Las Vegas has become so built up along the Strip, that by choosing a centrally located hotel, you can easily manage a three-to-four day visit without a car. Take some comfortable shoes and think twice before reserving a rental car at the airport. If you are not a fan of taking public transport, you could always experience live บาคาร่าsa online at the comfort of your home and make just as much money.
Where to stay
Figure on $25 or so for a taxi airport transfer. We stayed mid-strip at the Marriott’s Grand Chateau
at the corner of East Harmon Boulevard, across the street from Planet Hollywood and Miracle Mile Shops. This Marriott, which also books timeshare units, has no casino and no restaurant, but there’s a fitness room and rooftop outdoor pool and jacuzzi. King-bedded rooms with a sofa bed are equipped with a kitchenette including sink, microwave, mini-frig, coffeemaker, dishes and cutlery, so it’s possible to save a good deal on feeding kids, breakfasts and snacks. Two and three bedroom suites have stove and oven and a dining table.
Where to eat
One often hears that Las Vegas meals are expensive. However, just across the street, the Miracle Mile Shops connected to Planet Hollywood provide a selection of 15 reasonably restaurants such as Cheeseburger Las Vegas, Pampas Brazilian Grille, D’Amore Pizza, La Salsa Cantina, and Blondie’s Sports Bar and Grill. Off the casino upstairs, fans of Chinese food and cocktails will find a P.F. Chang’s as well. Shopping malls are handy for inexpensive meals; there are food courts, Chipotle, California Pizza Kitchen, Subway, and lots more choices for a quick family option.
Navigate on foot
Since Las Vegas Boulevard is one strip, it was easy to figure out the lay of the land on foot. We chose Fashion Show, Las Vegas’ largest shopping center, as our destination, just over one mile away. Striking out on foot on a sunny but chilly winter’s day, the 40-minute walk passed a good number of the main hotels and attractions along the Strip, including the replica Eiffel Tower, Bellagio’s dancing fountains, and the gondolas of the Venetian’s lagoon. It’s a bit tricky to get one’s pace underway, considering the crowds, hawkers, street entertainers, hotel driveway entrances, and construction detours. Every few blocks one encounters escalators and bridges carrying pedestrians over the Strip’s lanes of traffic, making the walk longer than it appears on a map. It’s not a quiet walk, either, with each hotel widely broadcasting its own audio, from Elton John to Celine Dion to Bing Crosby and The Beatles. The proximity of venues makes nightlife and entertainment entirely do-able on foot in the evenings.
Tram, monorail, or bus
The free tram operates around the clock. There are seven stops between Treasure Island (next to Fashion Show) and Monte Carlo. The monorail covers the Convention Center, Harrah’s, Flamingo, Bally’s, and the MGM Grand. Single ride tickets are $5, unlimited day pass at $12 or a three day pass at $28. The Deuce is a bus that hits most spots along the strip and both of the two outlet shopping malls, with all day tickets priced at $8. Alternatively, hail a taxi but be prepared to crawl in traffic. To get to Town Square or Downtown, a taxi is your best option.