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The do’s and don’ts of Las Vegas

Published December 7th, 2012

Hunter S. Thompson once said ‘for a loser, Vegas is the meanest town on earth,’ which is why you definitely don’t want to be a loser in Las Vegas. Here are some more do’s and don’ts to ensure your time in the casino city is more magical than mean.

 

DO stay somewhere on the strip: The Las Vegas strip is where all the action lies, from neon lights to noisy slot machines and all the movie-famous casinos you can think of. All up, there are over 62,000 hotel rooms available on the strip. If you can stay in one, it’ll make hopping around Vegas a lot easier.  Check out our packaged deals and grab yourself a bargain.

DON’T miss out on some pool time: Even if you can’t stay on the strip, don’t miss out on enjoying the extravagant pools. For an admission fee you can gain access to some of the best pools in the strip. That’s right – pools. Casinos like Caesars Palace and hotels like Hard Rock Hotel, boast not just one or two pools, but several. Each with their own design and purpose from party pools, lounging, swimming and even poolside gambling.

 

The Vegas Strip The very big Vegas strip

DO explore the strip: Once you’ve checked out what’s on offer in your own hotel, head outside to see what else Vegas has to offer. And trust us when we say, there is plenty! And best of all, a lot of it can be enjoyed for free. Snap a shot of Vegas’ own Eiffel Tower, choose from three rides at the Stratosphere Tower and visit the Atlantis Aquarium at Caesar’s Palace, all without having to spend a cent.

DON’T wear uncomfortable shoes: The strip is huge. Huger than huge! So if you’re planning on wearing a pair of heels on your day of exploring, think again. Only wear your most comfortable shoes, and don’t worry about looking daggy - this is Vegas we’re talking about. Anything goes!

 

DO have a go at gambling: You are in Vegas after all. If you’re new to casino gambling, there are a few things you need to know. Firstly, don’t take photos on the casino floor. Most casinos have a ‘no cameras policy.’ Also, don’t hand your chips directly to a dealer. Instead, players are asked to lay chips out in plain sight. And lastly, do be wary of your belongings and chips, thieves unfortunately do prey on people in casinos, so always keep your wits about you.

DON’T expect to win: If you gamble with the expectation of winning, then you are going to walk away feeling very disappointed…and poor.

 

Grand Canyon National Park Grand Canyon National Park

DO take a tour out to the Grand Canyon: Located just 5 hours from Las Vegas, Grand Canyon National Park is a must-visit while you’re in town. Considered to be one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World, the sprawling steep-sided canyon has a geological history of almost 2 billion years, and is one of the USA’s most popular attractions. Join a tour to see it at its best and learn more about the spectacular region, 

DON’T forget to bring your camera: Seriously, don’t. You’ll hate yourself if you do.

 

DO see a razzle dazzle show: It may sound corny, but Las Vegas’ shows are actually pretty epic. Sure some of them involve Celine Dion or Shania Twain, but it’s not all high pitched singing. For some crazy visual stuff, we recommend checking out one of the Cirque du Soleil or Blue Man Group shows. 

DON’T wait until the last minute to book your tickets: Just because these shows run all throughout the year, doesn’t mean they won’t sell out. Book your tickets as soon as you can.

 

DO party at a nightclub: As expected, clubs in Vegas are pretty insane in the membrane. One of the biggest is Marquee, a 62,000 square super club that boasts a range of music genres and some of the best DJs in the world. Another club not to miss is Tryst, where you can dance under the stars and beside a magnificent 90 foot waterfall and secluded lagoon.

Don’t bother club hopping: When you go out in Las Vegas, the trick is to arrive at a club early and stay there. Leave it too late or aim to get into another club and you’ll end up wasting your night stuck waiting in a line to get in.

 

Lauren Burvill

Australian born but London based, I'm a sucker for big cities and small tropical islands. When travelling, I like eating like a local, dressing like a local, but staying in 5 star style. Have a travel story to share? Tweet me @laurenburvill.