Las Vegas Walks: 9 Ways to See the Best of the Strip

Posted by Fodor's Editors on April 22, 2009 at 9:16:35 AM EDT | Post a Comment

Las Vegas may be a town of debauchery and decadence, but that doesn't mean you can't get in some exercise. The Strip actually offers a number of challenging walks. Many of these are indoors, a perfect way to avoid the desert sun.

Tips to Walk By

Cooling Off Spots: Numerous casinos and restaurants have public water misters. Our favorites are outside Diablo's Cantina at the Monte Carlo; the frozen-margarita bar outside Caesars Palace (northwest corner of Flamingo and the Strip); and various shops in the "horseshoe" between the Golden Nugget and Harrah's.

What to Avoid: The skinny stretch in front of TI during the Sirens of TI shows, when everyone stops to watch.

Where to Walk: The west side of the street from Center Strip to the Venetian—the sidewalk on the east side jogs east between the Golden Nugget and Harrah's, costing you five minutes or more, if it's crowded.

Tired of Walking?: You're never far from a taxi, but it's downright impossible to hail a cab on the Strip. Hotels welcome you onto their taxi stand lines in the hopes that you'll come back and play in their casinos.

Tipping for Taxis: Tipping the bellmen who hail the cab for you is customary, but if you're not a hotel guest and don't think you'll see that bellman again, don't bother.

South Strip

Mummies to Big Apple: Inside Luxor's pyramid follow the enclosed walkways to Excalibur. From there, it's an easy walk across a pedestrian bridge to New York-New York's new gaming floor. Total time: 15 minutes.

All about M's: Inside the MGM Grand, resort guests can explore the grounds—both the MGM Grand and the area surrounding the Signature towers. Then you can join the masses and hit the Strip heading north toward M&Ms World, the town's biggest candy store. Total time: 30-40 minutes.

See an Icon: If the daytime temperature drops below 80F or you'd rather go at night, head south on Las Vegas Boulevard from Mandalay Bay and you'll spot the famous Welcome to Las Vegas sign. If you want to take a picture directly under the sign be careful crossing the street; the sign sits in the center median and there's no crosswalk. Total time: 20 minutes.

Center Strip

See the Fountains: To catch the dancing fountains outside Bellagio from a different angle, head north along the Strip and look back. Showtimes are every half hour. It's best to go at night, when the fountains are illuminated with spotlights. Total time: 20 minutes.

Retail Therapy: Start by circling the stores in the Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood, then cross the street and explore the Forum Shops. Total time: two hours, depending on stops and dressing room time.

Molten Fun: The Mirage's volcano is worth a gander, but the best views are from the opposite side of the Strip. From Bally's, head north and stop in front of the Golden Nugget. It's best to go at night, when the "lava" glows like the real stuff. Total time: 25 minutes.

North Strip

Viva Italy: The Strip has plenty of Italy to explore. To immerse yourself, stroll the canals around the Venetian's shops, then follow signs toward Barney's New York and Palazzo. All told, you never have to step outside. Total time: 45 minutes.

Wynn Nature: Conservatory gardens in both Wynn Las Vegas and Encore feature seasonal flowers and trees—both rarities in the middle of the Las Vegas desert. To care for this greenery, Wynn employs more than 50 gardeners. Total time: 40 minutes.

Mall and Trump: On super hot days, avoid the sun with a stroll through Fashion Show Mall, then cross Fashion Show Drive and head into the Trump Hotel Las Vegas for a martini at DJT. Total time: 45 minutes.

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