A car certainly isn’t necessary in Las Vegas. Most of the hotels have free shuttles to and from the airport. Even when we drive, we end up purchasing all day bus passes. They are an unbeatable bargain; five bucks takes you from the furthest Southern tip of the Strip, and all the way north down to Fremont Street. It’s easy too-there are bus stops on almost every block, and busses arrive about every five or so minutes. An all-day bus pass is the best way to explore the entire strip. Plan it all out with one of the ubiquitous brochure maps available at all hotels, or just ride and stop on your whim. And finish your drinks before you board–no food or drinks are allowed on the bus.
Free entertainment is literally everywhere in Las Vegas. From street and doorway performers and those wandering through Sunset Park near the airport, the Fremont Street Concerts and Experience Light Show, to free shows in many of the casino’s – there is a never ending feast for your eyes.
Since my notes on ‘very affordable’ Las Vegas are 98 pages long, we will focus on ‘free’ and ‘dirt cheap’ instead. There is a way to have a blast for next to nothing if you plan a little in advance. And you can still find free stuff if you know where to look.
The Grand Canal Shoppes bill themselves as a “Streetmosphere” with cobblestone walkways that meander along a canal and a variety of live street performers. With over 80 boutiques and restaurants, this shopping stroll is quite an experience. Most of the shops are typical, although I feel the photo gallery near the Venetian main entrance is fabulous.
The most significant way you can enjoy Las Vegas women’s clothing, though, is to hit up the fashion show mall where you will not only find a great collection of designer shops but more importantly discount and outlet retailers. Celebrate the world’s most exciting city with the world’s greatest designers all at discount prices.
Fountains aren’t usually considered entertainment, but these two are exceptional and different. Halo is in the center of the mall, and is the only fountain you can walk through without getting wet. Imagine interconnected crystal tubes with brightly lit mini water-spouts twisting and turning at various angles in competition with nature. Glacia is by The Strip entrance, and may be the only solid water fountain you’ll ever see. 15 columns of ice rise up out of a shallow pool and are randomly carved in the process before getting a chance to melt. Background music accompanies this growing ice sculpture garden of endless shapes and transparencies.
Golden Nugget – This downtown Vegas classic resort is situated in the heart of the world-famous Fremont Street Experience, three miles from the Strip. This elegant hotel features all the excitement and glamour of a casino hotel without all the flashy neon glitz of the Strip.