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7 Basics for First-Time Vegas Visitors

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Las Vegas is unlike any other city, with one-of-a-kind entertainment, dining, and gambling experiences. That said, for the best experience, there are a few basic things you should know. Here are a few tips to maximize your fun in Vegas.

1. When to Go

July, August, and mid-December are the most inexpensive times to plan a trip to Vegas because both flights and hotel rooms are typically at their lowest prices for the year. Also, Sunday through Thursday tend to offer better hotel and flight rates than Fridays and Saturdays. If your dates are flexible, view the monthly calendars that most Strip hotels offer to see the least expensive room available for each night. These can help you find exactly what you are looking for at the right price.

2. Where to Stay  

Think about your trip. Will you spend most of your time on the Strip? Then try to get a place mid-Strip, which will make walking easier. If that is too pricey, look at downtown choices. Fremont Street isn’t the Strip, but it’s classic Las Vegas, and it can still be a great time. There are also many hotels just a block or two off the Strip, still within walking distance of everything you want to see.

Additionally, several hotels offer tram services to connect between the properties, and don’t forget the Las Vegas Monorail. Offering a wide variety of passes, from single-day to seven-day options, the Monorail provides a convenient, climate-controlled way to traverse the Las Vegas Strip!

3. What to Pack

You can wear almost anything while in Vegas. Casual clothes are acceptable, elegance is admired, and clothes such as your sequined tube top are flashy, not trashy. Pack a variety of clothes, including a swimsuit, because Vegas offers an array of daytime and nighttime activities. Pack comfortable shoes, such as sneakers or flat sandals for day, and heels that don’t hurt too much for night. Even if you aren’t going too far, there is often more walking involved than you might think getting from your hotel room door to your nighttime destination.

The weather in Vegas can change quickly. In the summer, be prepared for blazing sunshine and 100-degree-plus temperatures outside — but casinos are kept cool, so you may want a sweater. Check the weather report before your trip and pack accordingly.

4. How to Get Around

If the Las Vegas Strip appears larger than life, that’s because in many ways it is! Walking the Strip is enjoyable and inexpensive, but takes time and energy. While walking, remember to use the proper crosswalks and pedestrian bridges. Vehicle traffic on South Las Vegas Boulevard is quite heavy. If walking is too strenuous or not possible for your destination, ride the Las Vegas Monorail, which has several stops along the Strip and is cheaper than a cab.

5. Where to Eat and Drink

Food in Vegas is almost all high-quality, whether it’s fancy or casual. Take advantage of the many happy hours going on for both food and drink specials. When in Vegas, you probably want to indulge in a buffet — after all, the modern American buffet was invented here. One of the most popular, for good reason, is the Wicked Spoon in the Cosmopolitan. Their weekday brunch is around $30, plus there’s a bottomless beverage package for $15, if you want to start your buzz early. The casino buffets can get quite expensive, but they are typically delicious — and there is zero chance you will walk away hungry.

Check out The Tour Exchange for fine dining and foodie tour options, as well as a discount card that will get you up to 25% off at participating restaurants!

6. What to See

You don’t want to return home without seeing a show or concert while in Vegas. The live entertainment here is some of the best in the world. Check out The Tour Exchange for discount tickets to several shows and events, including comedy and magic shows, musical tributes, and a variety of astonishing Cirque du Soleil performances.

7. How to Party

Instead of wasting time or money trying to get into a club or party pool, book a fun daytime or nighttime ticket that guarantees your entry! Plus, the price includes any cover charges, VIP entry, and drink specials at the venues you’ll visit. Some of the packages we offer start under $20. Keep in mind, though, that this does not include the cost of drinks or seating at special tables.

Follow these tips and you’ll have a fabulous stay in Vegas! Looking to maximize your visit? The Tour Exchange connects visitors with tickets to all of the best Vegas has to offer — and at the best prices, too. Browse our offerings and let us help you make your trip even more spectacular!

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