When to Visit Las Vegas?
Come to Vegas anytime of the year. Las Vegas is situated in the desert and has a dry and hot climate most of the time. Although you might experience cold and wet weather in the winter, the fun remains 24/7. Staying out of busy periods might be smart especially from your wallet's point of view.
Las Vegas Hotels
Where to stay?
Vegas has accommodation for every taste and budget.
Give preference to newer hotels situated on the famous Strip: the Las Vegas Boulevard.
That's where you will find the action.
Getting the best rate
Las Vegas offers more than 120,000 hotel rooms. At certain times the city is fully booked and the rooms are charged at full price.
But all year long, Las Vegas has its' off seasons: you can then find hotel rooms on the Strip from $45 to $180 per night. If you want to take advantage of these offers go to the hotels' websites and click on their Rates and Reservations page.
Once you find the rate you like, call the hotel and secure your room with a credit card. Low fares tend to be short living on the Strip. Most of the hotels will charge the first night of your stay upon reservation.
Usually you can cancel a reservation within 48 hours of your scheduled arrival at no cost.
Featured Hotels in Las Vegas
Las Vegas Hotel - Absolutely Superb
Bellagio ***** ($179 - $800)
The most luxurious hotel on the Strip
1 888 987 6667
Four Seasons Hotel ***** ($275 - $1,500)
(1 800) 819-5053 or 1 (702) 632-5000
Venetian **** ($139 - $599)
Doge's Palace theme
1 877 857 1861 or 1 702 414 1000
Mandalay Bay **** ½ ($109 - $500)
1 877 632-7800
The Mirage ****½ ($79 - $399)
South Pacific Theme
1 800 627-6667 or 1 702 791-7111
Treasure Island ****½ ($99 - $360)
Pirate Ship Theme
1 800 944-7444 or 1 702 894-7111
Paris Las Vegas **** ($100$ - $370)
Eiffel Tower and Parisian Cafes
1 877 796-2096
Luxor **** ($79 - $599)
Ancient Egypt Theme
1 800 288 1000 or 1 702 262-4000
Monte Carlo **** ($100 - $399)
Refined and quieter hotel
1 800 311 8999 or 1 702 730 7777
Las Vegas Hotel - Family Oriented
MGM Grand Hotel **** ½ ($79 - $599)
1 800 929 1111 or 1 702 891 7777
New York New York **** ($55 - $200)
Statue of Liberty outside, old New York district atmosphere inside
1 800 693-6763 or 1 702 740 6969
Excalibur Hotel *** ($49 - $420)
Medieval Castle Theme
1 800 937 7777 or 1 702 597 7700
Las Vegas Hotel - Elegant and Renewed
Caesar's Palace ($99 - $500)
Classical Roman Theme
1 800 634-6661 or 1 702 731-711
Las Vegas Hotel - Affordable and Fun
Tropicana ($45 - $300)
1 800 634-4000
Las Vegas Transportation
McCarran International Airport
5757 Wayne Newton Blvd.
Las Vegas, NV 89119
Make a reservation in advance.
Free parking garages: In all hotel-casinos. On busy weekends or holidays, valet park your car, take a cab or walk.
Shuttles, Busses, Monorail and Taxis
Airport shuttles: Shuttles are located outside the baggage claim at McCarran International Airport.
Taxis: Easy and comfortable way of transportation.
Buses: Citizens Area Transit bus service has 49 routes throughout the Las Vegas Valley and Henderson.
Limos: Travel beautiful.
Monorails: Three monorails running at the back of the hotels, a (long) block away from the Strip.
Between Sahara and the MGM Grand - Stations at Bally's-Paris, Flamingo Hilton, Harrah's-Imperial Palace, the Las Vegas Hilton and the Las Vegas Convention Center -, Treasure Island and the Mirage, Excalibur and Mandalay Bay (Station at the Luxor).
Las Vegas Casinos
Must be over 21 years old.
Casinos organize information sessions for all games: roulette, blackjack, poker, craps, baccarat etc. This is the time to get hooked on Texas Holdem Poker, the hottest Vegas game on TV.
In the old days, slot machines were designed to entertain the ladies while their husbands were being ripped off at the casino tables. Today they are one of the main activities on the casino floors. In chic places, the slot machines silently deliver a slip instead of dropping coins when you cash out your wins. No more dirty fingers, just a clean piece of paper that you can redeem at the casino's own kind of ATM.
Keno here, bingo there, screens are everywhere allowing you to check the results even when you dine.
Place a bet in gigantic rooms, equipped with hundreds of screens where you can see sport matches live, from around the world.
If you plan to spend a lot of time gambling - or spend a lot of money in no time - think of joining a casino Payer's Club and qualify for rewards such as shows, restaurants, accommodation, golf, etc.
Other Activities in Las Vegas and the Surroundings
Stroll along the Strip
A stroll along the Strip lets you experience some of the world's most famous landmarks and exotic destinations. Visit The Venetian and take a gondola ride through the streets of Venice. Enjoy lunch in a 50-storey replica of the Eiffel Tower at Paris, built to half the original scale. Make sure to see the fountains at Bellagio, where water dances and shoots high into the sky, perfectly choreographed to the accompanying musical serenade.
Wear comfy shoes.
Freemont Street, Downtown Las Vegas
Take a few hours in the evening to visit Freemont Street, situated Downtown, the old city center of Las Vegas. A canopy covers the main street and a light show animates the street every half hour. The Downtown casinos entrances are right on the sidewalks which creates a fun atmosphere. Their slot machines have the reputation of offering better winnings for the players than those of the grand hotels.
Sports, Golf and other Activities
Auto Racing, Ballooning, Boating, Rafting, Bowling, Cycling, Mountain Biking, Hiking, Climbing, Golf, Horseback Riding, Skydiving, Snow Skiing, Tennis, and much more.
The "Fashion Show Mall" is a great shopping experience with its 7 anchor stores and 250 retail stores and restaurants. Most of the Hotels & Casinos have their own shopping galleries featuring the most luxurious boutiques and designer's collections.
The Guggenheim Hermitage Museum in the Venetian Hotel presents the collections of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation in New York and The State Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, Russia.
Las Vegas Art Museum is located in a new $20-million facility that also houses the Las Vegas Library, the Las Vegas Art Museum is a showcase for international, national and regional art.
Tourism around Las Vegas
Magnificent afternoon strolls in the desert surrounding the city or a few days visiting the flamboyant canyons of Utah.
Read about Scenic Trips
Impressive evening shows in the hotel and casinos. The most renown being "O" from the Cirque du Soleil at the Bellagio.
Cirque du Soleil
Children in Las Vegas
Las Vegas has put in great efforts to become a family destination until they decided that after all it was not really a place for children.
Check the casinos' under 18 policy before bringing your cherubs to the city of all sins.
Theme at hotels and casinos: Excalibur, New York New York, Paris, MGN, Luxor, Mirage, Circus Circus, Treasure Island are exciting visits for juniors.
Electronic arcades: the newer casinos have created large game rooms for teenagers and smaller children (electronic games, animations, funfairs, movies, etc.).
Getting married in Las Vegas
Candlelight Dinners or Gigantic Buffets
Dining in Las Vegas is a fascinating activity. You will appreciate the outstanding restaurants all over the city and the thirty lavish buffets offered by the hotel and casinos. Las Vegas is an international gourmet center with food from every cuisine and for every budget.
Some hotels organize culinary events such as champagne brunches on Sunday morning or to seafood festivals.
Buffets: Leave at least a dollar per person on the table.
Restaurants: Add between 15 and 20% tip calculated from the amount of your bill except if specified that the service is included.
Casinos: Sexy dressed waitresses present free drinks to the gamblers. Leave a dollar or a chip for each drink.
Shuttle bus drivers: The standard for airport shuttle bus drivers is $1 or $2 a bag.
Valet Parking: a dollar or two
Room Service: $1 - $2 dollars/night
Bellman: $1 to $2 a bag
Visitor Information Center
For additional information or to request a free a brochure, please contact:
Convention & Visitors Authority
3150 Paradise Road
Las Vegas, NV 89109
Tel. 1 702-892-0711
Fax (702) 892 2824
LVCVA Reservation and Information Call Center
1-877-VISIT LV (847-4858)
Operators available daily 6:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. (Pacific Time)
Free Visitor's Guide
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Itineraries around Las Vegas