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Monorail

The Monorail links eight major resorts and runs seven days a week till 2am Monday to Thursday and 3am Friday to Sunday. Travel from one side of the Strip to the other in just 15 minutes. A three-day pass costs US$28, with singles $5 each. This is probably the most reliable and convenient way to travel without bumping into any traffic.

Other Options

Buses run 24 hours a day on the Strip and cost around $US2 one-way. Even if you haven’t had much luck on the tables or slot machines, you will always be able to find a ride back to your hotel. Grabbing a taxi is equally straightforward with fares starting at $2.70 on the meter, adding $1.80 for every mile.

Hire a car

For entering Las Vegas in style there is nothing like rolling up behind the wheel of a vintage Cadillac. Flamboyant and excessive, just like Vegas, rates start at US$250 for five hours or $350 for 24, however with prices here, the sky’s the limit. Alternatively hire a compact car for around $25 per day, with plenty of companies to choose from.

Traffic in Las Vegas

Traffic on the Strip is known for being bumper to bumper. The public transport may be cheap, but in some cases you could be waiting up to an hour to get from one side of the Strip to the other. Taking the Monorail or renting a car is your best bet as there is free parking available and backstreets to beat the queues.

Grand Canyon Helicopter Tour

No trip to Las Vegas is complete without flying over the magnificent Grand Canyon. Enjoy incredible views over Hoover Dam, Lake Mead and Fortification Hill before descending for a champagne toast above the Colorado River. From AU$345 per person for a four-hour tour, this is a trip worth taking, leaving you overwhelmed. Disappointment is really not an option.

Stratosphere Tower

For adrenaline junkies, the X-Scream thrill ride at 1,148 feet above the Strip will have your heart in your mouth. Tilting you 30 feet over the edge of the tower, this is not an experience for those scared of heights. Hanging on the edge with nothing between front riders and the ground, it may feel like the longest ten seconds of your life.

Cirque du Soleil

High energy acrobatics and powerful athleticism, Cirque du Soleil offers a world famous theatrical experience to capture your imagination and inspire. The top selling show, Mystère, brings together seventy-five artists from around the world at Treasure Island. Ticket prices range from around AU$74 to $88 for an evening show. A great experience for all the family.

Swim with sharks

For close encounters with some of the earth’s greatest predators, the Shark Reef Aquarium at Mandalay Bay offers a sensory experience through its 14 exhibits and scuba dive with sharks. The 1.3 million gallon Shark exhibit is a must, captivating for all ages with its 360° views. For a dive experience, prepare to pay big dollars up to US $1000 for two.

DAY 1: Casino hopping

On foot, spend a day on the Strip, sampling some of the best sights and trying your luck in the casinos. Start at the Venetian on the east side of the Boulevard, for its two Guggenheim museums, the 585,000 gallon canal and homage to Venice. Stroll down a Roman Street in Caesar’s Palace through the Forum Shops or gawp at the exuberant ceiling in the Bellagio lobby. Finish at the MGM Grand for an evening show.

DAY 3: Drive to Red Rock Canyon

Hire a car and set off early morning for the panoramic 13mile drive. Red Rock is less travelled and known to visitors, however offers majestic views and great opportunities for hiking. For something a little different, go horseback riding at Bonnie Springs Ranch for US$55 per person for an hour. Alternatively pay $134 each and stay afterwards for a steak dinner.

DAY 2: Rafting on the Colorado River

For the trip of a lifetime, break away from the bright lights and experience white water rafting in a day. With an early morning start, begin your journey by jeep to the bottom of the Grand Canyon. From there, ride 40 miles of rapids through the steep cliffs of the canyon before ascending 4,000 feet in a helicopter for breathtaking views. At around US$540 this may be steep (no pun intended) but is a trip worth taking.

DAY 4: Come face to face with lions

For an activity the whole family can enjoy, go to the Secret Garden and Dolphin Habitat at the Mirage Resort. With white lions, tigers, panthers, leopards and Bottlenose Dolphins, the wildest part of Las Vegas isn’t necessarily the nightlife. For a personal encounter with the dolphins, the Trainer for a Day program at US$550 offers the chance to slip on your wetsuit for a unique one to one experience. For those on a budget, admission to the Habitat is under $20.

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