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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.

Kick off your summer in Vegas this Memorial Day Weekend

  Memorial Day Weekend is the unofficial kickoff Memorial Day Weekendof 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!

Spend the day in Vegas

 

Everyone knows about the celebrity-filled nightclubs, exotic cuisine and top-notch hotels in Las Vegas, but do you know about all the activities you can do during the day?

After breakfast and before dinner, there is plenty of fun to be had! Be adventurous by taking a ride atop the 1,149-foot Stratosphere Tower, zip line your way over Fremont Street on Flightlinez or take a thrilling ride on the 67 mph rollercoaster at New York-New York.

Take a break for lunch by dining outside for the best people-watching views (trust us, it's worth it!). Grab a seat on the patio at Serendipity 3 at Caesars Palace, catch a breathtaking view of the Bellagio fountains from Todd English's Olives, or enjoy lunch and a margarita on the patio at Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville at Flamingo Las Vegas.

In the afternoon, wander over to the Luxor for an inside look at BODIES...The Exhibition, which showcases the human body and organs like you've never seen before; plus learn more about the epic story of the "ship of dreams" at Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition. Get ready to be mesmerized! America's Got Talent finalist, magician Nathan Burton, performs his grand illusions in the afternoons at Flamingo Las Vegas, while Harrah's magician Mac King provides a barrel of laughs with his unique comedy magic show.

If spending time in the great outdoors is on your must-do list, head out to Red Rock Canyon Conservation Area featuring more than 30 miles of hiking trails, rock climbing, horseback riding and picnic areas; or take a quick drive to Mt. Charleston in the scenic Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest for a cool afternoon hike. You could also hit a few balls at the new indoor glow-in-the-dark KISS-themed miniature golf course or challenge your friends to a quick par-3 round at the Callaway Golf Center across from Town Square on Las Vegas Boulevard.

Guns & Ammo GarageFor those who like to mix it up a bit, check out Dig This, America's first and only heavy equipment playground for some fun in the dirt. Or, grab a gun for some safe and supervised shooting practice at the new Guns and Ammo Garage. Featured machine guns include an authentic Tommy gun, Uzi, AK-47 and the new Secret Service P90 gun.

There's always plenty to do in Vegas, day or night!

Explore a side of Vegas you may not even know existed

      The weather is perfect for exploring a side of Las Vegas you may not even know exists - the scenic beauty that surrounds the world's most exciting destination. Check out gorgeous rock canyons, majestic mountains and more!
     The western edge of Las Vegas offers spectacular outdoor adventures, so start your day from the comfort of Red Rock Resort, Suncoast Hotel, or JW Marriott Resort.  You'll be minutes from a beautiful hike through the gorgeous red sandstone cliffs at Red Rock Canyon. Picnic areas, cycling, hiking, climbing and horseback riding are available to enhance your experience and the visitor center contains historical and geological exhibits, a cactus garden and even a bookstore.  Enjoy the scenic 13-mile drivable loop which meanders throughout Red Rock Canyon.
See the history behind one of America's most amazing structures at the Boulder City/Hoover Dam Museum     Take a tour of the wondrous Hoover Dam and don't miss the photo op with the new Hoover Dam Bypass Bridge!  Or, better yet, from the bypass parking area, climb the designated stairs to the top, and peer back down at the Hoover Dam from high atop the pedestrian walkway! It's not for the faint of heart! Be sure to stop by the Boulder City/Hoover Dam Museum to see the history behind this amazing structure. Enjoy lunch and a stroll down main street of this charming small town, or spend the night at the historic Boulder Dam Hotel, Boulder Inn Suites, Milo's Inn at Boulder, or many other charming accommodations.
     If you want to take your Vegas experience to new heights, take a ride up to Mount Charleston Recreation Area and explore the Spring Mountains of the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest. The lower foothills are covered with pinion pine and juniper trees, and you may encounter a variety of wildlife, including Rocky Mountain elk, desert bighorn sheep, mule deer and others. There are numerous hiking trails and camping is also available.  Stop for buffalo or ostrich burgers at Mount Charleston Lodge, or enjoy lunch with a view at The Resort on Mount Charleston.
     You can also go horseback riding at Bonnie Springs Ranch, enjoy train rides and even a petting zoo. There's a lot to see outdoors, so come experience Vegas in a whole new way!

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!

From the mountains to the lake, Las Vegas has everything for a great holiday weekend.

 Hoover Dam

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)

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