Out in Las Vegas – Transportation

Author: , May 8th, 2014

When we go to Las Vegas, we never get a car – there’s so much to do and see right on the Strip, and you can walk to everything. If not, there are plenty of taxis and other options.

Las Vegas Tram Station - Bellagio

Las Vegas TaxisFrom the airport, expect a Taxi to run $15-20 to one of the Strip hotels. On the Strip itself, unless the weather is just too damned hot or wet, it’s great to walk – there are so many things to see along the way, and most intersections have pedestrian over crossings so you don’t have to wait for traffic.

But if the weather doesn’t co-operate, you can take a tram instead. There are two tramlines on the strip, one on either side of Las Vegas Blvd.

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Las Vegas MonorailThe Las Vegas Monorail runs along the eastern side of the strip, behind the hotels, and starts at The Sahara (now closed) on the northern end and ends at the MGM Grand at the southern end. There are plans to eventually extend it from there to the airport. The monorail is $5 one way, and $12 for a 24 hour pass. Longer-term passes are also available.

Las Vegas TramOn the western side of the strip, a shorter, free tram line runs from Bellagio to the Monte Carlo, with one stop at Aria/Crystals, and there’s a third tram too, also free and also on the western side of the strip – connecting Mandalay Bay, the Luxor, and Excalibur. Plus, there’s one smaller line between the Mirage and Treasure Island.

These trains are often not very convenient to get to – for example, for the tram from Bellagio to City Center to the Monte Carlo, you have to walk all the way to the back of the hotel through a bunch of twists and turns to get to the tram stop, and the signage is not great. But they can be handy when it’s windy or hot or wet out and you don’t want to walk too much outside.

It’s a bit ridiculous that the Strip has four train lines, and none of them connect to one another. But that’s what happens when everyone decides to build their own.

Here’s map of the team lines and where they stop (image via vegasjourney.com):

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Bus - Las VegasThe trams seem to run about every five minutes on the Monte Carlo to Bellagio line. We didn’t take the other tram/monorail lines on this trip.

One other option – if you have a ZipCar membership, you can pick up a car for a few hours at a time, but there’s currently only one ZipCar location, and it’s on the other side of McCarran Airport from the Strip.

If you are on foot, be smart about your travels, especially during the heat of the summer – you can often dive into one side of a casino and out another, keeping your time in hot or wet weather to a minimum.

Have fun!

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Out in Las Vegas

Author: , April 27th, 2014

Las Vegas from the High Roller

High Roller, LinQThis is our umpteenth trip to Las Vegas, but there’s something different this time. The recession is over, and the town is gearing up with a new growth spurt unlike any we’ve seen in 6 or 8 years. The theme? Everything old is new again.

Bally ConstructionThere’s so much new construction going on in Vegas right now, it’s hard to believe. From the new skyscrapers gracing City Center to the just-opened LinQ center – an outdoor pedestrian mall that straddles the gap between the Quad Hotel (formerly the Imperial – more on that later) and The Flamingo – to the brand-new Cromwell Casino, a luxury re-do of the creaky old Bill’s Casino at the heart of the strip, which was literally opening while we were here. It’s amazing to see how much is changing.

ZarkanaBut wait, there’s more! some of the older hotels are getting into the act too, including treasure Island, which is ripped out most of it’s waterfront “Pirates” area and is putting in new retail and restaurants right on the strip, including a Starbucks and a number of restaurants and other venues. Although from the looks of things, they should put some money into their interiors well – the old casino floor feels dark and dated.

View From BellagioThere’s also a new retail center being built in front of Bally’s, where that long people mover used to take you up to the casino from the strip. Right now it’s a big dirt lot, but expect this one by next year.

There’s been a real rush to build out to the Las Vegas Blvd. line – so much so that you can no longer even see some of the marque properties from the street – that’s the case with the Monte Carlo, which has been all but obliterated by a trashy street-side development. So much for the gorgeous upscale approach to the hotel’s front doors.

MastroSo far, most of the construction seems to be remodeling or infill, but we suspect it won’t be long before the new buildings start rising again.

Best guess – North of the strip, where there’s lots of open land and the projects were planned before but fell through, like the “Echelon” hotel next to Fashion Sow Mall.

So for this trip, we’ll share some of the new things we found in Vegas over the next week, including a few you shouldn’t miss.

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Featured Gay Friendly Accommodations: Desert Rose Resort, Las Vegas

Author: , September 13th, 2013

Desert Rose Resort - Las VegasPeriodically we’ll feature one of our properties here to let our readers know about some great gay friendly places to stay.

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