About Las Vegas
Welcome to Las Vegas, a place like no other on the planet! You’ll find this glitzy metropolis in the heart of the Mojave Desert, brimming with dazzling shows on The Strip and throughout Downtown Las Vegas. Whether you want to play poker, hit the shops, or party all night long, one thing’s for sure: Las Vegas holidays are a great excuse to let your hair down. After all, they don’t call it Sin City for nothing! For something completely different, the natural beauty of the Grand Canyon, which is one of the seven wonders of the world, is easily within driving distance. What more could you possibly wish for?
8-41 °C, A subtropical, desert climate means warm, dry weather all year round
10-11 hours from the UK to McCarran International Airport (LAS)
Room only holidays in Las Vegas let you enjoy the legendary Strip and fantastic entertainment without worrying about set meal times. Dine out in one of Vegas' themed restaurants before exploring the Strip.
The original townsite of Las Vegas, downtown Las Vegas is still as exciting now as it was then. Home to the Fremont Street Experience and the SlotZilla zip line, you will also find many museums including the famous MOB Museum.
There’s something going on in Las Vegas every minute of the day. Daylight hours are all about relaxing and preparing yourself for the big night ahead; so why not grab an ice-cold drink and soak up the sun by your hotel pool, or dig into a delicious breakfast buffet at the Bellagio? When the sun goes down and the neon glow lights up the metropolis, Sin City really comes to life. Try your hand at blackjack amid the majestic marble of The Venetian, or play the slot machines, with a cocktail in hand, at the tropical-themed Mandalay Bay. And when you’re ready for some peace and quiet, you can experience the great outdoors; Las Vegas is in the desert after all!
Hotels is Las Vegas aren’t just a place to rest your head; they’re some of the most glamorous and exciting places to visit in the city, too. At the northern end of The Strip, you’ll find the lavish Bellagio, with its 65,000 square ft luxury spa and parade of designer shops. Make sure you catch the epic Fountains of Bellagio show over at the hotel’s own lake; you might recognise them from that iconic scene in the Oceans Elevenfilm.
Meanwhile, the majestic Caesars Palace was once a favourite haunt of Frank Sinatra, and it houses one of the city’s most famous casinos. Or how about the Wet Republic pool party over at The MGM Grand? The soundtrack comes courtesy of some of the world’s biggest DJs.
Standing at 46 stories high, the Eiffel Tower at Paris Las Vegas boasts an observation deck, where you can take in breath-taking views across The Strip’s illuminated skyline. For something truly explosive, head for the volcano at The Mirage; every evening, it erupts in spectacular fashion, spewing out plumes of smoke and fire into the night sky. As for white-knuckle rides, you’ll find a rollercoaster over at the New York-New York Hotel & Casino. It snakes around the resort, whizzing you past replica landmarks from the Big Apple.
Beyond the bright lights of The Strip, the breath-taking sights of the Mojave Desert await. The Grand Canyon, which is about two and a half hours away by car, is well worth the trip. There’s nothing else quite like it, and if you stick around until sunset you’re in for even more of a treat. You can even walk over the Skywalk, a glass-bottomed bridge that stands over it, if you’re feeling brave enough.
When it comes to manmade masterpieces, there’s the Hoover Dam; measuring 200m above the Colorado River, it’s certainly an impressive feat of engineering, and offers up some incredible views, too.
Enjoy a refreshing drink and discover the art of brewing in the Bucket of Blood Saloon. Here, your taste buds will meet the delicious staple pint from “the good old days” called The Boca Lager Beer. The secret ingredient to this light beer is ice, which provides a refreshing break from the intense heat of Nevada's summer months. If you don’t mind the road trip, you can travel further out to the remains of Wyland Brewery which dates back to 1901. Here, you can try more great tasting beer before heading to the heart of Las Vegas for modern craft beer in Banger Brewing on Fremont Street.
Fans of sci-fi movies and conspiracy theories will enjoy an unusual road trip along the Nevada State Route 375. Otherwise known as the Extraterrestrial Highway, you’ll find a variety of alien-themed restaurants, gas stations and gift shops along the way that’ll intrigue your curiosity about the secretive United States Air Force facility. There are many conspiracy theories regarding the true purpose of Area 51. One such theory claims that it stores the remains of a crashed alien spacecraft and the staff carry out studies of its alien occupants, both living and dead. No matter what you think goes on in Area 51, it’s likely that we’ll never find out for sure since it’s Top-Secret information that isn’t likely to be available to the public anytime soon.
When you step inside a Papillon Helicopter, you’ll be inside one that holds an impressive Five Star Diamond Award for its remarkable quality and hospitality. These world-class tours of the city give a whole new meaning to the term “sightseeing”. With over 40 great packages to choose from, there’s something for everyone. Overlook breathtaking views of Las Vegas and the Grand Canyon, before swooping over the Hoover Dam and flying past renowned destinations such as the Grand Canyon National Park, Phoenix, Monument Valley and Boulder City.
RESORTS NEAR LAS VEGAS
Safety and Security
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Las Vegas is best for...
Clubbers:Dance ‘til dawn at some of the world’s top night clubs, then start all over again at a rooftop pool party. The Strip is the place to be.
Romantics: For the best view of this neon-lit city, how about a helicopter trip? Or visit the grand Venetian to enjoy a gondola ride for two.
Explorers:Take the West Rim Bus Tour out to the Grand Canyon and experience this natural wonder for yourself. It has to be seen to be believed.
Language: The languages spoken in Las Vegas are English and Spanish.
Currency:The currency used in Las Vegas is the American Dollar ($).
Local time: Las Vegas is 8 hours behind GMT/UK time.
Fly to:McCarran International Airport. Transfers are 15–30 minutes.
Flight time from UK: The flight time to Las Vegas is 11 hours.
Tourist information:Find further Las Vegas tourist information at Las Vegas travel deals on hotels, shows, and things to do | LasVegas.com.
Visa & Health: Before your Las Vegas holidays, visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/usa for visa and health recommendations.
Weather and climate
Thanks to its desert climate, you can expect warm, dry weather in Las Vegas all year round. If you’re looking for pleasantly warm temperatures, visit during the spring; daytime temperatures sit in the mid-20s and early 30s (°C) at this time of year. Highs of 41°C are just the excuse you need to head to a pool party during the busy summer season. It cools down in Autumn, with a more comfortable climate but still plenty of sunshine. Want a more laidback experience? Book your holidays in Las Vegas in the winter; it’s the quietest time of year.
On foot:Walking is a great way to soak up The Strip’s buzzing atmosphere. But remember, the heat can be tiring so it’s a good idea to carry water with you.
By monorail: It’s a fun way to get around lots of the main attractions, running seven days a week into the early hours of the morning. The monorail makes seven stops between Sahara Avenue and the MGM Grand.
By shuttle bus: Many hotels run shuttle buses to popular tourist hotspots. Or you could go all out and hire a limo instead.
Electronic music:Every June, the Electric Daisy Carnival (or EDC as it’s known) comes to the Las Vegas Speedway. It’s the biggest electronic music festival in the world, attracting superstar DJs like Tiësto and David Guetta.
Fourth of July: American Independence Day is one big party here. Hotels compete to hold the biggest and best fireworks displays, so find a spot and watch the sky light up red, white and blue.
New Year: Thousands of revellers from all over the world descend on The Strip to see in the New Year in style, filling up the city’s clubs, bars, and casinos.