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Nowhere else on the planet is the holiday action so prevalent in the hotels. But in glitzy Las Vegas the hotels are the hotspots...
The spectacular shows, the gambling, the poolside parties, the city's towering landmarks, the piled-high plates of all-you-can-eat buffets: they are all to be found in the hotels in Las Vegas.
Take a gondola ride at the Venetian, stay in the pyramid of Luxor, shoot up the heights of the Stratosphere hotel (and off the top with its rooftop rides), dine at the foot of the Eiffel Tower in Paris, watch the fountains dance at the Bellagio, or make like a centurion and rock up at Caesar's Palace. The hotels are the experiences in Las Vegas and, best of all, it's free to simply stroll in and stare at the themed attractions.
Flights into Las Vegas arrive at McCarran International Airport Las Vegas (LAS) and the journey time is around 11 hours from the UK. The city is a gateway to fabulous natural wonders in America's south west, including the surrounding Red Rock Canyon and the spectacular Grand Canyon, some four hours away by road. The Hoover Dam is also nearby and well worth a visit.
From budget hotels off the Strip to the sublime and outrageous themed hotels at the heart of the city, Las Vegas has got the lot...
In recent years hotel developers have moved away from themed hotels and created a plethora of high-end, luxury five-star hotels. While these are a welcome addition to the accommodation scene, most holidaymakers want to revel in the sheer craziness of the big themed hotels. And why not? New York-New York features a roller coaster that zips around a mini Big Apple, budget-choice Circus Circus boasts an amusement park, and even relatively serious MGM Grand does a mean line in Vegas-style entertainment.
And the entertainment in Las Vegas is top notch with acts such as Cirque du Soleil, Blue Man Group, David Copperfield, Elton John and Celine Dion performing.
There are plenty of options if you don't want themed Strip hotels or luxury hotels. Motels, apartments, budget hotels and hostels are also available for those looking for something a bit different.
The distance between Downtown Las Vegas and the furthest end of the Strip is vast, with at least an hour's walk between the two. Staying mid-Strip gets you the best of both worlds, while Downtown hotels brag old-school cool.
Booking well ahead for Las Vegas hotels is essential as the best deals are found the earlier you book. America's social calendar is worth keeping in mind too when looking for hotels in Las Vegas; the city is swamped with visitors during prime holiday weekends such as the Independence Day celebrations around July 4 and college party season, Spring Break. Las Vegas hotels will be booked well in advance during these times.
Shows and big-name concerts take place daily in party capital Las Vegas, with big events peppering the annual calendar...
Every day is an event in glitzy Las Vegas, though these annual highlights are likely to see hotels in big demand.
NASCAR; March: The best drivers in the USA strap on their seatbelts at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway in spring to compete for the hearts of dedicated NASCAR fans.
Spring Break; March/April: While this is simply a nationwide holiday for college students up and down the US, in Las Vegas, Spring Break is an event. Expect skimpy swimwear around the pools, and plenty of drinking, dancing and frolicking. As if Las Vegas needed an excuse to get more raucous!
National Finals Rodeo (NFR); December: Las Vegas is in cowboy country after all. Horses kick gambling into touch in winter when the NFR action heats up in the city.
Popular American holidays such as Presidents' Day Weekend (February), Memorial Day Weekend (May), Independence Day Weekend (July), Labor Day Weekend (September) and Thanksgiving (November) will also see full hotels in Las Vegas.