Are you in Sin City for the summer and are unsure of what to do? Bell Trans has come up with a short guide to the best outdoor activities that will keep you occupied during your visit.
Take a trip to the Grand Canyon
Summer is hot in the valley, but it’s still an ideal time to hit one of the world’s most famous natural landmarks. Gather friends, family or business colleagues to take in this breathtaking marvel. But first, there are some things you should know. First of all, don’t make the mistake of stopping at every rest stop to take photos. Most will give you the same view – you’re far better off exploring off the beaten track and away from the crowds to find your perfect photo. Furthermore, why not turn your visit into a hike? Bring your gear, pack water and apply sunscreen, and try a short hike below the rim to get a whole new perspective. There are many hidden spots, such as the Havasu Falls, which are worth the trek. For photographs, while taking a few big pictures of the canyon are nice, try focusing on the smaller details. The desert has many beautiful plants and animals — focusing on these will set your photos apart from the rest. Finally, plan ahead your trip, or better yet, have someone plan it for you. Bell Trans offers a number of engaging and informative sightseeing tours around the canyon that are great for all ages.
Participate in a scavenger hunt
If you’re in town with a group, a scavenger hunt could be the perfect bonding activity for birthday parties, bachelorette parties, or corporate bonding excursions. There are several companies that offer scavenger hunts for special occasions and events, such as The Hunt Las Vegas, which will personalize it for you. If it’s your first time in Las Vegas, having an experienced company plan the day’s activities for you is a good idea. But if you know Las Vegas like the back of your hand, try setting up the scavenger hunt yourself — you know your group of friends best!
To beat the heat, staying indoors might be best — but that doesn’t mean staying in your hotel room. Grab some friends and hit the town for a good, old-fashioned bar crawl. Downtown Las Vegas has plenty of pubs to choose from, including Beauty Bar, Downtown Cocktail Room, The Griffin, and Atomic Liquors to name a few local favorites. Las Vegas is a big city, so, as always, drink responsibly and plan your transportation well in advance. You don’t want to leave these things until the last minute, so hiring a shuttle for the night will ensure you and your party get to and from the bars safely.
When you think of Las Vegas entertainment, golf might not be the first thing to come to mind. But Sin City has some of the finest courses in the country – be sure to schedule a tee time while you’re in town!
One of the country’s best is located in Vegas – Shadow Creek was ranked at #17 in Golf Magazine’s Top 100 Courses You Can Play. Designed in 2008 by architect Tom Fazio, this course is just a 15-minute shuttle ride from the Strip. Open to guests of the Bellagio, Mandalay Bay and New York, New York hotels from Monday through Thursday, and high rollers only on the weekends, this course doesn’t come cheap. Green fees are around $500, making this a luxurious option.
A cheaper, but no less elegant option, is the Wynn Las Vegas course. Guests of the hotel rejoice – the first tee is just steps away from the lobby, making this a highly convenient experience. This oasis course is $300 on weekdays and $375 on weekends, and was ranked at #66 on Golf Magazine’s Top 100 Courses You Can Play.
For a far more affordable option, make sure to check out the Las Vegas Paiute. With green fees at $99-$169, this course is just a short shuttle ride from northwest Las Vegas. The Wolf Course is the facility’s largest and fastest, with multiple blind tee shots – perfect for the golfer looking for a challenge! The course also boasts of a 50,000 square-foot clubhouse, with floor-to-ceiling windows allowing for gorgeous views of the desert and surrounding mountains.
Enjoy your time golfing in Las Vegas, and, as always, be sure to book your transportation to and from the green with Bell Trans!
If you’re in Sin City for Independence Day, there are plenty of events to keep you occupied and patriotic. Join hundreds of thousands in the valley to celebrate 241 years of the Declaration of Independence.
Hopefully you like fireworks, because Vegas has plenty! Around 9pm for about 10 minutes, the Strip will light up with red, white and blue with firecrackers set off from the Red Rock Resort and the Green Valley Ranch, hosted by Stations Casino.
If you’re looking to get out of the city, there are plenty of other options just a short shuttle ride away. One place to catch the display is over Cashman Field, the Minor League Baseball team. After the Las Vegas 51s game at 7pm, the sky over the diamond will light up. Another place to catch a fireworks show is Henderson’s Heritage Park, just a shuttle ride from the Strip. Concessions and games begin at 6pm, and the fireworks begin at 9pm. Boulder City also has a fireworks show as a part of their annual Damboree Celebration. Located at Veteran’s Memorial Park, the water park, food and games are perfect to keep children occupied until the fireworks show begin at 9pm.
Las Vegas is always a great place to party, and Independence Day is no different. Make sure to check out your favorite local venues for 4th of July parties, and buy your tickets in advance. Remember, hundreds of thousands of visitors will come to Sin City for the holiday, so don’t leave your plans to chance – make reservations, plan your night and book your transportation ahead of time!
Las Vegas is an expensive city, but it doesn’t have to be. There are all kinds of free things to do in Las Vegas. If you’re looking for something fun and to save a little money in Vegas, check out guide of free things to do in Las Vegas:
The Fountains of Bellagio have become one of the staples of the Strip. The Bellagio put on an electronically orchestrated water show set to the likes of Celine Dion and Tony Bennett. Special programs are also created for the holidays.
Like the Fountains of the Bellagio, the volcano at the Mirage is another can’t miss sight on the Strip. The volcano erupts every half hour—shooting flames and lightning effects, all set to a heart-pounding soundtrack.
You may not realize it, but Las Vegas is one of the greatest cities to view free art in the world! From the CityCenter campus which includes work by Nancy Rubin, Claes Oldernburg and Coosje van Bruggen to Jeff Koons statues at the Wynn.
Bellagio’s botanical garden is another can’t miss Las Vegas tourist spot that is totally free. The garden is 14,000-square-foot with seasonal and holiday displays throughout the year.
The Flamingo's Wildlife Habitat is home to swans, ducks, koi, turtles, two rescued pelicans, and, of course, flamingos. The habitat costs nothing and is very family friendly. It’s the perfect escape from the neon Strip with easy walking paths to wander through with your kids.
While the rides aren’t free at Circus-Circus, you can catch the world’s largest permanent Circus for free. Watch highflying acrobats, above the casino floor, every half hour at completely no charge.
Ethel M Chocolate Factory is a sweet place to check out in Las Vegas. Ethel M Chocolates is located in the Botanical Cactus Garden, the largest cactus garden in Nevada! Take a leisurely stroll through the cactus garden and a factory tour of Ethel M’s (with free samples, of course).
While it may cost a lot of money to shop at the Forum Shops at Caesars Palace, it costs nothing to check it out. The area includes the Fall of Atlantic show with huge talking statues and pyrotechnics. The show is free and fun to watch.
The Downtown Container Park is a retail, dining, and play space built from shipping containers. Free entertainment events and outdoor movies are held through the year. Check Container Park’s calendar for special events.
Located away from the city, the Red Rock National Conservation Area is a great spot for picnics, hiking, sightseeing, and has no entry fee. Summer temperatures may get a little extreme, so check ahead before taking a hike yourself.
Las Vegas is known as Sin City, but while this adult playground may seem no place to bring the family there are actually many activities to do for all ages.
If your kids are a bit older, the Adventuredome Theme Park is not to be missed. Located at Circus Circus, this indoor theme park has plenty of rides and games for children and adults alike. Admission is free, so watching your kids enjoy the rides won’t cost you an arm and a leg.
For outside fun, check out the Wet ‘n’ Wild water park. Perfect for a hot day, your family members will all love the more than 25 slides and attractions. For young children, there is a Kiddie Cove, and many more thrill rides for older kids and adults.
If your family wants to see more of Vegas than the amusement parks, taking a tour is the way to go. Bell Trans has many great options for families. Your kids will love the Pink Jeep tours of the Hoover Dam, Las Vegas strip or Grand Canyon.
Ever wanted to go skydiving too afraid of heights? Luckily Vegas Indoor Skydiving is a short shuttle ride from the Strip. Kids and adults alike will love the thrill of learning how to float in a vertical wind tunnel of 120 mph winds.
If you’re thinking you’ll have a hard time finding family friendly restaurants in Vegas, you couldn’t be more wrong. These restaurant options are kid tested and approved. Rollin Smoke Barbeque is a cult classic. This casual spot is just a short shuttle ride from the Strip, and has some of the best BBQ in town. For delicious food on the go, Shake Shack has opened a Las Vegas location. This is a convenient spot on the Strip, and while the food is fast it’s hardly fast food.If you’re looking for a less meaty option, Giordano’s Chicago pizzeria is a great option for the family. Located at the Grand Bazaar Shops in Cally’s, their deep dish stuffed pizzas are not to be missed.
Bell Trans wishes you and your family have a fantastic stay in Las Vegas!
Due to popular demand, major professional sports teams are finally headed to Las Vegas. An issue with professional sports coming to Las Vegas has traditionally been centered on gambling and the strict anti-gambling policies of most major sports leagues. However, the door was first open with the NHL expansion team, the Vegas Golden Knights! Then later with the approved relocation of the Oakland Raiders (with the axtual Las Vegas franchise relocation slated for either 2019 or 2020).
The Vegas Golden Knights will begin play in the 2017-18 NHL season at the T-Mobile Arena located on the Las Vegas Strip. The Las Vegas Raiders’s timeline is a little less clear. Plans for a Las Vegas Stadium have been submited and approved, and are expected to be completed in by 2020. The Las Vegas Stadium is expected to replace UNLV’s Sam Boyd Stadium and will be located west of Interstate 15.
There are currently no plans for expansion or relocation of either MLB or NBA teams in Las Vegas. However, the NBA’s Summer League is held in Las Vegas, as well as, training for past Olympic basketball teams.
Will more sports team take a roll of the dice on Vegas?
Las Vegas has events every night of the week, all year round, and summer is no different. Sin City is the capital of the country for entertainment. Here’s a short guide to the must-see events for the summer months.
Las Vegas entertainment is world class, and this summer is no exception. The month of May has famous acts visiting such as Britney Spears, Chris Brown, Celine Dion, Fergie and David Guetta. Other kinds of performances include several by world-class Cirque Du Soleil. Their performances include Le Rêve, KÀ, Mystère, 'O' and Love among others. If you’re looking for something more “magical”, David Copperfield will be hosting shows in the MGM Grand and Penn & Teller have taken up residency in Rio.
For something far more adventurous, Las Vegas has a number of helicopter tours available. See the Strip by night and 220 miles in the air. This tour offers a champagne toast, and then breathtaking views of the Venetian, Bellagio fountains and more. For more natural views, there is a 45-minute Grand Canyon helicopter tour that takes you over one of the most famous natural monuments in the world. If you want something more romantic, the VIP tour option flies at sunset before touching down on the Grand Canyon’s West Rim for a beautiful dinner.
Travel to Venice, Italy without ever stepping a foot out of the desert. The St Mark’s Square replica in Vegas has crystal clear aquamarine canals that wind around Venetian-inspired architecture in authentic wooden boats. The charming gondoliers will serenade you as you and your loved ones or friends tour Vegas by water.
Summer in Las Vegas is hot, but that won’t stop you from having a great time. Don’t forget to reserve all of your Las Vegas transportation reservations ahead of time with Bell Trans to save yourself stress.
Surprise, surprise… the best tours of Las Vegas are offered by Pink Jeep Tours! They offer fantastic experiences, whether you want something city-centric or out in nature, in our signature open air pink jeep Wranglers. Here are three tours that Bell Trans has to offer, no matter what your reason for being in Sin City.
Las Vegas is the gaming and entertainment capital of the world. This 2.5-3 hour evening-only tour takes you around the famous Strip, from the iconic Welcome to Las Vegas sign to Fremont. There’s no better way to see the bright lights than an open air Wrangler. The guides are knowledgeable and fun, taking you through the most exciting parts of Vegas without the hassle.
This 4 hour tour is an exciting adventure through one of America’s architectural wonders. Get there in a custom Tour Trekker vehicle, and then enjoy the Dam, including live presentations, captivating films, a view from the observation deck and more. This tour is offered both in the morning and afternoon. There is also an upgraded tour option with an additional boat trip to the base of the Dam. Make sure to wear comfortable shoes and clothing. Bring a hat and extra sunscreen. This is also an excellent tour for children!
This epic 13 hour tour is a full-day trip around the South Rim. On this tour, you’ll experience the iconic Route 66 and Williams, Arizona an old railroad town. Our tour guides are knowledgeable about the natural wonders you’ll see on the way, including the mountains and Coconino Plateau ponderosa pine forests – all before you’ve even arrived at the Grand Canyon! This is a long tour, so probably not the best option for young children. Breakfast, snack, lunch and a bottle of water are included. Bring extra sunscreen and a hat.
The West Rim tour is an exhilarating ten to eleven hours, where you’ll experience close-up views and incredible photo opportunities. This tour takes you through the natural wonder that is the Mojave Desert, the Hoover Dam, the Joshua tree forest and the Colorado River. This tour is a must-do! Lunch and bottled water are included. Please make sure to dress comfortably, and pack a hat and extra sunscreen.
Enjoy your time in Las Vegas! Book a tour today!
Whatever the purpose of your trip to Las Vegas is, the number of hotels to choose from is overwhelming. Bell Trans has a guide for you to choose the best one, at every price point.
The Mandarin Oriental Las Vegas is the choice for premium and glamorous hotels in Las Vegas.
With a calm atmosphere, this hotel is the place to go to escape the noise and chaos of the Strip while still staying on the Strip. The spa and gym are top of the line, and the pool is far more relaxed than the Mandarin’s neighbors. What makes this hotel most special is it’s top notch concierge service. There is also free parking and a complimentary house car. Each room is luxuriously equipped with everything you could need, or want. Oh, and there is also a champagne vending machine on the top floor.
Other hotels at this price point include The Four Seasons Las Vegas & Aria Sky Suites.
Located on the Strip, The Cosmopolitan Las Vegas is a well-known and reliable choice that is both beautifully decorated and conveniently located. While not the cheapest option, this flashy option has everything you could need. There is excellent and personalized customer service, happy to make your stay as comfortable as possible. There are also a number of numerous top of the line restaurants within the hotel. The Cosmopolitan is not ideal for families – it’s known for its crazy pool parties and the Marquee Dayclub and Nightclub which regularly attracts the top DJ’s.
The Mirage offers a more affordable Las Vegas experience. This hotel boasts a clean, friendly and accommodating atmosphere. There are numerous shopping and dining options, and the pool is busy but not overcrowded. The rooms are large and clean, and the spa and salon are equally accommodating. The front of the hotel’s iconic Volcano hosts an explosive display set to the soundtrack of The Grateful Dead drummer, Mickey Hart, and Zakir Hussain, Indian tabla sensation. Don’t miss the shows from 8pm to 10pm. At a lower price point, and more suitable for families, this hotel is a great way to still have the classic Las Vegas experience!
Other hotels at this price point include The Marriott’s Grand Chateau and New York New York Hotel & Casino.
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. Bell Trans 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, Bell Trans 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. Bell Trans 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 Bell Trans 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. Bell Trans 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 Bell Trans!
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 Bell Trans.
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, Bell Trans has made a quick entertainment guide for you.
After taking your Bell Trans 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 Bell Trans’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? Bell Trans 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 Bell Trans.
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