Las Vegas: A Newbie’s Guide

Las Vegas is one of the world’s most popular tourist attractions, seeing nearly 43 million visitors in 2016 per Las Vegas Visitors’ Bureau statistics. Whether you’re planning a visit for a birthday, bridal party, or just because it’s on your bucket list, if you’re a Las Vegas first-timer there are things you need to know before you go.

Let’s go over some tips and must-see attractions in this beginner’s guide to Vegas.

Can’t Miss Attractions

Las Vegas is one of the top attractions in America, which means there is much to see and do when you’re there. To help your planning, the below attractions should be on your “must-see” list:

  • The Bellagio Fountains. Featured in just about every contemporary movie about Vegas, the Bellagio Fountains need to be a stop on your visit. These fountains are timed perfectly to dance to 30 different songs. Combined with over 1,200 jets and water shooting up to 450 feet in the air, you are sure to be entertained! The best part? It’s completely free to watch.
  • A Live Show. Everyone knows Vegas is known for its shows, and you need to make sure you spring for one while you’re there. Whether you enjoy acrobatics, concerts, or half-naked entertainers, Vegas has a show for you that is unlike anything you’ve ever seen!
  • Red Rock Canyon. Located in the Mojave Desert best known for its beautiful red hills, this top attraction offers 18 miles of breathtaking landscape. There are driving routes for those who may want to make it a quick trip, and there are also hiking and biking paths for those who enjoy the great outdoors.
  • The Strip. The famed Las Vegas Strip is home to several iconic attractions such as the Bellagio Fountains, the Venetian’s Grand Canal, the Luxor’s pyramid and sphinx, and the Eiffel Tower at Paris, Las Vegas. There are three ways to explore the strip; on foot (wear comfortable shoes!), the Deuce Bus, or the Monorail. Guided tours are offered for those who want to make sure they see the most well-known attractions. In addition to those attractions, the strip is also home to several casinos, restaurants, and shops that are open 24/7 and are sure to keep you entertained all day (or night) long.

Gambling Prep

Speaking of casinos – if you’re planning to visit any, you want to make sure you know what you’re getting yourself into before you play. Here are some tips on getting ready for casino fun:

  • Research the Games. If you have never been to a casino before, you may not know just how many games there are to play. Well-known games such as Bingo, Baccarat, Poker and Roulette are just the tip of the iceberg.  It can be overwhelming trying to decide what to play when you get there and then trying to quickly learn the rules of each game.  If you do a quick internet search of the game before you go, such as baccarat tips and tricks, you can walk in confident knowing exactly how to play and increase your chances of winning.
  • Set a Budget. Gambling can be addictive. It’s smart for you set money goals before going to the casino. Set a winning goal and a losing goal. Once you hit either of those goals, cash out and walk away. Knowing when to quit is imperative when playing any type of casino game; the quitter always wins. Set a goal and stick to it every single time you play.
  • Follow Etiquette. If you’re new to Vegas, you may not be aware that there is such thing as casino etiquette and it’s important to stay on the dealer’s good side by following it. Some things to know include: Absolutely no cell phones. Seats are only for players (if you have a friend playing but you are watching, stand. Do not sit). Do not join in on a game until the hand is over. Tip your dealer! Different games can have different etiquette to follow, but the above are generally applied to all games when playing in any casino.
  • Drink Moderately. Keeping a clear mind is imperative when gambling. Enjoying a drink or two is fine, but drinking too much will affect your judgment and cause you to make reckless bets. Stay (somewhat) sober so you can focus on what you’re doing!

What will you do first on your Vegas vacation?