Las Vegas Travel Guide

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Sales tax

The combined state and local sales tax in all of Clark County (meaning the entire Las Vegas metro area) is 8.10%. Only groceries and prescription drugs are exempt.

Like most U.S. states, Nevada has not implemented a tax refund mechanism for international travelers. The only retailers that can sell tax-free items to international travelers are the duty free shops at McCarran International Airport.

Basics

Most hotel/casino resort complexes in Las Vegas have a gift shop open 24/7 that offers basic traveler supplies and sundries. Hotel gift shops are outrageously expensive and should be avoided except for emergencies.

If you are planning to not rent a car and to simply go up and down the Strip on foot or bus, the pharmacies are your best bet for basic supplies. They are all open 24/7 and accustomed to dealing with tourists from all over the world.

Like most U.S. pharmacies, they carry a very large variety of products besides pharmaceuticals and dietary supplements, including snacks, soft drinks, bottled water, cosmetics, toiletries, hats, sunscreen, maps, postcards, and so on. CVS Pharmacy has two branches on the Strip, one located on South Strip between CityCenter and Monte Carlo, and the other located on North Strip between Circus Circus and Sahara Avenue. Walgreens has one branch on Central Strip at Palazzo and another on South Strip in front of Planet Hollywood.

There are also multiple 7-Eleven convenience stores open 24/7 throughout the Strip, but their prices tend to be higher than the pharmacies and their product selection is not as broad. Souvenirs, drinks and snacks are also available at small stores along the strip; there is a cluster of them between MGM and Planet Hollywood as well as between Wynn and Riviera. These are usually the cheapest places to shop, even if the selection is quite limited.

Importantly, there are no major supermarkets on the Las Vegas Strip near the resorts. The closest one that sits on Las Vegas Boulevard is the Whole Foods Market at Town Square (see below). Other than that, one has to travel as far west as Valley View Boulevard or as far east as Maryland Parkway to find supermarkets such as Vons, Albertsons, Food4Less, and Smith's. There is even a Walmart at Tropicana Avenue, about 6 kilometres (3.7 miles) east of the Strip. These places are however accessible by car or bus, prices are lower than on the Strip, and if you're, say a European looking for some authentic American specialties to bring home these are certainly better places to find them than 7-Eleven.

Shopping malls

There are a handful of shopping malls that are not affiliated with casinos:

Fashion Show Mall3200 S Las Vegas BlvdOffers nearly every major and deluxe U.S. retail chain store, numerous others often associated with named designers, a large food court and several excellent restaurants...all in a fully-enclosed, air-conditioned facility. Has extensive, free covered parking that often gets quite busy by mid-day.
Town SquareAbout half a mile south of Mandalay is an outdoor mall in the shape of a small Mediterranean town and stands out as such amidst all the other, air-conditioned indoor malls. The idea of open-air shopping in the summer in the desert might seem crazy at first, but an extensive network of trees, shadow alleys and water sprayers let you actually enjoy sunny afternoons outside. And as such, Las Vegas' temperatures are not as heat prone in the seasons of fall, winter, and spring. All shops and restaurants here have their own, distinguished one- or two-story houses. The town actually centers around a real town square featuring trees, ice-cream and coffee stands and benches to rest.

Many of the larger casinos include high-end shopping areas with designer stores, including:

Forum ShopsA huge high-end shopping area that also offers free animatronics shows at Fountain of the Gods and Atlantis located at either end of the mall.
Grand Canal ShoppesAnother massive shopping area that features the tacky objets d'art shop featured in Martin Bashir's interview with Michael Jackson.
Miracle Mile ShopsAnother large shopping area with approximately 150 stores and restaurants.
Outlet malls

Las Vegas is a hub for outlet malls.

Las Vegas Outlet Center120 outlet stores in an indoor setting complete with two food courts.
Las Vegas Premium OutletsAt the gateway of Downtown - 120 designer and name-brand outlets including Coach, Lacoste, Polo Ralph Lauren and more.
Other
Gamblers Book Club5473 S Eastern AveThis store is stacked with books that can teach you how to count cards and bet on sports. Try to visit when former owner Howard Schwartz is around for some interesting Vegas lore.
The Gambler's Book Store5473 S Eastern AveThis is the oldest gambling book store in the nation; if you need to learn how to play a game, this is where you go.
Sin City Gallery107 E. Charleston Boulevard, Suite 100Phone: +1 702 608-2461Hours: 1PM - 7PM Wednesday - Saturday and opened until 10PM every first Preview Thursday and First Friday of the month for First Fridays Arts FestivalPrice: Free to visitContemporary art gallery presenting sophisticated and edgy emerging artists from around the corner and around the world. Named Best Gallery in Nevada. Offers new exhibitions/murals every month. Sin City Gallery produces Las Vegas' only international annual juried erotic art exhibition.

source: Wikivoyage

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