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Walking the Strip

Discussion in 'Getting There & Getting Around' started by shemesh, Aug 15, 2015.

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  1. shemesh

    shemesh Low-Roller

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    Hi all, as a first timer it wouldbe nice to walk the majority of the strip, basically try to loop it.
    How long will it typically take and where would you stop along theway.

    Are there any ideas regarding doing this, is it best in the early morning or at late night when its cooler?

    Thanks
     
  2. Darreningreenwood

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    I totally get the idea of walking it all as a first timer, and wanting to take it all in. But if you're more focused on just walking and getting to that casino that doesn't look very far away (pro tip: it's further than you think), you're going to be tired, worn out, and miss a lot of what makes Las Vegas so unique. The strip is a lot bigger than it appears on a map, and even when you're standing there on the sidewalk. Since you're wanting to stop and check things out, I think it could take all day and night!

    As to when to walk, it depends on what time of year. Around now, early morning is best; night time is fine, too, though when you start going north you would be better in daylight.

    I would suggest making a bit of a game out of it. Stop in at the different casinos and get a players card, a drink, etc. Some people on here have talked about a beer at every casino (they never seem to make it), others have tried $20 in a VP machine and move to the next, etc. As I've been in Vegas quite a few times, I know a lot of the tricks of making part of my walk inside the casino (Flamingo-Linq-Harrah's can get you far up the strip in air conditioned comfort). That can be a good way to stay cool and check out the different casinos.

    Specifics of where to stop? Depends how you're wanting to do it. Stop for the fountains at Bellagio, the Volcano at Mirage, of course. Fireside Lounge in the Peppermill (by now closed Riviera) is a must if you get that far north. Ride the bull at PBR by Planet Hollywood. Make a bet at MGM's sports book. If you somehow make it to the Strat, go grab a drink up top (and take a cab back!). Grab a beer as you pass by the various gift shops and stores (I had a Mexican beer night once; different Mexican beer each time I reloaded). And don't forget the water!
     
  3. bdautch

    bdautch High-Roller

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    Just remember that from Mandalay Bay to the SLS is 3.5 miles per Google maps, and then over to SLS and back down to the Trop would be another 3.2 miles. So picture walking 7-ish miles, in hot weather, but with no hills to speak of. You just have to keep diverting your path to account for foot bridges/escalators and stuff like that, so the walk may be a shade longer in reality because you can't really do it in true linear fashion straight down a sidewalk.

    So if you would normally be willing to walk 7 miles under those conditions, you'd be able to swing it.
     
  4. shemesh

    shemesh Low-Roller

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    Darren this is perfect advice!! Funny bull idea haha, i even thought to play that silly kentucky derby game wherever that casino is lol

    Sounds like a friggen blast
     
  5. shemesh

    shemesh Low-Roller

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    We are hikers coming from san diego, the walking should be ok, to me it seems like this is the greatest way to take it all in and live the moment, am i right??
     
  6. Ty

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    The crowds have kept me from walking the Strip much. As was mentioned above, everything seems close but its like walking a maze to get there. Just don't get in a hurry and be patient. The sidewalks often get crowded, then you'll come across of group of folks standing/talking/blocking the sidewalk. Add timeshare hawkers and street performers/musicians and the dude dressed as a Transformer hoping you pay him $5 to get your picture taken with him.

    Rant over.

    Vegas is amazing, the view is better at night with all the resorts lit up.
     
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  7. hockeymom

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    Great suggestions!
     
  8. Snidely

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    Very difficult to do the whole strip in one day. Do half one day and other half another day. One day head north and another day head south. Takes about 16 hours to walk whole strip and see sights, have cocktails, eat, etc.
     
  9. waverunner

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    I think the best idea for now is to do the loop from Wynn/FSM and Mandalay Bay. There will be a couple of new resorts on the North Strip in a couple of years, so i think the best way to see and feel the Strip is between Wynn and Mandalay Bay. I've been doing this for many years, i prefer to walk as much as i can (i had a stroke a couple of years ago, so it takes me a little bit longer but absolutely doable).
    I think the best time to walk for most of the year is in the morning. Most of the people on the Strip are either in bed or just getting up.
    The great thing about walking between Wynn and MB is there is a must stop at each property. That's why the walk is more enjoyable. Something to see and do until the next stop. Yes, the Hotels do seem closer than they really are, but that's the great thing about Vegas, every property has something for everyone. You're not walking from Wynn to MB, you're walking from Wynn, to Venitian/Palazzo, TI, Mirage, Harrah's, Caesars, Aria, NYNY, etc etc until the end.
    What i would do is start off at either Mandalay Bay on the South, or Wynn on the North, and then use one side (either East or West) until done. Then do the opposite when returning.
    I highly recommend walking on the Strip, at least once, because then you can see what's ON the Strip instead of inside the Strip, like Polynesian statues at MB, the Sphinx and Obelisk at Luxor, High Roller and Linq, Volcano's at Mirage, etc etc. Once you have done that, then you can spend most of your time inside each property at the casinos eating, shopping, gambling, shows, etc.
     
  10. shemesh

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    Hi, noticed that the walk between wynn and Mandalay bay are on opposite sides of the street, where is the best place to cross on that walk? thanks
     
  11. shemesh

    shemesh Low-Roller

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    waverunner, what is are your favorite properties to stop for gaming, drinks and eats along the walk?
     
  12. bobby jones

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    On our first trip, e broke the strip into four from the centre.. Day one south starting bellagio to MB and back. Next three other quadrants. Morning is my favorite but also timed things to fountains, volcanos and pirates.

    Remember walking the strip and casinos is much like walking through shopping malls- much more tiring than hiking for some reason...
     
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    You can do it if you are hell bent on just covering the miles.

    The thing is there are casinos every few feet to distract you and they are what you want to see so dont push it too hard.

    Here is what I do.

    I have a rough destination in mind for the day. Say I am staying at bellagio and I want to see a show at MGM. So thats the whole plan for the day. The only thing i need to do is to wander down there, get the tickets and sit down and watch the show.

    in between is the work involved in getting there.

    So i start the day with some beers, my weapon of choice, in the room.

    get some breakfast, maybe grab a few more in the rom and head out. Well, what do you now, there are casinos everywhere so might hit up the one right next to bellagio. Cool. time to grab a dring. wander through there, check it out, use the restroom. finish drink.

    grab another, maybe play a few bucks through a slot. Ok tome to cruise.

    Right next door, casino. hey, nice place. grab a drink, wander around, play some bj, have a few drinks, use restroom.

    man, getting hungry already. go next door, another casino. Grab some lunch, decent place, decent prices. Better grab another beer for the road.

    Maybe the wife wants a bit of shopping. Why not, we have plenty of time and they have beer at the ABC store so why not wander around for a bit.

    So, even though its only about a mile tops from bellagio to mgm, it can take all day to get there and I left out alot of stops.

    Have a simple goal every day and let the 4 winds blow you where they will while in the back of your mind you eventually get there.

    Way funner that way rather then over planning.

    its like golf. nothing more irritating then playing with a guy who wants to hurry hurry every hole. Just relax and enjoy the game.
     
  14. waverunner

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    I mostly stay and game at Caesars properties because i have their club card which gives me comped rooms and points. But i also spend lots of time throughout the Strip as well as off Strip. I go solo and don't really drink alcohol, so i'm not the best person to recommend a place to dine and drink, although if you can, try to reserve an outside table at Mon Ami Gabi at Paris and watch the Fountains at Bellagio while eating.

    You can also walk and take the trams along the way. There's a tram from MB to Luxor, then Excalibur, a tram from Monty Carlo to Aria, then Bellagio.
    There are also crosswalks on Las Vegas blvd, like at TI to Wynn, Venitian to Mirage, Casino Royale to Mirage/Caesars, the LinQ to Caesars, PHO to Bellagio, Coca-Cola to Monty Carlo. You can also use the Monorail from MGM to SLS.
    But, if you can, walking along the blvd, even just for a brief time, will give you a feel of the Strip you otherwise wouldn't get from using other modes of transportation.
     
  15. shemesh

    shemesh Low-Roller

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    keep em coming
     
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    When I was out last August, I stayed at Riviera. Was on East Coast time, so I was up at 10 to 7... Put on my sneakers. Jogged down to NY NY.. Then headed over to the Orleans.... I did take a cab back though!
     
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    Yes. We always walk everywhere on the strip as it is truly the best way to see everything. Make sure to take breaks to cool down wherever you can.
     
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    My .02, I would suggest mornings.........as an urban cruiser I love to throw on the hiking boots and put one in front of the other on some flat tarmac. Strip is really fun for this but after about 10:AM I end up starting to do the dodge and weave enough that it has me slowing down below my regular pace.

    Downside to mornings is the lights are off, and no volcanoes or fountains........but the bars are always open for carbo loading ! :):):)
     
  19. nostresshere

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    We often walk 5-7 miles a day when in Vegas. Walking from MB up to Mirage is reasonable - which is pretty much the end of the road for us. (we are MGM and CET sluts).

    Sometimes we will walk one way, and cab back - all depends on food, drink, shows, weather.

    If you think through your path, you can be inside most of the way.

    For example:
    MB-Luxor - totally inside
    Luxor to Excal - still inside
    Exal to NYNY - short outside to cross over street.
    Through NYNY, out far side, then into MC. More outside , maybe eighth of a mile?
    From MC to the back and stay inside to Aria.
    Out back door of Aria to Vdara to Bellagio
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    Through Crystals to Cosmo, then outside and then into Bellagio.
    All the way through Bellagio then across to Caesars.
    Though Caesars through shops, then outside to Mirage.

    Whew!
     
  20. Electroguy563

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    It's the crowds that make the trek tiresome. As others have mentioned, sometimes you'll get behind waddlers or groups of people inconsiderately blocking the sidewalks. Add the buskers (characters in costume and 2nd rate performers) and all of a sudden the walk is not fun.

    I would suggest walking one side of the Strip on one day and taking the cab back. Then on another day do the other side and take the Monorail back. But don't overplan. Just cruise the Strip and enjoy yourselves. If you don't finish the trek, there's always another day or another trip!
     
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