I'd always presumed I'd written this blog post, but it appears not! So finally, here is my advice for making your Las Vegas holiday rock.
I've been to Vegas 4 times, and adored it more each and every time! Some people say that a weekend is enough, but I'd always prefer a week. There's a lot to do (and I don't even gamble!)
I've already blogged my advice for going to Viva Las Vegas (the rockabilly weekender), and shared my tips for vintage shopping in Vintage Life Magazine but haven't yet collated my general advice for enjoying Vegas in style!
So here it goes!
1. Thrift shopping is bleeding ace. You'll have to come away from the main strip, it's quite a taxi ride, so maybe do as we did, and get the bus; it's all part of the experience right?! The thrift stores (charity shops) aren't run to make a profit like ours are, they're more focused on providing clothing for people unable to buy new clothes, and they provide a lot of employment for people needing a chance. This basically means they're cheap. Not only are they cheap, they're huge. And there's lots of them, all along the same main road.
2. Your comfy shoes won't be comfy in Vegas. Las Vegas is so huge. It's part of what makes it amazing. You'll walk for miles. Things that are next to each other on a map, are surprisingly far apart in reality. Shops that are in the same mall, are 25 minutes away. Bring comfy shoes, and be prepared to have to buy new ones after your feet have swollen in the heat.
3. If you want to pose by the Vegas sign, you'll need to get a cab to it.
4. The Arts District is worth treking to. It's basically a neighbourhood, where real people live, and is full of antique and vintage stores. Residents call it 18b apparently, I call it the Vintage District. We got a very long bus ride there, and a super sweet customer as one of the vintage stores offered to drive us back!
5. You don't have to enjoy gambling to enjoy Vegas. It wasn't until my 4th visit that I finally did much more than simply pose by slot machines. On my last trip I finally decided to face my nerves and gamble a little bit. I was nervous of annoying real gamblers, so we found a table that was empty, with a croupier who was more than happy to help us. There are many types of poker where the dealer is actually allowed to help you with your cards, so find one of those! Once you're gambling, the drinks are free. Oh yes, it isn't a myth. The servers will ask if you want to order anything, and they won't need paying for (but do tip). This is a very clever ploy to keep you gambling longer, and drunker, but if you're smart, it can be a fun experince!
6. The Neon Museum has changed a lot since I first visited, but I've been 3 times, and would return again. You get to take photos that won't quit, and learn a lot about the history of Vegas, mafia and all!
Vegas is brash, bold and brilliant. Explore the hotels, sunbathe by a 5* hotel, party on a pooltop night club, pig out at a buffet. Marvel at the modern architecture, and the kitsch trashiness of a city born a mere 110 years ago.