Planning a trip to Las Vegas? Whether you’re headed there for work, fun, or a little bit of both, here are our tips for making the most of your time in the Entertainment Capital of the World.
Where to fly in
Las Vegas metro area is served by McCarran International Airport (LAS), located five miles south of downtown Las Vegas. Travelers staying on the Vegas Strip can be to and from the airport in just 10 minutes. McCarran International Airport has two terminals—Terminal 1 (T1) and Terminal 3 (T3); each with its own parking garage, pick-up/drop-off locations, check-in area, and baggage claim. When flying out of LAS, travelers should familiarize themselves with the airline they’re flying—and the terminal they need to check-in to—before arriving at the airport as the two terminals are not connected. If you do arrive at the wrong terminal, there is an inter-terminal shuttle that runs every 15 – 30 minutes.
Once on the ground at LAS, travelers can head to the Strip via the Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada (RTC) bus service. You’ll want to plan your bus route from your respective arrivals terminal. Prefer to move about the city on your own? The airport’s rental car facility is located just a few minutes from the airport and can be accessed via complimentary shuttle. Simply follow the signs to Ground Transportation to locate the pick-up area for the rental car shuttle. Alternatively, taxis and ride shares are also available from LAS.
Where to stay
If this is your first time visiting Las Vegas, book a central hotel on the Strip to immerse yourself in everything the city has to offer. You can’t go wrong with a stay at the Bellagio, The Venetian, or Wynn Las Vegas—all iconic hotels offering the luxury amenities you’d expect in Las Vegas.
In Vegas on business? Here are our picks for where to stay:
- If you’re attending an event at the Las Vegas Convention Center, you can’t beat the convenience of the Renaissance Las Vegas Hotel. Not only are you just a 10-minute walk to the convention center, business travelers will also appreciate the hotel’s many amenities, such as their business center, express check-out, and free Wi-Fi.
- If you’re looking for an ultra-modern hotel, book ARIA Resort & Casino. Ahead of your stay, download the mobile app. There, you can check-in to the hotel (from anywhere!), gain access to your room with a digital key, plus book tickets to shows, restaurant reservations, and more.
- Looking for a place to stay away from the hustle and bustle of the Strip? Book the Hyatt Place Las Vegas. This hotel offers a 24-hour complimentary airport shuttle, express check-in and check-out, as well as a 24-hour business center. Plus, Concur Hipmunk users receive exclusive discounts when staying at a Hyatt property.
How to get around
As mentioned above, renting a car is your fool-proof way to traverse Las Vegas on your own. Prefer to stick to public transportation? Your options include the city’s RTC bus system; a two-hour pass costs $6.00, a 24-hour pass costs $8.00, or a 3-day pass costs $20.00. Download the RideRTC app to buy your pass and plan your journey. Travelers can also take advantage of RTC’s Trip to Strip ride-share program. This local car service allows for up to 11 passengers with 24/7 availability and no surge pricing. Simply download the Trip to Strip app to book your ride.
Alternatively, Lyft and Uber are available in Las Vegas. If you manage your travel and expenses with Concur or Concur Hipmunk, your Uber trip receipt will automatically populate into your expense report.
Pro tip: Use TripIt’s Navigator feature to search transportation options available to you. It will show you the estimated costs and travel times for each option, so you can decide which works best. You can find Navigator within your flight, hotel and rental car details screens. Plus, if you add a restaurant reservation to your itinerary (more on where to eat below), Navigator also helps you find the best transportation options for getting to your table.
Where to eat
Have breakfast on the brain? Start your day at The Crack Shack. We suggest ordering the Bae—that’s bacon, avocado, and a sunny-side egg on an English muffin. The restaurant is open until midnight (1 AM on weekends), so if you miss the breakfast window, you can still get your fill whenever you start your day.
Craving Mexican? You’ll be spoiled for choice in Las Vegas. Choose from newcomers like La Monja Cantina and Mama Rabbit—the latter focuses more on mezcal and tequila than dining, but offers light traditional bites as an accompaniment. In the mood for Italian? Head to Sixth + Mill, a new eatery in The Venetian, for hand-crafted Neapolitan style pizzas and homemade pastas; visit Ambra, where diners can opt for classic Italian eats or head to the door marked “privata” for a drink in the restaurant’s own speakeasy; or, book a table at La Strega for dishes inspired by the chef’s roots in Lake Como and Sicily.
Finally, let’s talk sushi. Visitors can choose from a variety of fine dining options, including Zuma in The Cosmopolitan, Mizumi at the Wynn, and Nobu—with locations in Caesars Palace and Hard Rock Hotel & Casino.
What to do
From world-class spas to pool parties, blackjack tables to rounds of golf, you’ll surely find something to do in Las Vegas, even if you just have a few hours after work to explore. If you’re headed to Vegas during hockey season, be sure to catch the Golden Knights at T-Mobile Arena. More of an NFL fan? The Raiders are taking their talents to Vegas and will play at the newly-built Allegiant Stadium, expected to open in 2020.
If your family tagged along on your business trip, there are plenty of kid-friendly things to do in Las Vegas. Head to the Adventuredome for hours of indoor fun. Kids will love the classic arcade games, roller skating rink, bumper cars, roller coaster rides, and more. Have a shark fan on your hands? The Shark Reef Aquarium at Mandalay Bay allows visitors to get up close and personal with sharks, stingrays, sea turtles, piranhas, and more. Looking for a dose of adrenaline? Vegas is home to a number of zipline experiences, including SlotZilla Zip Line, Rio Zipline, or Flightlinez Bootleg Canyon ziplines, located just outside Las Vegas in Boulder City.
Adults-only? By day, head to one of Vegas’ many attractions, including one-of-a-kind museums like Madame Tussauds or the Titanic Artifact Exhibition. Want to get out of the city? Visit Ash Meadows Wildlife Refuge, located 90 miles outside Vegas, to hike its nature trails or take a dip in the reservoir. Death Valley National Park, about a two hour drive from Vegas, introduces travelers to the real Mojave Desert—and welcomes visitors from 8 AM to 5 PM each day. Be sure to time your trip accordingly, especially if you’ve made evening plans. By night, make your way to one of the city’s many shows. From Broadway to Cirque du Soleil, magic shows to comedy shows, Vegas has it all.
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