ISVC 2014, December 8-10

Las Vegas, Nevada




Las Vegas, Spanish for "the meadows", was founded by Mormon missionaries in 1864. Now known as "The Entertainment Capital of the World", the city welcomes almost 40 million people a year. Visitors enjoy world class dinning, unique shopping experiences, dazzling and unusual stage shows, and world class gaming conveniently located on The Strip. Las Vegas is also home to many of the world's finest spas and golf courses.

     

  

Las Vegas Photo Gallery


Getting around Las Vegas


Las Vegas is a compact city with many attractions available in the central area around the Strip and downtown. Transportation options are numerous and varied, from renting a vintage Cadillac Eldorado or new Corvette, to hopping on a city bus, or taking a cab.

Public bus transportation in Las Vegas is operated by Citizens Area Transit (CAT). There are numerous bus routes throughout the area; a one-way fare on the Strip costs $2, and slightly less in the rest of the city. Buses on the Strip run 24 hours a day, seven days a week. For the latest information and scheduling, call CAT-RIDE at (702) 228-7433, or visit www.rtcsouthernnevada.com.

You shouldn't have any trouble finding a cab in town. Fares start with $3.30 on the meter, and $2.20 is then added for every additional mile.

Las Vegas also has a monorail that travels along the east side of The Strip behind the resorts. Runs 7 days a week from 7 a.m. - 2 a.m. Monday through Thursday and until 3 a.m. Friday through Sunday from the Sahara Hotel to the MGM Grand with the following stops in between - Las Vegas Hilton, Las Vegas Convention Center, Harrah's/Imperial Palace, the Flamingo/Caesar's Palace and Bally's/Paris. Tickets for the monorail are $5 for a one trip pass. Packages can be purchased for a reduced trip cost. Information on the monorail can be found at www.lvmonorail.com.

If you decide to rent a car, the average price for renting an economy car in Vegas is around $25 to $30 per day, but the sky's the limit if you want to cruise the Strip in something a little more extravagant. Rates will rise on holiday weekends or when there's a large convention in town. As for driving, the city is laid out in a grid format, and is easy to navigate. Be sure to keep a map handy, though.


What to see in Las Vegas


With all of these transportation options, you will still cover a lot of the city on foot. That said, the length of the Strip can be deceptive... it takes more time than you would think to walk from one end to the other. But parts of the Strip must be experienced on foot: where else in the world can you marvel at dancing fountains (the Bellagio), see an erupting volcano (the Mirage), or watch pirates and sirens entertain on ships nightly? (Treasure Island). Not to mention downtown's Fremont Street Experience, which is a haven for pedestrians. Be sure to wear comfortable shoes.

In addition to the glamour and glitz of The Strip, Las Vegas offers a world of natural beauty unlike any place on earth. Enjoy hiking Red Rock Canyon, skiing and snowboarding in Mt. Charleston, and cool off in the biggest desert oasis, Lake Mead. The Grand Canyon, Valley of Fire, Zion National Park and Death Valley are all just a short day trip away. You will learn from local university professors in the fields of geology, ecology, and human history and further your knowledge about your surrounding environment. Experience this timeless land as few are able! Offered by Elderhostel, you can find more information and register for this excursion online at www.elderhostel.org, and search for program #7608. For more Las Vegas attractions, click here.


Weather


Las Vegas' climate is an arid desert climate typical of the Mojave Desert, in which it is located, marked with very hot summers, mild winters, abundant sunshine year-round, and very little rainfall. For current weather conditions in Las Vegas, please click here.


McCarran International Airport


Las Vegasí McCarran International Airport is 10 minutes from the hotel and is one of the busiest airports in the world. If you're flying into Vegas, the most economical way to get to your hotel is probably on an airport shuttle. The shuttles gather just outside the terminal in the same area as the taxis. Shuttle service to the Strip or downtown costs less than $10, and buses run 24 hours a day, seven days a week.


Interesting Links


State of Nevada

Nevada Commission of Tourism

City of Las Vegas

Las Vegas Tours

Las Vegas Attractions

Hoover Dam

Restaurants

Shows

Nightclubs




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