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I'm leaving for Vegas in a week. I need advice. I'll only be there Fri night, Sat, Sun, and most of monday. Do I REALLY need to rent a car? I'm confused. A guy I work with who lived there said I didnt need to. That the strip wasnt that long. Someone else said the strip is like 7 miles and there is no way I could walk it. I do plan on hitting a rollercoaster at Circus Circus and going up the tower at the Stratosphere. They are at opposite ends of the strip with my hotel (TI) in the middle. I have a show at the mirage which is next door so thats ok. I have another show at the V theater in Planet Hollywood. Is PH far from TI? I really dont mind walking. Also the money I spend on a rental I could be spending in the Beatles shop at the Mirage. So I really dont want to rent one if I dont have to but I dont want to shell out big bucks for taxis. Are taxi rides pricey there if its just up and down the strip? Isnt there some sort of monorail that might be helpful.

Ok, and my last worry is food. Any good buffets? Any bad ones? Whats cheap?

And any must see/do things. I'll take all the vegas advice I can get. Thank you Thank You Thank You
 

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Aren't you going with a few people? I'd recommend renting a car for one day so you can get out of vegas and go to Red Rock Canyon... Hoover Dam... and some of the other activities.

If you are really only going to stuff on the strip (I forget where Planet Hollywood is to be honest) then you "can" walk it all... I put that in quotes because some people really don't like walking that far... I mean it can be a hike to get from one hotel to the next... some of them are pretty huge.

Also the monorail isn't the greatest... it's fine if you happen to be going to the hotels that are on its' route... but going from the monorail through the hotel and then across the strip to get to the other side to get to the next hotel... well that can be quite a hike.

WEAR COMFORTABLE SHOES... and make sure you have bottled water on you all the time if you are going to walk.
 

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Since I have only 2 full days in Vegas, we are only staying on the strip.

How is parking and driving on the strip. Is it easy to find parking going from one casino to the next? Is parking free?
 

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Here's a link to a map of the strip: http://www.vegas.com/lounge/map.html

The Strat is at one end, PH is about 2/3 of the way to the opposite end. That's a long hike. Wikipedia says the strip is about a four-mile stretch of Las Vegas Boulevard between Sahara Avenue and Russel Road.
 

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For $5 you can get a 24 hour bus pass. They travel up and down the strip. Lots of stops along the way, so you don't get anywhere really fast. Beats the hell out of walking and trying to park.
 

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For me it would be a definite no on the rental car. I can't see it being anything other than a total PIA. Traffic is horrible and parking sucks. The thought of trying to navigate the strip, or even the side streets around it, on a friday or saturday night gives me the shakes. A couple of cab rides is not going to come anywhere near the cost of renting and has none of the downside. Between cabs and walking, you can see most of the stuff that's worth seeing, and whether you have a car or not, there are going to be things you just don't have time for. If you rent it, you will end up parking it and not using it after the first day.

Don't miss the fountains at Bellagio, the Forum shops at Caesars and the shopping area inside The Venetian. I think the gondola rides are kind of a tourist trap but that may just be me since there are always long lines for it. Paris is a kick and one of my favorite casino floors.
 

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Stratosphere is not even considered part of that 4 miles listed as the strip. It is probably a mile from Circus Circus to the Stratosphere.

The mono-rail is not widely used it runs behind the hotels and is about a 1/2 mile walk from the strip. Yes you need a car unless you want to waste a lot of time walking. Plus everything from the Excalibur south are not included in that milage. And your feet will get tired enough just hiking through the casinos.

Parking is easy and free but there are some places I park myself other places I valet park. We tip the valet between $3 and $5 at pick up only. For Circus Circus if you are just going to ride the coaster you can park in the garage. I wouldn't waste my time doing anything else there I find it a dumpy place. TI and Mirage are linked by their own tram so park once. This is one set of hotels it is easy to park yourself and not a huge walk to casino. If we are at Mirage we will walk to Ceasars because it takes you end through the forum shops which is fun walk. Drive to the Bellagio I valet park there and use the north side if going to buffet or to gamble use the main one if you want to see the fountains and the garden. I always self park at the Paris as the walk is not bad. I valet at Planet Hollywood as I get lost there. I valet park at NY NY and then walk across the bridge to the MGM. If you want to go to the M&M store (next to the MGM) they have a garage that is free I think you have to get your ticket stamped.

Where to eat I will tell you our must eat ones. We only eat 2 meals a day. First try the Bellagio buffet for dinner if you get there before 5pm the line is not bad or after 9pm the food quality is just as good late as early. It is expensive around $35 a person but well worth it. You get 5 star food for that price. Kobe beef, duck, venison, king crab legs, all kinds of cheese etc. The Paris is a must do for breakfast. I like the Mirage both for breakfast and dinner. If you love seafood and have $30 extra $$ go to the Village Seafood Buffet at the Rio. It is off the strip about a 10 minute drive easy to get to. You got the map I sent right? The regular buffet at the Rio is ok but the seafood one is wonderful. We don't eat a lot of the cheap buffets because only eating 2 meals a day is where we save our money. On the Las Vegas Advisor sight people rate the buffets and they tell you the prices. You basically get what you pay for with food quality.
http://www.lasvegasadvisor.com/buffets.cfm
 

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Oh thank you! I feel much better now!! Yes, with a bus, a cab and some walking, I think it'll be fine! THANK YOU!!!!

Where do you all go to eat? Has anyone been to the Stack? It sounds like a cool menu. I was thinking of going there before seeing Love at the Mirage. Im thinking one pricey meal a day while I am there should be ok budget wise. I thought maybe House of Blues for a lunch. Any ideas?
 

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Stratosphere is not even considered part of that 4 miles listed as the strip. It is probably a mile from Circus Circus to the Stratosphere.

The mono-rail is not widely used it runs behind the hotels and is about a 1/2 mile walk from the strip. Yes you need a car unless you want to waste a lot of time walking. Plus everything from the Excalibur south are not included in that milage. And your feet will get tired enough just hiking through the casinos.

Parking is easy and free but there are some places I park myself other places I valet park. We tip the valet between $3 and $5 at pick up only. For Circus Circus if you are just going to ride the coaster you can park in the garage. I wouldn't waste my time doing anything else there I find it a dumpy place. TI and Mirage are linked by their own tram so park once. This is one set of hotels it is easy to park yourself and not a huge walk to casino. If we are at Mirage we will walk to Ceasars because it takes you end through the forum shops which is fun walk. Drive to the Bellagio I valet park there and use the north side if going to buffet or to gamble use the main one if you want to see the fountains and the garden. I always self park at the Paris as the walk is not bad. I valet at Planet Hollywood as I get lost there. I valet park at NY NY and then walk across the bridge to the MGM. If you want to go to the M&M store (next to the MGM) they have a garage that is free I think you have to get your ticket stamped.

Where to eat I will tell you our must eat ones. We only eat 2 meals a day. First try the Bellagio buffet for dinner if you get there before 5pm the line is not bad or after 9pm the food quality is just as good late as early. It is expensive around $35 a person but well worth it. You get 5 star food for that price. Kobe beef, duck, venison, king crab legs, all kinds of cheese etc. The Paris is a must do for breakfast. I like the Mirage both for breakfast and dinner. If you love seafood and have $30 extra $$ go to the Village Seafood Buffet at the Rio. It is off the strip about a 10 minute drive easy to get to. You got the map I sent right? The regular buffet at the Rio is ok but the seafood one is wonderful. We don't eat a lot of the cheap buffets because only eating 2 meals a day is where we save our money. On the Las Vegas Advisor sight people rate the buffets and they tell you the prices. You basically get what you pay for with food quality.
http://www.lasvegasadvisor.com/buffets.cfm
Ooo! Thanks! This is great advice. Yes, I got the map! Thanks so much for that! :)
 

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Definitely the Bellagio dinner buffet - best to go around 4:00 pm if you skip lunch. The Rio seafood buffet is wonderful, too. We usually had a big breakfast, a small snack (Ben and Jerry's) if we couldn't wait, then one of the buffets for an early dinner. Then we'd get a fancy coffee and a pastry on our way back to the room before bed.
 

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Laurie,

We budget about $50 a day for food and usually find we can stick to it easily. As I say we eat 2 meals a day as we are so full. We do an early breakfast as we are both morning people and then eat dinner about 4:30pm or 5pm. If we are going somewhere really nice for dinner of course we make a later reseravation but on a normal day we eat early. This way we avoid the long lines.

We have eaten at both Stacks and The House of Blues. They were quite good. We tend to eat off strip quite often as Vegas has some local places that are top notch and cheaper. Check out the link I gave you. They also have restuarant reviews. If you like German food this is an exact copy of the Munich Germany main Beer Garden you see pictures of (I have been to both) owned by the same people. It is easy to get to by cab or by bus and the food is good and resonable.
http://www.hofbrauhauslasvegas.com/content/?c=26
 

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I've been to Vegas 4 or 5 times and have never rented a car. Definitely wear comfy shoes.

We love Trader Vicks for dinner at Planet Hollywood. It's pricey...but yummy! There are tons of great places though.
 

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Don't eat at the Luxor. Some friends got BAD food poisoning there :-0

We never rented a car, just took a cab or the bus. Did the bus to downtown and that was a mistake...it took FOREVER! Do the bus if you just have to for a mile or so. Other than that...I LOVED to walk, so much crazy people watching it's a blast! If you go downtown it's best at night for the overhead light show :) We like to gamble down there too :)
 

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Laurie,

If you want to go to the Rio you can catch a shuttle that Harrah's runs. In fact a lot of places run shuttles between properties that they own. There is a transportation section on the Las Vegas Advisor also it will give you lots of advice.
 

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I wouldn't rent a car, yea, the strip is long but you don't realize it when your out and about and having fun. The bus they have that goes along the strip is convienent but a pain if really busy, besides when you walk you'll see stuff that you might miss when on a bus. I live 90 min from vegas so i'm there alot for shows or to do shopping. If you have time try and go to old downtown areas '"Fremont Street Experience' it is alot of fun, older casinos but all the action/enterainment is outdoors. Weather should be decent for you. and most of all HAVE FUN!
 
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