DriveShare Las Vegas: Travel Guide

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Welcome to the City of Lights, Las Vegas, the entertainment and gambling mecca. With 300 days of sunshine a year, Las Vegas is an ideal climate for cruising. Step out of the casino and into the driver’s seat for a drive through our favorite Las Vegas attractions, lodging, and fine dining.


Adventures

The Neon Museum

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Come out at dusk and learn about Las Vegas’s neon-lit past! Tour a unique collection of over 200 rescued neon signs and see them come to life to their former blazing glory. Every visit helps in the Neon Museum’s mission of preserving vintage signage from many of Vegas’s forgotten attractions. The Museum and boneyard are open seven days a week, and hours vary based on the season. 

Cruise the strip with a car from Liberace Garage

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Elevate your Vegas adventure with a cruise through town! Whether you are after some “me time” behind the wheel or a classy ride to make a grand entrance, we recommend our host, Liberace Garage. Liberace was an expert pianist and devout entertainer. Dubbed “Mr. Showmanship,” he often used high-end cars as a part of his act. Cruise down the strip in a car inspired by the great one.

Mario Andretti Racing Experience at Las Vegas Motor Speedway

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If you happen to be in town during the off-season, here is your chance to experience life in the fast lane! Get behind the wheel of an open-wheel Indy car for a spotter-guided speed run. If driving fast is not your thing, guests can take to the track on an unforgettable high-speed ride-along! Las Vegas Motor Speedway is typically open for driving experiences on Saturdays from 9:30 AM to 5:30 PM.

The Shelby Heritage Center  

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Tour the high-octane collection of automotive maverick Carroll Shelby. See a rotating selection of venomous Cobras and Shelby Mustangs. Self-guided tours are free of charge, seven days a week! The Shelby Heritage Center is open Monday- Friday from 9:30 AM to 5:00 PM, Saturday from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM, and Sunday from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM.

Stratosphere Tower

Capture amazing views of the Las Vegas valley and the strip atop the highest free-standing tower in the country. The SkyPod Observation Deck is both indoor and outdoor and offers unique 360-degree views of the city. Thrill seekers can choose their adventure with three different outdoor rides: Big Shot, Insanity, and X-Scream. The Observation Deck is open daily from 10:00 AM to 1:00 AM. Rides are open from Monday through Thursday from 2:00 PM to 10:00 PM, and Friday and Saturday from 12:00 AM to 12:00 PM, weather permitting.


Good Eats

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Hofbrauhaus Las Vegas

Las Vegas is known for many things, including bright lights, casinos and Elvis impersonators. Did you know you could also celebrate Oktoberfest every day? Come in for a taste of Bavaria and stay for the live music and dancing. Fill up on traditional Bavarian favorites paired with authentic brews imported straight from Munich. Hobrauhaus is open Sunday through Thursday from 11:00 AM to 10:00 PM, and Friday and Saturday from 11:00 AM to 11:00 PM.

Sickies Garage Burgers & Brews

Drive hunger away and make a pitstop that the whole family will love! Fill up on classic drive-in fare from supercharged burgers to delicious malts. Pull in from Sunday through Thursday from 10:00 AM to 10:00 PM, or Friday and Saturday from 11:00 AM to 12:00 AM. 

Benihana

Break out of the ordinary and treat your friends and family to an unforgettable culinary adventure. Dine amongst lush Japanese gardens and waterfalls as master teppanyaki chefs craft washoku favorites exhibition-style! Benihana is open from Sunday through Thursday from 11:00 AM to 11:00 PM, and Friday and Saturday from 11:00 AM to 12:00 AM. Reservations recommended, take-out and delivery are available. 

Canyon Ranch Grill

Stay on track with great guilt-free food. At Canyon Ranch Grill, wellness is their recipe, from delicious salads and omelets to a selection of freshly squeezed juices. Enjoy Breakfast and Lunch on the lighter side from Friday through Tuesday from 7:00 AM to 2:00 PM.

Primal Steakhouse

Take a trip off the strip and sink your teeth in the most succulent steaks in Vegas! Start your meal with a selection of savory salads and tame your tastebuds with a tomahawk steak. Primal is open for dinner on Sunday through Thursday from 5:00 PM to 10:00 PM and Friday and Saturday from 5:00 PM to 11:00 PM.


Places to stay

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Bellagio Las Vegas

This Las Vegas icon has something for everyone. Relax and revive in upscale accommodations that are both spacious and elegant. Some rooms boast views of the Bellagios famous fountains. Aside from the expansive gaming floor, visitors love the wide variety of activities the Bellagio offers. Parking is paid via resort fee.

Caesars Palace

Stay and play in a hotel fit for a king or queen! Caesar’s Palace has a wide variety of lodging options, from budget-friendly single bedrooms to over-the-top penthouses. Relax and unwind in one of their eight cabanas and dine like royalty in your choice of 17 different restaurants. Gambling galore is found at Caesar’s Palace, which is home to a massive casino complete with slots, table games, and a sportsbook. Parking is taken care of via the resort fee.

Downtowner Las Vegas

This welcoming and lovingly restored mid-century modern hotel has everything a minimalist traveler wants free parking, clean rooms, walking access to attractions, an outdoor pool, on-site dining, and best of all, affordable rates.

Thunderbird Boutique Hotel

After the party, recharge in your very own retro-chic retreat. Decompress and relax on beds made of reclaimed wood. Elevate the relaxation with a visit to the outdoor pool and a drink from the Thunderbird Saloon.  Parking is available on-site, free of charge.

Hotel Galaxy  

Stay close to the strip for a value that’s out of this world! Unlike the competition, Hotel Galaxy does not charge extra for on-site parking and breakfast on the weekends. Stay in clean, nicely furnished rooms fit for Emperors and Empresses with views of the strip from every balcony.

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