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Las Vegas is known as both "The Entertainment Capital of the World" and "Sin
City". It's truly a complete resort destination, offering amenities like
casino-hotels, fine dining, live entertainment and 21st century trade
shows and conventions. The world-famous Las Vegas Strip lets visitors
take a romantic walk on a warm desert night, or drive downtown in a
rental car to the spectacular light show of the Fremont Street
Experience. There are so many photo opportunities, like the Sphinx of
Egypt, Eiffel Tower and erupting volcanoes, that you should pack an
extra memory card for your camera and don't forget your iPhone charger!
Las Vegas as seen from The Rio, panorama photography by Cameron Grant
- the Las Vegas nightlife!
- art displays!
- live music shows!
- museums (from classic to contemporary)!
Are you flying to Vegas? Want to book a cheap rental car at the Las Vegas airport?Travelers to Las Vegas will usually arrive at the sprawling McCarran International Airport. McCarran International is located five miles south of the Las Vegas business district. With four runways and an area of 2800 acres, the airport ranked ninth worldwide in 2010 for arrivals and departures, with over half a million planes moved! And along with that bustle, there's a little bit of hustle – the airport has more than 1200 slot machines throughout its terminals.
At McCarran, car rental companies are consolidated three miles from the airport. Arriving rental car customers are given free transport to the McCarran Rent-A-Car Center on Gilespie Street on a blue-and-white McCarran shuttle. The shuttles are environmentally friendly buses running on “G-Diesel” fuel, and each is ADA equipped to provide access for customers with disabilities or special needs. To reach the shuttles, follow the signs to “Ground Transportation” from the baggage claim area. The shuttles pick up outside Terminal 1 door numbers 10 and 11, and West doors 1-4 or East doors 5-8 of Terminal 3. Off-site rental agencies pick up at Space #4 near the taxi area at the Rent-A-Car Center.
The 24-hour state-of-the-art Rent-A-Car Center offers customer service perks including self-service flight and baggage check-in. Customers are advised to plan for additional time necessary to get to and from the Rent-A-Car Center, and for the shuttles to and from the airport.
Here is some helpful information about exciting Las Vegas!
The Northern Club was the first Las Vegas casino when it opened in 1931. (It's now the La Bayou.) Today, the Golden Nugget is the largest hotel and casino in the city. Most major casinos are downtown on the Fremont Street Experience, the Stratosphere being the major exception.
The Las Vegas valley stretches long past the neon lights, and your rental car can transport you to the amazing Hoover Dam and Lake Mead, or to breathtaking panoramic views at Mountain Charleston or the Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area.
Las Vegas does not have major professional sports teams, although it does have the Las Vegas 51s of the Pacific Coast League, the AAA baseball farm team of the New York Mets.
Northern Club photo by Las Vegas 360
Las Vegas was once a stopover for pioneers trekking west to settle areas like California. It became a city in the early 1900s, but it was the 1931 legalization of gambling and 1935 completion of the Hoover Dam that led to a boom in residents, tourism and the beginnings of the casino-hotels. Hoover Dam – 30 miles southeast of the city – forms Lake Mead, the biggest man-made lake in the country.
Las Vegas has one of the world's most advanced urban transportation systems. The Las Vegas Monorail Company was formed in 2000, but not everyone was happy about it. The taxi and limousine companies saw it as a threat to their business because a report predicted that the monorails will approximately have 26,600 riders per day. Thankfully, that conflict was resolved and we now enjoy more transportation options in the city.
Why are you going to Vegas? And where should you go in your cheap car rental?Blackjack tables, showgirls, neon lights and Elvis imitators -- you can
find it all in Las Vegas. Today, Las Vegas serves as host to Broadway
shows and Grammy-award winning entertainers, luxury retail stores along
the Las Vegas Strip, and adults craving a lifestyle of decadence
indulging in five-star restaurants and midnight buffets. Las Vegas has,
and always will be, the heartbeat of the desert. As a year-round
destination travelers can always find deals on Las Vegas flights and car
rental using the search box above.
Drive down in your rental to the Titanic Museum in the Luxor Hotel and Casino and check out the “Titanic, the Artifact Exhibition” just south on the Las Vegas Boulevard! Many items from the tragic incident have been recovered and are showcased on a 25,000 square foot exhibit!
Stay anywhere on Las Vegas Boulevard and drive your rental over to Bodies, the Exhibition in Las Vegas, where you can see 3D images of the real human body! There are 9 rooms that exhibit preserved bodies and organs donated from China. Each room is dedicated to different parts of the body with full and detailed explanations!
Rent a car with us in Las Vegas and take a drive to the newly opened City Center! This city within a city offers even more to do on the Vegas Strip! Do some shopping at the Crystal, or take a walk to the Aria, Vdara, Mandarin Oriental, or the Harmon and grab a bite to eat at one of the many restaurants to choose from!
Regardless of its catchy tourism advertisements, visitors to the city of Las Vegas will tell stories to their family, friends and neighbors for years. It's a city filled with world-class restaurants, luxurious spas and five-star hotels. At the same time, the spectacle of Elvis Presley impersonators, the attraction of slot machines and beautiful wonders like the Bellagio Fountains give tourists many experiences to talk about. “What happens in Vegas,” as they say, doesn't stay there. The stories are too good not to share!
What is the Las Vegas climate REALLY LIKE?
- Las Vegas is within a subtropical desert – the Mojave.
- Sunshine is plentiful year-round, with an average ratio of 10 sunny days to one day with rain or snow.
- June through September is a harsh, hot and dry season, with average daytime highs around 95 degrees Fahrenheit and lows at night around 73.
- It's very common to exceed 100 degrees with very low humidity.
- Make sure your car rental has working air conditioning!
- The Las Vegas winter is short and mild.
- While mountains surrounding Las Vegas do accumulate snow during the short and mild winters, snowfall is rare in the Las Vegas Valley.
- Winter temperatures sometimes drop to around freezing but are rarely recorded below 30 degrees Fahrenheit.
Want some cool trivia that will impress your friends (or maybe that cute girl at the casino)?
Did You Know... That Las Vegas is the world-renowned Entertainment Capital of the World? It's the best place to shop, to dine, and most especially, to place a bet!
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#1 thing to do: Caesars Palace
#2 thing to do: Southern Nevada Zoological-Botanical Park
#3 thing to do: Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
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