5 Things You Need To Know Before Visiting Las Vegas

What you need to know to plan a trip to Las Vegas

Have you Googled “what to do in Las Vegas?” or “where to stay in Las Vegas” before your big trip? We know you have questions about planning a trip to Las Vegas. Even the most seasoned Vegas visitors are doing some research before their trip. So, whether this is your first time in Vegas or you make a regular pilgrimage to Sin City, we’ve whipped up a few things you need to know before visiting.

When to visit Las Vegas?

Vegas has visitors year round. There’s almost no off-season, and there’s always plenty to do and see in Las Vegas. Three-day weekends and holidays will be the busiest times of the year. New Year’s Eve is as wild and active as you’re imagining! Large conventions like CES in January will also bring lots of visitors.

January is typically the coldest month, but depending on where you’re coming from, it may be relatively lovely weather. Weather in March is almost always beautiful, and the spring/summer crowds won’t have set in entirely. June, July, and August are always, always HOT. Yep, that’s capital H-O-T, but for some, that’s part of the appeal. Fall is gorgeous and has fewer visitors due to kids going back to school. Finally, December, while cooler, can be a warm welcome for folks who live in colder climates.


Where to stay in Las Vegas?

There’s no such thing as the best hotel in Las Vegas. Deciding on a hotel in Las Vegas is an exercise in knowing what best suits your needs. We recommend asking yourself these questions as you choose:

  • What’s my budget? No brainer, but a great place to start.
  • How much time do I plan on spending in the hotel room? This question will influence the amenities you choose. Are you looking for a luxurious escape or just somewhere to get a few hours of sleep?
  • Do I care about location? What other places am I planning on going? The Las Vegas Strip is massive, and if you’re planning on restaurants and activities in the same area, it may make sense to pick a hotel located in the same place.
  • Consider the duration of your stay. More extended stays might warrant a hotel with more amenities like a pool, spa, exercise facility, and guest lounge.
  • Are you looking for a non-gaming hotel? Do you want a big pool?

Once you know what you’re looking for, it will be much easier to decide on the best hotel (for you) in Las Vegas. You almost can’t go wrong with a hotel on the Strip, but your trip will be that much better if you choose a hotel to meet your specific checklist!


Where to eat in Las Vegas?

We could talk all day, every day about food in Las Vegas. There are more options than you could try in a lifetime of visits to Las Vegas. For that reason, it might be helpful to have a few ideas going into your trip. We’ve talked a lot about food on the blog. We recommend pursuing our guide to cheap eats and our around-the-world restaurant guide. 

Make a short list of your restaurant contenders and a reservation for any of your must-eat restaurants. A list will be super helpful in guiding your choices, but don’t forget to leave a little room for spontaneity. You never know what you might stumble upon, and sometimes the best experiences happen without a plan.


Where to drink in Las Vegas?

For a lot of folks, Vegas is synonymous with partying. However, nightlife in Las Vegas isn’t all clubs and DJs. Sure, there’s plenty of those, and some of the best in the entire country. However, Las Vegas offers nightlife options for everyone. Vegas has some of the most exciting cocktail programs, out-of-this-world bar atmosphere, unique and unforgettable experiences.

Take a peek at our guide for best cocktail bars, happy hours and breweries, and bars for brews. After all of that indulging, you might need to familiarize yourself with Las Vegas hangover cures. We’ve got your back with our handy-dandy hangover guide.


What to do in Las Vegas?

First of all, you’ve got some serious options. Las Vegas is a city designed upon the question, “what should I do?” You may not be able to fit everything into one trip, but we suggest starting with a few of our favorite things.

Check out a Las Vegas residency

Residencies are a classic part of the Las Vegas experience. These headliners have chosen to grace Las Vegas visitors for a limited time.  You might already have your eyes on a specific residency–there’s plenty of people who plan their entire Las Vegas trip around them. If not, check out our rundown of all the 2019 residencies in Las Vegas.


Family-friendly options in Las Vegas

We haven’t forgotten our families headed to Las Vegas. Just because Las Vegas is a playground for adults doesn’t mean that there aren’t plenty of option for families. With a little planning, families will find lots of ways to enjoy Las Vegas with their kids!


Get outside (with something for everyone)

We each conjure something different when we think of outdoor activities. Lucky for everyone, Las Vegas has something perfect for each of us. For some outdoor shopping and dining might be the ticket. Or, if you’re looking for something more adventurous there are dozen of options including zip lining, horseback riding, golf, and dune buggies.

Did your ears perk up at the sound of golf? We have a guide to our most favorite courses, plus a list of all your options.


Enjoy your trip to Las Vegas

There you have it! The five things you need to know before you plan a trip to Las Vegas. Do you still have questions about Las Vegas? Find us on social media (@lvmonorail), and we’d be thrilled to make more suggestions or share our best tips and tricks!

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