McCarran International Airport (LAS) is located close to the Strip. A taxi is often the fastest and cheapest form of transportation into town. Traveling to the south end of the Strip should cost about $11; central Strip, about $14; and north Strip, about $16. Those traveling to downtown can expect to pay about $20.
It is fast and easy to walk from one Strip casino resort to another. Distance on Las Vegas Boulevard can be deceiving, however, and those going more than a few resorts away may want to catch a cab. Taxis can only be picked up at the resorts; drivers are not permitted to drop off and pick up on the Strip. Public bus routes 301 and 302 also service the Strip. Free monorails connecting many of the properties in the MGM Resorts International group, and the Las Vegas Monorail has stops on the east side of the Strip.
Though Las Vegas isn’t heavy on the museums, the Mob Museum, Neon Boneyard Museum, and Natural History Museum help provide a historical and cultural context for the city. Performances abound on the Strip and in venues downtown, but the Smith Center offers the broadest range of speakers, dance groups, musicians, and Broadway shows. For fine art, check out the Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art and wander the halls of both Wynn and Encore resorts.
Spring and fall are the busiest festival months in Las Vegas. Art walks, the annual Renaissance Festival, and family-friendly foodie events take place throughout the city. More organized and publicized events—such as Carnivale, Gay Pride and First Friday—are found on the Strip and in downtown. The city’s biggest and most extensive festival is also its newest one: Life Is Beautiful is a four-pronged, multiday festival of music, cuisine, education, and art experiences.
JoAnna Haugen is a Las Vegas-based freelance travel writer with work published in more than 50 print and online publications. A host parent to foreign exchange students, JoAnna's global family gives her even more reasons to travel.