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Las Vegas Vacation: 5 Tips for First-Timers

You have decided to visit Las Vegas for the first time. You know a few things about the city. You know it is nicknamed “Sin City” because of all the gambling that goes on there, not to mention the nightlife. You also know it’s supposed to be “The Entertainment Capital of the World”. You picture yourself driving down the strip-like Dan Tanna, enjoying the flashing neon lights above all the casinos. But what can you really expect when you get there? 

First of all, let’s give you a layout of Las Vegas. It is located in Nevada, is the largest city and its mostly filled with huge casino hotels and clubs while being surrounded by a desert landscape. Many tourists, especially those from California, love to drive back and forth since it is only a little over 200 miles. If you are coming from the east of Las Vegas when driving you will have a good view of Lake Mead and you can also make a stop at Hoover Dam. If you do decide to drive, make sure you have packed plenty of water as you will be going through lots of deserts making you dehydrated. Also, try to keep sunscreen close by and make sure your clothes are light instead of dark colors and are comfortable.

With this being the first time you are in Vegas, it might be best if you stay on or stick close to the Strip, which is the main street in Las Vegas. You may think that one street will not entertain you for your entire stay, but you would be wrong. There are many things to do along the Strip to keep you occupied and entertained.

There are lots of casinos, nightclubs, and hotels along the Strip. In fact, most of the hotels have some kind of gambling, show or some other form of entertainment right there in the lobby. You may have to pay for most of this entertainment, but there are also a lot of free things you can do along the Strip. However, if you are a serious gambler then you are going to love the casinos in Las Vegas. Although, you always have the option of trying online gambling at situs judi online before you head out to physical casinos and play with other professional players. 

For instance, the Fountains of the Bellagio, located at the front of the Bellagio hotel, is definitely one of the highlights of a Las Vegas trip and is totally free of charge. The shows run during the day (every hour) on the weekends only and every single night (every 15 minutes). The water shoots out of the fountain, sometimes softly and slowly, other times hard and fast depending upon the music it is set to. As the music plays, the water also twists and turns. You will hear songs from artists ranging from Celine Dion to, of course, Frank Sinatra and Elvis Presley. What would a trip to Las Vegas be without hearing their songs like “Luck Be A Lady Tonight”, “Fly Me To The Moon” and what else – “Viva Las Vegas”. These displays are so fun and moving, bringing a smile to your face or tears to your eyes.

One tip here – if you rent a room in the Bellagio where you can see the fountains from your room, you can enjoy this magical display without ever having to leave the comfort of your room. Order room service, turn on your television set to the right channel and the music filters through the room while you watch the display from your room.

Other hotels along the Strip offer free things to see in or near their hotel as well. If you enjoy looking at wild animals (no, I am not talking about the Chippendale or Crazy Horse Paris shows that have nude or nearly nude men and women dancers) then the MGM Grande has a Lion Habitat while the Mirage is host to White Tiger. These are free, whereas the other shows mentioned before cost money – although it is well worth the price if you enjoy that sort of thing.

There are also circus acts (Circus, Circus), Human Statues (The Venetian) and the pirate show (Treasure Island). However, if you are taking the kids along, you might want to bypass the pirate show. Yes, it sounds like a children’s show and actually was until recently when they turned it into more of an adult show. If you insist on taking your children, make sure they are at least between the ages of 8 to 10 years old.

Of course, every hotel has its own casino and buffet. Las Vegas buffets are second to none. Each hotel also puts on its own shows, most of which you will have to pay for – again worth the money. You can see anyone from Toni Braxton to Elvis Impersonators. There are plenty of magic shows as well.

Staying on the main street, or the Strip will cost you more money than if you were to get a hotel on the outer edge of Las Vegas, however, most people feel it’s worth the extra bucks. When staying on the Strip, you can get to almost every attraction, casino and club by walking. If this is your first time, it cuts down a little on getting lost and if you do, you don’t have to worry about stopping in the middle of the road and causing a collision. So walk around and enjoy Vegas instead of driving around unless you really do think you are Dan Tanna, Private Investigator!