Las Vegas holidays are an escapist fantasy, the ultimate road trip destination, where it's also possible to zip line through shopping malls, watch fountains and volcanoes erupt or experience helicopter flights to the Grand Canyon. Besides showstopping live events, singing gondoliers and premier shopping, Vegas also has superb dining experiences, from snack bars to Michelin star restaurants, plus there are real insights into the city’s past when you visit the Mob Museum or the Neon Museum. For Hollywood glamour combine Las Vegas with Los Angeles for a multi centre holiday of a lifetime. Take a look at our city deals for the latest offers or be inspired when you read 16 things to do in Vegas.
Thanks to over 300 sunny days a year, low humidity, and air-conditioned buildings Las Vegas is a great place to visit any time. Our favourite time, though, is April through May and October through November, when the days are sunny and pleasant and the crowds thinner.
Las Vegas’ blistering temperatures in summer are actually easy to cope with thanks to the low level of humidity. Most people don’t go outside except when walking along the Strip or sitting by the pool and all indoor venues are air-conditioned.
It isn’t usually too cold in Las Vegas in the winter, although there are a few days in December and January where it might dip below freezing. The days are clear with occasional wind storms but nights do get chilly.View all hotels in Las Vegas
A foodie’s delight, Las Vegas will spoil you for choice when it comes to eating out. With opulent Strip hotels and restaurants offering Michelin-star dining and some of the best hospitality in the world, Las Vegas offers a number of international dishes that will whet your appetite.
Prices in Las Vegas vary widely. A takeaway meal may cost six to 10 US Dollars, while in quieter areas you will probably only pay three to five US Dollars. A sandwich costs about five to seven US Dollars, but can go up or down depending on where you get it. A one-litre bottle of water costs about 75 cents in the quieter areas, while it may cost one to two US Dollars in the main tourist blocks. A bottle of wine from a supermarket can cost as little as three US Dollars or go up to 15 US Dollars for a low-end bottle in a restaurant.
Since the people of Las Vegas are from such a rich and varied background, as well as swathes of tourists, there is no official national dress. Similar to the UK, people in Las Vegas typically wear shorts and t-shirts in the heat and evening wear for nights spent in the many neon-lit bars and restaurants.
The wildlife in Las Vegas exists largely in Wildlife Refuges and Ranges, apart from your usual desert wildlife. In a city and surrounding area as large as Las Vegas, these are our top picks for seeing some of the best wildlife Las Vegas has to offer:
Las Vegas National Wildlife Refuge
With the Great Plains to the east, the Chihuahuan Desert to the south and the Rocky Mountains to the west, the Las Vegas National Wildlife Refuge has a range of diverse habitats. Animals looked after here include geese, cranes, ducks and various other wildlife, each are rested, fed and have their own wintering area.
Desert National Wildlife Range
The largest National Wildlife Refuge outside of Alaska, the Desert National Wildlife Refuge is overwhelming at 1.6 million acres of Mojave Desert. Its main purpose is the conservation of desert bighorn sheep and its unique flora and fauna. Over 500 species of plant can be found here varying from saltbrush on the valley floors to ponderosa pine, white fir and bristlecone pine in the higher areas. This habitat is perfect for the indigenous birds, mammals and reptiles.