Thursday, September 4, 2008

AARP - Las Vegas on $50 a day

AARP has a one page article about Las Vegas on a budget called "Viva Las Value" and written by the good folks at

Some of the recommendations listed there are to take the airport shuttle to your hotel, which at $6 beats a taxi or limo. They also recommend the $5 day pass on the Deuce, a bus that runs up and down the Las Vegas Strip all day and night. This is good advice because no matter how much you plan expect to walk a LOT in Las Vegas. The buildings are huge on a scale pretty much unknown outside of Las Vegas and simply walking from one end of the MGM to the other will take you 5-15 minutes even if you don't get lost. Getting lost in the Casinos is easy as the signage is designed to some extent to take you around via the slots and other distractions. If you want good directions it is best to ask an employee rather than look for signs.

Food advice from the article include all you can eat Breakfast at the Mirage's "Cravings" with some delicious selections including crab cakes and eggs benedict. They also note Main Street Station downtown as a good cheap buffet.

Cheap attractions? Forum shops live sculptures every 2 hours, the Flamingo's flamingos and wildlife habitat, the Bellagio Conservatory, and (my favorite) TI's Sirens of TI free show outside of TI right along the strip. Get there at least 15-30 minutes early for a better view. and be careful not to stand in the "VIP" area that gets cleared before each show for VIPs. The shows are nightly and the current times are 8:30pm, 10pm, 11:30pm Sirens of TI Official Website

They also recommend the Fremont Street Experience (ride the Deuce to get to the downtown Las Vegas which is about 3 miles from the strip).

I would add that the downtown area offers great hotel bargains and fun "old style vegas" strolling experiences, though you should not expect to find anything like the glamour of the splendid lobbies and hallways of the Bellagio, Venetian, Wynn, or most of the jaw droppingly extravagant Las Vegas strip hotels.