By Steve Beauregard – Never mind the fancy and expensive Las Vegas restaurants, with their celebrity chefs and $150 meals (for one); for many people staying on the Strip, the only culinary stop on the agenda is a visit to an In-N-Out Burger.
For those of you staying at the Planet Hollywood Hotel and Casino, the nearest In-N-Out Burger is just 1.2 miles away from the front entrance of the casino. (Or about 1/2 mile as the crow flies).
This restaurant in the popular Southern California based chain is on Dean Martin Drive, just west of Interstate 15 off of Tropicana Boulevard. It would take you just about seven to ten minutes to drive there. Google maps says five minutes, but they are figuring this by assuming you would start off by driving in front of Planet Hollywood. More likely, you’d be either taking a taxi from the valet stand, or driving from your car parked in the parking garage in the back, both which would add a little bit of distance and some time to the trip. A taxi ride, by the way, would run you in the ten dollar range (each way).
The simplest way to get there is the get on the Las Vegas Strip going south. From the parking garage you’d want to go West on Harmon Avenue, then take a left on the Strip.
Going south on Las Vegas Boulevard (the Strip), get in the right lane and take a right on Tropicana Avenue, which is just past the New York -New York Hotel and Casino.
From there it’s a straight shot, and less than 1/2 mile to the In-N-Out. You’ll want to make sure you’re not in the extreme right hand lane, as that will force you to go north on I-15.
Once over the bridge covering the interstate, you’ll see the iconic In and Out Burger sign on your right. You’ll get in the right hand lane and take the first right, which is Dean Martin Drive.
Can You Walk to In-N-Out from Planet Hollywood?
You can, but the 1.3 mile walk would take you about 30 minutes each way. And a 30 minute walk where you’re from may be different than a 30 minute walk in Las Vegas in June.
The 1.3 mile distance is measured by starting out from the southern casino entrance of Planet Hollywood, near the Miracle Mile entrance to the In-N-Out on Dean Martin Drive. You’ll notice it’s slightly longer than driving from the front entrance. That’s because you’ll have to cross over to the south side of Tropicana Avenue.
Here are some quick walking directions:
When leaving the Strip entrance of Planet Hollywood, go south on the Strip sidewalk. You can go on either side of the Strip – it doesn’t matter. Some mapping systems suggest you take what they call a “shortcut” along the back side of the New York – New York Hotel and Casino, but that advice is incorrect and will force you to backtrack. Don’t do it.
Instead, get yourself to the where the Statute of Liberty replica stands on the southern end of the New York -New York, at the intersection of Tropicana and Las Vegas Boulevard.
From there, cross over the pedestrian bridge to the Excalibur, as the only sidewalk that can get you to the In-N-Out is the sidewalk on the Excalibur side of Tropicana.
Once on the Excalibur side, break away from your fellow tourists, who will all be headed for the entrance of the gleaming white castle, and instead, follow the curving sidewalk as it winds its way back north towards Tropicana Avenue.
Follow this sidewalk all the way west as it winds a few feet down and up, north and south and eventually taking you on the bridge that goes over Interstate 15. You may think you’re headed in the wrong direction, but this sidewalk will lead you to Dean Martin Drive, where you’ll just cross the crosswalk and walk a few hundred feet to the restaurant doors.
Bus to In-N-Out from Planet Hollywood
A third, more complicated option for those of you who don’t have a car, who don’t want to taxi it, and who don’t wish to walk, is take the Las Vegas bus system. Fortunately, the bus stops right near the In-N-Out Burger on Dean Martin Drive.
First you’d want to hop one “The Deuce.” The nearest southbound bus stop will be across the street from you at the south end of the Bellagio.
The Deuce stops at Excalibur. You could get off there, then just have about a 15 minute walk to the restaurant.
Alternatively, you could go across the street to the New York-New York, where there is another bus stop on the south side of the resort, on Tropicana Avenue. This bus route, called the “201” runs every 15 minutes during the day, but only every 20 to 30 minutes after 5 p.m.
If you are able to catch the 201, it’s very convenient, as it takes only about five minutes and stops right near the In and Out Burger. The return trip back is almost as easy, as there is a 201 stop on the south side of Tropicana that will take you on a five minute bus ride to stop just in front of the Tropicana Hotel and Casino.
From there of course, you can just cross the street to the MGM and go to the bus stop in front of the Grand Canyon Experience gift shop, where the Deuce will take you north and drop you off back in front of Planet Hollywood.