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What Happens in Vegas… is Awesome!

Posted by JenW On August - 14 - 2009

If the lights and glitter of Vegas are calling your name, and you have never had the chance to visit, now is the perfect time to check out all that Las Vegas has to offer!

Of course, Vegas is known mostly for being the gambling capital of the world. But even if you are not a gambler, a wonderful and luxurious vacation can be found in this famous Nevada city. Here are some helpful tips for planning the ultimate trip to Las Vegas!

When is the best time to visit Las Vegas?

Vegas does have a peak season when you will pay top dollar for everything. However, this time can fluctuate for various reasons. Mainly, you want to avoid planning a trip to Vegas from March through May, and then after Labor Day through November. Keep in mind, that since Vegas is a desert town, visiting during the summer months will be extremely HOT!

It’s also best to avoid flying or booking your stays for Fridays and Saturdays. You will always get the best deal if you can stick to a Sunday through Thursday itinerary, weekends can cost you up to three to four times more!

Vegas is also an extremely popular location for holding major conventions and conferences. This will usually drive up prices for hotels and activities if you happen to hit a time when a large event is being held at one of the resorts. The Las Vegas Convention website will usually be your best resource to check before you make your arrangements.

What if I don’t gamble?

No problem! Each opulent casino on the Vegas strip offers plenty of action for “non-gamblers” such as top-rate shows and entertainment, activities, gourmet restaurants, even some amazing freebies!

When considering acquiring tickets for shows, look for locations offering discounted tickets for sale. Since many of these shows are very popular and will be difficult to get ANY tickets to, I recommend purchasing your tickets from a reputable ticket agency before you travel so you know for sure that you will be able to see everything you want.

Each resort does it’s best to lure visitors by offering unique activities. My favorite, by far, has to be the Gondola Ride at the Venetian, where you are transported to Venice on an authentic gondola floating gently through the Venetian landscape (very romantic!). You will also find a variety of amusement park rides and resort-appropriate attractions at various locations on the Las Vegas strip.

The best part about the luring of crowds are the amazing free attractions that should not be missed. The famous Bellagio Fountains are probably the most popular free attraction in Las Vegas, with over 1 thousand dancing fountains, set to music and light that are simply breathtaking. You will also want to check out the Rainforest exhibit at the Mirage where you will find cascading waterfalls and lagoons, beautiful tropical plants and trees. The Mirage also has a famous volcano display which recently re-opened after a major renovation. Don’t miss this icon of Vegas history, erupting every 15 to 30 minutes!

For the best selection of Las Vegas gourmet restaurants, you can’t go wrong with the variety offered by Wynn Resorts. Not only will you enjoy luxurious lodging, but the food is phenomenal. The Wynn is one of only five resorts in North America to have a five star rating for both it’s lodging and dining.

If you want something, ask for it!

Las Vegas management needs you and will bend over backwards to get and keep your business! You will be amazed at what you can get for free if you ask for it. I’m not making any promises, but if you politely go to the resort manager or concierge with a request, the worst that can happen is that they say ‘no.’ Taking advantage of this star treatment, especially if you travel to Las Vegas in their off-season, may bring you some pleasant surprises!

Las Vegas has so much to offer, and I hope this article has given you some helpful information to plan an amazing trip!

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