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Las Vegas is glitz, glamour and show-stopping hotels, and must be seen to be believed
Viva Las Vegas – one of America's most popular destinations, an exciting year-round playground and neon wonderland in the otherwise empty Nevada desert. Las Vegas is glitz, glamour and must be seen to be believed. Here you can travel the globe, experience some of the best shopping in the country, and lose a few hours, and possibly dollars, or more at one the famous casinos without having to leave a seven block stretch of Las Vegas Boulevard, otherwise known as the Strip.
- There are so many shows on offer here ranging from the gravity-defying Cirque du Soleil performances to A-list entertainers in residence
- No matter your tastes there will be plenty of restaurants that will suit you, alongside numerous bars and nightclubs
- If you seek a break from the city then a trip to the Grand Canyon by helicopter or coach is a must – why not hire a car and spend a night or two on the South Rim?
- It’s not all about the Strip – Downtown Las Vegas is where it all began. It’s a little less polished than the famed Strip yet is going through something of a renaissance
- Las Vegas is most likely the only place in the world that you can be walked down the aisle – and serenaded – by an Elvis impersonator, or head out to the Grand or Red Rock canyons for your special day
Best time to visit Las Vegas
• Vegas is a year-round destination, however the best times to visit for more comfortable conditions are from March to May and September to November
• During the summer the temperatures soar, however you'll never be too far from an air-conditioned casino, hotel, shopping mall or entertainment complex. However if you want to wander the Strip and spend your time outdoors it may be wise to choose a cooler time of year
• As you might expect from an entertainment-focused city such as Las Vegas, New Year is a very popular time to visit
• Even though Vegas is in the desert, winter temperatures can drop to low single figures.
Las Vegas holiday highlights
All flights arriving from the UK land at McCarran International Airport, which is just a few minutes drive from Las Vegas’ main hotels. The most economical transfer is one of the scheduled shuttles which make multiple stops throughout the city. However, if you are looking to make the most of your time in Vegas you can book a limousine transfer on arrival at the airport. As is the case at airports around the world you can catch a taxi outside the terminal; remember to tip your driver, as is the custom in the United States. Alternatively, you may be picking up a hire car at the airport, therefore you will just be a short drive from your chosen hotel where they are likely to have both valet and self-parking (additional parking charges will apply). If you are spending a few days in Vegas before heading off on a self-drive we recommend hiring your vehicle on the day you wish to leave Vegas as you are unlikely to need a car while you are in the city.
All of our featured resorts are located along the famous Las Vegas Strip, otherwise known as Las Vegas Boulevard. Everything here is in such close proximity it is a great place to explore on foot; a wander along this famous stretch is an experience in itself. You’ll probably end up popping into casinos, hotels and shopping centres along the famous boulevard – so make sure you’re in no rush to get anywhere! However, there are also taxis outside each hotel and regular bus services to get you around quicker. You can hop on the trolley available between the Stratosphere and the southern area of the Strip; a more modern bus service called the Deuce that’s popular with both locals and visitors making their way along the Strip; and monorail services which run between the Bellagio and Monte Carlo, the Excalibur and Mandalay Bay, and the MGM Grand and SLS Las Vegas which is located at the north of the Strip.
All of our featured Las Vegas hotels charge a per night resort fee which is payable locally. Depending on the hotel this can include services such as Wi-Fi, use of the fitness centre, in-room drinking water and local calls. For more detailed information of resort fee amounts or inclusions please speak ask your Personal Travel Expert.
Las Vegas stretches into the Nevada desert but let’s face it, the part of the city that almost everyone pictures when they think of Vegas is the hotels, casinos and entertainment complexes that line a four mile stretch of South Las Vegas Boulevard, more famously known as the Strip. As the exciting hub of the city, it is busy and buzzing with a never ending stream of visitors filling the streets throughout the day and into the night, which is when the area comes into its own.
The Downtown area isn’t visited as much as the main Strip but is nonetheless a popular Las Vegas destination. The Fremont Street Experience is the main tourist draw in the area, with its curving LED screen that covers the central walkway and bursts into stunning light shows at hourly intervals between 8pm and midnight. Here you’ll also find an array of casinos, restaurants, shops, bars and clubs.
Las Vegas’ reputation as a legendary destination for nightlife proceeds it, with enough bars, restaurants, shows, casinos and nightclubs to keep you entertained for evenings on end. However there’s plenty on offer for those visitors who aren’t night owls or want to make the most of the blue skies and desert landscapes.
The city offers a surprising amount of attractions for adrenaline junkies. It may not have the sprawling parks that grace Orlando and Los Angeles, however there are roller coasters at New York-New York, a zipline at the Fremont Street Experience, and heart-in-the-mouth rides on top of Downtown Vegas’ 350-metre high Stratosphere tower. The city also has its fair share of museums, and what they lack in status against the likes of New York or Washington D.C., they makes up for in individuality. One of the most popular museums is the Mob Museum Capone which highlights the dark and intriguing history of the mob and those that fought to bring them down.
Shopping is a favourite pastime here with mega-shopping malls such as the Forum Shops at Caesars and the Miracle Mile where there are 170 stores just a few steps off the Strip. New York might be more famous as a shopping destination, however Vegas, with its ever-growing number of shopping and entertainment complexes, isn’t too far behind.
There’s a valid reason why Las Vegas is dubbed the ‘Entertainment Capital of the World’. From magic and comedy shows to big name residencies and world-famous DJ nights, there’s never a dull moment. There are so many shows on each evening it’s well worth taking a look to see what’s showing when you’re visiting to plan your evenings.
A real staple of Las Vegas entertainment are the gravity-defying Cirque du Soleil performances, with eight different shows on offer at the time of print. Telling the tale of love and conflict, KÀ features jaw-dropping acrobatics, martial arts, Asian inspired choreography and exotic dance forms including the Capoeira dance from Brazil. This lavish show takes place at the MGM Grand. Alternatively, wonder at the theatrical romance and acrobatic feats of the water-based performance of “O” at Bellagio. A cast of fantastical characters, including synchronised swimmers and trapeze artists, pay homage to the beauty of theatre – from street art to sumptuous operas.
With many of the big hotels along the strip offering a plethora of dining experiences, you’ll find yourself spoilt for choice when it comes to where to go. Whether you fancy Italian, Japanese, Indian or Mexican, you’ll find it on the streets and in the hotel’s of Sin City. Designer restaurants with world renowned chefs at the helm offer fine dining at a cost, but there are plenty of cheaper offerings to be found including the famed Vegas buffet restaurants which can be found at most hotels.
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