Frequently Asked Questions

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Vegas Traveler Tips

When is the best time to visit Las Vegas?

If you don’t like getting hot and sweaty, early spring and fall are by far the most pleasant times to be in Las Vegas. Although summers are fun—thanks to all the trendy pool parties—expect temperatures to top 100° F at the end of May until early September. And this may come as a surprise: Las Vegas is cold in winter. From late December to early February, daytime temperatures hover in the 40s and low 50s, while at night the mercury may dip below the freezing point.

What should I pack for my Vegas trip?

Pretty much anything goes in Vegas these days. You can be as formal or as informal as you want. Some upscale restaurants and nightclubs do have dress codes—meaning no tennis shoes, flip-flops, shorts or baseball caps. Think “stylish attire.” Jeans, shorts and T-shirts, however, are perfect for most daytime activities. If you plan to do a lot of walking, bring comfortable shoes. In the summer months, it’s not a bad idea to have a wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses or to carry a bottle of water. And even though you may desire a tan, sunscreen is a lifesaver if you end up spending a lot of time outdoors—to avoid a burn. In the winter months, a warm jacket will usually suffice.

Where should I stay if I’m traveling with kids?

Some hotels in Las Vegas are geared toward kids. Book a room in the pink-and-white big top bordered by the giant indoor theme park (Circus Circus and the Adventuredome) or at the huge medieval castle (Excalibur). Other family-friendly hotels include Mandalay Bay (home to the Shark Reef aquarium), MGM Grand (with the Rainforest Café—a dining delight) and the Stratosphere, which has four thrill rides on top of its tower, which juts 1,149 feet into the air.

Can I bring my pet?

Some hotels in Las Vegas do allow pets (typically dogs that weigh less than 50 pounds). For example, Caesars Entertainment properties—Caesars Palace, Paris Las Vegas, Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino, Harrah’s, Flamingo, Bally’s, Rio and Imperial Palace—offer a popular “PetStay” program. Guests who reserve one of the rooms in a designated PetStay area, where there are outdoor “relief areas” and nearby routes for dog walking, will also receive some canine-friendly in-room amenities, such as a mat, dog food, a water dish, disposable waste bags and dog treats. Some other pet-friendly hotels in Las Vegas include the Trump International Hotel, THEhotel at Mandalay Bay, Four Seasons and Rumor, a boutique resort located less than a mile east of the Strip.

Is Las Vegas expensive? How much money will I need?

A visit can be expensive, but it can also be extremely cheap. Your budget really depends on your personal tastes. According to the most recent Las Vegas Visitor Profile Study conducted by the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority, the average trip expenditure per person (for food, drinks, local transportation, shows, shopping and sightseeing) was approximately $500. If you plan to gamble, then you’ll want to allocate extra money for that, too.

It’s my first time in Vegas—where do I start?

Okay, here are five of our must-do things for first-timers:

1. Visit the Fountains of Bellagio. There’s nothing like these breathtaking waters choreographed to music and lights. And since you’ll already be at the Bellagio, step inside and check out the resort’s magnificent Conservatory and Botanical Gardens.

2. Place a bet at the tables in a casino. There’s nothing quite as thrilling as sitting down to a blackjack, poker, craps or roulette game—from handling the chips to anxiously awaiting the outcome. If you want to make the most of your gaming budget, leave the Strip. You’ll usually find lower table minimums at the casinos located in downtown Las Vegas.

3. Tuck into one of the buffets. Although everyone knows Las Vegas as the “Entertainment Capital of the World,” the city is also famous for being the “Buffet Capital of the World.” All the major resorts boast a buffet. The Rio’s Carnival World Buffet has won numerous awards. It features a feast of more than 300 dishes prepared fresh daily. Another scrumptious one is The Buffet at Wynn Las Vegas, which is more upscale with six live-action cooking stations. Or, if you really want to indulge, try the Buffet of Buffets—a 24-hour pass that gives you access to seven amazing smorgasbords at seven different Caesars Entertainment properties.

4. Explore Hoover Dam. A visit to this mammoth civil engineering wonder makes for a great day trip. The dam stands 726 feet high, which is taller than many skyscrapers. Built in the early 1930s, it was actually completed in less than five years, both under budget and ahead of schedule—a rarity for government projects in this day and age. If you walk across the top of Hoover Dam, you can actually straddle two time zones at once. Look for the plaque that marks the Arizona/Nevada state line.

5. Last but not least, take a photo in front of the famous Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas sign. Built in 1959 and located just south of Mandalay Bay, it’s an iconic symbol of the city. The neon sign was added to the National Register of Historic Place in 2009.

What’s the best way to travel around Las Vegas?

Cabs and rental cars tend to be the fastest and easiest way to get around town. But public transport is a good alternative—and it’s cheap. The Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada operates the Deuce (the gold double-decker buses) and the Strip/Downtown Express. Purchase a two-hour ticket for $5 or a 24-hour pass for $7. You can plan your route in advance by using the RTC’s Transit Trip Planner on their homepage at www.rtcsnv.com. Although more limited in service and more expensive, the Las Vegas Monorail is convenient for visitors who are traveling between its seven stations, which are located at Sahara Avenue, LVH – Las Vegas Hotel, the Las Vegas Convention Center, Harrah’s/Imperial Palace, Flamingo, Bally’s/Paris Las Vegas and the MGM Grand.

What is parking like in Las Vegas?

Parking garages are plentiful in Las Vegas. Most Strip-area resorts offer self-parking areas for free and also have valet parking, which is convenient. Just remember to tip the valet $2 to $5 before driving away. In downtown, some properties place restrictions on their self-parking garages. For example, it may be free to park for three hours with validation.


Las Vegas Casino Info & Tips

What is the legal age for gambling and drinking?

In Las Vegas, you must be at least 21 years old to gamble in a casino. The drinking age here is also 21.

Are kids allowed in casinos?

Would you like your child to hang out in a casino? Probably not. So you can understand that casinos in Las Vegas don’t want minors around. Children can pass through the gaming floor on the way to restaurants, shows, shops, attractions or the room elevators—but adults must always accompany them.

What if I don’t know how to gamble?

Several casinos in Las Vegas offer free gaming lessons. Generally held in the afternoons, instructors will teach you the basics of craps, roulette and blackjack as well as deal out some example hands. You’ll find gaming lessons at Circus Circus, Gold Coast and Luxor. Call for a schedule of times and games.

Where can I access the Internet in Las Vegas?

Almost anywhere. Nearly every hotel (from the megaresorts to the motels) offers Internet access of some kind—either in the rooms, in public areas like the lobby or in the business center. The best thing to do is check with the property you’re staying at. Find out what the policies are because many charge for access. Of course, cafés like Starbucks abound in Las Vegas and they provide free WiFi.

Is Las Vegas handicapped accessible?

It would be difficult to find a hotel or motel in Las Vegas that doesn’t have handicapped accessible rooms and facilities. When making a reservation, just state your preference to the booking agent. Similarly, most Las Vegas shows provide seating for handicapped guests. And many of the city’s attractions can accommodate handicapped customers - although there may be limitations on thrill rides and extreme sports, such as skydiving.

Is smoking still allowed in Vegas?

It is in the casinos, nightclubs and bars. However, you’ll find a lot of places in town where smoking is prohibited, like the airport (although there are some special designated areas for smokers), on public transportation, in most restaurants, in government buildings and in museums. Some theaters and showrooms may even forbid smoking.

What’s considered the norm for tipping in Vegas?

Tipping is part of the local economy in Las Vegas. Almost every person who provides you with a service is ripe for a tip. If you receive poor service (which is extremely rare), then not leaving a tip is an option. Other than that, here are some general guidelines and estimates on tipping.

  • Waiters/waitresses: 15% for average service and 20% for exceptional service.
  • Bartenders, cocktail waitresses and room service attendants: $1 to $2 per drink or 15% to 20% of the tab.
  • Buffet servers: $1 per person if you get your own beverages or $2 per person if they bring them to you.
  • Valets: $2 to $5 is the average for returning your car.
  • Taxi drivers: Usually 10% to 15% is enough, but add an extra $1 or $2 for help with your bags.
  • Beauty/spa service providers: 15% to 20% of the bill.
  • Hotel bellhops/doormen: $1 to $2 per bag.
  • Hotel maids: $2 to $5 per night.
  • Tour guides: $2 to $5 per person in your party.
  • Miscellaneous (i.e., pool attendants): $1 to $2 for each service provided.

Where can I get cash if I run out?

ATMs are conveniently located in Las Vegas’ casinos as well as in businesses on almost every block in the city, so you should have little difficulty withdrawing money with a debit or credit card. Just be warned: If you use the ATMS at the casinos, expect to pay a higher fee.

How much is sales tax?

In Clark County, sales tax is charged on all purchases (except groceries). The current rate is 8.1%.


Wedding Vegas style & Bachelor/rette Parties

What is required to get married in Las Vegas?

Getting married couldn’t be easier here. You just need to go to a Clark County Marriage Bureau location with your social security number, official identification and proof of age (applicants must be at least 18 years old). Acceptable documentation includes a driver’s license, passport and birth certificate. Then you pay the marriage license fee, which is $60. There is no blood test, and no waiting period is required. All that’s left is the wedding ceremony—and the possibilities for those are endless in Las Vegas.

What do you recommend for a bachelorette party?

There are plenty of shows in Las Vegas that feature male eye candy. Take the girls to see one of these four hunky dance troupes: the Chippendales at Rio, Thunder from Down Under at Excalibur, Men of X at Hooters and American Storm in the Miracle Mile Shops at the Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino. Another popular activity for a group of girlfriends is to take a class on stripping. You’ll learn an array of erotic dance moves at Stripper 101 in the Miracle Mile Shops at the Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino or at Night School 4 Girls in Excalibur. End the night with a drink—or two. One memorable place to go for cocktails is The Chandelier, a very chic bar at The Cosmopolitan.

Where can guys go for a great bachelor party?

Start the evening with a juicy steak dinner. Two good restaurants to try are chef Tom Colicchio’s Craftsteak in the MGM Grand or the Golden Steer Steak House, a Las Vegas mainstay founded in 1958. Then make tracks for one of city’s topless shows. There are plenty to choose from including “Fantasy” at Luxor, “X Burlesque” at the Flamingo and “Crazy Horse Paris” at the MGM Grand. “Peepshow” at the Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino stars Holly Madison of E!’s “Holly’s World.” She is best known for being one of Hugh Hefner’s girlfriends. Finally, cap off the night with a visit to one of Las Vegas’ sprawling strip clubs. The biggest by far is Sapphire Las Vegas—with the four-story Hustler Club, being a worthy alternative.


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What if it rains, or if the travel service provider cancels on the day?

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I will not arrive in time to confirm 24 hours in advance, what do I do?

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What are your cancellation policies?

Our cancellation policies differ by the type of product you purchase. All our policies can be found by clicking on the Terms link near the bottom of one of our billing information page under the heading “Accept Terms” and read through the information to find the points you need. If you have a confirmed booking, this information is also located at the bottom of your VegasDaze email confirmation email.

Can I change my booking?

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I would like to change the date of my tour/ticket, what do I do?

Not all products are exchangeable after confirmation, and some products carry rescheduling fees. This can be checked by re-reading the cancellation/rescheduling policy, which are available at the bottom of your confirmation email. Please contact our VegasDaze.com agents via email, or call 1-855-851-3293 have details of your existing booking, plus the details of the new dates you wish to change to. Not all requests will be able to be fulfilled; however our agents will do everything we can to ensure you get the dates you wish.

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