Be Aware / Be Prepared, Las Vegas
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)!!!
Some of the hard-to-find things in Vegas...
Clocks, drinking fountains, and exits from the large casinos. There was no coffee maker in our Harrah's Hotel room. Club Cappuccino, the cafe, in the lobby, has coffee... $3.00 for a 20 oz. cup.
Water was even more expensive! A 16 ounce bottle of water in Harrah's cost $3.25; that's $26.00 a gallon!
However, a 16 ounce bottle of water off the strip could be found for one dollar.
The light plane ride crossing the Grand Canyon is the most death defying experience I have had. It's slightly worse than falling off a cliff edge. But, it's the best way to see the canyon, and the quickest way to Las Vegas. So, live with it… Americans are good flyers.... Oh, by the way, the loud beep is not a crash warning. It apparently happens when you try to land cross wind…
For those of you who are as addicted as I am ...the coffee in U.S. truck stops sucks. Restaurant, gas station, and hotel coffee are just cups of glorified hot water(Mc. Donalds seemed to be okay though). To really get that zing that you need, you'll have to fork out at Starbucks...which I find strange since starbucks an american company that is everywhere in Canada,I just assumed that Canadian and American coffee would be the same.
Las Vegas Convention & Visitors Authority: http://www.lasvegas24hours.com/.
Showbiz Weekly: http://www.showbizvegas.com/.
If you're an unmarried couple, you could find it easy to end up married. It's fast, easy, and there are lots and lots of churches here!
Go to http://www.vegas.com/video/vegashistory.html and watch Dog: November 1, 1951 at to see what happened the last time nuclear material was transported near Las Vegas