If you’re planning on paying a trip to Las Vegas, you don’t need to be a high roller to enjoy yourself and get into the spirit of Sin City. If you arm yourself with some useful tips on how to get the best deals, you can enjoy a lavish visit to Vegas at a reasonable cost. Here are some of the best tips for a trip to Vegas that can save you a pretty penny without sparing the luxury.
Firstly, avoid visiting Vegas at any time there’s a citywide convention taking place. Hotel rates are higher, which limits your options when it comes to booking the right room for you. The Las Vegas Tourism website, features a calendar of conventions to give you advance notice. Generally, rates are at their lowest in July and August, as the crowds tend to be deterred by the hot weather. Rates also fall after Thanksgiving right through early January.
Keep food costs low
Dinner at one of the city’s famous eateries can set you back $150 or more. If you’re dining alone, visit during lunchtime when you can expect more reasonable prices. Further, some restaurants offer a happy hour with 50% off appetisers. You could also visit some of the more popular venues early in the day, when food is often the least costly; yet at the same time, delicious and freshly prepared.
Drink at a discount (or free)
If you plan on gambling at the casinos, you can expect free drinks. The casinos serve up free drinks to gamblers, even at the penny slots. The Cosmopolitan and the Wynn provide the best in free drinks. But even non-gamblers can find up to 50% discounts at happy hours at bars and eateries all over Vegas, many located inside the most popular resorts in the city.
Enjoy the luxury you’ve already paid for
Don’t forget that you can, on occasion, enjoy the luxury of the hotel room you paid for. While taking advantage of room service, you could unwind (and, at the same time, save a few pounds) by catching up on your favourite shows or enjoying other online entertainment. There are plenty of free games online, for example, such as Miner Jump and Zombie Survival. There are no shortage of slot games online, either, which, unlike those in the casino downstairs, offer numerous bonuses. Bonus.ca features many a link to online casinos that accept Bitcoin as a valid payment method; and all with bonuses, to boot. Bitcoin is a form of payment that is becoming more popular in Vegas, with such outlets as Amusespot and Elite Visual Audio all accepting the virtual currency.
Buying a ticket for one of the city’s popular shows could set you back a small fortune. If you don’t mind making last minute plans, however, you can try Tix4Tonight, which lists deals on shows for that day. The website updates daily, and you could find such discounts as 50% off a ticket to see famous illusionist, David Copperfield. Try avoiding the most in-demand and newest shows, however, as they have a tendency to be priced higher than others, and have less seating options for groups.
If you use just some of these tips, you’re guaranteed to enjoy the trip of a lifetime without returning home with a hole in your wallet.
Elvis Presley Stamp the on the left was the winning design in 1992
On February 24, 1992, two possible designs for the US Postal Service Elvis Presley Stamp were unveiled at the Las Vegas Hilton, Las Vegas, NV. The younger 1950’s Elvis was the winner. The Elvis stamp was released on January 8, 1993.
El Cortez Hotel in downton Las Vegas placed on the National Register of Historic Places on feb, 22, 2012
The El Cortez, a hotel and casino in downtown Las Vegas at 600 East Fremont Street is one of the oldest casino-hotel properties in Las Vegas. The hotel has continuously operated at the same Fremont Street location since 1941. Primarily Spanish Colonial Revival in style, it reflects a 1952 remodel when the facade was modernized. On February 22, 2013, the structure was placed on the National Register of Historic Places.
El-Cortez Sign Hotel in Downtown Las Vegas
Photos By: LasVegas360.com
Date Taken: July 7, 2011
On February 21, 2012, The new Las Vegas City Hall opened after years of planning and construction. The project came in at a cool $146 million in a state-of-the-art facility on Main St. downtown Las Vegas.
On February 21, 2014 the Cromwell opened on the Las Vegas Strip. The property started as the Barbary Coast which opened on March 2, 1979, then sold and renamed Bill’s Gambling Saloon. Bill’s closed on February 4, 2013 and was sold. It remained closed for renovations for over a year and after a $185 million remodel, it opened as a boutique hotel called the Cromwell. The Cromwell currentyl owned and operated by Caesars Entertainment.
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas Author, Hunter S. Thompson, Died on February 20, 2005
On February 20 2005, Hunter S. Thompson (b.1937), gonzo journalist, committed suicide in Aspen, Colo. Thompson inserted himself into his accounts of America’s underbelly and popularized a first-person form of journalism in books such as “The Rum Diary” (1998) and “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas” (1972).
Considered the father and pioneer of Gonzo journalism, regard his novel Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas as the greatest work of the late follower. The book, which is about a wildly psychedelic and crazy adventure of a journalist and a lawyer in Las Vegas, cemented its place in American literature as a critical insight into the failed counter-cultural movement of the 1960’s. It was adapted into a movie in 1998 starring Johnny Depp, who is a close friend of Thompson, and Benicio del Toro. To many fans, revisiting the savage journey of the two characters is the ultimate immersion in the book.
Cecil Lynch’s Fortune Club opened on February 18, 1958. It was located at 22 Fremont St. and was a slots only club with a restaurant. The uniqueness was the giant slot-machine facade over the entrance of the casino. The Fortune Club was located at the current site of the Glitter Gulch Gentleman’ s Club on the Fremont Street Experience.
The Fortune Club closed November 16, 1966.
List of business at 22 Fremont Street:
21 Club – 1931 to 1934
Barrel House – 1934 -1938
Golden Slot Club – January 1, 1956 to February 17, 1958.
Cecil Lynch’s Fortune Club – February 18, 1958 to November 16, 1966
Goldie’s – 1966 to 1970/1973?
Mr. Reed’s – 1978-1979
Bob Stupak’s Glitter Gulch – October 1, 1980 to August. 15, 1981
Golden Goose 1982-1991
Glitter Gulch Gentleman’s Club – 1991 to present
Monte Carlo Resort and Casino fire broke out on January 25, 2008
On January 25, 2008, at 10:57 AM, a fire broke out on the exterior of the top six floors of the Monte Carlo Resort and Casino. The fire was on the exterior of the building burning the foam facade. The ignition of the facade wall was attributed to welding on a catwalk on the roof. The hotel and casino were evacuated with no major injuries or deaths during the fire, which lasted a little more than an hour. The hotel remained closed for 21 days and The hotel & casino reopened to guests on February 15, 2008. MGM Mirage officials put the total losses due to fire damage and loss of business at just under $100 million.
The Mob Museum right before is grand opening in 2012
On February 14, 2012, The National Museum of Organized Crime and Law Enforcement, or “Mob “Museum located in Downtown Las Vegas, Nevada opened. The opening date of February 14th, coincides with the historical deadly Saint Valentine’s Day Massacre in 1929. It was the murder of seven mob associates as part of a Prohibition-era conflict between two powerful criminal gangs in Chicago: the South Side Italian gang led by Al Capone and the North Side Irish gang led by Bugs Moran.Former members of the Egan’s Rats gang were also suspected of having played a significant role in the incident, assisting Capone.
The Museum is housed in the former Las Vegas Post Office and Courthouse, built in 1933 and listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The museum is on Stewart Avenue, two blocks north of Fremont Street, the main artery of the downtown casino district. The Mob Museum is dedicated to the thrilling story of organized crime and law enforcement. It presents an exciting and authentic view of the mob’s impact on Las Vegas history and its unique imprint on the world.
The museum is located at the end of 3rd street at 300 Stewart Avenue near the newly opened “Mob Bar”, just north of the Fremont Street Experience. The expected opening is in February of 2012.
Photo By: LasVegas360.com
Date Taken: December 30, 2011
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