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Las Vegas

Overview

What happens in Vegas can stay in Vegas, sure. But just because there's craziness to be found doesn't mean there's not plenty to do for families, or for couples looking for a romantic weekend out, or even people just looking for amazing concoctions by award-winning chefs. There's no need to gamble on your weekend trip, not when we've got you covered. Pick your type: You're bound to come up a winner.Forget, for a moment, about all the money you could win (or lose) at the casinos in Las Vegas, or the serious coin that can be dropped in the high-end shops, celebrity-chef eateries, and penthouse suites along the Strip. The primary industry of Las Vegas is sensory overload. When you travel to Las Vegas, the lights, the sounds, and the exotic parade of people, all coming to soak up the vibes of legendary Sin City, are a feast all their own.But this desert city, which blossomed with the construction of the nearby Hoover Dam, also has plenty of history (here, Elvis impersonators also count as history) as well as bargains, especially if you wander off the Strip and into the Fremont Street Experience in the old downtown.

Attractions:

From zip lines and car racing to the Bellagio's world-famous fountains and the Mandalay Bay Beach, experiencing all of Las Vegas' attractions is like riding a roller coaster.And no two Las Vegas attractions are alike. The Mob Museum offers a glimpse into Vegas' illustrious and notorious past, while the Dolphin Habitat at The Mirage offers a glimpse into the undersea world far away from our desert landscape. And that's not even the most unexpected attraction in Las Vegas. Live the life of a race-car driver or fighter-jet pilot. Imagine yourself a pro golfer. Or paddle up to the Hoover Dam in a kayak. Las Vegas is a gambling town and the city's casinos are its most popular attractions. Most are technically located outside the city limits on the nearly seven-kilometre stretch of Las Vegas Boulevard South known as 'The Strip'. The end of the boulevard is paradoxically where you'll find the famous 'Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas' sign.

Head back in the other direction to experience some of Las Vegas' most popular high-end casinos, including The Venetian and Bellagio resorts. The list of things to do in Las Vegas doesn't begin and end with gambling. Daytime brings about an array of thrilling experiences: helicopter tours over the Grand Canyon, rafting down the Colorado River and climbing Red Rock Canyon.

Things To Do:

Whether you are coming for the gambling, the shows, the food, or just the omnipresent thrills, this Las Vegas travel guide will set you on your way. Some popular Las Vegas activities include:

Gambling, even if it's just a quick turn at the slots

  • Taking in a show, such as the ongoing selection of Cirque de Soleil productions
  • Visiting the Bellagio Fountains
  • Walking the Strip
  • Trying one of the buffets, which range from cheap eats to high-end feasts
  • Checking out the Fremont Street Experience

Places to Stay:

In a place where over-the-top glitz is the norm, a luxury hotel in Vegas truly has to step it up a notch with special touches -- from Michelin-starred chefs to airport transfers in a Rolls-Royce Ghost limousine. Vegas luxury often means enormous rooms, mind-boggling design, beautiful pools, and stunning spas. But the hotels in Vegas are also much larger (many are over 2,000 rooms) so the level of personalized service doesn't quite match the standards at other American destinations, like New York City or even Miami. In terms of value, though, a hotel in Vegas can't be topped. If the Wynn existed in New York City, for example, it would likely cost you about five times more per night. Las Vegas hotels are predominantly limited to the city's sprawling casino complexes, which offer a staggering array of accommodation options. Most tourists visit the city to gamble, so you'll find practically every whim catered for in any of the city's well-appointed casinos.

Many are actually themed resorts, including the Venetian Hotel, the Paris Hotel and Casino, and the Treasure Island Hotel and Casino. Away from The Strip, the usual array of tourist hotels and mid-range accommodation are in ready supply, though these are predictably less glamorous than those in the heart of the action.

Best Time to Visit:

Las Vegas is so popular that there is no "off season" for tourism. Las Vegas is at its busiest during New Year's, most three-day public holidays, July 4th, and school vacations. Valentine's Day is also a busy time, with many couples heading to the desert to get hitched—fast.

Throughout the year, Las Vegas is relatively crowded and the weather remains dry and sunny. For swimmers and sunbathers, the weather is ideal from May to September. Spring and fall are the best for walking the Strip or venturing into the surrounding desert.

The best times to visit Las Vegas are from March to May and from September to November, although consistently pleasant weather and worthwhile travel deals are easy to find at any time of year. During the spring and fall shoulder seasons, the weather is warm enough to shirk heavier layers yet cool enough to walk around without overheating. During the summer, Vegas is comparable to an oven with temperatures often exceeding 100 degrees.Also, Las Vegas hosts hundreds of conventions every year, which can cause room rates to rise at any time. Before setting travel dates, check the Las Vegas Tourism Board's convention schedule to find out which hotels are hosting what and when — this will help you to secure a better deal at your choice hotel.