Las Vegas Travel Guide
Often called "America's Playground" or "Sin City," Las Vegas is an iconic U.S. town known for over-the-top fun. The Las Vegas Strip is all about neon lights, casinos, lavish hotels, and restaurants helmed by some of the world's best chefs. Whether you're heading to Las Vegas to celebrate, gamble, take in a Cirque du Soleil show, or catch your favorite musician's residency, you'll find it in the city where visitors go all out for entertainment.
When planning a trip to Las Vegas, think about the type of atmosphere you're after. Each hotel offers a unique scene, with different culinary offerings, architectural styles, and forms of entertainment. Do you want to take your kids to the Tournament of Kings at Excalibur on your way to the Grand Canyon, or are you planning a trip with your girlfriends and booking a suite and cabana at the ARIA? Vegas has something for every taste, and it's a matter of honing in on the restaurants, shows, bars, and hotels that most appeal to you. Whether you've scored Lady Gaga tickets and a reservation at Elio, or you're keen on trying your luck at the Mirage casino, there's no wrong way to do Vegas.
Pacific Standard Time (Daylight Savings Time observed)
Best Time to Go
While there's no bad time to go to Sin City, keep in mind that daytime temperatures in the summer climb well into the 90s and 100s which can be a deterrent (unless you're planning to spend time poolside or in an air-conditioned casino).Weatherwise, the best months to go to Las Vegas are March, April, May, October, and November. August, the hottest month in Las Vegas, is one of the least expensive times to go.
As for events to keep in mind when planning a trip to Las Vegas, a myriad of conventions and festivals happen throughout the year. The most important events to have on your radar are: major tech conference CES (Consumer Electronics Show) in January, music festival EDC (Electric Daisy Carnival) in May, and the Las Vegas Golden Knights' hockey season which runs from October to April, with playoffs in May and sometimes into June.
Things to Know
The bus operating on the Las Vegas Strip is called the Deuce. It runs 24 hours a day, every 15-20 minutes, and an all-day pass costs $8.
The Las Vegas Strip is just over four miles long. It runs along Las Vegas Boulevard, directly below Sahara Avenue. On the southern end, the Strip starts at Mandalay Bay. It extends all the way up to the SLS Las Vegas, the last hotel below Sahara Ave.
There are 30 primary casinos on the Las Vegas Strip. You'll find plenty more off the strip, as well as downtown.
There are no open container laws in Las Vegas, so you can legally drink on the street, just like you can in New Orleans.
The Las Vegas Strip is not technically in Las Vegas; it's in an unincorporated part of Clark County.
How to Get Around
Las Vegas Buses: The RTCSNV (or Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada) is the source of local public transportation in Las Vegas. Servicing the greater Las Vegas Valley and providing transportation from the airport (McCarran International Airport), you can find a list of every bus route here.
The Deuce: RTCSNV offers buses that service the Las Vegas Strip, and you can find every stop it makes here, including many of the major hotels ( Mandalay Bay, Luxor, Mirage, Caesar's Palace, etc.) The Deuce runs 24 hours a day, every 15 minutes from 7 am to midnight, and every 20 minutes from midnight to 7 am You can buy bus and metro tickets on the rideRTC app or at ticket vending machines in the area. A two-hour pass costs $6, a 24-hour pass costs $8, and a three-day pass costs $20.
Taxis/Car service: Rideshare companies like Uber and Lyft service Las Vegas. You can also schedule a taxi with local companies like Nellis Cab Company (note: Hailing a cab in Vegas is difficult; you're better off scheduling one in advance). Alternatively, you can work with a black car company like Blacklane for your transportation needs.
Things to Do
Neighborhoods to Know
The Strip: The Las Vegas Strip is likely the neighborhood you came for if you're visiting Las Vegas for the first time. It's a four-mile stretch of Las Vegas Boulevard packed with casinos, restaurants, and ritzy hotels.
Downtown: You'll find the best of Downtown Vegas on Fremont Street, which is still home to a number of casinos and restaurants, as well as a couple must-visit bars. Downtown used to be the epicenter of Las Vegas, but now with everyone heading for the Strip, it has a more old-school Vegas feel.
Arts District: Within Las Vegas downtown, you'll find the Arts District, an 18-block creative enclave of the city. The Arts District is filled with art galleries and collectives and is so named for the industrial Arts Factory in the heart of the area.
Henderson: Henderson is a suburban neighborhood of Las Vegas, but the breweries and distilleries popping up there are a draw for the craft beverage enthusiasts visiting Vegas. It's certainly quieter than the Las Vegas Strip, but offers a number of fun restaurants and shops in the picturesque Nevada desert.
Las Vegas is moderate year-round, for the most part, but the best weather is in the spring and fall. In April and May, temperatures fall between the 50s and the 80s, such that you can enjoy plenty of warmth on a day spent by the pool, without the intense heat Las Vegas sees in the summer months. By October, the temperature comes down to the low 80s—a common misconception is that fall starts in September in Las Vegas, but really, the heat doesn't break until October.
The following are average Fahrenheit lows and highs by month. Average annual precipitation is 0.69 inches.
January 38 - 59
February 43 - 63
March 49 - 72
April 55 - 79
May 55 - 89
June 74 - 100
July 80 - 104
August 79 - 103
September 70 - 95
October 58 - 82
November 46 - 67
December 37 - 57