Las Vegas Travel Tips: 10 Things to Know Before You Go to Las Vegas

Things YOU need to know before you travel to Las Vegas Nevada. Las Vegas is Big, so is the Strip. Things are much further away than they seem from looking on a map. it will take you at least a 15-30 minute walk to get to a different hotel than your own. The Las Vegas strip is 4 miles. Find the shortcuts between hotels (Bally’s to Paris). Bring Comfortable Footwear. Leave the 4 inch heels at home, or have a second pair. Use the free trams (Luxor to Excalibur) (Monte Carlo to Bellagio). The monorail is pretty convenient too. Don’t try to hail Taxis on the strip, they won’t stop, it’s illegal. Go to a hotel taxi stand to get a taxi, be prepared to wait in line. And traffic at 6pm is awful

2. Downtown Las Vegas
Is really far. $30 cab ride
But the Freemont Street Experience is cool
And it’s neat to see “old” vegas
People say the best slot machine odds are downtown (worst at the airport)

3. Hotels
Don’t pick the cheapest hotels… You’ll regret that $25/night rate.
If you want to be in the “middle” stay around Caesars Palace
Resort fees… ugh!
Many strip hotels are charging for parking, loyalty program might get it for free
If you like “peace and quiet” pick a non-casino hotel. I usually stay at Marriott properties a block or two off the strip, no resort or parking fees.

4. Gambling
Learn the games, lots of free classes at Casinos
Join the Player’s Clubs
Lots of free perks
Front of line, free parking, discounts on shows, food, etc

5. It’s the desert
Drink plenty of water, it’s dry all the time
Buy the water at a supermarket. Can be $6 a bottle at the casino
In the summer its really hot!
Wear suncreen
In the winter it can be really cold and windy! Bring a jacket Nov-Feb.
The casinos are always super cold… so bring a light jacket or sweater even in summer

6. When to go?
When there isn’t a convention in town… check the convention calendars
Mid-week and Christmas is also a slow time
Vegas doesn’t close… ever it’s 24/7

7. Food
Is awesome
Do some research before you go — there are lots of good restaurants, but they aren’t the obvious ones
For example, Bouchon is hidden up some random elevator in the Venetian
If there’s a famous restaurant somewhere else in the world that you’ve wanted to eat at, it might very well have a location in Vegas
For Example HofBrauHaus from Munich
Can be expensive
But can be cheap. You can still find a T-bone steak for $4.95
Cheapest is usually downtown
Chinatown has good eats too
Breakfast is available 24/7

7.1. Buffets are great,
But just once a day
Twice a day is overdoing it!
The time at the end of lunch right before dinner is the best deal
IF you time it perfectly with the line
But the lines can be LONG, think hours, 1, 2, 3 hours even.
Eat dinner at 5pm or 8:30pm to avoid the rush.

7.2. You can drink alcohol anywhere
Leaving a hotel? Ask for a to-go cup and drink on the sidewalk

8. ATMs are super expensive
Standard Vegas ATM fee is like $6
Bring Cash
Bank ATMS are hard to find

9. Smoking
Seems to be allowed everywhere
larger megaresorts have higher ceilings and good filtration systems,
but the smaller, older casinos can get quite smoky.

10. Tipping
Everybody wants a tip in Vegas
15-20% for restaurants
Costumed people on the streets want money for photos


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George Fedelski says:

I used to live there and worked for Caesars and the Desert Inn. I would never go there as a tourist.

El Y says:

Taxis? Why? The Deuce has got you covered.

Quadsmile24 says:

Who else noticed Gordon Ramsay

haitam stitou says:

takes shortcut: gets robbed

zaneyone1 says:

The Venetian is not ONE BLOCK OFF THE STRIP…it is right on the strip near the north end.

John Brown says:

Try $40 resort fees. It is a scam.

andyplanet says:

whats up with that panda?

Leddo 1 says:

You are definitely not outside Caesars Palace .

Chiefs Talk and More. says:

What do you think about the downtown grand hotel? Coming from Missouri and hope I’m getting everything I want…kinda excited but worried too

Renee Barger says:

Why don’t people mention the shuttles? There are amazing FREE shuttle busses that run from the “west strip” (Orleans, Rio etc) to the East Strip and Down town. We usually stay at the Orleans since it is close to where my son lives. We take the shuttles everywhere and tip the driver a couple of bucks.

Armtz Martinez says:

Resort fee is an abuse to customer plus parking is a total rip off

Wasyl Golyk says:

good vid ! tnx!

KICKaBUCK Coolhandluke says:

On ATMs. I noticed the casino next to gloden nugget had $1.99 fee… I was shocked . that is cheaper than any in my home town

Sylvia Pixie says:

Why I live n las Vegas and I was born here

kristen green says:

I have a tip. When your in Vegas go see Purple Reign. You won’t regret it. Jason Tenner is amazing!

baser423 says:

Good trip and money saving tip avoid taxis use Uber or LYFT you will save alot are.starting to designate areas for.uber pickup/dropoff. Ive been to vegas five times twice i used taxis a 20 dollar fare is now 8-10 via uber. Just letting you guys know

Alex Gutierrez says:

resort fee? sounds like a rip off

Jason Windebank says:

I go monday morning for a week and i have never been state side and very excited

pwea1anda2 says:

I’ve had Panda Burger overseas. Is there PandaBurger in Vegas?

james patrick says:

Dude you need to make a bear talk

Quad Damage FPV says:

Very entertaining and informative, good work.

Paula Haney says:

Where a guny pack so no one well steal for u keep yoyr eyes open and u get a bus pass for $5.00 all day

Jgburch says:

Also understand all the games in Vegas are negative percentage games. In the long run the casinos win. You may win in the short run but over time you will lose back any of your winnings and you’ll be in the red. Take what you can afford to lose, set a time limit for playing the game, and set win and loss limits. Learning games and don’t take the long percentage bets. Regardless of all those tips, the games are still negative percentages. Treated as entertainment money and forget about making your fortune. By the way, in gambling terms a win is anything you get back out of the game. If you put a dollar in a slot machine and you get a dollar back that is considered a win. So don’t be deceived by the casinos when they tell you how much people have won. The casinos also hire mathematicians and change the rules to the game if they discover players have found an advantage. One last thing, they don’t build a billion-dollar casinos because they’re handing out money.

apntv says:

Great video and all good points, I have been a few times now, we visited last August and had a great time. Do check out our vlog of Vegas and the Grand Canyon on my channel 🙂

Regan Cheval says:

I couldn’t continue watching this vid. This guy was just too annoying. His voice is grating. And the panda bear?? Why would you go to Las Vegas and stay at the Westin?? Caesar’s buffet is very good but far from the best. It’s VERY pricey, has long lines and just isn’t the best. The best buffet in Vegas is definitely at The Wynn.

fgrion says:

taxi? why not using bus? 7 $ day and they go literally everywhere, including downtown. I don’t understand why people always need to do videos saying “10 things to know, 10 things to do….”. I have never followed one of them before and guess what? never had troubles. Moreover, why does it take 20 minutes to give 10 tips? try to cut down a bit pls.
You seem to be a nice guy, with a nice smile and lot of positive energy. Try to follow my tips and I think your videos will be perfect 🙂

kristen green says:

Yellow Productions I have a buffet tip. I’m not sure if Harrahs has the buffet pass still but if they do great! My mom and I would purchase a 24 hour pass late the first day, say around 7 or 8 PM and eat a late dinner. We would then use it for breakfast the next morning even if it was for a lite meal. We would then eat dinner around 6PM which enabled us to each get 3 good meals from the pass.

divinaloca says:

Cabs? This dude ever heard of uber?

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