Las Vegas is a place very famous throughout the world as a place of fun and party. Plenty of Hollywood movies have been set here, including the Hangover, Oceans 11, and then some. It is an entertainment capital, and also a city that never sleeps (and it really doesn’t!) This is a brief guide of Las Vegas (note that this small guide won’t cover everything though)
Las Vegas has a big international airport (McCarran International), and is within a few minutes from the Strip (the main area where all the big hotels are). Alternatively, you can also fly in through Los Angeles (around a 3 1/2 hour drive away), and from there, do a California tour before driving to Vegas.
From the airport, the normal way to get to your hotel (whether it is at the Strip or at Fremont Street) is to take a shuttle. These shuttles group people into destinations and drop you off at your hotel doorstep. Another (more fun) way is to take a limo from the airport to your hotel. It isn’t that expensive, at around $45 (including tip to the driver) for a ride to the Strip. A less glamorous way would be to take a taxi or hop on the rental car shuttle to rent your own car & drive around.
Note: Unless you are planning to go outside of Vegas proper, lets say to the Grand Canyon, it is not a necessity to rent a car in Vegas because of its efficient transport system.
What to See:
Since there are indeed plenty to see in Vegas, let’s group them together according to where they sit on the strip:
The farthest point of the strip from the airport, and is almost close to Downtown, it has its fair share of sights to see. To get here from the South Strip or even downtown, take the Deuce bus, which stops at practically every hotel.
- The Stratosphere Tower – It is a big tower with an alien looking spaceship on top, but the observation deck gives you a great view of Las Vegas. At the top also, you can ride extreme rides such as X-Scream, Big Shot, and Insanity.These rides dangle you from the edge of the Stratosphere tower, and they are just insane! Feeling brave? Why not try to do a Sky Jump from the top floor of the observation deck? This is also a working hotel which has great rates during weekdays. You can also watch shows within the hotel like the Michael Jackson Tribute Concert & also Pin Up.
- Circus Circus – Another hotel on the strip, but their claim to fame is the Adventuredome, which is an indoor theme park and boasts of over 25 rides. You can buy an all day pass to save money (only $30) and ride all you can! Circus acts perform for free everyday at the hotel.
- Bonanza – They proudly market themselves as the world’s biggest gift shop, but this is one of the cheapest places to get souvenirs in Vegas. Oh, and you get plus points for being inside the biggest store.
- City of Rock – Technically not done yet, this is an entertainment venue which will host concerts, sporting events, and shopping, among others. It aims to have a festival like feel, and will host big concerts every two years.
The North Strip isn’t the most interesting in Vegas, but it does have its draws. Some of the hotels in the area are quite posh (like Hilton Grand Vacations, which is technically a timeshare), and Resorts World is being built nearby as I type this article.
If you want to have more fun and parties, the center strip is where they are: where the nightclubs are expensive (and are in demand), and hosts these international DJs you have heard of. How’s that for fun?
On Las Vegas Part 2, we tackle more places to see and do within the area.