Long known for casinos and an extensive night-life, Las Vegas can be a great trip for someone looking for a short, cheap get-away. With about 125,000 hotel rooms in Las Vegas there is no shortage of hotels looking to offload rooms for cheap. And with round-the-clock entertainment there is sure to be something fun for everyone. Within reasonable driving distance from Southern California, Utah, and Arizona it makes it an ideal stop for people in those locations. For others, flights are easy to navigate to Vegas.
Finding a Cheap Room
One of the biggest expenses of vacation is the hotel. This is one of the main benefits of Vegas. The sheer number of rooms in the city means there are a lot of empty rooms each night. Unlike other cities like Seattle, a few big conventions in Vegas won’t sell out every hotel room in the city. There’s always deals to be had.
Food and Entertainment
There’s a huge range of food in Vegas. They have everything from cheap buffets to expensive fine dining. If you’re looking for high quality dining you can end up in a place like The Buffet at the Bellagio or get a steak at Joe’s in Caesar’s Palace and enjoy a rich hot chocolate from Max Brenner’s afterwards. But if you’re looking to stay on the cheap side you can get some $2 tacos from Tacos El Gordo on the north end of the strip or enjoy one of many cheap buffets around the city. There’s plenty of places that fit your budget. On the entertainment side gambling is obviously the number one activity in Vegas. But there’s plenty to do if you’re not looking to lose your money on some games. There are shows, concerts, clubs, sporting events galore in Vegas. The Thomas and Mack Center at UNLV has frequent events as do many of the casinos. If you’re looking to get pampered there are countless spas or pools you could enjoy. If you are looking to get out of the city there are many options. There are world famous golf courses (and more affordable courses as well) in and around the city. Helicopter tours of the city and the Grand Canyon are popular tourist activities as well. Other unique activities include a driving experience at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway where you can take a few laps in a Ferrari F430 GT race car. There is also plenty of hiking, biking, boating and other outdoor activities you can enjoy as well.
Tips for Staying in Las Vegas
Las Vegas is a fun place, but it can be a brutal experience for someone who’s not prepared. You walk. A lot. Be prepared with good shoes and don’t hesitate to drive. Even though it’s a pain to navigate a vehicle around the strip it can save you a lot of time and aches. Plus there’s parking everywhere–and usually free. Make sure you plan extra travel time and also plan rest time. You can also take the monorail if you’d like. It gets you up and down the strip with several stops along the way. It helps to get to know the general layout of the hotels and casinos. Don’t be afraid to walk through the hotels but also pay attention to where you are going. It’s easy to get into a casino, but can be tricky getting out of them. There are always signs, but they don’t always cover where you are trying to go. If you aren’t sure, just ask. Overall, have fun–Vegas is best (in my opinion) for about 2-4 days at a time. It’s great for a cheap, quick get-away.
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