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Congratulations on booking your vacation in Las Vegas! With the potential to explore so many unforgettable restaurants, fabulous shows, shopping and attractions, it’s a sure thing you’ll need some advice.

That’s where we come in. Here is a list of tips you’ll need to know to avoid wait times and unnecessary expenses, and to ensure that you have the best time possible.

Things Are Not As Close As They Appear

Although it may not look very far, the Bellagio to the MGM Grand is actually about four miles long. The buildings are so close together, they give you the impression that they are closer than they actually are. Be sure to use the walkways inside and outside of the casino, as well as trams and the Las Vegas Monorail to get to your destinations much quicker.

You can walk from Bally’s to Paris, Bellagio to Vdara, and Excalibur to Luxor to Mandalay Bay in air-conditioned comfort. Also you can take the tram between the latter, Mirage and Treasure Island, or the Monorail to seven stops on the Strip.

Don’t Purchase Drinks at the Casino Bar

Drinking in Vegas can be a lot of fun, if you know how and where to do it. If you’re planning on playing slots, video poker or table games, don’t buy a drink at the casino bar first. Instead, wait until the cocktail waitress approaches you. The casinos offer free drinks as an incentive to try to get you to spend more money playing their games. It may be a wait but it’s worth it if you save money.

It’s perfect if you’re planning on going out to the clubs later. Keep in mind that if there is any type of performance, even a DJ spinning, they’ll hit you with an added “live entertainment tax”. Save money and start early!

Take a Tour

The best way to make sure you get the most out of Las Vegas is to become familiar with your surroundings first. After you check in and get settled, walk around your hotel and note where the vending machines, restaurants, restrooms and seating areas are. Make sure you get some rest before you go exploring the Strip – it can be a little overwhelming.

To get the full overview of Las Vegas’ buildings, history and more, enjoy a narrated tour of the city on a “Big Bus.” These tours include about 20+ stops between the Strip and downtown. We recommend that you stay for the duration. Make note of all your must-visit stops and plan your strategy from there.

Always Carry Water, Sunscreen and A Light Jacket

There’s a lot to do in Vegas, and you may often spend your time out in the sun. Although it may be extremely hot during the summer, buildings combat the heat by over blasting the AC. Even if you feel like you can skip the jacket, make sure you are never without a bottle of water to stay hydrated. There is a lot of walking on the Strip, so chances are you’ll feel “dried out” on even short excursions. Keep yourself hydrated so you can make the most of your days and nights.

If you visit during the fall or winter, remember the sun still shines brightly and you always have the potential to burn. Always wear sunscreen before you go outside and apply regularly.

Factor In Commute times

Avoid being late to a show or dinner with friends by factoring in the time it will take to wait for a taxi. As a rule of thumb, you should allow for no less than 30 minutes on average. Make it an hour at the prime dinner times. If you’re leaving a convention, concert, or any other event that draws thousands of people, allow for at least two hours.

Finally and most importantly: have fun! Vegas has so much to offer that you won’t be able to see and do it all. Be sure to make the most out what you get to experience and take lots of photos.

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