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For an economical way to your hotel, hop on a shuttle from the airport for as low as $7. Check with your hotel for schedules.
If you want the convenience of having your own ride during your stay, or want to take a short road trip to the Hoover Dam, Red Rock National Conservation Area, Lake Mead or other surrounding scenic spots, consider renting a car. The average price for an economy car in Las Vegas is around $30 per day, but the sky's the limit if you want something a bit more extravagant.
If you have a large group or are in town for a special occasion, a limo might be the best way to travel in style for as low as $55 an hour. Limos are also great for cruising the Strip after the sun goes down. Check out a list of transportation companies here.
Party buses are the ultimate Strip cruising and barhopping machines! Let them bus you and 28 of your closest friends from one property to the next for as little as $60 an hour.
Free parking is abundant. Virtually every major hotel offers free valet parking (Don't forget to tip!).
Public Transportation - Regional Transportation Commission
Catch a bus to roll down the Strip, check out the Las Vegas Premium Outlets or head up to Fremont Street. Tickets are $2 for a single ride, $3 for a two-hour pass or $5 for a 24-hour pass. Purchase tickets on board the bus upon arrival. Check out the routes here.
Shuttle to Fashion Outlet Mall
Want to shop until you drop? The Fashion Outlets operate a daily shopping tour with departures from MGM Grand, Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood, Fashion Show Mall and LVH - Las Vegas Hotel & Casino. The round-trip fare is $15 and includes a savings card with more than $800 in savings at participating stores. Check out the shuttle schedule here.
Las Vegas Monorail
Get from one end of the Strip to the next in just 15 minutes, or stop at each property in between! The monorail travels from Sahara Avenue to MGM Grand seven days a week from 7-2 a.m. Monday - Thursday and until 3 a.m. Friday - Sunday. The monorail is also convenient for guests traveling to and from the Las Vegas Convention Center. This summer, you can get an unlimited day pass for just $9. Visit the website for bus stops and ticket prices.
Connecting ARIA, Bellagio, Vdara, Monte Carlo and Crystals, this elevated electric track has the capability to move up to 6,400 passengers each hour. It is available from 8-4 a.m. daily. The tram is free.
Mirage-Treasure Island Tram
The tram arrives every 15 minutes from 7-2 a.m. daily. The tram is free.
Mandalay Bay-Excalibur Tram
Fares start with $3.30 on the meter, and $2.60 is then added for every additional mile. There is an additional $1.80 charge for McCarran Airport passengers. For example, riding from the airport to Caesars Palace would cost you around $19, plus tip.
Vegas on Foot
You can still cover a lot of the city on foot. Be sure to wear comfortable shoes and carry a bottle of water, especially during summer months. The Strip is approximately 4.8 miles long.
Things are about to get extreme in Las Vegas this Fourth of July weekend for UFC 148 as Anderson "The Spider" Silva is pitted up against Chael "Gangster from West Linn" Sonnen! Can you handle it?
During the UFC International Fight Week July 4 - 7, get ready to rough it up with four days of exclusive UFC events like free concerts, cool pool parties, open workouts, pub crawls, weigh-ins and access to UFC fighters throughout the city, plus, follow @Vegas for your chance to win UFC 148 tickets and prize giveaways.
The UFC Octagon Nation Tour takes over Fremont Street daily from 10 a.m. until 10 p.m. July 4 through July 7 for a free, public event. Meet UFC athletes, play the latest UFC video games, check out cool memorabilia and more!
Be sure to join us for the kick-off party and free 3 Doors Down concert on Fremont Street at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, July 4.
On Thursday, July 5, pop in to check out the UFC 148 open workouts at XS at Encore from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. then hit up the pool party at Palms Casino Resort to mingle with Octagon girls and UFC fighters from 1 until 6 p.m. Afterward, head downtown for the pub crawl at Golden Nugget, El Cortez, The D Las Vegas and Golden Gate Hotel and Casino.
Get an autograph from your favorite UFC fighter, ask your burning questions during the Q&A session, and mingle with thousands of UFC enthusiasts at the UFC Fan Expo at the Mandalay Bay Events Center on Friday, July 6 and Saturday, July 7. Tickets are $40 on Friday, $45 on Saturday, or get a two-day package for $60.
On Friday, July 6, get up close and personal with UFC fighters during the UFC weigh-in at the Mandalay Bay Events Center. Doors open at 3 p.m. with the weigh-in beginning at 4 p.m. Also plan on stopping by the fan beach party at Mandalay Bay Beach beginning at 8 p.m.
Also on Friday, check out the tamer side of UFC in Downtown Las Vegas with First Friday Art Night. View pieces from the sport's past, present and future while rubbing elbows with UFC stars. First Friday is a monthly art celebration featuring artwork, free music and street side entertainment from 6 p.m. until 10 p.m. the first Friday of every month.
All of the festivities come to a culmination when Sonnen goes head-to-head with Silva in the main event on Saturday at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. Doors open at 3 p.m. with the first bout beginning at 4 p.m. See you there!
For more information, check out the UFC International Fight Week page.
He's starred in a Vegas commercial, and has an upcoming monthlong residency at Planet Hollywood later this summer, but this Friday night at The Mirage's 1 OAK, catch The Voice star Cee Lo Green performing live. For more live music, catch Fantasy lead vocalist Lorena Peril performing at LAX on Saturday. There are plenty of top-make music producers in town this weekend as well, including Tiesto, Sander van Doorn, Avicii, Hardwell, Lil Jon, DJ Vice and Kaskade. The complete rundown:
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Downtown Las Vegas always has a rockin' weekend schedule. Free shows occur on the First and Third Street stages on Fremont Street, in addition to the overhead VivaVision shows. And the new Fremont East Entertainment district offers a variety of unique bars and clubs, including piano bars, bands, arts, arcades and more! For the latest in Vegas nightlife, go to VisitLasVegas.com.
Enjoy the view from the two-story outdoor rooftop deck at VooDoo Lounge at the Rio (51 stories above the action of the Strip), or experience one of three open-air clubs at Wynn/Encore Las Vegas; Surrender at Encore offers plush banquettes and go-go dancers, while XS turns up the heat poolside! Whether you're hanging out on the North or South Patio, or dancing on the outdoor dance floor, at Tryst you'll be just feet from your own private waterfall - exclusively for nightclub patrons!
Join A-list celebs at the Palms' Ghostbar and have a drink on the outdoor sky deck offering a 360-degree view of the city and a see-thru floor (not for the faint of heart)! Palms' Moon Nightclub has color-changing glass tiles and eye-catching imagery and a retractable roof designed specifically for our clear summer nights! Step outside TAO Nightclub at The Venetian's 40-foot-long, European-style terrace for outstanding views of the Strip.
Downtown's Gold Diggers Nightclub at the Golden Nugget has an outdoor terrace perched high above the Fremont Street Experience and its million lights of Viva Vision - the most spectacular light show in the world! And under the Eiffel Tower and the lights of Paris, check out the exclusive Butterfly hidden high above Chateau Nightclub.
If someone tells you to meet them at the Foundation Room - don't think twice! Join them high atop Mandalay Bay for a private club experience with an unprecedented view of the city! With so many options, it's hard to choose just one. Just make sure to include celebrity-owned PURE Nightclub at Caesars Palace. With an outdoor patio overlooking the center of the city, and celebrity hosted birthdays almost nightly, it's a hot spot that always draws the A crowd!
See you on the dance floor - in Vegas!
Fitzgeralds Casino and Hotel is now known as the D Las Vegas.
The mobsters have made their way back to Vegas, but this time it's in an even more organized fashion with the opening of the Mob Museum in downtown Las Vegas. "Scarface" (Al Capone), "Bugsy" (Benjamin Siegel), "The Teflon Don" (John Gotti) and "Whitey" (James Joseph Bulger, Jr.) are just a few notable names that left their fingerprints in the crime hall of infamy and now their stories are being revealed. The Mob Museum, officially known as the National Museum of Organized Crime & Law enforcement, takes you inside the notorious battle between organized crime and law enforcement with high-tech theater presentations, iconic one-of-a-kind artifacts and interactive exhibits.
The museum's 41,000 square-foot building has as much history as the exhibitions inside. Standing three stories tall, the building was formerly the historic federal courthouse and U.S. Post Office building where one of the 14 Kefauver Hearings on organized crime was held in 1950. The museum is more than just a collection of historic photos and stories, but an interactive exhibition featuring weapons, wiretapping tools and crime scene artifacts. Visitors can even "shoot" a simulated tommy gun, listen to real FBI surveillance tapes, and partake in FBI weapons training. Join the family - the mob family - and leave Vegas with a story you can tell your family.
Once you've learned the truth and nothing but the truth at The Mob Museum, explore Downtown Vegas by strolling along the Fremont Street Experience under 12.5 million lights and 550,000 watts of sound during the Viva Vision light show. Enjoy a drink, a song, or a game at the Fremont East Entertainment District. This urban neighborhood has a happening nightlife, diverse culture and a unique vibe with hot spots including The Griffin, The Downtown Cocktail Lounge, Don't Tell Mama Piano Bar, and Insert Coin Videolounge.
Some say downtown is the "real" Las Vegas; others are loyal to the Strip. Two sides of the story - but the truth is, you can score some great deals on rooms in vintage downtown hotels including the Golden Gate Hotel, Golden Nugget, El Cortez, Plaza Hotel, California Hotel, Vegas Club, the D Las Vegas, and Main Street Station. The history, thrill and adventure of Downtown Las Vegas allows you to experience a whole new side of the city.
Fitzgeralds Casino and Hotel is now known as the D Las Vegas.
The pro football championship game - you know the one, with the Roman numeral at the end - is approaching and other than 50-yard line seats, the best place to watch the game is Las Vegas, where you'll always have a great seat for exciting sports action!
Catch every big play throughout the postseason at Las Vegas' luxurious sports lounges. You can also kick your sports viewing experience up a notch at Lagasse's Stadium at The Palazzo. Combine the signature cuisine of Emeril Lagasse with more than 100 HD TVs, luxury boxes, stadium-style seating, billiard tables and an outdoor patio just a few steps from the Strip. Bam! The remodeled sports book at Bally's Las Vegas offers great viewing and plenty of food choices to make the experience as memorable as the game itself.
If you enjoy hunting, fishing and other outdoor sports, the Las Vegas International Sportsmen's Expo, from Feb. 2 - 4, is an event you won't want to miss. Vendors will showcase the hottest products on the market for outdoor enthusiasts at the Las Vegas Convention Center.
Watch the world's top Sevens Rugby players get down and dirty Feb. 10 - 12 at the 2012 USA Sevens International Rugby tournament at Sam Boyd Stadium. From the opening ceremonies at the Fremont Street Experience to the International Fan Fest to the fast-paced action, it's the biggest Sevens Rugby action in the U.S. Afterward, head downtown for a night out on East Fremont Street and book a stay at a vintage hotel including The Plaza, Golden Gate, Golden Nugget or, if you're lucky, the popular D Hotel.
The clown princes of basketball are bringing their unique brand of skills and humor to Vegas on Feb. 15 - catch the one and only Harlem Globetrotters at The Orleans. More hoops excitement follows in the coming weeks with the men's and women's college basketball championship tournaments, so make your plans now to be a part of the sports madness in Vegas!
Fitzgeralds Casino and Hotel is now known as the D Las Vegas.
You know all about the excitement on the Las Vegas Strip. But did you know there's plenty to do north of that famed stretch of road?
For starters, just look up - 1,149 feet, to be precise - at the Stratosphere Tower. Along with great restaurants such as Top of the World and indoor and outdoor observation decks providing an unparalleled view of Las Vegas, you can experience four extreme thrill rides - the SkyJump, the Big Shot, The X Scream, and Insanity.
In downtown Las Vegas you'll find some of the best deals and room rates in town. Check out new suites at the historic Plaza Hotel, Golden Gate Hotel, and Golden Nugget. Main Street Station, The Vegas Club, California, the D Hotel and the El Cortez offer amazing deals and are located in the middle of all the vintage Vegas action. The Four Queens Hotel is centrally located and in the basement is a hidden gem - Hugo's Cellar is an old-school steakhouse with a decades-old charm!
You can also find some unique arts and culture downtown at the Fremont East District, adjacent to the Fremont Street Experience. You'll find comedy clubs, blues and jazz nightclubs, a piano bar and even the InsertCoin(s) Videolounge Gamebar. You can also see work from every kind of artist imaginable at the Emergency Arts Building.
If you like shopping, you can find amazing deals at Las Vegas Premium Outlets North. Shop more than 150 designer and name brand outlet stores offering savings of 25 to 65 percent every day! Or just browse the classic signs of yesterday direct from the Neon Boneyard Museum - it's a collection of Vegas' most famous and memorable neon signs up and down the Fremont Experience.
There's plenty to do north of the Strip, so be sure to experience everything Las Vegas has to offer!
Las Vegas knows a thing or two about throwing a party, so make your plans to ring in 2012 with a night of revelry you'll remember all year long!
Start your New Year's Eve weekend with a Vegas show. Celine Dion performs her classic hits at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace on Dec. 30-31. You can also be mystified by David Copperfield at MGM Grand.
Cap the evening with a spectacular fireworks show that can be seen virtually anywhere in town, or head to the Fremont Street Experience for America's Party 2011!
Grab your favorite party hats and favors and celebrate the New Year in Vegas!
You probably have a digital camera -- either one specifically made for taking pictures, or attached to your smart phone. When you're in Las Vegas, there are plenty of places to put it to good use, with its neon lights and famous boulevard. Book your trip and stroll the Strip, because there's a photo op around just about every corner.
No visit to Vegas would be complete without a stop at the famous "Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas" sign. Located on the south end of the Strip, it's one of the most recognizable signs in the world and also one of the most copied. The original designer, Betty Willis, created the sign in 1959 and never copyrighted it. It's the reason why you'll find this sign, or a version of it, everywhere from T-shirts to mugs to beach towels. So when you're here, get your picture with the real thing.
Romance is in the air when you arrive at Paris Las Vegas. The hotel's focal point is a 1/2 size replica of the Eiffel Tower, with its 11th floor restaurant with stunning view of the lights below. Of course, don't miss the elevator ride to the top - at 460 feet, you'll experience a perfect panoramic 360-degree view of Las Vegas. For more great photo ops, don't miss The Arc de Triomphe, The Louvre, The Paris Opera House, and the Alexander III Bridge-all reproduced to the smallest detail.
Those seeking vintage Vegas will enjoy the downtown area known as Fremont Street. Although there are plenty of classic Vegas hotels here, you can't miss modern technology at its best with the world's largest LED canopy of light. With more than 12 million lights, the overhead canopy displays music videos and special light shows nightly. Make your trip to Fremont Street's Viva Vision show at night and you'll be amazed that it's as bright as day when the lights are on!
The Mirage Volcano has been erupting for more than 20 years, and now produces flames that are hotter and larger than ever, with a new fire lagoon feature. The creators have installed dozens of fire cannons under water that will explode on command. The effect is a choreographed fountain of fire and scored to the vibrant music of Grateful Dead percussionist Mickey Hart.
Just take a stroll down Las Vegas Boulevard and you'll get a glimpse of the world. It's the most recognizable street in the world and you'll see first hand Bellagio's fountains, New York's famed skyline, Luxor's great pyramid, Venetian waterways and squares and secluded lakeside shows at Wynn Las Vegas.
For more scenic shots, take a quick trip to Lake Mead where you can see the famous Hoover Dam. A quick 30-minute drive from the heart of Vegas, the Hoover Dam will amaze you with its size and commanding presence.
It's easy to slip up and overshare information, even when your heart is in the right place. That's why it's so important to Take the oath and #Knowthecode before you come to Vegas, because "What Happens Here, Stays Here."
Take the Heart Attack Grill downtown at the Fremont Street Experience, for example. Enjoy your meal here - but be careful about oversharing your experience as a "patient." Diners have supersized meals served by nurses, as seen in this MSNBC video.
Other matters of the heart also are sometimes best to keep to yourself. Susan Boyle's path to success is heartwarming, but did she need to reveal her feelings, and special keepsake, regarding Flamingo headliner Donny Osmond?
A 100-year-old man recently showed his heart is still pumping in great shape, completing a full marathon in Toronto. But afterward, he showed that there's no age limit on oversharing when he claimed "achieving this will be like getting married again." Hey, if he really wants to make that happen, the Zappos Rock 'N' Roll Las Vegas Marathon is on the horizon, and no place does weddings like Las Vegas. You're never too old for Vegas!
So take the oath -- you'll learn how to Protect the Moment and prevent yourself from that difficult heart-to-heart talk with friends who have accused you of sharing too much about your trip to Vegas.