Las Vegas is believed to be a gambling destination. But this is not all Vegas is known for, it has much more to offer to its travelers.
Despite the recent recession and the creation of some new mega-resorts, there are still plenty of hidden gems in Sin City for the discerning holidaymaker. Check out these top tips and save yourself a bundle of cash next time you visit.
1. Go Shopping In the Right Shops
Traditionally every big hotel in Vegas has a mall, where you might get an “authentic” Venice feel, coupled with canals and gondolas, for the tourists only. Hire a cab and go to the best out-of-town malls. These are located only a 15 or 20-minute away from the main Strip hotels and you’re likely to pick up a bargain.
Here you can visit Boot Barn for cheap Levis and cowboy shirts while scouring an amazing pair of cowboy boots to take home a slice of Nevada culture. IF you are coming from aboard make sure the US sizes differ to the UK and Europe.
2. For Sports betting, Visit Mirage
Sports betting is legal in Nevada, which means the big Strip casinos have every opportunity to bet on sports as well as Nevada has better sports books over the years.
The Mirage sportsbook is gone under an aggressive revamp a couple of years back, and it’s now popular as the place to get your NFL/NBA/World Cup/bog-snorkeling bets on. You will find a TV screen that is as big as the casino itself is just one of the pluses of a room that will make you feel like you are on the deck of the USS Enterprise.
3. Trigger Some Target Practice
Apart from gambling, shooting with a very large assault rifle and some very large targets is booming too. Here several shooting ranges have mushroomed in the city in recent years, competing for business with ever more extras and offers.
There are 350 types of weapons to choose from in Battlefield Vegas, which includes M-134 mini-guns (Arnold Schwarzenegger’s choice in Predator) that fires over 4,000 rounds a minute.
You can also test out authentic World War II rifles by enjoying a ‘Platoon’ experience with some Vietnam Ware firepower, or for $2,500 have the pleasure of rushing a car while driving a T-55 tank.
4. Enjoy Free Drinks, Free Rooms
With little planning, you can bag yourself a few upgrades, comp hotel rooms, and free meals. You know, all gamblers are offered free drinks, so in case you want to play some slots anyway, visit a cheap game with a good payout and play for coins. There you can get drinks so long you’re playing.
Chances are when you visit the bars and extortionate nightclubs later on in the evening, you’d not have to fork out for over-priced cocktails.
5. Avoid Helicopter Trips
The Grand Canyon is a natural wonder of the world, which is five hours’ away from the Strip, and many helicopter offer tips to see it.
Do not opt for such expensive helicopter rides focusing on longer trips. South Rim. Has the best views to watch. Better to hire a car and drive to the Canyon yourself. There you can stay at motels nearby or lodges at the Grand Canyon National Park at night. This way you will save yourself thousands and improve your experience immensely.
6. Watch Out For Cabs From the Airport
The cab drivers of Vegas have a bad reputation for fleecing newbies, and for good reason. If you arrived at McCarran Airport and stuck in the middle of the desert in 50-degree heat looking for the fastest way to reach the town, an air-conditioned cab would seem to be the best way out to The Strip.
If you hired a taxi, make sure to let the driver know you are not new to the place and it’s your third or fourth trip to the city, and ask him to take the ‘usual, quick route’. Do not forget to note down the cab number and company.
Or else, you may also get a bus from the airport, which is much cheaper, and stop at all the major hotels on The Strip.
So, if you plan to visit Vegas, keep these details in your mind to make this trip safe, cheap and fruitful.