The allure of the bright lights and vivid colours, the jingling sounds coming from the multitude of slot machines in the dazzling casinos, the Vegas strip beckoning you in all its glory and the super-sized, glitzy hotels waiting to welcome you. It’s no wonder that approximately 42 million people jet to Vegas people jet to Vegas every year. There’s nowhere else on earth quite like Las Vegas! If you’re about to embark on your first trip to Sin City, you might like some top tips on the do’s and dont’s in Vegas and the casinos – to make your visit truly unforgettable!
1. Never Visit Vegas in the Summer Months
Las Vegas is situated in the desert – of Nevada, to be exact, so it’s hot and dry, especially during the summer when temperatures often hit more than 41 degrees Centigrade. Instead, choose late September through to April/May. You should get good weather that isn’t too stifling to enjoy outdoors, perhaps parading around a rooftop swimming pool while gazing out at the magnificent rainbow view.
2. Do Consider What Your Spending Limit Is When at the Casino
Doubtless, you’re visiting Vegas to experience everything it offers, and the number one entertainment is the casinos. However, don’t fall into the trap of spending more than you can afford. Set a realistic spending limit and stick to it. If you’re there for longer than a weekend, divide it up so you have enough to enjoy each night and when you lose money – leave the casino. If you win, don’t be tempted to double or nothing! Take your winnings and put them down to a fantastic weekend in the city that never sleeps! Plan on spending $100 to $500 daily on your activities, including your casino spending.
3. Don’t Rent a Hire Car
There’s no need for a hire car in Vegas unless you’re driving somewhere else – like the Grand Canyon. You can rely on Ubers or your good old feet for walking from one place to another, and you see more on foot, capturing the atmosphere as you move around the city. So save your hire care dollars and spend them on Blackjack instead!
4. Do Stay in a Good Hotel With a Casino
Of course, this is budget-dependent, but many hotels are surprisingly affordable and lavishly decorated. Before you book your desired hotel, ensure it’s in a good location. Close to the strip is best because then you can get to wherever you want to be quickly and easily, plus, most of the big hotels on the strip contribute to the atmospheric buzz that you want to experience. Most hotels have casinos attached to them, if you’re going to Vegas to gamble, you might prefer a casino where you can roll back to your room afterwards.
Think about the casinos you want to visit, the restaurants you want to eat in, and the sights you want to see, then choose a hotel appropriate to all of those mentioned above and your budget. For big wallets, there’s the Bellagio, but the Caesar’s Palace – opulently decorated is relatively affordable if you’re seeking out luxury. For kitsch, don’t miss New York New York hotel and casino and the Luxor. Don’t be put off, though – there are plenty of very budget-friendly options too.
5. Don't Spend the Entire Time in Casinos
You don’t need to spend your entire stay on the strip of Vegas or in the casino. If it’s all getting too much for you or you find yourself in danger of losing big, go off-strip and try a casino slightly off the beaten track like the Rio. Partake in some Mini Golf or, even better – take a trip to the Grand Canyon (you’ll need a whole day out for this) and witness the spectacular natural beauty.
6. Do Try the Buffets and Fuel Up Before You Visit the Casino!
Vegas may well be famed for its casinos and shows, but honestly, the buffets are to die for! They’re reasonable too – save up your appetite and blow it on one of the most magnificent buffets of all, at the Bellagio but don’t worry if you can’t afford that, Vegas is renowned for food and most hotels offer spectacularly large and generous, delicious tasting buffets.
7. Don’t Sleep - Take Some Red Bull!
You aren’t going to sleep – well, if you are, it won’t be for hours on end! Vegas is a 24-hour-a-day operation, so it’s always busy, no matter what time. Casinos are open all day, all night, so if you like your zzz’s, you’ll have to store some up before and be prepared to crash out once you leave Sin City.
8. Do Take in a Show Rather Than Spending Your Whole Time at the Casino
Yes, shows in Vegas are expensive, but if it’s a special weekend away, maybe to celebrate a milestone birthday or a big anniversary, perhaps a Hen or Stag weekend, then try and stretch your budget to accommodate a show! There are big theatrical shows and iconic singers to marvel at. From Celine Dion to Lady GaGa and Drake – there are always a few headlining acts performing in Vegas.
9. Don’t Play a Game Without Understanding It
One of the biggest unwritten rules is to understand the games available. You might strike it lucky without knowing what’s going on – but it’s always better to get to grips with a casino game. Watch others play first and see how they make their moves, and practise your Poker Face – you’ll need it!