2019 CRC Symposium Travel Guide

Yes, the 2019 CRC Symposium is sure to keep you busy, provide valuable education, and great networking opportunities, but make sure you leave some time to enjoy the Las Vegas area.

When you first think of Las Vegas, you likely think of slot machines, shows, and parties, but a number of alternative activities in the area are real crowd pleasers too.

Indoor activities

Want to stay out of the desert heat? Here is a list of some excellent museums and indoor attractions in the Vegas area.

  1. Neon Museum: The Neon Museum is dedicated to collecting, preserving, studying, and exhibiting iconic Las Vegas signs for educational, historic, arts and cultural enrichment. The Neon Museum campus includes the outdoor exhibition space known as the Neon Boneyard. Learn more at www.neonmuseum.org.
     
  2. The Mob Museum: The Mob Museum presents a bold and authentic view of organized crime’s effect on Las Vegas history, as well as its unique imprint on America. It presents real stories and actual events of mob history via interactive and engaging exhibits that reveal all sides of the story about the role of organized crime in the U.S. Learn more at www.themobmuseum.org.
     
  3. The Linq and the High Roller: The Linq is a hotel and outdoor shopping district featuring a curated array of unique shops, restaurants, bars, and entertainment experiences, anchored by the High Roller, the world's tallest observation Ferris wheel. Learn more at https://www.caesars.com/linq.
     
  4. The National Atomic Testing Museum: The National Atomic Testing Museum is a science, history, and educational museum focused on the story of America’s nuclear weapons testing program at the Nevada Test site. Located only 1.7 miles from the strip, it’s a quick trip to this history focused museum. Learn more at http://nationalatomictestingmuseum.org/.
     
  5. Madame Tussauds: No list of Vegas activities would be complete without a reference to Madame Tussauds. It is one of the most famous wax museums in the country for good reason. It’s located less than a mile from the strip and there is a public transport bus that will take you straight there if you want. Learn more at https://www.madametussauds.com/las-vegas/en/.
     
  6. Axe Monkeys: Check out the lastest craze at this large indoor axe throwing facility. Compete against your colleagues to see who has the best aim. You can also throw spears and knives! Learn more at https://axemonkeys.com/.

Outdoor activities

If hiking and adventuring is more your speedh, the Las Vegas area offers a wide range of attractions for you as well. Here is a list of suggested activities for the outdoor enthusiast.

  1. Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area: Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, located 20 miles from Las Vegas Strip, allows visitors to hike, picnic, and view plant and animal life under 3,000-foot-high red rock formations. It is open daily 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Learn more at http://www.redrockcanyonlv.org/.
     
  2. Valley of Fire: The Valley of Fire is a 35,000-square-mile state park, named for the magnificent red sandstone formations formed from great shifting sand dunes during the age of the dinosaurs more than 150 million years ago (Mesozoic Era). These brilliant sandstone formations can appear to be on fire when reflecting the sun’s rays. It is located in the Mojave Desert approximately 58 miles northeast of the Las Vegas. Learn more at www.valley-of-fire.com/.
     
  3. Boulder City: Boulder City is located about 20 miles outside Las Vegas (and on the way to the Hoover Dam). You'll find great restaurants, shopping, and antique stores. Learn more at www.bcnv.org.
     
  4. Hoover Dam: No trip to the area is complete without a stop at the Hoover Dam. The damn holds back the waters of Lake Mead and straddles the border between Nevada and Arizona. You can take a bus tour from the Strip. Learn more at www.vegas.com/attractions/near-las-vegas/hoover-dam/.

Getting from place-to-place in Las Vegas

So you’re coming to the 2019 CRC Symposium and you know what activities you’re going to do. Now you need to figure out your transportation. First, you need to get from McCarran International Airport to the MGM Grand, the location of the symposium. Then, depending on your choice of activities, you’ll need to get around town.  

Below we’ve put together a few transportation options. While we don’t provide attendees with transportation to and from the conference, we did want to provide a resource to help you find the options in one place.

Taxi and car services

The MGM Grand is actually only about two miles away from the airport itself. There are five different taxi cab services from the airport to hotels in Vegas, some of which are cash only. It’s recommended that passengers ask prior to getting into the cab whether or not they accept credit cards. There is also a $2.00 additional charge on all taxi fares originating at the airport.

The taxis are available outside Terminals 1 and 3 and at the Rent-A-Car Center at the airport. For more information regarding the taxi services provided from McCarran airport, click here.

In addition to the taxicabs, there are four different limousine car services operating out of the airport if you want to travel in a bit more luxury for those two miles. For information on this option, click here.

Once you’re at the MGM Grand, taxicabs are available 24 hours a day at the main entrance of the hotel.

The MGM Grand concierge can also help arrange limousine and town car services during your stay. For more information about the hotel’s transportation services, click here.

Airport shuttles

While the hotel does not provide a free shuttle to guests, there are a number of affordable options for airport shuttles. Look for posted signs at the airport on the transportation outside baggage claim that will direct you to the shuttle area.  

The MGM Grand concierge can also arrange shuttle service from the hotel to airport upon request.

Ride Share

Uber and Lyft ride sharing also provide service to and from the airport. Like the taxi services, the ride share vehicle operate out of Terminals 1 and 3. To make a reservation, download either app to your smart phone and request a ride. For more information about Uber, click here. For more information about Lyft, click here.

The MGM Grand also offers a discount for new Uber users. By using the promo code “MGMGRAND2” you’ll get your first ride (up to $20) for free.

Driving

For those of you who live locally or are driving from the airport, make sure to use the address 3400 South Las Vegas Boulevard, Las Vegas, Nevada 89109.

The McCarran Rent-A-Car center is located at 7135 Gilespie Street. An airport shuttle bus departs approximately every five minutes from Terminal 3 to the rental center. Due to road construction, the shuttle bus takes approximately 30 minutes to reach the rental center.

Parking

Hourly self-parking rates at the hotel are as follows:

  • 0-60 minutes: Free
  • 1-2 hours: $7
  • 2-4 hours: $10
  • 4-24 hours: $12
  • Over 24 hours: $12 per additional day or fraction thereof

Hourly valet parking rates at the hotel are as follows:

  • 0-4 hours: $15
  • 4-24 hours: $20
  • Over 24 hours: $20 per additional day or fraction thereof

Editor’s note: For additional transportation from the airport and around Las Vegas, please visit the MGM Grand’s website.