Tips to Make the Most of Your Trip to Vegas
Whatever happens in Vegas certainly doesn't need to stay in Vegas. We've collected some of our favorite tips and memories for traveling to the ultimate adult playground that is the Las Vegas Strip and beyond.
Take Advantage of the World-Class Spas
The great thing about spas in Vegas is they have the full facilities like steam rooms, whirlpools, saunas, and they give you snacks! It's the perfect way to detox after a fun night out. Vegas is the best place to hit up the spa. Every single spa at every high-end hotel is just amazing.
Skip the Taxi from the Airport
For parties of two or less, it's more economical to arrange roundtrip airport shuttle service. While The Strip looks close, traffic can be terrible and the taxi meter just keeps running -- plus drivers have a tendency to take the longest route if you don't instruct them.
Some of the Best Entertainment can be Found in the Off Nights
Imagine your delight to discover a packed piano bar downtown full of singers and performers from The Strip on their off night taking turns at the keys! What follows is countless Lady Gaga covers, and flowing vodka sodas make the best break from The Strip.
Head Off The Strip
Enjoy a taste of Munich with a trip to the traditional beer hall Hofbrauhaus Las Vegas for polka music and a stein of Bavarian beer.
Travel Midweek or In the Summer
There is no question that Vegas runs full throttle on the weekends, but don't discount the idea of staying midweek; when hotels and shows offer their best deals. Let's face it, there's not really a dull night in Sin City, plus you'll find a little elbow room at the tables and a bigger budget for blackjack. And no matter how hot it gets in the summer, remember that it's always 65 degrees in the casino.
The Vibrant Art Scene is Worth a Look
Las Vegas is finally getting a downtown that's worth the effort to go to. The Arts District is south of Fremont. Head over on the first Friday of every month when dozens of shops and galleries stay open late and scores of vendors come in for a party into the night. On another night, check out Bar+Bistro, an Italian tapas restaurant with fantastic bartenders.
Not All Memorable Meals are Dinners
The best breakfast in town and a favorite of many in Vegas is Hash House a Go Go.
Remember to Cool Off and Cool Down
When you need a break from the flashing lights and dinging slot machines in town, head out to Lake Mead for a day. If it's really hot -- anytime between July and October --nothing feels better than splashing around outside in this man-made lake that powers the Hoover Dam. Lots of companies rent boats, jet skis and kayaks by the hour or the day, and the natural beauty of the Mojave Desert makes for some truly scenic shoreline. Don't forget the sunscreen!
Nab Big Savings off The Strip
Look for hotels off The Strip. Sometimes rates will be lower, and most of the hotels and resorts have free shuttle service to the airport and The Strip. For a change of pace, tack on a day or two at Lake Las Vegas for a little desert resort R&R after some hard-charging Vegas nights.
Take in the Views
Head to the Stratosphere for great views of The Strip. Visit the conservatory at the Bellagio. The theme of the conservatory changes often and admission is free. The fountain show outside the hotel is also a treat, especially at night. Downtown Vegas near Fremont Street has been revitalized and offers some of the best dining and bar experiences.