Viva Las Vegas. One of the world’s most iconic cities, it needs little introduction. From the moment you arrive, it’s time to put reality to one side and embrace the fantasy. And who knows, you might even win big?
From March to May and September to November you’ll find plenty of cheap tickets to Vegas, as these are its (slightly) off-peak seasons. You’ll also experience more moderate weather and great deals on accommodation at the hotels.
There’s an influx of visitors in the winter months as people come to Vegas for some sun, with New Year’s Eve being a very big deal. So, book early at these times. And no matter what time of year, if you can come midweek it will be easier to get cheap flights to Vegas, as fares are generally more expensive at weekends.
If you can catch a flight to Vegas midweek, you’re likely to find cheaper tickets. Las Vegas is one of the US’s most popular weekend destinations, so flights get fuller and prices go up. Use the Orbitz flight search tool to find cheap flights to Las Vegas, both on your preferred dates of travel and on the days either side. Flexibility could help you save.
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There are numerous flights to Las Vegas from many US cities.
The main international airport serving Las Vegas is McCarran. It’s located in Paradise, about five miles to the south of the downtown area. Handling more than 45 million passengers a year, it’s one of the busiest in the US. It’s an operating base for Allegiant Air and a crew base for Frontier.
Road access to the airport is provided by the Paradise Road which connects to the Las Vegas Beltway. There is economy parking spread over several different lots and bus services are provided by RTC Transit on routes 108 and 109.
Direct flights to Vegas are available from a number of different carriers.
The most straightforward way for getting around in Las Vegas is on foot. Most of the major hotels, casinos and attractions are located on the Strip. Many of the hotels are connected via bridges and tunnels, so you can get around without having to go outside in the hot sun. Great news in the sweltering summer months.
The Monorail runs along the east side of the Strip, but it can be a little costly if you are in a big group. Buses are inexpensive and convenient, and there are taxis constantly buzzing around. If you’re staying on the Strip you probably won’t need a car but if you’re planning on getting out of the city there is a good choice of rental cars too.
The Strip itself is something to behold - a fantasy land of ancient temples, medieval castles and lost worlds. The Aquarium at The Mirage is a popular attraction, as is the regular fountain show at the Bellagio. There is also a constantly changing array of megastars and circus acts performing at the big hotels, so keep your eyes peeled for information.
Take a roller coaster ride around the outside of a skyscraper, take to the skies in a helicopter or bet it all on black on the roulette wheel. Las Vegas truly is a place like no other.
Las Vegas is a place where dreams are made but just as many aren’t quite so lucky. Obviously, gambling is a big part of the excitement but it’s very easy to get carried away. The simple rule of thumb is this: never bet more than you can afford to lose. And if you’re not sure how to play, there are usually free classes to explain the basic rules. Just ask at the casinos for information.
Food and drink prices can be high, especially in the casinos, so adjust your budget accordingly and try to avoid peak dinner times at the major buffets, as it can get very busy. It’s also worth noting that if you have your picture taken with a character in costume on the street, they often expect payment in return. So, ask first to avoid disagreements.
When it comes to Las Vegas, there really isn’t a bad time to visit. Virtually every major holiday is a prime time, but Memorial Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Eve are particularly popular. Big conventions happen throughout the year, but especially in January, early spring, and October to December. Even relatively slow times like August and the two weeks prior to Christmas are just opportunities for better rates and more breathing room.
There are things to be aware of during each season. Weather warms up quickly in spring, with temperatures in the 80s to 90s during the day (though it can still be cool at night), so pool season is always early here. In summer, temperatures are regularly over 100 (and stay high even at midnight), making drinking water and applying sunscreen universal necessities and outdoor walking discouraged. When fall arrives, outdoor activities such as hiking in Red Rock Canyon or visiting Hoover Dam are more appealing. In winter, temperatures can dip lower than most expect (even to freezing overnight), skies can be overcast, and there’s even a bit of precipitation (flash flooding does happen in January). Of course, this cooler weather rarely affects the majority of activities available but does provide added incentive to get outside and explore.
Vegas tends to be much calmer and more manageable on weekdays, when prices for rooms, spa services, entertainment, and even meals can drop, often significantly.
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