October and November might be some of the best months to visit Las Vegas. Though it might be a little too chilly to enjoy resort pool parties, the low 80s weather is perfect for a stroll along the Strip. Sin City in October is all about Oktoberfest and Halloween nights, but the crowds die down by the time November comes along. So if you’re a first-timer ready to hop onto your first Las Vegas escapade, here are a few things you need to know.
You can get better deals on hotels outside of the Strip
Though most people would want to spend their nights along the iconic Las Vegas Strip, the most affordable hotels in Las Vegas can be found downtown. Many off-Strip hotels can cost $45 a night or less, which may be kinder to your wallet than a $100 stay at the MGM Grand. However, if you’re willing to scavenge for discounts and promotions, you may find $50 bargains on budget Strip hotels like Excalibur, Luxor, and Flamingo. Be sure to check in before peak times if you’d rather not endure hour-long queues.
Everything is further than it looks
The Las Vegas Strip is 4.2 miles long. All main intersections are connected by footbridges, making for a very pedestrian-friendly walk. However, while most buildings stand close together, they’re also massive, so most distances are a lot longer than they first appear. If you plan on walking the Strip, be sure to bring a sensible pair of shoes. You might also want to research the average walking times between resorts, especially if you’re trying to follow a schedule.
It’s good etiquette to tip the casino dealers
If you’re playing poker in a casino, it’s customary to tip the dealer $1 per chip for every pot you win. The bigger the pot you win, the more you tip — dealers are providing you a service after all! The same goes for any other cash game. Tips make up a significant portion of a dealer’s earnings, so it’s only polite to support their hard work.
Peak dinner times get crazy
Restaurants in Vegas get such a huge influx of crowds between 6 to 8 PM that many customers end up wasting hours waiting in line. The same goes for lunch at noon. The best time to have dinner is actually between 5 to 5:30 PM, or 8:30 to 9 PM. That being said, the city has seriously amazing food, with celebrity chef restaurants ran by the likes of Giada de Laurentiis, Gordon Ramsay, and Guy Fieri. Depending on where you go, the wait might be worth it.
The first trip to Sin City might be overwhelming for Las Vegas newbies. But with enough research and preparation, you can make your trip as crazy and magical as the clichés say. If you need some tips on how to budget for your American trip check out our article here.