Thursday, February 21, 2008

Las Vegas, USA

The Basics Of Las Vegas
Las Vegas Choices

Las Vegas stripIf a trip to Vegas is planned for the near future, there are a few basic things you should know. First, walking shoes are an extremely important item to pack. Like most Vegas tourists, you will be spending a lot of time walking, waiting in lines, and you want to be as comfortable as possible.

The second thing to keep in mind is the weather. Overall, the weather in Las Vegas is very predictable. During the months of October to April, the weather will err on the cooler side in the evening, so be sure to pack some warm clothes. Vegas is notorious for being extremely hot, and possibly uncomfortably so, during the months of May to September. No matter what, be sure to pack sunscreen to protect your skin.

Vegas can become extremely busy around the holidays which may mean the prices are only bound to go up. If you want to save some money, be sure to book during off-peak times. If the peak-season is when you want to travel, plan on booking in advance to make sure you have a seat on the plane, and your first choice in accommodations.

Remember that Las Vegas is a desert town, so you can easily become dehydrated during your stay. This is a much drier climate than most people are accustomed to, and the heat/dryness can sneak up on you if you are not prepared. No matter what, be sure to drink lots of water.

Hoover DamVegas is a haven for golfers. Don't forget to pack your best clubs, and make time to play a few rounds. A nice set of dress clothes is also a must if you plan on heading out for dinner and a show.

While Vegas is famous for big spenders, it is quite possible to spend thriftily and have a nice vacation for two at around USD$100 per day. At the other end of the spectrum, big spenders can drop thousands on one meal very easily. Pay attention to the places you are considering before you enter if you are on a limited budget.

If you plan to stray far from your hotel, you may want to consider renting a car, or driving your own. It's easy to lose track of time while inside various casinos, and sometimes the distances can be deceiving.

While many people only think of casinos when thinking of Vegas, the city is just as well-known for their weddings. More than 122,000 couples apply for marriage licenses in Las Vegas each year. The licensing fees for marriage in Vegas is around USD$55 (this is the current rate, keep in mind that this rate is subject to change), and then other wedding charges on top of that. The great thing about a Vegas wedding is that you can go as informal and small or as bold and lavish as you can afford.

Las Vegas desertWhatever you are planning - a gambling party, marriage, rounds of golf, a bachelor party, or just spending time with your friends and family, this can be a wonderful trip. No matter what, HAVE FUN. Enjoy the sites, catch a few shows, enjoy the buffets, and spend some time at the hotel spa or pool getting some R&R before heading home.

Remember: "What happens in Vegas, Stays in Vegas". So let your hair down and have some fun during your time here and be sure to make plans for your return trip.

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Las Vegas strip (Jon Sullivan)
Hoover Dam (Selbst Gemacht)
Las Vegas desert

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