Vegas Tips for First-Time Visitors

Planning your first trip to Las Vegas? There are a few basic things you should know to get the most of your experience.

The first thing to know is that walking shoes are a must for any trip to Vegas. The Strip is just over 4 miles, so unless you're planning to spend all your time in casino in your own hotel, you'll probably be doing a lot of walking, so you'll need comfortable shoes for walking and standing in line.

The casinos don't have dress codes, but if you're wanting to catch one of the great shows in Vegas - from ventriloquist Terry Fator to magician Criss Angel to the amazing Cirque de Soleil, as well as many other great musicians and performers - you'll want to bring along some dressier clothes.

The weather in Las Vegas is fairly predictable. Nights can be rather cool, particularly from October through April, so bring some warm clothes. You should also be prepared for a lot of sunshine in the day and very high temperatures if you're traveling to Vegas in the summer. So don't forget to pack your sunscreen and sunglasses. Vegas is a desert town and you'll need to drink plenty of water, too.

While Vegas is famous for big spenders, it also has a number of free attractions, reasonably-priced buffets, and discounts for most attractions. It's quite possible to spend wisely and have a nice vacation for two at around $100 per day. One the other hand, it's also easy to drop a lot of money here. So look for deals and pay attention to the choices available if you want to stay within a budget.

If you're a golfer, you've found heaven and should come prepared. Bring your best clubs and be prepared to play a few rounds.

Vegas is almost as famous for weddings as it is for casinos. If you're planning to get married in Vegas, you won't be alone. More than 122,000 couples apply for marriage licenses in Vegas each year. The licensing fees are currently around $55 (keep in mind that this rate is subject to change) and then you'll also pay fees for the chapel, services offered, etc. You can choose to go as informal and small or as bold and lavish as you can afford.

The holidays are often the busiest times in Las Vegas, so if you want to avoid the higher prices and larger crowds, avoid booking during these times. And if those are the times you absolutely wish to stay and play in Vegas, you should make plans and book well ahead of time to make sure you have your first choice in accommodations.

This can be a wonderful vacation experience for you whether you are planning marriage, a golf vacation, a gambling festival, a trip to see your favorite entertainer, or just a chance to spend time with your family while exploring this amazing city. Your trip to Vegas is what you make of it. So have fun!

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