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Maybe you aren't limber enough to pull off a split or fast enough to compete in a 4-minute mile like our USA Olympic counterparts. But, that doesn't mean you can't participate in some alternative Olympic-style sports, Vegas-style!
The Las Vegas Strip is 4.2 miles long, so get out and walk from the Stratosphere to Mandalay Bay and back for your own version of the 8K dash! (Or, if you are really adventurous, sign up for the upcoming Rock 'n' Roll marathon in December to run a marathon on the Strip at night.)
If you are into cycling, rent a bike and head out to Red Rock National Park for the day to tour the 13-mile long loop once or twice, or grab a canoe for some paddling or swimming at Lake Mead, just a short drive from the Strip.
If watching gymnasts contort their bodies and spring effortlessly through the air intrigues you, get your fill of the truly amazing artistic abilities of Cirque du Soleil performers in shows like O at Bellagio, KÁ at MGM Grand or Mystère at Treasure Island, or catch the circus acts with the kids at Circus Circus.
The 10-meter platform diving competition has ended, but
that's nothing compared to diving off the Stratosphere
Hotel Tower's SkyJump - a mere 108 floors from the ground! You may not win a gold medal, but you sure will have a story to tell!
Ready ... set ... go!
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.
Memorial Day Weekend is the unofficial kickoff of summer, but in Las Vegas, summer celebrations are already in full swing!
Las Vegas is home to the most lavish pool parties on the planet, so take advantage of the holiday and the ideal weather to show off your summer swimwear while swaying to the sounds of top spin masters.
There's plenty of outdoor recreation to enjoy, too. Grab a foursome and tee off at one of more than 65 championship golf courses, set sail and go boating on Lake Mead, or discover a nature trail or hidden waterfall at Icebox Canyon and go hiking through Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area.
Of course, the Entertainment Capital of the World always lives up to its billing with amazing concerts to appease every musical taste. Catch an intimate evening of hits with Santana at Mandalay Bay, rock out to Incubus at The Joint inside the Hard Rock Hotel or catch a rising hip-hop star when Childish Gambino takes the stage poolside at The Cosmopolitan.
Legendary comics will leave you rolling in the isles this Memorial Day Weekend, including Mr. Heathcliff Huxstable himself Bill Cosby at Treasure Island, ‘Rules of Engagement' star David Spade at The Venetian and venerable TV host Jay Leno at The Mirage.
Follow that up with the best beats in the world at one of Vegas' hottest nightclubs! Check our official blog the week of Memorial Day to see what celebrities, recording artists and music producers will be appearing in Vegas clubs during the holiday.
Make it a memorable Memorial Day Weekend and get your summer started in Vegas!
Strap on your boots and see a side of Las Vegas you may never have known existed. The weather is perfect for a day of hiking in one of the magnificent state parks and recreational areas surrounding Las Vegas.
Start your journey from the comfort of your hotel suite at Red Rock Resort, Suncoast Hotel, or the JW Marriott Resort, all just minutes from our spectacular national parks! You can also get plenty of exercise in the 197,000-acre scenic loop of Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, with more than 30 miles worth of hiking trails! Be sure to stop by the visitor center to see some historical and geological exhibits, a cactus garden and a souvenir bookstore.
The spectacular red sandstone of Valley of Fire State Park is the perfect backdrop for a day of hiking, picnicking and even camping.
There's also invigorating hiking at Lake Mead National Recreation Area, not to mention boating, fishing, wildlife and more! The Mojave, the Great Basin and the Sonoran Deserts come together for a unique landscape. While visiting, be sure to spend some time on the scenic grounds of the new Ravella Resort or stroll the Mediterranean-themed streets of the Village at Lake Las Vegas.
If you prefer higher elevations, the Mount Charleston Recreation Area includes numerous hiking trails and picnic areas, along with the natural beauty you'll find in the Spring Mountains of the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest. Relax after a long hike at the Mt. Charleston Lodge or The Resort on Mount Charleston.
Experience some of Las Vegas' outer beauty and enjoy a gratifying and scenic hike today! Then finish your night off with an award-winning restaurant, A-list entertainment, and the best nightlife in the world!
Memorial Day is the official start to grilling season and sunny skies -- and in Las Vegas you can head to the great outdoors for both! After a fun-filled evening in Las Vegas, plan some day trips to the national parks surrounding the city. There's something for the adventurous and the not-so-adventurous and it's all just miles from the center of town; so pack up the station wagon - Clark Griswold style - and head to Vegas!
Head due West and spend the day at Red Rock National Conservation Area. Just minutes from Red Rock Resort, The Suncoast, and JW Marriott, this outdoor wonderland spans 197,000 acres, has a 13-mile scenic loop drive, and over 30 miles of hiking trails. Picnic and grilling areas, cycling, hiking, climbing and horseback riding are available throughout! Further North, Mt. Charleston Recreation Area is a hiker's paradise with towering pine trees, rivers, waterfalls, trails and the scenic Resort at Mt. Charleston and Mt. Charleston Lodge.
For the adrenaline-junkies, rent a dune buggy from a huge fleet of custom off road vehicles at Sun Buggy Fun Rentals. Just miles from North Las Vegas, explore 15,000 acres of off-road desert terrain before heading back to Vegas where you can relax and rejuvenate in a world-class spa treatment.
If you're staying in the Southern part of the valley, near The M Resort, Fiesta Henderson, or the South Point Resort, it's just a short drive to the spectacular Hoover Dam. This national historic spot offers a dramatic view of the Colorado River, Lake Mead Recreation Area and the new Hoover Dam Bypass Bridge, towering 900ft above the canyon floor! It opens in November for driving traffic, but the view today of construction is fascinating in itself.
Enjoy a relaxing day boating at Lake Mead or spend a tranquil day at the lakeside beach at Lake Las Vegas. Aston Montelago Village is a Mediterranean-inspired walking neighborhood with boutique stores, unique restaurants and the spectacular Lowes Lake Las Vegas Resort. Aim for par on the Jack Nicklaus designed South Shore Golf Club or check out more than 60 top-rated championship golf courses city-wide.
You may not find Wally World here, but we do have Wally Eastwood - the world's fastest juggler. Catch him and the best variety acts in the country at "V The Ultimate Variety Show" at Planet Hollywood. And for the best in entertainment, check out the current lineup of A-list shows, or enjoy a pre-show dinner at an award-winning restaurant. It's all part of a spectacular Memorial Day Las Vegas weekend. And now you can plan your trip and check rates and availability online and ensure you get the best deals in town!
P.S. (don't forget Aunt Edna, I hear she loves our buffets)
Clear skies and beautiful weather are upon us in Las Vegas. Spend your nights at the impressive neon lit casinos in our fabulous resorts, and spend your days outside at various national parks and hidden treasures. There are special offers of every kind, so make an excuse then find your way to Las Vegas.
Just minutes from the Las Vegas Strip on the West side of town, you can find yourself among the spectacular majestic cliffs of Red Rock Canyon. This national recreation area is a photographers dream with ruby red rock formations, rolling hills, and winding roads throughout the 13 mile journey. For the adventurous check out various challenging hiking trails to Ice Box Canyon, La Madre Springs, Keystone Thrust, or Turtlehead Peak. Red Rock Resort and the Suncoast Hotel are great jumping off points for a day of outdoor adventure, and an even better place to come back to relax!
From the mountainside to the water's edge, Vegas has it all. Pack a day trip and head to Lake Mead Recreation area, where you and your fiends can enjoy a day out on the serene lake! Rent a speed boat, fishing boat or deluxe house boat and cruise the scenic coastline of Lake Mead. Head south on the lake and experience a one-of-a-kind view of Hoover Dam from behind! And if you spend the night at Lake Las Vegas, you'll be home in no time ?? enjoying a relaxing evening at the Loews Lake Las Vegas Spa Resort. or the new Ravella at Lake Las Vegas.