With so much to see in this neon paradise, perhaps the best Las Vegas travel tip is this: Create a vague itinerary, yes, but leave the details up to a bit of spontaneity!
However, when travelling to the United States in general, always make sure to leave plenty of time to plan ahead. Sufficient preparation will ensure you get the maximum amount of enjoyment out of your travels. Travelling conditions to the United States may change at any time, so always keep yourself well-informed.
If you’re visiting the United States for pleasure, and depending on your situation, you may be eligible to be admitted for up to 90 days on an Electronic System for Travel Authorisation (ESTA) under the Visa Waiver Program (VWP). If you’re planning to stay for longer than 90 days, you will need to obtain a visa before travelling.
The United States uses the US Dollar (USD), the most widely used currency in the world. The dollar system differs slightly from the Australian Dollar (AUD), with the United States employing the penny, nickel, dime, quarter, and half-dollar as coins. For current exchange rates, make sure to check online. For more on currency, visit the currency page.
Las Vegas food is a hearty mix of Mexican, Italian, Asian, and modern American. Seafood is especially a popular delicacy, most notably when it comes to mountains of shrimp! If you have special dietary requirements, it’s always best to ask your waiter or member of staff for required amendments to the menu. In a city that’s as eager to please as Vegas, you’ll always find something to suit you cravings.
Tipping is a widely expected custom across the United States. The award wage for people working within the hospitality and service industries can be substantially lower than in Australia. Workers often rely on tips to compensate for low hourly rates. Generally, a tip may vary between 15-20% of your pre-tax bill. In Las Vegas, it’s customary to also tip taxi drivers and tour guides.
Electrical outlets in the United States usually supply electricity at 110 volts, compared to Australia’s standard of 240 volts. They also have a different design (2 parallel prongs). So to enable the use of Australian standard electrical products, you will need to purchase an appropriate adapter prior to your trip.
The official language in Las Vegas and throughout the United States is English. Vegas is also home to a diverse mix of secondary dialects, prominently Spanish. Vegas has a long list of ‘gambling lingo’ that you might like to research if you’re serious about hitting the casinos. You don’t want to get yourself 86’d! (That means getting ejected from a casino or hotel.)
McCarran International Airport is the primary commercial airport servicing Las Vegas, located about 8km south of the downtown area. McCarran also services flights to major metropolitan areas across the Unites States. Homeland security is paramount to American air travel. The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is an agency of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security that has authority over the safety of travellers inside the United States. McCarran International Airport features five security checkpoints and screening areas, operated under the jurisdiction of the TSA.