48 Hours Hoppin’ Around Vegas

 By Cacinda Maloney

Las Vegas, NV PointsandTravel.com

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!

Las Vegas, NV

Las Vegas, NV

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.

Las Vegas, NV

Las Vegas, NV

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:

The Strip in Las Vegas, NV

The Strip in Las Vegas, NV

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.

Las Vegas, NV

Las Vegas, NV

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.

FYI:  You can book tickets online.  This company uses the Big Bus, which is the one that gets the best reviews on TripAdvisor.  They also sell a variety of other Vegas tours and attractions.





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  1. Alouise February 10, 2014 at 4:33 pm

    I did a hop on hop off bus tour the first time I went to New York, and it was great. Honestly, I never considered it for Vegas, but you make a really convincing argument. My friends and I had a car in Vegas, but even driving on the strip with the traffic was a pain. Next time I’m in Vegas I think I might do the tour bus option.

    • admin February 10, 2014 at 5:35 pm

      I mean it is great for getting around, especially if you have not been there before. Otherwise there is the monorail, but it is set so far back off the strip, that sometimes it is not that great an option as well. Plus, I did forget about the traffic and just sitting in a taxi that is not moving, been there, done that!

  2. Laura February 11, 2014 at 2:49 pm

    Never considered it in Vegas, but taking the hop-on-hop-off bus in London was awesome. The main sites are a bit spread out, and cabs are expensive. (I guess I probably should have tried the tube :)…

    • admin February 11, 2014 at 4:11 pm

      Yes, I think it works in most cities, at least once!

  3. Lance | Trips By Lance February 12, 2014 at 3:07 pm

    Something I will consider if/when we visit Vegas later this year. I’ve done a hop on hop off once, in Bath, England. It was pouring rain and we decided it would be the best way to see the city that we had originally planned to walk in.

    • admin February 12, 2014 at 6:16 pm

      Yes, I have done several in similar situations. Pouring down snow in Berlin, a free one that came with a hotel package in Buenos Aires and one in Cuenca to get the lay of the land. Also did one in Quito when I only had one day to explore after seeing the equator and meeting friends for dinner that night, so limited on my time. Sometimes they just work!

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