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I’m really excited to interview Shawn Coomer of Miles to Memories about Las Vegas, Nevada. Shawn’s tips for the best things to do in Las Vegas are awesome because he is a local that grew up in the city and knows that there’s more to Vegas than casinos on The Strip.

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Play a couple of games at the Pinball Museum

Las Vegas, Nevada

Las Vegas is one of the most popular cities in the United States. People from all over the world love to visit Las Vegas for the glitz, neon lights, and 24/7 fun. In this desert oasis, you’ll find some of the best cuisine, shows, and attractions you’ll ever enjoy. Use our referral links to save on shows like Cirque du Soleil, Penn & Teller, and the High Roller.

We share a lot of resources and local suggestions in today’s podcast, but you should also check out Visit Las Vegas, the local convention and visitor’s bureau. They are a wealth of information and can help you plan an itinerary based on your time, budget, and interests.

And listen to our episode with Michael Trager of TravelZork about casino loyalty programs to maximize the perks during your stay.

If you’d like to learn how to travel for free using airline miles and hotel points, check out my free 7-day email course.

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View of Vegas from The Cosmopolitan

Getting around Las Vegas

The local airport is McCarran International Airport (LAS), which is just a couple of miles from The Strip. I love the Las Vegas airport because it has so many airport lounges available. Visit the Centurion Lounge if you have the American Express Platinum Card or The Club LAS if you have a Priority Pass membership.

Shawn says that, if you’re staying downtown, there’s no need to rent a car. Uber and Lyft are excellent ways to get around. And I’ve personally found the downtown area very walkable.

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Best things to do in Las Vegas Nevada Shawn Coomer Red Rock Hike - La Madre Springs October 25 2014

Go for a hike at beautiful Red Rock. These are the La Madre Springs.

Places we talked about on the podcast

Here is a map of all of the places we talked about on the podcast episode with Shawn Coomer about Las Vegas, Nevada You can zoom into the map and click on each dot to explore the city.

  • Red dots = best places to eat in Las Vegas, Nevada
  • Green dots = best things to do in Las Vegas, Nevada
  • Yellow dots = best places to stay in Las Vegas, Nevada

Who is Shawn Coomer?

Shawn Coomer is a Dad like me that loves to travel around the world with his family. He runs the successful Miles to Memories blog on Boarding Area. He and his team of writers blog about the latest airline miles, hotel points, and rewards credit card promotions, reviews, and news. Shawn is also the host of the Miles to Memories podcast where they discuss the latest news from the world of travel rewards.

He is also a big-time Disney fan that has visited every Disney theme park around the world several times. Shawn created the site Disney Hacks to help people get more out of their Disney vacations.

Best things to do in Las Vegas Nevada Shawn Coomer and Shawn Reece in Bangkok

Shawn and his son in Bangkok

Here are a few of Shawn’s links that you should check out:

You can connect with Shawn at his website and on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

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Stay tuned for our next episode

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