Walking the Las Vegas Strip
As a visitor, I personally want to see everything and take photos of everything! So, if you are like me, or if your visit to Las Vegas this time is limited to the strip, I would advise you to take a walk so as to get the real fun.
When Walking on the strip you can take the elevators to top levels and cross all the bridges traversing the wide busy boulevard.
Looking up and down the strip from this vantage point is a great way to grasp the whole length of it, and a wonderful time to take some incredible pictures of buildings, lights and reflections.
Tips for getting the most out of your walking the Las Vegas Strip
1. A comfortable pair of shoes is a must-have
The strip is a little over four miles, and the buildings are much further apart than they seem to be on paper. Trust me, there’s so much to see and do that the distance won’t be an issue.
2. Combine your Las Vegas Strip walking with the bus riding
- As you walk along the streets and take in all that surrounds you, you start to realize that this simply can’t be done in one visit. If you want to get the best of the strip, I would advise to combine the walking with the bus riding.
– In fact, if you are new to the Las Vegas strip, as we were the first time, a bus ride would be the best for the first day.
- Take the bus in both directions so you can locate what and where are the most important attractions and get a little familiar with the place.
– Get a day ticket on the Deuce — the double deck bus, and go to the top level. You will see everything in perspective and have a good understanding of what it’s all about.
– The view is great and you can even take some nice photos from above – I did
- Another good thing about combining your walking the Las Vegas strip with bus riding is that you can get in and on and off any time. You can walk, visit, have lunch or dinner and get back to the bus with no extra cost.
*ExtraTip: For the Deuce you cannot buy the ticket on the bus, so check the Ticket Vending Machines on the strip.
3. Keep well hydrated
- The air in Las Vegas is very dry and you lose water without noticing it. This can make you more tired faster.
- You can carry some water in your backpack or you can just buy it in any store – keep in mind though that everything on the strip is more expensive.
- If you have the taste for something more exciting than just water, you can carry any kind of drinks while walking on the strip – it is totally allowed :)
4. Keep cool in the summer
- In the hot days of summer, wear a hat and protect your shoulder from the sun
– From about June (sometime earlier) to October, Las Vegas gets very hot.
- You should limit your walking the Las Vegas Strip, and stay more inside – every place is air conditioned.
- Enter as much as possible in stores – they are always cool in both senses ;) Believe me, there is so much to see inside!
– My urge is to enter every single shop…oh, when it comes to Las Vegas shopping… :)
* Stores and casinos are kept really cold, so you may even need to carry a light jacket with you…
- Combining your walking with a ride on the Las Vegas monorail, is a way to keep you cool as well.
– There are also free shuttles and free trams from and to major destinations on the strip.
– One of them is the free tram we took from Bellagio to Crystals, Aria and Monte Carlo – they are very fast and keeps you inside
5. Walking the Las Vegas strip at night is totally safe.
It is a good idea to avoid the back streets – the area between the Stratosphere tower and Fremont street is an example. The strip itself is very well lit and very busy – The glitz and lights coming from all the shops, restaurants and colorful moving ads make it as safe as in the daytime. Walking on Las Vegas strip at night and it’s one of the main attractions of the city. Like many other tourists my husband and I walked safely in the late hours – it’s simply difficult to get to slip :)
6. Cross the strip only on the designated areas
- If you have the urge to see the other side of the strip, use only at the designated crossing areas, or bridges
– the fine for Jaywalking in Las Vegas is $198.00!
7. Get a map of Las Vegas Strip
- A map would be very useful too when walking on Las Vegas Strip. You can ask your hotel where to get one, or buy your Las Vegas Map before you start the trip.
Last but not least, also check about the main strip attractions, so you know what you expect ;)