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Getting around Las Vegas is easy – you can opt for a car rental or use the public transport system. Public transport in Las Vegas consists of buses (Deuce and SDX) and the Las Vegas Monorail. The monorail provides the fastest way to get around the Strip. The Las Vegas buses are an economical way of getting around and cover most of the Vegas hotspots. Taxis are readily available in Vegas as are Uber and Lyft vehicles. Some hotels will offer shuttles, so be sure to check whether yours does.
Not for nothing is it known as the Entertainment Capital of the world - you’ll be spoilt for choice for things to do and sites to visit in Las Vegas. Head to the Stratosphere Hotel and try the 829 feet SkyJump, go on a tour of the Hoover Dam, go for a dinner cruise on Lake Mead, tour Death Valley or go on a helicopter ride over the Grand Canyon. Las Vegas also has plenty of shows to catch – Cirque De Soleil at the Bellagio, The Ultimate Variety Show at Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino, Penn and Teller at the Rio Suite Hotel and Casino, Blue Man Group at the Luxor Hotel and Casino, or the Mac King Comedy Magic Show at Harrah’s.
Vegas offers abundant shopping options, and you can easily find something to remember your trip by. Several hotels provide high-end luxury shops within their premises. For instance, Bellagio has several upmarket boutiques and shops including Armani, Tiffany & Co, Chanel, and Prada. Other such options are at the Grand Canal Shoppes at The Venetian and The Forum Shops at Caesars. Las Vegas South Premium Outlets, Las Vegas North Premium Outlets, The Shops at Crystals, Tivoli Village, Miracle Mile, Fashion Show, and the Linq are other hotspots for shopping at Las Vegas. Town Square is where you need to go for budget shopping.
Las Vegas is generally considered quite safe for tourists. Areas frequented by tourists like the Strip have considerable police presence and are regarded as being very safe. Nevertheless, tourists should take all the basic precautions that they do while traveling. This means staying out of poorly lit areas, not flashing around cash or valuables and being on your guard for scammers and con artists who may try to take advantage of you especially if you are intoxicated.
Las Vegas is a massive city with lots of hotels and areas to choose from including well-known hotels like the Bellagio, Caesars Palace, MGM Grand, the Luxor, and the Venetian. The best place for you will depend on your reason for visiting and your budget. If you are a first-timer, try and find a place near the Strip. The Strip is a four-mile stretch of Las Vegas Boulevard that lets you experience everything the Sin City has to offer - casinos, clubs, restaurants, and attractions. If you are mainly into casinos, head Downtown – it’s near the Strip but is supposed to have more player-friendly terms and conditions. If arts and culture are more your scene try the Arts District. Symphony Park is one of the newer neighborhoods and is ideal for families. For honeymooners and couples looking for something romantic travel a bit further to Mt. Charleston.
In a city that caters to every indulgence can food be far behind? With celebrity chef-driven restaurants in most of the best hotels, Vegas is fast evolving into the top destination for foodies. Go to Nomads for a classic albeit expensive Vegas experience. You can also try Wolfgang Puck’s Spago and Cut, Shawn McClain’s Sage, Michael Mina’s Bardot Brasserie, Daniel Krohmer’s Other Mama, James Trees’s Esther’s Kitchen, Thomas Keller’s Bouchon, Gordon Ramsay’s Hell's Kitchen or Jamie Tran’s Black Sheep; for affordable options try Slice of Vegas, Flour & Barley, Javier’s, Tacos el Gordo, Le Thai, Burger Bar, Chica or Secret Pizza.
There is no wrong time to visit Las Vegas with activities and events happening all through the year. Do keep in mind that Las Vegas is in the middle of a desert and has a dry, desert climate. June, July, and August are quite warm and if you cannot tolerate heat avoid those months. March to May and September to November offer the most moderate weather and are ideal for visiting Vegas. If lazing by the pool in the sun is on your agenda, then plan to visit in April and May. Do note that hotel rooms tend to be more expensive in April, September, and October. Another thing to keep in mind is that hotel rooms cost more on weekends.