Be Aware / Be Prepared, Las Vegas
If you decide to walk the strip, make sure you are aware of how far you're walking. And be sure to wear comfortable shoes. Don't get caught walking for a long time, only to realize how much your feet hurt....Unless you catch a cab, you've still got to walk back!
I thought I knew heat, Hah! It was 104 degrees an hour after the sun had gone down. It's hot, damn hot, so be cautious and use sun-screen. Better yet, just stick to nocturnal activities; that's what Vegas is all about anyway.
Remember, even though you may be in the "lap of luxury" wandeing through the casinos, you are in the desert and it is DRY. Cary water or stop and get water frequently. This is especially true if you are doing a lot of walking on the streets or if you take a hike in the back country of Valley of Fire or Red Rock Canyon.
do not trust a single taxi driver for NOTHING !!!
if he hasn't cheated on you, he must be sick in bed....
know exactly where you go and if you doubt, call the number published in the cab using your cell phone, and UNDER NO CONDITIONS, let you them intimidate you...
These guys and woman should be in jail and not in Vegas.
You may encounter a lot of shady folks hanging around this stretch of area between the Monte Carlo and the Bellagio. The young, thug-type crowd likes to just hang around not doing anything...
We were lucky; they didn't bother us at all--in fact some of them just said hi and complimented us. But if you look or act nervous around them, they will play on that!!!
**During my trip in 2006, this part of the strip has been torn down and is now under construction to make way for high rise condos.
Whoops, don't do it. The two of us (women) got caught up in the gambling at the Golden Nugget; when we came out it was 2:00 AM and we were pretty much alone except for, thank goodness, the bike cops. BUT, before we managed to flag a cab the cops pedeled off and we were just kinda hanging out there looking like violent crime fodder. Cabs are almost non-existant on the street down there...ladies, have a good time, but I'd advise getting out of downtown by midnight and cruising back up to the "main strip".
Prostitution is legal in Nevada. However, it is illegal in the cities. The legal brothels are way out in the smaller, more isolated towns. There is no legal brothel in Las Vegas or Reno. Nor do authorities wink at it. So if a streetwalker approaches you on the Strip, downtown, or inside a casino, beware.
Keep an open mind, as you will encounter plenty of religious fanatics trying to spread the good word to anyone who will listen.
I am a Catholic girl and have my beliefs, but the last thing I need is to argue religion with anyone when I'm on vacation. Just ignore them, they aren't talking to anyone in particular.
Whether it's for a hotel check-in, taxi, buffet, event tickets, or before a performance, be prepared to wait in line for just about anything. Vegas is crowded with people year-round, and you're not the only customer. When planning your day, be sure to factor in waiting time to your schedule. If you're travelling with kids, be sure to carry something with you that will keep them occupied and out of trouble. Wear comfortable shoes for walking and standing in line.
The size of some of these casinos can make the distances between them look shorter than they are. You'll likely be walking miles a day without even realizing it. I can't figure out how some people are ever able to walk again after seeing what they're hiking the strip in!
Las Vegas is a very popular destination for families. So if you are going with young children when you are walking up or down the strip (which by the way I felt safer walking down the strip at 3 in the morning than at 10 on a Saturday night walking down St marys st in Cardiff!) watch out for the vendors handing out flyers.These are adverts for sex phone lines and strip clubs and are quite an eye opener for young children
There is no denying the danger once in a Hotel in Vegas which due to the large capacity of visitors are rather big and high. The aspect of a fire can be a do or die situation while you are in your room or in a night club etc.
Always be concious of the exits signs and never use the lift in case of a fire...Crawl low as not to inhale smoke and make out to the nearest exit or as recomended in your room fire escape instructions.
I've said it before, but the corner of Fremont Street and LV Blvd. is just about the most entertaining place on earth if you're into observing the dregs of humanity interacting beautifully with Eurotourists, bicycle cops, and downtown personal injury attorneys. They all seem to be in their ideal environment and I liken the experience to visiting one of those dilapidated low-budget inner city zoos where the underfed animals are all pacing back and forth and growling to themselves and seem to be watching you a little too closely. These are two such typical specimens. Fun and fascinating to watch, but keep your hands well out of reach.
Be aware that many peoples are like lemmings when it comes to crossing the street. If one goes, they all go, regardless of the traffic signal. Remember that pedestrians are moving speed bumps to most taxi drivers. Look out for yourself 'cause no one else will
This is not true. Well, it may be true depending on where you go, but I spent some time alone in Vegas and this did not happen to me. I'd be warned about it, was concerned, but it didn't happen. Most people are generally friendly and I didn't even have the occasion of anyone saying anything out of line. The closest I came to having this happen was while having a drink at Bellagio and waiting for a friend when the man sitting next to me asked if I was local. I don't think he meant anything by it and there was never a time when anyone presumed anything of this sort about me.