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Things to know about Las Vegas before visiting, according to a local

  • I was born and raised in Las Vegas and there are a few things I wish tourists knew before visiting.
  • Tourists should remember to tip workers and drink plenty of water.
  • There are also tons of free things to do here and you can save money by going to matinees.

I was born in Las Vegas and raised in the northern region, so I know a thing or two to explore.

Here are a few things I wish tourists knew before visiting Nevada’s so-called Sin City.

If you’re visiting the Strip, be prepared to walk

Walking along the Strip is a dazzling and unique experience. It is home to some of the most impressive lights and larger than life architecture. Plus, it’s a people watcher’s dream.

However, it is just over 4 miles long, so plan ahead and map out a route. If walking isn’t your thing, there are other options for exploring the Strip, such as trolleys or buses.

Don’t bother hailing a taxi – call a rideshare or rent a car

In my experience, it’s really hard to get a cab to stop for you in Vegas (and cabs are prohibited from stopping to pick up passengers on the Strip). Really, I think you’d be hard pressed to get a taxi to


in the city.

Many people explore Las Vegas on foot, and carpools are popular. In fact, many casinos in Las Vegas have a designated location for Ubers or Lyfts to find and pick you up.

Renting a car is also a solid option. Just make sure to watch out for pedestrians if you are driving as they can get very distracted by all the lights and crowds.

the writer leaning on a railing in front of the water next to the writer wearing a mask taking a selfie

When you are in Las Vegas, make sure you have your walking shoes.

Katie Skinner

Don’t forget to tip the workers

Almost every service provider (valet, entertainer, bartender, etc.) in Las Vegas depends on tourism for a living.

I have never met anyone who works so hard to make people happy and comfortable as my friends who work in casinos and hotels. They love to share their stories of tourists who made their day and are always perfecting their craft to provide visitors with an experience worth traveling for.

Dehydration is no joke

The dry Vegas air can really get to you, especially if you’ve been drinking and walking a lot.

In this heat, it’s also quite easy to get dehydrated, so I suggest bringing water with you (and don’t forget to drink it frequently).

the writer and his friend with their dogs in a desert

Las Vegas can be dry and hot, so remember to drink water.

Katie Skinner

Don’t miss the free entertainment

Las Vegas is known for its luxury experiences, but there’s plenty to do that doesn’t cost money. For example, people watching was one of my favorite free activities growing up.

I also like to visit the Bellagio Fountain on the Strip, which has regular water shows with music and lights. There’s also the first Friday at the start of every month in the downtown arts district where you can see themed exhibits and listen to live music.

There are also free museums and aquariums throughout the city, as well as beautiful hikes just outside.

Attending the matinee of a show is a great way to save money

If there’s a show you can’t wait to see, check to see if there’s an afternoon show.

If they do, you’ll probably save a decent amount of money. Mornings also tend to be a little less crowded, in my experience.

As a local, I’ve mostly gone to shows in the afternoon because I want to avoid the crowds and feel like I’m paying too much for something.

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