This good-time city in the desert will seduce and tempt you. Go on… give in to her and book Las Vegas city breaks...
She might be a brassy sort, who will take your money as fast as she’ll ask your name, but there’s no point arguing: Las Vegas is a fantastically fun and outrageously ostentatious destination – a playground for adults in the Nevada desert and totally comfortable with its maxim, “what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas”.
Don’t get the wrong idea about the city, though. For all its rough edges, some of the hotels here are in another league when it comes to luxury – and who can claim a champagne brunch is anything but fabulous? There are world-class shows to see, major names belting out tunes, top comedy acts, amazing magic and, of course, gambling opportunities galore.
The shimmering four-mile stretch of Las Vegas Boulevard South, known as the Strip, is the heart of the city. Hotel resorts scream for attention with huge electric signs, flashy decor and eye-catching attractions. The 350m Stratosphere tower soars over them all. New York New York crams all the iconic buildings of the Big Apple's skyline into its own exterior and the black, glass pyramid of Luxor, complete with replica Sphinx, sends a super-powerful light beam from its tip up into the Vegas night.
When you book short breaks to Las Vegas you can opt to stay in one of these iconic hotel casinos, with the likes of Bellagio, Venetian, MGM Grand, Mirage and Wynn attempting to capture your eye. Staying on the Strip offers easy access to everything that Vegas has to offer, though there are plenty of off-Strip hotels and resorts that also offer great value for money.
Flights to Las Vegas land at McCarran International Airport (LAS), which is just a few minutes from the southern end of the Strip. Bell Trans Airport Shuttles, available from the Bell Booth, are the cheapest way to get to all major Las Vegas hotels.
Getting around on weekend breaks to Las Vegas is simple. The Deuce 24-hour double-decker bus fleet runs the length of the Strip. Buy an all-day pass and hop on and off to your heart's content. Alternatively, the Las Vegas Monorail runs from one end of the Strip to the other, stopping at selected major hotels along the way.
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Find out what the weather might be doing during your break and discover when Las Vegas will be at its busiest...
Las Vegas never falls out of style with tourists, whatever the season. Average daytime temperatures in spring and autumn range from 20-30C and humidity levels are manageable, making these popular seasons in which to visit. The summer months are very hot and humidity levels are high, though the city’s air-conditioned hotels and casinos provide welcome respite. Winter days can be mild in Las Vegas, though sunshine can be expected.
The arrival of American holiday weekends means a rush of visitors to Las Vegas and this can push up prices. If you’re looking for a cheap break to Las Vegas, avoid national holidays such as Memorial Day Weekend in May, July’s Independence Day Weekend, Labor Day Weekend in September and New Year’s Eve. Spring Break will also be extremely busy in Las Vegas.
Every day feels like a special event when you’re in Las Vegas, though these events add a little extra flavour…
NASCAR; March: Las Vegas Motor Speedway is the host for this racing spectacular, which regularly attracts around 150,000 fans. The Sprint Cup is the highlight of the weekend and tickets are known to sell out.
National Finals Rodeo (NFR); December: Thousands of cowboy hats bob along the streets of Las Vegas during this 10-day event, the grand finale of the rodeo year. Tickets sell fast for this thriller, so book early if you plan to attend.
New Year’s Eve; December: December 31 sees the party to end all parties in Las Vegas and more than 300,000 revellers take to the Strip – from which traffic is barred for the night – to welcome the New Year. Hotels are extremely busy during this time so you should book as early as possible.
There’s always something to see and do in this non-stop destination...
Free & cheap: The Bellagio Water Fountains is the one not-to-be-missed free show in Vegas. At least twice each hour, a sophisticated choreographed show sees water shooting, dancing and twirling to music from Manilow to Mantovani.
Shopping: A striking flying saucer called “The Cloud” hovers over the entrance to the Fashion Show Mall. Inside browse the latest designs in seven flagship department stores and hundreds of shops and catch catwalk fashion shows throughout the day.
Romance: For some Parisian romance, Vegas-style, lead your loved one to Paris Las Vegas. Take the lift to the top of the half-size replica of the Eiffel Tower, from where there are breathaking views along the length of the Strip.
Families: At Siegfried & Roy's Secret Garden and Dolphin Habitat in the Mirage, kids can get close up to white lions and tigers and watch the lovable dolphins frolic with their trainers.
Active types: Thrill-seekers can enjoy bird's-eye views of the desert scenery from secure para-gliding harnesses as they zip down the cable systems at Bootleg Canyon Flightlines, 20 miles away near Boulder City.