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Las Vegas can be a very tricky place for first-time visitors. For that reason, we have put together a list of 20 amateur Vegas mistakes and a quick word on how to avoid them.
1. Staying In the Wrong Hotel
There are a lot of hotels in Las Vegas and choosing the right one can be difficult.
The way I see it, you have 3 options:
- Pick the cheapest one (trust me, you don’t want to do this)
- Comb through travel forums and take advice from total strangers
- Check out Bryce’s color-coded map below this list
I’ve divided the strip into three zones:
Zone 1 is the most central and by far the best area of the strip. This is where you are going to find the most people, the best nightlife, and the best hotels in the city.
Zone 2 also has a number of high-end hotels and nightlife spots but is a little farther from the center of the strip. Overall it’s still a good option if you don’t mind doing a little bit of walking.
Zone 3 is on the outermost edges of the strip and has very little to offer. Don’t go to Zone 3.
If you’re traveling to Vegas for the first time then I would highly recommend that you stay at a hotel in Zone 1.
Specifically, I would recommend checking out:
– The Cosmopolitan if you are under 35 and are willing to spend some money
– The Bellagio if you are over 35 and are willing to spend some money
– The Flamingo if you are on a budget
And if you see a hotel that is described as being “Off the strip”, don’t stay there. (I’m looking at you Rio and The Palms)
Trust me on this one.
(Side Note: I’ve been to Vegas more than twenty times and have been fortunate enough to make valuable connections with all sorts of influential people.
So, if you are heading to Vegas and want to book high end hotel suites, clubs, pool parties, etc. at a fraction of the cost, shoot me an email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or fill out the small contact form below) and I’ll happily introduce you to some of my contacts there.
Note: I would not describe any of these things as being “cheap”. If you’re looking for a basic room for the lowest rate this is not for you. But if you are willing to spend a little more money to get a lot more fun I can help.
No up-charges, no fees, no BS. Just a connection to the people I use to make Vegas trips really shine.)