USA Today Launches New “Experience Las Vegas” App

USA Today has entered the increasingly-crowded realm of Las Vegas apps with its free Experience Las Vegas app.

It's Las Vegas in the palm of your hand. That could be why your palm is so sticky.

It’s Las Vegas in the palm of your hand. That could be why your palm is so sticky.

The app prompts users to categorize their “Vegas Traveler Type,” breaking down visitors into groups like “Partier,” “Shopping Diva,” “Foodie,” “Newbie” and “Wallet Watcher,” presumably in the service of creating a “custom experience.”

We don't find ourselves to be easily categorizeable, but just play along.

We don’t find ourselves to be easily categorizable, but just play along.

Throughout the app, as you’re exploring attractions or shows, there’s an “Add to My Experience” button. Those elements of your trip are stored on the My Experiences page, making it easy to review or update your list.

Narrow down your Vegas, because there's a lot of it.

Narrow down your Vegas, because there’s a lot of it.

The app is pretty intuitive, but the information isn’t particularly up-to-date (strange, given the app is new). For example, the now-closed Goretorium and Chuck Jones Experience are still listed.

There’s no telling when the app might be updated, so don’t rely on it exclusively for your Las Vegas information, obviously. (Note: The stand-out Vegas Mate app has seamless updates on a frequent basis.)

Some categories aren’t populated with information at all, like the Comedy Clubs section. Note: Las Vegas has a few places to find comedy, so don’t panic.

Las Vegas comedians are not amused.

Las Vegas comedians are not amused.

There’s a robust “Best of Vegas” section, highlighted on the app’s home screen. USA Today dips into its deep well of interesting content to be featured here.

Great stuff here.

Great stuff here.

An Events section has a fairly thorough list of shows, and let’s you purchase tickets through a USA Today partner, SeatGeek. An interactive seating chart helps price tickets for specific sections in a venue, a handy feature.

The app also provides a “Save to Calendar” option that shoots information to your smartphone’s calendar.

Expect fees and small print. There are always fees and small print.

Expect fees and small print. There are always fees and small print.

A City Guide section breaks down Sin City into digestible portions, like Dining, Nightlife, What’s On, Places to Go, Getting Around, Shop, Rejuvenate, Need and Travel.

Most of the categories are straightforward, with “Need” being a catch-all for finding locations with wi-fi, pharmacies, banks and recycle centers (for no particular reason we can think of).

Please don't mix up our restrooms with our pharmacies. That's frowned upon.

Please don’t mix up our restrooms with our pharmacies. That’s frowned upon.

The Travel section has a Transit System map. Someone smarter than this Las Vegas blog could probably figure out how to use that.

Our brain just 'sploded.

Our brain just ‘sploded.

The app makes it easy to customize the app itself with a “Customize Channels” option. Using this function, you can swap out the app’s main sections, adding alternative sections like “Trending Places,” “Dining Recommendations,” “Deals,” “Weather” and others.

We didn't go through all these sections. We have cocktails to taste and securities to breach.

We didn’t go through all these sections. We have cocktails to taste and securities to breach.

Overall, the Experience Las Vegas smartphone app is a fine addition to your Las Vegas toolbox. Did we mention how free it is?

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