Las Vegas, Nevada, is known as Sin City. Situated in the midst of the southern Nevada desert landscape, Las Vegas in many ways epitomizes American excess. Giant mega-casino hotels are built almost overnight, decorated with lavish care and attention to create a fantasy-like atmosphere. The casinos have names that evoke romance and mystery - Luxor, Mandalay Bay, Rio, The Excalibur, the Flamingo.
Las Vegas is a playland for people from all walks of life.
Southern Californians crowd Interstate 15 every weekend going back and forth to Vegas. Expect this drive to be crowded and frustrating, unless you can come and go at off-peak hours.
McCarran International Airport is served by many domestic air carriers. There are several shuttles that operate between the airport and the Strip. Ask at the information desk by baggage claim if any are available. If not, many taxis service the airport. A queue forms outside of baggage claim.
A daily bus route from Needles, California to McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas, with a stop in Laughlin, Nevada, is operated in concert with Amtrak's Southwest Chief. Amtrak California's San Joaquins route operates 2 buses daily to Las Vegas from Bakersfield, California as part of its service.
By public transit
The Las Vegas Monorail runs along the strip with several stops at some larger hotels and costs $3 for a one way trip and $5 for a round trip. Currently, the monorail is closed indefinitely due to a recent accident, they are in the process of testing, and no one knows when it will be open again. The local bus operator, Citizens Area Transport or CAT, operates a system consisting of 49 routes, thoughout the valley. Most routes operate 5:30 a.m. to 1:30 a.m. seven days a week. Some routes operate 24-hours a day.
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Food in Las Vegas is good, but sometimes a little pricey.
In Las Vegas, you can generally drink inexpensively if you also gamble. At the blackjack table of when playing slots, you can lose your shirt while drinking beer for the cost of the tip. There are, of course, bars that will happily serve you wonderful signature drinks.