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First-Timer’s Guide to Vegas
Here are a few tips for your trip to Las Vegas:

  • Things are farther away than they appear. A Vegas block is not the same as your hometown block, so wear comfortable walking shoes and sunblock whenever going outside. And don’t forget a bottle — or two — of water!
  • Bring a light jacket — you’re in the desert. It will be hot during the day but will cool down in the evenings. You’ll definitely want it on the Lake Mead Dinner Cruise.
  • Don’t buy your drink. Head to the casino and settle at a blackjack table or the slots and the drinks will come to you. Or buy it at the store;  Vegas allows open containers (except glass) outside.
  • Consider purchasing a Las Vegas Explore Pass. It’s a multi-attraction pass that includes admission to your choice of 3, 4, 5, or 7 Las Vegas attractions, including the roller coaster at NY, NY; Madame Tussauds Las Vegas; Lion Habitat Ranch; Insanity at the Stratosphere; and Hoover Dam.

Explore Red Rock Canyon
Take a drive through the scenic Mojave Desert on a 13-mile loop through Red Rock Canyon. The national conservation area offers hiking, climbing, and wonderful photo ops. It is also home to a diverse mix of plants and animals. Learn more at www.redrockcanyonlv.org.

Shark Reef Aquarium at Mandalay Bay Hotel
Experience an underwater journey through a submerged temple surrounded by 15 species of shark, exotic fish, reptiles and sea turtles. The aquarium offers opportunities to feed and touch various aquatic life. To find ticket information please visit www.sharkreef.com.

Bellagio Conservatory and Botanical Gardens
Most people think of the famous fountains when they think of the Bellagio Hotel. Experience the full beauty of Summer in their 14,000 square foot garden located next to the hotel lobby. Learn More.

Neon Museum
The Neon Museum is dedicated to collecting, preserving, studying and exhibiting iconic Las Vegas signs. Visit the “Neon Boneyard” to view the progression of sign design dating back to the 1930’s. www.neonmuseum.org

Looking for more ideas? Check out sites such as www.vegas.com, www.visitlasvegas.com.