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Buffets are a good value, if you like a lot to eat. However, the lines are long at normal meal times. If you can eat a little earlier or later, do so.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Age Considerations

You must be 21 to enter a casino, gamble at a casino or drink alcoholic beverages in any Nevada casino. Children accompanied by adults are allowed to walk through a casino on their way to various non-gambling activities.  Children are not allowed to wander off the walkways connecting the elevators, restaurants, pools, activities and hotel exits.  Children are not allowed to loiter in casinos or wait for parents who are gambling.

Children, of course, are welcome at hotel swimming pools and many hotels provide areas with video game arcades and other activities geared towards younger kids.

What seasons are the best for visiting?

Las Vegas can be very hot during the summer, but abundant air-conditioning and massive swimming and sunbathing complexes compensate for the torrid afternoons. In winter, the weather can be beautiful, but cool at night, so bring a jacket.

In the past few years, seasonality has all but disappeared from the tourist migrations to the city, with every month attracting approximately three million visitors. The lightest traffic is from November through February when room rates are usually the lowest, although this is the time of year that attracts some of the city’s biggest conventions (and rooms rates during conventions may astound you, so always ask).   

                 

What to wear

Casual is king in Las Vegas casual. In the summer most visitors wear shorts and t-shirts during the day and don something a little more formal if they are planning dinner at a snazzy restaurant. In winter, you will see a lot of jeans or casual slacks during the day and most visitors carry a jacket in the evenings, since temperatures in the desert drop rapidly once the sun sets. Rain is infrequent in Las Vegas and averages around four inches. Sunshine is usually abundant as the city usually observes over 320 days of sunshine a year. Speaking of what to wear, a new trend in some of the high-end hotels is topless, semi-private sunbathing, where the only ones who can see you are other sunbathers who have paid a modest fee for the privilege of baring more than you can (or perhaps want to) at the pool.

Distances and transportation

Everything in Las Vegas looks larger than life. Perhaps, that is because it is! Of the 20 largest hotels in the United States, 17 are in Las Vegas. When you add all of the fountains, shopping areas and casino gaming areas with the hotel space, you wind up with large properties. Walking from the street into most of the casinos is a hike (especially the MGM Grand) and walking between the casinos, which are spread, somewhat uniformly along the Strip is good exercise, but if you would rather gamble, attend a show or eat at another hotel, you will soon be looking for an alternate way to get there.  See our Map of the Las Vegas Strip, which shows the distances between major intersections along Las Vegas Boulevard,

If you are going to wander out of town to Lake Mead, Hoover Dam, Red Rock Canyon, the Valley of Fire or other areas, you will need to rent a car. If you plan to stay close to the Strip, there are several public conveyances that work well. If you plan on hitting some of the off-strip casinos, consider taking a cab, as the bus service away from the Strip is inconvenient.

                 

                 



There are several options that make traveling the Strip quite easy.

The most convenient transportation is the Deuce Strip Transit Service that operates twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. Deuce service features a new series of energy efficient, double decked buses that cruise the strip every 7 minutes between 6:45 a.m. and 11.30 p.m. with slightly longer intervals (10 to 15 minutes) at other times of the day. The Deuce has stops near all major hotels and costs $7 for a twenty-four hour pass. You need bills or exact change for the on-board automatic ticket machine, as the driver does not carry any cash. Some stops have Ticket Vending Machines where you can also purchase tickets for the Deuce. For more information see this site

We tried the Deuce recently and found it to be a clean, fast, and efficient way to travel between hotels on the strip.

If you are looking for a different form of transportation, you might be interested in the futuristic, Las Vegas Monorail, which runs from the MGM Grand to the Sahara Station (just past the Las Vegas Convention Center and the Las Vegas Hilton). The monorail charge is $5 a ride or $12 for a one-day pass and $28 for a three-day pass. The Monorail operates between 7 a.m. and 2 a.m. Monday through Thursday, but runs until 3 a.m. on the weekend (Friday through Sunday).

The monorail travels the east side of the Strip and makes the following stops: the Sahara, the Las Vegas Hilton, the Las Vegas Convention Center, Harrah’s/Imperial Palace, Flamingo/Caesar’s Palace, Bally’s & Paris Las Vegas, and the MGM Grand. For more information see the official web site at http://www.lvmonorail.com/.

Although the monorail ride is pleasant, not all of the stops are at hotels considered major attractions. In addition, the walk from Las Vegas Boulevard through the MGM Grand to its Monorail station takes forever.

We think the Las Vegas Monorail is fun, but prefer the Deuce.  However, if you are  traveling to the Las Vegas Convention Center for an event, the monorail is your best bet.  One other important note for those visiting on New Year's Eve -  While the "Strip" is closed to vehicles and buses during the evening's celebration, the monorail  will remain open to zip you from one location to the other.

There is a free monorail-like tram, on the west side of the strip that runs from the Excalibur to the Luxor and on to the Mandalay Bay. Also, there is a tropical- themed tram that runs between the main entrance of the Mirage and a depot in the  Treasure Island complex.

The Las Vegas Strip Trolley was a small trolley was a fun way to tour the Strip, but was unable to compete with the Deuce and closed down in 2010.

 

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The Excalibur and New York New York across from the MGM Grand

 

 

 

 

 

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