When to fly?
Las Vegas is a year-round destination. Autumn and winter are good times to travel as the weather is cooler and more pleasant. It is also when many travellers book their 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 so check ahead if any conferences are taking place when you plan your trip. Hotels and flights can be more expensive if there is an international conference taking place. Other busy times of the year in Las Vegas are Memorial Day Weekend (last Monday in May), July 4, Labor Day Weekend (first Monday in September) and Spring Break (March/April).
Summer in the desert is hot and the Las Vegas Strip is no exception. Thankfully, the hotels and casinos are air-conditioned so visitors 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 it might be the best time to find cheap flights to Las Vegas and discounted Las Vegas hotel and resort rates.
Las Vegas is a year-round destination and travellers can always find great flight and hotel deals. However, there are particular times of the year when Las Vegas is at its peak and when travellers can find the best the Las Vegas flight and hotel deals.
For travellers with a need for speed, NASCAR Weekend is surely not to be missed. The annual auto-racing weekend, in particular the Sprint Cup, always attracts huge crowds, including both locals and those flying in from farther afield. This event takes place in early March and it should be noted that accommodation needs to be booked well in advance.
During late April, beer lovers from all over descend on Sunset Park for the Great Vegas Festival of Beer. Nevada breweries, as well as national based breweries, come together for this annual one day event. If beer isn't your drink of choice, you're sure to enjoy gastropub food from a variety of eateries, whilst listening to local and regional musicians.
The city's Mexican community comes out in force, in late April/early May, to celebrate Cinco de Mayo, the victory of the Mexican militia over the French army at The Battle of Puebla in 1862. Mexicans come together and show their pride with mariachi bands, fireworks, all-day dancing and traditional food. Head to one of the many Mexican restaurants and bars or The Fremont Street Experience for an event with added extras, such as, comedy acts and music performances.
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 disembarking their flights will notice is the bright 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.
Getting around Las Vegas
It’s easiest to get around Vegas from the Las Vegas Strip. Walking is a great way to get around, 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 and 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 every day and reaches all the major hotels on The Strip. You can catch a taxi in front of any major hotel.
Getting to the City
McCarran International Airport (LAS) is 4 miles from the Las Vegas Strip. There are many transport options available including taxis, airport shuttle, limos or rental cars. Taxi is the fastest way to reach your hotel. There are also public buses operated by the Regional Transport Commission of Southern Nevada.
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 flights, check with specific hotels to see what rates and promotions they have during the time of your travel. In many cases, booking flights and hotels together is cheaper and more economical.
- Don’t miss out on star-infused dining by top chefs, look out for deals as it is possible for travellers to also receive vouchers to hotel casinos and restaurants when booking air fares and accommodation. 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.