UPDATE ON THE UPDATE: The only place to park for free on the strip is now at Stratosphere Tower Las Vegas. All of the other major hotels and resorts have decided to charge for parking. It is a sign of the times. If you drive in Las Vegas expect to pay for parking so you should utilize Uber and Lyft in order to cut down on the cost of parking at other resorts that you might visit.
UPDATE: Caesars Entertainment has now changed their policy and will begin to charge for parking. Soon the only free parking on the Las Vegas strip will be at Wynn/Encore and Venetian/Palazzo.
Where Do You Park in Las Vegas?
I should point out that if you are in Las Vegas on vacation you should leave the car parked or if you came in on a flight there is very little reason to have a car. There is also a very good chance that you will be having alcoholic drinks so that is reason number 1 to not drive. Period. There I said it, now I can tell you how to park that car.
Most hotels have large self-parking lots that are absolutely free and relatively convenient. WAIT: This has now changed as MGM Resorts have decided to start charging for parking! So, this is more of a reason to not move your car. The prices are still in the process of getting worked out but expect more than $10 per day for parking. If you have a players club card it might bring the price down. You could park for free at nearby resorts if you are staying at an MGM property. Currently, only MGM properties are charging. These resorts are: Mandalay Bay, Luxor, Excalibur, MGM Grand, New York-New York, Monte Carlo, Aria and Mirage Las Vegas.
I would be careful to use caution as you would in any city when parking late at night on in dark deserted areas. It is not that parking structures are not safe it's just common sense whenever traveling. Do not let your guard down just because you are on vacation.
Another plus, found at most hotels is free valet service. It is very convenient and all you need to do is step out of your car and into the casino. On your way out of the casino, you hand them your ticket and they grab your car for you. You tip the attendant a dollar or two and you are off. This saves you the usual long walk to the parking lot. Some hotels have long waits for the valet service so be mindful of that. Check to see if you can call down and request your car before you reach the valet stand. TIP: Slip the attendant $5 when you park and you can almost be sure to get your car quickly when you return.
You should also realize that taxicabs are very convenient and they lessen the chance of you drinking and driving. Walk out front of the casino and catch a cab back to your room and you do not have to worry about a thing. TIP: Talk to the driver and make sure he knows where you are going just in case the driver decides that he should take you the long way. You don't have to know the short way you just have to act like you know.
Even better than a taxi in Las Vegas is a ride-sharing company like Uber or Lyft. They offer the same service as a taxi for much less money and far more convenience.
The Las Vegas Monorail also runs up and down the Las Vegas Strip. While it is convenient in some hotels it is out of the way in others. If you don't have to drive, don't do it. Traffic is always bad and you should not be stressed while on vacation.
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