9 Tips for Visiting Las Vegas

Have you ever been to Las Vegas?? If you haven’t, you must go because it’s incredible and an experience you won’t forget! We went for the first time a couple years ago for my golden birthday and our 2 year anniversary and had an amazing time. BUT, we learned so much of what not to do and what to prepare for when we go next time! Read below for my 10 tips to help you out on your visit to The Entertainment Capital of the World.

Tip #1 Say yes to being part of the show: We went to see Blue Man Group (eek!) and they put on such an incredible show! When we walked in to take our seats, we were asked by one the employees if we wanted to be part of the show, though we didn’t get much details beyond that. I was hesitant but Nate was all for it so we agreed. About 30 minutes in, they came and grabbed us where they put us way in the back, and gave us much better seats closer to the stage. We were pretending to be ‘late’ to the show so everyone could boo us but we got spotlighted and all these ridiculous alarms went off-it was really fun and I’m glad we got to be part of the experience!

Tip #2 Rent a car only to explore outside the city: If you plan on leaving the strip for a day or even two, then definitely arrange a rental car to head outta town. But, if you’re wanting to stay put right on the strip for the duration of your trip then Uber, Monorail, or walking is the way to go. The strip is very long and high traffic so you’ll be waiting at light after light forever to get to your destination.

Tip #3 Your excursion out of town will likely be packed with people: We went to Zion National Park for a day and it was so busy with people. Of course, all the national parks that are a day’s drive from Las Vegas are all the really popular ones whether you’re going to Arizona, California, or Utah to hit up a park. Just don’t be disappointed if your intention was to get away from the crowds in Vegas only to run into more large groups of people again.

Tip #4 Expect to shell out the big bucks: Las Vegas is so not a budget destination in the US. Expect to pay top dollar for all that you do. I’m not saying that all that you’ll see and do isn’t worth the money you’ll be spending, just don’t fret about the cash you’re dropping. It’s wise to cap your spending at some amount, of course, but I would say focus more on having a good time.

Tip #5 Huge Crowds: As I mentioned in #3 above, there are huge crowds all over the strip. We traveled here in October which is considered the shoulder season and STILL there were so many people everywhere you went. This didn’t bother us, but if you’re someone who simply can’t stand the crowds then I would say visit during a very slow month.

Tip #6 Bring cash with you: This is a good rule of thumb for traveling anywhere, but I specifically remember in Vegas always needing more cash than we had on hand at some places we went.

Tip #7 Wear comfortable shoes: I know literally everyone and your grandma will warn you of this before visiting Las Vegas, but wear comfortable shoes!! I mean it! And I don’t mean sandals, either. Bring some sort of tinnie shoe to wear for walking up and down the strip, or your feet will pay the price.

Tip #8 Don’t be coerced into paying a higher tip amount than your comfy with: Some of the employees who make their living off tips may try to persuade you into paying a higher gratuity amount than necessary. Don’t give in to them! Simply say no and walk away. It’ll put a bad taste in your mouth if you succumb, plus you’ll already be dropping a lot of dough on this vacation as it is. Stick to what you think is fair for a tip and leave it at that.

Tip #9 Try not to be offended by what you see on the strip: While visiting Las Vegas, you’ll see everything from little to no clothing donning some people, to homeless people going through withdrawals, and even shocking public performances, as well as advertisements for female company. Hey, it’s Vegas baby, so try not to let any of those things take away from enjoying yourself while you’re here.

I hope this list helps you when planning your trip to Las Vegas! We had such an incredible time here, we can’t wait to go again soon with all that we learned from our first visit.

What We Did on our First Trip to Las Vegas!

LAS VEGAS. What to say about Las Vegas hmm…It was such a pretty, strange, odd, obnoxious, fun, crazy, and bright place. I’m probably missing some adjectives in there but that’s what comes to mind when I think about Las Vegas and our trip we took there. This is also the first place I ever saw a palm tree! We went to celebrate our anniversary and our birthdays (my golden birthday-get it gold, lights, ha). We are glad we went and will never forget this awesomely fun trip but I can also reason that it may not be for everyone. However, I do recommend those of you who are at least a little bit curious to definitely go here at least once in their lifetime. It’s just so…different, like nowhere I’ve ever visited before. Take a look at what activities we chose to do!

Our Las Vegas Itinerary

We saw a show, naturally: Ok so, I didn’t know it until the night we arrived, but Nate filled me in that he purchased Blue Man Group Tickets eek!!! I was so surprised and ecstatic as I had heard good things about this show. I had been wanting to go see them in Chicago since we’re just down the road basically, but we ended up seeing them while we were here. You MUST go see them! Like Las Vegas, their show is difficult to describe and hard to place in a category. Vegas has their concerts, magic and burlesque shows, etc., but I highly doubt this is like no other show you will experience. To top it off, when we entered the doors and got checked in, we were asked to be part of the show! I was hesitant but Nate was totally game, so we agreed. We had to sit in the back at first, and they had us be ‘late guests’ and made us walk in with a spotlight and the camera aimed at us and all-I dunno you had to be there it was cool okay!

I took a pic with the Las Vegas showgirls: There are several women walking around the strip that will ask you to take a pic with them in exchange for a tip. They are donned with the showgirl get up of the feather hat and a very revealing corset. If this isn’t your thing, keep walking, but for me it WAS pretty cool and when would I have an opportunity to do something like this again?!

Hey, when in Rome.

We took a day trip to a national park: There’s actually, like, a lot of national parks fairly close to Vegas, but we chose Zion National Park which I highly recommend visiting- it was absolutely breathtaking and fun! We rented a car and headed outta town early for the day and got to the park in about 2 hours or so. Because we only had a day to hit the trails, we decided to hike the ever popular Angel’s Landing. It did not disappoint! It was difficult, but had jaw dropping and breathtaking views every step of the way.

Beautiful Zion National Park

We were good tourists and cruised the strip and visited the hotels: We were staying at the Luxor, but we also hit up the Cosmopolitan, the Bellagio, Caesar’s Palace, and the Venetian. All of them were so glamorous and it was nice to take part in a totally free activity.

We saw the fountain show at the Bellagio: You’ll want to watch this at night. It’s busy so get you a good spot at the fences and watch the fountains rise and fall to a melody the hotel will play. It’s really cool and I’m glad we got to see it!

We weren’t about to leave without a pic in front of the Las Vegas sign: We stood in line. We took a selfie.

Our selfie in front of THE SIGN.

We consumed an alcoholic beverage while strolling the strip: Take that, America! As most of you know, open bottle in public is illegal in most of the U.S. so we had to partake. Just because we could. It was freeing. It felt good.

Just a girl and her beer

WHERE WE ATE WHILE IN LAS VEGAS

The Luxor Buffet: We stayed at the Luxor and heard that they have a kickass buffet, so we stepped right down to their restaurant and it was phenomenal! They had so many different options it was a bit overwhelming, everything from Mexican to Japanese to Italian. So of course, I was a pig and tried it all. It was a silent dinner as we were too busy cramming all the delicious food into our bellies.

Peppermill Lounge: This place will rock your world! The food is delicious but the ambiance is so much more here! For dinner, you’ll sit in their main dining area where you’ll be served by servers wearing evening gowns, even though their menu is comprised of more casual American fare like salads, burgers, & steaks. It’s a very aesthetically pleasing dining room, but it gets better when you move to their bar area after dinner. There’s a fire pit in the middle of the room and the lighting is of dim, red tones and sort of jungle-themedish? Don’t ask me to go into detail-just go there!!

In ‘n Out: Oh yes, the much awaited infamous fast food joint primarily found in the south western states. Their food is amazing, fast, and cheap. I’d been wanting to try this place for years!

Egg Slut: Yup, that’s the name. It’s found inside the Cosmopolitan and it has a small menu serving yummy breakfast sandwiches…and mimosas and bloody marys y’all.