Visitors to Las Vegas should be advised that the legal gambling and drinking age is 21 years of age. Visitors may need to provide proof of age if requested to do so by hotel or casino staff in the form of a driver's license and/or passport. Despite what the laws may be in your home country, this age restriction should be respected. Tipping is customary in Las Vegas, particularly for all service providers such as taxi drivers, wait staff, bartenders and bellhops, etc. Tips are usually provided at a minimum of 10% to 15% of the total bill, however patrons may choose to tip more for excellent service.
The United States dollar (USD) is divided into 100 cents. Coin denominations include the penny which is worth one cent, the nickel which is worth five cents, the dime which is worth ten cents and the quarter which is worth twenty five cents. Banknote denominations include the $1 featuring George Washington, the $2 featuring Thomas Jefferson, the $5 featuring Abraham Lincoln, the $10 featuring Alexander Hamilton, the $20 featuring Andrew Jackson, the $50 featuring Ulysses S. Grant and the $100 featuring Benjamin Franklin. Currency exchange can easily be found at the airport and within the hotels and casinos of the strip.
Most hotels and casinos offer WiFi internet access for a fee or complimentary in some selected areas, well as dedicated internet cafes. When it comes to plugging in your devices, Las Vegas uses the American two-pin rectangular socket (120V/60Hz).
For international dialing use 0011 + country code + area code + local number. As Las Vegas is part of the United States of America, it uses the US telephone country code which is +1. The Las Vegas area code is +702, however many local numbers will list this area code at the beginning of their telephone number. When trying to contact home, particularly by phone remember the time difference. The Las Vegas time zone is UTC-8.
The majority of Las Vegas' most popular attractions are usually within easy walking distance or a short shuttle or taxi ride. The strip is most commonly walked at a leisurely pace, with many visitors stopping into a number of bars, shopping centres and casinos along the way. Most major hotels and casinos also offer complimentary shuttle buses to sister properties or from one area of the strip to the other. Traffic in Las Vegas is often heavy, so driving is not advised. Taxis are available any time of the day or night for reasonable prices and there is also a monorail that runs between seven stations on a 15 minute ride along the strip. For travellers wishing to visit tourist attractions such as the Grand Canyon, you may wish to hire a car for the 8 hour round trip although there are a number of excellent tours on offer including bus trips and helicopter flights.
Visas are not required for Australian travellers to gain entry to the USA under the Visa Waiver Program (VWP) however a current Australian passport is needed. Australian visitors to the US can stay for a maximum of 90 days, however anytime spent in Mexico, Canada and Hawaii will also count towards to the 90 days. To gain entry into the US, visitors must obtain approval from the online Electronic System for Travel Authorisation (ESTA) a minimum of 72 hours prior to departure.