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10 Things Every Visitor Should Know Before Coming to Vegas

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|by Jena Pugh |

Tackle Sin City with the best tips in the book

Vegas is a city unlike any other. There is non-stop gambling, epic pool and nightclub scenes, gourmet restaurants and unique entertainment. If you’ve never been to the city, there can be an adjustment period. Here are 10 things you should know before coming to Vegas.

Walk along the strip or take a taxi ride to soak up everything Vegas has to offer (Photo: iStock)

Walk along the strip or take a taxi ride to soak up everything Vegas has to offer (Photo: iStock)

You can’t walk everywhere
Despite what you may have heard, Vegas hotels are much farther apart than they appear. The entire Strip is over four miles long, and it can take 15-30 minutes to get to a different hotel than your own. You’ll likely take a cab a few times during your stay, but we do suggest walking the Strip at least once. There are some cool sites to take in and plenty of photo opportunities.

You can’t hail a taxi on the street
Speaking of cabs, by law, taxis are only allowed to pick up and drop off passengers in designated areas (usually in front of a casino). That means you’ll have to wait in an often times long line to get anywhere. We suggest giving yourself 30-minutes of transportation time for this, or better yet try other forms of public transportation like the Vegas Monorail.

Take your drinks to go
No need to chug that beer before leaving the casino or restaurant. Just ask for a to-go cup. That’s right, you are free to take your drink outside as long as you use a disposable cup. You can pretty much walk the Strip drinking. You just can’t get into a cab with one.

Stay hydrated
Las Vegas is in the middle of the desert, which means it is dry and hot and you will get dehydrated. Plus, you’ll likely be drinking more than usual, and maybe even walking more too. Drink plenty of water and you won’t wind up in the hospital for dehydration.

Wear Sunscreen
No matter what time of year you visit Vegas it is important to wear sunscreen. As stated above, Vegas is in the desert, and the sun shines very brightly even in February. Be prepared.

Tip your cocktail waitress
Most casinos offer free drinks while you gamble. Yes, that’s right - FREE. But you’ll see a lot more of your cocktail waitress if you remember to tip her.

Carry Cash
Make sure you bring plenty of cash with you. You’ll need it for tips and cover charges. Casino ATM fees are really high so avoid going to one if you can.

See a show
While gambling is a major draw to Las Vegas, take some time to explore the rest of it by seeing a show. You can’t go wrong with a Cirque du Soleil production and the wild and wacky Absinthe at Caesars Palace is a must-see.

Visit the concierge desk before the nightclub
This is one of our favorite tips that not many know about. Before you wait in a long line at a Vegas nightclub make a stop at your hotel’s concierge desk. Most of the hotels on the Strip partner with a handful of Vegas clubs, and the concierge staff can give you recommendations on where to go as well as discounts and even get your name on the list.

Check out Downtown Las Vegas
The Strip gets all the love, but Downtown Las Vegas is home to some pretty unique entertainment like the Mob Museum, gambling and some kitschy establishments like Heart Attack Grill.

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