generallya very safe place for tourists.
A few areas are better avoided by night, andit's better to stay on the Strip, since there's more security and it is well lit.
Typical for all major cities around the world, beware of pickpockets, especially around significant attractions and areas with crowds.
Watch your valuables and use common sense.
For emergency services, dial 911.
NUMBER 5: FOR INTERNATIONAL TRAVELERS TRAVEL ADAPTERS If you’re coming from outside the US, you will probably need a special US travel adapterto charge your phone and other devices.
We recommend purchasing a travel adapter beforetraveling to Las Vegas.
In fact, it is worth buying a universal adapterso you can use it in other countries too.
CURRENCY Las Vegas uses US Dollars.
At the time of making of this video1 USD equals approximately 0.
92 EUR or 0.
Don’t forget to check the exchange ratebefore traveling.
It’s better to exchange your moneybefore traveling.
Most hotels, stores, and restaurants in thecity accept major credit cards like MasterCard.
But it is always wise to have some cash withyou, especially if you plan to gamble.
ATMs AND MONEY EXCHANGE In Vegas, ATMs typicallycharge a fee for $3-$8.
There may also be a limit on how muchyou can withdraw in a day.
There are a lot of ATMs along the Strip, and it's better to avoid the ATMs inside the casinos.
Also, try to withdraw as few times aspossible to avoid multiple ATM fees.
You can choose to exchange your foreign cashat currency exchange offices, but commissions varies widely, so always compare the exchangerate on your phone to the board displayed in the exchange office.
Exchanging money at the airport can cost youmore than 25% in fees.
You can also exchange at casinosor any bank in the city.
Some banks are open 24/7.
PREPAID SIM CARDS AND POCKET WIFI You can purchase a prepaid SIM card to access the internet on your phone.
Some options provided by local carriers areT-Mobile, Verizon, WorldSIM, and AT&T.
You can buy one that includes the internetbefore you get to the city and have it delivered.
Alternatively, you can consider renting apocket WiFi or a mobile hotspot.
See our travel guide for more information.
NUMBER 4: BEST APPS Here is a list of useful apps: Vegas.
com: an insider guide to what todo and where to go when you’re in the city.
VegasMate: where you can plan your trip withall the information you need on hotels, restaurants, and attractions.
com to getthe best deals and offers in Vegas.
InMapz Indoor navigation Apps which helps you find casinos and malls with mapsand other information.
Groupon: For promo codes and savings alertsfor nearby dining and other deals.
TripAdvisor and Yelp for reviews of restaurants, hotels, museums, tours, etc.
Uber or Lyft for getting around the city.
Google Maps or Apple Maps for walking, public transportation, driving, etc.
Google Maps also lets you download maps, whichis a great option if you don’t want to use roaming.
NUMBER 3: FOOD PRICES & TIPPING Las Vegas has plenty of dining options andoffers a great variety of international and traditional dining options.
We suggest using Yelp or TripAdvisor to findnearby places with good reviews.
Las Vegas also offers numerous amazing buffets.
An inexpensive restaurant meal ranges from$25 to $50, and a three-course meal at a mid-range restaurant is about $50 to $100.
The very popular buffets cost about $30 to$60, depending on the day.
Cheaper buffets can go as low as $10, andthe price is usually lower during brunch or lunchtime.
You can get a slice of pizza from 5 to 10 USD.
As for drinks in bars, a coffee costs around$5, a bottle of water about $3, a bottle of soda about $2 to $3, a pint of beer about$4 to $8, a glass of wine costs up to $10, and cocktails go for about $15 to $20 in clubs.
A popular yard drink at Fat Tuesday costs$18, and if you get a refill, you can pay a couple of dollars less.
If you want to save some money, you can getdiscounted drinks during happy hours.
Bottled water can be expensive in casinos , but you can buy it at supermarkets at a much more reasonable price.
Of course, prices are higher in more famousrestaurants and hotels.
There are plenty of great cheap eats inVegas, especially in Downtown and Chinatown.
Check out our guide for maps with the bestcheap eats.
NUMBER 2: CITY PASSES & EXPLORING THE CITY If you want to save on attractions, you can choose to buy a Las Vegas Pass, a Go Las VegasCard, or a Las Vegas Sightseeing Pass.
All options offer free entry to sometop attractions and shows, and various kinds of discounts, and more.
You can also opt to include guided tours withyour city passes.
Check our travel guide for current pricesand links.
There are also many differenttours organized in Vegas.
See our travel guide for links to websitesof other exciting tours of Las Vegas.
NUMBER 1: BEST VIEWS OF LAS VEGAS Vegas has one of the mostunique skylines in the world.
You can enjoy amazing views of this fascinatingcity from one of the following places: The High Roller Ferris wheel, The Foundation Room in Mandalay Bay, The VooDoo Rooftop Nightclub at Rio Las Vegas, Wraparound Terrace Suite at The Cosmopolitan, from Stratosphere Observation Deck, from Eiffel Tower at Paris Las Vegas, and much more.
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