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When you think of Las Vegas, you think of the Strip. The Strip is great, but there’s more places to see and more neighborhoods to eat in. Showtime Tours has done the research for you, so your next trip to Vegas for fun or work won’t be wasted on bad food.
Did you know Las Vegas has a Chinatown? Close to the Strip, this neighborhood is full of both tourists and locals alike. Are you looking for Japanese food? The grill at Raku and the ramen at Monta are a must try. But Chinatown has more than just Chinese, Japanese and southeast Asian food. Leatherneck Club, a restaurant and bar dedicated to military veterans, has one of the best burgers in the city. Just looking for a drink? Check out the Golden Tiki, a Hawaiian themed bar.
Ever heard of Summerlin? This west-Vegas ‘hood is great for restaurants. Hearthstone, 8 Noodle Bar and Other Mama are all great establishments. Looking for Italian? Nothing beats the pizza and wine at Due Forni.
In Downtown Vegas, restaurants abound. Carson Kitchen is casual but delicious. Looking for tapas or small bites? Check out Itsy Bitsy. For steak, Vic & Anthony’s and Triple George Grill are equally good.
More delicious Asian food awaits you East of the Strip at Lotus of Siam and Komol. Komol is also great for vegetarians. For the opposite of vegetarian fare, check out Ellis Island Casino for some great barbecue.
Southwest has a few great mom-and-pop restaurants in this mini-Chinatown. Soho, Pier 215 and Japaneiro have great sushi. In a rush? VegeWay is a popular drive-thru vegan burger place.
There’s so much to do in Vegas, but add any of these restaurants to your itinerary, and you’ll go home feeling fed. As always, Showtime has your back for all your transportation needs to and from the airport, a restaurant or a tour.
Whether Las Vegas is your layover or final destination, here’s a quick guide to the area’s major airport, McCarran International Airport, to make your visit an enjoyable one.
McCarran International Airport (LAS) is the primary commercial airport serving the Las Vegas metropolitan area. The airport itself is 5 miles south of downtown Las Vegas, in a town called Paradise.
Built in 1942, the airport was named after Pat McCarran, a former Nevada senator, a major figure in American aviation. The airport has two terminals, and is the 26th busiest airport in the world for passenger traffic.
McCarran provides travel tips for pre-flight preparation on their site. These include notifying your airline of special requirements including assistance for unaccompanied minors, disabled passengers or medical supplies. They also advise to check in with the airline before embarking for the airport to check the status of your flight and make sure there are no delays.
While McCarran has plenty of electrical outlets, it is advised to charge all your electronics beforehand, including mobile phones, tablets and laptops. To avoid delays at security, make sure all liquids, gels and aerosols are in 3-ounce containers in a small plastic ziploc bag. Dress comfortably, and, as always, make sure you remember all necessary travel documents and valid identification.
During your time in McCarran, there are conveniently located information booths with Passenger Service Representatives eager to assist you with any questions you may have. They are dressed in blue and gold around each terminal.
Need to mail something from the airport? McCarran has you covered. All security checkpoints have self-service drop boxes to ensure your valued items arrive to your final destination. For your convenience, there are several ATM’s located in each terminal and spread out throughout the gates. Need to exchange currency? Each terminal has its own Travelex currency exchange booth.
Bored? If you find your flight taking out of Terminal 1, there is the Howard W. Cannon Aviation Museum located in the Esplanade. Open 24/7, this small but informative exhibit has more than 30 display cases and a short video presentation on Las Vegas aviation history. The rest of the airport has several other multi-faceted showcases placed for your entertainment.
For more Vegas-style entertainment, there are a number of slot machines located throughout the airport for travelers over 21 years old. Get started with the Vegas fun without even leaving the airport! There are also a number of restaurants and shops spread out throughout the terminals.
Enjoy your travels!
Walking around the Las Vegas Strip can be a bit… confusing. The half-mile stretch of Las Vegas Boulevard takes you from Paris to Venice to Ancient Rome. Showtime Tours has made a short guide for you of some of the monumental replicas and what you need to know.
Never been to France? You can visit their most famous monument in Nevada! Appropriately situated right in front of the Paris Las Vegas hotel, the Eiffel Tower replica is built at half scale to the original. Built between 1997 and 1999, the original plans intended the tower to be exact size, but this was a problem so close to the Las Vegas airport. You can take a glass elevator to the top for panoramic desert views and a restaurant.
Head to Polynesia for a volcanic experience… literally. In front of the Mirage is a three-acre lagoon. Wisps of smoke will give you a hint as to when the volcano will erupt, to the soundtrack of a Grateful Dead drummer and Indian tabla musician.
You don’t need to hop on a cross-country flight to take in some of the Big Apple’s most famous monuments. Located right outside the MGM hotel and casino, a miniature replica of the Statue of Liberty, Chrysler building, Empire State building and Brooklyn Bridge stand to scale. Wrapped around the hotel itself is the Big Apple roller coaster, with NYC taxicab replicas for the carts.
Caesars Palace is known worldwide for its casino as well as its ostentatious facade. The front of the building has magnificent fountains, that Evil Knievel himself jumped over them on a motorcycle infamously in 1967 (he survived with a shattered pelvis and fractured skull). The Colosseum boasts of many of Las Vegas’s most famous acts, including Celine Dion and Elton John. The back of the hotel is equally fabulous, with the Garden of the Gods Pool Oasis.
One of the most eye-catching features of Las Vegas is the Luxor’s great pyramid. Named after the splendid ancient Egyptian city, the building itself is a sleek and refined homage to ancient Egyptian architecture. Built in 1993 and standing at 30-stories tall, the apex of the building has the world’s most powerful beacon, which is said to be visible to astronauts. In front of the Luxor is a 10-story tall crouching sphinx and sandstone obelisk.
The Strip boasts of many fascinating sites, so be sure to take a walk around no matter the reason you’re in town. Book your airport transportation or tour with Showtime Tours soon to make your trip comfortable and affordable.
For whatever reason you’re coming to Las Vegas, there’s no reason to not take advantage of one of the entertainment capitals of the world. Showtime has created a quick guide to this spring’s must-see shows.
Las Vegas’s biggest concert series in April is Ricky Martin, the pop icon. He’ll be performing beginning April 5th at MGM’s Park Theater at Monte Carlo. The Latin sensation’s show, directed under the acclaimed Jamie King, is sure to be a blast: ““I’m extremely excited to have my residency in Las Vegas; I have been thinking about it for years and to see it become a reality is just an unbelievable feeling. I’m inspired, and I can’t wait to show you what we have in store.”
Las Vegas’s newest resident artists are the boy band favorite, Backstreet Boys. However, you don’t need to be a preteen to relive the early 2000s. The best selling boy band in music history begins their performances in March, but will be around Vegas for 18 shows. Starting at $39, you won’t want to miss this show.
Britney is back in Vegas, opening April Fools Day at Planet Hollywood. The star of the electrifying “Britney: Piece of Me” show was voted “Best Resident Performer in Vegas”. Her show sells out quickly, so buy now for cheap tickets!
Want something a bit slower? The Montreal superstar begins her residence on April 5th after a yearlong hiatus. Catch Miss Dion at The Colosseum in Caesars Palace to hear her classic hits and fan favorites.
Another classic. The British rocker is bringing his famous hair and voice to Caesars hotel through April for “The Hits” concert series. Be prepared for one hit after another with this icon.
Enjoy your time in Las Vegas, and don’t forget to book your ride to the shows with Showtime!
When you think of Las Vegas, you think of casinos. After you take a sightseeing tour, here is a short guide to the casinos you can’t miss, and what you need to know.
Caesars Palace, one of the most iconic casinos in the world, is a great first stop. If you’re not keen to play, it’s worth a visit to take in the spectacular building or watch the gambling action. Other iconic casinos with a classic Vegas atmosphere include the Golden Nugget, the Hard Rock and the Monte Carlo. Lesser known gems include the El Cortez, Orleans casino and Silverton casino. It’s especially hard to avoid the casinos in Vegas when they are in some of the most iconic buildings.
While you can watch from the sidelines, don’t be afraid to participate, if you’re over 18. Here are some key etiquette rules:
While these general tips should get you around without a hassle, each casino may have their own individual rules, so keep yourself well-informed during your stay. Bet responsibly, but most importantly, enjoy your time in Vegas! Make the most of your time in Vegas and book your transportation ahead of time with Showtime Tours.
Enjoy your time in Las Vegas!Las Vegas is world renowned for its entertainment. Beyond the casinos, shows and restaurants, the choices can be overwhelming. Whether you’re in town for business or pleasure, Showtime Tours has made a quick entertainment guide for you.
After taking your Showtime Tour airport shuttle to your hotel, take a stroll down the Las Vegas Strip. During day or night, the Strip has all you need to keep you entertained. See the world without ever leaving the sidewalk, including Venice’s gondolas outside the Venetian hotel, Italy’s Lake Como at the Bellagio, and Paris’s Eiffel Tower. Day or night, the Bellagio Fountain shows, which start every 15 minutes, are a must-see. The fountains shoot almost 500 feet into the air to coordinated music.
Escape the heat with one of the many unique museums Las Vegas has to offer. The Pinball Hall of Fame has over 150 pinball machines for visitors to play. The Atomic Testing Museum will teach you the history of Nevada’s use as a nuclear-weapon testing site. The Mob Museum tells the story of how the mafia built Las Vegas into what it is today. Whatever your interests may be, there is surely something for you.
The Strip, museums, restaurants, shops and casinos can be overwhelming to take in. Don’t worry about missing a thing with Showtime’s Bright Light City Tour. This 2.5-3 hour evening tour in an open air pink Jeep Wrangler is the perfect way to take it all in, Vegas-style. Is nature more your thing? Showtime also has tours to the Hoover Dam and the Grand Canyon.
No matter when or why you’re in town, Vegas is sure to have enough to keep you entertained. Keep your ride to and from the airport comfortable and reliable with Showtime Tours.
Hotels offer parking throughout Las Vegas, however, parking your vehicle always comes with a cost. Free parking has become a thing of the past on the Las Vegas Strip. Most Las Vegas hotels now institute paid parking.
It means parking has become a lot more expensive in Las Vegas, and you have to plan your travel accordingly. There are two types of parking in Las Vegas: self-parking and valet parking. With self-parking, you park yourself and costs $5-$7 for vehicles parked 1 to 4 hours and $8-$10 for vehicles parked over 4 hours to 24 hours. With valet parking, the hotel parks the car for you, and costs a little more than self-parking. Valet parking fees are $13 for the first 4 hours and $18 for over 4 hours to 24 hours. There is an additional valet parking fee of $18 for each day or fraction of a day the vehicle is valet parked in Las Vegas.
Free parking on the Strip was once a Las Vegas staple, but has become harder and harder to find. The end of free parking started when MGM Resorts International announced they would start charging for parking, both valet and self-parking on all properties except Circus Circus. This was quickly followed up with Caesars Entrainment, who announced it would also phase out free parking on all properties except the Rio.
A shuttle service is a great way to avoid the cost of parking on the Las Vegas Strip.
Las Vegas has a vibrant Chinese community and you can find some incredible Chinese New Year celebrations throughout Las Vegas. 2017 is the Year of the Rooster and festivities are set to kick off on January 28. Chinese New Year is a 15-day celebration, so there is plenty of time to see it all! Check out just some of the best Chinese New Year events scheduled in the Las Vegas area:
The LINQ Promenade is hosting a four-day Chinese New Year festival, Jan 27-30, which features parties, special events, and dragon dances on the Fountain Stage. Authentic dragon dances by a Sichuan dance troupe will be held nightly at 6 pm. The biggest feature of their "Chinese New Year in the Desert" program is the DragonFest Benefit Concert at The LINQ Theater. The DragonFest Benefit Concert showcases a variety of local performers and international Chinese troupes as well as a very special performance by J.D. Miller Middle School. All LINQ events are free and open to the public.
New displays at the Bellagio's Conservatory & Botanical Gardens are always an event and Chinese New Year is no exception. The Bellagio will feature a vibrant Year of the Rooster theme January 8 - March 4, 2017. The conservatory display features tranquil ponds with live Koi fish and a 10-foot animatronic rooster to welcome visitors at the door. The Conservatory & Botanical Gardens are open at all times.
The Lucky Dragon is the first casino in Las Vegas that truly tries to recreate an authentic Asian gaming experience. The same can be said for their Chinese New Year festivities; this is the casino to go to for a more authentic Chinese New Year. Special events and performances include firecracker shows and dragon dances.
The Las Vegas Chinatown Plaza is the only place to get a real traditional Chinese New Year experience as well as a taste of best authentic Asian food in Las Vegas. The Chinatown Plaza has cuisine ranging from Mandarin, Canton, Vietnamese, Hawaiian, and more. Performances include lion and dragon dances, Chinese acrobats & martial artists, and Chinese folk dances. Other activities include arts & craft, calligraphy, and fortune telling. The Chinatown festival is set for February 12.
Looking for traditional Chinese New Year celebrations in Las Vegas? Traditional dragon dances will be performed throughout Las Vegas:
It’s almost 2017, and you know what that means… new tech! The Consumer Electronic Show takes places every year at the beginning of January in Las Vegas, and is the premier electronics trade show in the country. CES 2017 is taking place January 5-8 2017at the Las Vegas Convention Center. If you’re headed to CES 2017 in Las Vegas, a Showtime Tours convention shuttle is a great way to get you the convention floor or to your nearby hotel on Strip.
This year’s CES show is the place to see all the latest in tech, games, and gadgets. Some of the big technology of 2017 includes HDR and OLED TV’s, Sony’s Ultra HD Blu-Ray player, the latest smartphones, and lot’s of VR. Virtual reality is here, and the cheapest and most mobile, new VR tech will be on display at CES 2017. Companies set to exhibit at CES 2017 include BMW, HTC, Intel, LG, Microsoft, Nvidia, Panasonic, Sony, and more. More pre-show announcements will be made shortly before kickoff on January 3 - 4.
CES features keynote presentations, booths, a tech demos. 2016 was a recoding breaking year for the Consumer Electronics Show and 2017 is already set to repeat. If you need a ride to the Las Convention center, Showtime Tours can provide a CES shuttle to make your trip to Las Vegas Convention Center.
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Las Vegas is fun any time of year… even the winter. Despite popular belief, it’s not always sunny in Las Vegas, so it’s a good idea to look for other things to do. While temperatures in the day rarely drop below the 50’s, it does mean that lying around the pool is not an option. You can wait for the pools to open in spring, or have fun with one of Vegas’ fun winter activities. Las Vegas offers plenty to do in the winter months.
The Boulevard pool at the Cosmopolitan transforms into an ice rink during December. The skating experience is complete with fire pits and s’mores (also, check the menu for s’more martinis).Las Vegas Ski & Snowboard Resort
You can even go skiing in Las Vegas. Mt. Charleston is just 35 miles outside of Las Vegas and become a winter wonderland every year. The Las Vegas Ski & Snowboard Resort is a great destination for skiing or snowboarding with more than 400 acres of ski terrain.
The Bellagio’s famed fountains have a winter twist that is sure to please even the grinchiest of hearts. Sing along to seasonal favorites like Santa Baby, Carol of the Bells, and The Most Wonderful Time of the Year, while the water dances in tune. Or stroll through the Bellagio's indoor Botanical Gardens and Conservatory. The Christmas display features with a 42-foot tree decorated with over 7,000 LED lights and 2,500 ornaments.
Nobody does New Years’ Eve like Las Vegas! Clubs, bars, and casinos all across The Strip have events planned on New Year’s Eve, so you better book in advance. Bew Year’s Eve celebrations range from music events to special food and drink packages. Check out the New Year on the world’s tallest Ferris Wheel at The LINQ. It doesn’t end there though. In February, Chinese New Year celebrations being. Experience everything from dancing dragons at The Venetian to authentic cultural celebrations at the Las Vegas Chinatown Plaza.
Planning a holiday party on the Strip? If your friends, family, or business is planning a holiday party in Las Vegas, it all starts with reliable transportation. You can’t start planning a Vegas Vacation if you can’t get to the party.
If you’re a business owner or office manager, you know that planning the perfect corporate holiday party is all about the preparation. Whether you’re heading to bar, private party, restaurant, convention center, or casino, Showtime Tours can help get the party started right! If you want your company’s holiday party to go off without a hitch, book a corporate shuttle for your holiday party in Las Vegas!
Get the party started in Las Vegas with a few helpful holiday party tips:
Plan Early – Almost every casino, club, and bar have holiday events planned throughout November and December. You can find one that works for your business or start planning one of your one. If you’re trying to plan a private corporate party, you have to plan early! Event spaces will fill up fast in Las Vegas and the same can be said for holiday transportation.
Staff & Entertainment – Your corporate party is only as good as the staff. If want the best party in Las Vegas, look beyond the event space and look at the staff. Make a list of the party venues available for booking in Las Vegas and try to meet with the staff before you make your final decision. If you’re picking a holiday party thrown by a casino, make sure you get a complete list of entertainment, foods, and drinks beforehand.
Have Fun – What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas. So have fun! Drink and don’t worry about how you’re getting back to your home or hotel by renting a corporate shuttle. We can work with holiday parties thrown throughout Las Vegas!
Contact Showtime Tours to make sure your next party is a good one! Have fun and leave the driving to us!
Las Vegas is so much more the glitz and glamour of the Strip. There’s also history, art, museums, and nature. Las Vegas is always a fun vacation but sometimes it’s fun to also leave the casino floor. Here are some of the best historical hotspots and landmarks around Las Vegas.
Goodsprings, NV 89019
Located in Goodsprings, NV (20 miles south of Las Vegas), The Pioneer Saloon is a taste of the old west today. The Pioneer Saloon is the oldest bar in Clark County at over 100 years old. Next to the Pioneer Saloon is the still operational Goodspring General Store. It’s even supposedly haunted! The Pioneer Saloon is available for bachelor parties and corporate getaways. It’s worth the trip out for any fan of the Wild West.
2525 Kyle Canyon Rd
Mt Charleston, NV 89124
West of Las Vegas, are the Spring Mountains and the Spring Mountain National Recreation Area. Better know to the locals as Mount Charleston, the Spring Mountains are a can’t miss spot for anyone who wants to get away from lights of the Las Vegas Strip. The Spring Mountain National Recreation Area has become a popular destination for hiking, picnicking, and skiing.
3205 Nevada 159
Las Vegas, NV 89161
The Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area was the first national conservation area set up in Las Vegas. Located 17 miles from the Las Vegas Strip, Red Rock Canyon offers hiking, rock climbing, horseback riding, and camping. Biking the loop road to the Red Rock visitor center has become a very popular cycling route and bicycle tours are available.
333 S. Valley View Blvd.
Las Vegas, NV 89107
The Springs Preserve is a three mile trail of natural habitats, desert botanical gardens, museum galleries, and archaeological sites. Tourists are invited to explore, walk, or bike throughout this slice of Las Vegas history. The Botanical Garden has over 1200 native species of plants, trees, and desert foliage.
770 Las Vegas Blvd. N.
Las Vegas, NV 89101
Las Vegas’s Neon Museum is the only way to see the Las Vegas of our memories. The Neon Museum restores and maintains historical casino signage that was on the verge of being destroyed by time and the elements. The Neon Boneyard City Park, right next to the museum, showcases some of the most iconic signs of old Las Vegas including the Landmark, The Silver Slipper, Binion’s Horseshoe, the Stardust, Desert Inn, and Caesars Palace.
500 E Washington Ave
Las Vegas, NV 89101
Old Las Vegas Mormon Fort buildings are the oldest non-Native American structure built in Nevada. They are open to visitors interested in exploring Las Vegas history before it was even a city. Mormon missionaries established the fort in 1855 as a mail service spot between Los Angeles and Salt Lake City.
The Hoover Dam is one of the top tourist designations in Las Vegas. Located on the boarder of Nevada and Arizona, it’s considered one of the greatest construction achievements of the 20th century, and has been open for tours since 1937. This is the most popular tourist attraction outside the Strip, and more than a million people visit the Hoover Dam each year. Learn more about Hoover Dam tours and shuttles.
From pool parties to nightclub events, Las Vegas knows how to celebrate Labor Day. Labor Day weekend marks the end of summer, and nobody celebrates the end of summer like Las Vegas. Because of this Labor Day is always one of the busiest times in Las Vegas. Make your plans early, book your tickets ahead of time, and make sure you have all of your travel needs taken care of.Whether your looking for a concert, night club party, pool party, or comedy show, Las Vegas as plenty of entertainment for your Labor Day weekend
Billy Idol - House of Blues
Hartbeat Weekend Kevin Hart & Friends - The Cosmopolitan
Howie Mandel - The Mirage Hotel and Casino
EBC at Night ft. Flosstradamus - Encore Beach Club
Penn & Teller (Sept 3-4) - Penn & Teller Theater
Mariah Carey - The Colosseum At Caesars Palace
Smash Mouth - Fremont Street
Bill Maher (Sept 3-4 ) - The Mirage Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas
Major Lazer - Surrender at Encore
David Copperfield - MGM Grand Hotel and Casino
Air Supply - Orleans Hotel & Casino
Calvin Harris - Hakkasan at MGM Grand
Sunday Nightswim ft. David Guetta - XS at Encore
Eddie Griffin - Rio Crown Theater
Stafford Brothers - Daylight Beach Club at Mandalay Bay
Diplo - XS at Encore
Other Labor Day Pool parties include:
If you want to make sure you have the most fun in Las Vegas, these six travel tips can help!
Don’t be fooled, your hotel is further than it seems. You may be able to see it from McCarran airport or it may look close on map, but your eyes may be deceived. This isn’t a desert mirage. The Las Vegas Strip is four miles long and because buildings are so close together, they appear closer than they really are. Through in the heat and walking can be a recipe for disaster. Use walkways when possible as well as the Las Vegas Monorail or airport shuttles.
Always be prepared and have water, sunscreen, and a lightweight Coat on Hand. Water and sunscreen are no brainers. Stay hydrated and sunburn free. Even in winter or fall in Las Vegas, sunscreen is always highly recommended. But why bring a lightweight jacket in the summer? Remember that has hot as it is outside, the AC is cranked up on the inside. A casino floor could be freezing, and you’ll be very glad you have a jacket on hand.
The dinner rush is one of the busiest times in Las Vegas. Even though it’s a city that never sleeps, everyone seems to still eat dinner at the same time! If possible try to avoid dinner plans between 6-8 pm. This is particularly important if you plan on visiting one of Las Vegas’ famous buffets, as buffet lines can get crazy at peak dinner times. Try planning for meals at 5 pm or after 8 pm if possible.
The Strip is tons of fun, but it’s not the only thing that Las Vegas has to offer. Try getting away from Strip for a while. For anyone looking for an active adventure, you can go hiking at Mt. Charleston or kayaking on Lake Mead. For sightseers, schedule a tour of Hoover Dam or the Grand Canyon.
Las Vegas takes working for the weekend very seriously. By Friday night, Las Vegas is always at full swing. So, anyone flying into Las Vegas, the best idea may be to book a flight midweek. Some of the best hotel deals are also available during the week.
These seem counterintuitive, but the best rule of thumb is to pack light, but try to bring everything you need. This may require some serious puzzle master packing skills. Try to fit everything you need into one compact bag. When traveling bring everything you’ll think you’ll need – gum, blanket, travel pillow, sweater, iPod, charging cables, and headphones.
Animal Care Expo 2016 brings together animal experts, trainers, processionals, and animal lovers from all over the world. Taking place May 11-14 at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, the Animal Care Expo is sure to bring out the animal lover in all of us.
Sponsored by The Humane Society of the United States, Animal Care Expo 2016 is expecting over 2,000 attendees at this year’s event. Whether you’re a professional or just a pet lover, the expo has something for you. Animal Care Expo is a world-class educational conference and trade show, great for anyone who works with or volunteers in animal shelters around. Workshops include strategies to find pets homes, humanely manage community cat populations, and more.
Several certificate courses are also available including those for health emergencies, shelter design, and allocating shelter resources.
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