Las Vegas offers many fun things to see and do, but having a memorable vacation doesn’t have to cost you a lot of money here. Instead of relying on the slot machines to replenish the excessive cash you spent at tourist traps, plan ahead and stick to your budget by following our travel tips.
Places to go
Las Vegas overflows with tourist traps that fail to deliver on the expectations set by their high admission prices. Vegas Unzipped recommends looking at the many public displays on the Strip, instead: the Bellagio’s fountain show, the Mirage’s exploding volcano, the waterways of the Grand Canal Shops, the botanical garden at the Bellagio, the flamingo habitat at Flamingo Las Vegas, the fish and mermaids at the Silverton Aquarium, the acrobatic performances at Circus Circus’ Carnival Midway, Wynn’s Lake of Dreams Show and countless other experiences. If you want to get completely away from the hustle and bustle of downtown, travel outside Las Vegas to the nearby Hoover Dam or Red Rock Canyon for breathtaking views and scenic hikes.
If you’re set on doing some activities regardless of the cost, consider the Las Vegas Pass or the Las Vegas Go Card. They can potentially save you between 30 and 60 percent on standard admission costs to many of the attractions you’re probably already planning on seeing, like the High Roller Observation Wheel, the X-Scream roller coaster and the Titanic Artifact Exhibition.
Place to eat
Las Vegas is known for its fancy and costly buffets, but you don’t have to fork over hundreds of dollars to feed your family good food in this city. There are many unique and affordable places to dine around Las Vegas. The best place to look is in the strip malls around town, which feature many highly rated counter-serve eateries.
If you’re interested in trying new types of international cuisine without breaking the bank, Las Vegas is the place to go. Eater.com suggests trying Venezuelan cuisine at Viva Las Arepas, Japanese cuisine at Monta Noodle House, Korean-Mexican cuisine at KoMex Fusion Express or Hawaiian cuisine at Paina Cafe. However, if your heart is set on eating at a buffet, look for a diner outside the downtown area that offers a lunch buffet for $10 or under.
Places to stay
Picking the right place to rest in Las Vegas — assuming you’re not planning on staying up all night — is very important. While the major casinos offer many available rooms, these are sometimes quite expensive. On the other hand, if you’re looking for the cheapest lodging in Las Vegas, you might wind up in a shady area. TimeOut recommends looking for rooms at mid-level casino resorts, like Golden Nugget, The LINQ or Monte Carlo. You can also head outside of the main strip and find national chain hotels at decent prices.
You can easily spend a week in Las Vegas without going broke thanks to the numerous free and ultra-affordable attractions and accommodations around town. While you’re there, don’t forget to do the one essential thing every visitor should, which won’t cost you any money: Take a family picture in front of the giant welcome sign! It’s the perfect way to commemorate your visit.
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