Travel Tips for west America


Las Vegas Nightclubs
Nightlife in Las Vegas is never hard to find, with a club or lounge in nearly every hotel and casino. Most clubs remain open until 4am, with various after-hour clubs available for the truly hard-core partiers. Drink prices can range anywhere from $4 - $8 for a domestic bottle of beer, $8 - $10 for well drinks, and $200 or more for a bottle of alcohol. Clubs are always busy on weekends, and may also be packed during weekdays at places that have Service Industry Night (SIN), usually Tuesday through Thursday when locals working in the service industry have their night off. The top clubs will charge a cover of $15 or more. Exceptions include those who have reserved a table, ladies, and sometimes locals. Expect to wait in a line, depending on the night, anywhere from ten minutes up to a couple of hours. A general rule of thumb is to get there early (before 10pm), and while the club may be emptier the line will be shorter and you may avoid paying cover. Be aware that tables in Vegas often come with a bottle purchase; unless you keep buying bottles from the hostess they will ask you to vacate the table so that someone else can occupy the table. The dress code varies by club and bar. The general rule of thumb is most of the time women know what to wear when they are going out, and men should avoid wearing tennis shoes, tank tops, hats, t-shirts, and blue jeans.

Los Angeles International Airport
The airport is mindbogglingly huge, with no less than nine terminals, and the only way to get from terminal to terminal (other than walking) is to use the free "A" shuttle buses that run in a loop between the terminals.

LAX Terminals Terminal Airlines
1 America West, Southwest, US Airways
2 Northwest, Air Canada, Air New Zealand, Hawaiian, KLM, Virgin Atlantic
3 Alaska, American, Horizon, Midwest Express
4 American Airlines
5 Aeromexico, American, Delta
6 Continental, some United international flights
7 United Airlines
8 United Express (SkyWest)
B aka Tom Bradley International Terminal, serves most international carriers

Connections to and from the airport are equally poor. There is no direct train service, although there are free shuttle buses to Aviation Station on the Metro Green Line, and hourly LAX FlyAway shuttles to Union Station. Taxis to downtown LA cost $30-35 and take 30 minutes in good traffic, but can be far slower in rush hour. On your way to the airport, be sure to show up two hours before your flight as queues for security are often notoriously long and time-consuming.

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