Las Vegas

Las Vegas is the largest city in the state of Nevada and is famous for its casinos and hotel complexes. Located in the Mojave Desert, ~300miles away from Los Angeles, Las Vegas is often considered to be the entertainment capital of the world. Las Vegas is also nicknamed Sin City as many tourists visit the city for endless nights of drinking and debauchery. Although the Las Vegas Strip area is very safe and have an increase police presence, some areas of the city are dangerous. SafeAround has compiled information from numerous sources make sure you have a safe trip while in Vegas, and be aware of all potential dangers.

SAFETY INDEX

Las Vegas is a safe city. With a rating of 69%, the US is ranked 51th out of 162 on the ranking of the safest and most dangerous countries.

Warnings & Dangers

Mid Priority-96 OVERALL RISK : LOW

Las Vegas is a safe city. With a rating of 69%, the US is ranked 51th out of 162 on the ranking of the safest and most dangerous countries.

Mid Priority-96 PICKPOCKETS RISK : MEDIUM

There is some pickpocket-related risk in Vegas. Be careful around the strip and in casinos A few simple precautions will minimize your chances of being pickpocketed.

Mid Priority-96 MUGGING RISK : HIGH

Las Vegas is an averagely safe city regarding the chances of being mugged. If you stay on the main streets, nothing will happen to you.

Mid Priority-96 SCAMS RISK : LOW

As in any touristic place, there may be people trying to scam you in Las Vegas. Be aware of “gold ring” tricks, fake petitions, groups of teenagers acting strangely or trying to distract you; and people offering help with your luggage.

Mid Priority-96 TRANSPORT & TAXIS RISK : MEDIUM

Transports and taxis are generally very safe in Las Vegas.

Mid Priority-96 NATURAL DISASTERS RISK : LOW

There are no natural hazards in Las Vegas.

Mid Priority-96 TERRORISM RISK : MEDIUM

Las Vegas has recently been targeted by a terrorist attack in October, so stay alert while in public places with large crowds.

Mid Priority-96 WOMEN TRAVELERS RISK : LOW

Las Vegas is generally very safe for women travelers.

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The Strip

The Strip is a 4.2miles  stretch of the Las Vegas Boulevard where most of the city’s iconic casinos and hotels are located. There are as many attractions as one can imagine, ranging from golf courses, amusement parks, enormous shopping malls, massive fountains, concert venues and restaurants. Casinos are very safe inside, with hundreds of security cameras and plain-clothed security officers. The Strip and its surroundings are crowded at all times of the day. Some pickpockets have been working in the area, it is better to stash your cash and credit cards in a money belt. If you are gambling and have won a large sum of money, you can ask a member of the casino’s security to escort you to your room. Do not walk away from your slot machine if you haven’t cashed-out yet, some thieves use of their fine skills to steal your wins before you can notice it.

Downtown

Downtown Vegas was touristic center of the city prior to the 70’s when the Strip was built. The historic casinos such as the Golden Gate Casino or the El Cortez are relics of downtown’s old fame. The area has recently been revitalized and attracts startups, restaurants and cafés. The area around Fremont Street and everything under the canopy are as safe at the Vegas Strip. Off Fremont street, some areas can be seen as shady. Don’t wander off at night if you don’t know where you are going.

Useful Information

The US has one of the harshest entry policy, sometimes asking for an interview even for a tourist visa. Prepare to pay fees up to USD 160 for your application. Some countries like the ones from the EU or Australia have a visa waiver program (ESTA) which can be filled online. See https://travel.state.gov/content/visas/en.html for more information. Strong custom regulations also apply (see the CPB website for more details), and the Travel Safety Administration can open your luggage without your presence. www.doyouneedvisa.com is a useful website that can help you know if you need a visa or not based on your nationality and the country you’re visiting.
The currency in the United States is the US Dollar. Credit and debit cards are widely accepted countrywide, and ATMs are found nearly in every city. The costs can vary widely between the states, but it is fair to assume a $100 budget per day on average, $150 if you rent a car and around $300 for top end accomodation. A 10% service tipping is customary in many sectors such as airport and hotel bag porters, bartenders , hotel maids, restaurant servers and taxi drivers.
The weather in the US varies greatly between the states : from the mediterranean weather of California to the Glaciers of Alaska or the subtropical Florida, each region has its best time to visit; although major cities can be visited all year round. This graph can be useful for finding the best time to travel.
The main international airports are in Atlanta, Los Angeles, Chicago, New York, Dallas, Denver and San Francisco. If you’re looking fore cheap flight deals, you can find some on JetRadar
As in any country, we advise travelers to get a travel insurance that covers not only medical problems but also theft and loss of personal items. Learn more on our travel insurance page