Holidays in Las Vegas
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Las Vegas - over-the-top, round-the-clock, bright and glitzy... the real heart of the city is the stretch better known as the Strip. A playground for the rich and famous, the hotels have their own shopping arcades, restaurants and casinos. For a glimpse of old Vegas, head downtown for chic cocktail bars and trendy nightclubs. And when it’s time for something completely different, drive out into the desert for the awe-inspiring natural beauty of the Grand Canyon.
Thanks to its subtropical, desert climate, you can expect warm, dry weather in Las Vegas throughout the year.
The main airport near Las Vegas is McCarran International Airport (LAS) which is 8km south of downtown Las Vegas.
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Daytime in Las Vegas is about relaxing and preparing for the big night ahead. Grab a cool drink and soak up the glorious sunshine by your hotel pool, or tuck into the sumptuous breakfast buffet at the Bellagio. Our holidays to Las Vegas burst into life at night, when the neon glow of the Strip illuminates the surrounding desert. Try your hand at blackjack in the exquisite marble surroundings of The Venetian, while tropical-themed Mandalay Bay is the place to sip on exotic cocktails as you play the slot machines. The Bellagio’s eight-acre lake comes to life in the romantic Fountains of Bellagio show.
With everything from rollercoasters to dolphin habitats, the Strip’s glamorous hotels are some of the most exciting places to visit in Las Vegas. At the northern end of the Strip sits the lavish Bellagio, with its 65,000 square-foot luxury spa and parade of designer shops. Don’t miss the epic Fountains of Bellagio show where the hotel’s manmade lake comes to life in a spectacular aquatic display. The majestic Caesars Palace was once a favourite of Frank Sinatra. Have a flutter in the casino here The MGM Grand’s Wet Republic pool party is the place to catch some of the world’s biggest DJs
Standing at 46 stories high, the Eiffel Tower at Paris Las Vegas has an observation deck for breathtaking views across the Strip’s luminous landscape. For something really explosive, check out the volcano at The Mirage. Every evening, the volcano erupts, spewing clouds of hot smoke and fire into the night sky. Visit the grand Venetian for a ride in a gondola - one of the most romantic activities in Las Vegas. The Roller Coaster at the New York-New York Hotel & Casino is a white-knuckle ride that snakes around the resort, whizzing you past replicas of Big Apple landmarks.
Amongst the bright lights of the Strip, it’s easy to forget that you’re in the middle of the Mojave Desert. Hire a Hummer for the day to fully explore its rippled sand dunes and volcanic craters. One of the best places to go near Las Vegas is the Grand Canyon, which is just a few hours’ drive away. You’ll want to stay for the incredible sunset. For an otherworldly experience, take the scenic route to the secret military base at Area 51. You might not catch a UFO, but you will see alien-like Native American rock carvings.
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.
Party animals: Dance ‘til dawn at a trendy club, then start all over again at a pool party.
Romantics: Vegas ‘Strip’ Helicopter Flight. If you want to see the real sparkle of Las Vegas then it has to be from above.
Scenery Lovers: Experience the wondrous beauty of the Grand Canyon on the West Rim Bus Tour.
Language: The language spoken in Las Vegas is English.
Currency: The currency used in Las Vegas is the American Dollar ($).
Local time: Las Vegas is 8 hours behind GMT/UK time (7 hours during the summer).
Fly to: The main airport near Las Vegas is McCarran International Airport (LAS) which is 8km south of downtown Las Vegas.
Flight time from UK: 10-11 hours
Tourist Information: Further Las Vegas tourist information can be found at www.lasvegas.com
Visa & Health: Before you travel, visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/usa for recommendations and advice on visas and health for your holiday to Las Vegas.
Thanks to its desert climate, you can expect warm, dry weather in Las Vegas throughout the year. For pleasantly warm temperatures, visit during the spring when daytime temperatures sit between the mid-20s and early 30s (°C). Highs of 41 provide the perfect conditions for pool parties during the popular summer season, while autumn offers a cool relief, with more comfortable weather and plenty of sunshine. For a more laidback experience, book your holiday in the winter when the resorts are at their quietest.
On foot: Walking is a great way to soak up the atmosphere of the Strip, but it can be tiring so remember to carry a bottle of water at all times.
By monorail: The monorail is a fun way to get around some of the Strip’s main attractions. Running every day until the small hours, it makes seven stops between Sahara Avenue and the MGM Grand.
By shuttle bus: You’ll find that a number of hotels run shuttle buses to various Vegas attractions. For a real taste of extravagance, hire a limo for the evening.
Electronic music: In June, the Electric Daisy Carnival comes to the Las Vegas Speedway. The biggest electronic music festival in the world, it attracts superstar DJs like Tiesto, Armin van Buuren and David Guetta.
Fourth of July: American Independence Day on the fourth of July is always a huge party in Las Vegas. Hotels compete to hold the biggest and best fireworks display, so find a great spot and watch the sky come alive in a flurry of red, white and blue.
New Year: For the ultimate party, don’t miss New Year’s Eve. Thousands of revellers from across the world descend on the Strip and fill up the city’s clubs, bars and casinos.