How to Plan a Las Vegas Trip

How to Plan a Las Vegas Trip
Las Vegas is one of the great walking cities of the world. Walking is the primary form of transportation whether you're strolling on the 4-mile-long Strip, exploring the downtown area, or hiking around the Duck Creek Trail nature preserve. Just be sure to bring comfortable shoes and weather-appropriate clothing, because this is the desert and temperatures can be extreme.
 

Instructions

Difficulty: Moderately Easy

Things You’ll Need:
  • Sensible shoes Weather-appropriate clothing Water Sunscreen Hats Sunglasses Bug repellent
  • Sensible shoes
  • Weather-appropriate clothing
  • Water
  • Sunscreen
  • Hats
  • Sunglasses
  • Bug repellent
 
Step 1
Determine your likely daily activities. Las Vegas offers endless entertainment and tourist options, many of which accommodate an active lifestyle. Architecture enthusiasts will want to walk the Strip to take in the majestic resort structures. Marathon shoppers will want to walk the endless halls of the resorts' shopping areas, which begin at Mandalay Bay and end at the Fashion Show Mall. Outdoors-lovers will want to check out the 130-acre Duck Creek Trail, which is a 2-mile trail along a wetlands park just outside the hustle and bustle of the Strip.
Step 2
Pack sunscreen, hats, sunglasses, light clothing and water if you're planning a trip to Vegas during the summer. Temperatures regularly hit 110 and above this time of year, and all the walking---not to mention nighttime imbibing---can leave you dehydrated if you're not careful.
Step 3
Pack jackets, winter hats, close-toed shoes and warm clothing if you're visiting Vegas in the winter. Temperatures hover between the high 30s and high 50s and the wind can be excruciatingly cold.
Step 4
Research the city beforehand to determine where, geographically, your interests lie. There are a variety of sights and sounds throughout the city, with replicas of Rome, Paris, Athens, New York, Egypt---not to mention clowns, pirates, rockers and gondola drivers---readily apparent.
Step 5
Map out your points of interest based on their locations. You'll likely have multiple clusters of desired sights within short distances of each other. Plan to knock out one cluster every day or every half day. For example, if you were interested in MGM Grand's lion exhibit, Mandalay Bay's shark reef, Luxor's sphinx and New York-New York's take on Central Park, you could spend an entire day walking the south end of the Strip. Though the south end may geographically consist of only one mile or so, all the walking you do will likely amount to closer to three to five miles, especially if you arrive here by foot from your hotel.
 

Tips & Warnings

 
Las Vegas has a reputation as being an unhealthy city because it's known for its excess, especially when it comes to gambling, food, drinks and all-night fun. However, with the opportunities for walking, you can log significantly more steps than you would back home. While itineraries can be nice in a city as jam-packed as Vegas, leave some room for spontaneity. Keep an open mind for unexpected finds.
 
Las Vegas has a reputation as being an unhealthy city because it's known for its excess, especially when it comes to gambling, food, drinks and all-night fun. However, with the opportunities for walking, you can log significantly more steps than you would back home.
 
While itineraries can be nice in a city as jam-packed as Vegas, leave some room for spontaneity. Keep an open mind for unexpected finds.
 
Check the weather just prior to your trip to get a good sense of what to pack. The desert weather can be unpredictable and change on a dime.

Article Written By Nellie Day

Nellie Day is a freelance writer based out of Hermosa Beach, Calif. Her work can regularly be seen on newsstands, where her specialties include weddings, real estate, food and wine, pets, electronics, architecture and design, business and travel. Day earned a master's degree in broadcast journalism from the University of Southern California.

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