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The Strip

The Strip is the heart of Las Vegas and is 3 1/2 miles in length (1). It is walkable, but there are public buses and taxis available. The public bus system is anyone's best bet. It costs $2 per ride, per person. A 24-hour pass can be purchased for $5. Taxis tend to more costly, but at least you are guaranteed a seat. Here is a 360 degree look at the northern part of the strip, starting at Treasure Island and ending at the Mirage.

A Map of The Strip

Map of Hotels on Strip
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When to Go

Las Vegas is a place you can visit year-round, but there are better times to go than others. Spring is the best season for weather in Las Vegas. The days are in the 80s and the nights in the high 60s. If you are looking to go during slower times (yes, there is such a thing as "slow" in Las Vegas), it is recommended by Fodor's Las Vegas to go during the first three weeks in December or weekdays in July (1). If you can go during the weekdays, you will save money on both hotels and flights. For the best trip, plan between Sunday and Thursday for the best rates on hotels and flights and less chaos (1).

MirageView of Strip looking south.

What Dates to Avoid

Weekends will always be crowded in Las Vegas no matter what time of year it is. Hotel and flight rates rise starting on Thursday nights and ending on Saturday nights. You should avoid visiting during the following holidays if possible: Super Bowl, Valentine's Day, President's Day, the NCAA Final Four, Easter, Cinco de Mayo, Memorial Day, July 4, and Labor Day (1). The busiest week during the entire year is the week between Christmas and New Year's (1). Watch out for conventions! There are nearly 50 conventions held in Las Vegas every year with more than 10,000 attendees (1). It is recommended that you call the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority at (702) 892-0711 to find out if any conventions will be held during the time you are planning to visit (1).

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Alisabeth Black 2004