How to Plan a Vacation to Las Vegas

How to Plan a Vacation to Las Vegas
Las Vegas is North America's third-most popular vacation destination, according to Forbes magazine. There is a lot to do in Vegas, whether you are traveling with your spouse, friends, coworkers or family. The city is most famous for its gambling, its luxurious hotels and its lavish entertainment. But it has much more to offer, so in planning the trip, choose activities that everyone in the group can enjoy.


Difficulty: Moderately Easy

Step 1
Compare hotel prices. You can do this by calling the major hotels in the area directly, or by using a rate comparison site like Expedia or Orbitz. A Vegas-specific site called sorts and compares hotels only in the Las Vegas area.
Step 2
Choose an appropriate hotel. Price is one consideration, but there are others. For example, hotels with a more risque theme, such as Hooters, might not be appropriate if you are traveling with kids or even coworkers. On the other hand, you are not likely to cultivate a romantic atmosphere by booking a room at the Circus Circus.
Step 3
Book some planned events on the Strip. Las Vegas is known for its performers and its shows. Check the online Las Vegas Leisure Guide in Resources for a list of Vegas acts that will be performing during your visit. Booking in advance also lets you shop around for the best deal on a show, and helps you avoid last-minute price gouging.
Step 4
Plan activities for children, if they are with you. Although Vegas has become more family friendly, kids still are not welcome on casino floors. However, there are some places for children on the Strip, notably Adventuredome, the indoor theme park inside the Circus Circus casino, and the roller coaster at the New York New York casino. also recommends a visit to various animals, such as the lions at the MGM Grand or the dolphin habitat at the Mirage.
Step 5
Take advantage of nearby attractions, especially if you plan an extended stay. The Hoover Dam, Lake Mead and other natural wonders are within driving distance, according to Las Vegas Online Entertainment Guide. If you have time for an overnight adventure, the Grand Canyon is only 300 miles away.
Step 6
Set a budget for discretionary spending, and stick to it. This is an important step in any vacation plan, but it is especially important in a city designed to take as much money as possible from you. If you choose to gamble, decide how much you can afford to lose. If you lose it, stop gambling; don't risk more in hopes of winning it back.

Article Written By Ray Dallas

Ray Dallas graduated with majors in journalism and English. While in Florida, he wrote freelance articles for "The Alligator" and was the copy editor and a writer for "Orange & Blue." Since moving to California, Dallas has worked as a script reader and for a talent manager, as well as taking numerous industry odd jobs.

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