Be Aware / Be Prepared, Las Vegas
Las Vegas strip clubs aren't like the typical strip clubs you are use to in other states. A lot of them will offer a limo ride to the club. Don't take the limo, you will be ripped off. A lot of clubs such as the club Rhino are set up where the ladies don't make money by dancing on stage. They make money by getting someone to request a lap dance in the "VIP room". My personal opinion is I didn't like the Vegas style strip clubs since you are repeatedly hassled by women who wanted you to take them to the VIP room. Unlike going to a strip club in other states, you cannot enjoy watching women dance on stage and if you wanted to get a lap dance, you are free to ask a woman at any time and don't have to buy a minimum number of high priced drinks. Vegas strip clubs will also have women constantly bugging you to to to the "VIP room". I don't think any of the money a person throws on the stage goes to the women dancing, she makes her money through getting people to agree to take her to the VIP room. I've heard some people have been ripped of quite a bit going to the VIP room. To me it seems like it is a tourist trap to avoid. If you use their limo service, be prepared to pay for this "free limo ride" through a tip as well as a portion of your tip going to management and the rest to the money going to the woman you spent time with in the "VIP room". If you want to go to a strip club, wait until you get home. Most of the strip clubs in Vegas are a tourist trap and a big rip off.
If your a Californian, your aware of the term "Get Away Fridays." Those who are visiting, are probably not aware of that term. Plus, Interstate 15 is know has one the deadliest highways in California. Get Away Fridays is what describes the traffic on Fridays when heading towards Las Vegas. Traffic is bad and partly that is because between California and Nevada transportation departments are trying to update the highway conditions. Unfortunately because much of the Hwy 15 is built throughout the mountains,they had to literally blast away the mountain sides to add more lanes. It's much better, but they are always trying to maintain it. So traffic can be terrible. So, please check the Caltrans site for current conditions.
Plus, there is a new law on the books. If there is any type of emergency vehicle, such as Highway Patrol, Sheriff, Ambulance, Firetrucks, or Tow Trucks you are required to move over to give them a safe buffer. Truckers have been doing this for years as a curtisey, so you should too!
Vegas is a smoker-friendly town. Just remember that State law regulates indoor smoking: it's not allowed in such areas as restaurants, arcades, hotel lobbies and elevators, guest rooms hallways, malls and Las Vegas Airport, all showrooms are now also smoke-free.
Smoking is permitted in the gambling areas, some bars and nightclubs.
If you are sensitive to smoke: Bellagio and Golden Nugget have smoke-free poker rooms, and Mirage has non-smoking poker tables, Harrah’s has a 1,000 square foot non-smoking gaming section.
Newer hotels have better ventilation and air-filtration systems.
This was not the inside temerature of car, but the outside. This was during July when we came here. We do not do that too often, but wanted to see the Fourth of July fireworks. Well the fireworks were awesome! Yet, the temps here was Hot Hot Hot..lol! Make sure your car is always in good condition. When traveling here during the hot summer months.
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OK, ANYplace that is a large city has its pros and cons.
What's cool about LV? You already KNOW it's full of debaucheries, gaming, drinking...all those sinning kinds of stuff that makes it fun for tourists and makes for jobs. It also means you already should be more than aware that it also allows for more money type crimes. It's in your face and if you miss it...well...stay in Moosejaw...
Across the map anyone can also figure out that any city you go to is going to have dangers. I lived in NY back when you didn't go into certain areas after dark..like the park or Harlem...
Yeah, I've been screwed by conniving money grubbing a***** in Nevada, which is why we're now in a homeless situation. But...
Hint: you just don't need to drive through some of the areas that are slums.
Now, that said, I want to point out what has happened to my daughter and I here in ... what's it called...? Ah, a SANCTUARY CITY!
First off the bastard stole my car. Yup, San Francisco has this towing scam thing going on. The city earns more than 11 million a year on parking tickets alone! LET ALONE the towing kickbacks it has going on. You have to pay the pd here close to 200 bucks on TOP of the tow fees.
I just want to point out that my car was parked legally on a no-traffic side street, no street sweeping warnings or ANYthing. SOME idiot there must have just not liked my WY plates or something. Makes people really want to visit, right?
OK, so now we're stuck in a single room occupancy on the edge of a war zone, the Tenderloin. You want gross....there have been close to a half dozen shootings/murders (some by BART cops) within the past month within a 4 block radius! Every night there are fights, screaming, crashing...you name it....under out window. We're on the 4th floor and it wakes us UP. You have to walk around piles of unknown origin excrement, several blood dribbles, splotches, or ....along certain blocks...urine smelling homeless sleeping in the middle of the sidewalk. You don't want to be out after dusk, let alone all the people asking you for money during the day. A 'neighbor' had his wife thrown out of a window a few months back. The pot smell is thick on blocks and in the halls...
I could go on. So, just how unsafe is LV sounding now?
Yeah, we're frantic about trying to get away from here and the first goal is LV.
Yeah, it has its problems but at least it's honest about them.
One day, I was walking along and some druggie walked up and tried to start a fight! Just walk away in those situations. Don't even look at them. Keep walking and you'll be fine.
Also, a lot of people try to pass out flyers for shows, adult entertainment, limos and so on. It's a horrible job for them, but you would probably be better off booking through the hotel. You never know what the heck you're going to wind up in when you go through these people.
AWFUL experience. I booked shows a month early. When I got to the shows, the tickets they booked were for the date of PURCHASE and not the date of the shows?? The “PENN & TELLER” and “JUBILEE” ticket boxoffice was good for working with me to get me a seat, but not the seats I paid for. I let bestofvegas know about their mistake and they called me a liar????? What the Heck? I will never use them again and will tell everyone I know they are incompetent. ALSO, I saw JUBILEE for full-face value while most of those I talked to were 2 for 1. WHAT??? That doesn’t sound like a deal to me. DO NOT USE bestofvegas.
Never leave any slot machine that you're playing for any reason. People have been known to sit down at your machine and assume your play, keeping your winnings or credits.
If you hit a 'big one', stay at the machine until a slot hostess comes to your aid. Don't go looking for your spouse to show him/her your 'hit'. Save your bragging rights until you have the cash in hand.
Our first meal in Las Vegas was lunch at the Bellagio Cafe, with perhaps one of the worst martinis in recorded history. One mini-sip and it was obviously an inferior product. The kindly waitress told us that for popular drinks the house liquor was placed in a vat and kept chilled with ice, dispensed as needed by the bartender with a gun similar to those used for soda at pizzerias and cafeterias. The result is a bubbly liquor, watered down by melted ice, and tasting just awful. In the large busy restaurants and bars in Las Vegas, use of the booze gun is a standard practice even in some of the better establishments.
When ordering, be sure to specify that the liquor is to be poured from a bottle. Interestingly, some establishments claimed to never do such a terrible thing. At others, the server simply nodded and moved on - read between the lines.
Places have bad areas to avoid everywhere. The important thing is you use common sense and don't go walking off by yourself, don't set your drink down or ask someone to hold it while you go dance, if you feel uncomfortable in a certain atmosphere or area leave, use the buddy system (not someone you just met), Watch out for our crazy taxi drivers, only cross the street when the signal says, don't go to someone's hotel room you met while out drinking because chances are they are skilled hookers and you'll lose your money before you even come close to "scoring" and if your a women please read first line again....USE COMMON SENSE!
9 times out of 10 it's not the locals on the strip you need to watch out for it's the drunk people visiting and come to Vegas with the "Sin City" mind set. Us locals tend to only go down to the strip when we have visitors and even then the interesting people you come across is rather interesting. Have a good enjoy yourself just keep in control to keep yourself safe.
Everyone needs to understand how important hotel safety is.
FIRE SAFETY :It has been said that you should never stay higher than the 4th floor because most fire trucks ladders do not reach any higher. Yet, I know that is not practical especially in Vegas. So make sure you know where the fire extinguisher is and the stairways are. Make sure to count the doors from your door to the stairways encase it gets too smokey and you cannot see.
READ: the info behind your door. Lots of wonderful emergency info to know. It also shows you where your room is and where the stairways are.
LOCK: your doors. Most hotels have great locks on their doors now. Use them. They give three locks, so use them. Do not stay in a hotel unless you have new locks. Some of the older hotles may not have them, so I would not stay in them.
LIGHTED AREAS: Stay in lighted areas of the hotel if you can and park your car in a lighted area if you can.
STAND TALL AND LOOK UP: Don't look vunerable and pay attention of where and who is around you. If you look confident and alert, your likely not going to be a target.
DO NOT: get in a elevator by yourself if you can. For women, do not get into a elevator with strangers if you can.
KEYS: Carry your car keys in your hands between your fingers so you can use them as a weapon just incase.
Just some tips to keep you safe!
The Extended Stay on Valley View is within walking distance (a little less than 1 mile) of the Rio...but during late May to mid June the temperatures are between 95F-115F. It is fairly safe in that area as long as you stay East of the Palms Resort (stay closest to the Strip). Your biggest safety concern is the traffic and hot temperatures. The traffic in that area can be quite aggressive (especially the Taxi Cabs!)- so watch when you cross any streets. The heat is very dry- 10% humidity so the sun and temperature can sap your energy quickly. Always wear a hat & sunscreen (SPF 20+) and ALWAYS have a bottle of water in your hand (not beer!) especially when you are outside. Because it is so dry you don't realize you're sweating and that 1 mile can feel like 10 miles. Drink at least 4+ bottles of water a day & after every 4th bottle drink Gatorade or something with electrolytes. I am a tour guide in Las Vegas for a company called Guided Vegas Tours and I travel that area almost daily, so feel free to ask anything!
Hope this helps...Happy Travels.
This is one thing I really did not like. There is a big sign at the Las Vegas Boulevard that Excalibur Hotel has a 2 for 1 Buffet. The sign gave an idea that lunch is offered 2 for 1 until 6:00PM. We went to the hotel when we think we still have time, really hungry.
When we get there and line up to the cashier to pay, she charged us for the regular amount of lunch for 2. I told her I am paying only for the 2 for 1 buffet. You know what she said? Oh, we do not offer that today! Just like that. End of the story.
Don't get hooked. This hotel mislead tourists. Do not believe in this 2-for-1 Buffet. If ever there is one, they choose the time, the person, and the situation to deny it.
If you're someone whose stress level is raised by noise, it may be a good idea to bring along some earplugs. The loud thumping bass from those nightclubs along the Strip can be very unnerving as you're walking down the Strip, along with the thumping boom cars on the street and the noise generated inside the casino's. I'm surprised NoiseFree America hasn't given this city a Noisey City Award as they are well-deserving of it as little has been done to control all the unwanted noise in this city. But if you thrive on noise, then this is your city.
The road to Vegas can be tricky and often dangerous. Take extra precautions on the 15, which stretches in Nevada, California Arizona, and Utah. Often, the 15 is a speed track running from CA to NV. I would avoid driving it during the night due to increased accidents and the fact that it is so dark with long stretches without rest stops and gas stations.