Going on a
Cheap Las Vegas Trip
A Cheap Las Vegas Trip means having a great time in Sin City without it costing too much money. You are looking for bargains, doing everything on the cheap, beginning with cheap airfare, a cheap hotel, cheap meals and cheap entertainment. It is possible to do Vegas on a small budget, you just need to know where and how to find the best Las Vegas travel deals
. Here are some suggestions for a cheap Las Vegas trip.
The first hurdle is searching for the cheapest airfare. It helps if you can be flexible with your departure date and time. Check out hotwire plus several of the many other online travel services. Keep digging until you find the absolute lowest fare.
When it comes to hotel rooms, you normally get the lowest rates Monday to Thursday, providing there is not a major convention or some other big, mid-week event going on in town. Cheap rooms are more likely available in downtown hotels and at off-strip locations, but sometimes it's possible to get a super deal right on the Strip. Some of the Strip hotels you may want to check are Tropicana, Circus Circus, Excalibur, Barbary Coast, Imperial Palace and Sahara. For the web sites and toll free phone numbers of those and all the other Las Vegas casino hotels click here.
Alternately, you might consider booking a cheap Las Vegas trip package deal. One company resently offered 4 days/3 nights starting at $109, and that included free buffets and free shows! It pays to search for such ads. Cheap Meals
Buffets used to be the cheapest way to eat in Las Vegas, unfortunately those days are no more. Buffets
have gone upscale, most have become fancy and pricey, but happily, the quality of the food has also vastly improved. Don't despair, it's still possible to eat cheaply in Las Vegas.
There are many good and cheap eating places downtown; try any of the casino hotel coffee shops, especially the ones at the Plaza, Vegas Club and Binion's. On the Strip you can get a half pound hot dog for 99 cents at Slot-a-Fun, next to Circus Circus, Casino Royale has a large slice of pizza for $3 and on the second floor of the Imperial Palace, the Burger Palace serves cheap burgers that are really good. The best meal deal on the Strip can be found at different locations at different times. If it's a bargain it's advertised loudly. Watch for signs as you walk along.
Don't overlook or underestimate the value of free coupons. By using freely available half-price or two-for-one meal coupons you can drastically slash your food costs while on a cheap Las Vegas trip.
A cheap Las Vegas trip wouldn't be complete without free or low cost entertainment and attractions. Free admission lounges are arguably the best free entertainment venues you'll find in all of Las Vegas. Most casino lounges have no cover charge and no drink minimums. Just sit and listen to the music.
Here are two examples of free Las Vegas lounge acts that were going strong at the time of writing this:
For Elvis fans were happy to catch Pete Vallee performing as "Big Elvis" at the Barbary Coast casino lounge, Monday through Thursday from 3 - 6 pm. His repertoire consisted of mostly Elvis tunes, but also included some country, gospel and even Louis Armstrong.
"Dueling Pianos" in the Piano Bar at Harrah's Las Vegas is or was a free lounge act where the audience judges as keyboard wizards compete for the title of best piano player. Nightly from 9 p.m. until way past midnight.
Tickets to the big Las Vegas Shows are not cheap, they generally run from $50 to well over $100 and you often have to reserve way in advance. If you really don't want to miss seeing that special big name show order your tickets in advance.
Finally, if you want a fitting souvenir of your cheap Las Vegas trip, here is the perfect photo opportunity. Bring home a picture of you with the Riviera "Crazy Girls". Right on the Strip, outside the Riviera Casino is a bronze statute of the famous "Crazy Girls" showgirls' rear ends, just ask someone to take a snapshot while you pose. What could be more typically Vegas?
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