Travel Guide: Las Vegas, NV
The most populous city in the state of Nevada and an internationally renowned major resort city known primarily for gambling, shopping, fine dining and nightlife; as well as the leading financial and cultural center for Southern Nevada. It has more AAA Five Diamond hotels than any other city in the world, and is a global leader in the hospitality industry making Las Vegas one of the top tourist destinations in the world. It’s a city unlike any other and I’m sure at one point or another you’ll cross paths with “Sin City”.
You won’t have a problem finding a hotel in Las Vegas, but instead you might have a hard time narrowing it down to just one with the abundance of world class resorts. When staying in Las Vegas the key factors that determine the price will be season, location and popularity. Hostels can be found in Las Vegas; however, they are situated in downtown Las Vegas which is about 3-5 miles from the famous Strip of Las Vegas Blvd. These hostels offer only mixed dorm rooms ranging from $30-55 per night, depending on the day and season.
Budget hotels can range from $90-160 per night, with the more expensive hotels being located within 1 mile of The Strip. The nicer and more decadent hotels in Las Vegas, primarily on The Strip, range from $200-500 per night for an “average” room. These hotels and their rooms are often so nice that you just might want to lounge in your room wearing nothing but a robe and slippers all day long. Make sure to check out Fremont Street in Downtown Vegas, a lively and smaller version of The Strip with rooms ranging from $30-80 per night.
Restaurants are in excess, just like everything else in Las Vegas! It seems like every top chef owns a restaurant in Sin City, so it’s safe to say that you definitely won’t go hungry when visiting. Whether you’re eating rack of lamb at Giada’s in the Cromwell, or buffalo chicken wings at Anchor Bar in the Venetian your taste buds are sure to be in heaven!
Fast food restaurants are plentiful in Las Vegas, expect a meal to cost $8-15 but if you’re looking for something a step above Mcdonald’s try, “Best Places to Eat on a Budget in Las Vegas.” When eating at a sit down restaurant expect to pay $20-35 per meal, including a drink.
If you go to Vegas, you’re probably going to have a drink…or two…three? However many drinks you have it’s going to be best that you leave your car or rental parked for a while. Taxis are the easiest way around Vegas; however, they can be a bit pricey and after a couple of days it adds up. You would think getting somewhere in a taxi on the strip would be fast and efficient, but unfortunately due to the traffic and congestion the taxi drivers have to drive much longer routes, sometimes even getting on a freeway. A ride taking you to a place that’s less then a mile away can end up costing $10-20. I recommend taking a taxi only when it’s absolutely necessary; after all, walking is good for the heart.
THINGS TO DO IN LAS VEGAS
Fremont Street Experience | Walk around downtown and enjoy the sights and sounds of classic Vegas which is entertainment in itself. There are street performers, free music including the 3rd street stage and a light show overhead which runs every hour on the hour in the evenings. You can even partake in some zip lining fun, a unique and affordable experience.
High Roller | Shining bright on the Las Vegas Strip and measuring 520 feet in diameter, the High Roller eclipses both the London Eye and Singapore Flyer. The wheel takes 30 minutes to complete one full revolution and features 28 glass-enclosed cabins with broad views of the famed resort city.
The Neon Museum | Opened in 2012 at 770 Las Vegas Boulevard North is a nearly two-acre campus that includes an outdoor exhibition space, known as the Boneyard, which features more than 150 signs, seven of which are restored, a visitors’ center housed inside the former La Concha Motel lobby and the Neon Boneyard North Gallery. Offers a guided tour explaining the history of Las Vegas and their famous neon signs, which make for fantastic photographs.
The Strip | One of the most visible aspects of Las Vegas’ cityscape is its use of dramatic architecture. The rapidly evolving skyline and constant modernization of hotels, casinos, restaurants, residential high-rises, and entertainment offerings on the Strip, have established it as one of the most popular destinations for tourists in the United States, and the world.