Car Hire in Las Vegas
This information is correct as of June 2015
Las Vegas can be your oyster for different delights – gambling until your spare money runs out, browsing couture and getting souvenirs, watching an erupting volcano at sunset, or sleeping in after glasses of vodka martinis and other cocktails. Called the City of Sin, this part of Nevada makes a delightful place in the desert where you can focus on having fun and living the moment. Getting around to every destination is manageable, allowing to fill your schedule with different activities.
Where to hire a car in Las Vegas
A number of car hire providers are listed in different parts of the city. Some outlets can be found near the airport, while many others are located on or near the main roads. Major brands such as Avis, Budget, Enterprise Rent-A-Car, Hertz, Sixt, Thrifty, and many others can be found here, with two to more branches available.
There are also independent operators, allowing you to consider a variety of choices, especially if you are interested in hiring a specific make or model. Each of them has a selection of vehicles you can choose from. A sedan can work quite well for your needs if you are staying in the city, while a four-wheel drive is more reasonable for countryside trips.
When planning your car hire, be sure to book beforehand with your provider. Upon landing on the airport, you can go to the car hire company or coordinate with your hotel about arranging a rental for you. Documents and identification should also be arranged, such as an International Driver's permit and other requirements.
What to expect when hiring a car from Las Vegas
Although it can be bracing to face the traffic in a major city, Las Vegas faces the relatively better side when it comes to traffic situations. The rush hours here are different, with the morning hours to early afternoon being the best times of the day to drive. Late afternoons to the wee hours of the day are hard to get around. Being famous for its gambling and 'quickie' marriages and divorces, Las Vegas is a city that shines brightly well past midnight, up to the minute the day starts breaking.
The Las Vegas Boulevard, or the Strip, for the better part, should be avoided unless you are sightseeing. The traffic on this road can be hard to get by, so you might consider passing through the side and back routes instead. There are no toll roads around the vicinity or congestion charges, so you should be safe from additional expenses. Being careful on the road is more emphasised, on the other hand, especially when you are near cycling lanes and other roads where bicycles can go.
Upon arriving in your destination, you will not have to worry about parking, as there are various parking garages to be found in the downtown area and other parts of the city. If you are having difficulties, you can look for free valet parking and then tip the attendant after he brings your keys back.
Getting to your destination
There are a number of places to check out from Las Vegas. Some of them are:
About 27 miles away is Boulder City, one of the smaller suburbs from Las Vegas. Various attractions can be found here, such as the Boulder City/Hoover Dam Museum, Flightlinez Bootleg Canyon, and the Nevada Southern Railway Museum.
When going here, head north-east on N Las Vegas Boulevard towards E Ogden Avenue. Turn right to merge onto I-515 S/US-93 S/US-95 S before continuing onto US-93 S. Continue straight onto Nevada Way and then turn right onto Arizona Street to reach the city centre. The drive can be made on 30 minutes, as long as there is only light traffic in the area.
In a location near the heart of the desert, Pahrump is home to big attractions and events such as venturing to various wonderful landmarks such as Pahrump Valley Museum and Historical Society. There is also the Pahrump Valley Winery & Symphony's Restaurant, Spring Mountain Motorsports Ranch, and many more.
To get here, you need to get on I-515 N/US-93 N/US-95 N from N 4th Street. Follow I-15 S to NV-160 E in Pahrump before heading to the city centre. The trip can last about an hour and 10 minutes, depending on traffic.
A border town with various hotels and casinos, Mesquite seems a home away from Las Vegas for tourists from Utah and Arizona. Other than the casinos, the Mesquite Fine Arts Centre and Gallery, and Virgin Valley Heritage Museum among many others can be found here.
Getting to Mesquite involves going on I-515 N/US-93 N/US-95 N from N 4th Street. Follow I-15 N to N Sandhill Boulevard in Mesquite, before taking the exit 122 from I-15 N. You can then continue on N Sandhill Boulevard and then drive to E 1st N to reach the city centre. This drive can be accomplished in an hour and 15 minutes, as long as the traffic is not heavy.