Archive for April, 2012

Las Vegas Transportation

Las Vegas is a great city for walking and seeing all of the amazing hotels, casinos, and just plain unusual sites, but it can be deceiving how far it is from one hotel to another. Through our many visits, we have taken just about every type of transporation you can think of. We tend to always just pick up one of the hundreds of taxis waiting outside of the airport to get us to our hotel. Depending on where you stay on the strip this ride will probably cost you around $30 including tip. Once at your hotel, there are several options to get around the city. Walking is definitely the best way to get around but some days it can be a long walk! The Duece is the double decker buses that run 24 hours a day and offer a variety of pass options from 1 day to weekly at a very reasonable price. These buses are very reliable and there are stops all over the strip. We bought 1 day passes and used them to go to Freemont street during the day, down to the opposite end of the strip that night and then finally down to New York  New York  for my traditional NY bagel the next morning. Talk about getting your money’s worth! We spent $7 each on the bus tickets and easily spent at least $150 in cab fares in year’s past for the same round trip. Taxi’s definitely have their time and place, but take it from me…you don’t want to get stuck in strip traffic while the taxi meter is running.

Las Vegas Money Tips

Here a few helpful tips if you are planning a vacation to Las Vegas and you plan on spending some time in the casinos. Casino ATM machines are everywhere, but they charge you an extremely hefty fee. The best ways to get that gambling money you want without the casino fees, is to either hit your local bank branch inside the Las Vegas airport (check locations prior to your trip) or bring a check to the casino cashier desk upon your arrival. All casinos offer cashier desks and they are more than happy to cash that check for you without all the fees. The last money tip for Las Vegas has to do with tipping. Casinos are very generous with services, drinks, and just about anything else you can think that you need while visiting, but don’t forget to tip your waitresses and servers. They will remember you and make sure your cocktail is always full if you do!

Las Vegas in February

Although my husband and I enjoy visiting Las Vegas on an annual basis, our recent trip in February 2012 was one of the best ever! There are a couple of “must see” things we discovered on this most recent adventure. You may only think about Las Vegas as being incredibly hot, desert city…but we often travel to Vegas in February. Although most of the hotel pools are closed for maintenance, this time of year tends to offer better prices on hotel rooms, less busy casinos, more available “free” cocktails and comfortable weather to walk around the city. Once you stay at a property once or twice, get on their email list and they will send you offers for off-season deals; look for traditional shopping specials like “Black Friday” weekend prices. So, two things I would highly recommend if you are visiting Las Vegas in the next few months can be found at Caesar’s Palace. We had a fabulous dinner at P.J. Clark’s inside the Forum Shops as Caesars and I’ll say it was the best filet we have ever had….and my husband is the ultimate steak conousour. After dinner, we walked to a very small, circus looking tent just outside the front entrance of Ceasars. The show, Absinthe, was quite a change from the traditional Cirque du Soleil show. If it’s your first visit to Vegas, I’d stick with one of the Cirque shows, but if you have seen many these shows and looking for something different, this combination of burlesque, unusual acts, and very adults only comedy was great! Absinthe will probably only be around for a short time, but I do warn you that if you are easily offended…this is not the show for you!