Walking is not only eco-friendly, but easy!
I recommend walking all the way! It's so much easier. Getting a hotel on the strip and taking a taxi only when necessary is so nice. The traffic on the strip gets insane, and unless you know the back ways around the area, it can literally take an hour to get from end of the strip to the other.
While walking you can stop in different hotels along the way and experience the craziness that is Las Vegas. Taking taxis is so much easier than driving in a strange, busy city to me, but if you chose to drive, all of the hotels have free garages and parking is not a problem at all. Getting to the parking garages is a different story though!!!!
Luxbus was good fun
This was a reply to a forum question on how to travel between LA and Las Vegas by bus.
We travelled from Anaheim to Las Vegas on the Luxbus. I think it is more touristy than cheap but we enjoyed the trip and learnt quite a bit along the way from the bus driver and the funny Russian assistant. We would travel by them again although probably only one way. 4-5 hours on the bus vs 45min flight back!
website is www.luxbusamerica.com
Driving from Las Vegas to California
Regarding the question of cost, gas is definitely a factor, but also be sure to look carefully at rental car fees if you plan to rent. Not only does the cost of insurance rack up the cost of the car dramatically vs. the quoted "daily rate," but there can be an additional daily second driver fee if you rent the car in Las Vegas and both you and your husband plan to drive. I had a bad experience with Dollar and high unexpected fees for a rental car that I drove from Las Vegas to LA this past February. Finally, keep in mind that if you rent the car in Las Vegas and return it in LA, the rental fees, taxes and regulations that pertain (for the entire trip) are those for Nevada. As I understand it, if you rent the car in California, a married couple does not have to pay a second driver fee for example. A couple of hundred dollars here and there really add up... and you don't want to start and end your trip arguing with the rental agent (I do speak from personal experience here). As you research options, just keep in mind that the price quoted on rental car and travel booking websites is a small fraction of what you will actually have to pay, and you might be better off calling the rental car company directly to get a list of additional costs and fees charged by the location that you will be renting from since they vary from state to state and city to city, even for the same rental car company.Related to:
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The Deuce is a double-decker bus that travels up and down the strip. The cost is $2 one-way or $5 for a 24-hour period. It's dependable and easy. I highly recommend it over renting a car if you're going to spend most of your time on or near the strip.
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Nevada is very large, has relatively few roads, and little public transportation outside major cities - and there are only two major cities.
You will need a car.
There is bus service and passenger train service (rather unreliable) only along the interstate 80 corridor, between Reno and Salt Lake City. There is bus service from Reno to Las Vegas. Flights from Reno to Las Vegas are available, and from Salt Lake City to Reno and to Elko and Las Vegas.
If you want to go anywhere else, you will need a car, or a motorcycle. If you are so inclined and have plenty of time available, you might try a bicycle, but most roads aren't designed for bike traffic, and have very little shoulder room.
The speed limit on most highways is 75 miles per hour. Gasoline is available in most towns but pay attention to signs about 'next gas xx miles'. If you are leaving the major highways (and there are few of those), be sure you have a full tank of gas and carry water, at least.
Much of Nevada is open range, meaning that cattle (and wildlife generally) are NOT fenced in, and may be encountered on the road at any time. These are a special hazard at night (visibility) and during/after rain, when animals may be on the road to lick the pavement (which apparently tastes better when damp). If you hit and kill a cow or steer, you will not only damage (perhaps fatally) your car and yourself, you will also have to pay the rancher for the animal.Related to:
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Lonely desert roads
Nevada has many sparsely populated areas. As a result, there are long stretches of road without towns or services for many miles. Some of these drives are surprisingly scenic, such as the one along hwy 95 leading to Death Valley. As the lights of Las Vegas exit from the view in the rear view mirror, the road narrows and stretches westward, with mountains appearing in the periphery.
Lonliest Road in America
Whoever dubbed Highway 50 the “Loneliest Road in America” hasn’t been in Canada. In August 2004, I took this picture because it was the only time that I didn’t see another vehicle either in front, behind, or coming. It didn’t last for long. Sure enough, within a minute, we sent someone on out ahead of us to check for Nevada Highway Patrol. He didn’t get a ticket, they weren’t patrolling this section of highway near the Utah border at the time.Related to:
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Reno Tahoe International Airport
Unless you live within 100 miles of Minden, probably the best way to get to Carson Valley is to fly into Reno Tahoe International Airport, rent a car or van and drive south for about 45 miles. The airport is very modern and efficient. My baggage arrived 2 minutes after I had arrived in the pick up area!
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To get to Nevada, you can...
To get to Nevada, you can either DRIVE, hop onto a bus or PLANE. We chose the last option. ;-)) Lazy us!
If you intend to visit the many beautiful national parks here, you must DRIVE, DRIVE, DRIVE!!! Whatever it is - whether you beg, borrow or steal a car... just make sure that you DRIVE! Forget about joining a coach tour. They'd probably pack ten thousand activities into a 2-day hectic schedule... and I surely don't call that kind of a tour a 'vacation'!
Photo Below: The Valley of Fire Main Road.
Air or car
Cars are king. As thinly populated as Nevada is, distances are huge.
Photo: When they say no services, they mean no services of any kind: no filling stations, no restaurants, no motels, no nothing...
By plane or driving.
If you're just planning on visiting different hotels I suggest either walking or taking a cab. You don't want to hassle with the traffic and everything is relatively close. However, if you are planning on visiting places outside of the Las Vegas area, ie the Grand Canyon, Red Rock Canyon, etc. its best to rent a car.
We got there by a rented car....
We got there by a rented car. You can also fly there though. The airport is really near the city centre!
From europe for example BA and Virgin fly to Las Vegas via San Francisco.
You NEED a car!! Las Vegas is a typical US car town, pedestrians are not so well thought of.. Although the Strip is ok with wide side ways and pedestrian crossing bridges.
Driving throught the Nevada...
Driving throught the Nevada desert can be boring at times, but Ansel Adams had an eye for the road. The photo is from The American Photography Museum. Click photo to enlarge it.
Ansel Adams (U.S., 1902-1984): Road, Nevada Desert
Silver-gelatine print, 7.5 x 9.5 inches, circa 1960
Speaking volumes about the wide open spaces of the American West... and about the road ahead... this image shows a surprising side to Ansel Adams' works. But Adams' career was filled with fresh visual surprises--insights that combined to make him the most famous photographer of the twentieth century.
This seldom-seen image is part of Adams' Hasselblad Series, and he annotated and signed it on the back for the present owner in 1979.
Greyhound - surely not the...
Greyhound - surely not the most comfortable way to get to Las vegas but... well, coming in from Kingman AZ and arriving at night, when you get to the top of the hill/mountain just before reaching the city, you have a great panoramic view over the strip: millions and zillions of lights: what a sight! At that moment I understood why Las Vegas' lights is the only eartly thing visible from space!
Fly!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Go at night...
Fly!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Go at night so you can see the city lights. Try to make sure it's not an incoming flight over the business side. The casino lights are worth the extra money to rent a car when you get there. It's a view you'll never forget.
Driving is the best, but beware at what time. Noon rush is horrible. 5 pm traffic is worse. If you go out in mid morning to mid afternoon, though, it's not that bad. Weekends are nasty. Oh, and make sure the car can withstand a lot of idling in the heat and has air conditioning. (for summertime use). Winter's not so bad.
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