Las Vegas, United States Vacations

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Las Vegas is the perfect destination if you are looking for an exciting, but short getaway. 24 hour gambling, glitzy nightlife, endless shopping, and world class dining. Las Vegas has a little bit or a lot of everything for everyone. To experience the best of Las Vegas, make sure you pick a hotel on or near the Strip. Some of our favorites include Bellagio, Wynn, Mandalay Bay and MGM Grand.

Las Vegas is known internationally as a shopping, entertainment, and gambling destination. Considering that Las Vegas was only officially considered a city in 1911, it has become the largest US city founded in the 20th century.

Being the center of gambling in the world, Las Vegas is commonly known as The Entertainment Capital of the World or Sin City. The Strip is lined with massive and lavish fantasy-like casino resorts where availability of alcoholic beverages at any time is no trouble and entertainment of all kind can be found.

But many more things can be found here such as museums, desert like, amusement parks, National Parks and Hoover Dam. Las Vegas can be just as much a family destination as well.

Things to know about Las Vegas, United States Vacations

Activities & Sports
The Lake Mead National Recreation Area offers swimming, boating and a few more nautical activities. Hiking opportunities abound in the Spring Mountains. There are five peaks standing over 3,300m. Of course there are plenty of easier trails to be found. But always make sure to carry plenty of water for hikes and be ready for sudden changes in weather.

Golfers can choose from about 60 golf courses in the area. There are even two along the Strip: the Bali Hai Golf Club and the Callaway Golf Center. Just off the Strip is the amazing The Wynn Golf Course which is reserved for hotel guests only.

Rock Climbing is a popular sport in Las Vegas. The Red Rock Canyon is located on the western edge of the Las Vegas city limits where visitors can go climbing year-round along its many routes.

Yes! You can go skiing in Las Vegas. There is a Ski and Snowboard Resort in the Spring Mountains, about 45 minutes from Las Vegas.

If you are a tennis fan then you will love the excellent hotel courts or one of many public courts as well.
 
Dining & Nightlife
In Las Vegas, free drinks are often offered to all players in casinos but tipping the cocktail waitress at least $1 per drink is expected. Fun bars and pubs outside of major hotels include the Double Down Saloon and The Bunkhouse.

You'll find a club or discotheque in nearly every hotel and casino and they usually remain open until 4am. The top clubs will charge a cover and expect to wait in a line depending on the night. Often tables in clubs here come with a bottle purchase so you may be asked to vacate the table if you are not buying bottles. Check out: 3121, Coyote Ugly, Empire Ballroom, Foundation Room, ICE, Ivan Kane's Forty Deuce, Mix, RA, Rum Jungle, Studio 54, TAO Las Vegas, and Teatro Euro Bar.

A different concept is the ultra lounge, a mix between lounge and a night club: Ghostbar, I-Bar, Pure, Tabu, Voodoo Lounge, and Tangerine.

Cirque du Soleil shows are always a hot ticket and an amazing experience to live. There are 5 separate shows: KÀ, Mystère, Love, O, and Zumanity.

Las Vegas is known for its big production shows, so make sure to reserve your tickets well in advance. Some shows include: Blue Man Group, Buck Wild, Folies Bergere, Forever Plaid, La Cage, Le Rêve, Lucky Cheng's, Mamma Mia!, Matsuri, Phantom - The Las Vegas Spectacular, Tony 'n' Tina's Wedding, Tournament of Kings, and V-The Ultimate Variety Show.

There is always a big artist in town performing. Check out local listings to see what is available. A few headliners have long engagement shows such as Celine Dion - A New Day, and Toni Braxton. Tribute shows are also popular with: Tribute to Elvis Presley and The Rat Pack is Back.

Magic shows are always a hit here in Vegas with huge productions like: Penn and Teller, Mac King Comedy Magic Show, Lance Burton, and Xtreme Magic Starring Dirk Arthur.

Vegas would not be complete of course without a selection of adult shows, either for a female audience or Vegas' famous topless show girls. Check out: American Storm, Bite, Chippendales, Crazy Girl, Crazy Horse Paris, Fantasy, Folies Bergere, Jubilee!, Thunder from Down Under, X Burlesque, and Zumanity.

There is a small selection of free shows in Vegas:
  • Masquerade Show in the Sky at Rio, the show is a mix between Mardi Gras floats and Rio Carniva
  • Sirens of TI at Treasure Island, a more adult show complete with showgirls and hunky pirates
  • I Lost my "M" in Vegas at M&M World
The variety of dining options in the large casinos and hotels are staggering, Visitors can find buffets, gourmet restaurants, cafes, snack bars.

The most famous buffets in Las Vegas are at the Rio, Bellagio, Paris and Aladdin, and Wynn. Lunch is often around half price.

Good bet restaurants on the Strip include:
  • Carnaval Court Bar and Grill (Harrah's)
  • Craftsteak (MGM Grand)
  • Cypress Street Marketplace (Caesars Palace)
  • Kahunaville (Treasure Island)
  • Mesa Grill (Caesars Palace)
  • The Range Steakhouse (Harrah's)
  • Roman Court (Caesars Palace)
  • Shang-hai Lily (Mandalay Bay)
  • Tao (Venetian)
  • Toby Keith's I Love This Bar and Grill (Harrah's)Top of the World (Stratosphere)
If you prefer trying something outside of the casino complexes you can try:
  • Antonio's Italian Ristorante
  • Bahama Breeze
  • Buzio's Seafood Restaurant
  • Ellis Island Casino Restaurant
  • ENVY, The Steakhouse
Shopping
Practically every complex hotels and casinos now include shopping areas. Visitors will also find several outlet malls throughout the area.
  • Fashion Show Mall
  • Las Vegas Outlet Center
  • Las Vegas Premium Outlets
Languages: English
Currency: US dollar
Climate: Since Las Vegas is located in the Mojave Desert, the climate is an arid desert one. The summers are very hot and the winters mild. Temperatures usually reach the mid and upper 30°s C in the summer, with very low humidity. Winters are cooler and windy marked by with a few rainfalls often in the form of thunderstorms. Winter highs are around 16° C and even cooler nights.  
Electricity: 110-120V, 60Hz. 
 
Documents: A valid passport and a return or onward ticket required.
 
Note: Departure tax is usually included in your ticket price, inquire on booking.

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