The ads claim that Las Vegas never sleep. The lure of easy money, clattering slot machines and flashing neon may slow in the hours just before dawn, but Vegas has barely paused for breath since Nevada legalized gambling in the early 1930’s.
Getting there and getting around
McCarran International Airport is 5 miles from the city centre. A taxi to the strip averages $10; bus fares are slightly less return journey.
Amtrak buses from LA arrive downtown at the Greyhound bus station.
I-15 and 1-40 are the main access routes from southern California. From the Grand Canyon follow Hwys 89/9 to I-15 via Zion National Park or Hwys 89/38939 to I-15 between mid-afternoon and late evening, but as a compensation, parking is plentiful, convenient and cheap. Local CAT (702) 228-7433 buses operate 24 hrs a day, and trolleys (702) 382-1404 run up and down the Strip until 0200.
Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority, 3150 Paradise Road, Tel : (702) 386-0770 or (800) 332-5333, is open 08:00 – 17:00 daily.
Safety : Casino are extremely security-conscious, and the Strip and ‘Glitter Gulch’, the casino strip on Fremont St, are safe day or night. However, avoid car parks at night (use the free valet parking every hotel offers) and don’t take late night strolls away from the casino areas. Also beware the hustlers (of either sex) who work the casino. Don’t invite strangers, however alluring, to your room-too many visitors are drugged and robbed by newfound ‘friends’.
Money : Foreign Money Exchange, 3025 Las Vegas Blvd S. 224; Tel : (702) 791-3301.
Accommodation and Food
Vegas is the hotel capital of the USA, mostly concentrated along the Strip and downtown (Fremont St and nearby). New Strip hotels are most luxurious; downtown hotels less expensive. Visit midweek for the best value.
Dining has recently become a priority in Las Vegas, with increasing choice and variety, Casino buffets are still good value – the Fiesta, Rio and Station (Boulder, Palace Sunset and Texas) score well for food as well as prices.
It’s no secret that to enjoy Las Vegas to the full, you need MONEY. So if you find yourself low on funds, consider a payday loan or a car title loan. Both types of loans can be obtained even if you have bad credit.