Las Vegas. Just saying those two words evokes images of Elvis impersonators, flamboyant showgirls and sounds like “cha –ching”. Nevada's largest city attracts people from all over the world to book flights to Las Vegas and promises an experience like no other. The city is home to some of the wackiest themed hotels and resorts in the world, from acrobats performing in the lobby to rooms built inside a pyramid.
The first thing travellers coming off their Las Vegas flights will notice is the bright tacky neon signs that line the Strip; a distraction from what the city really has to offer. So look beyond the flashing lights and you’ll be amazed to find world-class museums, botanical gardens, Venetian canals, even a miniature version of the Eiffel Tower.
While exercise might be the last thing on people’s minds while visiting Vegas, outdoor enthusiasts might feel a little confined after spending a day in a casino. If that’s the case then the Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area is great for hiking or climbing, while Lake Mead provides plenty of water sports and a 550-mile shoreline.
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Las Vegas climate
Nevada is in a mountain region with semi-arid grasslands, alpine forests, and deserts. Average temperatures range from the mid tens (C) in the northeast to 15 in the west and central areas and the mid-20s in the south. Summers in the northeast are short and hot; winters are long and cold. The west’s summers are also short and hot, but the winters only moderately cold. The south has long and hot summers, with the temperature frequently above 50, and short and mild winters.The humidity is usually low, which makes the higher temperatures less disagreeable. However, there’s a wide range in daily temperatures. Even in summer, the nights can be 30 to 35 degrees cooler than the daytime high.
When to fly to Las Vegas
Las Vegas is a year-round destination and travellers can always find deals on Las Vegas flights and hotels. However, there are particular times of the year when Las Vegas is at its peak and when travellers can best the Las Vegas flight and hotel deals.
Autumn and winter are peak seasons in Las Vegas and when most people book Las Vegas flights. New Year's celebrations are world-renowned so if you're planning to party in Las Vegas for New Year's it's best to book flights and hotels in advance. Las Vegas is also a big business conference and expo site. If you're planning a Las Vegas vacation you'll want to check ahead and see if any conferences are taking place when you plan your Las Vegas trip. Hotels and flights can be more expensive if there is an international conference taking place.
Summer in the desert is hot and the Las Vegas Strip is no exception. Thankfully, the hotels and casinos are air-conditioned so Las Vegas tourists can seek relief from the desert heat. If you plan to travel to Las Vegas in the summertime, bring light clothes and plenty of sunscreen. It's hot and humid, but summer is also the best time to find cheap flights to Las Vegas and discounted Las Vegas hotel and resort rates.
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Getting around Las Vegas
It’s easiest to get around Vegas from the Las Vegas Strip. Walking is a great way to get around Vegas, but it may not be the fastest. A monorail will take you from one end of The Strip to the other. You can start at the MGM Grand at the south end and pass The Flamingo and The Las Vegas Hilton on the way to the Sahara at the northern end. The trains run all week long, from 7am to 2am Monday through Thursday and another hour later Friday through Sunday. Some airlines and hotels offer free vouchers for the monorail. Las Vegas’ public bus system, run by Citizens Area Transit, has buses running all day and night. The Trolley runs every 15 minutes from 9:30am–1:30am every day and reaches all the major hotels on The Strip. You can catch a taxi in front of any major hotel.
Las Vegas insider information
- There's more to Las Vegas than casinos and conventions. There is a wealth of culture too, with several museums including the Atomic Testing Museum, Liberace Museum and the Neon Museum.
- There are no closing hours in Las Vegas for the sale or consumption of alcohol, even on Sunday. It is legal to have an open container while walking on the Strip but you must be at least 21 to drink or gamble.
- Malls and shopping centres with indoor rainstorms, animatronic gods, light shows and even a Grand Canal (in the Venetian) offer almost as much entertainment as the hotels.
- Watch out for a St Patrick's Day Parade in March, the Helldorado Days Rodeo and Western Festival in June and the National Finals Rodeo in December.
- October brings both the Jaycee State Fair and the Cashman Field PGA Invitational Golf Tournament.
- Las Vegas hotels are always advertising deals for guests. Before booking your Las Vegas flights, check with specific hotels to see what rates and promotions they have during the time of your travel. In many cases, booking Las Vegas flights and hotels together is cheaper and more economical.
- Don’t miss out on star-infused dining by top chefs including Wolfgang Puck, Todd English, and Bradley Ogden. When booking Las Vegas flights and accommodations it’s possible for travellers to also receive vouchers to hotel casinos and restaurants. After enjoying a late night meal, head to one of Las Vegas’ high-profile nightclubs. Ghostbar at the Palms, PURE, Rain and The Pussycat Dolls Lounge are among some of the top clubs on the Strip.
- Thinking of getting hitched in Vegas? Read our Getting Married Abroad travel tip which has all the information you need before planning your big day.