LAS VEGAS BABY ! – LAS VEGAS , NEVADA – YOU MEAN THAT WE AREN’T IN EGYPT? – THE LUXOR HOTEL

It’s  been  a  long  day  in Las  Vegas  for  you  and  your  family .

The  four  of  you ,  you ,  your  wife  and  the  twins ,  a boy and  a  girl ,  age  15 ,  have  just  come  from  riding  the  Big  Apple  Roller  Coaster  at New York ,  New York   Hotel .

Being  the  New Yorkers  that  the  four  of  you  are, the roller  coaster  ride  reminded  you all on a ride on  the  New York  City  subway .

The  kids aren’t  ready  to  go  back  to  your hotel  just yet and neither  are  you  and your  wife ,  by the  way .

The  kids  have  told  you  as only  tweenagers  can ,  that they want  to  go  see the hotel  with ”  that mad huge sphinx . ”   in front  of  it.

You’re  guessing  that  they’re  talking  about  the Luxor  because  it reminds  you all of the time that you took the kids to visit  their grandparents  in Cairo ,  Egypt .

Normally ,  you would  walk to  this  hotel ,  but it’s  117  degrees  out, and that’s  with  no shade whatsoever .

If there’s  one  thing  that  you’ve  learned  from  your  trip  to  Las  Vegas  is that  objects  are NOT  as close  as  they  appear  to  be .

Luckily ,  there’s  a  free  tram  that  goes  from  Excalibur  Hotel  to the  Luxor .

The  four  of  you  get  off at  the  Luxor  stop, and there it is right in front  of  you ,  the half man, half lion, ”  mad huge sphinx . ”

The hotel  is  in the  shape  of  a  pyramid  and at night ,  there’s  a  beacon  of  light  that shines  from  the  top of  the  hotel   that supposedly  astronauts  can see from  Outer  Space ,  but you aren’t  sure  if  that’s  true  or if it’s  just  an urban  myth .

You  do know  that  when  your plane landed from Laguardia  Airport  to Las Vegas  McCarron  International  Airport  the other  night ,  you did see the  light  and it just wasn’t  the  lights  from  the  Las Vegas  Strip .

As you  all walk  through  the  lobby ,  there’s  two  huge  statues  of  a  Pharoah ,  which  one ,  you have no idea.

It does  remind  you  of  the  statue  of  Pharoah  Ramses  I I that the four  of  you  saw when you  went to  Abu  Simbel  with your cousins a few years  ago .

The  kids want  to  take  a ride  on  one  of  the  “inclinators”  at Luxor .

Because  of  the  shape  of  some  of  the  rooms  at the  hotel ,  the elevator  doesn’t  go straight ,  it inclines.

The kids won’t  have the  chance  to  ride the  inclinators  because  you all aren’t  staying  at  the  hotel .

Maybe  the  next  time  that  you  all come  to  Las  Vegas ,  whether  it  be  a 30  Plus  Teams  Tour  or not,  this is  the  hotel  that  you’ll  make  reservations  for .

You have to  agree  with  the  kids, just  being  at Luxor  for  a  few minutes  reminded  you of those  wonderful  times  that the four of  you  had visiting  your relatives and  in laws  in Egypt .

LAS VEGAS BABY ! – LAS VEGAS , NEVADA – YES , YOU CAN TAKE PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION HERE .

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So  you  want  to  save  some  money  when  you  finally  go  on  that  30  Plus  Teams  Tour  of  Las  Vegas ?

You  could  take  an  Uber  or  a  taxi  on  the  Las  Vegas  Strip  or  down  to  the  Fremont  Street  Experience ,  but  why  not  do  what  the  locals  and  the  thousands  of  other  visitors  do  when  they  come  to  town ?

They  take  the  bus .

There’s  also  a  monorail  here ,  but  not  many  people  take  it  as  it’s  out  of  the  way  and  it  only  goes  from  MGM  Grand  to  the  SLS  Hotel .

Now ,  if  you  happen  to  be  going  to  an  event  at  the  Las  Vegas  Convention  Center ,  the  monorail  will  work  fine  for  you .

But  let’s  get  back  to  public  transportation  in  the  city .

There  are  two  buses  that  visitors  to  Las  Vegas  use  a  lot  while  in  town .

One  route  is  called  ”  The  Deuce  ” ,  which  is  a double  decker  bus  and  makes  stops  at  all  the  casinos  on  the  Las  Vegas  Strip  from  Mandalay  Bay  all  the  way  down  to  the  El  Cortez  Hotel  and  Casino ,  which  is  located  Downtown .

El  Cortez  was  the  first  casino  that  mobster  Bugsy  Siegel  owned .

Also  downtown  is  the  National  Museum  of  Organized  Crime  and  Law  Enforcement ,  better  known  as  the  ”  Mob  Museum  ” .

The  Deuce  bus  runs  past  the  museum  also .

The  Deuce  bus  runs  24  hours ,  seven  days  a  week .

If  you  don’t  want  to  take  the  Deuce ,  which  can  get  crowded  and  is  quite  slow ,  take  the  other  bus  that  runs  all  the  way  from  the  South  Strip  Transit  Center  all  the  way  up  to  the  Las  Vegas  North  Premium  Outlet ,  which  is  located  close  to  Downtown  Las  Vegas .

It’s  called  the  Strip  Downtown  Express  or  the  SDX  for  short .

This  bus  does  run  every  day ,  but  only  from  9am  until  Midnight  and  it  doesn’t  stop  at  all  the  casinos  on  the  Strip ,  but  in  some  cases ,  it  does  share  bus  stops  with  the  Deuce .

If  you’re  going  to  be  visiting  Las  Vegas  longer  than  a  day ,  I  would  advise  spending  $  20  for  a  three  day  pass ,  which  you  can  use  on both  buses ,  but  not  the  Monorail .

Both  buses  only  take  exact  change  and  you  can  pay  on  both  buses  or  at  the  machines  that  are  located  at  each  bus  stop  before  you  get  on .

At  the  machines  besides  bills  and  coins ,  you  can  also  pay  with  your  debit  or  credit  card .

Have  your  fare  card  handy  and  out  when  you  ride  the  SDX .

Las  Vegas  transit  policemen  and  policewomen  will  be  on  the  bus  along  with  you  to  make  sure  that  you  have  your  fare  card  handy .

You  might  be  asked  to  show  it just to make  sure  that  the  card  hasn’t  expired .

Trust  me ,  you  don’t  want  to  act  the  fool  on  your  own  30  Plus  Teams  Tour  of  Sin  City  if  you  have  your  fare  card  and  for  some  reason  only  known  to  you ,  you  refuse  to  show  it when  asked  to .

These  officers  carry  not  only  handcuffs  but  loaded  guns  too ,  and  they  AREN’T  afraid  to  use  either  of  them .

Don’t  even  think  about  it ,  just have your  fare  card  handy  and  enjoy  Las  Vegas .