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Las Vegas is a sensory experience for visitors, and there's always something new to see and do, at any time of the day or night. Although the city and its casinos are designed to make visitors spend, budget-minded travelers can find many reasonable hotels, restaurants and attractions.
McCarran International Airport, just a few miles south of the Strip, and many Las Vegas hotels offer inexpensive airport shuttle services. Amtrak does not have train service to Las Vegas, but there is Amtrak Thruway Motorcoach bus service from California with stops at the airport and downtown.
Desert Rose Resort is reasonably priced hotel (without a casino) that's near the Strip, but far enough away to be a peaceful retreat. The hotel has a pool, a free breakfast buffet, and all rooms are suites with fully-equipped kitchens. Posters on TripAdvisor.com say that the newer Homewood Suites Las Vegas Airport is value-priced, quiet and convenient. The hotel offers a complimentary shuttle to the airport and the Strip. The Suncoast Casino and Hotel is 11 miles from the Strip, but visitors love the beauty and style of the Mediterranean resort with its spacious rooms, on-site entertainment and dining, and championship golf courses.
Buffets are a smart choice for the budget traveler. One of the best is the Golden Nugget Buffet, with fresh seafood and a 50-item salad bar. Spice Market Buffet at Planet Hollywood offers Middle Eastern and Mexican specialties. Known for over-the-top décor and traditional Italian food, Carluccio's Tivoli Gardens is next to the Liberace Museum and was once owned by the entertainer.
It's fairly easy and very entertaining to walk down the Strip, although it can be crowded. Moreover, the Strip is so long that walking the entire length may not be a good idea, particularly in the intense desert heat. Buses, cabs, trolleys and a monorail are other transportation alternatives. Most hotels that are not on the Strip have a complimentary shuttle service to the area.
Hands down, gambling is the most popular Las Vegas activity, but visitors can find many other inexpensive attractions. One of the most popular activities, taking in the sights and sounds of the Strip, is free. Visiting famous hotels and casinos is another great way to pass the time. The Fountains of Bellagio is a complimentary outdoor spectacular that blends light, water and music. The Fremont Street Experience is a five-block pedestrian mall with entertainment, vendors, and a nightly light-and-sound show. Visitors in search of a natural wonder should visit beautiful Red Rock Canyon, 20 miles and a world away from the Strip. Lake Mead and Hoover Dam are also a reasonable drive from Las Vegas.