By Cacinda Maloney
Going to Las Vegas is like going to Disneyland, only for an adult and there is always something to see and do. My last trip to Vegas was no exception. I do, however, have a secret! Something I usually don’t share with a lot of travelers, for fear they will laugh at me. Then one time on a trip a while back, I had only a day left after a travel conference, when I let the cat out of the bag and told one of the other travelers my secret. She laughed, as she does the same thing and we hopped on the bus together!
So here it is: my secret
I take the Hop On Hop Off Bus Tours in many cities that I visit!
That being said, it actually helps me get oriented with the lay of the land and allows me to know where and when I want to get off. If you have 48 hours in a city, even better, because you can actually use the hop on hop off bus as your form of transportation, since you paid for your ticket already. Many “hop on hop off” buses in Las Vegas are either 24 or 48 hours. Riding the “The Strip” on the Double Decker bus helps me be relaxed when I see the sights of glittering Las Vegas and orients me to the location of each of its stops. Not only that, it provides an excellent photo opportunity if you are sitting on the top deck to take some very eye-catching photographs from a different angle than you otherwise would be able to.
In Vegas there are so many amazing hotels and resorts that this is a must. To walk the strip entirely is next to impossible fro me, as I get tired after only about half of the walk, since I stop so many times. The length of “the strip” from the Stratosphere to the Mandalay Bay is a little less than 4 miles! If I want to use a cab, the fare make this an expensive option and the rail system doesn’t go the full length of the strip and is a bit “off” the strip anyway. The “hop on hop off” buses stops everywhere from The Stratosphere on the most northern point of the Strip, to the Excalibur and the Mandalay Bay in the southern region of the strip and pretty much every major hotel in between. One of my favorites was the gardens and fountain at the Bellagio. See the map below of the hotels along the strip:
I feel this is the BEST way to see Vegas, riding on the upper deck, and is great if you only have one day to do it. Typically the weather is great in Las Vegas as well. I was able to see all of the strip, hotels, as well as Vegas at night, so don’t forget about the night tour, as the line runs until 11 pm.
I had plenty of time to see everything in my one day! I call it the Cliff’s Notes-style overview of the city, and the tour company has already worked out the best way to see the most important parts of the city in the least amount of time. Some routes have a taped narration, others include a live guide
TIP: If you have a favorite pair of ear buds, bring them along. They will provide you with a new pair, but your personal ones feel so much better and it will make your tour a lot more enjoyable.