What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas! Also known as 'Sin City', nowhere overdoes it like Las Vegas, it's got to be the holy grail of stag dos - where else can you gamble with the high rollers (whilst being brought free drinks by the waitresses), go to a show and party into the night in a trendy nightclub without leaving your hotel?
Home to the some of the world's biggest strip clubs, casinos and hotels, Vegas never does things by half. The strip is where it's all at, at the top of the strip you've got the classic rat-pack era old school Vegas then as you head south you'll find the more modern and glamorous side of Vegas that you're sure to recognise from the new Ocean's 11.
|flight time:||11 hours from London (Direct flights with Virgin Atlantic)|
|currency:||US Dollar ($)|
|tipping:||10% is standard for good service, taxis round up to nearest 10.|
|cost of a pint:||around £3 (but free if you're gambling!)|
|not to be missed:||casinos|
|visas:||yes, varies for other nationalities. Complete the necessary online visa waiver administration before you go, it used to be that you’d fill in the form on the plane but that is being replaced by an online system, see and complete your entry details here.|
|immunisation/ vaccination:||none required|
|must have:||travel insurance (including health), Visa|
As you would expert from the leisure capital of the states there's plenty of shopping, both on the Strip and slightly off the main drag. Some of the monster hotels sport malls, eg Mandalay Bay (Mandalay Place), Planet Hollywood (Miracle Mile Shops), The Venetian (Grand Canal Shoppes), Caesars Palace (Forum Shops), Bellagio (Via Bellagio), The Wynn (Wynn Esplenad) within their complexes.Las Vegas premium outlets
About a 10 minute drive on from the Strip Las Vegas Premium Outlets is undoubtedly the greatest value shopping experience within easy reach of the Strip, it's an outside mall housing over 150 stores from a selection of highly discounted leading designers and retail chains, it's mainly clothing but there are also stores for children, luggage, jewellery, gifts, and eateries. The great thing about this outlet mall is the discounts, you should regularly expert to save 25-65% off normal price (and that's off some already pretty good prices) - so if you've got time to kill, want to replenish your wardrobe or pick up some presents this is the place to come.
Sample shops - Adidas, Banana Republic, Billabong, Burberry, Diesel, Dolce & Gabbana, French Connection, Gap, Kenneth Cole, Nike Factory Store, Polo, Quicksilver, Ted Baker, Tommy Hilfiger, Timberland.Miracle Mile shopping mall
Found opposite the Bellagio and adjacent to the Planet Hollywood Casino, the Miracle Mile shopping mall is a lively collection of over 100 shops, bars and restaurants, the mall is mostly made up by retailers of fashion, beauty and memorabilia / tourist tat. It's a decent enough place to pass the time or take a breather between casinos, stop for a cocktail at Fat Tuesdays before picking up a homecoming gift or two. For the Mrs why not pick up something a little racy from Victorias Secrets, she'll appreciate it and it will put her off the scent of any alternative window shopping you might have been doing. Don't plan to dine there but for eating on the go or a quick snack the Mile's ideal. Also in the Mile is one of Las Vegas's most successful shows by Steve Wyrick it's a magic spectacular which is quite something, but if that's not your bag there's also a ticket desk where you can pik up tickets for all the city's shows.Las Vegas outlet centre
In our opinion not a patch on the “Las Vegas Premium Outlets” but still worth a visit if you have the time. Different shops and not quite the quality on the whole but a couple of decent stores such as Timberland and Tommy Hilfiger.
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