GETTING AROUND TOWN
"Where the hell am I?"
Getting around Las Vegas is fairly easy thanks to it's 'Big Sky' panorama view.
If your traveling by car there are a few basic landmarks to get your bearings:
1.) The city is laid out on a North-South, East-West grid with the I-15 and the Las Vegas Strip running basically south to north.
2.) Mount Charleston (the most prominent mountain range in view) is to the West of the city and can be seen no matter where you are.
3.) Streets named after famous hotels (i.e. Tropicana & Flamingo) run East to West.
Las Vegas Strip
Avoid driving on The Strip during mid-day to early evening. Las Vegas boasts world-class traffic jams due to sight-seeing and a ride down the strip during these hours will take HOURS! The best time to drive The Strip is early morning, after 11pm, or Sunday afternoons.
At these times, The Strip is a must-see and do.
Ride Share & Taxi
Las Vegas is served by Uber, Lyft and Yellow Cabs. Although the Rio Resort offers free parking, all casinos on The Strip charge to park.
Taking Ride-Shares will save you both time and money. The Rio does NOT offer a shuttle service to and from the airport.
Public buses are available throughout Las Vegas and are an economical alternative to Ride-Shares, some of which are modern double-deckers that allow you to sight-see as you get where you're going.
Las Vegas Monorail
The Las Vegas Monorail is a 3.9-mile driverless monorail mass transit system located adjacent to the Las Vegas Strip. Let the Las Vegas Monorail show you the best way to travel on the Strip. With trains arriving every 4-8 minutes at our seven stations, you can ride knowing you are using the fastest, cleanest, and most efficient transportation available.
Car Rentals are available directly at McCarran Airport and are very reasonably priced, most starting at under $20 per day. All the major car rental businesses are located here, such as Enterprise, Alamo, Avis, Hertz, and Budget. Check online for specials. All have shuttles that will pick you up at the airport and take you directly to the rental hub.
The Rio Hotel Resort is within walking distance to the Las Vegas Strip as well as two other major resorts next-door, The Gold Coast and The Palms. If you can't find what your looking for on the resort property, grab a bottle of water and hoof-it next-door. Your Convention Guide will tell you where everything can be found.