Beware of the Las Vegas Drivers. They're notorious for running the yellow light. They haven't learned the "caution - prepare to stop" on yellow. To a Las Vegan yellow = Hurry up the light is changing!! Check your rear-view mirror before you hit those brakes.
One thing you will see is a lot of people handing out smut(XXX magazines). We personally did not mind, but it did become a little overwhelming as the days went on. Just put your hand up and shake your head if you don't want any. Don't worry, nobody will really notice if you do!
While walking busy areas such as The Strip or Fremont Street, it's best to look like you know what you're doing, like you've been there many times before. Sure, take pictures and have fun, but just as it is in other busy cities, they spot 'tourist suckers' very quickly.
There is very little culture in the Vegas that most people will see (joke). The residents can be entertained by many Natural Museums, Ethnic Festivals, Art Exhibits, Ballet and Dance occasions. The Native Americans that have lived here for the past 5000 years were smart enough to leave Las Vegas area between May and October because of the brutal heat, lack of rain and asphalt like ground.
Be kind to the locals. You are one in a million (literally). We have seen every type of person imaginable. Playing the bigshot will get you laughed at in this town. Treat people with respect and you will be more likely to get what you want, within reason. We can spot a phony 100 yards away. Leave the act at home, we are not buying it. Money does count, but you can only get away with so much here. Wear your welcome thin at your peril.
Vegas does not realy have it's own culture. It's the biggest melting pot you'll find in the area(behind LA). the only culture we have to offer is the unique effect of the gaming machines on the people who live here. Which is...it makes us more moody when we are in a casino. So if you see some pissed off...they live here.
I do have some rules.
If I post a place, I've been there!! If I recommend a hotel, I know that hotel!! AND I only put 'I will be there' next to places I am going SOON. No dreaming -- this is my real life!
I rate exactly as I see it. So, yes I've actually given a 'not very helpful' rating -- but otherwise this is just a game for people.
I love this site but do not want to abuse it.
your friend in Travel. -- Greg
I found the American people very friendly & helpful, & the service given to tourists was the best. Even stopping for fuel or snack to eat in remote areas, the friendliness was welcoming. I even stopped a Police Motorcyclist for directions, but ended up chatting for nearly an hour. The friendliness of the people added greatly to the holiday.
A big 'THANK YOU ALL' Americans for ensuring we enjoyed our holiday.
This is a postcard with the locations of the various Native American People. We didn't have enough time to learn or see a Reservation on this trip, but want to learn for the next one (Sept 2002).