What is the legal age for gambling?
You must be 21 or over to drink or gamble. Those under 21 can walk through the casino, but they cannot stand around the gaming areas.
Can I go into a casino if I’m not staying there?
Yes. You are encouraged to explore all the casinos. Feel free to also take advantage of other casino’s free parking and valet services. Casinos really want you to visit them.
What are the drinking laws in Las Vegas?
You must be 21 or over to drink. Drinks are served and can be purchased 24 hours a day. You are also allowed to drink in the street and have an open container. However, drunk driving is highly enforced and you will get a DUI if stopped by police. In addition, a server may choose not to serve you if they feel you have had too much to drink. Have fun, but be sure to drink responsibly.
Are children permitted in the hotels and hotel shows?
Many shows are suitable for children, but a lot have adult content and will not allow children. There has been a recent trend in Las Vegas to bring back more of the sin in “sincity.” Please check with each casino property for their policy regarding children. Some hotels are more kid friendly and will provide things such as arcades, babysitting, etc. See Las Vegas Kids or Kids in Las Vegas for more information. Las Vegas has many attractions for kids. Our attraction guide has a list of many things to do for kids of all ages. Visitors often do not know this, but the Las Vegas Strip has a curfew. Children under 18 are not allowed to be out after 9:00 PM unless accompanied by a parent or guardian.
Finally, those under 21 can walk through the casino, but they cannot stand around the gaming areas. Some hotels, like Bellagio are even more strict and won’t allow anyone under 18 in unless they are a guest and accompanied by an adult.
What transportation is available to Las Vegas?
McCarran International Airport is the primary airport serving Vegas. See our Air Travel page for a list of airlines flying into Las Vegas. If you live near an airport serviced by Southwest Air, we recommend them for their very competitive pricing and excellent service, but there are many other good airlines you can choose with flights from your city. Some people choose to fly into Los Angeles International (LAX), rent a car, and drive the five hours to Las Vegas. You can also have a great time visiting Los Angeles.
Sample flying times to Las Vegas are: from New York, 5 hours; from Dallas, 2 hours; from Chicago, 4 hours; from Los Angeles, 1 hour; from San Francisco, 1 hours; from London, 11 hours; from Sydney, 18 hours.
Approximately half the visitors to Las Vegas arrive by automobile.
The principal highway is I-15, which connects with southern California to the southwest and Utah to the northeast. U.S. 93 (Boulder Highway and Fremont Street in Las Vegas) extends into Arizona to the southeast, where it merges with I-40. U.S. 95 brings traffic from northern California and Reno. When there’s an opportunity to fill up, drivers en route to Las Vegas should keep in mind that the next gas station can be an hour away.
See our driving directions and maps to help you plan your trip. You might want to rent a car before you go to save mileage and wear on your car (you will be driving through the desert). If you’re going on a weekend, know that there will almost always be traffic. Even with traffic, one can drive to Las Vegas from Los Angeles in about 5 hours. Most visitors leave L.A. between Friday morning and very late Friday night, but everyone heads back to L.A. between noon and 8 p.m. on Sunday. The trip to L.A. is almost always slower than the trip to Vegas. If you can take Monday off and travel then, you’ll be traffic free. It is advisable to take some breaks every hour or so during the drive to make the trip easier. There are places to visit, such as a stop in Baker (try the Mad Greek for some of there strawberry and date shakes) and stop by the Calico silver mining town in Barstow.
Amtrak is currently planning to operate a new Los Angeles – Las Vegas train in the near future. For now, you can’t take a train to Las Vegas, but Amtrak (PHONE: 800/872-7245, www.amtrak.com) can get you there via a Thruway bus from Los Angeles. You can pick up a timetable at any Amtrak station or request one by mail. Amtrak accepts all major credit cards and personal checks. You can purchase tickets aboard trains; however, an additional charge applies if the ticket office is open at your time of departure.
Greyhound (200 S. Main St., Las Vegas. PHONE: 800/231-2222, www.greyhound.com) runs bus service in and out of Las Vegas; the bus terminal is downtown. Reservations are not accepted on Greyhound. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. The most frequently plowed route out of Las Vegas is the one to Los Angeles, with departures approximately every two hours around the clock. Arriving at the bus station 30 to 45 minutes before your bus departs to purchase tickets nearly always ensures you a seat. On Sunday evening and Monday morning, arriving an hour or more before departure is recommended as buses fill up quickly on those days.
If you want to really live it up and can afford it, one can arrange to have a limo pick you up at your house and drive you to your hotel in Las Vegas. See our limo guide for details. If you go with a large enough group and share the cost of the limo ride, the cost may not be as much as you think and can be comparable to going by air on a per-person basis.
Are pets permitted on the Strip or in the hotels?
The larger resorts do not generally allow pets. The exception to that rule is if you gamble large amounts of money you may be able to bring in your pet hippo (check first before you go). However, some of the smaller hotels will allow pets. They include Amerisuites, Howard Johnson, La Quinta Las Vegas Convention Center, La Quinta Summerlin, Best Western Motor Inn, Holiday Inn Express West, Travelodge Las Vegas Downtown East, and Vagabond Inn.
What type of transportation is there when I get to Las Vegas.
Most people use taxi cabs which are available at any time by waiting in front of a hotel. You will see taxi waiting lines. You will need to take a taxi to get to your hotel from the airport. However, your own feet will be how you are most likely to get around once you get to your hotel. The strip is very compact, so you will often find that you can get to your destination by taking a 15 to 30 minute walk. Also, part of the fun of Las Vegas is exploring new things… there will be plenty to see when you get there almost anywhere on the strip. Walking is one of the best ways to explore Las Vegas.
There is also bus service that covers the Las Vegas strip and downtown area. The busses run often and are a good source of transportation.
A very new form of transportation is the Las Vegas monorail. It links eight major Las Vegas resorts and nine convention facilities, including the Las Vegas Convention Center. See our monorail guide.
How can I get a good deal on hotel prices?
The key to getting a good deal is to book during the Las Vegas off-season. Avoid convention dates. Book online. When you call the hotel, or even call a booking company, the rates are often higher than an online quote (they have higher overhead when you call). Check with the hotel website and shop around with all the major sites. Another big way to save is to go during weekdays. Friday and Saturday nights are always priced the highest. See our hotel savings guide.
What entertainment is playing at the casinos?
What conventions are scheduled?
See convention guide for a listing of conventions.
Can you suggest what to do for a bachelor or bachelorette celebration?
See our calendar guide for a list of resources.
What is there to do in Las Vegas if you do not gamble?
Visit our forum for suggestions.
What are the closest hotels to the Las Vegas Convention Center?
See our hotel map.
Where can I park in Las Vegas and what is the cost?
Most hotels have free parking. Valet parking is also available for a fee.
Is the Las Vegas open all year?
Yes, but some shows may be dark during the winter months.
Where can I go shopping?
See our shopping guide.
Is it safe in Las Vegas?
Las Vegas is like any other city. The major hotels are considered safe, but you should be careful when wandering off the
main Las Vegas strip in sections that don’t have a lot of people. See our safety tips guide.
Is Las Vegas handicap accessible?
Most of the major hotels are handicap accessible, but you should always check first.
What are some great restaurants in Las Vegas?
What can we do to entertain children in Las Vegas?
See our Vegas kids guide
Who has babysitting services?
You can find them by asking the hotel. Many third-party agencies are available, but you should always use a trusted reference, like asking the hotel front desk.
How can I get the freebies I hear about from the casinos?
Each casino has its own promotional program and qualifications for providing freebies, or comps as they are known here. Visit the promotions booth in the casino of your choice. They will be able to assist you. You can also check our Vegas Freebies Section and Vegas Coupon Guide.
How should I dress in Las Vegas?
Las Vegas is a very casual place, but you need to be more dressy for certain clubs and shows. Please see our Dressing Guide.
How much should I tip?
See our Tipping Guide.
What is the weather like?
See our Weather Guide.
How do I find a good club?
See our Club Guide.
Is prostitution legal in Vegas?
How can I get directions and a street map of Las Vegas?
Most hotels will have them available. You can also get them at the Las Vegas airport.
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