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10 Things to Know Before You Go to Las Vegas

The free resort parking that Las Vegans and visitors once considered practically a right is no longer—not even for hotel guests. Also gone are the days when valet would cost you only the tip. The only exceptions on or near the Strip are The Venetian and Palazzo, SLS Las Vegas, Treasure Island, Tropicana, Westgate, The Palms, Rio, and Orleans resorts, which still have free parking, as do the resorts in the outlying areas. Wynn and Encore have free parking only for resort guests. Most other resorts charge nothing for the first hour, but rates vary thereafter, and there’s generally a fee for valet parking in addition to the tip. If you plan to visit a lot of MGM Resorts properties, it may pay you to get their MLife Mastercard, which entitles you to free parking; so do some of the players’ clubs, provided you reach a high enough level. Some resorts, including the Westgate, may charge for parking during large conventions because of their proximity to the action.

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