Okay, this is the tip that we learned from my father-in-law who actually lives in Henderson, Nevada, 20 minutes drive to the Las Vegas famous Strip. We listened to him and oh boy, did it helped us!
Here it is:
If you have a rental car and/or driving in Las Vegas, it is much easier to use the valet parking of a hotel than looking for a parking space. It is much easier and more convenient. You don't have to walk so far away just to look for parking.
And, valet parking is free. Well, you can give a tip! We just give a $5.00 tip which is way far cheaper than paying a parking space and then the pain of walking in the 100 degree sun to go to the hotel's casino! (This tip from my father in law helped me a lot since I carry my daughter most of the time and plus I didn't really like to walk in the blazing sun!)
Just use the valet parking and the hotel employees will park your car and just go back to the valet parking and have them get your car! That's convenient and cheaper!
Car hire in the States is cheap.
Thinking of a visit to the nearby Canyons etc, there is no better way than in your own car.
Splash out on 4x4 or soft top to soak up the sun.
Every time I have hired from Vegas, we have been given a free upgrade.
Just be careful if driving across country, the gas stations may be few and far between (especially at night). So fill up in plenty of time.
Use the many pick up stations in the hotels (Main Street Station, Sahara, TI etc) otherwise you will have to trek back to the airport.
Most hotels have free parking for guests.
While we hate car-drivers in Norway, they love them in the States. Rent a car whilst there! The only hatch is that you have to be at least 25 to not get skinned financially. Many of the renters also refuse to rent convertibles to people under 25 as well, but Thrifty does this. The staff there is really friendly as well. Check out their site for great rental-deals, and remember to sign an insurance in case you run down a celebrity:)
Parking can be a deterrent for someone who is not a guest of a particular hotel when you plan to go to visit a hotel on the Las Vegas strip. I never thought to use valet parking. I was under the impression that it was very expensive to use. If you are only at the hotel for a short period of time such as to see a show or go to dinner, then try the valet parking. When the car is brought around when you leave tip the valet attendant a few dollars and away you go. Just be mindful to make sure what the parking policy of each hotel might be.
Generally speaking it is an easier way to pay a few dollars and not have to "hike" to the hotel from the self parking structures (ladies in high heels will not appreciate the the long walk, trust me.)
I suggest that you rent a car for going around Las Vegas. Walking, although healthy, will eat up your time especially when you plan to visit lots of hotels and shops.
there is no problem for parking as parking at all hotels along the strip is free. You can just avail of the valet service and tip a $1 or $2 for the valet.
rent a car from the internet. they often give promos through the net. i also noticed that it's cheaper to get a mini-van instead of a sedan. the mini-van gives you more space for your luggage and shopping bags.
There are quite a few places on the strip for you to rent a semi-exotic sports car for your stay if you feel like driving around the town. By semi-exotic I mean lower grade (yet still very expensive) cars such as older Ferraris, Dodge Vipers, Corvettes, Porsches, and even Hummers. I'm not sure of the cost, but if you have money to blow and plan on being your groups DD, rent a car and show up to the valet in style. Just remember though, in Vegas, as opposed to LA and NY and Miami, its not what type of car you pull up to the hotel in, its what you bring to the TABLE that matters here.
Rent from DOLLAR, located at the Paris Hotel and Casino. They have the least expensive rates. Check all the others and you will see for your self. DOLLAR is the most reasonable.
Don't rent from the airport. There are 7 different taxes they throw on you.
If you go down to the Fremont Street area by car you can park as we did quite easily. We parked in the car park of the Golden Nugget Hotel/Casino, you get a ticket from the machine but if you get one of the attendants (not really sure what they are called but someone will tell you) to validate your ticket you can park for free for 3 hours.
If you're driving to Las Vegas from Los Angeles or San Diego for the weekend, make sure you're east of LA before lunchtime Friday. Leave too late, and you're likely to be stuck in a traffic jam.
Local wisdom (I didn't drive back, flew on to Texas instead) says to avoid making the return journey to California on Sunday, unless you like spending very long times in a queue of traffic.
If you're traveling in a group 3 or more. You're better off renting a car than taking the monorail in Vegas.
It's best to avoid driving at Las Vegas Blvd South especially from 5pm onwards.
Use the small roads instead.
I did Vegas by car which basically is quite ease because Vegas is hard to miss. To and From Vegas is not a problem, but as soon as you want to drive on the Strip, like I did, it gets a bit more difficult.
Because of the amount of cars on the Strip, driving from one casino to the other or worse, from the South side to the North side and vice versa, it will take you about one and a half hours, just to drive from one end to the other. It's a lot easier to just take the bus or just walk.
Around Las Vegas, you definitely need a car to get around.
Driving your own car (if possible) is best. Taxi fees start at $3.00 as soon as you get in the taxi. A short trip from one side of the strip to the other costs about $20. Using your own vehicle seems like too much of a hassle but it's really not, there was much more parking than expected at all of the hotels/casino's.
Unless you're going to Vegas for a trip that involves staying in or close to your hotel, RENT A CAR!
The taxi cab will not be cheap and if you plan to travel from one end of the strip to the other a couple of times, renting a compact car is the way to go.
Free parking is available at the casinos.
You can rent a car for approximately $40 per day.
Do it. You'll be glad you did.
Your looking at some of the worse traffic in America. If u are staying within south Vegas along the main strip, 80% of the casinos are in walkin distance. I prefer to walk in Vegas and enjoy the sites and sounds. If u are in old Vegas, along Freemont, everything is within a 10 minute walk.... If u have to drive, here are some tips to help u move around safer and faster...
1. If u are going from South Vegas to North Vegas, always avoid Las Vegas Blvd if u are in a rush. The highway is much faster except during your typical rush hours. Be careful on interstate 15, they are always doing something with construction on that highway. Watch for unexpected stops.
2. Another fast way from South Vegas to North Vegas, is taking a back streets. My favorite way there is cruising down Maryland. It can save u 10 minutes, to an hour, or more compared to taking Las Vegas Blvd. Maryland Blvd is located about 3 blocks east of Las Vegas Blvd and joins back with Las Vegas Blvd at the Stratosphere.
3. Paradise Blvd saves u a lot of time within South Vegas.Its 2 blocks East of Las Vegas Blvd and runs between Tropicana and Sahara. (no lefts onto Paradise from Tropicana. Harmon St. provides the first available left)
4. Last, u can't let the locals push u around on the street. Be careful, but dont be afraid to get in there with them.
Warning... its always fun to drive the strip, but on weekends at night u can get stuck for hours on it.
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It takes about 5 hours to drive from southern California where I live to Las Vegas. The best place to stretch your legs in between is Barstow. The photo shows a rest station at Barstow called "Barstow Station". They are located right by the railroad, and they use retired train carts as restrooms. Barstow also has a few outlet stores.