VEGAS BABY!

It was the end of August and I found myself for a business conference in “sunny” Vegas where the temperature was a dry average 104 degrees Fahrenheit! People say that the heat in the desert is better than the heat in the South East – well my oven offers dry heat, so should I go visit the interior of my oven?

On a serious note though. Las Vegas is one of the most interesting places to visit. My husband, Rick, and I don’t gamble but we sure do eat and we love to people watch and go site seeing.

If you’re planning to visit Vegas the best time of the year to visit weatherwize is late fall/early winter. Temperatures are very comfortable at that time of the year. This was our first time to experience summertime temps, and as you can see those temps were very high.

When temps get like that ALWAYS drink plenty of water and keep it with you at all times. Do your best to get in out of the heat during the hottest parts of the day and leave your heaviest walking for the cooler evening hours – it’s more beautiful in Vegas during the evening anyway.

Vegas is full of sites, sounds, smells, tastes, and … people!Some of the best food in the world can be found in Vegas. And don’t be fooled into thinking you can’t get fresh seafood in Vegas just because it’s in the middle of a desert! Remember it’s only a mere 3 hours from L.A. and many of the finer restaurants have fresh ocean fare shipped in daily to accommodate those with a particularly finer palette.

As for getting around and transportation in Vegas, don’t be fooled into thinking “everything looks so close, so I think I’ll walk”! EVERYTHING looks close in Vegas. Nothing is small, including the distances between buildings (and even inside buildings). I highly recommend a number of ways to get around, and even if you aren’t worried about money I highly recommend the following ways as it will afford you a better view of the city.

Since you can’t afford walking regardless of the form of transportation you choose to utilize, plan on wearing well broken in and very comfortable shoes. This is probably your number one best decision of what to wear while visiting Sin City! I cannot tell you how many times I have seen women (primarily) wear shoes for fashion rather than the comfort and health of their feet. Your feet will thank you in the evening and despite what you may believe, no one cares what you wear in your feet anyway!

One of our favorite ways to get around the city is the local bus system. You can pre-purchase your daily and multi-day tickets inexpensively at http://rtcws.rtcsnv.com/mobile/. We have been incredibly impressed by the Vegas bus system. It’s safe, convenient, and can get you to most anywhere you want to go easily without the high cost of cabs or other forms of transport. When on the strip (aka Las Vegas Blvd), there are two main buses – the Deuce and the SDX. The Deuce makes stops at every bus stop along the strip. It’s the most convenient but because of all the stops it does take the longest. The SDX makes limited stops along the strip, so is faster. So long as you don’t need one of the stops the Deuce makes, the SDX is a great way to make it up or down the Strip fast. Both buses can also get you to the famous downtownFremont Street Experience. If you’re on the far south side of the Strip near MGM, Tropicana, Excalibur and New York New York and want to get to Fremont without all the stops, then hop on the WAX bus along Tropicana Blvd. instead of the 30 minutes to an hour on the other buses, this one can get you there in about 15 minutes. It’s a super express bus that bypasses traffic by taking the highway. Best value for your money is to purchase a multi-day ticket. We typically do 3-day passes which currently (as of August 2017) cost $20. If you are a senior citizen, go to their main office to purchase your ticket because you can save 50% off the normal price (but only in person at their main office).

You cannot go to Vegas and not visit Fremont Street. You’ll find the famous Golden Nugget Casino and Resort there as well as a couple of great, less expensive buffets including at the Golden Nugget and the Fremont Hotel and Casino. There’s reasonably priced zip lining along Fremont Street that should not be missed, as well as a great evening light show, LOTS of entertainment, and you just might hear a really great musician performing in the street.

You’ll also see sites you’ll never see anywhere else, so ladies if you don’t want your man approached, hang on tight to him because any male who appears even remotely by himself is considered fair game to the ladies of the night – for that matter even the ones who are obviously attached are also fair game! But don’t let that stop you from the experience! We never miss at least one night on Fremont Street for every trip we take to Vegas.

Other recommended forms of transportation include Lyft (https://www.lyft.com/) or Uber (https://www.uber.com). These are safe, clean and WAY less expensive than the cabs! They are also very quick. So if you’re in a hurry and don’t have time to go by bus, or if you’re going somewhere a bus can’t get you to easily, Lyft and a Uber are your second best choice.

Best of all, don’t be afraid to just explore when you get to Vegas. There are so many things to do and see there. It’s exciting and fun. But don’t plan on being tight with your money. Plan your finances accordingly so that you can truly experience what Vegas has to offer.

Most of all have fun and remember …

What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas! 😜

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