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Las Vegas holidays

Referring to itself as "The Entertainment Capital of the World"- it's hard to argue with that claim on Las Vegas holidays. Spectacular shows, extravagant hotel resorts, luxury, fun, action; it's all here in the Nevada Desert.

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The fun never ends

The city of Las Vegas is a gaming and entertainment mecca with its amazing selection of casinos, shows and attractions distributed across the many hotels. The Vegas Strip and Fremont Street are filled with colourful light shows and fanciful themes that amaze the passing crowds.

Vegas has been the world leader in entertainment and excitement since the 1930s and the city has only gone from strength to strength since.

Drinking and gambling are the main draws for visitors to Vegas and there is a strict 21 and over policy for these vices. The shows, surroundings and even a trip to the Grand Canyon can be enjoyed by all ages though so you can enjoy a range of holidays within Las Vegas.

Places to Visit

Welcome to Las Vegas Sign

The iconic blue, white and sparkling sign is found at the south side of The Strip. Being a fixture of the city since 1959, this 25-foot high structure is the symbolic emblem that represents Las Vegas and makes for a great picture opportunity.

Mob museum

While many American cities try to cover up their mafia related past, Las Vegas celebrates its mobster roots within The Mob Museum in Downtown Las Vegas by Fremont Street. The centre tells stories about famous organised crime bosses and their dirty deeds which shaped the city today.

World-famous shows

Previous performers on The Strip have included Elvis Presley, Liberace and Tom Jones while recent resident entertainers include The Blue Man Group, Cirque du Soleil and even Britney Spears. There is always an international name performing in Vegas so make sure to grab your ticket early.

Gambling

It's the first thing that comes to mind when people think of Las Vegas, but the range of games available keeps things fun and exciting. Poker, blackjack, roulette and craps are some of the classics, but there are also one-armed bandits, slot machines, betting corners and so much more to get you playing.

Hotel & casino resorts

Every Las Vegas casino provides a unique experience within. From Luxor to the Stratosphere, Caesar's Palace to the Mirage and New York-New York to Paris, the hotel and casino resorts offer a myriad of entertainment, themes and luxury within.

Though they all appear different, you're guaranteed similar facilities and activities within the majority of hotels. Sunbathing areas and spacious swimming pools are perfect places to experience the scorching sunshine while the casinos, restaurants, shops and spa facilities provide entertaining opportunities to cool off in the shade.

You're free to wander around each hotel if you wish and every building seems to offer something unique. Just some of the many highlights include the live lions in MGM Grand, the rollercoaster running around the outside of New York-New York, the fantastic fountain show outside the Bellagio, the Eiffel Tower Experience at Paris and the 1,149ft high amusement rides at the top of the Stratosphere.

All of that excitement is found along The Strip while Fremont Street is the street that started it all in Vegas. It features iconic casinos, fascinating street performers, a regular music and light show projected onto the long roof, and the opportunity to zipline 1,750ft over crowds and cars below.

Grand Canyon

While the manmade excitement of the city will keep you entertained, the natural wonder of the Grand Canyon can't be missed on holidays to Las Vegas. The four hour drive into Arizona will take you across a desert landscape before you arrive at one of many stop along the 277-mile length of the gorge. There are a number of viewing stations to peer down into the awe-inspiring valley. You can also take helicopter tours over and into the Grand Canyon for a thrilling and unforgettable experience.

Helicopter tours can also be taken over the phenomenal man-made structure of the Hoover Dam, by Clark County, Nevada, or simply over the city of Las Vegas itself.

Grand Canyon

While the manmade excitement of the city will keep you entertained, the natural wonder of the Grand Canyon can't be missed on holidays to Las Vegas. The four hour drive into Arizona will take you across a desert landscape before you arrive at one of many stop along the 277-mile length of the gorge. There are a number of viewing stations to peer down into the awe-inspiring valley. You can also take helicopter tours over and into the Grand Canyon for a thrilling and unforgettable experience.

Helicopter tours can also be taken over the phenomenal man-made structure of the Hoover Dam, by Clark County, Nevada, or simply over the city of Las Vegas itself.

What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas

The fun never stops in Las Vegas. Casino games, shops and bars operate 24/7 in the city of sin which means you can start and finish your nights out at a time to suit you.

You're encouraged to let loose in the vibrant city with hundreds of pubs, bars and nightclubs. Look for deals to get into parties and clubs as the prices can test the highest of rollers. Stag and hen parties will have a phenomenal time in Vegas but plan ahead as ladies are more welcome in clubs than hordes of men.

There are varying tones of excitement in Vegas with family fun provided by some hotels. Adult entertainment is readily available with drivers on The Strip offering free limo rides to strip clubs.

Unique shopping experiences

You're never short of shopping opportunities in Las Vegas with massive malls, luxury stores and memorabilia emporiums found with many of the hotels. Fashion, souvenirs, decorations or simply food can be found throughout this all-encompassing city.

There are huge shopping centres all around Vegas but two noteworthy additions are the outdoor settings indoors at Caesar's Palace and The Venetian. The latter features gondola rides around the mall's stream, just like its Italian namesake city.

International cuisine

There are thousands of dining options throughout Las Vegas that tempts you to add gluttony to your list of sins. Classic American dining is found at Hard Rock Café and Planet Hollywood but there are so many more delights to devour from around the world.

The hotels are famed for their buffet displays with food served that is as good and often as varied as any À la carte restaurant available.

Getting there

Flights to McCarran International Airport, Las Vegas, direct from the UK take around 11 hours in total. Flights that stop over on the east coast of America are increased by a couple of hours. The airport is just a couple of miles away from the strip so transfers are blissfully short.

Tourists are provided with numerous ways to get around Las Vegas. Shuttle buses run 24/7 while taxis and rental cars are also available. There is a monorail running along multiple stops along the east side of the 4-mile strip.

The Strip is pedestrianised though so it is easy to walk along the entirety of Las Vegas' centre, taking in all of the attractions, themes and hotels along the way.

Best time of year to visit

Regardless of the weather, holidays to Las Vegas can be enjoyed at any time of the year thanks to the continuous activities and attractions. Fortunately for most visitors, the city stays warm throughout the majority of the year with over 300 days of sunshine while the summers can get challengingly hot.

The average highs reach a blistering 41°C during July and stay around the high thirties in the months either side of this. The coldest months are January and December when the average high hits 14°C each year.

Location of Las Vegas

Average temperature
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Jan
JanuaryTemp: 8°C
Feb
FebruaryTemp: 11°C
Mar
MarchTemp: 13°C
Apr
AprilTemp: 18°C
May
MayTemp: 23°C
Jun
JuneTemp: 29°C
Jul
JulyTemp: 33°C
Aug
AugustTemp: 39°C
Sep
SeptemberTemp: 32°C
Oct
OctoberTemp: 27°C
Nov
NovemberTemp: 20°C
Dec
DecemberTemp: 8°C
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