Let's be honest, most of us visiting Las Vegas tend to stick to "The Strip." The Strip is approximately 4.2 miles long hustling bustling boulevard with crowd of people walking, strolling, stumbling and falling from one end to the other, 24 hours-a-day. There is never a time when something is not happening on the Strip. twoGlampers; however, opine that when in Vegas, ditch the Strip.
We agree that from water gushing fountains of Bellagio, gondola rides at the Venetian, cha-ching of cash doling slot machines in the themed casinos, to the high roller ride at the Lynq and scenic views from the top of the Eiffel Tower at the Paris; everything is conveniently reachable on the Strip. Most visitors believe that the Strip is the place where everything happens. Hence, the Strip is Vegas, and Vegas is the Strip. Well, let us burst this bubble.
There is much more to Las Vegas than the Strip. If “winning” monies – the house always comes out the winner – at the casinos is your aim? Then by all means stick to the Strip and spend all your hard-earned cash on the glitzy, shiny slot machines; green baize or Teflon coated poker tables; or eye-revolving, mind dizzying roulette. However, if you are like money-conscious twoGlampers then ditch the Strip and venture out.
Have a look at the map we created for you. The Strip is marked with the diamond. All five locations surrounding the Strip are within driving distances. Each location has its own theme, charm, and thrill. Additionally, if you are an early riser, you can visit two locations in a day, and still have time to enjoy the Strip at night.
We wrote about each location in our post, “5 Best Things To Do In Las Vegas.” So, to save time, we are going to highlight some tips as to how you can ditch the Strip and still enjoy your vacation. Trust us you will not only enjoy your vacation to its fullest, but will also come home more recharged and with less guilt of losing all the hard-earned money at the casinos.
After all, we plan our vacations for R&R (Rest and Recreation) and not to lose money at the casinos. Well, you can always play a dollar at your hotel’s slot machine to say that you gambled. twoGlampers, on the other hand, on our recent trip to Vegas ditched the Strip and ventured out. Below are tips from our experience.
- Try to book your vacation as a bundle to save travel expenses.
Tip: We used Expedia for hotel – the Venetian - and car rental - Enterprise. Southwest beat all the airlines in airfare from Kansas City - $94 non-stop each way per person.
- Take the earliest available flight to Las Vegas.
Tip: Early flights have their own benefits, but the idea here is to land early so you have more time to explore. In addition, do not expect to check-in to your hotel early. Many hotels will not allow early check-ins for free.
- Rent your car from the airport location.
Tip: Take the free car rental shuttle from the airport to the car rental facility. Renting car will also save you the transportation costs to and from the hotel. Most hotels provide free parking for the duration of your stay.
- If you arrived early in the day, head to either the Hoover Dam, or - if you want to venture out further – the Grand Canyon West where the Skywalk is situated. On the other hand, if you arrived after your hotel check-in time, head to the hotel, check-in, and drive to the Fremont Street.
Tip: Fremont Street is opened 24 hours a day. Parking may be difficult, but available. You can also take a cab for convenience. twoGlampers used Uber. Enjoy Fremont Street Experience and leave the trip to Hoover Dam or Grand Canyon West for the next day.
- If you are on a week-long vacation, break your Hoover Dam and Grand Canyon West trips in two.
Tip: If you are a history buff, do purchase one of the three available tours at the Hoover Dam. Otherwise, visiting the Dam itself is free. However, the tickets must be purchased prior to entering the resort at the Grand Canyon West. Read more in our “5 Best Things To Do In Las Vegas,” post.
- Do not forget to visit and take pictures at the Famous Las Vegas sign on the way back from Hoover Dam and/or Grand Canyon West locations.
Tip: Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas sign is not far from the airport on the way to Grand Canyon West and the Hoover Dam. So, you can either stop on your way out, or in to Las Vegas. Parking is available right next to the sign.
- Enjoy sunrise at the Valley of Fire, and sunset at the Red Rock Canyon.
Tip: Valley of Fire is the farthest of all five points mentioned. There is a $10 at the Valley of Fire, and $15 at the Red Rock Canyon entrance fee per vehicle. You can stay as long as you like. Don’t forget to pack water and sandwiches.
- If you have time, stop by at the famous Pawn Shop on your way back from Red Rock Canyon.
Tip: If you like to shop; visit North Outlet Mall on your way back from either Red Rock Canyon, or the Valley of Fire.
- If you have more time, plan a picnic at the Lake Mead Recreational Area.
Tip: Enjoy the scenic views and take lots of pictures.
There is a lot more to see in Las Vegas than the Strip. We had more fun at the Fremont Street, and more relaxation at the Valley of Fire than we could have had while strolling on the Strip. Monies we saved, from not gambling, were used to buy world-renowned Gordon Ramsey’s juicy burgers and truffle fries, exhilarating rides on the SlotZilla, and breathtaking views, of Las Vegas Strip, from the Eiffel Tower at the Paris Hotel and Resort.
Historical lessons learned at the Hoover Dam, watching ever changing landscape colors at the Valley of Fire, and standing on the 4,000 feet high Skywalk at the Grand Canyon West were no match to the Strip pilgriming from one hotel resort to the other. Don’t get us wrong, we did visit the Strip for a few hours. However, we enjoyed Las Vegas more by ditching the Strip and venturing out.
What do you think? Would you rather stay on the Strip, or ditch the Strip? Do let us know by commenting below. We always appreciate your comments and questions. Please don’t forget to connect with us on the Social Media.
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