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Post trip advice - rent a car, use valet - thank me later.

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Charlotte, North...
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Post trip advice - rent a car, use valet - thank me later.

The subject line says it all. I just got back from a week in Vegas over New Years... I thought about writing a trip report, but I found plenty of great advice on here. I followed the advice given and was thankful for it. The one thing I didn't get clear advice on was renting a car... so I wanted to throw my two cents in. DO IT.

The exceptions to this rule are this: if you're staying on the strip (especially in the middle of the strip), staying for 2-3 nights only, or you're planning most of your gambling/eating/shows all at the same resort... MAYBE skip it then.

I got a mid-sized car from Thifty for $120 for 8 days - no problems at all. We were staying about a block off the strip, walked a few times - but mostly drove. Valet is free everywhere (but it's tacky not to tip $2 min)... don't even bother with the self-park, just save yourself the time and headache. Vegas is the EASIEST city to navigage I've ever visited.

I'm a big gambler / show person... but my highlights from the week were getting away from the neon sunburn and driving 45 minutes to Hoover Dam and Red Rocks Park - what awesome contrasts to the strip. And the nicest casino? Red Rocks - best visited via car (taxi would have been pricy)!

Anyway, you may stay in a different location for a different ammount of time... and like different things than I did... but I think you'll find a rental car a good value, especially with gas prices low again.

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Renting a car is a good value, especially with the price of taxi fare!

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I don't think it's as absolute as all that. For example, you didn't mention drinking "adult beverages", perhaps you don't indulge but many do and would be (much!) better off in a taxi than a car.

I drive enough at home, and consider the $100 or so that I spend on taxi trips over a 3-4 day trip to just be part of the cost of my vacation and more relaxing than driving. That's just me.

I usually rent a car from the hotel desk just for one day to do things like play VP at the Gold Coast or visit Red Rocks or GVR.

San Antonio, Texas
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I totally agree with renting a car in Vegas. For me it's just about knowing I can leave and go anywhere (distance isn't an issue) and not have to worry about standing in a cab line or wondering what my fair will cost. Also, when staying on the Strip, it's easier to navigate through the back roads as opposed to sitting in a cab, watching you meter run, while traffic is at a stand still.

My rental place of choice is Alamo - they don't put crazy holds on credit cards and the deposit for your car is only the amount of your rental.

Topeka, Kansas
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Welllll nestorcua you must not have paid much attention to my comments! LOL

We stay mostly away from the strip than in strip hotels these days and prefer to get out and see the area, so we always have a Thrifty rental (join Blue Chip if you plan to rent again from them) and enjoy the freedom to go where and when we want...oh and I am the primary driver and don't overdue it (unless it's slusies downtown) so not DUI's for me :)

Charlotte, North...
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Sorry ducky, wasn't trying to imply I got BAD advice, just few people willing to comment on the subject, and no consensus. I'm surprised there were so many taxi advocates when I compared car rental prices to cab fares.

Of course, if your entire travel party is drinking, I shouldn't have to tell you not to drive. The local fuzz are VERY strict on this subject too.

We did opt to take a limo one night so we all could party... I'm just trying to say that overwhelmingly... driving is easy, rentals are cheap, and for longer stays... I thought it was far and away the best choice to rent a car.

Topeka, Kansas
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Oh I was just teasing you...as with any topic here, everyone has their own personal priorities and glad you found something of value. We still try and do something new or see something new every trip :)

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I am on the side of not wanting a rental car. I would rather walk or take public transportation when I am on vacation. I like to drink a bit too much and I like to look around at cities when I visit which riding allows me to do.

If I went 2-3 times a year or wanted to explore away from the tourist locations I could see it, but I am way too lazy for that. Give me a shuttle or a taxi and I am happy. Of course I might be happy from all of the drinks, but that is another topic all together.

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I would agree it makes sense to rent a car if you are staying off-Strip. I don't think it's really necessary if you are on the Strip, unless you plan to make day trips out to the desert. I have never rented a car yet and never regretted it.

Sounds like you made the right choice for your trip.

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I definitely prefer renting a car. Going downtown and offstrip makes Vegas more fun for me. Valet makes sense for a lot of strip casinos but for offstrip casinos, the parking lots and garages are so easy to use, I don't even think to use valet.

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When I've gone out with girlfriends, we've never gotten a car and have been happy with just using the Deuce or monorail since we're out there mainly to casino-hop.

But when DH and I go, we rent a car because we like to go off Strip and just feel like we have a little more freedom.

Car rentals are so cheap right now, total cost of around $46 including fees, etc. for Mon-Thurs for the car we're renting when we go week after next, that we feel like it'll be more convenient and well worth it.