Speaking of which, Las Vegas has a very generous tipping
culture. Everybody here expects a tip. Be sure to have plenty
of dollar bills on you at all times. If you should find
yourself out of ones, you can generally break a larger bill
in the casinos at “bill breaker” machines.
requires extra vigilence...
Las Vegas is famous for its nightlife and nightclubs. If
you like to dance until dawn, you will not have a problem
finding somewhere to do that. Most people are at the nightclubs
for the same reason you are: To have a good time. That said,
it’s a good idea to practice common sense safety at
the clubs: Don’t drink to excess. As a woman, you
may have men offering to buy you drinks. That’s fine,
just make sure to make them nonalcoholic drinks once you’ve
reached your limit. Always keep your eye on your drink,
so no one has an opportunity to slip a drug into it.
For the price of a drink...
If you’re looking for less expensive nighttime entertainment,
go listen to a lounge band or dueling piano show, both of
which are free as long as you’re purchasing a drink
now and again. Dueling piano shows are fun, and can be a
great way to meet other travelers.
Forget formal tours...
Don’t waste your money on a formal tour of the Las
Vegas Strip; you can easily self-tour the Strip. Do consider
a tour for a lengthy day trip outside of Las Vegas (for
instance, to the Grand Canyon), or for experiential activities
such as a helicopter tour or horseback riding.
Vegas from on high...
The Las Vegas Strip is at its most beautiful from a height
at night. There are several ways you can get that sky-high
view: 869 feet up from the top of the Stratosphere for about
$16 dollars (which buys you 360-degree views of the city);
460 feet up from the top of the Eiffel Tower at Paris Las
Vegas for $10-15; from upper-story lounges such as the Ghostbar
at the Palms or Voodoo Lounge at the Rio for the cost of
a drink; or by helicopter (for about $70). There are also
some restaurants offering stunning views from on high, such
as the Voodoo Steakhouse at the Rio, the Eiffel Tower Restaurant
at Paris, and the Top of the World at the Stratosphere.
Solo dining tips...
Las Vegas sees a lot of solo visitors every year, so no
need to feel self-conscious dining alone here. If you’re
in the mood to chat, you can dine at the bar, if you feel
like eating quickly, there are buffets, and if you feel
like savoring your meal in solitude, I recommend a table
with a view. Try a restaurant with patio dining overlooking
the Bellagio Fountains, such as Olives or Mon Ami Gabi;
or, for people-watching, one that faces into a shopping
area (there are several at Caesar’s Forum Shops),
a casino, or indoor plaza (such as St. Mark’s Square
at the Venetian). There are also a few dinner shows in Las
Vegas (Tony ‘N Tina’s wedding, The Rat Pack
is Back, and Tournament of Kings).
Player's club cards...
If you plan to do any gambling at all, sign up for a player’s
club card in every casino you play in. Why? By inserting
your card into a slot machine or giving it to the pit boss
at a table game, you will accrue rewards points that can
be used for comps (free stuff) or at the very least, be
eligible for discount hotel rates for future trips that
the general public is not eligible for (based on your play).
Seek out quiet spots...
Looking for a quiet spot away from the sensory chaos of
Las Vegas? Try a spa, the Flamingo Gardens and wildlife
habitat, MGM Grand’s West Wing Bar, the Secret Garden
and Dolphin Habitat at the Mirage, or the Mystic Falls Atrium
at Sam’s Town (accessible from the Strip and Downtown
by free shuttle). Often times you can find comfy couches
and chairs tucked away in quiet areas of hotels near the
conference centers. If you have access to a car, your best
bet for some peace and quiet is getting off the Strip and/or
out of town (the Springs Preserve walking trails, Red Rock
Canyon, or Mt. Charleston are all possibilities).
Don’t forget to pack...
Earplugs – Vegas is a 24/7 party town.
Not everyone quiets down after midnight.
A watch –
Casinos do not have clocks, because they want you to forget
what time it is while you’re gambling.
– Even when the temperatures outside are soaring to
120 degrees Fahrenheit, casinos, restaurants, and hotels
have the air conditioning cranked to Arctic temperatures.
Eye drops and nasal spray
– The air in Las Vegas is very dry and can lead to
dry eyes and nosebleeds if you’re not used to it.
The sun shines brightly in Vegas, even in the winter.
A small flashlight
– Restaurants and bars in Las Vegas can be so dark
at night it’s difficult to read the menu or your bill.
It’s good to have a flashlight, just in case.
- If you need a doctor...
attention? The Imperial Palace
Hotel & Casino houses an urgent care
facility and it is an option for those with problems not
serious enough to require a hospital visit. It's open Mondays
through Fridays from 9am to 5pm only and walk-ins are welcome.
If you need
a prescription filled, Walgreens
(3763 Las Vegas Blvd. S., across from the Monte Carlo) is
open 24 hours a day. Tel: 702.739.9638
(Source: The excellent guidebook, 'Las Vegas Spend
Less See More' by Pauline Frommer)