Las Vegas (East)
- State: NV
- Country: United StatesImportant locations and attractions:
Las Vegas Hilton Country Club, Las Vegas Convention Center, University of Nevada at Las Vegas, The Mirage, The Venetian, Harrahs, Caesars Palace, Flamingo Hilton, Ballys, Paris Hotel and Casino, Aladdin, Bellagio, MCM Grand, Excalibur, Luxor, King Tut Museum, Four Seasons Mandalay Bay, Mirage Country Club, McCarran International Airport, The University of Nevada at Las Vegas and the Las Vegas Museum of Natural History.
"The Strip," an array of luxury hotels, casinos/nightclubs, is the commercial and cultural center of the city; the University of Nevada at Las Vegas is less than a mile from The Strip.
The United States Government was and still is a vital presence in the area: Nellis Air Force Base and Small Arms Range are next to North Las Vegas, Nellis Air Force Range and Nuclear Testing Site and Indian Springs Gunnery Range are 60 miles northwest.
McCarran International Airport: www.mccarran.com. Located next to the southern part of the Strip, one mile (1.8 km.) from the central Strip, and 5 miles (8 km.) from Downtown Las Vegas. This airport is extraordinarily accessible for the tourist.
Airport Shuttles: Taxis and mini-bus services are located at the West Entrance near the baggage claim area. Limo, group charter buses and courtesy pick up for hotels is located at the East Entrance. Limousines and mini-buses cost: approximately $4 per person to the Strip; $5 per person to Downtown (one way).
Public Transportation: 702-455-4481. Cost: $1.00 to 1.50.
StripTrolley: $1.30 (exact change). Schedule: 9:30 AM to 2 AM. Trolleys run every 20 mins. From the Sahara Hotel to the Luxor Hotel. They stop in front of each major Strip hotel.
Downtown Trolley: 50¢. Schedule: 7 AM to 11PM daily. Trolley departs every 15 mins from the Downtown Transportation Center.
Free Hotel/Casino Shuttles: Bally's Monorail to MGM Grand Hotel & Casino. Rio Suites Shuttle to Fashion Show Mall, MGM and Stardust. Mirages Monorail to Treasure Island. Most other major hotels offer a variety of shuttles.
Mormons were the first settlers in 1855 but they abandoned the site in 1857. Then the U.S. Army built Fort Baker there in…