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Friday, March 16, 2012

Why Gold Coast is a great location

Gold Coast looks far away; however, it is an excellent location for bus riders. There are the free shuttles that operate during peak hours. One from the Gold Coast and one from the Rio.Even one from the Palms. I have read about that one, but not taken it. It can get us North to Fashion Show Mall but it runs just twice a day. 10 AM and 5PM.
The 202 Flamingo bus can be caught from right in front of the Palms and across the street from the Gold Coast. This not only gets us to the strip, but it gets us all the way up Flamingo to Ellis Island, Tuscany, Terribles(and a short walk to Hard Rock) and even to Boulder highway for Sam's Town and Eastside Cannery.

Going in the opposite direction is uncommon, but there are some interesting restaurants out West Flamingo. Nora's Italian restaurant is just 11 minutes away.

Taking the free Boyd shuttle to the Orleans and then the bus along Tropicana gives us easy access to the strip at a more Southern point, or a ride to the Pinball Hall of Fame. All of this can be done without the higher priced strip buses on an inexpensive 24 hour residential pass which for seniors with ID is just $2.

The Tropicana stop in front of NYNY is another way to access downtown quickly on the WAX bus as it comes from the airport. It only runs at certain hours, but it is very quick.

And unlike the free shuttles, the buses run 24 hours. They might be only every hour in the late night/ early morning, but they can get us back to the Gold Coast (or back from the Gold Coast) after a long night of gambling.

And for Boyd lovers without cars, I've stayed at the Orleans and rolled luggage to the Gold Coast. it takes about a half hour, but is not a bad walk. I just don't do the treadmill that day. I have also taken the Arville bus from the Orleans to Flamingo and then out to the Super 8 with luggage. This is easier than staying a the IP weekdays and the Super 8 on weekends and rolling in between.
I have to pay attention to schedules so I don't wait too long for any bus, but the Gold Coast is an easy destination or starting point.

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