Are you planning your first trip to Las Vegas? Here are some tips that I learned this weekend that may prove useful to you.
Tip Number One: Arriving at the Airport
Our three-day trip to Las Vegas was already costing us a fortune. Before arriving, I bought show tickets and made reservations at some very expensive restaurants. So, I planned on saving some money on transportation. If you are not renting a car, you have three choices: a limo, a cab, or the airport shuttle. In my research, everything pointed out the ease of the airport shuttle. For seven dollars the shuttle takes you to any hotel on the Strip. After an eight-hour trip from Florida and being very anxious to get our vacation started, we bought tickets from the first shuttle outside of baggage claim. The cashier told us to wait in line one. We found the line easily enough, but to our horror we waited over a half an hour just to get into a shuttle. Then even though we were staying at the Luxor, the second hotel on the Strip, we were the fourth stop. Later on, we found out that a cab would have only cost $17 including tip. So, my recommendation is to go with a cab.
Tip Number Two: Hotel Location
If you are not driving or renting a car, you will need to rely on either cabs or the monorail system. The Luxor, although beautiful, is not as convenient as other hotels. If I return, I would choose to stay at the MGM Grand or Paris. Both of these beautiful hotels have a monorail station on premises. Every time we wanted to go to another property (which was at least twice a day) we had to take a free tram from the Luxor to Excalibur. Then walk from Excalibur, past New York, New York, and though MGM Grand (which was about a 15 minute walk). Then we had to get on the Monorail to get further down the Strip. So, basically, if we had stayed at MGM Grand it would have saved us quite a bit of walking. Also, forget about wearing really uncomfortable shoes. I love getting dressed up, but by the final evening I was wearing the most comfortable shoes I brought (low-heeled boots).
Tip Number Three: Weather
It is cold in Las Vegas in January! It was 30 degrees at night! So, please pack some warm clothing.
Tip Number Four: Clubs
If you are going to a popular club such as Studio 54 or Tryst, it’s better to arrive before midnight. After midnight, the lines are at least an hour long because the clubs are already filled to capacity.
Tip Number Five: Never go to Vegas when Hannah Montana is in town!
I like children as much as the next person, but in my opinion Vegas is about adults. Last weekend, parts of Vegas looked liked Disney. My trip was filled to the brim with freaky, make-up wearing seven year olds. Anytime we tried to go anywhere it felt like we were swimming against a sea of these children, even on the casino floor.
So have fun and I hope some of my tips help your vacation become even more enjoyable.