Las Vegas may be known for its extravagant shows, but there are plenty of things for visitors on a budget to enjoy, too. In fact, some of the city's top attractions, like the Fountains of Bellagio and the volcano at The Mirage, don't cost a thing to watch! Other attractions, like Madame Tussauds with its wax figures, are reasonably priced so families can enjoy them together. Cultural attractions are thriving thanks to various art galleries and museums, and let's not forget the desert playground itself. From hiking to zip-lining, there's no shortage of fun activities for visitors to partake in.
When hiking, remember to bring lots of water and sunscreen. It's easy to get dehydrated in the desert.
Las Vegas is home to some of the world's best hotels, many of which are found on the Las Vegas Strip. However, while staying on the Strip is a convenient option, there are also several luxurious resorts off-Strip. For those planning on reconnecting with the great outdoors while they're in town, Red Rock Resort is one of the city's most lavish retreats and located just minutes from Red Rock Canyon. Downtown Las Vegas has several luxurious options, too, and usually at a fraction of the cost of Strip hotels.
Visiting during a major convention or holiday, if possible, as hotel rates will be much higher.
If you plan on visiting often, be sure to join a players club for future offers on hotel stays. Joining is free, and several clubs, like MGM Resorts International's M life, are linked to numerous properties.
There's more to Las Vegas than just all-you-can-eat buffets–although the city is home to some of the country's best! Over the past few years, Las Vegas has become a gourmand's destination thanks to its many celebrity chef restaurants. Everyone from Wolfgang Puck to Gordon Ramsay has a restaurant on the Strip. There are plenty of delectable dining choices off-Strip as well, like the beautiful lakefront Marche Bacchus French Bistro & Wine Shop. And speaking of restaurants with a view, be sure to check out the Eiffel Tower Restaurant and rotating Top of the World–both are tops with taste buds!
Be Sure to Sample:
The Bacchanal Buffet at Caesars Palace. With more than 500 items prepared daily, there's sure to be something for even the most discerning diner to enjoy.
Some of the country's best nightclubs call the Vegas Strip home. Seven of the country's top 10 nightclubs and bars (based on revenue) are located right here in Sin City, with XS at Encore Las Vegas coming in at No. 1. Considering only the best DJs spin here, though, it's easy to see why. Throw in some of Hollywood's hottest celebs letting loose on any given night and those extravagant bottle service charges seem a bit more worth it. After all, you're partying with the rich and famous!
Paying a cover. Almost every club on the Strip has promoters passing out free cover coupons. If you can't find anyone, go to your hotel concierge--they may have a few.
Dress to impress. This isn't your neighborhood club. One of the Kardashians may be at a table next to you, so look like you belong on the A-list.
Sorry Rodeo Drive–Las Vegas is the new shopping mecca when it comes to designer brands. Whether you want to spruce up your wardrobe with a little Prada or drive home in a brand new Ferrari, the many high-end shopping centers on the Vegas Strip have got you covered. There are plenty of affordable stores, too, like the world's largest H&M, located inside The Forum Shops at Caesars. If you're hungry for a real bargain, though, venture off-Strip to the Las Vegas Premium Outlets – North and South where shoppers can save anywhere from 25 to 65 percent.
Every Tuesday, shoppers ages 50 and older can save an extra 10 percent at participating stores inside the Las Vegas Premium Outlets – North and South simply by presenting their photo ID to the cashier.
Best Local Souvenir:
A box of Ethel M chocolates from the Ethel M Chocolate Factory in Henderson. Yum!