Combined Suggestions, Las Vegas
If you plan to get married or renew your wedding vows in Las Vegas please take notice and check with your chapel or hotel and make sure you can bring in flowers from an outside venue. I recently had need to order flowers for a vow renewal and learned hours before the ceremony that no outside flowers were allowed in the chapel. This is to ensure you spend all your flower budget money in the Chapel and not at a local florist where you can get better selction and prices. I had bought the bride's bouquet, 2 buttonierres, 2 corsages and bouquet for the matron of honor and none of it was allowed in the Chapel. The bride carried silk flowers provided by the Chapel. This really irked me but what could I do? So please make sure and check first before making outside floral arrangements.
The 1st time I visited Las Vegas it had a reputation for being a cheap vacation, so cheap in fact that when my friend won a trip to see the Chicago Bears play the LA Rams, they overnighted us in Vegas both coming and going, presumably because it was cheaper. $5.99 prime rib dinners, dirt cheap hotel/air packages. Those days are gone unless you are a high roller/frequent visitor and get comped. Hotels are expensive, food is expensive. I think people like the buffets because maybe they can skip a meal or two if they pig out at the buffets.
Entertainment has always been expensive, I was shocked at how much they wanted for Pointer Sister tickets back in the 1980s and I'm equally shocked now. The highest price ticket to see Blue Man Group in Boston is $58. The highest price ticket in Chicago is $59. The highest price ticket in NYC is $78. Las Vegas? A whopping $121! I assume the show is very similar, I've seen the one in Chicago and there's no way I'd pay $121 to see it.
Celine Dion? You'll fork over anywhere from $205-$319 for her best seats. Does she really have that many people willing to pay that kind of money to see her? Really? Or are those all comped seats?
we experienced absolutely NO loutish unruly behaviour,and felt 100 % safe ,a credit to the usa because if this was in england it would be full of total louts ,drunks ,boys and girls alike.
i have to say incredibly we never heard anybody using foul langauge openly on any of our trip.
Carry a bottle of water with you during the day to make sure that you stay hydrated. This is important! Even though you’re in an air-conditioned building, you’re still in the middle of the desert, and you can quickly become dehydrated.
We had a booth at a trade show and had been forewarned that on set-up day there would be no air conditioning in the main part of the Convention Center. The enormity of that fact didn't hit us until we were there. It was 100 degrees F outside, all of the exterior doors were open, and there was no source of water yet. I seriously almost had heat stroke. I managed to stumble out to the lobby, where there was A/C, and the security guards brought me water. They offered to get a nurse to check me over, but the water and cool air revived me. I could have avoided the whole thing if I had remembered to bring my water bottle.
Set the volume on your cell phone higher than usual. It's very noisy at a trade show, and you might not be able to hear your phone ring. If it's important to keep in touch with colleagues in other parts of the Center, you don't want to miss any calls.
Unless your destination is just across the street, don't try to walk. I found out the hard way that Las Vegas blocks are much longer than standard city blocks. When a colleague and I were going to dinner one evening, we looked on the map, which indicated that the place where we were doing to eat was only two blocks away. We could see the top of the building from our hotel, so we decided to walk. It turned out to be about a mile and a half, and then it was another quarter of a mile within the hotel to the restaurant! We took a cab on the return trip.
This tip can really be applied to any area that you travel around the world, but because I was just in Las Vegas recently and rented a car (or as I have know learned from our worldwide friends - hired a car) I have decided to post this warning tip here.
Whenever you rent (hire) a car be sure you know what you are liable for and what your own car insurance will cover on rentals (hires). Before traveling I would recommend that you give your insurance agency a call and see what things are covered and what things are not.
Also you should ask the rental agency about beyond time charges. For instance, when we were is Las Vegas I wanted to rent a car for just our last day in town to spend some time exploring a little further afield on our own. I made sure I found out what type of time leeway I had when I turned the car in before an hourly charge would apply. I found out that I had a 30 minute leeway. So when I signed the car out at 9:33 a.m. Monday morning as long as I had it turned in by 10:03 a.m. the following morning I was OK. However, if it was 10:04 a.m. I would have been charged essentially almost another 1/3rd of the next day rental.
A few caution notes. Drinking while gambeling is free, but it is not wise to be gambeling using money when you can't think straight. Also, lots of people on the sidewalk passout papers, pamphlets on call girls or XXX shows. I do not like Porn, so you have to avoid these people. Also watch pick pockets especialy if you have alot of cash.
§ Tipping can really get ridiculous. Everyone one wants one. The guy who gives your bags to the taxi driver, the taxi driver, the guy who takes them out of the car and sets them down, the bell man who takes your bags and then the bell man who brings them to your room. The bellmen get $1 per bag. We don’t tip more than 1-3 for the taxi driver, depending on how he did. The doorman at the taxi stand gets a $1 for blowing his whistle. The valet gets $1. Needless to say, take a lot of singles with you.
§ You’ll be astounded at the cheap meals offered in Las Vegas. Steak dinner with crab legs for $8.99? Be skeptical. It won’t be a terrific steak, the crab legs might be soggy. And be aware that between you and those cheap buffets lies a huge hurdle—the gambling floor.
§ To find out what show is playing where while you’re in town, pick up one of the free entertainment guides found everywhere.
§ I heard there is the Fashion Mall, right on the strip between Treasure Island and the New Frontier. The Shops at Caesars Palace are expensive but go and look; the robotic status will impress you.
Pedestrians are a lot safer these days thanks to walkways. But just when you think it's safe, cars come out of nowhere. Please remember to cross at the intersections and wait for the light.
Also, the hot sun can be very draining, so drink lots of cold water to keep your energy level high. Cold water is on sale in all the gift shops; buy & drink often. To save money, stop by a local grocery store or convenience store and stock up.
Watch out for people who try to steal your buckets of coins in casinos, really awful souvenier shops, and be careful crossing the street,there are a lot of drunk drivers in this town no matter what time it is.
Traffic on the Strip (Las Vegas Blvd). Tourists are killed by speeding cars more than you would think. That is why all the overpasses have been built. For your own safety, please use them. I have seen a middle-aged woman covered with a sheet on the road on a previous visit. Not a pretty sight. She was visiting with her daughter.
Also, it is very hot in the summer 100+ F is common. Take precautions if you are outside during the day for extended periods of time - hat, sunscreen, and drink plenty of liquids (water is best).
Be wary of cheap buffets as you can get food poisoning. I took a friend to the hospital there once ('97) and got to talking with one of the nurses. She mentioned that they get a lot of food poisoning cases from Circus Circus (at least there were in '97). I'm not saying all buffets are bad. The Luxor and Caesaer's Palace have good buffets. There's tons in LV and I have only tried a few.
Watch for pickpockets in crowds. Keep your valuables in your pockets or in your bags. People here are constantly setting down their cell phones, parcels and purses, and in the excitement they wander off without them and these items don't always return. Make sure you have proper I.D. with you if you plan to gamble, drink, or stay out late as there is a curfew for the underage and employees here are on the ball about checking I.D.s. Don't leave money in your hotel room. Put it in the hotel safe or in a pouch under your clothing. Distribute money so it is not all in one place.
Caution is the key. Like any big city, you should use common sense and try to avoid any area which is dark and isolated. Be aware of your sorroundings and always have your money in a safe place (money belt, bra?). What I usually do is know exactly where I am going, how to get there and if I am taking the public transportation, I have my ticket/money in hand. Pickpocketers are found in every major city, so being alert is your best bet. Leave expensive jewelry at home and never carry more money then you need. Leave your passport and extra cash and travelers checks at the hotel safe. If you are staying at a hostel, I would recommend that you carry your important belongings in a seperate small bag, pack or shoulder bag. Make sure you have copies of your passport and numbers of travelers checks (if you carry these) in a seperate location for just in case they are lost or stolen. The number to your local consulate is a good idea as well as is the phone number to the local authorities.
Many Vegas taxi drivers are unable to accept traveler's check.
Drinking lots of booze at night, walking around in 115 degree heat during the day=dehydration.
Avoid the tap water it actually smells.
Because Vegas is a service-based city, tipping is a big, big deal.
Pedestrians need to pay extra attention as they walk across the Strip. Traffic is scary.
If you're a visitor from Boston, New York, Los Angeles, Ireland, or other places that have gone smoke-free, you may be startled to see that smoking is quite all right almost anywhere you choose to go in Vegas, above all in the casino spaces. If you're not used to it these days, it may be quite a lungful, especially if you happen to pick a gambling table or slot machine next to someone who is going through as many smokes as chips or quarters.
I was reading a ladies comments in regards of comparing Las Vegas to San Francisco and I gotta say I been to both places myself and as far as her description of sf It's identical to what I saw but San Francisco reminds me more of being at a greatful dead concert then in a high risk area. It's a weird place i'll say that but it just seems like a bunch of tye dies and dopers all over the place to me. And that smell she is referring to well they actually bottle it and its a cologne, I don't know who came up with it but it smells just like bum and everyone's wearing it. My hotel didn't have a seperate bedroom either but how many do? And if going to san fran book everything before you go. From the room to the rent a car to the trip to see alcatraz because it all sells out daily. I wish i could write her personally cause vegas is not the place you wanna move. I know I lived there 13 yrs. You think cops are out to get you in sf? Wait till you get to las vegas where they don't take state taxes outta the paychecks. Believe me law enforcement makes up for that. And once they do get you ticketed numerous times youre trapped in vegas cause you cant get a driver license anywhere else. As far as the pan handlers, Just have a roll of qaurters with you and give out one to anyone who asks and you should be able to get outta the vacation with a half roll left. Well maybe it is bad. All I can say is stay outta oakland and youll be ok in san fran