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.
While at the Fremont Street Experience, we passed several what appeared to be severely drunk/high street urchins. A few minutes later one of the bums come running by with something in his fist... A bike cop came riding up, grabbed the guy by the back of his shirt and took him to the ground. Apparently the guy had drugs in his possession, as he fought with the police shouting, "It's just a sample!!!"
Fremont is awesome, but observe common street smarts. There are some seedy characters over there. Keep your wallet/money/purse close and alert police if you see shady activity.
You will find many people who try to catch your attention by slapping their hands, slapping tickets together and then attempting to had one to you. JUST IGNORE THEM ALL !
Just walk on past they are usually three or more of them at a time.
Some people try to interest you in visiting Hoover Dam. Remember it's closed now.
Traffic can be very busy is Vegas.
Don't get so wrapped up in gambling that you forget where your wallet or purse is. Thieves and pick pockets are just waiting for you. Sometime they can be seen on the casino camera but there are no cameras on the streets.
Distances are extremely deceiving in Las Vegas.
The casino next door may look just next door but it's actually a long hike ... and by the time you scope out the inside of multiple huge strip casinos during the day, you've walked a long way.
Unless you plan to just stick to one casino (and what fun is that!) you can expect to hike many, many miles while in Las Vegas.
Please, whatever you do, cross the streets at the signals where it is safer. Everyday there is some tourist that gets hit by a car and I know you don't want to spend your vacation in the hospital. Just remember, most of the people that are driving on the strip have been drinking. Please, just be aware of your surroundings and watch for cars.
For the most part, tourists are safe while making their way through the maze called "The Strip." But when it comes to venturing outside the city, say to Red Rock Canyon or other desert regions around the city, it's very wise to take precautions. If you are driving, make sure your car is in tip top condition and you have food and drinks (especially water) in the car. If you are hiking (or camping), read the sign in the picture very carefully and be warned (yes it says wear/use PPoper equipment)!!!