Do's / Don'ts', Las Vegas
If you are not from the USA, then a good idea is to buy a phone card and use it at the nearest pay phone. You will save an absolute fortune on international calls home. You can get these from most places in vegas, including the airport.
If you are going to take a flight from Vegas to see the Grand Canyon, be prepared to fly on a small propeller plane. Make sure you don't do like my friend Anders and eat several burgers before the flight or it will all come OUT !!
prostitution is Illegal in Vegas, but there are ranches outside the clark county line that have athriving businesses.
The women are beautifeul, and the prices arent bad either. And they will do anything you want them to do, for a fee.
Ihave for many many years.
You are going to encounter every type of person in Vegas. I am one who gets intimidated by the fake boobs, the perfect bodies, the model-esque looking folks. Knowing you will walk in to a club surrounded by these gorgeous people only encourages one to look their best!!! :) Dress to impress! It may even help you get ahead in the lines and score a free drink or 2!
The only complaint I have with Fredmont Street is the fortune tellers. It was the fourth of July, and I was trashed. A woman approached me and offered to tell me my fortune. For kicks, and $10, I did it, even after my friend warned me it was a waste of money. She told me I would have 3 kids, and fall in love in 6 months, etc. I go back to my friend, and she says, "let me guess...you're going to have 3 kids and fall in love in the next six months." Thinking she had overheard, I laughed it off. The next day she told me that the same lady read her fortune and told her the exact same thing. Oops.
Although parking is free at the hotels, be advised that Harrah's now does not allow you to park in their garage unless you are a guest (and can show a room key) or you are a member of their slot club. My suggestion would be to valet the car, just remember to tip the runner, or park next door at the Imperial Palace.
Las vegas hotels are so huge that one can esily get lost. Always remember where you got in and where you got out. With so many entrance and exits, one can easily get lost. Learn to look or memorize the landmarks. One can get lost amidst the maze of endless intertwining rows and rows of jackpot machines. They are just everywhere. In front of the hotel, in the midst and at the back. I will not be surprised if one day even the restrooms have jackpot machines.
Stay indoor and stay cool. Or go by the pool and take a dip. Keep yourself hydrated and wear light clothing. Try not to consume too much alcoholic beverage as that will dehydrate your body as alcohol retains water
Don't even think of walking from the Stratosphere to downtown on Las Vegas Blvd. at night. It's supposedly a dangerous area, and there's nothing there to see except some seedy looking businesses and a wedding chapel or two.
Obviously, with any big city, you must be aware of your surroundings and make sure your wallet is in a safe place. I do encourage women to use purses that zip shut and that have a strap that can go diagonal across one shoulder (or those new, cute styles that have a very small strap that fits snugly over one shoulder, like in the picture) and I also encourage men to keep their wallets in their front pocket. I really don't want to freak anyone out, but it is something to be aware of at all times!
There are many outdoor shows in Vegas: Bellagio's water show, Treasure Island's pirate ship battle, the Mirage's volcano, Fremont Street Experience, etc. These events can get quite crowded, and many times you will find yourself shoulder to shoulder with others. Common sense says that it is wise to realize a simple bump from behind may be just that, or it may be someone attempting to grab some cash. Many people are looking to make a quick buck in Vegas, and many try to do that by pickpocketing others!
Here is some safety information if you are interested:
There are places in Vegas that require you to wear a shirt and shoes. But for the most part, Vegas is very casual. And that is good, because you are likely to walk a lot and eat a lot (2 of my Vegas hobbies). If I have to wear expensive suit and tie in a restaurant, my head will probably explode like my fellow diners in the photo.
Just for fun, go up to the ATM's in the casinos and look at how much they charge for fees. I kid you not - $9 to take out $20! And it goes up from there. Believe it or not, the ATMs on the street are much less. Still like $2.50 but better than the casino. If you don't need much cash, a good trick is to go to a drugstore that takes debit cards, then buy a pack of gum or something cheap with your ATM card and get cash back. There's usually like a $40 max, but you also only get charged 50 cents.
Don't use HELIUSA for ANY helicopter rides.
This company is the pits. I had a bad time with these people. After almost six months I am still waiting for an explication from HELIUSA.
Find another operator for your helicopter ride.
Do not give money to panhandlers, including those that say they 'will mail you the money back'. These people are scam artists, and they won't stop at $10. If you give out your address to these people you WILL be hearing from them again. The local police do a good job of keeping out the riff-raf, but some slip through. Do not be fooled by the nice clothes, or sad story. Refer them to Metro (police dept.), Salvation Army, or the Rescue Mission.
Keep you eyes open around every corner is something new. Clowns and jesters are everywhere!
This jester is just outside Harrahs casino.