Stuck on a layover in Las Vegas? The Las Vegas McCarran International Airport is located roughly fifteen minutes from the Vegas strip (depending on traffic which on the weekends can be ample). If you’re trying to determine whether you can leave the airport during your Las Vegas layover, click here for useful tips.
In the airport, there’s the typical shopping and dining, but here you can also find a fair share of slot machines in Terminal 1 and 2. You can also check into participating hotels from the airport, access the Internet through free Wi-Fi, visit the bank, stay at an airline club, and more. In addition, the airport hosts an art gallery including glass and concrete sculptures, an Aviation Museum, a kids play room, shoeshine and designated smoking areas.
You can leave your luggage at key-less lockers and can access a self-serve locker beyond security checkpoints by using a touch screen rental point. Your bags can be left for a maximum of 48 hours and prices range depending on the size of your bag from $8-12 daily.
If you arrive at night or are looking for a place to rest, there are plenty of luxury hotels and casinos nearby, as well as moderately priced accommodations. For a full list of Las Vegas hotels at varying price points, click here.
As for transportation, your best bet is grabbing a taxicab outside baggage. There’s usually a long line of people heading to roughly the same area (the Strip) so you can ask around if anyone wants to share a taxi, which is a common practice in Vegas. There is also car rentals, shuttles and limos, and public transportation.
Layover Guide’s Suggestions Of Things To Do On A Las Vegas Layover:
Las Vegas Tour
If you want to see the sights in a short period of time, a tour might be your best bets. There are tons to choose from including sightseeing tours, helicopter rides, day trips to the Grand Canyon, hot air balloon rides, ATV and Off-Road tours, Top Gun aviation experience, and lots more!
The Vegas Strip
There’s tons of things to see and do, for free, on the main Sunset strip. Walking along, you can stop to see the dancing Bellagio fountains, see the volcano eruption in front of the Mirage, and the pirate show at Treasure Island. For a map of the strip, click here.
Catch a Vegas show
If you have the time on your layover, Vegas has some world class shows, with something for everyone. From top notch performers to magic shows and Cirque du Soleil, there’s bound to be something that will amaze you. Check out Las Vegas shows to find a list of shows and great deals.
Helicopter Tour of the Grand Canyon
If you have the time (and you will need a good chunk of it – these tours generally last around 3½ hours), check out a helicopter tour over the Grand Canyon. It’s an incredible experience and a view unlike any other! Here’s a list of companies that offer tours.
Considered to be the tallest free-standing tower in the U.S., you can see all of Vegas and the surrounding desert area from the top of the Stratosphere. But, this is Vegas of course so there has to be an extra spin to it. Yes, there’s the world’s highest roller coaster at the top, and there’s also the Big Shot, a reverse bungee that will launch you 160 feet into the sky.
Eating, Shopping and Pooling
If you’re a big foodie, you’ll want to check out the elaborate Bellagio buffet. For pools the Mirage’s pool, surrounded by the feeling of nature in the middle of the desert, is hard to beat. Shopping is hard to miss in Vegas, with name brand stores around every corner. Check out Caesar’s Forum Shops for the ultimate shopping experience.
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