Common Tourist Mistakes in Las Vegas

Common Tourist Mistakes in Las Vegas


– 30 common mistakes tourists make visiting Las Vegas, Nevada. I’m Chris, this is Yellow Productions. I do travel guides that are fun, informative, and entertaining. This video is part of
my series on Las Vegas. You can find other videos
like cheap eats in Las Vegas or the best free shows in Las Vegas linked at the end of this video
or in the description below, but in this video, I’m
gonna be sharing with you some common mistakes
I’ve made coming to Vegas and that other people have
made coming to Vegas, too. To compile this video, I asked the fellow Yellow Productions subscribers what mistakes have you
made coming to Vegas. The response was overwhelming. I got over 120 responses. In this video, I’ll be sharing
with you the top 30 of them. You can learn from other people’s mistakes so you don’t have to make these. The first common tourist mistake people make coming to Las
Vegas is drinking too much and no, I don’t mean drinking
too much apple juice, I mean drinking too much alcohol. If you’re coming to Las
Vegas, pace yourself. There’s alcohol everywhere. Bars on the strip, free
drinks inside the casinos, drinks at the clubs, foot-long margaritas. There is alcohol everywhere
and you don’t want to end up drinking so much on your first day that you have nothing
to do your second day because you’re spending the entire day just feeling awful in your hotel room. So, go slow. The second common mistake tourists make visiting Las Vegas is eating too much. In addition to alcohol everywhere, there is food everywhere
you look and not just food, lots of food, particularly at the buffets. And I know at first sight,
that 24 hour buffet pass, all the buffets you can eat at 24 hours, seems like a really good deal. But let me tell you, if you do that, your stomach will be
hating you afterwards. So, pace yourself on the food. Common mistake number
three is gambling too much and never bet your life savings
on red, always on black. But seriously, if you’re
the kind of person who has no willpower towards gambling, Las Vegas will suck you dry. So, if you are gambling,
make sure to pace yourself, set a budget, and most of all, be careful, especially if you brought your rent check. The fourth common mistake is thinking that you’ll make money. You know, those of us that
go to Las Vegas a lot, we call it the city of
lost wages for a reason. You know and the best joke about this is the one about my friend. He went to Las Vegas in a $60,000 BMW and he came home in a
$200,000 Greyhound bus. Seriously, the casinos,
they’re smarter than you. Unless you’re the guy from MIT that has the supercomputer in his shoe. But if you’re not him, then
they’re smarter than you and they are designed to take your money. The fifth common mistake in Las Vegas is thinking what happens in
Las Vegas stays in Las Vegas. You know, maybe 20 years ago but not in the world we live in today. The world we live in today,
what happens in Las Vegas, it gets posted on Instagram
or maybe even YouTube. That fun thing you were doing that weekend could turn out to be a
really awkward conversation at work tomorrow. Mistake number six is trying to walk the entire Strip in one day. From the Mandalay Bay to
Fremont Street in downtown is over six miles and you know, a lot of people say, “Chris, “but six miles doesn’t seem very long.”. But particularly if
you’re here in the summer when it’s 120 degrees, six miles can be pretty life sapping and by the way, the section of Las Vegas
Boulevard between Circus Circus and the Stratosphere
really doesn’t have much and the Stratosphere to Fremont Street can get pretty sketchy. But yes, it technically is possible. You can do it. In fact, I’ve done it. I’ve done it exactly once until I realized that was a total mistake. Mistake number seven is only using your feet for transportation. You know, it’s really tempting to just walk everywhere
when you’re in Vegas because you’re walking on the Strip, the hotels are big, they
don’t seem very far away, but I’ll tell you, if
you’re walking everywhere, your feet will be hating you by the end of your trip to Las Vegas. There’s a lot of other
options for getting around. There’s buses, there’s the monorail, there’s trams, there’s
free trams you can take between the Excalibur
and the Mandalay Bay, between the Park, MGM, and the Bellagio. Use these other transportation options. Maybe walk one direction and
take some transportation back. This is another one: You don’t
want to overdo your walking on the first day so you’re unable to walk for the rest of the days
you’re in Las Vegas. Mistake number eight,
wearing the wrong footwear. Ladies, I’m talking to you on this one. High heels, that would be a mistake. Boots in the summer, that
would be a double mistake. And the triple mistake
would be high heel boots. Ladies, bring some roll up
flats and some Band Aids for those blisters that you’re gonna get. Usually, around midnight or 1 AM is when you see a lot of
ladies walking down the Strip, not wearing their shoes but carrying them because they can’t wear them anymore. Mistake number nine,
walking from Caesar’s Palace to the Rio Hotel, this neon one back here. It’s so close, looks like you
could reach out and touch it. That would be a mistake ’cause
to get to the Rio Hotel, you have to go across the
interstate 15 freeway. Many people mentioned this one, as well. Said they did it and
they really regretted it. If you’re trying to get to the Rio Hotel, take a taxi, take an Uber,
do not make that walk. Mistake number 10 is never
venturing off the Strip. You know, the Las Vegas Strip
is really easy to stay on. There’s a lot of bright lights and tourists, like a moth to the flame, are often attracted by the bright lights. But if you want to experience
the real Las Vegas, you have to get off the Strip. Take an Uber, take a taxi, go
somewhere away from the Strip, maybe like Chinatown or
even downtown Las Vegas and check out the real Las Vegas, which people who live
here, they’ll tell you they never go to the Strip. There’s a lot of great
food outside of the Strip and it’s a lot cheaper, too. Mistake number 11, thinking that taking the bus down the Strip
will be faster than walking. It won’t be faster than walking. It might save you on your feet. Particularly on a Friday
or Saturday night, this is what the traffic
on the Strip looks like. Pretty much stopped and so, in that case, you’ll be better off walking or you’ll be better off
taking a taxi or Uber because taxis or Ubers,
they won’t be going down the super gridlocked Strip. Taxis or Ubers can take
kind of the back roads that get through a lot of the traffic. Mistake number 12. I heard this one from my fellow
Yellow Explorers quite a bit and that is many people felt that taking a taxi at all was a mistake. Why? Because taxis in Las
Vegas can be expensive. From the airport, they can long haul you. It’s known as tunneling,
where they take you through the tunnel to the 15, instead of taking you
on the local streets. If you want to take the local streets to your hotel from the airport, tell the taxi driver you
want to take Swenson. Swenson is kind of the local street that takes you out of the airport. But what are the other options than taxis? Well, there’s plentiful Uber and Lyft. Usually at the hotels, though, Uber and Lyft pick up in a different place than the front of the hotel, so look out for the
special Uber and Lyft spot. Also, related to taking taxis, sometimes why people think it’s a mistake is also, hotels can have really
long lines for the taxis. So, if you think you’re
just gonna take a taxi and it’s really quick, well,
it won’t be really quick. Hey, and who do we have right here? – Mahxie. – Mahxie?
– Mahxie. – Good to meet you, Mahxie. – M-A-H-X-I-E Music.
– Alright. – Gold plaque selling producer. – Never a boring day in Vegas. Mistake number 13, booking your hotel on a night when there’s a big concert, a fight, or a big convention in town. If that’s the case,
you’ll probably be paying three times the price that you’d regularly pay for that same hotel. Mistake number 14, if you made that hotel reservation way in advance, it’s not rechecking the reservation a few days before you go to
see if prices have fallen. A lot of travelers check the rates maybe one or two days before they go and realize the room rate’s cheaper, but only to realize that the cancellation period was 72 hours. So, make sure to recheck the room rates four or five days before you go. If the hotel’s not getting
a lot of people to book, they often lower the rates and you can rebook your room for a savings. Mistake 15, going on a
whim and waiting ’til 9 PM the night that you’re actually
in Vegas to book your hotel. You might find all the
good rooms, they’re gone and you’re ending up staying at the Travelodge or the Circus Circus. By the way, those hotels? Not so great. Mistake 16 is not factoring all those sneaky hotel fees into the rate. Many hotels in Vegas
are charging crazy fees. Resort fees, parking
fees, and a lot of hotels charge a deposit now and
that deposit isn’t per stay, it’s often per night charged at the time you book your reservation. So, if you’re planning to
come here on a tight budget, make sure you take a
look at all those fees so you don’t blow your budget away. Mistake 17 is thinking that the Mandalay Bay is close to the Strip. It’s that gold building back there and it is really the end of the Earth. The other mistake related to this is thinking that the Stratosphere
is even on the Strip. I know some people try
to convince you of that. It’s on Las Vegas Boulevard
but the Stratosphere is really the middle of nowhere. And so, if you get a cheap
room at one of these hotels, you should factor in
the transportation costs going from the hotel to the Strip that will quickly eat away any savings you got from that really cheap room. Mistake number 18 is thinking
that that resort swimming pool is going to be a relaxing experience. This one was submitted by
fellow Yellow Explorer Lois. Lois said she came to Vegas. She checked out her resort swimming pool, took one look at the mob
scene that was in it, and said, “Oh, no, I’m not going in.”. Many of Las Vegas’ hotel swimming pools, particularly in the summer,
are packed like a Tokyo subway. That is busy. One of the ones that’s the most packed? The Mandalay Bay. You hardly have any room to
even extend out your arms. Their wave pool is crazy busy. Mistake 19 is going in the summer. Any time during the summer. The temperatures of 118 degrees Fahrenheit will really make you regret it and if you were wondering why those hotel rooms are
so cheap in the summer, come in the summer and
you’ll understand why. Mistake number 20 is thinking
you don’t need sunscreen. If you’re out in Las Vegas
in the daytime, you do. Particularly in the summer
at 118 degrees Fahrenheit, the sun is strong, it is hot,
your skin will be boiling. This mistake was actually submitted by a fellow Yellow Explorer who is of African American
descent with dark skin and they said they never
need sunscreen anywhere else but they’ve never gotten
sunburned anywhere like they’ve been sunburned here. So, make sure you wear sunscreen. Mistake number 21, not
dressing warm in the winter. You know, I know you’ve
heard it’s so hot here. I’ve been talking about
how it’s so hot here. I’m here in April, it is
90 degrees Fahrenheit. But in the winter, it’s
really cold here, too. If you come here in December or January, you’re gonna need a jacket,
particularly because it gets really windy in Vegas. So, if you’re coming in the winter months, actually check the temperature and bring some cold weather clothes. I mean, not like, snow clothes, but still bring some layers, particularly something to block the wind when you’re outside. Mistake number deuce deuce, that’s 22, trying to eat at fancy
restaurants after 9 PM. I’m sure you’ve heard
Vegas is a 24/7 town. Well, not really. Vegas is 24/7 when it comes to the casinos and maybe some of the
fast food restaurants, but the fancy, high-end restaurants, they actually close and so,
if you’re trying to eat there, you probably want to do it before nine. Otherwise, you’ll find out
you’ll be pretty hungry or eating at McDonald’s. And this ties in to number 23, which is if you want to eat at any of the celebrity chef restaurants or the high-end restaurants,
make a reservation. Pro tip: Most of the
Gordon Ramsey restaurants can book out up to three
weeks ahead of time. So, make your restaurant
reservations well in advance. Buying your water at a hotel gift shop? That would be a mistake. Why? Because it’s often $7 a pop in hotel casino gift
shops because they can. Las Vegas is super dry. You’re gonna be thirsty. Where should you buy it instead? Buy your water at CVS, Walgreens. If you’ve got a car,
there’s Targets, Walmarts, and even Costcos for much
cheaper water options. Mistake number 25, being conned into a timeshare sales presentation. I heard this one so many times. People describe it as
being locked in a room with three hours and no way out. Madness, a waste of their vacation. If somebody comes up to you on the Strip and starts chitchatting with you and asks you how long
you’re gonna be in town and you think they’re a
timeshare salesperson, the answer is always,
“I’m leaving tonight.” or in fact, “I’m leaving in an hour.”. That ends the conversation real quick. Now, I know some of you love
the timeshare presentations and get a lot of good deals out of them. Go for it. Everybody else, it’s a mistake. As a complete side note,
this was unplanned. Here in April, the Bellagio is doing the Game of Thrones Fountain,
which is pretty cool. But also a mistake, calling
these girls direct to your room and expecting them to
actually look like it. I did have that comment a few times. I didn’t add it to the top 30, but that was just too fortuitous. The girls that come to your room aren’t the ones on the poster. Mistake number 26 is paying
full price for show tickets. Show tickets in Las Vegas
can be really expensive, particularly if you
buy them at the hotels, at the box office where the show is. There are tons of these
booths on the Strip. This one’s Tix 4 Tonight. There’s a few other ones. You can also find good ticket deals on Vegas.com, on Groupon.com. There’s a lot of place
to get discount tickets so don’t just check out the hotel but do look for those tickets. You can often get them for half the price of what their retail value is. Same goes for spa services. If you book the spa service at the hotel, it’s gonna be really expensive. But take a look on Groupon. It might end up being half the price. Mistake number 27, shopping
at the stores on the Strip. There are a lot of stores on the Strip, but you know what, they’re expensive. Why? Because they pay premium
rent to be on the Strip. If you’re looking to do
shopping while you’re in Vegas, well check out some of the outlet malls. There’s two outlet malls. There’s the Premium Outlets north and the Premium Outlets south. That’s where you’ll find some of the best prices for shopping. Mistake number 28, driving
back to Los Angeles from Las Vegas on Sunday night or Monday night of a
three day holiday weekend. Oh my gosh, that’s a mistake
you will never do again because a drive that
is usually four hours? Well, at the end of a busy weekend can be eight or nine hours of your life of bumper/bumper traffic
that you will never get back. Mistake number 29, this was submitted by fellow Yellow Explorer Tim. He said getting married in Las Vegas. And then he said, “Just
kidding, babe.”, I’m sure. A pretty similar one that was submitted by Fellow Explorer Sam. Sam said, “Taking my wife with me.”. What a big mistake. Pretty funny. And the 30th mistake you
can make visiting Las Vegas, and this would be the biggest one, it was brought up by Jason, it is not watching the
awesome and insightful Yellow Productions videos on Las Vegas. Well, thank you Jason. You’d think I paid him
but I really didn’t. So, you might want to watch some of my other videos from
Las Vegas here and here. Here’s a link to all
of my Las Vegas videos and here’s just one, the next
one you might want to watch. Well, I won’t say goodbye because I’ll see you in this video.

100 thoughts on “Common Tourist Mistakes in Las Vegas

  1. You might enjoy watching my video on the best hotels in Las Vegas: https://youtu.be/zSyzvMBaM0o

    Or All My Vegas Videos in this Playlist: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLOVadUHX1B-JzE5fiVleugu6HTYLsr2sk

  2. Because of your video we decided to stay at lake las Vegas… Don't mind the drive at all… We can have fun in the strip then come to peace and quiet

  3. one thing i learned from visiting Vegas twice, is to bring a smaller jacket to wear inside the hotels. Especially during the summer (the time during the year i was there 2017 and 2018) it can be really cold inside the big hotels, like Mandalay bay and the convention center and the luxor. Bring a jacket with you just in case things start to get a little chilly.

  4. Just came back from Vegas today and we couldn’t find a good hotel,so we had to stay in circus circus but in the end the room wasn’t bad at all.Subbed!!

  5. don't forget the cops who make thousand on drivers , with there speed traps , mafia cops are every were

  6. watch out in winter the road =might get snow blocked on the road out to los angels on the hill leaving Vegas

  7. I had a friend he told me his firstt trip to Las Vegas he thought the Airport was so close to MGM that he decided to walk it and save a few bucks. Mistake. looks close on a map but not that close.

  8. When I went in February, the hotel I stayed at changed my room to a much nicer one. Ended up in a suite at the Flamingo that overlooked the strip.

  9. Thanks a ton for the advice to check rooms rates, saved me $70 today! Great videos too man, chill vibe and unique perspective. Hawaii ones helpful as well…

  10. the first three mistakes: drinking too much, eating too much, gambling too much….. so basically anything covered in the first 30 minutes of the movie "SEVEN."

    they're called 'deadly sins' for a reason! ????

  11. The biggest mistake I've made was going to the Flaming = GO! The Rullette Table was a disaster in 2002!

  12. Loved the video!! Its the first I've seen of your channel. I have to disagree with 1 point, we always go in August lol Cheaper rooms, great swimming and less people. ?

  13. I love you included #21 desert winter is cold as cold and that wind is cold for sure. the summer wind can be blow dryer too. another weather one is the "monsoon season" late summer that doesn't affect the strip but does the northwest valley "Turn Around Don't Drown"

  14. Stratosphere is on the strip. It's just a further end. The deuce runs past it and doesnt take long to get to e everything else. Also circus circus is on the strip. Stayed at circus circus Last time without any issues. I was on the strip just not as close to the price hotels but it really isnt a bad choice especially if u plan to be out the majority of the day

  15. I had to get a bottle of water in a pinch when I got lost in the bellagio. It was $10 for an 8oz bottle ?

  16. 12:00 Also I go to the local store at home to get water for cheap water bottles before I depart for Vegas 2-3 days before I go

  17. I'm a local… love these videos, I learn a lot myself! But the tip about dressing warmly in winter… It's for real. It SNOWED here this past winter. Even if you take transportation services or valet your car you still have to wait outside the hotel and the wind can be brutal!!

  18. Another MAJOR tip!! Avoid ATM's anywhere other than your bank or any regular bank if yours isn't available! The fees at the ones in restaurants, clubs, casinos, etc are astronomical! Don't even check your balance at one of those.

  19. I my trip, we covered almost all the strip in 3 days in our 10 day trip, here’s how the day went.

    Day 1 (Thursday): flew to Georgia then to Las Vegas, we arrived at the house like at 9PM.

    Day 2 (Friday): Little break day and relaxing from at the jet lag and hours of sleep we lost, we also went to downtown LV. Was very fun!

    Day 3 (Saturday): Business trip! The Family members that were a part of the Business negotiations went to The Las Vegas convention center! Uncle, dad, cousin, and 2 cousin stayed home and we ordered pizza! At night, went to the high roller.

    Day 4 (Sunday): Business at convention center again! When my mom, aunt, cousin and cousins GF arrived, we Had a cookout and grilled burgers and had fun in the pool!

    Day 5 (Monday): Everyone went to ASD Market Week and my mom, cousin, second cousin and Cousins GF waited in the lobby for 1 hour. After that we went to eat at The Buffet at Wynn. Explored from Wynn to Bellagio at it was 11PM

    Day 5 (Tuesday): Grand Canyon muy dad scared me to death. And pretty boring in the car. But the GC was amazingly beautiful!! Arrived home at 9PM and ate Chick-fil-A.

    Day 6 (Wednesday): Stayed home and had fun in the pool! Much dad almost drowned but I saved him 😀
    Literally just hung out at home. At 3PM we went exploring more. Went from New York New York to Mandalay Bay! Arrived home at 10:00PM.

    Day 7 (Thursday): In the morning we woke up early and spent half a day driving to LA. Explored the city and stuff. Arrived to our temporary Beach house! Stayed up till 3AM.

    Day 8 (Friday): Woke up and ate. went to Santa Monica pier and saw a sea lion! started our route back to Vegas at 11PM. When we arrived in LV, explored at Downtown more. Got home super late.

    Saturday (Friday): Woke up, packed our things, ate, packed more and checked out of the house. Went to the Shark Tank at Mandalay Bay. Went to In n’ Out burger. Explored the strip! Went from Paris Las Vegas to Cesar’s Palace. Went to the airport, took off, landed in New York @ 6AM.

  20. The RIO is the best spot to stay at when there is no event there…..free valet just tip …..mostly just a resort fee rooms are cheap or free…..love it!

  21. The biggest mistake is paying resort fees, so screw the casinos. They will come back begging for our business when they die again

  22. Hey is Uber safe for two young australian ladies? (20s) we plan on using public transport and uber. What's safer and cheaper?

  23. I lived in Vegas as a kid in the 70s. My dad managed The Castaways across from the Sands on the strip. Both are gone. Last time I was in LAS was 15 yrs ago. Wow it's really changed since.

  24. Just for fun – imagine this video being shown when this guy shows up at the pearly gates – "This is your Life"

  25. Just spent six days out in Vegas. Landed, got my hotel, a local liquor store off the strip. 24 pack and 2 gallons of whiskey definitely made it way cheaper to drink out there. The two eight balls of coke were just icing on the cake.

  26. I live in Vegas so not sure why I'm watching this but great job. XD

    1. Don't come in the summer should be the first one. I fail to understand why anyone would vacation here in the summer in 104 degree weather in the first place. lol
    2. I 've lived here all my life and I never go to the Strip. There are plenty of interesting places to visit outside the Strip, including community theatres that play great shows for a cheap price (Las Vegas Little Theatre is one, and I work at Signature Productions at the Summerlin Library. We do Broadway styled musicals. Tickets are cheap and the shows are great.)
    3. Downtown Las Vegas has incredible antique stores and art galleries. Also look for the arts district.
    4. It gets very cold in winter, contrary to popular belief! Coldest month is December.

  27. What is the price per night in the hotel for the person who does not want to gamble and is allowed to stay more than 4 nights ??? .. Please reply to the need

  28. I remembered the time when resort fee used to be $25.00 only and I was ok with that, but now its $45.00 on most of the nice hotels, I think is ridiculous, I mean yes you wanna stay at a 4 or 5 star hotel rather than a travelodge but I still think is very pricey specialty because it's a "per night stay fee!"

  29. Thanks for making these videos! You have laid out the info so clearly, it helps so much for a first time visitor!

  30. We walked from Pawn Stars to Freemont Street in hot weather never again. We go to time shares every time were in Las Vegas we tell them up front were not buying anything, Then after all there bullshit talking they get pissed off when we don't buy 1 !

  31. We have been to Vegas numerous times I agree with most of your video besides a few. Some mistakes are what makes me go over and over

  32. I disagree. Busses are affordable, airconditioned, and you can see the Strip without torturing your calves. Plus, you can "hop on, hop off" whenever you wish.

  33. Subbed. Going my first time very soon. Thank You! I am booking the Gordon Ramsey Resturant in 3 to 4 weeks in advance. Thanks for the tip!!!???

  34. Las Vegas has over 150,000 slot machines. Learn how to earn! Read the INFO and HELP screens, learn about the bonuses and such terms as progressive and buy-a-pay, multi line and full coin. Knowledge is power; you may not make more money but you will definitely have more fun.

  35. The true meaning of the slogan: "What Happens In Vegas, Stays In Vegas." Is actually referring to the money left behind and nothing more. You lose, they build more casinos and hotels 'in Vegas'.

  36. We go twice a year we drink to much we eat to much gamble and lose to much walk almost every where and love every minute of it

  37. I didn't bring enough cash because I usually use credit card for all my purchases. I forgot casinos don't take credit cards and ATMs there charge a big fee for withdrawing cash.

  38. unless you are disable walking the Vegas strip is never a problem 12 miles a day is good for the human body even in the day during sunshine. You have many places you can stop and take a break if you have to remember it's only 6 miles each way at the most depending on your starting point and if you are staying at a place in the middle you can do one side a day. I would gladly walk and take in everything, in fact, doing that to me is a good reason to go to Las Vegas to start with it's a good part of people watching.

  39. This seems like common sense to me for sin, booze, gambling city of American of dreams lol. Great advice to those who have strong principles and priorities. I'll back you on truth.

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