About The Las Vegas Strip
The Las Vegas Strip referes to an approximately 6 km stretch of Las Vegas Boulevard, where the largest cluster of hotels, resorts and casinos are located. These properties are amoung the largest in the world with 19 out of the world's top 25 being located here. There are reportedly over 67,000 rooms available accross the entire strip.
First To Review: Katie S.
Oct 30, 2008
I think it is a uniquely American experience to go to Vegas. But, having said that it is so so weird that there is this giant city complete with water displays and a million lights in the middle of the desert. However, for sheer hedonistic pleasures Vegas is your place.
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Jan 24, 2012
Walking along the resort area of Las Vegas Blvd., known as the Strip, is a fun and convenient way to explore the city and get a feel for Vegas. Many resorts are located within walking distance of each other, and each has a unique flavor that can even be enjoyed by passing by on foot. This being stated, the sheer size of the hotels makes hoping around on foot difficult and tiring, especially when glammed up. Given that valet parking is free at all hotels, it is worth renting a car and leaving it with the valet of each hotel that you visit. If you do insist on walking, the following information will be of assistance to you:
First-time visitors should be prepared for a couple local quirks when walking along the Strip. Many vendors along the sidewalks on the Strip attempt to distribute adult material and advertisements to people passing by, but they are not intrusive and can be easily ignored, although their discarded material sometimes ends up littering the sidewalks. Also, don’t be surprised to see people walking along the street with open containers of alcohol, often served in large and elaborate souvenir cups. There is no legal prohibition against this sort of drinking in public in Las Vegas; however you cannot take open beverages of any kind onto the buses, including the Deuce.
A word of caution - cross Las Vegas Blvd. ONLY in designated pedestrian crosswalks. There are a number of crosswalks as well as overhead pedestrian bridges and using them will make life easier for you and the drivers trying to navigate one of the busiest streets in the country. Drivers can be aggressive and traffic can be a nightmare (jaywalking also carries a very stiff fine in Vegas). So be safe and cross the street in the areas designed for pedestrian crossing.
In addition to walking the Strip, take the Deuce or a cab to the downtown area, home of the famous Fremont Street Experience. Enjoy walking the several blocks of Fremont Street between shops and casinos that lie under the overhead canopy which becomes an enormous screen for regular audio and video shows at night. You will also find here at night professional or professional-quality live entertainment at one or more of the intersections in the 4-block long area.
If you are staying at an off-Strip hotel/casino, check and see if they have a courtesy shuttle to the Strip. Many hotels and casinos also offer complimentary shuttles to the airport for their guests.
Make sure to check out public transportation it runs alongside Binion's) 2 or 3 blocks in the opposite direction. The Deuce costs $3.00 per one-way ride; exact change is required. or, if you prefer you can buy a 24-hour, nonlimited-access pass for $7.00 when you get on the bus (the pass can be used on other local buses as well). As of December, 2007, the Deuce route has been modified to drop off/pick up at Town Square Mall and Belk's Las Vegas Discount Shopping Mall just south of the Airport (same bus stop for travel in both directions) before proceeding to the South Strip Transit Terminal, and a Deuce all-day pass is also good for the CAT and MAX buses.
RTC has 49 routes throughout the Las Vegas Valley and Henderson. Besides the Deuce, Route 301 traverses the Strip; if you're not using the $7 all-day Deuce pass, the fare is $3 one-way or $1.75 one way on off-Strip routes. Strip routes (the Deuce and 301) run 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Most other routes operate 5 a.m. to 1 a.m. seven days a week, and 14 routes operate 24-hours a day.
If you are 62 or older and a repeat visitor to Vegas, it is possible to obtain a senior discount ID by applying at the Downtown terminal. There is no charge; you provide a photo ID verifying your age, provide a mailing address, and recieve the senior ID in the mail in about 10 days. If you plan to be in Vegas for more than 4 days on return visits, this ID will save you money because a monthly senior transit pass is $25 as of March, 2009. If you choose not to purchase the pass, you only pay half the bus fare if you show the pass. Not sure whether there's a break on the 24-hour pass price.
While bus drivers are supposed to ask to see your senior ID, many do not. Additionally, even without the Las Vegas senior Id, some Deuce drivers will give tourists the senior discount if you ask when you get on the bus whether there is a senior rate.
The Trolley travels from Downtown to the South Strip. As of August, 2007, the fare was $2.50 per one-way trip, and exact change is required. The Trolley also offers multi-day passes. As of March, 2007 the 4-day pass was $20; the 3-day pass was $12; and an all-day pass was $6.50. As of August, 2007, the all-day pass has been eliminated and replaced by a $4.25 pass which is good from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and a second $4.25 pass which is good from 5 p.m. to midnight. If you plan to transfer from one Trolley route to another, you should buy one of the $4.25 passes at minimum because each transfer is considered a new ride and you will have to pay again if you don't have a pass.
The Trolley has 3 routes now; as of August, 2007, the East Loop route to Hard Rock Casino area has been eliminated. The Strip route runs from the Stratosphere to Mandalay Bay; it does NOT stop at every casino, but it does stop at quite a few. Check the route signs located at one of the stops at Harrah's, Bally's and the Hilton vacation property.
The South Strip route runs from Mandalay Bay (board in parking lot near The Reef) to South Point Casino (what was formerly South Coast Casino), with a stop at Silverton Casino.
The Downtown route runs from the downtown bus terminal to the outdoor premium outlet mall and continues in a loop back to the terminal.
As of August, 2007, the Strip Trolley operates from 8:30 a.m. until midnight at approximately 30 minute intervals (depending on traffic), but 8:30 is the start time from the first stop on the route and the schedule begins later at the stops along the route. You may not find as many people on the Trolleys as on the CAT, mainly because the trolley stops at almost every major hotel (which makes transportation slower) and it doesn’t help that the seats are wooden. On the other hand, the Trolley is faster than the Deuce because it takes back roads between casinos; it is not as fast as the more expensive Monorail - which should be your backup plan for getting somewhere in a hurry. Just also keep in mind that if you plan to use the Trolley both before and after 5 p.m. you will need to buy a pass for each of those periods.
Of late, the Trolley service has not been too dependable, so it is not really recommended.
A favorite way to travel because it is up in the air, the monorail is open 7 days a week, operating Mondays through Thursdays from 7 a.m. to 2 a.m. and Fridays through Sundays from 7 a.m. to 3 a.m. It travels from the Tropicana Avenue Grand to Sahara Avenue, making 7 stops along the way (MGM Grand; Bally’s/Paris; Flamingo/Caesars Palace; Harrah’s/Imperial Palace; Las Vegas Convention Center; Las Vegas Hilton; and the Sahara), and can hold 72 seated riders and 152 standing riders. You can purchase tickets at each station, either on the platform or in the casino it serves, or on the Monorail’s website. As of March, 2007, a one-day (24-hour unlimited) pass is $15. A three-day (72-hour unlimited) pass is $40. A two-ride fare is $9. Single-ride fare is $5. Only one person can use these passes at a station entrance; it will be rejected if a second rider attempts to use the same pass. Coupons for fare promotions will be found in the small coupon booklets available on the racks on the Monorail platforms, and there are frequently costumed persons standing at casino entrances passing out flyers which include the coupons; the coupons can also be found in some of the magazines you will find in your hotel room or at the hotel bell desk. For more ticketing options, call (702) 699-8200..
There is also a free monorail-type shuttle between Mandalay Bay-Luxor-Excalibar; and another free monorail runs between Monte Carlo and Bellagio, as well as one between Mirage and Treasure Island. Since the latter two combinations are next to one another, it's rather redundant. And since there is significant construction going on at the Monte Carlo-Bellagio location as of August, 2007, it is possible that this particular shuttle is not currently in service. The free tram that connects Mirage to Treasure Island is in service as of June, 2008.
Free Shuttles: The following casinos have shuttles:
Barbary Coast (Now Bills Gambling Hall but per some sites, the shuttle is still running (suggest you verify first) to Gold Coast :
Barbary Coast (Now Bills Gambling Hall but per somesites, the shuttle is still running (suggest you verify first) to The Orleans
California to Sam’s Town: 8:30, 9:45, 11:00, 12:15, 1:30, 2:45, 4:00, 5:15, 6:30, 7:45, 9:00, 10:15, 11:30
Downtown (Fremont) to Sam’s Town: 8:15, 9:30, 10:45, 12:00, 1:15, 2:30, 3:45, 5:00, 6:15, 7:30, 8:45, 10:00, 11:15
Fashion Show Mall to Boulder Station:
Fashion Show Mall (Saks 5th Ave. entrance) to Palace Station:
Fashion Show Mall to the Forum Shops:
Forum Shops to Palms:
Gold Coast to Barbary Coast to The Orleans:
Hard Rock to Polo Towers, Forum Shops and Fashion Show Mall: leaves on the hour 10am – 7pm You can flag them down….distinctive purple mini-buses
Harrah’s to Rio (valet entrance off hotel loby, near rear bus entrance) every 15 minutes 10am to 1am (Thurs-Sun until 4am)
Harrah’s to Sam’s Town: 9:30, 11:00, 12:30, 2:00, 3:30, 5:00, 6:30, 8:00, 9:30
Mandalay Bay to Green Valley Ranch: Orleans to Gold Coast
Palms to Fashion Show Mall and Forum Shops:
Palace Stations to Tropicana and the Fashion Mall:
Rio to Harrah’s (entr near carnival world buffet):
Sam’s Town to Barbary Coast (now Bills Gambling Hall but, per Sams Town site, the shuttle is still running)
Sam’s Town to California/Fremont (by valet): 9:00, 10:15, 11:30, 12:45, 2:00, 3:15, 4:30, 5:45, 7:00, 9:15, 9:30, 10:45
Sam’s Town to Downtown Las Vegas:
Sam’s Town to Tropicana:10:40, 12:20, 2:00, 3:40, 5:20, 7:00, 8:40, 10:20
Sam’s Town to Harrah’s: 10:30, 12:00, 1:30, 3:00, 4:30, 6:00, 7:30, 9:00. 10:30
Tropicana to Fashion Show Mall:
Tropicana to Sam’s Town: 9:55, 11:35, 1:15, 3:55, 4:35, 6:15, 7:55, 9:35
Jan 24, 2012
Ebbene credo che poche siano le passeggiate del mondo cosi' stravaganti come the Strip di Las Vegas, km e km di hotel che rappresentano il mondo, con le loro attrazioni, luci, colori, illuminazioni, i loro casino', tanta gente, divertimento, gli interni strani e di una grandezza mai vista, i locali della strip, i personaggi strani, travestiti, le pattuglie della Police del sabato notte, le colonne di auto ferme in coda a colorare ancora di piu la lunga via del divertimento, vero è quel che si dice, Las Vegas è the sin city, la città del peccato e quel che succede li, rimane li!!
Puo' succedere di tutto in una città come Las Vegas, la città dei casino', del gioco, delle belle donne a pagamento, delle stravaganze, dell'esagerazione e del turismo!!
L'ho percorsa tutta, in un giorno, cercando di non lasciarmi sfuggire quasi nulla, dalle fontane del Bellagio alle Sirene del Tresure Island, dal Vulcano del Mirage all'altissima torre dello Stratosphere.....uno spettacolo a cielo aperto dal mattino al mattino dopo perchè Las Vegas non dorme mai signori, 24 h al giorno di tutto quello che si puo' volere, dal divertimento al cibo allo shopping all'alcool, una città dalle tante offerte, sfaccettature e dalle mille offerte.
La strip è forse la maggiore attrazione della città che racchiude in se mille attrazioni che sono gli hotel, i loro interni imperdibili e i loro spettacoli, le loro attrazioni e l'america racchiusa in una via lunghissima piena di sbalordimento da cima a fondo, da fare tutta d'un fiato. Farla tutta da un lato significa vederla solo a metà e cosi' l'ultimo giorno ci siamo riservati di rifarla dall'altra parte, entrando cosi' nel Paris, nel Venetian e fermandoci a fare acquisti per i souvenir in due o tre dei tanti negozi, e poi l'hard rock cafè e ancora il museo dell'harley e il negozio della coca cola......e poi, night, balletti, casino' e gioco d'azzardo over loop, ci siamo inoltrati nel Cesar Palace che ci ha davvero colpiti, le dimensioni e quel che si trova all'interno sono inimmaginabili, se non lo vedi non lo capisci oserei dire...... una città ricostruita nei sotterranei di un hotel, pazzescooooo!!
Alla fine della fiera, come si suol dire, ti colpisce poi la veduta dalla Stratosphere tower, l'ultimo hotel di grido che al suo interno ha alcune delle attrazioni piu' da urlo del mondo, sospese nel vuoto a picco sulla strip.
Dall'alto della Stratosphere ti rendi davvero conto di quanto è grande, bella e pazzesca questa città del peccato!
Noi siamo stati al Luxor le prime due notti e al Mandalay bay l'ultima e fortunatamente al Mandalay avevamo una camera al 13 piano vista Strip, da mozzareil fiato, mi sono riempita gli occhi di quella straordinaria veduta fino all'ultimo momento possibile e credo che non la dimentichero' facilmente, come tutto il resto di straordinariamente bello che laggiu' ho visto.
La strip puo' anche essere un'attrazione pericolosa soprattutto nei week end dove fiumi di persone non piu lucide si fiondano per festeggiare e divertirsi, il pericolo è dietro l'angolo ma anche le pattuglie della polizia e sono davvero folli anche i poliziotti....fucili a pompa in auto e una gran passione per il loro lavoro.
Che dire per terminare in bellezza e lasciarvi un po' del trasporto che ho provato visitando questa città....è come un parco giochi ma di dimensioni extra, un caleidoscopio di colori e vita, un cartone animato fatto città, un vero e proprio paese dei balocchi!!!!
Ne vale davvero la pena fare quei 5 o 6 km della sua lunghezza per vedere le bellezze fine o vere che siano ma molto ammalianti, un posto cosi' pazzesco non credo che nessun altro avrebbe potuto inventarlo se non gli statunitensi, mi è piaciuta tantissimo e spero di avervi lasciato trasparire l'adrenalina che ho provato e che ancora provo riguardando le foto, allora non siete ancora convinti di andarci???
Ricordatevi di chiedere una camera vista Strip e la veduta paghera' la spesa......un hotel dopo l'altro, una attrazione dopo l'atra, una stravaganza dopo l'altra, dal Bellagio a 5 stelle con le sue fontane commoventi al vulcano del Mirage, alla gondola del Venetian alla piramide del Luxor, signori questa è L'America!!
Oct 18, 2008
Ok so the whole city is based on gambling, flashing lights and razmatazz - does not even come close to ORGANIC. No sireee, zilch, nada, takda, nyet... catch my drift! But I kinda found it rather amusing but the city also gave me a headache. Despite my dislike of all that, my weakness gave in to the impish delights of flashing lights a flutter or two. I have been to Vegas 3 times now and really that is enough. Ok so I was not forced but since my brother lived there and the 3rd time our company sales conference was held there and I was one of the organisers I had to go. Can you say no to cheap travel anywhere in the world! Be honest - surely you would not grab at the chance?!!! At one of these trips I (I was alone) decided to get away from the Strip so I hopped on a local bus (checked with the concierge on directions first), and it took me to a local mall. The ride there was interesting (that was the time I was wearing the hijab - Islamic scarf), and as I was walking along the strip to the bus stop a local man came up to me and shoved a brochure. I thanked him and when I opened it up to see what it was - I burst out laughing.... It was all covered in pictures of naked girls...! This guy must have thought he had the last laugh but he was wrong. So I turned around and walked up to him and politely and softly asked him if he knew what I should do with this. The look on his face was classic! He was so shocked. Not the fact that I gave him the brochure back but the fact that I shook his hand and winked at him and told him to have a nice day and that he shouldn't waste expensive brochures like that on me... To this day I still have the image of his face on my mind. Pure classic - you could not buy an expression like that for a million dollars. That is my strongest memory of The Strip.
Jan 19, 2010
The convience of the strip is fantastic. If your just visiting for a few days you do not need a rental car, u can basically just walk it or use the monrail system or take the "deuce" or a cab. Transportation is def. not a prob and is rather cheap. Also there are very few cities in the world that have world famous chefs and their 5 star resturants in such close proximity. You can wine and dine and really treat yourself here. Anything you want at any time. However if you even want to venture off the strip when you get sick of the nightclubs, shows and gambling....chinatown off of spring mountain offers a great selection of different asian cuisine, there are also tons of hole in the wall bars that are cheap and fun!