Apparently when they visit Vegas, some people like to go shopping. I say that because I’m a bit of a bloke and shopping isn’t my thing but Vegas has some fantastic shopping.
Many of the bigger Strip properties have their own shopping malls. Examples include the Forum Shops at Caesar’s Palace, the Grand Canal Shoppes at the Venetian / Palazzo, the Miracle Mile shops at Planet Hollywood – apologies to those I haven’t listed because there are so many. Then there are the self-contained Strip malls such as Fashion Show Mall which runs to nearly 2 million square feet and is located across the road from the Wynn and the super-modern Crystals at City Centre.
At these various properties you can find almost everything from a few cents to a few hundred thousand Dollars but there’s even more shopping to be done if you venture away from The Strip. Realistically you need a car or a taxi but there are other outlet malls to be found such as the North Premium Outlets at 875 S Grand Central Pkwy, Town Square Mall out beyond Mandalay Bay and South Premium Outlets just further on from that.
If you’re a serious shopper then a visit away from The Strip is recommended. There are various online sites where you can find listings of the various shops available to you. I find a useful one is to be found at LasVegas.com.
Outlying shopping malls fall into the same category for me as some of the outlying casinos and other activity centres. You should be absolutely fine when you get there but I wouldn’t suggest you walk when you leave The Strip or Downtown. Take a cab or the cheap magic alternative – the SDX.
The SDX is an articulated bus that covers a route from the Premium Outlets North to the South Strip Transfer Terminal after also stopping at the Premium Outlets South. It passes through Downtown but misses most of The Strip in order to make the journey not too slow. You can however catch it at stops near the following Strip hotels:
- Excalibur and
- Mandalay Bay
As you can imagine the stop near Bellagio can get very busy as this effectively serves the entire centre of The Strip! Fares are similar to the Deuce at $6 for 2 hours and $8 for 24 hours so this is also very good value but can become equally crowded. Quite how you would manage on a very crowded bus with all your bags of shopping is a matter for you I’m afraid.