My Trip to Vegas: Part 2. Tips and Tricks
What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas! Enjoy these 10 tips for a great trip.
By Crystal Myers, Marshall University
My jet-lagged body was quickly woken by a unique alarm: the cheering tune of a row of slots.
I conquered the flight; the next challenge was getting out of the airport. Hundreds of stairs, a tram, a few people movers and a shuttle later, I am greeted by the infamous flashing “Welcome to Las Vegas” sign.
I can only described what happened next as sensory overload. In fact, it’s probably best the average tourist doesn’t drive into Sin City, because it would have been impossible for me to keep my eyes on the road. While the gentleman to my left shared with me all the secrets to gambling, I’m slipped into a colorful comma. When we reached the hotel, a forehead smear was left on the window at my seat and I was smiling from ear –to-ear. I spent the next four days soaking up all that Vegas had to offer.
While my trip was brief, it was jam-packed with must-sees and great times. Here are my tips:
- Every hotel on the strip is beautiful but each has it’s own selling points, so decide what you want most (the best views, a nice pool, restaurant choices, location) and do your research, there really is something for everyone. The friend I went with booked our stay at The Cosmopolitan. As a 22-year-old, I recommend it. Our balcony overlooked the famous Bellagio fountains and it’s one of the newer resorts on the strip, chock-full of amenities.
- Speaking of the fountains, do it. The show happens once an hour and it is magical. Afterward walk next door to Caesar’s Palace, check out the ceiling and try your best not to ask the front desk “Does Caesar live here?”
- Once you pick a hotel, remember that you are not tied down to that location. Almost all of the hotels on the strip offer gambling to the public and that’s just the tip of the iceberg – there are restaurants, shopping and attraction galore. So roam as much as possible.
- As far as gambling goes, employees will stress to you the importance of getting a “players card” at each location. Unless you plan on throwing down thousands, I’d recommend spending your time in line at a bar instead. The perks are geared toward cardholders that are spending some serious cash.
- And speaking of drinking, did you know drinks are free as long as you’re gambling? That’s right FREE. Order up, it will make you feel a little better about the money you’re about to lose.
- If you’re interested in seeing a show, come with a game plan. Again, do some research. Every person you see will try to convince you they can give you the best deal. They can’t. Pick something and stick to it. Don’t let them take advantage of you just because you’ve had one … or five free drinks!
- There wasn’t a meal I didn’t enjoy while in Las Vegas. But the bills do get pricey. For a cheap, delicious treat, find the secret, unnamed pizza place in the Cosmopolitan shopping mall. It’s a hidden gem with slices the size of your face.
- There are people in neon shirts on every street corner, whatever you do, don’t take their cards. You’ll thank me later.
- If you’re looking to dance the night away, go early. The lines are shorter and the cover charge is smaller. Many of the hotels also have their own clubs, check to see if yours does and you could score free passes.
- And as always, use sunscreen; the pools are beautiful in Sin City, the sunburns are not.
Equipped with these tips, you’re ready to reenact The Real World: Las Vegas. And lucky for you, what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas. Safe travels, Tourists!
See Part 1 in this series by Crystal Myers: