South Strip marvel Monte Carlo has seen big changes lately, dramatic to the resort’s facade—they’ve brought the property out to the Strip and created a pedestrian-friendly gathering place. An alternative to Starbucks, Sambalatte gives visitors a taste of its top-notch creations; those wanting to scream for ice cream can do so at BLVD Creamery. Chicago sensation Yusho is ready when you’re craving Japanese and noodles; the spirited Southern Double Barrel Roadhouse is a relaxed spot for drinking and dining. (702) 730-7777 gate Las Vegas, 702.732.5111; SLS/Sahara Ave. and Paradise Rd.
Available between TI and the Mirage and Excalibur, Luxor and Mandalay Bay, and also Bellagio, Crystals at CityCenter and Monte Carlo. 24 hours.
24hour transit service with handicapped services and a park-and-ride option to the airport. The Deuce hits most of the casinos on Las Vegas Boulevard. South Strip Transfer Center: 6675 S. Gilespie St.; Downtown Transportation Center, 300 N. Casino Center Drive. www.rtcsouthernnevada.com. 702.228.7433.
Sample rates: Airport to downtown: $25. Airport to mid-Strip: $18-$20. Airport to convention center: $17. www.taxi.state. nv.us. 1785 E. Sahara Ave., 702.486.6532; Checker/ Star/ Yellow Cab, 702.873.2000.