Shopping in Las Vegas—so demanding, yet so rewarding. With malls encompassing millions of square feet of retail space, you won't have any trouble finding ways to part with your cash. But to make the most of your time and money, you should map out your shopping safaris. Distances are deceiving because of the scale of the resort casinos. What looks like a quick walk might take a half hour, or more. Due to crowd-control measures, you'll find yourself squeezing around barriers and leaping over bridges instead of just crossing a street. Grab a cab or ride the monorail ($5 a trip) and save the time for shopping. Buses, which are $8 for 24 hours along the Strip, are a cheaper option, but crowded at all hours.
Got a car? All resorts offer free parking and free valet service (don't worry—they'll still get your money).
Send Them Packing
Who wants to lug packages from store to store? Most stores are happy to send your purchases back to your hotel, or even ship them back home for you.
Hours of Operation
Although Las Vegas may be up all night, the people who work in the retail establishments need a little rest. Many places are open from 10 am to 11 pm during the week, and stay open an hour later on weekends. And the shopping, like the gambling, goes on every day.
Find Out What's Going On
The city's daily newspaper, the Las Vegas Review-Journal (www.reviewjournal.com) and weekly publications, Las Vegas Weekly (www.lasvegasweekly.com) and Vegas Seven (www.vegasseven.com), offer guides to local malls and discount coupons. Many malls supply their own coupon booklets at on-site customer service or information desks as well. Some will discount even further on presenting a student ID or AAA member card. Social networking sites, such as Twitter, Foursquare, and Facebook, are also excellent resources for on-the-spot discounts and freebies, detailed product information, and exclusive product previews and offerings. Online, head to Racked Vegas (vegas.racked.com) for the most up-to-date information on new stores opening, shops closing, and maps stores that carry handbags, watches, beauty supplies and more.