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mc carren - downtown - Cosmo

Discussion in 'Getting There & Getting Around' started by Dpin300, Sep 17, 2012.

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  1. Dpin300

    Dpin300 Low-Roller

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    I was thinking it might be a good idea to take a limo from the (international) airport to downtown and from there to our hotel the cosmopolitan. Not that we plan to stop downtown but just to really feel the vibe of Vegas with the lights and everything. (we're Vegas virgins)
    We'll be arriving at night so I guess everything will look really awesome.
    Looking at the map would you suggest to go straight to the strip from the airport and then downtown and back down the strip to Cosmo? That way we'll have seen most of the strip.
    Thanks in advance for any advice! it's almost midnight here so good night all
     
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    Your plan is somewhat flawed, because...

    ...in the late 90s, the Fremont Street Experience canopy was built downtown overhead and the main four (4) blocks of downtown were then closed to vehicular traffic. It's now a massive pedestrian mall, with an overhead canopy.

    These four blocks have the majority of the downtown casinos, with all their lights. But your vehicle can't drive down this street (i.e. Fremont, approximately 1 Fremont to 500 Fremont or so).

    I'm a big downtown fan-- I prefer it to the Strip. Some people say the Strip is for suckers and tourists. I mostly agree.

    My advice to you? You're probably staying in Vegas for more than one day. Devote an entire day to dowtown and see if you like it. Try to go between 10am and, say, 10pm (the light show starts in the evening) or later. Visit all 14 casinos downtown-- they're all within easy walking distance. And then see if you like it over The Strip. Some people do, some people don't. This way, you'll have your day downtown but also days on The Strip.

    Then, on your second trip, you can plan accordingly.

    You can get to downtown for the cost of a $5 bus ride. Look for signs for "The Deuce" or (better yet) "The SDX" (Strip and Downtown Express).

    Downtown's a little different from The Strip, but gambling odds are better, food is cheaper, casinos are closer and generally more friendly, and there are deals to be had. Plus, the history is priceless.
     
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    follow-up

    But if your goal is to see "most of the Strip" and have limo for a flat rate for an hour...

    ...then, I'd suggest telling the driver to take the highway north to The Stratopshere (the very end of the North part of the Strip), and drive down Las Vegas Blvd. ("The Strip") south. This way, you'll see plenty of casinos and plenty of lights.

    Not sure what day you are arriving, but keep in mind that on weekends and especially if there are big conventions in town, the traffic on The Strip can be very overwhelming.

    Good luck and have fun.
     
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    You are coming from Europe, correct?

    The big question right off will be if you have to go through customs at McCarran or not because that can really suck up a lot of time.

    That is relevant because if you book a limo for airport pickup they arrive when your flight lands and they start the timer then... so if you are in customs for 30-45 minutes by the time you get out of there you'll have maybe 15-30 minutes left on your limo's hour if thats what you booked it for.

    You could tell the limo that you will call for it when you are through customs, but then you never know exactly how long you will be until you actually get out of there (IE: being called for secondary bag screening is possible while you are making your way out the exit) so you either end up wasting limo time waiting or your time sitting around waiting for the limo to finally come.


    If thats the case then what I would do is just hold off on the limo. Go through customs, baggage check, etc and then take a cab to your hotel.

    Then the next day, or maybe even later that night if you don't arrive too late, look at getting a limo tour of Las Vegas.

    You can get a 3.5-4 hour limo tour for less than $400 and they will provide you with a bottle of champagne, drive you up and down The Strip, take you to the "Welcome to Las Vegas" sign for photos, stop at the Bellagio fountains, Mirage volcano, down to Fremont Street, back up The Strip, etc... making sure you get to see everything and with a few hours in there you will definitely have time to see it all.
     
  5. Dpin300

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    @Auggie Thanks for the heads up about booking a limo in advance but I already read that here on the board. (you gotta love this place) I also checked the airport website and they say that there's a walk up limo service so we'll do that I suppose.

    @Raisingoo Thanks for the advice. I was definitely planning a night downtown. I like the look of the D so plan on spending some cash there so hopefully get an offer to stay there next trip.

    I added a drawing of what I thought might be a good route. If we drive around the start and end of the pedestrian part of Fremont it'll do seeing we'll go there on another night as well.

    We'll be landing at 19:30 (7:30pm) so it'll be dark and we can enjoy all the lights.

    Does anyone have any idea how long this drive will take? This will happen on a Thursday night before Easter next year.
     

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    Take a cab to the Cosmo... relax. catch the deuce bus $7 from opposite your hotel and try to get the front seat upstairs on the bus... You will then see the whole strip whilst going downtown. Then arange to stay a few hours there in the evening, enjoy the experience and then either cab or take the bus back. Its a good inexpensive night out. Not to be missed
     
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    Thanks for the advice, we'll defenitly be going downtown again during our stay but the fist night I just want to see the lights. Probably take the bus then want I want to stop at the pawn shop on the way.

    But I need to get a limo when we arrive, it's just one of the things I've got om my "to do" list in Vegas and must do
     
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    I totally get this -- did the same thing on our first trip (the limo, not downtown.) I just had the limo drive the strip.
     
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    Vegas during daytime and night time are two different scenes. I'm glad we're landing when it's dark. I just want to ride the limo and think "this is Vegas! "
     
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