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.
Although the principal draw card is still gambling, Las Vegas is now marketed as a family destination and there is no shortage of theme parks, shopping malls and golf courses. However, the vast majority of visitors come to gamble or party and the incredible displays are mostly designed to lure passers-by into the casinos, and once there it’s hard to leave; the exits are discreetly hidden.
Why not combine your visit to Las Vegas with a multi centre trip to San Fransciso, the National Parks or Cancun?
When to visit
The best time to visit Las Vegas is from March to May and from September to November. While you’ll find plenty of travel deals throughout the year, the spring and fall shoulder seasons offer the most moderate weather. Sin City sees an influx of visitors during the winter months, especially surrounding New Year’s Eve, and the sweltering summers see daytime temperatures exceeding 100 degrees. No matter when you decide to visit Vegas, try to plan a mid-week trip – because this is a common weekend getaway destination, you’ll find more rooms at lower rates between Tuesday and Thursday.