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Getting around Las Vegas

 

Airport Shuttle

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.

Car Rentals

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.

Limousine Services

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 Bus

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.

Parking

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.

CityCenter Tram

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

This tram stops at Mandalay Bay, Luxor and Excalibur every three to seven minutes, operating daily from 7 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. The tram is free.

Taxis

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.

Vegas Weekend: Setting the scene - Cee Lo, Lil Jon & Tiesto light up the club circuit

     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:

Cee-Lo performs at 1 OAK inside the Mirage on Friday.Friday, April 27

Saturday, April 28

Sunday, April 29

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.

 

There are two sides to every story; and then there’s the truth.

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 Mob Museum

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.

It's always Happy Hour in Vegas!

There's a reason it's difficult to find clocks in our resorts. It's because in Vegas, no matter what time it is -- it's Happy Hour! Since it's Friday, and 5 o'clock somewhere, let's talk Happy Hour with some great places to down a cocktail in Vegas.

Hennessey's Tavern downtownBlue Martini at Town Square Las Vegas has drink specials from 4-8 p.m. every Friday and is a great place to kickstart your weekend of fun. 

More great Vegas atmosphere is available at First Food & Bar inside The Palazzo, where you'll find the perfect food and beverage 'round the clock.

PBR Rock Bar & Grill and Cabo Wabo, both at Planet Hollywood, are great Happy Hour spots with awesome people-watching overlooking the Strip.

Downtown, there are plenty of places to enjoy a drink and some scenery. Check out the Happy Hour deals at Hennessey's Tavern on Fremont Street.  At the opposite end of the Strip, another place to enjoy a beverage with some unique surroundings is the Hostile Grape at M Resort, where you can choose from 160 wines in a contemporary "cellar."

Happy Hour in Vegas! Almost redundant, isn't it?

Miss USA 2011: West Coast, represent!

Please note: The Lion King at Mandalay Bay has closed.

Note: This is the first in a series of blogs leading up to the Miss USA 2011 competition on June 19 at Planet Hollywood. In this entry, we're highlighting contestants from Western states.

The contestants for Miss USA are used to answering questions, so we threw some Vegas-related Qs their way. Here are some selected answers:

 MISS ALASKA USA: JESSICA CHUCKRAN

Q: What are you most excited about seeing and doing in Las Vegas?
A: The city lights at night.

Q: What's the one thing in Las Vegas you can't miss?
A: Shopping.

Q: What are your "must-see" shows in Vegas?
A: The Lion King.

MISS OREGON USA: ANNA PROSSER

Q: Who's your favorite Vegas icon?
A: Vegas wouldn't be Vegas without Elvis.

Q: If you had to pick 5 things to pack in your suitcase for a trip to Vegas, what would they be?
A: I'd pack a unicorn, an invisible cloak, a humanoid robot, my dog and a massage therapist. Anything is possible in Vegas... right?

Q: What is the first thing you want to do when you get off the plane in Vegas?
A: When I get off the plane I want to whip out my sunglasses and take off my coat. Looking forward to that warm weather! 

MISS CALIFORNIA USA: ALYSSA CAMPANELLA

Q: If you had only one night in Vegas, which nightclub would you choose?
A: I've heard great things about Blush and it has a very catchy name, too.

Q: What is your favorite restaurant in Las Vegas?
A: I love Tao at the Venetian.

Q: What is the best advice you can give to a first-timer in Las Vegas?
A: Breathe, then dive right in.

MISS NEVADA USA: SARAH CHAPMAN

Q: Where do you love to shop in Las Vegas?
A: I love to shop at the Miracle Mile Shops at the Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino. They have everything you could ever want or need on the Las Vegas strip.

Q: Who would be your dream date for a night out in Vegas?
A: My dream date in Vegas would be if I could go back in time to the 1940s and hit the town with Frank Sinatra!

Q: What's the best pool in Vegas?
A: Encore Beach Club always has a fun and exciting crowd with great DJs on the weekends. I love that their decor is all bright and happy colors, too!  

MISS MONTANA USA: BRITTANY WISER

Q: What might you wear in Vegas that you wouldn't wear back  home?
A: String bikinis with high heels!

Q: What's the one thing in Vegas you can't miss?
A: I always have to take a few minutes to see the spectacular botanical garden exhibits at the Bellagio.

Q: If you could live at any Las Vegas resort, which one would you choose?
A: The Planet Hollywood Westgate Towers has an incredible quiet and laid-back atmosphere that is essential for long stays in Vegas.

MISS ARIZONA USA: BRITTANY DAWN BRANNON

Q: Where do you love to shop in Las Vegas?
A: I really enjoy Caesars Palace for shopping. The whole ambiance makes shopping enjoyable and fun.

Q: Who would be your dream date(s) for a night out in Vegas?
A: I honestly would like to do a girls-night-out instead of a date with a guy. I have a great group of girlfriends and I think we would have an absolute blast in Las Vegas together.

Q: If you could live at any Las Vegas resort, which one would you choose?
A: I would love to live at the Mandalay Bay. It's sophisticated and has a tropical island atmosphere.

MISS NEW MEXICO USA : BRITTANY TOLL

Q: If you had only one night in Vegas, which night club would you choose?
A: If I only had one night to spend in Vegas I would go to Tao (at Venetian), Pure (at Caesars Palace) and Moon at the Palms.

Q: What's the most unique experience you've had in Vegas?
A: The most unique experience I've had was attending a private 3 Doors Down concert on New Year's Eve at the Hard Rock.

Q: What's the one thing in Vegas you can't miss?
A: One thing in Vegas you cannot miss is Fremont Street; everyone should experience the old-town Vegas.

MISS WASHINGTON USA: ANGELINA KAYYALAYNEN

Q: If you had to pick 5 things to pack in your suitcase for a trip to Vegas, what would they be?
A: Camera, swimsuit, sunglasses, little black dress, credit card.

Q: What restaurants are you most excited to try in Las Vegas?
A: I'm excited to eat at Yolos and Strip House.

Q: What are your "must-see" shows in Vegas?
A: Would love to see Terry Fator and his famous celebrity impersonation shows.

All Miss USA contestants surveyed are over 21 years of age.
Images courtesy of Miss Universe Organization.

First trip to Vegas? Some advice from your peers

We asked our legion of Facebook fans (you are following the official Las Vegas page on Facebook, aren't you???) what advice they would give to first-time Vegas visitors.

We had some great responses -- and thought we'd share our top 10 answers with you!

1)      Wear comfy walking shoes
2)      Stay hydrated
3)      Pace yourself
4)      Bring lots of cash/singles (for tipping)
5)      Fly in at night
6)      Get lots of sleep before, don't sleep while you're there
7)      Split your time between the Strip, Fremont Street, and outer attractions (such as Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area)
8)      See the free Fountains of Bellagio
9)      Enjoy the buffets
10)   You don't need a car if you're on the Strip -- use the monorail, taxi, or bus (here are some tips for getting around Vegas)

If you are planning your first visit to Las Vegas, be sure to check out our list of to-dos on the Vegas First-Timers itinerary available on LasVegas.com ... we're the experts on How To Vegas!

Pageants, Shopping, Dining, and Dancing -- a crowning weekend in Vegas.

 

The eyes of the world will be on the beautiful city of Las Vegas, but this time, not for its glittering lights and spectacular skyline.  Catch a glimpse of the country's most stunning, talented, and admired women as they compete for the title of Miss USA on May 16 at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino!

The stage is set for another exciting beauty competition which began it's long-held tradition in 1952.  From evening gowns to swimsuits, women compete for a chance to promote their chosen charities and become crowned the next Miss USA.  Come cheer on your hometown contestant (or cheer for Ms. Nevada), then enjoy the excitement that Las Vegas has to offer.  It's a weekend of fun culminating with the crowning of a new winner. 

Explore Planet Hollywood for more excitement and enjoy shopping at the newly renovated Miracle Mile Shops, then head across The Strip and find your own pageant gown at the mega-shopping district of Crystals at CityCenter.  Do you have what it takes to walk the stage in a swimsuit in front of millions of television viewers worldwide?  Maybe just a leisurely stroll around the resort pool?  Check out the latest ultra-pools and pool parties that Vegas hosts each week and catch an A-list outdoor concert.

After a day in the sun, plan for a night out on the town.  Start downtown at Fremont Street where dinner at Hugo's Cellar inside the Four Queens Hotel will set you back a couple of decades, to the classic days of Vegas.  The North part of the Strip is elegance at its finest, as you stroll along the Wynn Esplanade and enjoy its hidden lake and towering waterfalls.  When your feet get tired, enjoy a peaceful gondola ride inside the Venetian waterways as a gondolier serenades you.

An evening in Vegas isn't complete without a trip to the dance floor.  With more than 60 nightclubs and lounges across the city, there's a club for everyone.  For country music fans, the Revolver Saloon at Santa Fe Station and Gilley's Country Saloon at Treasure Island will keep you line-dancing all night long.  House music fans check out the legendary Paul Oakenfold at The Palms Rain Nightclub on Saturdays, or catch DJ's spinning the latest hit-makers at PURE, LAX, XS, TRYST and Drai's Afterhours.

Book your pageant weekend today on LasVegas.com, where you can check the best rates and availability online and then book direct with your favorite hotel.  This weekend, the winner is you!

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